A while back, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Susan Leighton from the Woman On The Ledge blog. Susan is one of my newer readers, but she’s quickly become comfortable sharing her thoughts in my little space here on WordPress. I for one, am glad that she does; and in turn I’m also pleased to have found her funny, insightful blog as well. Her posts never fail to make me laugh while reading them, and leave a smile on my face afterward. Here is a fine example of her fabulous work. Thank you Susan, for thinking of me for this award.
Of course, with any award there are rules (always rules!). The ones for this award are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you for this award. That’s common courtesy.
- Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy—if you know how to do it.
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award—you might include a link to this site.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Having done the first two, I think I will pass on the second two. Most of the blogs I follow these days are award-free, and I feel as if you want to participate you should be able to do so. Many of you all are Versatile Bloggers anyway!
So now, confessional time for Susan. Some of these will be familiar to those of you that have been following me for a while, maybe a couple of them are new.
- At the age of twenty-four, I was appointed by the governor of Maryland to the local school board for a five-year term. Getting that appointment wasn’t the most fun experience, and I did not seek a second term just to avoid the rehashing of the foolishness that occurred when I was appointed. The job itself was very interesting and I learned quite a bit.
- Though I am a huge sports fan, the only sports I ever played growing up were baseball and basketball. Thankfully, I realized that my gifts were more academic than athletic very early on.
- My love for music began at a very young age, first with my mother’s collection of 45’s (I guess there are people who remember what those were); then with my cousin’s collection of LP’s of jazz fusion, R&B and disco artists; and finally my growing up with rap music and 80’s synth funk.
- I can juggle—but only three items. I learned in college when a fellow student said he could teach me in less than ten minutes. He was right. While working at a restauant the summer after I learned how to do it, I juggled an onion, a tomato and an egg—and didn’t break the egg. I keep juggling balls at my home to practice every once in a while, and it helps reduce stress. But if you want real tricks, you better go to the circus.
- The worst job I ever had (though it taught me to respect hard work and I did make enough money each summer to buy my own school clothes) was in a seafood packing plant. In those days, packing houses were important for the seafood that the local watermen would catch. There used to be quite a few packing houses locally as well as in the Eastern Shore region, though many of them have since been shuttered—including the one I where I worked. But the hours were awful (you started at the break of day), the smells even worse (nothing smells as bad as a rotten soft-shell clam), and you stood most of the day.
- About two weeks ago (actually on December 7th), I “celebrated” my 20-year anniversary of the day I got my first ear piercing (I actually have two). The important details of this event were the movie The Color Purple, a six-pack of Coors, a bunch of ice cubes and a needle. Luckily for me, my friends who performed this minor surgery knew what they were doing, and my piercing did not get infected. I felt nothing, but when the needle pierced the other side of my ear lobe to complete the hole, I needed another beer to try to drown out the memory of the sound.
- As of December 12th, I have been working at my current job about the same length of time as my previous one. I’ve been a local government employee for twenty-eight years. First as a “jack of all trades” type at my hometown’s government office, and now as a property tax accountant with some other responsibilities sprinkled in at my current job with county government. I could technically retire in a couple years with a full pension, but I owe way too many people way too much money to go out just yet. I’ll take my chances to see if there will be any social security money left by the time I am able to claim it.
Again, thanks to Susan Leighton for this award. While I haven’t nominated anyone, if you feel like taking the mantle and telling a few things about yourself; feel free to do so.