the big one... er, 1

good morning.

how's it going?

are you sitting down? you might want to sit down for this.

i'm sitting down, but i generally prefer to sit down when i type. except when i'm writing in the kitchen. then i like to stand at the island. maybe pace around a little. have a cup of coffee.

i guess you don't have to sit down.

it's not that exciting.

but it is.

today is the official one year anniversary of the cactus garden.

see? it is exciting.

i know what some of you might be thinking, and yes, the cactus garden has gone through a few incarnations over the years. for those of you who don't know, here's a brief history of the cactus garden: (you can always skip the rest of this paragraph if you don't care; i don't mind. really.) there was the original, brief relationship with blogger. that ended pretty quickly. blogger is great for single purpose projects like books on my parents' shelves, but when it comes to multipurpose projects (like the cactus garden) or uploading multiple pictures at a time (like books on my parents' shelves), it sucks. after blogger, there was some light flirting with weebly, and the result was a poor version of what you see now. it was only with eg's help (i.e. he suggested squarespace) that things moved to where they are now.

in other words, any past possible anniversary would have looked like this:



so, you see, the idea of the cactus garden has been floating around for some time now, but it wasn't until november 4, 2009 that i wrote a really dumb opening post while experimenting with the new site. (some things start in greatness. this wasn't one of them.) and that's why this year's official one year anniversary is today and looks like this:


much better, don't you agree?

considering all of the ups and downs of the past year, all of the writer's-block-relapses, there's been some pretty interesting stuff. some of my personal favorites have included the survey of contemporary office cuisine, parts one and two (you can check out the actual project photos in the anthropological archives); the new year's restaurant review; the other diner scene; nn's guest post nationality in eastern europe; the archeological dynastic; the littering theory; and the king of the road series. there were some other exciting things that happened, too. posts have gone from erratic to slightly-less-erratic. the cactus garden up-dated its style. and keb joined on recently as a contributor to seeds, that crazy-whatnot-link place.

perhaps the best bit, though, is that this has gone from a random side project, lacking in focus and direction, to something much more interesting and sustainable. the cactus garden has a goal. and a mission. not written down or anything. and i'm not going to tell you outright what they are, because i don't like making promises or apologizing if i don't follow through on those promises. but they're there. and i think we have just enough coffee left in the world to make them happen.

so this next year is going to be an exciting year.

there will be food.

there will be anthropology.

there will be fiction.

there will not, however, be a mascot. those kind of creep me out.


tonight, however, i will be heading over to hamilton tavern for a much needed drink at seven p.m. if you're free for a few hours, i would love to see each and every one of you (yes, you! the twenty or so readers who shuffle in and out of here!) there!

and if you can't make it, that's okay, too. i understand.


but whether you can come out tonight or not, take a moment and tell me what you've liked so far and what you would like to see more of in the cactus garden in the next year.

awesome. thanks ;)