Explaining the JLP

Basic background on this website:
The John Larroquette Project is a mostly comedic blog written by me (Peter), a high school history and philosophy teacher living in Minneapolis with my wife and two kids. Topics covered include family life, reviews of history texts and pop cultural biographies, music reviews, and anything else I find peculiar or amusing at any given moment. John Larroquette has nothing to do with this website – the name was arbitrarily chosen in 2003, and now I’m kinda stuck with it. Mr. Laroquette has contacted me about it, and was gracious and polite in not crushing my little blog.

The following message was written after commenters complained to have taken offense to one or another of my posts:

I think I should clarify something.

Some people have lovely, thoughtful blogs. These people seem to take pains to have their blog paint a vidid, three-dimensional portait of who they are as individuals. My friend Adam might have my favorite blog in the world, and his posts are so thoughtful and philosophically dense that I can’t figure out what the heck he’s talking about half the time. I think it is wonderful that people take the time and effort to do this, and that their readers gain a deeper understanding of who they are as people through their blogs.

Let me be clear however – the John Larroquette Project is not thoughtful or insightful in any way whatsoever. I’m not trying to be sarcastic about this; I’m being quite serious. This blog is nothing more than an excuse to do a brief creative writing exercise from time to time. Very little thought or planning goes into anything I write. I just sit down, try to come up with a starting point, and then let my mind wander. If some people like it and keep reading, that’s great. I stopped keeping detailed account of web stats years ago. If it isn’t some people’s thing, that’s completely fine (and probably expected).

I have realized recently that for people who know me decently well, the JLP is an interesting diversion. However, there are a few people who have made comments to me which indicate that this site presents a distorted view of who I am as a person. My response is this: that’s fine. Quite frankly, I’m too busy to want to spend time and effort doing what others do so well – penning essays on my political insights, my prayer life, my marriage, or my fears. I’ll just commit my energies to actually doing and living those things, and continue writing about horse entrails or whatever it is I do here.

I’m sorry if, by reading this site, people get the impression that I’m a callous, shallow, insensitive person. I don’t believe I am those things. This is just a website that carefully documents concepts I find vaguely amusing during quiet moments when my kids are napping, nothing more. If you happen to be among those who pause to ponder my character when reading this stuff, I would suggest a few courses of action:
1) Stop reading. If it isn’t your cup of tea, that’s fine. I like my friend Thom a lot, but I don’t read his blog because I really couldn’t care less about the comic books he goes on about.
2) Interact with me on a personal level.

So in conclusion, this website doesn’t reflect who I am as a person. It doesn’t illuminate my beliefs, my goals, my convictions, or my character. It’s just a bunch of goofy stuff I wrote that perhaps some people enjoy reading.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday. Feel free to return tomorrow, when I will blog about Dairy Queen again.

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21 Responses to Explaining the JLP

  1. kg says:

    Peter, I thought this post was very thoughtful and well-rounded. I thought it really illuminated your beliefs, goals and convictions.

    And wait… you were on PBS this weekend?

  2. scott says:

    Peter, bravo sir! incidentally, i wish i had some of your talent when it comes to writing blog entires. some of your past entries are legendary.

  3. Jon D says:

    I found this post to be very offensive.

  4. peter says:

    KG – thanks, I hope my intentions came across accurately here.

    And yes, I was on PBS talking out of my butt for a while. I was going to blog about that, but it was frankly too embarassing.

    Thanks for bringing it up! :)

  5. Thom says:

    Trust me, Peter…it was more embarrassing for the viewer… :)

  6. ted says:

    Peter, this blog sucked… not one mention of horse entrails… no, wait. There it is.

  7. peter says:

    Ted, people like you are the reason why the JLP will be sticking around. :)

  8. Adam says:

    You were on PBS? What? Thanks for the serious post, Pete. Its always weird when I point people to Welmore Mile songs and they say, “Isn’t this the JLP guy? He’s sensitive.” Then I point them to the Bee Song and it makes sense. Still, there is a disconnect. While I think this blog’s intentions are self-evident and truly awesome, they do limit the real Peter in a way that I wish it didn’t. And that’s ok. The real you comes out in your music–goofy, pensive, and laid back all at the same time.

  9. peter says:

    Good reflections, Adam. It’s both interesting and dangerous to sit and reflect on how others perceive me, and this entry is partly a result of that process. I hadn’t honestly considered that such a disconnect might be occuring. Part of me doesn’t particularly care (because I feel like people who know me know who I am), but I also felt like it should be addressed, however briefly.

    My PBS deal was that I was part of a roundtable discussion on diversity in suburban schools. Mostly though, it was just a lot of hot air.

  10. Adam says:

    That sounds like something you love to talk about. Ha. Way to go Master’s thesis, eh? Look where it got you.

  11. Random Daily Lurker says:

    Turns out you ARE a real person… all this time It thought the blog was randomly generated by some super-funny computer program created by a race of cereal eating bee hating aliens.

    Keep up the good work, reading your blog is one of the highlights of my otherwise bleak cube-dwelling existance.

  12. Roger says:

    Three cheers for the Lazy Bloggers of America (LBA). If it needs researching, it’s not worth posting about!

    -Roger (quickly decided against spelling anything around that acronym)

  13. Superintendent says:

    Please post every thought about your students throughout a day and we’ll decide who is calloused…God knows my employees drive me crazy…

  14. _steve says:

    Anyone who has a problem with the JLP will get a Chuck Norris beard-punch right in their left lung. No, not on the breastbone OVER the lung…an actual punch to the lung itself. Booyah.

  15. ted says:

    Booyah indeed, Steve. Booyah.

  16. Emerson says:

    Peter & JLP Readers:

    Warning: The following testimonial might be a “TMI” or overshare.

    When I’m really constipated, and the Washington Post doesn’t do the job, I read the JLP. Peter, your work is a literary laxative. Not a bad thing in my book, and should not be taken as an insult. In some ways, the JLP has saved me money on over-the-counter laxatives. How many people can claim that about their blog? You’re touching people’s lives, Peter. I’m not sure what people are complaining about. I rather read the JLP than what happened to Lindsay Lohan, the Salahi’s, the Queen and her half-bread relatives across the pond, the Donald, and the latest installment on how much more doomed my retirement would be in 35 years.

    Carry on, and keep us half-wit literary junkies ‘going.’

    E

    • Peter says:

      Good to hear, Emerson. I’ve always liked to imagine my readers pinching one out while carefully poring over these entries.

  17. Dan Rollins says:

    I am curious what John said… you are talking about Dan from Night Court (still one of my favorite shows). He contacted you directly about it? I wonder if he is now an avid reader.

    • peter says:

      Yeah, he wrote me an email about it and we had a brief conversation. He asked me whether I had lost a bet and ended up with that title.

      I am certain that he checks this blog every day in search of friendship and meaning.

  18. Alicia Huseth says:

    Peter, this is hilarious. Great blog, and incidentally…your dad always reminded me of John Larroquette…

  19. Me says:

    I love John Larroquette so much! He maybe 64, but oh is he sooooooooooooooooo great and handsome. Please tell him that I think he rocks! He was great in How To Succeed In Business and Night Court. I also loved watching Happy Family. Too bad my mom didn’t marry him. Oh well!

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