I used to write a fair amount here on my blog, but then I got lazier and now I only manage to write over at The Nudge Wink Report once every month or so.  I only write there because of assigned deadlines and my unflagging allegiance to a woman I’ve never met but love anyway, the lovely Blogdramedy herself.  My current profile there is a 30,000 word run-on-sentence and ends up keeping people from scrolling all the way to the comments section.  As any blogger will tell you, posting without getting comments is like kissing your first cousin – and not in a West Virginia sort of way.  I’m hoping this little blurb can take the place of the other profile and allow people to actually reach the comments section.



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    1. LOL! I’m not really his dad, but I’m old enough to be, (probably older than his dad). When I was making those comments, I felt like I was a Dad ragging on his kid, so I put that in there. While I’m not his dad, I am a big fan of his. We follow each other’s blogs and comment regularly. He was surprised to discover that I’m so old and I was surprised to discover he’s so young. I guess we both learned that being a wise-ass has no age requirements. Doesn’t that sound like the worst after-school special EVER?!

  1. 1 Point Perspective,
    I thought I’d visit after I’ve read on Jules’ blog that I made you feel alone and sad. We wouldn’t want that… Can I offer you some poutine? It always makes me feel better…
    Le Clown

    1. I don’t think it’s you specifically, just clowns in general. I’d have responded sooner, but I had no power.

      As for the poutine, it sounds delightful. It’s nice to know that even faraway exotic lands have their own artery clogging foods. If you ever find yourself feeling sad and alone, I’ll send you some scrapple.

      1. Sure – I’m curious about what other bloggers really think about these awards. I have been hesitant about getting sucked in. I have just been saying “thanks” and moving on. What’s your take?

    1. I think it’s related to my love of hearing myself talk. Since it’s my written “voice” I just can’t bear to part with any of my words. Yes, I AM full of myself (at least when I write I am).

  2. Nomination for the Super Sweet Blog Award

    We live in a period, happily unique in human history, when we are at the cusp of greater communication among all the Peoples of the world. Will this greater communication bring greater understanding, divided as we are between rich consumers and the poor, who struggle in appalling conditions to supply us with our affordable products, with religious and national ideologies filled with extremism and loathing, who wish to destroy those who call for moderation, and those who wilfully go through life unconcerned, with their eyes closed, only taking notice when forced to, or those across the world struggling not to have a decent life, but to merely survive in hope that their children will have a better chance, while wanton waste and greed exists right beside them, a world where irrational hate leads to the mass expulsion and murder of human beings while the international community wrings its hands and does nothing?
    Oh, bugger – I just realized I shouldn’t read Winston Churchill speeches before I write anything. Sorry. Not that I’m comparing myself to Churchill, or anything – far from it. My writing tends to be more “pie in the face.”
    Anyway – I’ve just recently found out that Kendra, at http://sunshinefromshadows.com/ has nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award, for whatever reason. I suspect she was overcome by fumes caused by one of my postings, succumbed to a momentary delirium and nominated me. Whatever reason this lapse of sanity occurred, I accept.
    Now comes the tricky bit. In order to receive the award, you must thank the blogger who nominated you (Thank you indeed, Kendra!), answer five questions (see below, please), include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your posting (I trust I’ll figure out how to do that momentarily {DAMN! can’t figure out how to put the picture in comments to other blogs. Please pretend it’s there and go to my blog to see the actual thing – thanks!}), nominate a baker’s dozen other bloggers for the post, and finally, notify the nominees in their respective blogs.
    And now (for something completely different) the envelope, please!
    Question #1: Cookies or Cake?
    Answer: Yes, please.
    Question #2: Chocolate or Vanilla?
    Answer: If they’re high quality, yes, please.
    Question#3: Favourite sweet treat?
    Answer: Both real halva and a properly made Napoleon (Mille-feuille).
    Question #4: When do you crave sweet things most?
    Answer: Usually when I’m only mildly peckish with a way to go before a meal and I need some energy, I’ll have a bit of chocolate.
    Question #5: What is your favourite colour?
    Actual Question #5: Sweet Nick Name?
    Actual Answer to Question #5: Empty-headed-animal-food-trough-wiper? I can’t actually recall having a nick name that stuck. Sorry.
    Now for the nominations (these were a bit difficult, as I didn’t want to make dual nominations with Kendra):
    1. I’d have to say Keith Parker at http://keithparker.net/ with his “Fish and TARDIS Sauce” blog is my number one. He writes a mean (as in really good, as opposed to socially nasty) blog that is primarily themed around Dr. Who, but not so much about geeking out on Dr. Who as discussing aspects of the series and how they reflect society. Or he’ll write whatever he darn well pleases, which is also a good read.
    2. Next along is Katy at http://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/. Bones Don’t Lie is a fascinating, well researched and well written blog about death, but not in a gross way. Katy’s blog is about death from the perspective of “mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology,” taking different aspects of death and how societies, past and present, approach and appreciate the final sleep. Really interesting and not gross at all, I promise!
    3. Keeping with the cheery theme of death comes http://www.executedtoday.com/. Jason at Executed Today has a compendious compendium (?) of who was executed on any given date, with an often fascinating history and lots of side notes. It’s one of the first things I read in the morning, reminding me no matter how bad my day may be, it could be worse.
    4. My next nominee is Joachim Boaz’s blog http://sciencefictionruminations.wordpress.com/. Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations is primarily (but not just) themed reviews of (mostly) science fiction books past, with extensive examples of cover art. Neat stuff!
    5. Raud’s blog, Gnawing the Bone (http://gnawingthebone.wordpress.com/) is a great blog about dogs, but not in any cutsey way (OK, there are some cute pictures). Included gratis in the blog are imaginative stories of the world from a canine point of view.
    6. Brain’s Idea (http://brainsidea.wordpress.com/) is all about people and their brains – in a non-zombie fashion. Sorry to disappoint anyone who thought otherwise.
    7. Something New Please (http://somethingnewplease.wordpress.com/) is written by someone who may be as disturbed as I am. Needless to say, I am a big fan.
    8. Wrong Hands (http://wronghands1.wordpress.com/). Another seriously disturbed blogger also with a talent for drawing.
    9. The God Project (http://thegodproject.net/). Does God Exist? This guy’s trying to find out.
    10. Eric Hyde’s Blog (http://ehyde.wordpress.com/). God exists, but how does this reflect on Believers?
    11. Books Around the Table (http://booksaroundthetable.wordpress.com/). To best describe this blog, here’s what the authors say about it: “Books Around The Table is the blog of Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Laura Kvasnosky, Julie Larios and Julie Paschkis. We are a critique group of children’s book authors and illustrators who have been meeting monthly since 1994 to talk about books we are working on, books we have read, and our lives. We invite you to sit down with us around the table and join the conversation.”
    12. The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice (http://thechirurgeonsapprentice.com/) also deals with the macabre in a tasteful way. Well sourced and well written professional stuff.
    13. 1pointperspective (https://1pointperspective.wordpress.com/) is a guy with a sarcastic soul. He may be the reincarnation of the demi-god Sarcasticus. Enjoy!
    OK, now to figure out how a proto-Luddite sticks the Super Sweet Blog Award picture on posts he’s got to send to thirteen nominees … where the heck did I put my stone hammer ….
    Apologies to Monty Python, Winston Churchill, and all the other great bloggers not on the thirteen steps … errr … that didn’t come out properly …

  3. Hi

    Pleased to meet you. :).

    My name is Kevin Gillespie, I do, MUCH prefer to be called Kev though. :).

    I live in Wales, & I am now Following your Blog, :).

    Best Wishes
    Kev. 🙂

  4. RE: “VORTEX VOODOO” I can’t find the “post comment” bubble to comment to cheer you on as you shovel the pavement or even comment on a comment. Looked high and low; switched back and forth on posts some yours…now panic stricken that I’ve missed my one big opportunity to comment first and comment smartly…not like the other dim idiots who take up so much comment time making comments and then expecting comment answers. You know…those commenters. And…what makes it worse? They know who they are. Not me. Not Jots, darling…nooooo. Not Jots.

    Don’t hurry back. Keep shoveling. I’ve forgotten the question…..

    1. Actually, it hasn’t started snowing yet, so I’m just sitting here with my shovel and an eager yet grim look on my mug…someone else wrote to me on twitter that they cannot comment. As the kids like to say; WTF?

    2. Darling, It’s 2020! What happened? Don’t answer that…. I’ve looked and looked and looked…even under, around but not through that silly walrus who is not , after all, as wise as he claims to be, but can’t find that witty but sweet comment. I’ve given up . Eating a Spam sandwich as we speak. That may be the problem….Darling, too.

      1. I’m a WordPress professional post fixer. NOT
        I’m a computer genius. NOT
        I know exactly what to do in this instance. NOT
        It will get better. Probably NOT.
        You’d better just hand me your shovel.
        I’m really good at waiting for snow…..

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    1. Oh Natalie!
      How you do flatter. I’m flattered, of course, but not sure that you are as well acquainted with my written work as you should be. I would politely suggest that you read my opus on cooking dogs or perhaps my scintillating interview with Anthony Weiner’s pecker – complete with an original portrait of the subject which includes a visual reference to one “Carlos Danger”. You see Natalie, these blogs ARE my business cards. I hardly need more.

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