I’ve been honored with this thing called The Liebster Award from my friend over at DeBie Hive. You can read about her and it here. If you do, you’ll see that I’m breaking most of the rules an award recipient is supposed to follow. I apologize if that seems ungracious. I assure you that’s not my intent. Call me a renegade if you like. Lord knows I’d love it. Because the honest answer is: it’s already 9 p.m. and I’m tired. And I don’t have the energy to write much these days. But if someone drops an award on me, you can bet your ass I’ll do something, usually the least I can do (not proud of it, but it’s apparently true). The least I can do is answer these questions, asked by DeBie Hive herself:
1. Why did you begin blogging?
A: Because I have all these ideas, some of which I’ve conceitedly convinced myself might help a person or two, who feels like me and doesn’t want to feel alone anymore. And because I can’t do anything else, communication-wise. Almost no one takes me seriously in person. But online? Hell I’ve even claimed the statue, David, was me, or at least a striking likeness. How do you know it’s not?
2. Did you always love to write?
3. What is something you are very talented at, but people might be surprised about?
A: I can sing most of Katy Perry’s songs. Well her hits anyway. As any dad with a 6 year old girl should.
4. What is your favorite season and why?
A: This one is tough. Because I live way the hell and gone up in the northern hemisphere, Spring would seem like the obvious answer. But I’m going with Fall. And if Minnesota Winters didn’t follow it, Fall would be the winner and it’s not even close. I love “crisp” autumn air. Even the word: crisp. When you hear it, you hear rustling leaves and smell that autumn musty smell, and you feel your soft, threadbare sweatshirt and the crackling fire keeps you warm and safe and you are happy, by god, you are happy.
5. Do you play sports? Which ones?
A: When I was a kid I did. All of them. Whatever the season, we in the neighborhood were playing it in a backyard or at a park. Winter, for us, was basketball, not hockey, by the way.
6. What is your favorite meal to eat?
A: Any which involves a tableful of people I love.
7. If you could spend an entire day with anyone, who would it be?
A: My friend, Jon. Because I never get to. I’ve chosen to spend my life with my wife, and I’m damn glad I have. But I miss Jon like you would not believe.
8. If your house was on fire, and you had time to grab one thing, what would you take?
9. What was your first car?
A: 1981 Ford Thunderbird. I bought it in 1991. So, yeah.
10. What is the last book you read?
A: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
11. Where is your dream vacation?
A: The Greek Islands