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A week or so ago, I was poking around in the cluttered back room of this website when I found something that truly stunned me: The SoPD website had 468 posts (This post is #470)
For a moment I was speechess. And as I looked at the number, a mix of horror and awe passed over me. If I had to have a guess, I would have said there were perhaps 300 or so posts on the website, but definitely not 500. That’s a ridiculous number!
Having given it some thought, a round number like 500 deserves something special.
Today’s post is a request to readers for ideas on how to mark the occasion.
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Beau Miles. Source: Youtube
The guy in the image above is Beau Miles – University lecturer, filmaker, adventurer, “poly-jobist”.
When I need a break and I want something off beat, Beau’s Youtube channel is my usual first port of call. If you have never heard of him, I would recommend starting off gently with his Run the line video and then diving head first into the madness that is A mile an hour.
Beau is one of those “exploring the human experience” types and he films himself doing it. He’s a great story teller and his quirky adventures are always good viewing – like the time Steinbeck inspired him to eat his own body weigh in canned beans. Just beans. It took him 40 days (Click here for that video).
What does this have to do with Parkinson’s?
After discovering that the Science of Parkinson’s website was approaching the crazy milestone of 500 posts, I told my wife and she suggested that I should mark the occasion some how.
Not being the sentimental type, I suggested that I could add a small #500 in the bottom right hand corner of the post (“we’ll see if anyone notices“).
My wife rolled her eyes and told me to try and think bigger.
By chance, I watched Beau’s latest video that night. It was about him sitting in his field, drinking a bottle of wine that he found on the side of the road (I kid you not) and answering viewer’s questions:
Now, I am a bit of a wino, and this idea appealed to me greatly: Sitting in our little courtyard with a really good bottle of wine and answering reader questions. The idea seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
As I was going through the wine rack and considering various options, however, my wife asked me what I was doing (she seems to be rather weary everytime me and the wine rack hang out together for some reason). I explained the big idea to her and the inspiration for it, and she rolled her eyes again before suggesting that I should try to think of something more original.
I can see her point, but I’m not sure if you have noticed dear reader: I am not very original.
But then I had my eureka moment: All the best ideas for this website have come from the input of readers, so hey, let’s ask them what they think.
Thus, here it is reader: How should I mark the 500th post on the Science of Parkinson’s website?
You can write your answers in the comments section below, or contact me directly.
All ideas will certainly be considered. The bigger, the better. Ideally something that will make my wife’s eyes roll (I love it when she does that). I’m looking for a fun challenge – still 30 posts away, so there is time to prepare (famous last words).
I look forward to reading your thoughts.
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