Challenge Accepted

53BA6B46-C0AD-4337-99D0-188BD86AA2A9Kristian, over at Tales From the Mind of Kristian, was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award. Good for him, am I right?

Kristian did not nominate me for that award, but in his response to having, himself, been nominated, he wrote, “If you are reading this and haven’t had an award in a while, please consider yourself nominated.”

It turns out that I was, indeed, reading his post, but since mine is an award-free blog, I don’t really keep track of when I get nominated for awards. And since I wasn’t specifically tagged, I figured I’d just move on.

But then I wrote a comment on Kristian’s post. I wrote “Congratulations on yet another well-deserved award.” And he responded, “Thanks, Fandango. Why not have a go at answering the questions? 🙂”

Okay. Who can resist such a challenge? Challenge accepted, Kristian.

So here goes.

1. If you discovered the secret of eternal youth, would you share it with anyone else? If so, who?

I am already too old to have such a discovery do me any good. So if I did have knowledge of the secret to eternal youth, I’d sell it on eBay to the highest bidder and be financially set for the rest of my life.

2. If you could invent any device to help you, what would it be?

A device that would provide its owner with eternal youth and then I’d sell it on eBay to the highest bidder and be financially set for the rest of my life. Do you see a recurring theme here?

3. Have you ever looked into your family tree? Did you discover anyone famous or infamous?

Both of my parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe and the available records of their heritage are scarce, so I have no idea if there is anyone famous or infamous in my family tree.

4. What type of stories do you like to read?

As long as they are well-written and entertaining, that’s what matters to me. That said, I enjoy stories that keep me guessing. I am not a fan of predictability.

5. What song or tune always puts a smile on your face?

My Cup Runneth Over

82FCD468-9818-4CBD-A17E-D6577E345276Two bloggers posted today about having been nominated for blog awards. Sadje, at Keep It Alive, got the Mystery Blogger Award, and Mel, at Crushed Caramel, got the Sunshine Blogger Award. So a hearty congratulations to both of them.

For some inexplicable reason, they each nominated my blog for these awards, even though I’ve declared my blog to be an award-free blog. But I still do appreciate the recognition and the generosity behind the nominations.

And between the two of them, they asked 16 questions. And as the answer-man, it’s my duty to answer their questions.

First, Sadje’s five questions:

1. What is the more important thing for you, your day job or blogging?

I’m retired, so this is an easy one. With no day job, by process of elimination, the answer is blogging! Shocking, I know.

2. What are your plans for the coming year?

To stay alive.

3. Have any of your blog posts received a surprise response?

I was surprised that my post titled “Better Than Sex” is my most viewed post this year. The post is about blogging and has nothing to do with sex. But given that post’s popularity, I am thinking about including the word “sex” in the title of all future posts.

4. A cat or dog, which one you have as a pet or would like to?

We have both. Our cat is a stray that we took in and our dog is a rescue dog that we, um, rescued from a kill shelter.

5. What is one habit you want to give up?

Donald Trump.

And now for Mel’s eleven questions:

1. Where are you from?

My mother’s womb.

2. Do you think of yourself more as an early bird or night owl?

Early bird. I am over at out by 11 pm at the latest and usually up between 6-7 am.

3. What is your birthstone?

Marijuana. Oh wait, you said birthstone not best stone. In that case, the diamond.

4. What’s your favorite season of the year and why?

Autumn because of the clean, cool, crisp air (except when there are nearby wildfires) and because of the beauty in the clots of the leaves before they fall from the trees.

5. What’s a favorite quote that’s really inspired you?


6. If you could choose one fantasy world to visit for a day, which one would it be?

America before Trump was elected president. And I would hope it would last more than a day.

7. How do you like to wind down after a busy day?

I’m retired. I never have busy days anymore.

8. What would your dream job be?

Best selling author.

9.Why did you start blogging?

I started this blog in May 2017 to distract me from the insanity that is Donald Trump. I have failed miserably.

10. What have you enjoyed most about blogging so far?

All of the other bloggers I have “met” as a result of my starting this blog.

11. Which of your own blog posts would you recommend to new readers first?

I’d suggest my Who Am I? page. That way they can then decide whether or not my blog is the kind of blog they want to invest their time reading.

It’s An Honor To Be Nominated

Sadje, who blogs at Keep It Alive, was nominated for the Liebster Award, and was kind enough to include my blog as one of the eleven other blogs she selected to pass the nomination on to. I have declared my blog to be an “awards-free” blog, but I nonetheless appreciate it when someone takes the time to recognize my work. So while I won’t be “paying it forward” by nominating others, I will happily answer the questions Sadje posed to those she nominated. Here goes.

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is people who ask me what my biggest pet peeve is. No, just kidding. It’s actually people who are too ignorant, too apathetic, or too lazy to vote.3D26B26E-4FA9-4201-9EC0-625F2AFEAE2C

2. Where did you get your name?

My parents gave it to me. Oh wait, do you mean my blog name? It’s Fivedotoh (5.0) because this is my fifth blog since I first started blogging in 2005, as I explained here earlier this month.

3. If you could change your name, what would it be?

My real name, my blog name, or my blog pseudonym? Actually, I’m happy with all of my names.

4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?

This is a tough one since I was a kid for a good 12 or 13 years and the TV shows I liked when I was four or five versus when I was 12 or 13 were very different. I guess if I had to pick one show, it would be “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.”873F8E81-714F-472E-9773-CBF6FF8EB35D

5. Do you have any weird habits?

Define “weird.” I don’t think I do, but one person’s normal might be another person’s weird.

6. Do you like fall scents/tastes?

I like the scent of fires (in fireplaces or fire pits; I’m not a pyromaniac for crissake). But I’m not a fan of what is referred to as fall or autumn veggies, like pumpkins, squash, etc.1FC58D28-857F-484F-AB7C-EAAC156DB9CB

7. What is your favorite holiday and why?

My favorite holiday is any holiday that gives my two adult kids a day off from work so that they are able to spend some time with my wife and me.

8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?

My handwriting is illegible even to me, so I’ve gotten into the habit of typing everything from grocery lists to reminder notes to my blog posts on my iPhone’s virtual keypad. Yes 

9. Netflix or cable?

Comcast in my area offers Netflix as part of its cable lineup, so I get both.

10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?

It’s a three way toss up between traveling, writing, and doing absolutely nothing.

11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My extraordinary good looks, my sharp wit, my keen sense of humor, my intelligence, my creativity, and, above all, my modesty.

I was NOT Nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. As part of the process, she was instructed to “Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.”

Sadje did nominate 11 other bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award…and I was not one of them. But that’s okay because I have officially declared my blog to be an award free blog.

But Sadje did pose 11 new questions that I thought were good questions. So even though I wasn’t nominated or even asked to answer her 11 questions, I’m going to anyway.

1. How long have you been blogging?

I just celebrated 13 years of blogging, as I explained here.

2. Do your friends and family support you in this?

They are ambivalent, which is one way of saying that they couldn’t care less.

3. Which is your favorite time of the day?


4. What would be your dream vacation?

A few relaxing, off-the-grid weeks at a cabin in the mountains or a bungalow by the ocean.

5. What genre of movies you like best?

This is a tough one, since genres like dramas, comedies, action movies, etc. are too broad. I enjoy movies that make me think and that make me laugh.

6. What do you wake up to?

My wife walks our dog first thing in the morning. As soon as they return, she jumps in bed and starts licking me. Our dog, that is. Not my wife.

7. Are you a morning person?

Most definitely. I’m usually up by 6:00 or 6:30 and back in bed at night by 10.

8. What motivates you?

Motivates me to do what? If it’s to get up in the morning, it’s when our dog jumps up on the bed and starts licking me.

9. How do you think your friends see you?

Mostly with their eyes.

10. What would be your idea for saving the environment from pollution?

Vote the Republicans out of office and reverse the Supreme Court Citizens United decision.

11. Happy or peaceful, what is more important to you?

Being at peace makes me happy.

Having brazenly plagiarized Sadje’s 11 questions, I will now add insult to injury by inviting anyone else who wishes to answers these questions to feel free to copy the questions and answer them on your own blog. Be sure to link back to Sadje’s originating post here so that she gets the credit she deserves.

Blogger Award Q&A

Blackboard with chalkCheryl, over at The Bag Lady, was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award. This award is for “amazing bloggers with ingenious posts,” and Cheryl definitely qualifies. She was also thoughtful enough, when following one of the instructions calling for her to nominate 10-20 other bloggers for this award, to include my blog on her list.

I have designated my blog to be an award-free blog, so while I appreciate having Cheryl “pay it forward” to me, I won’t be following the blog nomination rules.

Well, most of them, anyway. One of the rules is to ask each nominee five questions, which Cheryl did. And I am answering each of those five questions below.

1. If you have an award free blog, why? Yes, I have declared my blog to be award free because, while I appreciate the recognition, blog award nominations are, to me, more like chain letters than awards. Having readers who like and comment on my posts is all the recognition I need. That said, I’m happy to, as I am in this post, answer any questions asked of me by a blogger who was kind enough to give me a shoutout when nominated for a blog award.

2. Who influenced you most in your life so far? I am going to have to go with Mrs. Fandango, my wife of nearly forty years. It’s not that she’s a perfect woman, but she’s a very good woman who has always been there for me, through thick and thin and good times and bad times. She puts up with me, takes care of me, and makes me a better person than I’d be without her.

3. Do you cook or bake? What’s your specialty? My specialty is making reservations. My wife’s specialty is cooking/baking healthy foods.

4. What is your favorite movie ever? So many to choose from, but I’m going with Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”

5. Do you floss? Not regularly, but I will floss if there’s something caught between my teeth after a meal, like after eating a whole rack of baby back ribs.

So thank you, again, Cheryl, for including me in you list of nominees.