Saturday, January 28, 2006

ERIN O'BRIEN - 2000TH VISITOR TO BORN TO FLOCK


Today Erin O'Brien left a comment on my last posting. Her comment read:

"Frey. Flava. Oprah. Rats.

Eff.

These guys are getting all my press. "

I am here to rectify that situation, Erin O'Brien...COME ON DOWN!!! YOU ARE THE 2000TH VISITOR TO BORN TO FLOCK!!!

While you do not win a
brand new car, you do win this special feature on Born to Flock. Today' s post is all about Erin O'Brien and why I love Erin O'Brien.

I will start with the obvious reasons why I love
Erin O'Brien. Erin O'Brien is sexy, bawdy, beautiful, brilliant and extremely talented. Her writing style sucks you in. It makes you want to read more. Even a simple posting about kitsch makes you want to know more about Erin O'Brien.

I love how
Erin O'Brien purrs at a comment that I have left for her. Erin O'Brien also knows what the readers really want - big breasts.

Confidential to Erin: I realize that your post on big breasts was really a social commentary on how stupid men (and sometimes women) can be, however dangling the phrase "big breasts" out there is always good for a couple of hits on your blog address - no need to thank me because this is all about you!!

Erin O'Brien has provided me with much inspiration and direction in my personal life. She reminded me that I should not eff up. She has also impacted my writing style significantly. I am one of those individuals who would write things in CAPITAL LETTERS to make them seem more important; she believes this practice is condescending to the reader. After much introspection and consideration of Erin O'Brien's point on this subject, I made a conscious effort to stop writing things in CAPITAL LETTERS so that I avoid shoving my words down the reader's throat. I can't recall on which posting Erin O'Brien made that statement, but it has stuck with me since reading it.

Since those long ago days of high school, I have been enamored by authors. I used to daydream about writing letters to Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving - two of my (three) favorite authors that are presently living and, I believe, still writing. I always imagined what I might say to these people whom I admired so much. It has meant the world to me to be able to correspond with someone like
Erin O'Brien for this very reason.

Authors and writers such as
Erin O'Brien should be held in high esteem; they should be treated like rock stars or famous actors. A good author has every bit as much ability to bring out emotion and to provide life changing moments for others as any musicion or actor. I have been more profoundly impacted during my lifetime by great writing than by any music or film. Erin O'Brien has provided such a life changing experience for me - both through her novel - Harvey & Eck - her blog - The Erin O'Brien Owner's Manual for Human Beings and through all of the correspondence that has flowed between us over these last several months.

Erin O'Brien I know you already know this and it does not NEED to be said here, but I love and respect
you. You are hereby made an honorary member of the
Pink Flamingos Motorcycle Club.

Confidential to
Erin O'Brien: please do not feel that my capitalization of the word "NEED" above was condescending in any way.

42 Comments:

Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

PDD - you were 1999 - accordingly, you and I need to party like it's 1999. I don't know what that means, but I hope it is something naughty.

12:07 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

Wow, that was moving! The part about not using CAPITAL LETTERS is really an eye opener. Everybody does that, but I can see how it would offend. Flamingo, I purchased Erin's book last night after we got done talking, based on your reccomendation. I will pass it on to John when Im done.
The Shirts look so cool posted on the blog. I think on the new one's it would be cool to do a 2 color back of a close up of his head with a mean look on his face.

1:50 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Excellent. When you get them printed up, we will have to send one to Erin.

I was going to say make John buy his own book, but since he is a poor college student, I guess Erin will understand missing out on that sale.

When you get some sample logos together, post them on your site! I eagerly anticipate the new logo.

I might get them done on the gray t-shirts this time - the black was cool, but it shoes every piece of lint, etc.

Sorry, Erin, this is supposed to be all about YOU!!! And here we are discussing other crap.

Please return to discussing why we love Erin.

Thanks!

1:56 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien provided this enlightening comment...

I must say, I am speechless.

When I am again capable of speech, I will say something intelligent.

In the meantime: purrr.

2:35 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Stephanie Powers provided this enlightening comment...

Since the tender age of 19 I have been fortunate enough to know Erin O'Brien as a true friend. The kind of friend you count on one hand, that your father tells you are fortunate to have, and that stays with you to the end of days, never missing a beat. I can choral back here amongst the choir of how undoubtedly she is one of my favorite people. Three things on the great E2OB: "We weren't and then we were born," what it means to be so drunk that you can't even spell the word "if", and the defining of self: "boots, jeeps, and Strohs". I miss and love you, my friend.

3:14 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger garrett provided this enlightening comment...

Well, I appreciate your trying a different approach. Begging and belligerence didn't achieve the goal. Maybe sincere compliments will do it. But everything I learned about wooing chicks in high school suggests otherwise ...

Of course, on further reflection, I can't exactly recall any chicks showing me their breasts in high school. Maybe I've got some unlearning to do ...

Hmmmmmmmmmm . . . . . interesting.


** wanders off muttering **

3:45 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

Sorry to Clog up your Post Erin, but Flamingo needs to get his arse over to my blog!

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4:51 PM, January 28, 2006  
Blogger HighMaintenanceHussy provided this enlightening comment...

wow...what a beautiful tribute. erin is a lucky lady.

12:42 AM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

hang on! wasn't 2000 a leap year? doesn't that mean Erin was actually 2001?

just a thought...

1:02 AM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger kellywalters provided this enlightening comment...

yeah.. I love erin too..

JJ.. I'll show you a leap year.. COME OVA HERE!

1:55 PM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger ing provided this enlightening comment...

Did I ever tell you about the time Erin O'Brien saved me from drowning? She was wearing a straightjacket at the time, and shackles around her ankles. I've always admired that Erin's floatatiousness. . .

6:41 PM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

*leaps over to Roxi and asks "what year is it?"*

6:48 PM, January 29, 2006  
Blogger BadGod provided this enlightening comment...

So "big boobs" in the post title or soemthing makes people come to the blog?......OK.

I tried "Fishy smelling twats and crunchy vaginas" but that made people leave. It is a cool fuckin' band name, though.

3:41 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien provided this enlightening comment...

Here I am, basking in all this wonderment and then we have Mr. badgod.

Perhaps, darling, you should advise your lady friends to have a dip in the tub once in a while.

To all the rest of you, thanks. Being the 2000th visitor to Born to Flock has been one of the most satisfying moments of my life. One of the others occurred about four minutes before the photo in this post was taken.

luluv,

Erin

3:47 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger Jesus Toast provided this enlightening comment...

Contrats to Erin!

6:55 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Yes, Although I didn't grow up with Erin O'Brien, I don't think it's an exaggeration when Pinky says everything he has in this post. She's the whole package: Intelligent, quick witted, sexy, bawdy, and a fabuloso writer. We need her as much as JC needs Satan.

Now, because I want Harvey & Eck on the bookshelves of bookstores, everyone who enjoyed Harvey & Eck should go out and tell as many people as they can. Word of mouth does wonders. I have already told several avid readers here in Toronto who seemed very interested after I advised them to go to amazon and purchase their very own copy. I hope they have taken my wisdom wisely.

Erin,

I am very greatful to have gone to that dooblevay site where I first saw you. Your comment regarding "clitorides" was uncomparable. I had to rush to your site to learn more about this remarkable lady. And I'm glad I did.

Pinky,

Yes. Absolutely! We need to do exactly what you have suggested. Because you've got me wrapped around your manly finger, your hope is my command.

7:24 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Coincidentally, it was the "clitorides" comment that first attracted me to Erin's site also. I find that there are far too few informational sites regarding the female anatomy.

Because you brought such wonderful knowledge into my life, I applaud you again, Erin O'Brien.

7:55 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger The Phoenix provided this enlightening comment...

Geez...I think you wrote "Erin O'Brien" about 20 times there.

8:18 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Yes, I did...and each time there is a link to her site. This tribute was not conducted without great sacrifice on my part.

After all, it is all about the love.

8:54 AM, January 30, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien provided this enlightening comment...

And believe me Flamingo, I feel the love.

Way deep down, baby.

10:15 AM, January 30, 2006  
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While Erin feels the love way deep down, I would like to feel in way deep up in my gut.

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IT not IN or perhaps IN works the same.

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