So Long, Poconos

(This … sniff sniff … looks like the last blog post I’m going to be able to write. I likely won’t have time to file a Weekend Fun Guide tomorrow. I’ll try, but it looks unlikely right now. Keep an eye on the Facebook page if there are any updates to that plan. You should know this already, but I love each and every one of you, my readers. Thanks for eight great years in the Poconos.)

“Smell ya later.”

In one of my favorite Simpsons episodes when Lisa dates Nelson the bully for an all-too-brief period, they inevitably break up. Even as pre-teens, they both knew they were too different to make it work.

But instead of making a big scene, Lisa doesn’t want to say good-bye and permanently cut off ties with Nelson.

Instead, she chooses to use Nelson’s signature sign-off, “Smell ya later.” It’s endearing, heartfelt and makes you believe those two crazy kids might possibly cross paths again.

*FF to the 14-minute mark*

So that’s what I’ll say, Poconos. Smell ya later.

This is my last column I’ll be writing for the Pocono Record or for PopRox, the local entertainment and pop culture blog I started in 2007. Actually, if you’re reading this in the Sunday paper, I’m already gone.

If you’re familiar with blogging, you’ve probably have heard of “tags.” They’re “search engine optimization” words that relate to what you’re writing about so that people searching those terms on Google or Bing will find your blog.

As a way to go through old times, just thought I’d share the words I’ve tagged most — the subjects I’ve written about most — in the last four years since I’ve had a tag-supported blog:

the winner. not that they care.

Avengers — 56 tags
I joked in early 2012 that I would attempt to trudge through one blog entry without mentioning Avengers. I failed. “Avengers” the model of how a movie franchise should be built in today’s entertainment world, the perfect mesh of brilliant quality and blatant capitalism.

The Office — 55 tags
It sure helped that for two years, one of its top writers and producers — and FOP (Friend of PopRox) — was Stroudsburg grad Daniel Chun.

Mad Men — 53 tags
These were for the 10 other people that actually watch “Mad Men,” while the hundreds of other readers rolled their eyes and scrolled to the part where I wrote about a TV show being canceled.

Dark Knight/Dark Knight Rises — 49 tags
The Dark Knight came out in 2008, a little bit before I was able to use tags, so this would almost definitely be No. 1 if that was taken into account. But let’s just say when two movies combine to gross more than $2 billion worldwide, I’m interested.

Some form of Glee — 48 tags
I’m off Glee for now. I’m pretty sure it’s beyond a point of no return, and I don’t have time for hate-watching.

this was a given.

Spider-Man/Amazing Spider-Man — 45 tags
My favorite literary character. (Not a joke.)

Community — 44 tags
Helped by the whole Chevy Chase-Dan Harmon thing last year.

Sherman Theater — 38 tags
Pretty much tells you that in my time here, it was the dominant concert force in the Poconos. Not that we didn’t know that already.

Sons of Anarchy — 33 tags
Kind of surprised at this one. Didn’t think I wrote about it this much.

Fringe — 33 tags
Full disclosure — when I mentioned Fringe in the Pocono Record’s Afternoon Update, or when I tagged it on the blog, it got more hits. Even though I loved the show, it was something I made sure to write about.

Friday Night Lights — 32 tags
At a disadvantage because it hasn’t been on in three years. Yet I still feel sorry for anyone who didn’t watch it because they thought it was just a football show.

ahhhh. the gus face.

Breaking Bad — 32 tags
And I didn’t even start watching until June 2011 while my wife was on maternity with our second daughter, Caroline. We burned through three seasons in less than a month just in time for the 11 p.m. rebroadcast of the season premiere in July.

Arrested Development — 25 tags
Worth noting that former Record ad sales guru Dan Boback is the one that turned me on to it and loaned me the DVDs, and now it’s in my top 10 comedies of all time.

And that’s it, Poconos. Smell ya later.

Michael Sadowski is about to be a freelance writer who can be contacted, now and forever, at sadowski_michael@yahoo.com.

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