A Milli


It took me twenty-three months to get 500,000 hits on this blog. It’s taken eleven months to get the next half-million. So, as you can plainly see, Bark and I are WordPress millionaires.

As I did at the half-million mark, I’ll answer a few Infrequently Asked Questions below.

Dude, the book… Over a year ago, I assembled a “greatest hits” book containing about 310,000 words. I haven’t released it because I’ve been working on coming up with some content that will be unique to said book and there simply hasn’t been enough time in the day or the week or the year. 2016, however, is the year of the book. I can feel it.

And the album… Is postponed indefinitely. If I had time to record it, I’d have time to write the rest of the book and I’m not self-deluded enough not to know which one people would rather have from me.

The MelodyBurner… Discontinued, to my immense consternation and sorrow.

How are you physically? Better every day. I’m no longer kidding myself that I’ll get back to where I was in 2013, but I do expect to be functional enough to continue to race and ride and travel.

And your passenger? She’s continuing to experience some serious challenges but her spirit remains unbroken and she’s back to working her sixty-five-hour week despite having more titanium and transistors inside her than a first-gen Acura NSX. As recently noted in these pages, she’s now the owner of a Yamaha YZF-R3 and the ex-Matt-Farah Fiesta ST.

How’s the kid? He continues to be the primary joy of my life. Last week he demanded the Lego Architecture Studio so he could “make all-white buildings which is the only way I want to make them so the shape is easiest to see.” Well, they say that Frank Lloyd Wright was also demanding and unpleasant.

What about Bark? He’s up a couple grand at the tables so far this year. His son is playing goalie for a soccer team full of kids two and three years older than him. Other than the fact that he’s buried under a foot of snow in Kentucky, I don’t think he has any complaints.

Are you guys racing this year? We are aiming for the full AER season. I’m going to compete in several NASA races. Supposedly, we are also going to run the EXR series in Las Vegas but that’s up in the air as the series reschedules and changes priorities.

Any other news? Nope. Keep coming back, please. Each and every one of you is important to us and we are grateful you’re here. Without the commenters, this is a very boring site.

24 Replies to “A Milli”

  1. Avatarjz78817

    now that you have a million internet dollars, be sure and donate some to Canada. They’ve been on strike for a while, guy!

  2. Avatar-Nate

    I’m still waiting to hear about the new Moto ride……

    Hopefully with some lady on the Pillion .

    Remember Jack : always have to make John work for everything , the little things you make him tow the line on now will yield HUGE benefits in 18 + years .

    For him more directly than you .


  3. Avatarhank chinaski

    duckduckgo autocompletes ‘vodka mc’ with ‘bigbra’ as the third choice.

    thought you’d like to know.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Finally, I have a literary legacy!

      We could do a What Happened To:

      Vodka McBigbra: Just dumped her boyfriend of six months or so. Cutting hair and available on Tinder.

      Drama McHourglass: About to marry a dog trainer.

      Curvy McLegalbriefs: Supposedly very happy without me.

  4. AvatarJim

    Jack, I recently began listening to The Smoking Tire podcast and heard you for the first time. I am not sure I have ever laughed so hard. I have read and enjoyed your Road and Track work for a long time not putting a name to an article. You have such a way with words that keeps me reading and listening. It’s cool to see another outlet you have here. Keep it up.

    • Avatarjz78817

      I guess… because they were wingtips, and it’s ingrained into my mind that wingtips are the kind of shoes my grandfather wore (because that’s actually what he wore.) I’m less than a year shy of 40 and I’ll take canvas skates when it’s warm, and hiking boots when there’s shit on the ground.

    • AvatarShocktastic

      Still own my first lat 80’s Dexter cap toes that I sold to my self in 1989 at Nordies on the old commission schedule.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Cap toes are the second most formal shoes, with plain toes being the choice for black-tie events and morning formal. I’m a captoe fan myself; the Allen-Edmonds Park Avenue is, of course, the choice of all living American presidents with the exception of Barack “Cole-Haan From India” Obama.

      • AvatarComfortablyNumb

        I definitely need a pair of cap toes, but I went with the Strandmok for my first venture into big boy shoes. They’re really versatile, and I can’t do leather soles since I wrecked my knee playing hockey.

  5. AvatarSajiv W

    Longtime reader of yours both on TTAC and here (from Sri Lanka of all places!) but I don’t usually comment. Anyway, just wanted to say cheers on hitting a million views and may it keep growing!

    Thanks for the writing that you and Bark do, always enjoyable to read.

  6. AvatarTim

    Hi Jack.

    I rarely comment but I do always read what you write here and generally enjoy it. So thanks for what you have done and for what’s coming up next. It’s appreciated.

  7. AvatarDan R.

    Jack, have been thoroughly enjoying your work and adventures since the SSL days. You’ve got a truly unique voice, man. Congrats on the millionaire status – so long as you keep keep writing, I’ll keep reading.

    On a random note, just out of curiosity, do you ever read anything by Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice? He’s not a journalist in the traditional sense (whatever that means) but I’m a big fan of his writing and I see a lot of similarities – not necessarily in your writing styles per se, but in your sensibilities and interesting trajectories that led you to writing careers.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      My friend Josh Howard sent me a few Gavin McInnes pieces — I was troubled by his defense of Terry Richardson, but in general I like reading the guy.

      • AvatarDan R.

        Understandable re: Terry Richardson – GM writes/says a lot of unfashionable/controversial things, but he does seem to back most of it up. If you’re interested in reading more of his stuff, I found his autobiographical “Death Of Cool” hilarious.


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