Select Page

Yet another Official Blogger

So… here I am, an Official Blogger for the National Genealogical Society conference next week in Cincinnati. And I can’t get that quote from the Joker, in Dark Knight, out of my mind.

You know the one. It’s his answer to the accusation that it was his plan that ended in a character’s death:

Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… *do* things.1

And why is that quote stuck in my mind, you may ask? Hmmm… Could it be because, um, it pretty much sums up the story of my life? And maybe because, now that I’m the dog that’s caught this particular car, I haven’t a single solitary clue just what exactly I’m supposed to do with it?

I’d say I was honored, and I am delighted to have any official association with NGS, howsoever brief. But then again I have a sneaky suspicion that all of us who put our names forward were vetted for, oh, about 30 seconds at the outside (“Website, yes? Check. Blog, yes? Check. Pornographic content, no? Check. Approved!”) before we all got our shiny new credentials. (They’re pretty spiffy, though, you have to admit.)

I’d say I was humbled, but hey… you know me better than that, so I won’t even try that one.

I’d say that I’d faithfully report everything that goes on in Cincinnati so that everybody who can’t make the conference this year can join in the fun. But that’d be a bald-faced lie. The first NGS conference I went to, I went to everything. I mean everything. I hit my first session at 8 a.m. and didn’t quit ’til the social events of the evening were over. And by Friday afternoon, I thought my head would explode from information overaload. I don’t even know who the last speakers were, much less what they said. I don’t do that anymore.

I’d say I was going to tell you all the news that comes out of the NGS conference, but you’d wonder who was writing this blog and whatever happened to the Judy Russell who has her feet planted firmly in, oh, the 18th or 19th century.

I’d say I have a great plan for what I’ll do to keep The Legal Genealogist full of NGS-related material all week long. But you’d say I didn’t look like a blogger with a plan. (And you’d be right.) Me and the Joker… we just *do* things.

So I’ll just say what I said to NGS when I decided to chase this particular car. I’m doing this because I think it’s gonna be fun.

And because you never can tell where the journey’s gonna take us.

Stay tuned.


  1. Memorable quotes for The Dark Knight (2008),” ( : accessed 1 May 2012).
Print Friendly, PDF & Email