After this post, the (anniversary) Party is Over, unless Betty Cracker or someone else sneaks in an anniversary post before midnight!
Here’s an awesome video of Lily and Rosie and Guesley!
So nice to see everyone in their prime!
I want to give another shout-out to Steeplejack for all the time he spent and energy he expended helping to find the classic posts.
In this last anniversary post, can we talk about favorite comments over the years?
Commenters we miss and why? (If we build it, they will come?)
And in the spirit of “make new friends, but keep the old”, if you have a favorite commenter or a front-pager who’s still here that you really appreciate, feel free to chime in with that too and tell us why.
And a few more classic posts for your reading pleasure.
Ginger, Thurston and Lovey!
There are so many more of Thurston and the whole crew that i will just link to all of them in a comment below.
This marvelous poem by Subaru Diane came in just under the wire! (details in the comments below)
BALLOON JUICE TURNS TWENTY
by Subaru Diane
Balloon Juice is really as good as it gets
(Come for the politics, stay for the pets)
Sometimes it’s cheerful and sometimes it’s rude
(Come for the animals, stay for the food)
It’s for excellent jackals — plus assholes and dicks
(Come for the recipes, stay for the flicks)
It’s for interests, hobbies, and fun of all sorts
(Come for the movie nights, stay for the sports)
It is run by a fellow who doesn’t wear pants
(Come for the football and stay for the plants)
It’s for brilliant professors and every-day loons
(Come for the gardens and stay for the tunes)
We argue the redistribution of wealth
(Come for the music and stay for the health)
So many smart people! So many good deeds,
So many great outcomes we planted as seeds.
This place fits as comfortably as an old glove,
So come to Balloon Juice and stay for the love.