I was recently assaulted. It’s my own inattentive fault.  I was blithely, blindly blundering around the blogosphere, trying to catch up on my reading and commenting, when I discovered that Cordelia’s Mom had used a trebuchet to launch another Versatile Blogger award over Niagara Falls at me.


I am always happy for any attention that doesn’t involve blue uniforms and arrest or search warrants. I hate to have to keep wiping my hard drive.  I sincerely thank CM for getting this award to me before Trump gets elected and puts up that big wall between us.

As usual, there’s a whole buncha rules.

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

As usual, G.O.D.’s (Grumpy Old Dude) rules supersede any silly WordPress rules, so I’m just gonna do whatever I want – but you already knew that, din’t ya??

I thanked CM for this honor, because, as a rule, I’m commonly courteous, even when I’m ignoring the rules. Secondly, I linked to CM’s beauteous blogsite (Quick, check above. I did link didn’t I? I didn’t have an[other] Alzheimer’s moment, did I?) because I’m not commonly courteous; I’m outstandingly courteous.

Next comes the sh….stuff I plan to ignore, nominations.

For various reasons, some bloggers don’t want to be bothered with blog awards, so for them, I won’t nominate them. For the other bloggers who get a kick out of a bit of recognition, there are still many to spread the joy. My not nominating anyone only means that the Universe will die the entropy death one second later.

Now comes the hardest part. Rule #5 says I have to tell the person who nominated me (i.e. Cordelia’s Mom), seven things about myself. That actually means to tell any readers. Between reading each other’s posts, comments and replies, emails, and even a couple of personal meet-and-greets, CM knows pretty much everything about me except the first name of my parole officer – (Herbert, BTW).  I’ll try.

  1. Recent insight has revealed that my lifelong lonership, my lack of friends, may stem from my thundering need for freedom and independence. That may have something to do with my Scottish ancestry. If you can show me a different, better way, I may adopt it, but I will not blindly, unquestioningly, believe and follow, whether religion, politics, sports, automakers or Kardashians, simply to ‘fit in.’ After almost 50 years of marriage, the wife still occasionally says something like, “I’ve tried to change him, but he’s just stubborn.”
  2. I do odd things with containers. Small bottles, like medicines or spice jars, I open with one hand – the left. I hold them against my palm with the third and fourth fingers, and either flip lids, or wind off screw-tops with my thumb and forefinger. I can usually put the lids back on that way too. Could I be on America’s Got Talent?
  3. Larger containers I often open by holding the top with my left hand, and turning the jar/bottle underneath it on a counter with my right. I (almost) never have a lid go flying away, to land on the cat hair floor. Can I now expect a home visit from a traveling psychologist?
  4. I couldn’t juggle if you held a gun to my head but, when moving an object from one hand to the other, I often throw/toss it – left to right, right to left – it’s only a foot or so. Exceptions include sharp knives, open drink containers, and cats. S6300243
  5. I’m not quite OCD about it, but I often count things. There are 14 steps in each stair flight in the house. When going downstairs with an armload of groceries, I’m never surprised to find that there’s another step, or almost as bad, I go to step down one more time, and there isn’t. When watering a cat from a faucet, I don’t look at a clock, I count the ticks. 60 clicks? – He’s done!
  6. Despite my singularity-ness, I truly, honestly care about people, especially the little people, the underdogs. Sadly, my physical and fiscal limitations often restrict what I can do to help others. The only folks I hate are liars, bullies and assholes. They cut into my charity work by about 90%!
  7. CM was the first fellow-blogger I had a real, live meet-and-greet with, even as I was on my way to rescue yet another blogger, lost in the wilds of Ohio, as Paul Curran recently was in Ottawa. We repeated the feat, each with a change of partners. I note that she’s hatching plots to get even more bloggers together. I hope she’s still keeping me in mind (probably ‘way back at the back).

No nominations – no list of worthy bloggers??! I’m done here.  Insert thunderous applause!

20 thoughts on “Attack

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    Thunderous applause and a whoohoo! The Universe is still here. 😉


  2. See, there were a few things I didn’t know about you. Guess there weren’t any bottles or jars that needed opening on the restaurant table either time that we met.

    As for #7 – yes, I am planning some meet-and-greets with other bloggers, one of whom I have been trying to meet for several years. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love you any more – I’m looking forward to dining with you and Mrs. G.O.D. sometime in the Fall, if we can arrange it (although I don’t know if I’ll be able to go across the bridges yet at that point).

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I try to restrain myself in public. It is entertaining ? to see me spin a peanut butter jar like a big top. The lid has never gone on the floor. 😳
      If/when we get a new(er) vehicle, (the wife is leaning toward a matching soccer-momobile) we had hoped to visit ‘Buffalo’ in the fall. Keep me informed. I’d hate to have J tell me that you were ringing my doorbell at the same time.
      I know you don’t like the big roads, but what’s the problem with bridges, the height? Cross in the south, to Fort Erie. The bridge is close to the water. As soon as you cross, you can get off onto Hiway 3, and follow it up to Hiway 20. 😀


      • The problem with the bridges is my loony neighbor, the cop wannabe who collects tolls at one of the international bridges. It would be very easy to get there and find that my car or my driver’s license have been flagged as undesirable (or worse, to have that happen on my way back from Canada!). I don’t need that grief. For the time being, I’ll stay in the US.


      • Archon's Den says:

        He’s not my neighbor, so I tend to forget him. Okay, we’ll hope/plan to come to you. We’ll be disguised, with a different van/SUV and my custom plates on it. 🙄


  3. Dale says:

    That was fun! I’m pretty new to you, so it was full of useful (less) information!


  4. Kayjai says:

    *applauding thunderously whilst tossing cats* Innnnteresting…..and congrats on the linking and awarding going on. Busy guy, you are.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m trying to find out if I’ve got the time and money to drive down for the iceberg races.
      How’s Hubby? Still gainfully employed and un-transferred? 😕 😀


      • Kayjai says:

        Yes, on both counts! We are staying put…so far. We never know if those darn Mounties will decide to ship us elsewhere so we continue as if nothing is ever going to change. It’s worked for ten years…


      • Archon's Den says:

        That’s the best way, I guess. Be prepared, but don’t make any definite plans until they make a definite decision. With bureaucratic inertia, your grandkids may help you celebrate your 50th anniversary on The Rock. 😀


  5. Daniel Digby says:

    I’m outstandingly courteous.

    That’s redundant. You’re Canadian.


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