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Monday, July 16, 2012

100 Followers, Tag, and Random Versatility

It's time once again to get meta.

Much like Chandler Bing's reasons for spending Thanksgiving in a box, my discussion today will be threefold. A kind of long bit of nonsense follows. But when has that ever stopped you?

Point One: Following
First of all, last week my little blog gained it's one-hundredth follower. It's been a long time coming, really, but still I rejoice. Now, if one-tenth of those people actually read my writing, I could die contented. So, congratulations to Heather M. Gardner from The Waiting is the Hardest Part. She wins nothing, but continuing to read this blog will enhance her knowledge, health, and appreciation of good music. In a way, then, she wins everything.

Point Two: Blog Awards
A couple-few weeks ago I was kindly awarded a blog award for nothing less than being a recently new follower of Miss Farawayeyes at the Far Away Series blog. I've been dubbed versatile before. I'm not sure if it's due to my ability to do dishes with a small child in my arms or the fact that I can read Shakespeare in English, Portuguese, and Klingon.

The Versatile Blogger has certainly made it's rounds. It's already passed my way once (read how I dealt with that one here), so I will forego passing it on. You can all thank me in the comments below.

I am, however, not above pointing out seven random things about myself, like I'm supposed to do. And since I've already told you two, I shall add five more.

3. I ditched church yesterday because I didn't make some phone calls I have a responsibility to make and was embarrassed. I felt pretty lame, but I did it anyway. Don't judge.

4. I watched three foreign, low-budget, and totally cool monster movies last week. The Host is from South Korea. Troll Hunter is from Norway. Monsters is British, but it's set in Mexico and has a lot of Spanish and one of the most beautiful endings I've seen in some time.
A mutant creature emerges from the Han River.
Giant trolls secretly inhabit Norway.
Aliens invade Mexico.
Outerspace aliens.
Not illegal ones.

5. I purchase way too much music at once. I sometimes don't have time to listen to an album more than once. Darn you, Amazon and your amazing MP3 sales.

6. I have a daughter about to be a senior in high school. How I got this old, I'll never know.

7. I have read Goodnight Moon to my son so many times in the past couple of weeks, I don't like it any more.
The mouse moves around the room throughout the book.
My boy can point out the mouse on every page.
Can you find the mouse on this one?

Point Three: I'm it.
Last week, I was also tagged by Dave at Dave Wrote This. This doesn't have a pretty picture to go with it. It's just an elaborate game of tag. I'm supposed to tell eleven things about myself this time, but as I've already done seven, I will simply add four.

Robert Kirkman also writes
The Walking Dead. You
might have heard of it.
8. I read comic books only once every couple of years. I wait a couple of years, then check out the thick collections from the library. I'm currently catching up on one of the better non-Marvel/DC superheroes, Invincible. I've now read volumes 4-6, encompassing about 45 individual issues or something. (Volume 7 is still on library hold.) In a couple more years I'll read 45 more issues. It'll be sweet.

9. I've been playing indoor soccer on Thursday nights. Last game, I had to play goalie, and for days afterward my insides felt like jelly. I like standing up to kick the ball better than throwing myself on the floor to block it. And we didn't even win or anything.

10. I'm thinking about growing out my hair again. Relive the heyday of the nineties. Don't tell my wife.

11. School starts in fifteen days. I am not amused.

And there you have it. But wait there's more. Now I'm supposed to answer eleven questions that Dave asks. Then I have to come up with eleven questions and tag eleven other bloggers. Then they're it. Are we having fun yet?

The following are Dave's questions and my oh-so-correct answers. I'm just glad I didn't have to answer the questions Dave was asked when he got the tag. Every one of them was Star Trek trivia.

1. Who would win in a fight between Cavemen and Astronauts?
Astronauts. Unless the Cavemen figured out how to poke holes in their spacesuits.

2. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To make music that unites the world in peace, a la Wyld Stallyns.

3. What is your favourite Band?
Cocteau Twins. No contest.

4. What is your favourite Bend?
Bender from Futurama or comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis.

5. What is your favourite Bond?
For Your Eyes Only. First Bond I ever saw. Rocked my world.

6. How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?
42, right?

7. What's the funniest joke you know?
Way too long to tell here. Maybe a future blog post? Maybe not.

8. Can dogs look up?
I don't like dogs. So I don't care.

9. If you drove a Mini, would you want a red one, a white one or a blue one?
Not sure if this signifies anything, but red. I'd want a red of any kind of car.

10. What are you afraid of?
Heights. And broken hearts.

11. Why is this 11 facts/questions/answers?
To make my life difficult.

This post is way too long. I thought combining all this into one would be a good idea. It's not. 

Tag. You're it.
I can't count to eleven any more. My questions will be few, then. And only the following bloggers are tagged. They are officially IT. But everyone should go check out these blogs.

Brian M. White at Strangers Call Me Sunny. This is his third or fourth blog. I think he changes things up just to cull the nonbelievers. But he's funny and smart, which is all that's important in a blog, no matter the incarnation.

Mina Lobo at Some Dark Romantic. When you go to her blog, you might get a notice that her blog is for "grownups" only. Don't let that deter you; her blog isn't like that. She's a child of the 80's who hasn't given up on taste.

Rusty Webb at The Blutonian Death Egg. He is currently fascinated with the discovery of the Higgs Boson, which is pretty cool. If you don't know what that is or why it's important, you should go find out. As a bonus, Rusty's a pretty good artist, too.

Huntress, one of the contributors over at Unicorn Bell. She is currently obsessed about why Fifty Shades of Grey is a thing. Go see what she has to say.

Michael Offut at what I'm just realizing isn't officially "SLC Kismet" anymore. He's got a rad sci-fi adventure book out called Slipstream, and he's got good taste pop culturally.

And here are some probing questions to answer.

1. What kind of thing do you prefer to read?

2. When you were 13, what did you want to do with your life?

3. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? Discuss.

4. If you could join any group or club, what would it be?

5. What is the last song you listened to?

6. When you have nothing else to do, what do you do? 

7. If you could make a difference by boycotting one thing, what would it be?

That's plenty. Now have at it. And please let us know if and when you've gotten around to posting your answers so we can make sure to see them. Thanks. Goodnight everybody!


  1. Ah. So thought provoking. Or just provoking maybe.

    Honored am I to receive this award. And humbled that you place me in such excellent company. I follow Michael (the Strange) and Rusty (the Scary). Thanks for introducing me to new bloggers as well.

    And really *heart fist* thank you. Composing my acceptance speech at my personal blog, http://spiritcalled.blogspot.com/ right now.

    1. Yeah, I don't know how thought provoking any of this is. I only hope I at least give people one new fact to fill their brains.

  2. Congrats on the 100! It is, indeed, a mystery how we get so old. Perhaps the Higgs Boson will explain it!

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    2. I hope so, Lola. That must be the reason the Higgs Boson is so important.

  3. You're Thinking About Growing Your Hair Out???? So much for the spirit of Christmas.

    1. I don't think that a haircut one year for Christmas means I have to keep my hair cut in perpetuity.

      And who told you anyway?

  4. "Culling the non-believers" Ha, I like that! I have trimmed back to a fairly lean following over there, I guess ;D

    1. Bryan, You need to put yourself out there, man. People will accept you for you.

  5. Nice. But I'm thinking the cavemen could still have a shot at beating the crap out of those astronauts. :)

    1. Candice, despite my resolute answer above, I don't know about the caveman/astronaut thing. I continue to go back and forth and can't decide. I'd rather just not think about it any more.

  6. Phew! That was a long but incredibly informative post! Great questions. Great answers. Great facts!

    Thank you for the thank you! I'm so glad I was your #100! That's new for me too!

    I know you didn't tag me but I'd like to answer this question.

    7. If you could make a difference by boycotting one thing, what would it be? - The cancellation of Firefly by Fox.

    OK. I feel better now.

    Thanks for sharing and the shout out!

    1. Heather, while I agree with the sentiment of your answer to number 7, I don't understand how you boycott a cancellation. What do you do, continue to tune in to Fox at 8:00 on Fridays? Or just repeat the DVDs until Whedon makes a movie? Oh, he did do that. Your boycott worked! :)

  7. Congrats on your 100! I thought I was going to make it for awhile. I was up to 97 but I have lost some lately. Mostly because my posts have sucked. Ah, well.

    1. Thanks, darev. I think I might have lost two or three followers along the way, but I can't imagine why anyone would want to unfollow me. They must be dead inside.

  8. I didn't mean to post further up, sorry.

    Sorry also to burden you with this. You dealt with it very well.

    I look forward to hearing the joke...

    Dave Wrote This

  9. No worries, Dave. I'm just thankful to be included.

    I'll think about posting the joke, but I don't know if it's the kind of thing that will translate to funny if it's not orally told.

    Anyway, how is it that you're now my follower number 102? Weird.

  10. ha ha. My hair's long again *for* Kristin. She asks every few years and I grow it out until I can't stand it anymore and shave it off. Usually a 2-3 year cycle.

    School shouldn't start until September. If you're part of the Facists who make it start earlier, I know what I'm boycotting ;-)

    1. Wade! You comment on my blog and it takes me a week to see it. Weird. I used to have the long hair cycle, but my current wife likes it short.

      And, please, everyone should boycott the starting of school so early. We do get out a week before Memorial Day, though, so there's that.

  11. Thanks Brent. I will probably do this meme either Thursday or Friday as I reach for a post to complete the week.

    1. No worries, Michael. Get it done when you can.

  12. Thanks a ton Brent! I'm honored that you thought of me. I generally don't do well when it comes to posting these, but I'll try real hard to get to it by Monday or Tuesday of next week.

    And I saw The Host a few years ago. Loved it. The others are in my Netflix queue, I just haven't gotten to them.

    And congrats on the big 1-0-0! Well deserved.

    1. Thank you, Rusty. Have you done the questions yet? I'll have to go check.

  13. Maybe you should film yourself telling the joke...

    I got into a semi-regular routine of clicking on a link from a comment you made on my blog and never quite getting around to following properly. I'm sorry for the oversight

    Dave Wrote This

    1. Dave, I don't think I could film myself doing anything and not screw it up worse than I'm sure I already do that thing. But it's an idea...