Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Liebsteraward 1While I have been writing here at “Sharper Than…” only since Labor Day 2012, I’ve been dipping my toes into the blogosphere for about three years now, in fits and starts (I’ve abandoned more blogs than many better writers have ever started); so naturally I have seen lots of nominations for awards being discussed. In all honesty, I never paid much attention – to me, an award is something you work for, a prize for competing; with this blog I have tried to move away from being competitive and towards being competent. Then I signed up for the A-to-Z Challenge this year, and something wonderful happened – I was nominated for an award! Specifically, my new friend Rebeccah Giltrow over at Rebeccah Writes has nominated me for a Liebster Award, and I owe her a special “Thank you!” for doing so!!

For those unfamiliar, the Liebster Award is a way to help expand the community of connections among bloggers from all over the ‘Net, by bringing the “smaller” sites (like mine) to the notice of more people, in a “pay it forward” system that shares the love and recognition with others, according to these conventions:

  • Post the award to your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions that have been set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers to accept this award.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.

So with the first two items complete, here goes the rest – enjoy, and be sure to visit and show some comment love to Rebeccah and to my nominees!

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I have a terrible memory for names, so I routinely make up names for people that nobody knows but me.
  2. So far, the only food item I have ever found that I do NOT like is liver – no style, no way, never again.
  3. My wardrobe consists of 80% t-shirts and jeans, and 20% everything else.
  4. Of the four children my wife and I raised, only one shares my DNA, but everyone tells us how much they all look like me.
  5. Every vehicle I have ever owned was at least ten years old, and all but two cost less than $1,000.
  6. I have worked in commercial air conditioning for nearly twenty years, but my house does not have central heat or A/C, and probably never will.
  7. My jeans are the same size today as they were when I graduated high school in 1986.
  8. I never have less than three books which I am reading at the same time, sometimes as many as five.
  9. I can use any tool I own in either hand, but otherwise my left hand is truly my “dumb hand”.
  10. I failed the test for my SCUBA dive card because I cannot tread water – I sink like a rock unless moving forward.
  11. I don’t really listen to the lyrics of most songs, I just kind of bop along to the rhythm of the words; I am often surprised when I learn what they are saying.

11 Questions from Rebeccah:

1.Where in the world are you right now?

I live in Houston, Texas – born and raised, and except for 2-1/2 years in college, never lived anywhere else.

2.What has been your best gift?

If you define “gift” as “something given by a person”, it was when my employer offered to pay for my dental reconstruction because he thought I was “worth investing in”. (Botched dentures several years ago left me missing 2/3 of my natural teeth, with all the problems you can imagine go with that.)

3. Can you play a musical instrument?

Sadly, no…I have taken piano and guitar lessons, but not with enough consistency to actually learn anything. I did learn to sight-read music singing in the church choir, so it’s not hopeless!

4. If you could time-travel to any period in the past, where would you go?

Torn on this one – United States, end of 19th century, at the birth of the Industrial Revolution; or 1st century Judea, to experience the earthly ministry of Jesus first hand

5. What’s your favourite dessert?

No contest – my own recipe: Harvest Spiced Cornbread Peach Cobbler

6. Who was your favourite teacher at school?

Ellen Farrell, 5th grade at Dechaumes Elementary – she was the first teacher to challenge me to be to do more than merely pass, but to excel…I didn’t know it then, but she was teaching critical thinking before it was a “thing”.

7. Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have a pair of rescue dogs we saved right off the streets – a 4-yr old American Pit Bull named Cinnamon, and a 9-month old Pit/Boxer mix named Li’l Girl; and we just recently lost our 12-year old chow-chow, Ginger, who came to  us as a 2-month old puppy.

8. Where did you go on your last holiday/vacation?

We drove across Texas to Waco to visit my daughter at the birth of my granddaughter, and then stopped in Austin on the way back to meet an Internet friend in person for the first time – both wonderful experiences!

9. What languages can you speak?

I have a semi-functional command of Spanish (useful on the jobsite, in restaurants, etc) but I am working to improve.

10. What’s your favourite word?

“accoutrements” – gleaned from a Daffy Duck cartoon as a child

11. If you could exchange lives with anyone, who would you choose?

I would not; each of us is a unique creation, shaped by our experiences…dropping into another’s life would not be the same as living it, and so it would be a disappointment at best, and a waste in any case.

My 11 nominees:

11 Questions to Answer:

  1. What is your favorite candy/sweet treat?
  2. Where is the farthest from home you have ever traveled?
  3. Name one book that you have read at least twice.
  4. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – which is your favorite meal?
  5. What modern “convenience” would you gladly do without?
  6. Which is your favorite holiday?
  7. How long has it been since you climbed a tree?
  8. Have you ever had an unusual or exotic pet?
  9. What sports or games do you participate in?
  10. What movie have you seen more than five times?
  11. What place in the world would you most like to visit?

Thanks again for playing along, and be sure to pay this forward. See you all in April!