It never ceases to amaze me the things we happen to find on the internet.
Just now, I was searching “back-links” to MadridMan.com and happened upon the following July 18, 2003 Blogger blog entry about MadridMan.com. It’s interesting to read what others have written about MadridMan and MadridMan.com from, what, nearly 6 years ago now:
Friday, July 18, 2003
There isn’t much going on in my mind tonight. It was a rough work week. My rent is going up. My life seems dry. Even the dog acts like she’s bored with me. Apparently, I need a long vacation.
The one place I really want to visit, and that I haven’t yet visited, is Madrid. Sometimes, when I get in moods like the one I’m in now, I head over to MadridMan’s Yankee Home Page and think about actually going. I’ve been visiting MadridMan’s site for years, longer than I’ve been (regularly) visiting just about any other site. He lives in Columbus, Ohio (he loves those Buckeyes), and he’s about my age. His interest in Madrid seems to be a big part of his identity. Naturally enough, he started a site that has gradually become downright comprehensive. There are links to Spanish radio and TV stations, photos from his several trips to Spain, message boards for those planning their own trips, links to Spanish news sources, and on and on and on.
MadridMan also has a webcam at his desk. I don’t know why I find it so compelling, but I do. Tonight, for instance, as I write this, MadridMad is sitting at his desk, in what is now his familiar living room, working away. He’s shirtless, as he often is, and he seems pretty content. I don’t know what the webcam has to do, really, with providing information about Madrid, but it makes me feel like I know him just a little bit. Somehow, it makes him seem all the more trustworthy. And–on a night, like tonight, when the world seems a
bit awry–it’s comforting to know that MadridMan is there.
Should I plan a winter trip to Madrid?
posted by Jimmy # 11:50 PM
The above is an interesting account of what a “normal visitor” sees at MadridMan.com. The MadridMan Live Cam has been online for more than 11 years. Wow, that’s a long time. Here are a few of the funniest webcam photos “caught on camera” – I’m not including the naked and near-naked photos of which I DO HAVE SAVED but will never show again in any public forum. Hahahaa… Note the dates of these Live WebCam photos: