A Daily Double

BEFD8BE2-DB4F-415D-9A10-6E9A3FA0205CToday was a double nomination day for me! That’s right, a Daily Double!

Dragon Warrior, over at Den of Dreams, nominated me for the Liebster Award. And Beckie, over at Beckie’s Mental Mess, nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award.

I am always honored when other bloggers give me and my blog a shoutout via a blog award nomination. So thank you, Dragon Warrior and Beckie, for your recognition.

I’ve designated my blog as an award-free blog, but not a question-free blog. So rather than following all of the rules for these two awards, I’m going to answer the two sets of questions these bloggers asked.

First, Dragon Warrior’s questions:

Introvert or Extrovert?

I would call myself an “outgoing introvert.” I enjoy spending time with close friends and family, but I prize and protect my alone time.

Do you listen to your head or heart? 

I’m more analytical than I am emotional, so I’m probably more of a head guy than a heart guy.

Do you worry more about future or present?

I’ve reached the age where my future is finite, so I’m all about the present. 

Prospecting or judgmental?

I’ll be honest. I’m not sure what Dragon Warrior means by “prospecting” and how it contrasts to “judgmental.” When I think of prospecting, I think of people with pans prospecting for gold in the old, American gold rush days, or of college students prospecting for after-graduation jobs. The word “judgmental” has a very negative connotation, as in people being unfairly judgmental about others. But I believe that each of us makes judgments all the time. What am I going to wear today? What am I going to have for lunch? Who am I going to spend my time with? What movie do I want to go see. So I’m going with judgmental.

Ocean or hills?

The hills with an ocean view.

Family or friends?

Don’t you dare ask me to choose between family and friends. How dare you?

Courage or Acceptance?

I would love to say courage, but if I’m being honest, I’d have to say acceptance. Or maybe courageous acceptance.

Fire or Water?

Depends upon whether I’m cold or I’m thirsty.

Science or History?

This is a tough one because I like them both. History teaches us about the past and how we got to the present, whereas as science teaches us about how we can take the present and turn it into a better future.

Underground or underwater

Over ground and over water.

Lighter shades or darker shades

Let there be light.

And now for Beckie’s questions:

What are your aspirations in life?

To make it last as long as I can, since I believe that once this life is over, there ain’t nothing after that.

If you had $5000, what charity would you donate it to?

I’d donate it to the campaign of whichever Democratic candidate has the best chance of getting that moron, Donald Trump, out of office.

What is your favorite kind of music to chill out to?

Classic rock, baby!

How would you rate your experience on WordPress? 1 being lowest, 10 being highest.

You picked a helluva day to ask me, as I just posted this earlier today. So right now I’m leaning closer to a 1 than a 10.

Have you gained real friendships through blogging?

I would like to think so. I may never meet in the real world any of the bloggers I interact with here in the blogosphere, but I genuinely like and care about all of them. Well, most of them.

Blog Award Q&A

BCD7E2F0-A8EB-46B6-A630-CA6F4C3DB664James A. Best was awarded the coveted Liebster Award and was kind enough to include me among those he paid it forward to. So thank you for the shoutout, James.

I typically don’t participate in these blog awards except to answer the questions the blogger who tagged me asked. So, to that end, here are James’ questions and my answers.

  1. Have you ever seen any of the “Too Fast Too Furious” movies that have come out? The star is Vin Diesel and his crew. Which one is your favorite? I have never seen any of the Fast and Furious flicks. Not a one.
  2. Which genre of book do you enjoy the most — real stories or fictional stories? And why? I generally prefer to read fiction. Why? Because fiction provides an escape from the shitstorm that is swirling around us in real life.
  3. What is your opinion of blogging? I enjoy blogging immensely.
  4. Who inspires you the most in this life? My kids.
  5. The most important person in your life? My kids, both of them.
  6. What do you think the key to success is hard work or talent? Luck and good timing.
  7. What is your favorite song? And why? Oh my, so very many favorite songs by so many artists. I’ve got around 2,000 of my favorite songs on my iTunes app. Do you want me to list them all?
  8. What do you want to be in this life? Alive!
  9. How can you describe creativity? The ability to produce something new and imaginative.
  10. What brings you the most smiles in your daily life? My kids, my pets, and late night comedians like Stephen Colbert, who make Trump and the Republicans who enable him look like the imbeciles that they all are.
  11. What is your favorite sport and favorite player? I’m going with baseball as my favorite sport. As to my favorite player, I’m going with Tom Brady. (And yes, I know he plays football and not baseball. But he’s a standout player in any sport.)

Anyone else want to take a shot at James’ questions?

The Lobster Award

17B474C3-1BD9-40A1-BBEB-AF4C26609417I’ve been gifted with a Lobster Liebster Award nomination from Vanessa (aka Faithfully Yours) at It’s Me 4 U! A Lobster award nomination would have been more tasty, but I am still grateful to Faithfully Yours for thinking about me and my blog for this Liebster Award honor.

So the rules are

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. Thank you Vanessa.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself. See below.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. See even further below.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy. Nope. I’m nominating everyone.
  5. Create 11 questions of your own and ask your nominees. Nope. If anyone wants to participate, you can answer the same questions Vanessa asked me.
  6. Notify your nominees. Consider yourselves to have been notified.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I’m male.
  2. I’m a first generation American.
  3. I’m a septuagenarian.
  4. I’m caucasian.
  5. I’m married.
  6. I have two kids — a girl and a boy.
  7. I have two pets — a cat and a dog.
  8. I used to be 6’1” tall, but now I’m 5’11” tall. It could happen to you, too, as you age.
  9. I used to have a head of thick, brown, wavy hair. Not any more.
  10. I have worn a beard continuously since 1972.
  11. I despise Donald Trump.

11 Questions and answers

1. How important is Wi-Fi for you? Is warm running water or wireless internet more

WiFi is nice to have, but it’s not life or death. And since I primarily use my iPhone for blogging rather than my laptop, as long as I have cell service, I’m good. Thus, having running water is much more important.

2. Name your favorite blogger (any genre).

Me. Duh!

3. If you have to pick a place to settle down forever, where would it be and why?

A cottage or bungalow on the west coast with an ocean view and from which I can hear the sounds of the waves breaking.

4. What is one silly moment you’ve had that you’d like to share?

My life has been so full of silly moments that I couldn’t possibly pick out just one to share.

5. What is your favorite trait about yourself?

My dry sense of humor.

6. What is your favorite time of day?

Morning, when I have the whole day ahead of me.

7. Tell us your favorite food/cuisine.

Chesapeake Bay blue crabs.2FC064A5-B338-450B-A702-F0FDAC9DC844

8. Name three destinations you would like to visit once in your lifetime.

Australia, New Zealand, Japan.

9. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

That Donald Trump was never elected President.

10. What are you most passionate about?

Making sure that Donald Trump doesn’t get re-elected.

11. What is so special about your blog?

It’s my blog.

Rory Does It Again

5fb252a6-1409-4622-bf90-ca23cbab1d9bRory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, was nominated for the coveted Liebster Award and paid it forward by nominating my blog for the award, along with seven other bloggers. Of course, there’s some mistake because the Liebster Award focuses on blogs with fewer than 200 followers and mine has more than 1,600. And also, my blog is an award-free blog.

Nonetheless, when Rory asks, I answer. So here goes.

If vampires can’t see their reflections, why is their hair always so neat?

It’s in their blood. Or perhaps in the blood of their latest, well-groomed victim.29A28516-F30D-4ED8-BB19-9EE1C481E9AA.jpeg

If a kid refuses to sleep during nap time, are they guilty of resisting a rest?

No, they are just behaving inappropriately.

If they weren’t called grapes and you had the opportunity to rename them, what would you call them?


If the grass wasn’t green what color would you make it?

Brown. That way you couldn’t tell the grass from the brown spots on my lawn.93b5ec9d-d312-430e-a334-3f6ef0dd1f79

Has your imaginary friend ever had an imaginary friend, or just you?

My imaginary friend left me for his imaginary friend. Talk about being jilted.

So, dance in the rain, wallow in the mud or naked angel in the snow?

What do you think a naked skier like me would say? I’d dance naked in a mud puddle in the rain.

Can you describe your blog to me without using the letters i and e?

A blog about ths, that, and th othr.

What are you afraid of becoming?

Irrelevant. Oh wait. Too late. Dammit.

Yes, Even More Q&A

Ursula, at An Upturned Soul, got nominated for the Liebster Award and she was kind enough to include my blog among her nominations. She wrote, “I’ve only just started following Fandango (that’s his real name, yes it is, just check out his Who Am I? on his blog… I think he’s a he, I’m never sure about these things especially online as gender was not something I thought about until someone at some point pointed out that I was this thing known as a she and even then it didn’t seem to matter… wtf am I talking about or more to the point what was I saying before I went off on this tangent), and I’ve noticed that he (I’m going with he) often borrows the questions in the blog award nominations posts of others, so I thought he should be given a blog award nomination of his own because I’d like to see what he does with it. He also is a Blogging Community supporter and does a Word of the Day. Thank you, Fandango, for Fandangoing!

First, thank you, Ursula, for the nomination and for your very kind words. Your gut, by the way, was right, I am a “he.” And thank you, too, for creating a new verb, “Fandangoing.” I love it.

Of course, all blog award nominations come with questions crafted by the recipient that he or she poses to his or her nominees. So here are Ursula’s questions and my answers.

  1. What question are you always hoping someone would ask you about yourself? What is it about you, Fandango, that makes you so brilliant?
  2. If you could come from anywhere in the world, where would that be and why? (And yes, you can say your actual place of origin if you’d like.) I’m a first generation American and I couldn’t be any more pleased than to have been born in the United States. Although with Donald Trump as president, I am thinking maybe Canada. 
  3. What always keeps happening to you? I keep changing lanes on the freeway to one that inevitably is slower than the one from which I just changed.ABDEE7DF-59E1-4E33-AD52-4023253AD6C8
  4. How would you describe yourself to someone who couldn’t see you and would see you as you wanted to be seen? Retired, old, liberal, proud, pragmatic, practical, thoughtful, provocative, and boring.
  5. Did you find what you were looking for? I’ll let you know when I find it.9B09451B-D188-4B89-B174-B1BD38BF4C04
  6. Does a person’s name influence the person they become? I don’t think I’d be a different person if I had a different name. Fandango suits me.
  7. Does a person’s blog name influence the blogger they become and the posts they write? My blog’s name “Fivedotoh.com,” reflects the fact that this is the fifth iteration of blogging for me. My blogging style has, of course, evolved since I first started blogging in 2005, but I don’t think the name of my blog has influenced my content. And, while “Fandango,” is my blogger name, as I blog anonymously, I used pseudonyms for all of my previous four blogs, although different pseudonyms.D6AFB530-AB93-44CC-A5EF-570C75C6B93A
  8. What is the question you always want to ask people but never do? I can’t think of any question I’ve never asked. Hmm. Maybe something like “How different are you in the real world from the person you present yourself to be on your blog?” 

Okay. Your turn.