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Delurk 2009: Keep on Rolling

Hey, Reader, Jump Aboard
Come Aboard My Train
We Travel at the Speed of Light
In Snow and Mist and Rain

Woo-Hoo, Feel that Mighty Engine
Woo-Hoo, See that Hot Steam Rise
Nothin’ Stops this Baby
When This Locomotive Flies

You hear that Whistle Blowing?
The Wind Breezing through your Hair?
This Train Will Take You Places
Without Going Anywhere!

All Aboard the Citizen!
It’s Quite a Sight to See
So Tell Me Your Name, Darlin’
Cause the Ticket’s Always Free

Step aboard and introduce yourself to the other passengers and/or hobos. Monday will be the first sign-up day for The 2nd Annual Great Interview Experiment.


  1. Hi, I’m Bridget & I’m afraid of hobos. Please don’t write about hobos again. I may have to stop reading.

  2. I’m Jurgen Nation, aka Stacy, aka Anastacia Campbell. Woot, woot! I like long walks on the beach, sunsets and small, shiny objects. I founded and run IndieInk, so if you like to write, why not submit something there? (DO IT.)

    I am also a hobo. Bridget, I promise you there is nothing to fear. We are a humble, homely bunch with big hearts and interest in Boone’s Farm Wineries.

  3. Hi! I’m Chris and I’m a Gemini. My husband’s name is also Chris, which sometimes gives me an identity crisis, but we’re a hit at parties because everyone remembers our names.

    [Dub Taylor is an AWESOME name! (video)]

  4. I like to lurk in the dark. It’s safer for all concerned.

  5. I’m Angie. And I thought you weren’t going to write about blogging anymore.

  6. Hi, I’m kenju. I’m not a lurker, but I don’t comment all the time.

  7. Angie — Writers lie.

  8. Angie – And this post is about trains, not blogging.

  9. Do I have to come back Monday to sign up for the GIE#2?

  10. Hi there! My name is Lotus.

    I don’t actually read your website, but I wanted to come here and leave a comment just to get attention.

  11. hi. i’m jenny. also known as mommymae. happy to see you on this fine day. (i did not mean for that to rhyme, but i’m not gonna change it ’cause i have no time. {that was on purpose, but there’s nothing that rhymes with purpose, so i quit.})

  12. I’m Renee. I read this whole my daughter was watching Dinosaur Train. Yours was way more interesting.

  13. I spent many years lurking on blogs. 2009 has been my year to jump that train.

  14. Witchypoo – Yes, you need to come back. It is an old SEO trick I learned at BlogHer. Make people come back again so they have to click more. $$$$

  15. Hi, I’m Jane. I’m kinda new here so please don’t throw me under the train.

  16. Does this train serve cocktails?

  17. hi. i’m ingrid. 🙂 i adore neil because he’s creative, obsessive, funny, caring and delightful. oh yeah. all of that and a bag of chips. 😉

  18. I also hate trains. I was fine with them until my mother rented us this movie about a little girl from a poor family whose body was severed in half by a train on the track that ran behind their house. It was game over for me and trains after that.

    But I sure do enjoy your blog, Neil.

  19. Who hates trains? That is like hating America?

  20. Mamatulip — that always happens in those movies. Whenever someone is crossing tracks, they always get caught on one of the rails as the train is approaching.

  21. Did you just call me a terrorist?

  22. We live near a lot of trains. Hi, I’m Karen Sugarpants and I’ll be the one trying to throw Mama from the train. not your Mama tho. I like her.

  23. Uncouth Heathen — How would you have gotten to Seattle in the old days without a train over the Donner Pass?

  24. Covered wagon, of course. Me, my oxen and all the dysentery I could want. Didn’t you ever play Oregon Trail?

  25. Hello, Neil. Happy! Delurking. 🙂

  26. Please to explain WTF you are talking about? I’m new here. Well, not really new, just inconsistent.

  27. Hi Neil! It’s Liz: *waves at you from Sweden*

  28. ola monsieur! I have en-tered it en my cal – en – dure.

    cheeky grin

  29. Hi Neil! It’s Susan and I live in Missouri.

    Isn’t it uncanny how much alike Alan Hale and Alan Hale Jr look?

  30. WOW! Awesome!
    I’m Heather. Hi Everyone! Hi Neil! This is so very positive and uplifting of you!

  31. I’m Melissa and I’m delurking to tell you how wonderful you are.

  32. Not a lurker. Yet here I am.

  33. Might as well jump on the bandwagon… Here I am! Hi! I’m Rachel.

  34. Oh cool! I missed the boat on the interview experiment last time. Or the train, apparently.

    I’m Alejna, occasional lurker. I like trains. (Also planes. And automobiles. But I’ve never seen the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”)

  35. Hi Neil! Delurking. I love your blog! I don’t have one, tho, not creative enough!

  36. Well, I’m flattered that you’d call me “darlin'” and all, but, well, sorry.

    I’m Bill (see signature below), occasional commenter, big fan here and especially on Twitter. I blog as Daddy Is Tired, but I’m saving all my good writing for future posts.

  37. Hello, my name is Momo. Thanks for callin’ me darlin’, darlin’.

  38. Hi, I am Deidre. Except not. My real name is…something else.

    I like you’re blog though, Neil.

  39. er your blog. le sigh.

  40. Do I delurk if you already know me and love me and I comment all the time? How was that for a run on sentence? I’m the one who leaves all the sexually suggestive comments just to see if you really read them or not. Also? I’m glad I’m commenting right after Momo because I lurve her!

  41. I prefer the word “voyeur”, or even better, “pervert”.

  42. Hi I’m Emma. I sort of pointed my finger at you at BlogHer in a lame attempt to say hi without actually saying anything. If there’s a next time I promise to act more like a normal human being and speak, particularly as I have been reading and de-lurking more lately.

  43. Hi. I’m Kate. Been here more than a year – love Neil, don’t comment as often as I should.

  44. Wow, a poem! I liked that.

    You know me, but I thought I’d say hi anyway : )

  45. Velvet Verbosity here. 🙂

    p.s. Wow, I’m honored on the blog crush thing! Now I’m blog blushing.

  46. Hey, I’m Ellie. Hopped aboard at the Mouthy Housewives Train Station and still enjoying the ride.

  47. delurking to say….wait, I delurked already once this week didn’t I?

  48. I’ve only lurked once or twice. Am i on the right train?

  49. Delurking. *waves* Hi Neil!

  50. Bonjour Neil, est-ce que ça a trop l’air snob si je delurk en français?

  51. I’m still here. I’m always here.

  52. I’m headbang8. I advise Neil on aftershave and affairs of the heart.

  53. Private SciFi, reporting for duty.

    (Heh… I said duty.)

  54. I am more of a beserker than a lurker.

    That is… I rant a lot then slink back to the lurker’s corner for a xanax and a nice lie down.

  55. Morning, dear. I come and go, talking of Michelangelo.

  56. Delurking implies that I normally lurk, which I do not. Unless you post every day, in which case I can’t keep up with comments and just stay safely inside my reader, where the world outside my window moves as slowly as I want. I am from Wisconsin, you know.

  57. I’m not a blurker and I don’t play one on TV. Hey, isn’t a train a metaphor for…just saying! (waggles eyebrows sleazily)

  58. Why am I in New Jersey? I thought this train when the other way.

  59. hi neil and his reading public. i am mamies, aka amiee and it is obligatory that i love trains as i have two small twin boys obsessed with the world of trains. looking forward to the all of your blog experiments, neil.

  60. I am Amy, but I blog as The Mom. I have commented a couple of times. But like whatever.

  61. I AM delurking. Just a reader who enjoys people who write well. I also follow you on twitter. Found you after Blogher 09. Enjoyed your writing class. If only I couls write…sigh


  62. Yeah, I lurk here. This site is ok.

    Attractive women sometimes comment. That is also ok.

  63. I lurk here because I love your attitude.

    And I also loved the Great Interview Experiment! That was a lot of fun!

  64. everything is better in france. including lurking, delurking and trains. just the way we say train in french is sexier… je ne suis pas un lurker, mais je ne suis pas un commenter extraordinaire non plus. Mais bon, de temps en temps je vais ici pour un petit rire. Alors, aussi parce-que je pense que Neil et chaud. un peu.

  65. eSt chaud, je pense que Neil eSt chaud. un peu.

  66. I’m LZ. I sort of lurk, I chat with you on Twitter occasionally and think you are a hilarious writer. A couple comments thrown in, too…

  67. Yo. I’m still kind of new here, but figured I should pop in since i’m going to be a regular reader, haha.

  68. Hi there, I am an old faithful reader and I read Neil’s blog in a very disordely fashion, because I don’t like doing like everyone does. And this is how we travel by train in my family.

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