Our intrepid commenter, Risa, has been foiled by blogspot. Although blospot thinks she has signed up as a Loyal Reader, and therefore does not allow her to sign up again, she does not appear on the list of Loyal Readers! A conundrum, indeed. So in the meantime, until blogspot sorts out their issues, we will welcome Risa as a Loyal Reader in Abstentia.
In other, very exciting news, we are proud to welcome Loyal Reader #19, none other than DADZ! Below is a transcript of the conversation between Dadz and me which led to DADZ becoming our latest LR:
[Dadz and Gila are talking on Skype via our cool webcams. Dadz likes to call during work when he gets bored. This is a frequent occurrence. Somehow, these calls inevitably coincide with Donny and Gila watching Scrubs. Tonight, however, Gila is home alone when Dadz calls.]
D: I should really sign up as a Loyal Reader on the blog.
G: I could tell you how right now.
D: No, no, Momz sent me an email a while ago with instructions. Let me see if I can find it. [Pause.] Here it is: "1. Go to Facebook."
G: Stop right there, Dadz, those are not instructions for the blog. That appears to be instructions for logging onto Facebook.
D: [dejected] Oh.
G: It's okay Dadz, I am here with you, I can help you through this. Go to the blog.
D: Ok, I'm on the blog. It's one of my "Favorites" so it's easy to get to. Uh oh, now we can't see each other!
G: [patiently] No Dadz, you can't see me because you minimized your Skype window when you went to the blog. I, however, can still see you.
D: [uncomprehending stare]
D: Okay, now what?
[Gila walks Dadz through the steps of registering. Luckily, Momz had the foresight to set up a gmail account for him previously, and even luckier, Dadz knew his login and password. He registers.]
D: I did it!
G: [perusing the Loyal Reader list on her computer. It is indeed updated.] Um, Dadz, when I mouse over your picture, it says "Bernad Leibtag."
D: [in frustration] Those idiots!
G: [doesn't have the heart to tell him that it's not blogspot's fault that he typed in his name incorrectly. Decides to let him continue thinking that it's the "idiots'" fault.]
D: But wait, I want to change my name anyway. [Dadz, ALL ON HIS OWN, goes into his Settings and changes his name from "Bernad" to "DADZ." He even fills out the "About Me" section. To wit: "About Me: I'm DADZ." Succinct, that Dadz.]
D: I'm going to call Momz and tell her I did it! I've called her a lot today. I think she's getting a little sick of me.
M: [who has Caller ID. Picture the eye-rolling in her voice] Yes?
D: I became a Loyal Reader! Okay that's all I have to say.
M: [trying to muster up enthusiasm] Good for you!
D: [finishing up his hard work on blogspot and taking a well-deserved breather.] Hey, now we can see each other again!
G: Yes, Dadz, yes we sure can.
D: Well, I guess that's it. I should probably get back to work. [All that's visible of Dadz by this point is his eyebrows, behind mountains and mountains of tax returns.]
G: Okay, Dadz. You did good tonight. Bye.
D: Bye. 10-4. [He actually said that.]
And that is how Dadz became a Loyal Reader. Kappayim L'Dov!
In other news, I am still awaiting ideas for our 20th Reader Celebration. We are inching inexorably closer every day.... Leave a comment below with your thoughts. Or just one thought, if it's been a tough day. And if the staff of aliyahbyaccident chooses YOUR celebration idea, you will receive a free aliyahbyaccident mug! (That is a lie. But still.)