A Brief History of theMangoTimes

Although you are reading this in “blog” format, this is not how theMangoTimes began it’s life.

Back in 1995, I graduated from dental school, packed up the family minivan and headed to the NW corner of California for my first job as a "real" dentist. I spent one month working in a dental clinic on a small indian reservation on the Trinity River (the home of Bigfoot…Sasquatch…the Yeti).

Instead of just dropping me off, I somehow convinced Kenj to stay with me. So for one month we lived in a one bedroom Best Western motel room with our two sons (age 2 and 6months at the time). While I practiced dentistry and we explored the area, I began to send out a weekly email to a few family and friends that detailed our family activities. I called it “theMangoTimes” because I sent it from my first email account MangoAndy@aol.com (back when AOL distributed their free software on floppy disks). It was an email-log of our experiences (not technically a weblog, but it had the heart of what I do here today…so I like to think of it as the original weblog).

At the time, I was receiving Jimmy Buffett's newsletter called "The Coconut Telegraph" which was named for one of Jimmy's songs. In the song, Jimmy sings about a fake gossip column that chronicles all the weekend happenings in a small island community. The gist – you didn’t want to end up with your name mentioned in “The Coconut Telegraph”. You can listen to a clip of the song here!

I liked the idea of a newsletter/gossip column, so when we returned home, I continued to chronicle our family adventures. I kept the tropical theme and paid homage to another Buffett song, “The Last Mango In Paris” and theMangoTimes was born. Intially theMT was a monthly email and then I learned how to load it on the web. I began discussing everything from bad candy to 1970′s cartoons to really bad parental myths (knuckle popping, etc…). It was easy to write once each month.

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Eventually life got really busy (we started having kids by the bucket loads) and I worked hard at building my business. It just took too much time to write, upload, and design a webpage. In 2008, I discovered blogging. I enjoyed the new twist and the new forum. No longer a slave to monthly writings and deadlines, I now blog, update and write as things pop across my "make-believe" editor's desk. 

theMangoTimes continues to be a place for me to poke fun where I deem appropriate. I offer comments on a few of my favorite topics including: my parents, my childhood, television, candy, old friends, ridiculous church behavior, faith-less phariseeism, dopey homeschoolers, and anyone that let's a cat sleep in their bed. I will tell you the funny stuff that the kids say and we’ll try to encourage you to read, watch a movie, or try something I liked.

One last fact…I don’t like mangos. I like coconuts, pineapples, papayas, passionfruit, kiwi, and any other tropical fruit that goes into a drink…but I’ve never been fond of the mango – they are too bitter or something. It works for my blog, but don’t buy me one thinking I’ll be excited. I won't.

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Quietly making noise,

Fletch