I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Sioux, my
Even though they may not want such
joeh, the Cranky Old Man
River, drifting through life
Jimmy, with his opinions
They are welcome. No need for effusive thanks. I know you're all three clearing space on the mantel for it now. However...if you have a more pressing agenda, like
Playing some golf or shaking your fist at a Beemer driver or kicking back with a dirty water cocktail...
Or going for a walk or taking some thought-provoking pictures or writing a story that draws people into the setting and characters...
Or building a skunk trap or taking your dog for a ride on the golf cart or swimming around your MiniPOOLIO underwater...
Don't worry! This isn't a chain letter. Nothing bad will happen to me if you choose not to participate. Right, Sioux? Right??? I'll put the official rules and my questions for my nominee/award winners below, after my self-absorbed exercise.
Here is more than you'll ever want to know about Val Thevictorian.
1. What was your first singer/movie star crush? That would be the gorgeous David Cassidy, of Partridge Family fame. My sister the little future ex-mayor's wife got the fan magazines like Tiger Beat (I preferred MAD Magazine, probably no surprise to you), and I snuck them out of her room to gaze at my precious. She never knew, as long as I didn't mess up the Donny Osmond posters that she would hang on her wall.
2. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be, and why? Probably England, because they speak English there, and they have some castles. But I'm not too keen on that whole ISLAND thing, so I'd make sure I had a boat, or learned to swim for a really long distance.
3. What was the riskiest thing you ever did? Fell off a ledge above a roaring stream in the Alaskan wilderness while exploring away from our vacation cabin with my sister the future ex-mayor's wife. It was NOT intentional, I was merely getting a better look at two poachers who were on the other side, snagging salmon with giant hooks, and I slipped on the mossy footing. My sister (TFE-MW) grabbed the back of my CPO jacket and saved me. Pretty sure it was only because she was afraid she'd be blamed for my demise if she returned alone.
4. What great TV show or movie have you seen recently? Nothing really recent, though I DO enjoy the show Shameless on Showtime. There's an instant every episode where I'm totally shocked, and say, "Oh, crap!" Even though I know they're...uh...shameless.
5. If you had a theme song (like Ally McBeal did), what would it be? It would be an original creation, sung by Curtis Armstrong (best known to me as BOOGER in Revenge of the Nerds, and MILES in Risky Business, and it would involve the lyric, "Sometimes, you just gotta say WTF."
6. If you could have dinner with five famous people--either living or dead--who would be sitting at the six-top with you? Dolly Parton, Goran Visnjic, Billie Jean King, Robert Duvall, and my mom. Yeah. I'm not a world-saver, or politically motivated. Oh, and sorry, David Cassidy...the table only seats six.
7. What would make up your favorite meal? In other words, what dishes/foods would be on the table for your favorite breakfast/lunch or dinner? It would be a feast, and
8. What book have you read recently that you would recommend? It's been a good long time since I read anything new. So I'll go with a timeless favorite of mine: The Stand.
9. If you had to "travel" to another era to live, which one would you not choose, and why? Back in the Gangster Era, during Prohibition. Because the movies about that time bore me, and if I lived during then, I'd probably need a drink.
10. Describe a "brush with greatness" you had. When I was in high school, our doorbell rang, and there stood JIM HART, quarterback of the St. Louis football CARDINALS! Yeah. I'm pretty old. Jim was looking for an upholstery business across the road from our house. I don't know why he thought a brick split-level home was an upholstery business, when the other place looked all businessy, and had a parking lot. Maybe Conrad Dobler and Dan Dierdorf let Jim's noggin get thumped a few too many times.
11. What do you most enjoy about writing/blogging? I enjoy telling a story, perhaps with a few embellishments, and I rarely go a day without cracking myself up. I'm a pretty easy audience.
Now, for my little rays of sunshine, here are the official rules I followed, and you must, also.
1. Thank the writer who nominated me. Thanks, Sioux.
2. Answer the questions. (You don't have to use complete sentences, and you can make up words. Like gubba.)
3. Nominate other bloggers for the award. (Good luck with that.)
4. Write the same number of questions for the blogger who nominated me. (I think I can manage that. I kind of made a career of making up questions.)
5. Notify the bloggers I nominated. (You are hereby nominated!)
Here are your 11 questions:
1. What would be your dream job?
2. Have you ever narrowly avoided a catastrophe? Explain.
3. How many laws have you broken? List them. (I won't tell. Promise.)
4. Describe your favorite school lunch meal.
5. Tell us about a time you made someone genuinely happy, with a thoughtful act or gift.
6. Did you ever have one of those giggle-fits where you can't stop laughing, at a time you're supposed to be quiet? Where, what about, and who were you with?
7. If Hick could build you a themed shed, what would be your theme, and what special features would you like to see inside and outside?
8. Would you rather pick up pennies off the parking lot/convenience store floor...or have ladybugs randomly land on you inside your house?
9. Assuming you were in your prime employment years, and not currently retired, how do you think you would fare as a teacher of 13-to-18-year-old students? What subject would you teach them?
10. Would you rather walk alone through a dark graveyard after midnight, or walk alone through a dark church after midnight?
11. Do you think you're a leader or a follower? Do other people see you the same way?