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JohnA’s Night Before Christmas, HBO Style

Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the blog,
Not a blurker was commenting,
Not even you, Bob.
Our keyboards were near,
And our monitors glowed,
In case our St. DFO
Might have just showed.

With Bob in his kerchief
And I in my hat,
We awaited most eager
Our leader to chat,
Then, out of my monitor
Arose such a clatter,
I rushed to my desk
To see what was the matter.

When, what to my wondering eyes
Did I see,
But Dave Tolle had commented.
Yes, that was he!
I checked with amazement
At his current chat site,
To see for my own
If he had just taken flight.

Banned there for comment
Because of my name,
I returned to my HBO
It is more sane.
Soon I was checking
The blog for more fare,
A Claude comment here,
Or an Any mouse there.

Now, Mama and Side Note,
And our own dearest Cis,
On, Thom, Dang and Green L
They could not be missed.
From the base of the comments
To the archives I checked,
To ensure just the best
That the blog could reflect.

So, worry not blurkers,
HBO is secure,
Our own fearless leader
Has checked in for sure.
I know we will hear
As he leaves our fair site,
Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a good night!

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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