How’m I Doin’, Hey, Hey – March Edition

Dear Readers:

Happy April Fools Day!  But this is no joke, this is the day when my Marketing Division are forced to prove their worth to the corporate entity!  Unfortunately, my Marketing Division consists of Holy Fools and Useful Idiots.

Okay, Idiots, give me the stats.  You, over there, Yurodivy, skulking around in your monk’s cassock and muttering in a low growl, “You murdered the Tsarevich!”  No, I most certainly did not murder the Tsarevich, and all I want from you is a couple of lousy statistics.

Fine, I’ll look it up myself.  Here goes:  As compared with the month of February, in March my Page Views went up – from 3,470 to 4,455.  My number of Distinct Visitors (the metric I care about more) also went up, from 2,013 to 2,211.  Yay!

Next: My standard disclaimer:


Your Privacy is Important to Me: WordPress calculates who is a distinct person by their I.P. address. It also uses the I.P. address to deduce which country you live in. I myself can’t see I.P. addresses unless you leave a comment. In which case I can see your email address; and from that I COULD look up your I.P. if I were curious, which I am not.

Next: Before posting my usual “Parade of Nations”, this here is my nostalgic trip down memory lane. In which I narcissistically “look-back” through my own posts of the last month, self-assess them, and highlight a few which I think are particularly good, I call this feature:

Highlights of the Month

So, here we go:

  • My review of the Met opera La Fille du regiment was pretty good, if I do say so myself.
  • Next, we had some linking stories about the punking of Elliott Abrams and Juan Guaidó.  Quite apropos for the topic of April Fools Day!  First this one, and then a later followup.  Even though these Russian pranksters are funny, their business is quite a serious one:  Namely, to expose the world’s miscreants as the Fools and Criminals that they truly are.
  • In between those prank calls, we had the Russian censorship law, of which I disapprove. Although my arguments were not fully researched nor sufficiently nuanced, as commenter Nat pointed out.
  • Aside from the pranksters, I did several other pieces on the Venezuela situation, not surprisingly, since it’s the hot topic.  For example, Marco Rubio’s classic gaffe about the German Dam.  Anybody can make a silly mistake, but one feels no sympathy for Rubio, since he is trying to start a major shooting war.  In which real people would get killed.  And also this followup on the issue of Juan Guaidó’s mastery (or lack of) of the English language.  Not that it’s a crime to not know English, but just that Juan might have cheated his way into an American university?  Not unlike the offspring of certain Hollywood stars…
  • Then this series of posts on Nazi-Rehabilitator Volodymyr Viatrovych and his Bandera-Hitler complex.
  • Penultimately, my review of the Russian TV miniseries Godunov.  This is a ripping good show, and I can’t wait to see the sequel.
  • And ending the month with my opera review of the Met’s Walküre.  Again, I think that my opera reviews are pretty darned good!  Although, in this case, I did not attempt to fix the ending by rewriting into a happy one, which is what I usually do, because I am spending way too much money on boxes of kleenex.  In this case, though, it’s … well, it’s The Ring.  And nobody rewrites The Ring.  Not even George Bernard Shaw allowed himself to rewrite The Ring!

So, that was it, for March 2019. But now, my friends, it is time for that Pomp and Circumstance that everybody has been waiting for: Time to march on with the

Parade Of Nations

My 2,211 March visitors hail from the following countries, in order of most to least page views. WordPress allows me to save these stats as a CSV file, from which I copy-pasted onto here:

United States 2195
Canada 390
Hong Kong SAR China 300
New Zealand 222
United Kingdom 207
Australia 157
France 89
Germany 83
Brazil 78
Hungary 72
Russia 66
Serbia 42
Ireland 37
Romania 34
Finland 29
India 24
Ukraine 23
Czech Republic 23
Italy 22
Spain 21
Norway 21
South Africa 19
Sweden 18
Netherlands 17
Japan 16
Poland 13
Switzerland 13
Austria 12
Singapore 12
South Korea 12
Portugal 12
Greece 11
Mexico 10
Slovenia 9
United Arab Emirates 7
Indonesia 7
Turkey 7
Israel 7
Kazakhstan 5
Montenegro 5
Lithuania 5
European Union 5
Philippines 5
Macedonia 4
Slovakia 4
Estonia 4
Costa Rica 4
Thailand 4
Egypt 4
Puerto Rico 4
Luxembourg 4
Panama 4
Belgium 3
Latvia 3
Malaysia 3
Honduras 3
Colombia 3
Bulgaria 2
Dominican Republic 2
Taiwan 2
Argentina 2
Pakistan 2
Lebanon 2
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2
Bangladesh 2
Croatia 2
Uganda 1
Iceland 1
Peru 1
Bahrain 1
China 1
American Samoa 1
Sri Lanka 1
Morocco 1
Cyprus 1
Saudi Arabia 1
Georgia 1
Paraguay 1
Kenya 1
Ghana 1
Uzbekistan 1
Nepal 1
Nigeria 1
Vietnam 1
Armenia 1
Chile 1
Belarus 1
Brunei 1
Mauritius 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1

Thanks, everybody!

Sincerely yours,

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