In July of 2010, I received my first blogging Award, The Versatile Blogger, from Granny1947. It was not only my first blogging award, it was my first international blogging award, since Granny1947 resides in South Africa (on a very beautiful beach, I might add). But this week, I’ve done that one better … I’ve received my first Interspecies blogging award from Sandy of SandySays. Sandy is a lady Golden Retriever. I have to admit, as a cat guy, I’m not usually a fan of canine humor but Sandy’s eye for the foibles and peccadilloes of humans, especially her owner, who she calls The Geezer, has made me a regular reader. Just don’t tell Mr. P and Elvis, our cats. And to receive an award from such an expert on human behavior … well, all I can say is, Thank you very much.
Saying thank you is, by the way, one of the four conditions of receiving The Versatile Blogger: (1) Thank the blogger who gave the award and link to their blog; (2) Share 7 things about yourself; (3) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers (and link to them); and (4) Comment on their blogs to tell them of the award. Here are the other three:
(2) Share seven things about myself: This gets harder to do without repetition after three years of blogging:
I was born while my father was serving in Italy during World War II. I know from a letter my Mom sent to her mother that they referred to me as Little Stinkie before I was born. My name was supposed to be Frank after my father but my mother had me baptized Francis because there was no Saint Frank. It was still better than Little Stinkie.
I was a swimmer in high school and once swam against the world record holder, Steve Clark, in the 100 meter freestyle. He was out of the pool, showered and home before I finished.
I was a member of Beta Sigma Gamma, the first interracial fraternity at the University of Connecticut. I learned as much by being there during the civil rights years as I did in the classroom.
I graduated from the University of Connecticut in Electrical Engineering with a C+ average in 1966. Twenty-six years later, I earned a PhD from USC with no grade lower than an A. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to know why you’re studying what you’re studying.
My favorite authors are Alice Hoffmann and Stephen King. That contrast tells you something about me. I’m not sure what.
I’ve run thirteen marathons and done fifteen triathlons. You’d never know it to look at me now.
I was once at lifeboat stations on a Navy Destroyer in the middle of the Atlantic after a fire in the engine room left us dead in the water. That was the second worst thing about the trip. The first was forty foot seas.
(3) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers (and link to them): Now I know that some bloggers, particularly the memophobes among us, regard these awards as a pain and I don’t read a vast number of blogs, so some on my list will have heard from me before. Some are repeat winners of The Versatile Blogger Award. Two are blogs I’ve found though recent comments on Older Eyes and one is a recommendation from Terri of Into the Mystic. This is a no obligation (no money back) award … pass it along if you wish or just accept it as a token of my appreciation for your posts. If you want, you can pick up the award badge in my sidebar.
- coming east
- Conditionally Satisfactory
- Down River Drivel
- Granny1947’s Blog
- Into the Mystic
- Momma Mia, Mea Culpa
- no busy signal
- Savoring Today
- The Art of Being Conflicted
- The Writing Runner
- Piglet in Portugal
- Fictional Truths
- dailydose ofdilemma
(4) Comment on their blogs to tell them of the award: Consider it done. Even if you choose not to participate, please take a look at one or two of these fine blogs.writing and blogging comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.