It’s a Mystery To Me

82E97FDF-1AF8-4D46-B84F-042EF40C0C6CSo Teresa, aka The Haunted Wordsmith, nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. There are a bunch of rules one is supposed to follow when one is nominated for this award. Ten rules, in fact. I’m only going to follow three, though:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link back to their blog. Thank you Teresa.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer the five questions from the blogger who nominated you.

So, first, three things about myself:

  1. I have a dog and a cat, both of whom (or both of which?) are rescues.
  2. I have been to every state in the country and have lived in seven of them plus the District of Columbia.
  3. I blog (write, read, comment, like) exclusively on my iPhone.

And here are the five questions Teresa asked:

  1. What are your plans for this fine spring weekend? It’s supposed to rain on Saturday, so maybe we’ll just stay inside and find a show to binge-watch. On Sunday, we are all (my wife, me, our daughter, our son, and their significant others) will be having brunch together, then going to a live stage musical, and then having dinner together.
  2. What kind of museum would you create if you could (what would you put in it)? Oh gosh, I don’t know that I have any ideas for a museum that doesn’t already exist. Oh wait. How about a museum of Donald Trump’s lies? Is there a building large enough to house them. (Oh, a fourth thing about me: I fucking hate Donald Trump.)
  3. What is something best served cold? Ice cream!
  4. What can always bring you out of a slump? Ice cream!
  5. What recently read book do you think everyone should read? I am not going to suggest a book that I think “everyone” should read. People’s reading tastes are way too varied. What I enjoy reading may not be “everybody’s” cup of tea. So read whatever interests you, entertains you, or challenges you.

Okay, that’s it. I am not going to tag a whole host of other bloggers for this. If anyone else wants to share three things about themselves and answer Teresa’s five questions, please feel free to do so.

It’s No Mystery

85455f45-d480-41d2-a737-5f46a6dae1c7…why Sadje, at Keep It Alive, keeps being nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award. But what is a mystery, to me, anyway, is that she included my blog as one of those she “gifted” with this award. Thank you Sadje.

Sadje asked a series of questions and the least I can do is answer them. Here goes.

If you could choose one super power, what would it be and why?

The ability to see myself as others see me, since my perception of myself is skewed by decades of self-deception.

What stimulates your brain to produce its best, a beverage, a muse or anything else?

Coffee wakes me up, beer drunks me up, pot dumbs me up. Love lifts me up.

If you are alone in the house and a door slams upstairs with sound of running feet, what are you going to do?

I’d wake up my dog and tell her to “go sic ‘em.”34919EC7-722C-466B-A1BB-478D8939A310.jpeg

Seeing your image in the mirror, what is the predominant thought?

Who’s that old fart staring at me?

What sort of movie you have to go and see, even if the ticket is $100? And there will be no Netflix or DVD release!

There is no movie in the world that I would pay $100 to go see.

Is climate change theory real or a conspiracy to save the earth?

Climate change is NOT a conspiracy theory. It’s real and the only way we’re going to save the planet is if we stop denying it and take action to do something about it!


Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, also was gifted with multiple Mystery Blogger Awards and he, too, asked a series of questions. And while my blog was not one he “gifted,” I’m going to answer his questions anyway.

What is something that is really popular now, but in 5 years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?

Those stupid selfies that people take where they add animal ears, noses, mouths, and other stupid “accoutrements” to their visages and think it’s cute or something and post those pictures on Snapchat or Instagram. In five years they’ll see those stupid selfies and wonder “What the fuck was I thinking?”9688DDB3-D97B-4901-ABB6-10FBAB2A8553.png

What used to be considered trashy but now is very classy?

Ripped jeans for some reason that I’m unable to fathom.7dd686cb-a1ca-4087-b71a-bd2360bc7ca1

Are you a rule breaker or bender?

I bend it like Beckham.

Which body part do you wish you could detach and why?

I do not wish to detach any body part. Why would I want to do that?

Toilet paper, over or under the holder?

Over is the only civilized way. And for crissake, please don’t squeeze the Charmin!825058d2-95fe-402f-9c10-c00bb8d628d0

Another Mystery

a2190be1-125c-40b7-a810-e300884555d1Laura Venturini, who blogs at Lauravent69, was gracious enough to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Woo hoo!

I don’t follow all of the rules imposed by these blogging awards, but I do thank the blogger who nominated me, and I do answer the questions posed by that blogger. So thank you Laura. Here are my answers to your questions.

What is your favorite wildlife animal?

King of the jungle — the lion.a73f2af0-143e-4ff7-ad4d-fe00e212d63e

How long have you been blogging?

I started this blog in May 2017, but as I explained here, I started my first blog in October 2005.

Share something funny that you have had happen in life.

I once won the first prize in a karaoke contest. Why is that funny? Because I can’t carry a tune if my life depended upon it. I think I won it because the judges took pity on me. Either that or it was as a gag.

Your favorite blog that might not have received a lot of attention.

Hmm. I’m not sure if this means my favorite post on MY blog that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, or if it means my favorite blog by another blogger who hasn’t gotten a lot of attention. In the case of my favorite post on my blog that hasn’t gotten much attention, I can’t choose. It would probably have to be something from May or June of 2017 when I first started this blog. None of my posts got much attention back then.

As to a favorite blog by another blogger that hasn’t gotten much attention, I don’t know, since every blog that gets my attention is worthy. I have recently come across a blog by Ursula, An Upturned Soul, that is really fascinating, but her blog probably gets a lot of attention, as she writes very provocative posts. THIS is one example.

Favorite blog by a fellow blogger.

I follow about 170 blogs and I follow them because they are all wonderful blogs written by very creative, ingenious, and interesting bloggers. So I’m sorry, but I can’t say that I have just one favorite blog.

Of Butterflies and Dominoes

80b12a64-25f0-4ea4-85f8-636ce3e84fa1Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, was nominated for her third Mystery Blogger Award. She was kind enough to nominate my blog, along with ten others, for the award. So thank you, Sadje. I am honored and humbled.

Those of you who follow my blog know that I really appreciate being nominated for blog awards, but I don’t follow all the rules. That said, I’m very happy to answer the questions posed by the blogger who nominated me. So here goes.

If life offered a redo, what part of it will you want to change?

I subscribe to the butterfly effect and the domino theory, where one very small action can potentially have far-reaching and possibly unanticipated consequences. Therefore, I’d probably decline the redo offer for fear that the consequences of that redo would totally alter the course of my life. And, overall, I’m happy with my life as it is.

Can you remember what was the one thing you hated about school?

I never actually hated anything about school. There were courses I wasn’t particularly good at (math), but I honestly never hated school.

Growing up, what was your dream profession/job?

f61e6ee9-9b21-4fdf-8aeb-1c5a6359483bI wanted to be a DJ (disk jockey). I was always told I had a DJ-like voice. While in college, I even auditioned for and got a job hosting a midnight to six a.m. AM top-40 radio station. I enjoyed the job, but I had a hard time staying awake for classes after spinning records all night long. So I finally had to quit. Oh well, another dream shattered. (And no, that’s not me in the picture above.)

If you met your English teacher today, what would be her opinion about your blog?

I had a lot of English teachers in school. Some loved my writing. Others not so much. I imagine their reactions to my blog would be similar.

Would you rather be the frog prince/ princess or the ugly duckling?

Once a frog, always a frog. But an ugly duckling can evolve into a swan. So I’ll go with ugly duckling.

Rory’s Making a Liar Out of Me

24CB1662-3D24-41B9-BCCE-DC7508017447Damn you, Rory. I just posted yesterday and again earlier today that I was going to stop answering questions from bloggers who received blog award nominations who then nominated me. But then, sure enough, Rory got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award, tagged me, and asked five questions.

And, seriously, who can resist the allure of A Guy Called Bloke? So, here we go.

Tick or Tock, which is best that describes your personality and why?

Hmm. Well, Tick always comes before Tock, right? That means someone who is a Tick is a leader, while someone who is a Tock is a follower. I know myself well enough to admit that I’m more of a Tock than a Tick.

With regards Passion Fashion and Fabric which is your go to for 199% comfort – Rubber, Silk, Canvas, Pollycotton, Linen, Jersey, Crepe, Lycra, Lace, Velvet, or simply all bare – and why?

For 199% comfort? Rory, Rory, Rory. Not to pick nits, but you can’t exceed 100%. Of that I am 110% positive. With that out of the way, there’s nothing more comfortable for “passion fashion” than simply bare. (Although for “sleep fashion,” I’m all about a cotton T-shirt and sweatpants.)

What is the routine you undertake each day when you log into WordPress before you start to create a post?

I check my stats, read and respond to comments, and read and comment on some of the posts in my Reader that the bloggers I follow have posted.

What is your best time of the day – night, morning, afternoon, dusk or dawn and why, what makes it special for you?

I wake up pretty early each day, so the time between my first cup of coffee and when I start hitting the mid afternoon drag, is my best time. That’s also when I’m most production the blog, although I often compose and schedule a post for early the next morning right before I go to sleep each night.

What is an ideal Christmas day for you and your family if relevant?

Usually it’s a family get together that winds up with all of us going to see a movie that we can all agree on, which can be a challenge, and then out to dinner at whatever restaurant we can find that is open on Christmas night, which is most often a Chinese restaurant.

No nominations from me, but if anyone wants to take a shot at answering Rory’s questions, I don’t think he’ll mind.