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.