"A Sad Apology", "Thomas Wolfe Was Wrong", "You Can Go Home Again...Almost", Millerstime, Sam Wo's Chinese Restaurant, Thommie Award, You Can't Go Home Again
Normally I wouldn’t brag, but my wife Ellen insists I post the following:
While looking at my email in the middle of the night recently (I know, bad form), I saw this: Congrats! You’ve won a Thommie Award for outstanding work on your blog “MillersTime”. I thought it was spam and almost deleted it.
But I took a chance and opened the email. Don’t we all like winning awards?
I saw that a group named Thomas Wolfe Was Wr
ong was looking for writers who have commented on whether or not you can go home again (the adage taken from Wolfe’s 1940 novel You Can’t Go Home Again).
In choosing MillersTime as “our first recipient of the prestigious Thommie Award” — for excellence in literary interpretation — they cited me for “rescinding (my) initial comment regarding Thomas Wolfe’s faultiness.” They cited my post A Sad Apology and quoted from what I had written:
In October of last year, I wrote, “Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again – almost.”… . Sam Wo’s is closing. You can read about the details as written in the SF Chronicle, but basically, the place is so far from being acceptable to the Health Department, that it would take a mammoth rebuilding to keep it open… … And so my apologies to the also deceased Thomas Wolfe. After going ‘home’ to Sam Wo’s for the last 50 years, that is now no longer possible.
Basically, after returning to my favorite San Francisco Chinese Restaurant, Sam Wo’s, I wrote a review (You Can Go Home Again…Almost), saying it was still a good restaurant, and, therefore, Thomas Wolfe was wrong in his famous adage.
Not long after that post, I was ‘forced’ to write another one acknowledging the closing of Sam Wo’s. I think it was that post (A Sad Apology) that accounted for my winning of the Thommie Award.
I sincerely want to thank the Thomas Wolfe Was Wrong folks for this ‘prestigious’ Thommie Award.
Hugh Riddleberger said:
Hey Richard….well, how about that! Not only do people enjoying reading your posts, but you were recognized for it as well.
Bravo, my friend….
Bob Thurston said:
Congratulations! This well-deserved honor just underlines what we “followers” have known and enjoyed, the quality of your thoughtful, eclectic writing (supported by, or perhaps supporting, Ellen’s superb photography!)
Who knew such a rarified award category existed? I can think of a lot of other awards you’ll probably receive now that you’re “discovered”!
romana campos said:
And… from someone who is coming home again ….. congratulations! I would certainly give you an award for the most interesting, intelligent, and baseball loving blog around town. I look forward to reading your blogs all the time and really admire your consistency.
Diana Bunday said:
Congratulations for a well deserved award. I always enjoy reading your comments on so many things.
Well deserved, Richard. Mazel tov!
You deserve this award. I love all your posts even when I disagree with some of them
Thanx to all who Commented above and through email.
I’m still scratching my head about this ‘prestigious’ award.
Actually, the best part for me, as a result of this ‘award’ and post, was all the encouraging words about MillersTime.
Ben Shute said:
Congratulations. Reading this takes me back, not to a Chinese restaurant, but to my first reading of Wolfe – Look Homeward Angel – when in high school (not an assigned book, but a discovery) and being blown away by the language. I haven’t re-read Wolfe in years, and am not sure I should now given the stacks of books waiting to be read for the first time.
Your writing is more measured than Wolfe’s, and more suited to my very post-adolescent temperament.
Nancy CedarmWilson said:
I am delighted that you are being recognized in this way, Rick! I have been mightily impressed and entertained by MillersTime for several years now, and have often marveled at your broad scope of subjects–from book and movie reviews to baseball–with a smidgin of politics and family stories thrown in–It’s a grand melange, and obviously, I am not alone in appreciating it!