Paying it forward or some bs like that…

I started this blog four months and nearly 50 posts ago.  50!

That’s more commitment than I expected from myself, quite honestly.

Don’t worry regular followers, I wasn’t going to post anything until next week, so this Friday post isn’t replacing anything that I’d already planned on posting to make you laugh or that would cause you to hand your iPad to your spouse or bed mate and say “Hey look, dear, it could be worse; we could be this asshole!”

I started this blog with no direction and no knowledge as to what blogging was.

My Facebook rantings were somewhat amusing to myself, and every now and then, to others.

I needed another forum, so I turned to WordPress.

My wife, not knowing what I’d write about I’m sure, encouraged me to start a blog.

My friend Sarah sort of got me up and running with the technical stuff.  She has photographed both my sons.  She is a great photographer, and at one point in her life used to be a fun person.

When I started this, I figured I’d just write stories I’d told countless times in bars, and around firepits while getting tanked, that have gotten laughs.  I’ve shared many of those and many others that have sprouted since then as well.

I hope to clean my blog up a little bit someday, so that it makes more sense and has a better flow.

I’ve stayed true to my About page in that the content isn’t about anything in particular.  I wrote a poem about the CT tragedy and a post about my grandpa in law who passed away recently.

But it’s pretty clear to me now that my blog is mostly an attempt at humor.  That’s who I am and that’s what fits most naturally.  I can’t write something that feels “forced”.

Most of my posts are about my life.

It wasn’t intentional, but my life as a dad is on display fairly often, so I guess on some levels, I have a dad blog?  I don’t know.  I do like the sound of that, especially as I discover other cool dad blogs.

Anyway, a fellow blogger, who’s much more experienced and talented than I as a writer, Scott over at snoozingonthesofa, mentioned my blog in a post today and he made me feel like an asshole.

He’s the fifth or sixth blogger to link to my blog on their much more awesome blogs and their tip of the cap has helped my following grow incredibly.  I’ve gone from a couple of family and friends to well over 100 followers total.

Another blogger who’s blog I enjoy and who’s mentioned me before is the gal over at Mancakes.  She’s a divorced mother with  some sort of screwed up boyfriend situation, but she still loves men.  And we men are pretty awesome!

I’ve also been nominated by three fellow bloggers for awards!

Simmer down, wife, there’s no cash money involved.

As best I can tell, these awards are sort of as prestigious as that old man over there with the prostitute smoking crack in the hotel room purporting to be the best dad in the world via his wearing a #1 Dad shirt!

#1 Dad?  Who voted for that?

That’s sort of what these awards are like.

I think anyone can get one as long as somebody recognizes you, but I still appreciate the fact that these people mentioned me at all.

So these awards come with rules, and since there were two different awards involved, I’m going to combine them in some half-assed fashion.

The Sunshine Award nominator wants me to answer 10 questions.  Fair enough.

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I had stuff to say and nowhere else to say it without people tossing drinks in my face.

2. How did you come up with a name for your blog?

I have no clue, I knew I’d never blog about one particular topic since nothing is that important to me.  I have a little to say about lots of stuff!

3. What is your favorite blog to read?

All the blogs I follow are my favorites.

4. Tell me about your dream job.

Managing my own finances after winning the Powerball.

5. Is your glass half-full or half-empty?

Right now it’s a beer bottle and it’s actually 3/4 empty so I’m going to get another.

6. If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?

I’d send my kids wherever they wished so the wife and I could nap for the week.

7. What food can you absolutely not eat?

Mushrooms will never touch my tongue.

8. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Chocolate Stout Beer.  Yum.

9. How much time do you spend blogging?

I think my wife regrets supporting this, yes.

10. Do you watch TV? If so, what are your favorite shows?

Are the Blues or Cardinals on tv?

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The next award is called the Leibster award.  Thank you to mythoughtsonapage and littlemisschocchoc for their thoughtful nominations.  I’m sorry it took me so long to reply.

I think the point of this award is to recognize bloggers you enjoy, who have a small following, like myself, and give them some pub!

I’ll answer some questions from the two peeps who nominated me.

  • What was your first car?

The first one I’ll admit to is a 66 Ford Mustang.  Forest green 3 speed, straight 6!  It had 220,000 problem free miles when I bought it from the original owner for $500.  I drove it 2.3 miles away from his house and it died.

  • What was your last brush with the law?

Ha ha, I am the law!

  • Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars.

  • Dr. Who or Dr. Laura?

I don’t know either, but I think my college roommate liked Dr. Who, so that one.

  • Worst movie ever?

Which one was Nicholas Cage in?  Yeah, all of those.

  • Who would you like to have a conversation with at a cocktail party?

I’ve hung with Jesus for God’s sake.  I do wish I could leave my body and talk with myself though!

  • Best guilty pleasure ever?

Morning sex while baby cries into the baby monitor?

  • Who would play you in the movie?

Stallone.  The younger, thinner version.

  • What is something people don’t know about you?

I once owned a pair of thong underpants.  I think I was contemplating a career in male dancing.

  • What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Uh, my wife?  Yes, my wife!

  • As a child (or now!), what did you want to be when you grew up?

6’4″…failed.

Aside from all this question answering crap, I’m supposed to nominate some other blogs or something.  I’ve had a few beers by now so I’m not capable of doing much more than trying to link to a few I like.

Please don’t hate me if I follow your blog and didn’t mention you, because if I follow your blog, I like it a lot.  The below are simply bloggers who’ve commented on my crap recently.

Whoop!

fakingpictureperfect – Holy fuck, I know a Mormon!

rantandrollallnight – This woman is crazy busy or something.  She needs to quit spending so much time around her husband.

joshflaum.wordpress.com – It’s not often that another person makes me laugh like this whack job.  His mother is dead and I feel like an asshole about it.

journeyintothespectrum – She can’t find her gray shirt and has a great son she writes about.

whinybaby – riveting tales about removing nail polish and being famous for knowing other people who are doing things with their lives.

ihaveanopinionidliketoshare – she says fuck a lot and is Canadian.  She’s also very pregnant and likes Blizzard treats.  What’s not to like?

somethingfathappened – She’s been Freshly Pressed so may never read my crap again.

barbtaub – funny funny lady

ladyornot – talks about the t word more than I like, but her male Sunday guest writer, Jason, makes her blog worth reading.

le clown – yeah.  clown.

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39 Responses to Paying it forward or some bs like that…

  1. Aw, don’t sell yourself short (no I’m not talking about the 6’4 thing) – You have a great blog! Don’t clean it up 🙂

    • Oh no, I meant clean it up aesthetically. Is that spelled right? I’m still trying to figure yours out by the way! I finally googled Lord Quitzalcuat, so I’m getting closer to understanding!

  2. Hilarious stuff!!! Keep writing!

  3. Made you feel like an asshole, huh? Great! My work here is done.

  4. cookie1986 says:

    I fucking hate Dickolas Cage too. Worst actor ever! And fucking rights I say fuck a lot. I can’t fucking drink so I gotta do what I gotta do.
    Your blog starts my day with a giggle. I love Americans!

  5. Amber Perea says:

    I still can’t find that stupid shirt. And I thought of you yesterday when I saw a Bud Light Lime truck at SX. Don’t get excited, you’re just the only person I know (besides Jesus, of course) that actually drinks that swill. 😉

  6. Mancakes says:

    Aw snap! I’m sitting on two awards that I need to pay forward on yet and you were (of course) on my short list but now I must remove you. Your head will get too big with all of this attention soon. 🙂

  7. hahaha! OK, thanks for the shout out. And, I love the way you did it. Classic. 🙂 And, you’re a fun one for me to follow because I always get a laugh in there somewhere. I’m sure one day you’ll be freshly pressed and when you are, don’t forget the little people! OK?

  8. Maggie O'C says:

    Um, I’ve been Freshly Pressed twice and I’m still reading you! I love your blog and every time I read it I do one of those weird snort try not to laugh at work but need to so I wind up farting things. You know how that is. That’s how funny you are. And I know funny. Hell I’m funny.

    Didn’t have to read far today before the farting began:
    “that would cause you to hand your iPad to your spouse or bed mate and say “Hey look, dear, it could be worse; we could be this asshole!”

    hahahahahaha

    Have a great weekend!
    Maggie (I have no idea why I sign my name, but I’m old and that’s what we used to do).

  9. 1tric says:

    Did that previous comment say she’s freshly pressed twice!! It would seem that in blogging as in my teenage life I’m hanging around with the wrong crowd. Hence commenting on your blog!

  10. whinybaby says:

    “Riveting tales about removing nail polish and being famous for knowing other people who are doing things with their lives.”

    That describes my life so well, it should be my epitaph. Remember that.

  11. Josh Flaum says:

    I think the reason I didn’t see this is the link you have for my blog doesn’t work. Sorry I missed it, and thanks for the shout-out!

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