I am following about 270 bloggers. That seems like a lot, but since I haven’t cleaned it out in a while, I am sure the number of active bloggers is around 30, certainly less than 50. Most are cyclists, a bunch are travelers, some are craft makers, and a few represent something completely different. One of them is RetroDee. She writes a unique blog that hearkens back to the 1950s and the music of Buddy Holly. She writes from both a knowledgeable perspective and a personal one. I urge you to give it some attention.
She also nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger award. I am not going to go through all the rules, or nominate people, or make deep philosophical questions and stuff because that never works out for me. I have nominated probably close to a hundred people for these awards and only a few have ever responded. I get it. It’s either a pain or it really isn’t why people are doing this. No problem. I have learned my lesson.
However, I am touched that she nominated me and is publicizing me to her dedicated followers. I am glad she thought of me and I hope my blog brings a smile to her face. As a result, I will answer the questions she has taken time to write. I am also glad because it gives me something to write about.
1.What’s your favorite spice?
If I am cooking my famous chicken sandwich, it has to be oregano. It makes the chicken taste even better. I don’t have much of a spice rack. My grandmother used to make these crescent rolls–more bread than pastry–with caraway seeds on the top. They were fantastic.
2. Who is your favorite character of all time? (can be from anything)
I’ve got hundreds. I have devoured books, TV and movies. I like the heroes and the scoundrels, the detectives and the criminals, the pure and the evil. Really, it all depends on how good the writer is.
3. Do you believe in Aliens?
I have always been into science fiction, so this only seems natural to me. Also, and I believe this is a quote from Calvin and Hobbes, the surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that they haven’t contacted us yet.
4. Do you use social media and which is your favorite platform?
I have a bunch of them. I have Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram. They all have their uses, but I am not sure I really like any of them. I like blogging, but if I am being honest, I wish I got more of a response from people. My students love Instagram, but while I check it every day, I only post in spurts.
5. Do you remember your dreams the next morning?
I do when I wake up, but this fades as the day unfolds. I dream quite a bit, especially when I sleep on my side. I seem to be having a lot of dreams where I am traveling either by bike, bus, or plane. I never seem to be driving in my dreams.
6. What is your favorite charitable cause?
I can’t say as I have one. I want to help, but I am so filled with cynicism that I do not. I heard that many charitable organizations use up their donations in the course of soliciting donations. That doesn’t seem right to me.
I would like to give to Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto. They do some fantastic work. I would like to find a cure for Crone’s disease.
I am currently interested in the program in Africa that gives bicycles to children so they can get to school faster. I think that is awesome.
7. Do you collect anything?
I collect everything. I’ve got a collector’s mentality without the collector’s organizational skills. Currently my focus is on my stamp collection. I am trying to collect every stamp issued from the year 1970. There are enough to collect that it won’t finish too quickly and there aren’t as many expensive stamps as there would be in other years. There are some expensive ones, but I am holding off until later before investing in them.
Digitally, I seem to be collecting woodworking vloggers on YouTube. For reasons that I cannot explain, lately, I am fascinated by people making little wood projects. There are so many talented and creative people with fantastically organized shops making some great videos. Fortunately, I do not have space for this or I might launch myself into another hobby that is both expensive and time consuming.
8. Do you use curse words on at least a semi-regular basis?
I am surprisingly restrained in this area. Of course we all reach levels of frustration. In these times, I tend to blurt our words that are not normally in my vocabulary. My girlfriend finds it cute and starts to laugh. That usually diffuses my anger quite quickly. On a strange note, when driving, I tend to swear in Japanese.
9. Would you like to go back in time and live in the 1950’s?
I don’t think it would be my first choice. I am much better suited to go back to the 30’s when I could write pulp science fiction. I also would like to have hung out with the lost generation.
I was an English Literature major in University. And like Jim Croce said on one of his live albums, “I left University prepared for life in the 18th or 19th century.”
That being said, I would love to have owned a 57 T-bird, so getting the opportunity would be rather nice. I also might have found work in television or movies during that time.
Upon reflection, I might have found comradeship in the life of the Beats, but then again maybe not. They seem much better reflected through our current lens than actually living that life.
10. What’s your favorite Elvis song?
When I was young, it would have been Hound Dog. However, on one flight to Japan, Air Canada was giving away Elvis EP CD’s in the in-flight magazine. I took a few of them and when I gave one to a friend I was visiting in Japan, he became ecstatic that Suspicious Minds was on the CD. He played the song non-stop that weekend. He has since died, and I can’t help remembering him whenever I hear the song. He was a great friend.