Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Googly-Moogly!!


The lucky father of Peanut over at Daddy Knows Less (whose name I know, but he never mentions it, so I'll respect his annonimity annoninimnity annonomuousness privacy) awarded me the Liebster Award.  I don't know what it is or whether it's legit or if I am just the dupe in some evil blogyard reindeer games, but I decided to play along.

I couldn't actually copy and paste the rules, dude uses some sort of cloak of disability rendering simple tasks impossible on his blog, so I may not have copied them exactly right.  Here is a link to his post, (honest to God, I just tried to copy/paste the title of his post here "function disabled," how stupid am I?), #PayItForward:  It's a Major Award, in which he bestowed upon me the honor of this award.  You can also check out his bullpen of incredibly talented bloggers.  Go on, I'll wait...

So, here goes.

The Rules:

          1.  Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
          2.  Answer the 11questions the awarder has given you, the awardee.
          3.  You, now the awarder, create 11 questions for your nominees, who are now the awardees.
          4.  Choose 11 awardees, link to their website, and notify them.
          5.  No award-backs.

11 things about me:

          I am older than everyone I meet.  I like meat for dessert.  I am dedicated to the ones I love.  I played football all my young  life and have come to loathe it.  Making sandwiches is irritating to me.  A Prayer for Owen Meany is the best novel ever written but John Irving's most recent novel sucks, in my opinion.  I had no idea what a rewarding and challenging and mind-expanding experience blogging would be.  I could go the rest of my life without chocolate.  I think parenting seems like a trip, literally, as in  an LSD inspired, mushroom-induced, opiated trip.  I am truly glad you are spending the time to read my words.  I love the fall and long walks on the beach.  I once spent a week watching past episodes of Downton Abby.

DKLs questions for Awardees:

          1.  The best gift you ever received?

from a post called On Asparagus

 
          2.  Best gift you ever gave?  I wrote this song for my boys when they were babies:




          3.  What do you think are your chances of surviving the zombie apocalypse?
               The Zombies have no chance against our advanced weaponry and trained guards:

from MacGyver it


          4.  What's on your DVR right now?  Wipeout, a whole folder of it.  It's like a siren song to boys, I can't figure out why:

from The Earth Day Post


          5.  The five most played songs on your iPod are?  What exactly is an iPod; is this one?  The boys called them "Chompers" but maybe they play songs (we have one-hundred-and-twelve of them):


from The Paper Arts


          6.  One movie you absolutely have to watch when it's on?

 
from the post Simple Gifts
                                                       

          7.  In ten words or less, why do you blog/write?  For the love of my boys.  (Parenthetical words don't count; I distilled my philosophy to just four words for my business/artist card thingee, you know, the card that I give people and they laugh inwardly at my naivete and general flakiness and then promptly throw it away):




          8.  What's your catchphrase?

from "fansy what"


          9.  The most clever Halloween costume you've ever had?  I once traded uniforms with the chef in a well known restaurant on Halloween, I acted like him; he fired me then hired me back the next day, true story.  However this is the scariest costume I ever wore:


It's a little prop-heavy I guess...


         10.  One thing you are really bad at?  The "New Math":


from The Quirky Little Math Piece (or Move Over Einstein)


         11.  Your favorite board game?  I like this game (I think it's a computer game, though) called 'Git to':





My questions for the Awardees, the new awardees, I had to answer mine earlier and in so answering I leveled-up to be the awarder... sweet.

          1.  Were you pleasantly surprised or slightly irritated when I tagged you with this?
          2.  Do you think I am sorry for that?
          3.  If you were to smack me upside the head for passing this on to you with your favorite book, what book would that be?
          4.  If you had back the (enter minutes spent on this exercise here), what would you do with them?
          5.  Do you think perfect strangers should stalk around the Internet and bestow odd awards and ask random questions?  Why or why not?
          6.  How can words be so beautiful to read and so frightening to write?
          7.  Do you like my hat?
          8.  How many hotdogs do you consume on a weekly basis?
          9.  You seem like a decent person, how did you become so?
         10.  Pop-up toaster or toaster over?
         11.  Where do you physically blog, as in, where are you right now and, did you ever suspect blogging would be this damned complicated?

 Choose 11 awardees, link to their website, and notify them.

The hardest part of this whole damn thing has been decided who to pass this award on to.  A lot of people I already follow are really great, but I am sure they are bigger and have already received enough accolades.  And, to be honest, this was a little time-consuming and I hate to do that to others.  On the other hand, I had a good time doing it and, sometimes, I need a good writing prompt and this was that.  So, in absolutely random order, and with some anxiety (what if they hate me for doing this?), I give you these eleven awardees, I think they are awardees...

           1.   Busy-Dad-E: Fatherhood Uncensored
           2.  Raised by my daughter
           3.  SooperDad Blog of Awesomeness
           4.  Dorkdaddy.com
           5.  Chicken Fried Vogue
           6.  Suburbia Interrupted
           7.  I was gonna do this guy EduDad, But he leagued up to DADS Round Table, great site.
           8.  Mama Drama
           9.  The Rowdy Baker
         10.  The Cheeky Diva
         11.  and I'm the dad.

Well, I've done it.   I forewarned them, sort of, now all I have to do is hit publish...

6 comments:

  1. I'm not sure my readers (by which I mean my mother and 8th grade Social Studies teacher) are interested in my answers to this sort of thing. But I'm all for playing games, so I'll play it here in your comments section.

    1. Were you pleasantly surprised or slightly irritated when I tagged you with this?

    I'm always pleasantly surprised to find that someone actually reads my blog. In fact, it surprises me every single time. I also have a compulsive need to know where/how new readers find my blog, but I very rarely get any satisfaction in that regard.

    2. Do you think I am sorry for that?

    You were tagged by someone, who presumably didn't call you later. It's natural to want to spread that sort of antipathy. With a little more life experience you shouldn't be getting yourself into those situations as often.

    3. If you were to smack me upside the head for passing this on to you with your favorite book, what book would that be?

    "Dancing Wu Li Masters" by Gary Zukov. There's something particularly poetic about smacking someone in the head with a book that is essentially about zen and the art of quantum mechanics. On a quantum level there is a small statistical chance that the book wouldn't in fact hit you, but rather pass right through your head.

    4. If you had back the (enter minutes spent on this exercise here), what would you do with them?

    After I ran my marathon in 2010 I haven't exercised a single moment. If I add up my double negatives correctly, I think that means I would owe time to whoever it was that's giving the credits.

    5. Do you think perfect strangers should stalk around the Internet and bestow odd awards and ask random questions? Why or why not?

    What is the internet if not the perfect vehicle for cyber-stalking. I just wish my stalkers would post comments on my blog more often.

    6. How can words be so beautiful to read and so frightening to write?

    Everyone who puts pen (keyboard) to paper has a pavlovian fear of their fifth grade teacher enforcing grammar with an iron will through her granny glasses and manish moustache (I'm looking at YOU Mrs. U)

    7. Do you like my hat?

    Does it come with references?

    8. How many hotdogs do you consume on a weekly basis?

    Depends on whether or not I go to Costco/Target/Home Depot that week.

    9. You seem like a decent person, how did you become so?

    All credit goes to my parents for giving me a well developed sense of guilt, and to my wife whithout whom I would be just a feral animal roaming the street.

    10. Pop-up toaster or toaster over?

    Seriously? I just ate a cold pancake out of the fridge left over from last weekend. I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer that question.

    11. Where do you physically blog, as in, where are you right now and, did you ever suspect blogging would be this damned complicated?

    I blog in my private cupboard/office behind a sliding pocket-door between patients. Actually I do the typing in my cupboard/office... I compose all my blog posts in my head while performing complicated micro-surgery with a 1/4mm margin between success and failure. Shhh. Please don't tell my patients.

    -Dork Dad
    www.dorkdaddy.com

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  2. Fun to learn more about the Bill. Also, I just want to second your kids: Wipeout is awesome. I fantasize about going on that show all the time.

    My daughter is whining about needing me to help her into her swimsuit (she's supposed to be napping), so I'm gonna pass on the questionnaire for now. But I liked Dork Dad's response a lot, so I'm gonna say ditto on a lot of that stuff.

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  3. HA! The function disabled thing made me crazy. I had to keep flipping back and forth between tabs. :)

    The liebster, from what I can find on Google is German for beloved or favorite, and once upon a time was awarded to folks with less than 200 followers, although the numbers fluxed all the way up to 3000, depending on where you get your information. Course, anyone in the blogger world will tell you there's a HUGE difference between 200 followers and 3000.

    I loved your questions!!! Mine are not as nearly creative. :) They will be up later tonight.... if I survive Youngest's writing homework...

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  4. I'm still searching for a worthy 11 on whom to bestow this award. I'll get back to you. Also, I guess I better go comment on DorkDad's blog, seeing as I just finished stalking him before coming here to leave a note.

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  5. No one will top your answers and how you linked them to your own posts. Perfect. Sorry about that functioned disabled thing, guys. I put pictures of Peanut up there and it freaks me out so I try to make it as difficult as possible to copy and paste. (run-on sentence.) Enjoyed this a-lotto.

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  6. Done.

    http://bubblezking.blogspot.com/2012/10/leeping-liebsters.html

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