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99 Boxes Of Books On The Wall – We Wish

Books, Books, Books, Books, …

Later this morning the Duchess of Durham and I will take delivery of the 99 (yes, we counted – twice) boxes of unsorted books that have been in storage in Chicago the past five years.

These represent the remains of the library previously housed at a former, much larger domicile. A portion of the upstairs section of that library can be seen below in the background of my demonstration of the dismount from the walker to which I was chained while recovering from a broken hip.1

Dismount From Pommel Walker

Dismount From Pommel Walker

Vs Shelves

We calculate we have enough empty shelf space to accommodate about two-thirds of those volumes.

The Consequences

I hope to resume less bookish postings in the next two or three days.

  1. See Walkernastics – The Walker Dismount []

DrHGuy Presents The Liebster Awards

The Liebster Blog Awards

Yesterday’s post acknowledged that Da Bear from the outstanding Bearly Rambling site bestowed upon Heck Of A Guy the prestigious Liebster Blog Award, earning DrHGuy the opportunity and the duty to designate and anoint the next five winners.

The full set of Liebster Blog Award regulations follow:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.1
  5. Let them know you chose them by posting on their blog.

The Winners

Note: I eliminated from contention all those sites that do not behave like blogs.  So, while frequently I check, for example, LeonardCohenForum, LeonardCohenFiles, Speaking Cohen, Leonard Cohen Halls of Fame, The French Leonard Cohen Site, and similar locations, they do not function like blogs and weren’t considered for a Liebster Blog Award.

  1. Allison Crowe: Allison Crowe’s official site not only offers information, videos, and music about the next Canadian singer-songwriter but not infrequently issues a shout-out to other artists that have left an impression on Ms Crowe, including Leonard Cohen. In any case, Adrian du Plessis, who serves both as Allison’s personable manager and webmaster of the site writes prose that is entertaining, informed, and, on occasion, not unlike pirate lingo.
  2. Arlene’s Leonard Cohen Scrapbook: Arlene Dick is not only a fine reporter and videographer but  also an incredibly astute and pithy blogger. Her posts are smart, well written, and idiosyncratically insightful.
  3. Celebrate Your Inner Fabiola!  and View From A Farmhouse Window Too: Mary Wilson is an artist who blogs as “Mary” and as “Fabiola,” each of whom claim the other is her alter ego. She also performs more hard labor than any three men I know, routinely drives and maintains construction and farm equipment, and is one of the smartest people I’ve met. She writes about getting through the day on an isolated farm with grace, style, and wit.
  4. Current Cohen: Current Cohen is the gateway to Hermitage Prisoner’s (aka Roman Gavrilin) Holy Cyber-Cohen  Empire, which includes Cohenscope,  (a sophisticated but easy to use tool with links to and feeds from high quality sources of timely information pertinent to the work of Leonard Cohen), Abstractor Of The Quintessence (collects of artistic work, ranging from dance to videography to satiric verse to painting, based on, inspired by, or responding to Leonard Cohen’s music, poetry, and prose), Leonard Cohen Goes Commercial (a video collection of more than 40 TV ads that employ Leonard Cohen’s music or Leonard Cohen himself), and Old Ideas (the pre-release history of the 12th studio album by Leonard Cohen. From Summer 2011 rumors to January 2012 updates)
  5. Sweet Cottage Charm: Judy Green’s impressively eclectic site focuses on her amazing photography but also features crafts, architecture, and, yes, a Leonard Cohen post or two. It is a delight.
  1. The policy indicates that blogs selected should have fewer than 200 followers, but this appears to be uniformly ignored. []

Heck Of A Guy Wins Liebster Award

Da Bear from the outstanding Bearly Rambling site has indeed bestowed upon Heck Of A Guy the prestigious Liebster Blog Award, graciously describing this site as follows:

Heck of a Guy: my daily fix of Leonard Cohen. This guy is everything Cohen. If you love Leonard then you must love this Guy. I take my daily dose of 1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer,

The Liebster Blog Award is – well, it’s a bit of a mystery. No one seems to know when or where it originated. Several winners speculated that “liebster” points to Germany. The online English-German dictionary offers these English equivalents of “liebster:”

  • darling
  • beloved
  • boyfriend
  • sweetheart

My own searches for a source were unrequited. Most posts mentioning the award seem to be dated in the past year or so.

While the origins of the Liebster Blog Award are obscure, the rules associated with it are well codified:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.1
  5. Let them know you chose them by posting on their blog.

Now, the math suggests that

  1. The Award is of recent origin. If each winner required a month to re-reward the Liebster, after one year more than 89762301673555230720 blogs would be flashing the Liebster prize.
  2. This is a virtuous variation on the chain letter/Ponzi scheme paradigm with links and good feelings rather than cash being shared.

In any case, I’m genuinely proud that Da Bear thought Heck Of A Guy a site worthy of his endorsement.

And, readers can count themselves blessed that I have decided against emulating Leonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Awards acceptance speech.2

Finally, I am looking forward to the opportunity to Liebsterize five other blogs. Those winners will be announced tomorrow so stay tuned.

  1. The policy indicates that blogs selected should have fewer than 200 followers, but this appears to be uniformly ignored. []
  2. Somehow “How I Got My Blog” just doesn’t hold up against “How I Got My Song.” []

Heck Of A Guy Completes Six Years

Post #2501 and Other Meaningless Numbers

The first Heck Of A Guy post was published March 3, 2006; the 2501st Heck Of A Guy post is the one before you now.

Also on the Heck Of A Guy site are 89 pages,1 308 tags,2 and too many footnotes to count.

The Heck Of A Guy sister site, DrHGuy, has itself accumulated 2272 posts. Heck Of A Guy also sponsors the specialized Leonard Cohen search and directory site, LeonardCohenSearch, and the DrHGuy YouTube channel with over 50 video uploads.3

Heck Of A Guy has produced two collections of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs, The Other Leonard Cohen Album and Another Other Leonard Cohen Album.

And that’s that.

  1. Examples of pages follow: Leonard Cohen Nicknames, Chocolodka, You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If …, and I Can’t Forget: The Leonard Cohen Timeline []
  2. Examples of tags follow: A.E. Housman, , , and , []
  3. DrHGuy YouTube channel videos include Leonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech, How To Make CHOCOLODKA, Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night, and The 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour In 60 Seconds []

Glitch Takes Heck Of A Guy Offline

When Cloud Storage Becomes The Perfect Storm

A server glitch took this site (and others) offline for 12 hours yesterday. This is the explanation I received by email:

Dear Customers,

As you may be aware there was a failure on the server platform earlier today. This appears to be linked to a filesystem issue on the cloud storage. As such we have taken the decision to roll back to a backup of the cloud hosting platform that is 2 days old to allow sites to be restored.

** We aim to restore the full cloud platform, with current data, within 12-24 hours **

Well, it turns out I was aware my site had disappeared – as were scores of would be viewers who alerted me to the problem.

What the message means, I think, is that this idealized vision of Cloud Storage:

became this reality:

Actually, the scene that came to mind was this:

Cleaning Up After The Storm

At the time of this posting, the Heck Of A Guy site  looks like it did two days ago (February 2, 2012); the posts, comments, and edits completed after February 2, 2012 (except for the post you are now reading) are missing.  The updated site (i.e., as it was just before the catastrophe yesterday) will, I am assured, be back in place today.

I apologize for these problems.

Heck Of A Guy Honeymoon Hiatus and Honeymoon Edition Of You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If …

Here Today – Gone To Maui

DrHGuy and The Duchess are indeed departing for the sun-drenched shores of Kaanapali Beach to celebrate their nuptials.1 One consequence of this event is that both the Heck Of A Guy and DrHGuy sites will be dormant until our return in February.2 While The Duchess and DrHGuy are wild for Leonard Cohen, it is, as they say in  those post-calculus math courses, intuitively apparent that the marriage would be best served by DrHGuy attending to the business at hand (make your own joke) rather than pounding out posts.

That does not, however, mean that matters Cohen will be entirely forgotten in the next week or two. In fact, this occasion had led to another installment of  Cohenphilic Personality Disorder symptoms. That’s right, …

You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If …3

When packing for your your honeymoon in Maui, you find yourself thinking

  • Is it enough to take two iPods filled with every song Leonard Cohen has performed plus all the songs recorded by his backup singers as well as a significant fraction of the 2000+ covers of Cohen’s music – or do we also pack the Complete Columbia Album Collection CD set, just in case?
  • How likely is it that there is a hula danced to “Sisters Of Mercy?”
  • If Leonard had been raised in Lahaina instead of Montreal, would his imagery and tone have been different? Instead of “You see I’m just another snowman / Standing in the rain and sleet.,” would it have been “You see I’m just another surfer / Catching a few rays and waves?” Instead of “Avalanche,” would he have written a song called “Brief Period Of Showers This Morning With Sunshine Returning By Noon?” Instead of “The Guests,” would it have been “The Tourists?” Would there have been a song about his “Famous Blue Swim Trunks?”  Would those audiences in Dublin have sung along with “Aloha, Marianne?” How about “First We Take Koolaupoko?”
  • What sort of lei goes best with a black suit and fedora?

  • How would Anjani’s family feel about fans dropping in to say Thanks For The Dance?
  • Is there any bad karma left from the cancelled 2010 concert?

  • What are the chances that an Hawaiian slack key guitar band taking requests will know “Do I Have To Dance All Night?”
  • What size t-shirt does Leonard wear?

Credit Due Department: The Just Maui’d photo is from J.J. Preston’s Photo Gallery.


All previously posted You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … entries can be found at
You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If …

  1. For DrHGuy, this is a case of third marriage, first honeymoon. []
  2. Yes, that means Heck Of A Guy will be closed when the Old Ideas album is released in the US. By the time the release dates were made public, the airline and hotel reservations had been made. Once again, we all suffer when NOBODY TELLS DRHGUY NOTHIN’. []
  3. All previously posted You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … entries can be found at You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … []