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 Kendra 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).
Eventually, theMT was written monthly and finally I learned how to load it on the web. I discussed everything from bad candy to 1970′s cartoons to really bad parental myths (knuckle popping, etc…). It was easy to write once each month.
Then 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. Then 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 pet 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. It goes without saying, but I also want to hear from you, so use the Say Aloha!/Contact Form to drop me a note.
Quietly making noise,