Thursday, April 25, 2024

Your questions answered!


Running a famous Internet blog like clerkmanifesto is a source of tremendous interest for people. Nearly everyone I meet is full of questions about me and about clerkmanifesto. Just the other day an old friend was in town visiting my darling wife and I, and, though I didn't mention my blog because I knew that's all we'd be talking about for hours, my friend couldn't resist asking:

"What have you been up to lately?"

"Oh, I'm up to this and that." I said, more or less.

Then she talked about her friend who was gored by a buffalo.

Fair enough.

But I know that lots of you out there in Internetland have so many questions about me and my blog, and I thought it might be worth taking the time to answer as many of them as I can today.

So please simply speak your questions aloud to your computer (or device), and I will hear them, but do speak loudly and clearly as the rest of the audience, being farther away, will have a harder time picking up on your question.

Thank you so much for your question! Yes, I wasn't kidding. Her friend really was gored by a buffalo!

Thank you for your question! Can I please remind everyone though to speak up as I think some blog readers cannot hear the questions. Yes, I believe it was in North Dakota. They were hiking in possibly a National Park there, skirting along a meadow, and not, as far as I know, antagonizing any of the buffalos in any way.

No, that's okay. I'm here to answer any of your questions, whatever they are! Just, if I could ask, please do project more as some people cannot quite make out all the questions being asked here. But, to your question, and this is not for the squeamish. They were gored in the stomach and it was considered a bit of a miracle that they survived at all! Apparently, though, a year later they are much recovered and doing quite well.

No, that's okay. To your left, through the gates, and then you'll see them on your right. Yes, we can wait.

Once again, if you would please speak right up so everyone can hear, but, that said, if you don't mind waiting? I promised the last person we would.

No, no, that's hilarious! That's one of the funniest things I've ever heard! Could you just say that a bit louder one more time so everyone can hear it?

Ha! Still funny. I hope you all caught that.

Thank you. I am touched by your sentiment. Most days, really.

I'd rather not talk about money, but, zero dollars, roughly.

That is extremely generous indeed! And you don't mind that everyone here now knows this?

Good point. I think some people are having trouble getting all of the questions. So to remind you: Please do speak up when asking your questions.

Oh my goodness! You're right! Thank you all so much for coming, and I do hope we were able to satisfy at least a little of your curiosity.

Yes, yes. We will surely do this again if we can get some of the technical issues worked out.

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