Monday, January 16, 2012


Woot!  Somebody likes me!  Well, at least enough to play blogger tag with me.  Kelly, over at Unplanned Trip to Holland put me in her list of blogs that she likes that have fewer than 20 followers.  In return, I'm supposed to say some stuff about myself and what under-followed blogs I like.  Thanks, Kelly, I'll play!

Favorite Color: Blue.  Not just any blue, but my wife's eyes' blue (yeah, corny, I know).  Here's the thing:  her eyes change quite a bit.  There are at least three distinct shades.  One is happy, friendly, playful, warm summer day.  Another is kind of icy, and appears when she's focused on something (she's scary-smart btw).  The other one is almost grey, and it's best to mind your pints and quarts when that one's around, because danger is imminent.  I'm pretty sure these are all shades that you'd find in the ocean.

I'm getting tutored?
Favorite Animal:  I'm a dog guy.  My dad was a dog guy, and we always had quail hunting dogs around when I was growing up.  Mostly they stayed in their pen outside, but I always wanted to have my own Lassie - you know - to tell people when I fell down a well and what-not.  As soon as I got on my own, I started looking.  I checked the pound every few days for months.  One day, I walked into the pound to find a handsome and playful Lab mix.  The name on his card was "Cisco".  The card also said he was house-trained and the reason he was in there was "divorce".  When I got him fixed, I rented Lassie (on VHS) and we watched it together.  He was a constant in my life for the next 12 years - through 5 girlfriends, 2 wives (serial, not parallel), 4 jobs, grad school, 3 states, 9 roommates, and 50 pounds (gained and since lost).  Arf.

Favorite Number: Ummm, pi.

Favorite Drink: Good coffee and whiskey, but never together.  Lovely Wife is an incredible mixologist too -- my favorite thing she's made was a lemon basil martini.  Oh, Guiness, I like that too.

FB or Twitter: Facebook...I like to follow people on twitter, but rarely have anything to say.  FB has actually made my life better.  A little over 10 years ago, I worked in an office with a bunch of clever, smart, funny people.  I saw them every day and we worked long hours together.  Then I moved away and became a stay-at-home dad.  Then I became the parent of an autistic kid.  That could be a really lonely existence.  FB lets me have a social circle even when I only have a few minutes to myself with an iphone. 

Passion: I've had a few - computer gaming, programming, rock climbing, reading, roleplaying (D&D, not kinky).  Right now, I'm kind of immersed in the world of parenting an autistic kid and that's being expressed here in this blog.  Thanks for reading.

Giving or receiving presents: Giving, I reckon.  It feels really good when you give just the right thing.

Favorite Day: The day the farmer's market opens.  It means that winter is really over.

Favorite Flower: Er, I'm not a flower guy.  If I had to pick a favorite plant that I can't eat, cook with, or put in a cocktail, I guess it would be honeysuckle.

Bonus Questions:

Invisibility or Flight: Invisibility, but it's a tough choice.

Pie or Cake: Pie, pecan, Mom's.

I don't know how to tell how many followers people have, but Kelly's a scofflaw, so I'll follow her example and ignore the part I don't like.

Without further ado, here are my selections for the Liebster Award:

Crap...Jim's already been Liebstered.  Bah, and his answers were hilarious.  Damn.  He's got depth too.

Doh, now I am an embarrassed, lazy blogger.  I was just going to tag Along Came the Bird and it turns out she tagged me days ago.

Here we go, this is my final answer -- two bloggers, Brian and Christy.  You'll find them both at one convenient location:  Both Sides of the Coin

I realize this isn't helping anybody -- if you read my blog, you're probably already reading them (or are related to me).  Here's what I'll do:  I'll try to expand my blog reading a little and award some Lieb as I find cool stuff.  Only 9, er 8 more to go.


  1. I'm glad you've been Liebstered. Congratulations, and well-deserved. We really have to get more people to visit this great blog of yours.

    1. Thank you, sir. I'm just happy to be here.

      I should also say, "we got to play them one day at a time." and "I just want to give it my best shot and, the good Lord willing, things will work out."

      (Lovely wife is a Bull Durham fan)


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