The Room 101 Award


While I was on vacation, the super-fabulous Lennon Carlyle from Fabulous With Glitches nominated me for the Room 101 award. I’m truly honored to be chosen by her, along with four other bloggers, to give a list of five things that I don’t like and wish to see banished to Room 101. This ought to be good. While you’re at it, just go over there to her blog and check her out. There’s some great stuff going down over there…you need that blog in ya life, like right now. It’s simple enough to do: just click on her name or her blog name that I’ve linked above…easy, am I right? So thank you, Lennon for thinking of me.

So…as with most of these awards, there’s gotta be rules (always rules!). The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you. (Of course. Done. See above.)
  2. Award five bloggers that fascinate, intrigue or tickle your curiosity with the Room 101 award badge logo on their about pages and linking to them in your post.
  3. Tell us the five things that you would banish to Room 101!
  4. Attach these rules to your post. (Done.)
  5. Grab your badge above and enjoy adding it to your trophy case, but please be respectful of the creator of the award by never altering the logo and never changing the rules.

The candidates for banishment:

  • Auto-tune. Look folks, I know the bar for singing has been lowered considerably over the last twenty to thirty years, but, at the risk of sounding like a crotchety old fart, back when I was younger, folks had to be able to actually sing to get out here and make music. I’m thinking Aretha, Whitney (before her gorgeous voice deteriorated all to hell) Luther and so so many others. You had to cut it with just the voice, and not a whole lot of audio processing. If you can’t sing, and you need auto-tune, just leave the singing to the singers. 808’s And Heartbreak by Kanye West may be a great album, but I’ll never listen to the whole thing while he auto-tunes his “vocals” the whole way through it. And for you, Future: if you need auto-tune to rap, it’s time to get out of the game, isn’t it? So goodbye, auto-tune. May you die a painful death in Room 101.
  • Racism. I’ve dealt with my share of it as an African-American man in this life, and it seems as if we will never be rid of it. But in my Room 101 award blog post, ya gotta go. Maybe it isn’t so much that we need a national conversation on race, but some of us have got to get together in our neighborhoods, on our jobs, or just across the street and listen to each other about it. Everyone shouting that they are right about it or that it doesn’t exist isn’t getting the job done. So, if we aren’t going to talk about it and come up with an understanding on the issue, how about I just send it packing? Bye…and no, I won’t use that name that everyone uses to say goodbye to, ok?
  • Liver & Onions. I hated it as a child. I hate it now. I won’t eat it. It could be my personal green eggs and ham, or I have no taste. But it’s my Room 101 award, and it’s my rules. Out. You. Go.
  • Mean people. This doesn’t mean people who do mean things unintentionally, just people who do despicable, mean things to others because it’s just how they roll. I’ve heard that mean people suck….so y’all can just Hoover yourselves right on into Room 101. It costs nothing to be nice to people, and you gotta try it sometime. You might find how much better life is.
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia. It is truly so sad to watch a person literally forget large chunks of their life as they slowly deteriorate right before your eyes. My stepfather currently has dementia, and seeing a man who was sharp as a whip when I was growing up forget where his memories have gone makes me angry and sad. It is my fervent hope that a cure can be found for these individuals who are suffering with this disease. But in my Room 101 world, we’d need no cure; I would just banish it to that special place, never to be seen or heard from again.

That’s my five. Get on up outta here with the quickness.

Now for my five bloggers: you may or may not play along. It’s ok. There apparently isn’t a time limit on this either, so you can get your thoughts together on this one, if you like to participate. My chosen ones:

  1. Amaya911 at Life Of An El Paso Woman.
  2. Deb from DebWasHere.
  3. Tikeetha T from A Thomas Point Of View.
  4. Chevvy8 from Chevvy’s Studio.
  5. Walkerkaty0 from Stereotypically Able.

Again, thanks so much to Lennon Carlyle for thinking of me. Go read her blog, and the others that I’ve nominated.

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