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.

Name Three More Things

E1C5E9C5-98F1-4623-9579-8CF8FEE71033Rory, who, as you know is A Guy Called Bloke, although I’m not sure why he’s not a guy called Rory, but what do I know, has create yet another one of his name three things thingies. I guess because he’s calling these thingies “Daily Fun Three,” he’s planning to do these things, oh, I don’t know, daily?

Breakfast Cereals?

(1) Total, (2) Wheaties, (3) oatmeal.

Types of Trees?

(1) oak, (2) birch, (3) maple

Things that are Orange?

(1) oranges (duh), (2) the color of Donald Trump’s head, (3) creamsiclesA58B0CC5-FAC9-4F14-B19F-40DC4DA83DDE

Female Singers?

(1) Joni Mitchell, (2) Linda Ronstadt, (3) Carole King

Popular Internet Websites?

(1) washingtonpost.com, (2) wordpress.com, (3) amazon.com

Sunday Activities?

(1) brunch, (2) NFL games on TV, (3) “60 Minutes”

Dinosaur Species?

(1) Tyrannosaurus-Rex, (2) Velociraptor, (3) Stegosaurus

Three States in the USA? [Counties in England or States in Australia or relevant to you]

(1) California, (2) New York, (3) Florida

Types of Musical Instruments?

(1) percussion, (2) string, (3) woodwind

Unexplained Mysteries or Strange, Unexplained Phenomena?

(1) UFOs, (2) ghosts, (3) Donald Trump

Books you reread over and over again?

(1) Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, (2) Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, (3) George Orwell’s 1984 (Note: it’s not that I’ve read these over and over again, but I have read them all more than once.)

Films that you can never watch again?

(1) “The Exorcist,” (2) “The Sixth Sense,” (3) any Harry Potter movie

Exercises you do each week?

(1) walking the dog in the morning, (2) walking the dog in the middle of the day, (3) walking the dog at night

Human traits you simply cannot abide?

(1) narcissism, (2) hypocrisy, (3) willful ignorance

Name Three Things

8B11FB5B-1C79-48F5-B21E-5DC114A3C903Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, is at it again. He gives us a bunch of statements and then asks us to name three things about each statement. I don’t know why I do this to myself. But here goes.

That you cannot under any circumstances live without?

(1) air, (2) water, and, um, wait, it will come to me, give me a second. Oh, right. (3) Sex.

That you write about every week?

(1) Donald Trump and I am eagerly awaiting the day when there’s nothing to write about him, (2) multiple prompts, (3) flash fiction.

That you wouldn’t recommend doing while holding one foot in the air?

(1, 2, and 3) At my age, I wouldn’t recommend doing anything with one foot in the air.

That you say to people every day?

(1) “Hi,” (2) “How’s it going,” (3) “Excuse me, can you please repeat that? I didn’t hear what you said.”

To do with your street?

(1) noise, (2) trees, (3) avoiding stepping on dog poop that someone didn’t bother to clean up.

That you can eat with brown sauce?

(1) meatloaf, (2) turkey, (3) steak

You like about your favorite bloggers?

(1) Ability to tell a good story, (2) wit, (3) insights.

That you don’t eat every week?

(1) Chesapeake blue crabs, (2) lobster, (3) turkey.

That you wished you could eat every day?

(1) ice cream, (2) pie, (3) cake. (I see a pattern emerging.)

About your favorite pair of shoes that you like?

(1) comfort, (2) comfort, (3) comfort.E2D244A7-651B-4E1A-BF01-B2851932E93D

That annoyingly always arrive in three?

(1) bad news, (2) bills in the mail, (3) prompts that ask me to list three things.

About books you really don’t like?

(1) poorly edited, (2) inconsistencies, (3) no characters that are relatable.

Name Three Things

453082F4-6449-4B88-B4F6-ADA0942B0938In a series of questions, Rory, over at A Guy Called Bloke, has challenged us to “name three things“ one might do in various scenarios. So, since I’m always up for a challenge, here are my three things…

that I can dunk in tea or coffee?

Doughnut, bagel, biscotti, but only in coffee. I don’t drink tea.

that I can enjoy at a carnival?

Funnel cake, cotton candy, rides.

that I can’t enjoy when it’s windy?

Depends upon how windy, but I’m going with tropical storm windy, in which case I’d say sailing, flying a kite, and skydiving. Actually, I wouldn’t even skydive were the wind speed at zero!

that my body can’t do?

My old body can’t run a marathon, bench press 300 pounds, or dance the night away. Okay, to be honest, my young body couldn’t do any of those three things either.

that I didn’t learn at school?

If we’re talking about pre-college, the my three things would be Spanish, calculus, or much of anything practical.

that I can put onto a pizza?

mushrooms, pepperoni, and onions.

that I can eat with?

My wife, my kids, and my friends. Or, alternatively, a knife, a fork, and a spoon.

that I don’t suggest doing these at home blindfolded?

Play darts, throw knives, and cook dinner.

that are important to me?

My wife, my kids, my dog and cat.

that I love to do at the beach?

Swim, read a book, play with my dog in the surf.

that I do in the morning?

Pee, check my iPhone, and drink a cup of coffee while reading the morning newspaper.

that I do every time I log in to my blog?

Check my stats, respond to comments on my posts, and read new posts in my reader. Eventually I get around to drafting some new posts.