I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger award.  I was nominated by Nicole of the blog WALK IN THE SUNLIGHT.  It was very kind of her.  If you would like to check out her blog, please click on the link.

Just a quick question:  Do you pronounce it /ˈvɜː.sə.taɪl/ or /ˈvɝː.sə.t̬əl/?  I don’t mean which one is correct, but rather, how do you pronounce it?  I am an ESL teacher and sometimes that “teacher” invversatileades my blogging life.

Like everything in this world, there are some rules to receiving this award.  I will attempt to follow some of them.

The rules are:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know

7 facts about myself

I am not sure what, if anything, people want to know about me, but I have decided on these seven “facts.”

  1. I speak intermediate Japanese.  This is largely due to having lived in Japan and even afterward kept up my interest in the country, culture, and food.
  2. I am an ESL teacher.  This is probably because I was an awful student and karma didn’t want to wait for my next life before punishing me.
  3. I write a blog on another platform and desperately want people to check it out.  This is because it sometimes contains a bit more humour (especially the very first post) and because it has a bit of advertising (no pop ups) and eventually (maybe in a few years–no, I am not kidding) I will have had enough views to get a little bit of money.  Am I being greedy?  A little, but marketers call it cross promotion.  It is called Jack of all Hobbies.   If you could take a look, I would appreciate it.
  4. I am addicted to pizza.  I eat it far more often than I should, and on those occasions, I eat far too much of it.
  5. I got back into cycling last year and now I am planning on going on a longish distance cycling trip–hopefully I will find some people to go with me.  I have bought a new bike, subscribed to magazines and cycling blogs, and I have spent a long time thinking about what I am going to wear.
  6. I want to lose weight but hate the gym.  I did a good job of dropping about 20lbs last year, but have gained about 5 back over winter.  I am hoping the cycling will help me become much leaner.
  7. I read quite a bit because I spend a lot of time commuting to work.  I also wonder about my fellow passengers.  If you read my blog, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise, as this affects my blog and my blog subjects.

If you want 7 other facts about me please check out this post from last year:

The Inspiring Blogger Award

Blogs I would like to nominate:

This is no easy task, and I am sure some of these blogs have already been nominated, but what can I do.  For those of you who I have left off….sorry.  I would like to nominate everyone I read, but even nominating fifteen seems like a lot.  I did my best to give you a cross section of me.  As you can tell, it is a mix of life affirming positives, bicycles, Japanofiles, relationship advice and humour.  Pretty much sounds like me.

My OBT A truly great blog that everyone needs to read.

Becky Says Things Never have such simple drawings made me laugh so loud–and you should buy her book.

My Purse is Closed An interesting idea given life.

Taggle Talk  Awesome pictures and words.

Ever the Wayfarer A beautiful take on the world.

Being 30 A positive and informative place for people dealing with their changing hopes and dreams in their 30’s (but I am in my 40’s and I still check this one out.)

Girlwadder The painfully straight goods on dating; both informative and humorous.

Johnna Slaby  Equal parts words and pictures.  It is a reminder of beauty in the world.

Travels on a Variety of Bikes I am into bikes and Japan; so this is a perfect place for me.

Bike Like Crazy Though not about Japan, it is about bikes (and right now, cycling in the snow).

Blissful Brit Coffee lover and hiker extraordinaire.  Her posts make me hungry for food and adventure.

Celia in Tokyo  Beautiful photos compliment the lovely words.

Keeping up with the Walkers A positive outlook on the world.

For those people who think about bicycling even in the loo I don’t think I can say anything more than the title says.

Simply Tiny Freedom Tiny houses containing big dreams.

Thanks again for the award.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Awarded

  1. Thank you, Anthony! That’s really nice of you! Can’t wait to check out your other nominees.

  2. Brittany says:

    This is so great, thank you!! Here are seven randoms about me.

    1. My arms are double jointed and I love freaking people out with them.
    2. Because of these loose ligaments I’ve been plagued with, I also dislocate really easily. That’s not fun.
    3. I have zero self control around peanut butter, in fact it’s taking every ounce of my being to not stick my finger into the jar I am trying to stay away from today.
    4. I’ve never been to a concert.
    5. I used to listen to hard core rap like no body’s business when I was in high school.
    6. I not listen to the complete opposite, like Mumford and Sons and Ray LaMontagne.
    7. I don’t like babies, which I guess means I have no soul.

    • Anthony says:

      Thanks for all those random facts about yourself. Having read your posts, I am pretty sure you have a soul–a coffee fueled soul, but a soul nonetheless.

      You mentioned getting regular dislocations…it is odd because one of the vloggers I watch, said she suffered the same thing. She also suffers from chronic pain and she was diagnosed with a disease called EDS–no, I am not suggesting you have this, it was just coincidental to hear about easy dislocations twice on the same day.

      Do you like reeses pieces as well?

      Thanks for replying. I will definitely keep reading your blog.

  3. Britany says:

    Thank you so much for the nomination Anthony!!!!!! I’ve graciously accepted and have published the post. You can check it out here:

  4. bribikes says:

    Antony, I have to thank you again for nominating me, I had a ton of fun with it on my blog.

    • Anthony says:

      You’re very welcome. It is a bit time consuming, but fun. It gives you another topic for your post and it expands your audience.
      I am glad you enjoyed it.

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