Wednesday, June 09, 2010

unexpected monday

You can always expect the unexpected to come your way at some unexpected time. 

Monday I got the unexpected call of babysitting grandchildren (boy and girl).  It worked out fine and they are fun but it's a long day with the travel time and the nonstop activity once I'm there.  Baby girl gave me an unexpected second helping of poopy pants.  The agreement calls for only one poopy pants during my shift.  Oh well.

After I got home I had this unexpected invite from the blogosphere.  Technobabe gave me a blog award/game invite.  Thank you Technobabe for thinking of me and putting "A Few Clowns Short" on your list.

Like most blog award/games, it has questions and a pass along rule.  Here's the questions from technobabe:
1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?
A -  Yes, I just go by lisleman on my blog and when commenting on other blogs.  Even though it's a made up name when I started the "A Few Clowns Short" blog the targeted group all knew who I was.  I don't think many of the original followers stayed with me.

2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
A -  Answering this question shows it because I am NOT stubborn - did you hear me!

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the face in the mirror?
A -  My father's eyes, but what's behind the face is what really counts.

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
A -  Beer - all year round - the good stuff from small brewers has refreshing taste so you only need one or two.

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
A -  One of my favorite things is going to an air show but that's not often.  More often would be taking walks or playing around with scrap electronics.  Of course there is always blogging time.

6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
A -  I have and still enjoy learning so there are always new things to learn.  My goals now are general and simple.  Just be able to enjoy life.  One appealing goal I heard years ago regarding finances was to have your last check you write bounce.  That would be a life well spent.

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the class shy person, or always ditching school? Describe who you were if not one of these.
A -  It depends on which school period you pick.  I was suspended from 8th grade for a food fight (he started it).  In college I was on the Dean's honor roll most of the time.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what do you see?
A -  The time I received a phone call from my sisters that our mother was diagnosed with cancer.  She only lived for a about two months after that.  (there needs to be one tough question I guess - I can think of other moments but this stuff is too sad.)

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
A -  I'm cautious about sharing too much.  Consider a blog as a billboard.  How much do you want up there for anyone to see?  Who knows maybe my grandkids will read it someday.

10. If you had the choice to sit and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?
A -  Sit and read - but I can talk to my younger sister at length.

I've decided not to pass this along to other bloggers.  In other blogger games I have played, not everyone enjoyed getting them passed on.  One blogger I follow really hates them Redhead Ranting.

The other part of the game is to create a list of questions for others.  At this point I have only one question.

Do you like these blog awards/games?  (I think they are better than poopy pants)

Please answer in the comments.


Kristina P. said...

I don't hate reading them, but I don't really participate in them. Not my thing. Glad to get to know you better!

Gilz said...

Congratulations on your blog award!

savannah said...

this was one of the better memes floating around blogville, sugar! i was tagged twice, but only answered one on my blog. i only tagged bloggers i knew would probably play along. i always try to considerate of my pals. re awards, they are lovely to receive and to give. i lost a bunch of mine when i ditched my blog a while back and haven't looked to try and repost them. xoxoxoxox

lisleman said...

thanks for answering my question - reading them can lead to finding some new blogs which can be fun. If you have a blog and plenty of ideas to write about these awards can take time away from the things you want to write about. Sometimes the rules with them are ridiculous.

lisleman said...

thanks for your answer. I don't think I could guess that well if the other bloggers would play along. You ditched your blog? As in deleted it? That has me wanted to know more.

Charlie Callahan said...

I like your answers, L-man, and you are worthy of the award. I personally hate memes, though, especially when they are a condition of an award. The last Oscar I didn't win merely required a short speech to all the people who didn't make me not famous.

You have, however, revealed some personal things about you, and that's nice. I'd hate to think that I've been commenting to a computer someone cobbled together with spare parts and poopy pants.

lisleman said...

thanks - I'm working on making a computer run on poopy pants. Might be better than oil.

Bearman said...

I'm with Kristina. I like reading them but hate doing them. I have a friend who used to do the email chains. Finally I said, "don't you know everything about me that you can just fill in the answers yourself" haha

lisleman said...

reading ones with good questions can be better than a typical post and learning about others is interesting. If you have a blog and plenty of ideas to write about then these awards can take time away from the things you want to write about.
thanks for sharing your answer.

SewDucky said...

Sometimes. Occasionally I answer questions I get in emails on the blog, especially since it's a hobby and many of the ones I get are the same. This kind of thing, sometimes. Most of the time, I don't do them, or I acknowledge them and answer the questions and "tag" whoever wants to be tagged (said close to that.)

I rip these off of other people when I don't have a lot to say, too.

lisleman said...

thanks for sharing your answer. It's looking like the comments are leaning towards the it's not a favorite thing to play along with.

secretagentwoman said...

Beer is my favorite cold drink, too.

And #8 would be a phone call for me, too, to tell me my brother had died. Well, poignant is probably not a strong enough word.

lisleman said...

those are the worst phone calls. thanks for sharing - all the best.

oceangirl415 said...

You are a grand granddad! I always enjoy getting to know fellow bloggers better through games. They (I forgot who, some awesome greek guy) say that you'll know a person more in half-hour of play than in a lifetime conversation, or something like that. But my postings are muse driven and so I have to fit the game in my style and mood:)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Did you get the "one poopy pants during your shift" in writing, cuz if you didn't you don't have a leg to stand on.

Nice job on the 10 questions. I learned more about you. So you didn't start the food fight? That's your story and you're sticking with it :-)

I actually enjoy a creative meme/award/question thing. Creative being the operative word. When I can't think of anything to write about it's a post that gets me thinking. As for reading them, again if they are creative, absolutely.

Have a great rest of the week,

TechnoBabe said...

Yo lisleman, my friend! You did an awesome job with the questions. I liked getting to know a little bit more about you. For me, the awards I enjoy are the ones with questions and I prefer meaningful questions. I am not a big fan of them though so once in awhile I have not had the time it takes to post an award. Some of them are time consuming. And for me, there have been times that I didn't adhere to the rules, I made my own that suited me. So I am way cool when someone I pass an award to doesn't accept it, or doesn't acknowledge it, or doesn't do it, or does it but changes some things in it. All of it is good. You see, I am not #2 like some people. Haha. You have been great to me in blogland, lisleman, so thanks for taking the time with the award.

dave hambidge said...

Pretty much anything is better than a crappy nappy! I give awards for folk who guess my silly piccy challenges (rare handcrafted kindergarten level stuff! [OJ]) but beyond that, the gifted poison chalice that is unearned and/or unvoted for awards are nice but meaningless; but not on if conditional on self- revelation, all IMHO!

Jill said...

I love reading them and I don't mind posting them if I feel like it, but I don't like having to pass them on. I'd prefer it just to be a personal post If you want to do it fine, if not, that's okay, too. Blogs should only be for what you personally want to do and share. But, thanks for sharing, Lisle!! :-)

Mrs4444 said...

I agree; they're better than poopy pants. I don't mind short memes, but I really cannot stand those alphabet or "100 Things" memes. Really? You think people want to sit and read 100 things about you? Only a stalker (or your mother) would do that. haha

Thisstopwilloughby said...

It's nice to know a little more about you!

Awards....I like them. They can be fun, and I love to read others' answers, but they're also pretty time consuming if you have to post 10 others bloggers with links.

lisleman said...

thanks for sharing your thoughts on this - all the best.

lisleman said...

Certainly agree with the personal control of the blog. That's one of the essential aspects of the blog idea. thanks for sharing your thoughts on this - all the best.

lisleman said...

Maybe the "award" word should be changed to "game". thanks for sharing your thoughts on this - all the best.

lisleman said...

Thanks, your questions were great. But I would have dropped the poignant one, but that's me. The rules are silly at times. I'm tempted to make one up with preposterous rules just to get a reaction.

lisleman said...

Well it wasn't written in ink. You have me wondering if I should post about that food fight. thanks for sharing your thoughts on this - all the best.

lisleman said...

Hey let me know if you would like 10 questions. I would happy to "award" you with them. thanks for sharing your thoughts on this - all the best.

unknownmami said...

I like reading the answers and now if I'm tagged, I answer in the comments section.

lisleman said...

umami, leave it you to adjust the rules. thanks

redheadranting said...

Thank you for the link and thank you, thank you, for not passing it on to me!

Sorry to hear about your mother, that's rough.

Lisa said...

Give them to me ;)

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