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Silus Grok: Shiny New Permablogger

Rusty - October 18, 2007

Many of you bloggernacle old-timers will know that Silus has guest-posted here at the ‘Moons a couple of times before. What you probably don’t know is that Soylent Green is people. Also, we are proud to say that we have the first (what will soon be called) “token gay permablogger” in the bloggernacle (Susan is our token female permablogger and we’re still looking for a token black permablogger, though we’d be happy with just an occasional black commenter!).

Silus is a terrific bloke, grew up in Spokane (though I never knew him), went to seminary with my older sister, went to BYU and currently lives in Utah. He can reveal any more than that if he so chooses. He has and will continue to maintain his personal ramblings here.

Welcome Silus!


  1. Awesome!

    Comment by Susan M — October 18, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Thank you, Rusty!

    I’m flattered. I’ve been a constant reader and frequent commenter since Nine Moons launched, and I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to join the family.

    Now, Rusty did forget to mention that I’m single… and available for set-up (good Mormon guys are hard to find, you know). But I’ll give Rusty a break on that one… I mean, with all of the things that interest me — LDS doctrine, urban planning, cooking, public policy, literature, Heroes — it’s sometimes hard to remember the little things.

    And I’m fine with being a token gay permablogger, because it means that I’m not the “full-time” gay permablogger or the “official” gay permablogger. It means that we’ll all sometimes forget that I’m gay, and just focus on how charming I am.

    : )

    And in the spirit of being the token — and not full-time — gay permablogger, my first post won’t be the least bit gay. But if you’re hankering for something gay in the mean time, let me point you to a recent letter I wrote to a mother who thinks her son may be gay. It weighs-in at about 2000 words, so that should suffice until I get my gay on around here.

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 18, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  3. Wow, this on the same day I removed his personal blog from my selections at ldselect. Wierd. Most posts there weren’t really up my alley, but I look forward to what you may add here.

    Comment by cantinflas — October 18, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  4. cantiflas,
    This blog has a different focus (or lack thereof) than his personal blog so I expect that his posts here will have a little more of the Nine Moons flair that you’re used to (whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know).

    Comment by Rusty — October 18, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

  5. Rusty is right, of course.

    (You cannot escape me, cantinflas…so why even try?)

    So no need to fear.

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 18, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

  6. Nice header! I like the graffiti over other blog titles thing going on there … very amusing and cool to look at.

    Also, congrats to 9M and Silus … his posts here before were very interesting.

    Comment by danithew — October 18, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

  7. Welcome back, Silus! I also am single, charming, and living in Utah, but I’ve got my eye on this girl that I can’t seem to shake, sorry. That and my roommate would get jealous, I think.


    Nice banner. Is that some sort of East Coast tag? It looks nothing like the stuff I’m used to. I’ve always regretted not learning how to write in tag and/or bubble tag.

    Comment by Bret — October 18, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

  8. Rusty, This is like the Yankees bringing back Roger Clemens. Ask them how that turned out. :)

    Comment by cj douglass — October 18, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

  9. CJ,
    I see you haven’t changed your name to CJ Willoughby yet.

    Comment by Rusty — October 18, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

  10. Bret,
    It’s never too late to learn how to tag.

    Comment by Rusty — October 18, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

  11. Wow… no fair using a sports metaphor in the presence of a gay man, CJ.


    Besides… I’m not being paid $4.5M a post — and you would never catch me playing for the Astos. I mean, seriously: a Texas sports franchise? What is this, the 80s?

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 18, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

  12. *Astros

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 18, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  13. @Bret: if it works out with that girl, maybe you could introduce me to your roommate!


    Comment by Silus Grok — October 18, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

  14. I see you haven’t changed your name to CJ Willoughby yet.

    CJ Douglass is much more jaded than CJ Willoughby. I might miss the pessimistic sarcasm that you’ve all come to love and enjoy.

    Ever heard of the Salt Lake 1st Ward? Mormon Myth? or the real deal?

    Comment by cj douglass — October 18, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  15. The “gay” ward? It’s a myth.

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 18, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

  16. btw Silus, welcome. In the words of Michael Scott, “Its not your gayness that defines you. Its you Mexican-ness that defines you.”

    Comment by cj douglass — October 18, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

  17. Cool. Welcome Silas.

    Now, I’ll know Rusty has really forged new ground when he invites our first token anti-Mormon (posts heavily edited).

    For now, I much prefer “token gay Mormon.”

    Comment by Seth R. — October 18, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

  18. You should wish you lived on Butler Street, cj. Maybe the next move will take you there.

    Comment by Mark B. — October 18, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

  19. Welcome, Silus!

    cj, I seriously laughed at loud at that one! (#16) Which reminds me, my tivo has the new episode that is begging to be watched…

    Comment by Cheryl — October 18, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

  20. Silus is totally awesome. I say that because 1) his comments and thoughts are always totally awesome, and 2) he knows me and my family from Spokane very well, and thus has the capacity to humiliate me with revealing information at any moment, but he never has, which further demonstrates he total awesomeness. I have to take 2) on faith and on the basis of circumstantial evidence, since I’m not sure I actually remember him. But then, half the time I don’t even remember who my own children are, so don’t trust me.

    Comment by Russell Arben Fox — October 19, 2007 @ 5:53 am

  21. Russell,
    Because I also fit both your #1 and #2 then I presume I am totally awesome too. Thank you.

    Comment by Rusty — October 19, 2007 @ 6:41 am

  22. Silus is a good man. He prefers Allen Edmonds as all distinguished gentlemen do.

    Comment by bbell — October 19, 2007 @ 8:03 am

  23. Except for you, Rusty, I don’t have to take 2) on faith and circumstantial evidence, as Jesse will vouch for your existence. Plus, we’ve met, like, twice, I think.

    Comment by Russell Arben Fox — October 19, 2007 @ 8:36 am

  24. Well, Russell… I most certainly do remember you. You were one of the “smart ones” I secretly worshiped in high school… and my association with your family has been an unmitigated blessing. Your uncle, especially, played a wonderful role in my life.

    bbell… well, of course I do! What else would you wear? Handmade shoes (that last for 10 years, no less!) are the frugal’s delight.

    Comment by Silus Grok — October 19, 2007 @ 8:54 am

  25. The “gay” ward? It’s a myth.

    Ah, but the myth hangs by its toenails from pieces of reality.

    The old Manhattan 3rd Ward (in the late 80′s) covered most of the island south of 42nd Street. I heard a leader of the stake refer to it as the gay ward.

    Comment by Mark B. — October 19, 2007 @ 11:29 am

  26. Great. I love Nine Moons and I love Silus Grok

    Oh no, I just said I love a gay dude… Darn it.. I meant that I love his eccentric musings over at The Crows nest..

    I just like Silus Grok.. but not in the eighth grade school yard way that I “liked” Abby Morris.. I just… I…

    Darn it Rusty, you made everything all awkward.

    Comment by Ryan — October 19, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

  27. I’m looking forward to the posts, the four part series Silus did earlier remains one of my favorite groups of bloggernacle posts.

    Comment by jjohnsen — October 19, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

  28. Welcome Silus! I visited Spokane before you were born for the Worlds Fair in 1974. “Celebrating a Fresh New Environment” was the theme and the city did an amazing thing in turning the old railroad yard into a beautiful river park. My last visit there was in 1979 when we made a return trip after I graduated from the University of Idaho (go Vandals!) in 1977. Spokane is a beautiful place to start your life. I look forward to your posts.

    Comment by lamonte — October 20, 2007 @ 6:48 am

  29. Yeah, this ought to be cool. Let me join everyone else in saying “Yay”!

    Comment by tracy m — October 21, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  30. Super cool, Silas! I’m looking forward to your posts.

    Comment by Melissa DM — October 21, 2007 @ 5:44 am

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