My web access logs have been sizzling with viewers on my Point Roberts – Stranded by an International Border page. This is one of my more popular entries so it’s not surprising to register a few hits each day but it’s mushroomed to The Crazy Level, and all with unique IP addresses. I’ve not recorded any referrals from any of the popular websites so that’s not driving the traffic. Rather they all seems to be coming from various search engines, independently. Very odd.
So this morning I was drinking my coffee and quickly perusing the news online before starting my busy day, as I do every morning, and I darn near spit out my coffee when I stumbled across the true reason. I’m not generally one to follow the tabloids but Point Roberts doesn’t ordinarily make it into the tabloids either. There was my answer.
Allegedly some guy who stars in TV Reality Shows such as the critically-acclaimed "Megan Wants a Millionaire" and the highly-esteemed "I Love Money 3," you know real high-brow intellectual stuff, murdered his model girlfriend then chopped off her fingers and removed her teeth to hinder her identification. She could only be identified by her breast implants, or more precisely, by the serial numbers on her breast implants.(1) I’m not making this up!.
Anyway, the guy high-tails it up to Blaine, Washington, near the Canadian Border, steals a boat, and sails it to… um, drum roll please… Point Roberts, where he simply walks across the border and escapes into Canada.
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Not to make light of the tragedy, for indeed it is a tragedy, but this has resulted in piles upon piles of hits upon my website. Viewers apparently have a great thirsting for more information about Point Roberts. Perhaps this will bring out the inner geo-geek in one or two of them and spark a greater curiosity.(2)
Frankly, I’m amazed to discover this level of intersection between aficionados of tabloid journalism and a predisposition towards geo-anomalous curiosity. I’ll take it. I’m just happy to finally discover the reason for the mysterious rise in traffic on my site.
Don’t worry I have a real article in the hopper for tomorrow: totally geo-geeky with a huge heaping of historical background on the side that’s practically guaranteed to drive my new readers screaming from the site. The phrase "breast implant" is not expected to appear.
(1) Breast implants have serial numbers?… (Twelve Mile Circle adds that little piece of knowledge to his collection and realizes there’s a reason why he’s called the "Master of Useless Trivia").
(2)Translation – my wife’s running blog gets a zillion times more viewers than mine and it would be nice to get one or two more subscribers so I won’t be quite so embarrassed whenever she’s throwing her stats around. She calls Twelve Mile Circle the most boring things she’s ever read, with our mutual friends nodding furiously in agreement. Think it’s the footnotes? I’ve not seen too many other blogs with footnotes.