Liebster Award


The always hilarious mind behind The Blog Broad nominated me for this here thing called the Liebster Award.  I highly recommend checking out her page, because she is consistently smart, funny, entertaining and empathetic.  Since the color scheme I chose for my page doesn’t make links very obvious, here it is again: The Blog Broad.  A few months ago, when I still had my shared page with Maryellen, I was also nominated for this here thing called the Liebster Award, but the questions were different so I don’t have the luxury of completing this one with a lazy copy/paste.  I also have to re-explain why I only half-complete the instructions given for accepting said award, and I will do so via editorial comments embedded within the instructions below:

The instructions for accepting the Liebster are:

  • Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, link their blog and insert the award graphic. Done, done, and no.  I choose my own graphics.  I have aesthetic standards to maintain.
  • Answer the questions provided to you, share a little bit about yourself. Will do.
  • Develop a new set of questions for your nominations to answer. I begrudgingly acquiesce to this part.
  • Nominate 10 others and share your post with them so they see it.   10 others will almost certainly see itIf they so choose, they can pretend I nominated them and answer the questions I devised.  Anarchist that I am, I’m as bad at giving orders as I am at taking them.  Incidentally, this is also the reason I no longer date.

Here are my questions:

  1. If you could travel through time and live in any era, when would you choose?

Year 1 A.D., Bethlehem, Judea.  While those intrepid wise men were trekking across the desert with their antiquated gifts for the newborn messiah, I’d be hiding in some bushes with an Etch-A-Sketch I picked up at the Walmart Superstore just before the time jump.  Biding my time thusly, I would work my magic on the 2 plastic nobs until I had a faithful rendering of 3 Magi carrying gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Moments before their arrival, I’d jump out from behind the shrubbery and present the holy trio of J, M & J with a prescient magnetic dust drawing of the approaching visitors, cementing my Anno Domini legacy as the prophetic angel who presented Christ with his only fun birthday gift.

  1. What was the last good book you read and why would you recommend it to a friend?

Destructive Emotions by Daniel Goleman, H.H. The Dalai Lama, et al.  Every year, the Dalai Lama hosts a conference at his residence in Dharamsala, India attended by some of the world’s most preeminent scientists, biologists, philosophers, physicists and Buddhist scholars.  The theme changes from year to year and this book is an overview of the 2001 interdisciplinary discussions on the topic of destructive emotions, their sources and corresponding activity in the brain, and experimentally tested methods to lessen or overcome their influence in our lives.  I would recommend it to a friend because it is very readable and extremely interesting.  I would recommend it to an enemy because that person probably needs to read it more than the friend.

  1. If you could change one thing you’ve done in the past year, what would it be and why?

I’m certainly not alleging that I haven’t made a ton of regrettable decisions, but this is a tough question to answer because I don’t regret things.  Cause and effect is the perpetual force driving the forward march of time and circumstance and if I am content with the current moment (which I am), then changing any single past event, no matter how terrible it may have been, will find me in an entirely different present moment, perhaps one with which I’m not at all content.

  1. Tell us one of your guilty pleasures.

iCarly.  I never considered this a “guilty” pleasure until a Family Guy episode parodied a commercial for Nickelodeon featuring a way-too-scantily-clad teenage girl and the tagline: “Nickelodeon.  Casually ask your daughter what that actress’ name is, then take your laptop into the bathroom.”

  1. What is the goal of your blog?

To entertain.

  1. When did you start writing?

I think I was around 15 years old when I started writing short stories and poetry.

  1. If you could fight a celebrity in a boxing ring, knowing you’d win, who would it be?

Tom Cruise.

  1. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Tom Cruise.

  1. What show can you simply, not miss?

Gotta give a two-fer answer on this one:  Broad City and Bob’s Burgers.

  1. What game (Board, card or video) are you best at?

Galaga, Motherfucker.  To be clear, the name of the game was Galaga.  Not Galaga Motherfucker.  Although that would have been far cooler.

Questions for those who feel like responding to some quintessential pop music queries:

  1. Do you know the way to San Jose?
  2. Who are you?
  3. Have you ever seen the rain?
  4. How deep is your love?
  5. Where is my mind?
  6. Should I stay or should I go?
  7. What’s love got to do – got to do with it?
  8. Do you really want to hurt me?
  9. Are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced?  Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful?


16 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. I laughed out loud at “got to do-got to do,” and laughed internally at the rest. I don’t know why Tina tickled me so.

    But a rather odd question occurred to me as I was reading the early part of your post: do you believe that JC was an actual man, or a myth? I’ll take my question off the air, Paul.

    [congratulations on being recognized for the thing you do best, brother … being you!]

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    1. I believe he was an actual man, but not divine. Best guess, I think he was a hippie with a penchant for the metaphysical — but regardless of my lack of belief, if more Christians actually paid attention to what the man was really trying to say all those years ago, we’d be living in a much better world.

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  2. I can see your inner child in the graphic. : )
    I enjoy reading people’s insights into themselves. It’s enlightening. I think I’ll check out the book, it sounds interesting, thank you, and congratulations. : )

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  3. Of course, you were nominated for the Liebster Award! Congratulations, my friend! If you ever figure out how to go back in time, please take me with you…I want to see the looks on their faces when you present them with your sketch! Only you could come up with that one! So perfect. Ha!

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