I like awards. It’s nice to be recognized by peers as someone who (a) adds an element to the proceedings and/or (b) is likely to carry the presentation forward. Either way, as Doc would say, I’m your huckleberry.
Simeon over yonder at the Levine Lowdown nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, one of my very favorites. Why? Cuz, like I said in the title, I am your sunshine. I’m not trying to be narcissistic or self-promoting with that line, I’m just stating a fact. I’m an optimist and a futurist. And the future I see is rosy bright, which is something folks need in these dark times. The best of humanity still lies ahead and if I could live in any era besides this one, it would be the next one. So, if you could mix me up a pint of that immortality elixir so I can see the promised land ahead that’d be much appreciated. 😊
Simeon is a young man living down under who blogs about sports and music and news and politics and he is a refreshing and coherent voice. For example, look at his recent stance on the death penalty.
This award thing has some rules, though, which I adhere to liberally as time permits. The gist is to thank the person who nominated you (thank you, Simeon!), answer some questions from them, and then ask some questions of the folks I nominate going forth.
I don’t always nominate, but I always answer questions.
Particularly when they are about me.
Your ray of sunshine. 😁
- Why did you start your blog?
- I had to let the light out. Seriously. I have spent the better part of five decades hiding the light from the world, and that was unfair. Translation: I have words to say and I want to say them. I just hope y’all enjoy ‘em. Sometimes.
- What is your favourite part about blogging?
- Being able to put a “u” in words like “favourite.” That’s awesome. But my truly favourite part about blogging is the feedback and interaction with amazing people right here and out there. The internet made the world small and our small voices big. I like that.
- What is one of your goals for 2020?
- Do some pushups. Wanna see the rest of my 2020 goals? Read this.
- If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
- Pay no attention to preachers and charlatans; they have no idea what they’re talking about and they hope you don’t either.
- What is your favourite sport?
- Racing Moxie from one side of the yard to the other.
- If you could go back in the past to any year, which year would you go back to?
- What is one country that you would love to travel to?
- What is one thing that not many people know about you?
- I don’t like Batman.
- What has been the scariest moment of your life?
- One day, when I had just taken over my father’s lawn care business, I was on the wrong side of town alone for the first time. As fate would have it, as I was unloading my equipment, a very scary looking hoodlum came around the corner brandishing a large pistol and my heart raced. “Ignore me,” I beseeched silently. But out of the corner of my eye I saw him beeline directly at me, picking up momentum. I thought, “This is it. Wow. 26 years on the planet and this is how it ends. Fuck.” He came around the side of the work truck, lifted the firearm and said “Hey man, wanna buy a drill? $15. $10.” I laughed and breathed a sigh of relief, declining the purchase, and wishing him luck as he headed down the road looking for another buyer.
- When does bread become toast?
- When it tries to cover Julio Jones.
- What is your favourite song of all time?
- This came up the other night, as I was trying to get Spotify to know me better. I played “Right Now” by Van Halen, “Midnight Blue” by Lou Graham, “Jungleland” by The Boss, “St Elmo’s Fire” by John Parr, a couple of Train songs, some Rob Thomas, Stevie Nicks, Adele, Billy Idol, Billy Joel, Billy Squier and Bob Seger. Those are all about me, and my sunshine. I kept asking myself the same question, though: what is my favourite song of all time? The answer, of course, is obscure. “Change,” by Blind Melon is my favourite song of all time. Sheer simplicity, sheer poetry.
I don’t feel the suns comin’ out today
It’s staying in, it’s gonna find another way
As I sit here in this misery
I don’t think I’ll ever no ??
See the sun from here
And oh as I fade away
They’ll all look at me and say, and they’ll say
Hey look at him, I’ll never live that way
And that’s okay
They’re just afraid to change
When you feel your life ain’t worth living
You’ve got to stand up
And take a look around and you look way up to the sky
Yeah, and when your deepest thoughts are broken
Keep on dreaming boy, ’cause when you stop dreamin’ it’s time to die
And as we all play parts of tomorrow
Some ways will work and other ways we’ll play
But I know we all can’t stay here forever
So I want to write my words on the face of today
And then they’ll paint it
And oh as I fade away
They’ll all look at me and they’ll say
Hey look at him and where he is these days
When life is hard, you have to change
When life is hard, you have to change
“When life is hard, you have to change.” Amen.
Okay, 11 quick questions:
- What is your favourite thing about you?
- Is love an emotion, a fiction, or a powerful universal force?
- Batman vs Superman. Who wins?
- I need a new electronic reader. Which one should I get?
- Some old friends of mine, from my Christian days, posted an anti-gay article written by an evangelical minister in reference to Pete Buttigieg and his presidential bid. In this same article the minister defended Donald Trump who is “sinful” but gets a pass because he doesn’t “flaunt” his sins currently, “like Pete does.” Is the minister himself just an idiot, or are all three of them idiots, the other two for reposting the article?
- Was this post too long?
- Did you watch the Blind Melon video for “Change”? Cuz it’s stupid.
- Are you a doer or a procrastinator?
- As a blogger, do you prefer anonymity or exposure?
- Am I your sunshine?
As always, however, I’d love to hear from everyone else, too, if you have the time. So at the very least answer #1, #2, #5, and #11 below.
Now go have a sunny day, folks. 😏