Grateful thanks on the last night of the old year

Last year I was in my office, writing a conference paper. And we were still mourning Lucas North. So there is progress!

I had four invitations this year, including a wedding of someone in my new town, a mass gathering with researcher friends at a hotel on a convenient, centrally located interstate highway, and two invites from people in my hometown who knew I was home. But I think it’s time for a quiet, contemplative New Year. We’re supposed to get snow. I’m going to venture out and see if I can find some “fancy” cheese for fondue. Put that in quotations marks because, of course, all that the average European buys in cheese this particular week is wonderful, flavorful Swiss cheese, perhaps grated in advance by the cheesemonger. Or else cheese for raclette. Mmmm, memories of St Sylvestres past. I should be able to get some Gruyère and Emmentaler, but the price is likely to stun me. I’ll also have to dig out the fondue pot my parents got as a wedding present back in the day. If I don’t find that stuff, I’ll make scalloped potatoes and venison chops with broccoli on the side and some nice pie for dessert. My parents never go out on New Years’ Eve and are usually in bed by nine anyway. If all works well, I’ll ring in the New Year in blessed silence, looking out the window at the trees, covered with snow. Or, if there’s no snow, standing on the back porch, looking up at the stars.

Tanni Tanni’s beautiful wallpaper, via RAFrenzy.

Anyway.

What I really want to say today is “thanks.”

Thanks to the delightful Richard Armitage, of course. And there’ll be more about that in the next year, naturally. The plan for this blog after October 2010 was to continue it until the premiere of the first installment of The Hobbit. Circumstances allowing, I plan to stick with that, although I admit that a little voice in my head wonders whether that will be long enough.

I feel a bit the need to say an elegiac thanks now, though, because I have a suspicion that we’re about to get overrun. Hits on this blog have declined from the absolute peaks on the premiere of Captain America and the trailer for The Hobbit, but they’re holding at a noticeably higher level than before. I’m having a hard time keeping even with comments the way I would like and I don’t anticipate it will get easier. Welcome, lurkers; welcome, casual visitors. The signs in the air say general (i.e., non-fan) interest in Armitage is growing. Peter Jackson is a master of publicity, and I don’t think that he’s going to have jacked us up, step by tantalizing step, for all of 2011 — only to abandon us in 2012. @Rob, our local marketing expert, has noted that most of a movie budget goes to marketing and promotion. We’re going to meet a lot of new people this year as they jump on the bandwagon. And this time, next year, we’re going to be reeling in what is likely to be for us an unparalleled wave of publicity and pictures. It’s already occurred to me that there’s no way Richard Armitage will manage a Christmas message next year unless he writes it in August. He’s going to have to appear at all the premieres in the different cities; he’s going to have to be interviewed; he’s going to have be photographed. So what seems like a crazy amount of publicity from our perspective is going to require a crazy amount of work — over and above the hard work that will already have gone into filming — on his part, too.

Richard Armitage, I wish you all the strength you can muster. But also, all the joy you can bear. You amply deserve whatever good things come your way, and I’ll be cheering for you all along. I hope you find time to grin at least a few times where I can see a picture of it!

But just as importantly, I feel a strong need to say thanks to everyone in this loose association of people I’ve been calling Armitageworld. I’m grateful for the work of the people who maintain the big fan sites, and probably don’t say that enough. RichardArmitageOnline; RichardArmitageNet.com; Richard Armitage Central come to mind immediately. I don’t know how I’d ever have gotten started without you all, or how I’d keep going. You do a tremendous amount of work. Even though I don’t often read the discussion boards, I’m grateful you guys are there, I know you go through a lot of work, and I know that a lot of people find friends there. And, finally, I’m grateful for the society of bloggers (see sidebar — I’m not going to call you all out, because I don’t want to omit anyone) that seems to broaden just a little bit every week, and I probably don’t say that, enough, either, or leave nearly as many comments as I should. On many mornings in the last few years I thought, “I know I’ll have something to look forward today on one of those blogs,” and that got me moving.

But as long as I’m opening the gratitude floodgate here, let me admit to this:

The fact that people wanted to read this blog, wanted to comment, wanted to be friends, wanted to participate vicariously in my escapades, was something I never anticipated having happen. I started blogging to vent my fear that I was going crazy. It was naive of me not to realize that there was already a developed Armitageworld out there, but finding it and living in it has been one of the biggest joys of the last two years.

I never thought that a blog that was started as a coping mechanism would develop such a large regular readership, made up of people I’d never met.

I never thought, when I was trying to find some piece of information, that people I’d never met would offer me links and teach me how to use software to obtain the media files I was looking for.

I never thought, when I was struggling in my job or my in my life or with my parents, that people I’d never met would reach out to console me or make a suggestion or offer their prayers.

I never thought that some of those people I’d never met would become so adept at reading me that they’d drop me notes to make sure everything was all right based on a single phrase I wrote.

I never thought I’d make a fan vid for people I’d never met.

I never thought, when I had a charitable impulse, that four other women I’d never met would spontaneously join the challenge and several hundred others would leave a comment to support it.

OK, let’s admit, I never thought I’d actually meet people whom I’d never met because of doing this!

I never thought that people I’d never met would drop me messages or leave comments to share their own life experiences and reassure me that I would come out on the other side.

I never thought, when I was trying to make a career decision in a limited time frame, that people I’d never met would email me their phone numbers and tell me to call if I needed to talk about it.

I’d never thought, when I didn’t write for a few days, that people I’d never met would drop me messages to say how much they’d missed the blog.

So let me say, whether you’re one of the women who’s sort of become an informal pastor to me in the last two years, or you never say anything but you’re praying for me; whether you’re a regular commentator, or just lurk; whether you’ve consented to be interviewed; whether you write some of the wonderful fanfic I love to read or make vids or art or even little plastic figures; whether you dropped a comment to generate a donation, or you made a donation yourself; whether you prefer squee or would rather read analysis; whether you loved John Bateman or you hated him; whether you read every day or just every now and then; whether you love the blog or only read it because it enrages you — thank you for having been there, thank you for being there now. Thank you for all the energy you expend to make Armitageworld such a pleasant place to live.

Come to think of it: I guess maybe I have met you, now.

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Thanks, and best wishes for 2012. ‘nen guten Rutsch to my Germanophone friends. I’ll be on the road again, the next two days, reading intermittently.

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. My cap. Can’t wait for 2012!

~ by Servetus on December 31, 2011.

74 Responses to “Grateful thanks on the last night of the old year”

  1. The wallpaper looks great on your blog!!

    Going to be an interesting year. : D

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    • yeah, normally I don’t post wallpapers when I saw it on yours I thought it would go so well with my color scheme. Thanks! 🙂 And Happy New Year!

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    • Is it just me, or does Richard look like he’s stepped from the pages of a James Bond novel in this wallpaper made by Tanni for New Year?

      Not sure that I would ever want him to play that character, but he does look pretty amazing in the photo.

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  2. Happy New Year, Servetus. May the next year bring even better surprises. 🙂

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  3. Tee hee. ^_^
    Your blog maketh me to grinnify. ^_^
    New Year’s HUG for you. 🙂
    -Rammskein

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  4. Happy New Year!

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  5. Hope your 2012 is filled with joy, happiness and good health. Thank you for writing this blog. I find it to be a continual source of enjoyment and full of things to make me think…mixed, of course, with plenty of gorgeousness to squee over 🙂 I look forward to reading more in the New Year xxx

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  6. What a wonderful way to wrap up your year! Thanks for sharing your inner self with us and also for being such an inspiration.
    I am pleased that you are in a better place in your life and I hope it keeps getting better! All the best to you in 2012!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your blog with us & for spreading the Armitage joy in such an inspirational way. I’m looking forward to your posts next year (which will indeed be quite the year!). Have a peaceful & quiet New Year – wishing you health and happiness for 2012.

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  8. Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your thought-provoking blog. I’ve learned so much about many other topics besides RA. Keep on sharing! I hope you have the New Year’s Eve that is perfect for you. Must admit I am rooting for snow wherever you are, as it snows about an inch every 10+ years here in the sunny south! A quiet, gentle snowfall makes for very romantic imagery! Happy New Year!

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    • Thanks for the comment, Kate, and welcome to the blog. And Happy New Year, of course. We did get the snow. It was nice, as it had been unseasonably snowless and the ground was barely white at Christmas.

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  9. Dear Servetus and everyone

    Thank you for this and all the many websites and blogs dedicated to Mr Armitage. I really appreciate all the hard work of each of you. I thoroughly enjoy the comments posted and the great fun and education received. Looking forward to more in the coming 12 months.

    Wishing you all a very Happy New Year

    With hope and prayers that 2012 will bring you all an abundance of good health, great happiness, and many rich blessings in your life.

    What a wonderful year 2012 will be for Mr Armitage and us too! Can’t wait to take this journey with you all as we eagerly await the release of The Hobbit. It’s going to be a fantastic ride everyone, so hold on tight! xx

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    • Hey, lizzie — thanks for all the comments you make and in particular I hope that the health and blessings you have wished for others come to you this year sevenfold.

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  10. Thank you for your thought provoking blog. I love your posts on Mr. Armitage. But, I also love when you venture onto other topics-both educating us and giving us something to think about. Wishing you and everyone else a wonderful New Year, filled with all kinds of blessings!

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  11. Thank you Servetus. What a wonderful blog you have and an even more amazing ability to communicate such introspection. I am grateful to you and many others in the RA world who work hard at putting information together and offer support and fun to us.

    May 2012 bring many blessings to all those in this community. I am so looking forward to journey with all of you in support of this amazing actor who has both inspired us and brought us together.

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  12. Happy New Year to you, Servetus! ‘Guten Rutsch’, but please don’t take it too literally. Have a safe and lovely journey and a wonderful and successful year 2012, which hopefully will bring you all the opportunities you need and want!

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    • hmm, it’s usually Germans who are telling me that “Rutsch” in this case has nothing to do with slipping — people are always telling me that it’s a corruption of “Rosh” and thus a Yiddishim. I have no opinion on this question.

      Rutsch oder Rosh, ich hoffe, Du hattest einen Guten!!

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      • I am not sure about the “Rutsch”. My German professor very much doubted the Jiddish explanation, as the greeting appears quite late and during the time it appears, there was a very pessimistic world view with discussions, how one steps, slides or glides through time, especially between the years (centuries in that case). So I would say, all explanations make some kind of sense ;o)

        Gute Reise, Servetus! Ich hoffe, Du bist auch gut ins Neue Jahr gekommen. Alles Gute für 2012!

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        • I didn’t find the simultaneous vowel and consonant shift very convincing. I could have seen “Rosh” becoming “Rosch” or “Rusch” but “Rutsch”? But it’s Germans who are always telling me this.

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  13. “I know I’ll have something to look forward today on one of the blogs”

    For me, yours is that blog, Serv. The first one I go to, often several times a day, just to check for new stuff or read comments. When I anticipate a bad day, or have had a bad day, it’s great to know I can come here (or to any of the other blogs you’ve so helpfully provided a link to) and cheer up, at least for a little while. So for that, I say thank you.

    Enough schmaltz! Hope you have a great night, and a great 2012. Enjoy!

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  14. Am on my own for first time ever on new year’s eve after death of my husband and I am so glad of all the Armitage friends who keep me from feeling alone. many thanks to you especially.

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  15. Servetus, thank you for your blog. I haven’t comment anymore, but have to read it every day. I admire you greatly and wish you a wonderful 2012.

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  16. Thanks so much for your blog – it makes life so much more fun! It will be an amazing year I’m sure! Can’t wait! Happy New Year!

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  17. Midnight in London now, and I’m thinking of Richard, wondering how he’s celebrating. I hope he’s having fun, he deserves to! 2012 is shaping up to be such an exciting, busy year for him.

    Thankyou for your wonderful blog, servetus. May this year be all that you wish for. Happy New Year! I hope it snows for you. *hugs* 🙂

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    • I admit that I wondered that, too, Mezz. Dancing? Clubbing? Bubbly? A couch potato evening with a good friend or two?

      I got your wish with the snow. Happy New Year to you, too. We look forward to seeing those vids!

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      • I’m working on a couple! I’ve reached the point where I’m actually considering posting them on Vimeo, as it’s a less daunting prospect than YT, and I really would appreciate feedback. Thankyou for your encouragement! 🙂

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  18. Just: thanks for your blog, servetus. It has been a great journey this past couple of years!

    All the best in 2012.

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  19. Thank, Servet for in a offering intelligent, sensitive, fun and friendly blog. It is not always easy to expose yourself, but you do it with truth and courage, helping many others to discover own way.

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  20. Happy New Year, and thanks for keeping things going. I love this blog!

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  21. Peace. And thanks.

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  22. Thank you so much for writing this blog. Until reading yours, I didn’t see much point in the exercise, but I have enjoyed your posts so much, I now embrace it fully. Between the laughter and the learning, between the commentary and your willingness to share your thoughts, you have me hoping that you’ll continue long after your original projection.

    Have a wonderful new year!

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    • That’s a kind thing to say, ladyanne. It’s not the easiest thing to write, but the challenge makes it fun as do the responses of such caring readers.

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  23. Happy 2012, Servetus! I am very grateful to have found your blog this year. Curiosity about RA may have been the calling card to your doorstep – but I’ve long since tuned in as a fan for YOU (I’m a bit too newly exposed to RA’s work to be familiar with pre-existing fan structures).

    Your blog works like a lightning rod for me: it’s the central conducting and grounding line to the wonderful community of bloggers and contributors you call ‘Armitageworld’ (each of whom celebrates or nurtures in their own way that elusive gestational process known as ‘creative expression’).

    I agree with what Ana Cris says above – your courage lights the way. 🙂

    See you in the New Year.

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    • Thanks. You had some courageous moments this year, too, I think. I love the community I’ve discovered by writing. Happy New Year!

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  24. Happy New Year 🙂
    Wishing you a year of health,
    wealth, happiness, luck, warmth…
    And loads of love of your dear ones!
    Hope the New Year
    showers you with…
    All that is beautiful!
    Happy New Year!

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  25. Happy New Year! 🙂 Let 2012, will bring you much love, good health, joy, and let your dreams come true.
    Thank you for all the posts in the last year, which give me so much to think, and I admit that I look forward to your next posts. 🙂

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  26. I’m a newcomer in the “armitageworld” as you call it, but i couldn’t agree more with you 🙂
    I wish you the best for 2012 and I hope, as a french proud member of the armitage army, I’ll spread the word among the French. 🙂

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  27. Happy New Year to you, Servetus and your readers!

    Win a Little Guy! Go over to my blog where I start the year with a Guy Fanfic. See my blog for more details. Be quick, there is only a couple of days to respond!

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  28. I am grateful for the Armitage world too 🙂 Thank you so much for a funny, inspiring and interesting blog. Wishing you a gReAt new year 😉

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  29. Your blog is excellent. I stumbled across it while looking up RA, and found a treasure trove of ideas that has pushed me to stretch my brain, modelled courage and compassion, demonstrated how to put across complex ideas in clear language, and often made me laugh my socks off.

    Thank you.

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    • Thanks, Karen, for your kind words and your regular support. The nicest thing you say is about the laughter — I think this blog has helped me discover humor. Best wishes to you for 2012.

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  30. Thanks accepted and you’re welcome! I enjoy your blog very much, although I don’t comment very often, but I’m here. I actually started to read your blog from the beginning about a month ago, and I’m fascinated!
    Wishing you a blessed new year and lots of inspiration all the way. I will keep lurking =)

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    • Thanks so much for the comment, and best wishes to you to for the new year, whether you lurk or comment. 🙂

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  31. Master and friend in one person! Thanks to you , I learned a lot about the world and about myself;) Thank You Servetus!<3
    Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku dla Ciebie i twoich bliskich!

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  32. Thanks, Joanna. Happy new year to you — and maybe this year someone will teach me to pronounce the word Szczęśliwego. (I can manage nowego roku …) 🙂

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  33. Happy new year!! May it bring peace love and prosperity . I read something once about the circle of giving that the receiving as important as the giving bec u can’t ever fully give if u can’t ever fully receive. Being a parent had taught me so much humility in the vein of receiving.

    As Mr Rogers said “we all minister one another when we listen.” on another note armitage looks like mr Rogers on that pic with the red cardigan.

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  34. […] commenting, praying, writing me private messages, or even tearing your hair out in private. I wrote a more extensive list of what I was thankful for toward the beginning of the year, and don’t want to repeat myself. But I’m still thankful. Sometimes more […]

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  35. […] season with you.” In December 2012, I am more conscious than ever that I should also repeat what I wrote on the last night of the old year and say, “Thank you, fellow Armitage fans, for allowing us to reach this season with […]

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  36. […] had been home for five days, when one of the jobs called back. Two days to decide. She dithered. An Armitage friend whom she’d never spoken to before reassured her. She took […]

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