This blog is fifteen years old today. It wasn’t always here at AreaOcho. This blog began over at blogger those fifteen years ago as a way for me to vent about things from my job as a fire medic. The first post was about one of my patients getting his penis stuck on a keyring. In the past fifteen years, there have been more than 4,500 posts, over 10,000 comments on those posts, and I don’t know how many people have read what I have written over the years because I didn’t count them for the first decade or so. There have been nearly a million views in the past year, so there is that.

So many things have changed for me in the past fifteen years. When I started this blog, the death of my father was still fresh on my mind. Since that time I have been married, divorced, and then married again. Employed, retired, then employed again. I declared bankruptcy and then became a millionaire. The last decade and a half have been busy:
In 2008 I got married.
In 2009 the bottom dropped out of the housing market, my pay was cut by 30% and, faced with a depreciating asset, I declared bankruptcy with the intent of giving my house back to the bank.
In 2010 My bankruptcy was discharged.

Before the bank could get the paperwork done to repossess the house, they were caught lying to the court. It turns out that they lied in court and hadn’t been the mortgage holder of my house for years. They were forced to pay me nearly $10,000 in damages.

A year later, they tried to repossess the house again and their lawyer was caught forging mortgage paperwork in my case and several dozen others. Their lawyer was disbarred and the bank had to pay me more than $25,000 in damages. He disappeared with a pile of his clients’ money and I have no idea where he went.

The FTC stepped in and filed a class action against the same bank, and I got paid another $4,000 as my part of the settlement.

In 2011 My wife announced to me (during the week of my birthday, no less) that she wanted a divorce. That divorce became final in June. In November, I retired from my career as a firemedic and began school to be a physician assistant.
In 2012 I decided to leave school, moved back to Florida, and began teaching adult education while remaining mostly retired.
In 2014, I met my current wife. I also applied for my teacher’s license and became a high school science teacher.

In the spring of 2015, my daughter made me a grandfather.

In the spring of 2016, my daughter made me a grandfather for the second time. By the end of that year, I was married again.

In 2017, my new bride and I took a 51 day road trip across the nation, spending two weeks in Alaska in the process.
In 2018, I finally had a net worth of over a million dollars. Not bad for being insolvent less than a decade earlier. We celebrated by spending the summer in Europe.

Of course we all know what happened in 2020, and this led to me leaving the teaching profession and returning to medical work in 2021.

My son, the man I thought would be a committed bachelor until the day he died, got married in 2021.

Fifteen years is a long time, especially for a blog. I wonder what the next few years will bring.

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nunya · July 11, 2022 at 6:07 am

that is a story suitable for streaming. get an agent and see if the Daily Wire is ready for episodic show production. don’t forget nunya in a supporting role ;^D

Michael · July 11, 2022 at 6:45 am

It’s not how many times you get knocked down it’s how often you get back up. You’re a strong man. I’m sure your father was proud of you.

Sadly, since I’ve “met” you though this blog we have both seen our once strong Republic infested with traitors in leadership, a me, me, me self-entitlement society (I used to say younger generation but like a cancer even many of my peers are the same me, me, me).

We have terrorists like antifa and the article just below OPENLY calling for targeting data to terrorize and or have murdered members of a branch of our once fine republics Government.

I, as an amateur historian and literate reading the whole bible Christian see us falling rapidly into both the French Revolution time of terror and Isaiah chapter 3 God’s Judgement against Judah.

I encourage people to read the whole chapter of Isiah as God makes provisions for those that serve Him. Like Lot and Sodom, and such.

Sometimes I suspect America has become the Whore of Babylon and is to be destroyed in but an hour as in Revelations. But still even then God makes provisions for those that serve Him.

Praying for wisdom

BobF · July 11, 2022 at 8:27 am

The term “rollercoaster” comes to mind. 🙂

Congrats. Found the blog only relatively recently (and roughly in my area no less!) – am glad you are here.

ChuckInBama · July 11, 2022 at 10:17 am

Congratulations on the anniversary of this blog and your good fortune !

Henry · July 11, 2022 at 10:23 am

Congratulations to you for taking the time to share your well-considered thoughts over the years.

Borepatch · July 11, 2022 at 10:32 am

Congrats! It’s hard to keep the blog running for so long. Especially with all the turmoil.

Big Ruckus D · July 11, 2022 at 10:55 am

That’s been quite the ride. Congrats on making it to this point with your health, wealth and ability to stay cool under enormous amounts of pressure. As well, thanks for running this little outpost of sanity and real talk in a world that has largely gone over the edge.

rightwingterrorist · July 11, 2022 at 11:06 am

Congratulations and well done!


Big Country · July 11, 2022 at 3:06 pm

Well done man.
Hope I keep the longevity that you’ve had.

Bad Dancer · July 11, 2022 at 4:27 pm

Thats quiet a few milestones there. I hope you make many more happy ones and we get to enjoy your postings for many years to come.

CelticGirl · July 11, 2022 at 9:11 pm

: )

CA · July 11, 2022 at 10:05 pm

Congrats. 15 more.

Keep bashing on.

Mike Hendrix · July 11, 2022 at 11:26 pm

Heartiest congratulations to you, DM! This blogging crap does tend to get thoroughly into one’s blood, don’t it?

Anonymous · July 12, 2022 at 6:56 pm

Outstanding journey – a great example for others of ‘one door closes, a better one opens up’. Keep fighting the good fight and know that you are appreciated.

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