A recent addition to my MMO gamer circle of friends is Chestnut from Gamer Girl Confessions. To my delight and surprise, she has nominated me for a Creative Blogger Award. Thanks, Chestnut! You’ve been too kind to me. Much like the Liebster, which I posted about a few months back, this virtual game of tag has a certain set of rules, as follows:
- Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify them via their social media/blogs.
- Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you.
- Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
- Pass on the rules.
I’m honored to be nominated for several reasons. First, even though I blog and podcast, I don’t often think of myself as being very creative. Perhaps I’m stuck in an old-school mindset where creativity equals artistic ability, of which I’m blessed with very little. I’ve never even won a coloring contest. Secondly, being nominated means that Chestnut (and possibly others) wants to know more about me as a person. Flattering, but also a bit tricky for someone who tries to walk a fine line of sharing enough to be considered an interesting personality without divulging information that puts my family in danger. I suppose this attitude was learned by watching my grandfather, who had come into a bit of money in his day, being overly cautious about his consumerism in order to protect us. His generation had witnessed the horrific events surrounding the Lindbergh baby and it was something that shaped the way he responded to wealth. In the same way, I attempt to shield my family as much as I can from any potential negative consequences to choosing this hobby. Part of that protection is to try not to divulge too much personal information. The last thing I need is a SWAT team kicking down my front door while I’m recording a podcast.
Be that as it may, I’ll try to pick out some personal details that are not specifically identifiable, but might still count as interesting.
- I was an athlete in high school, and qualified for the state finals in three events. I left my school with six varsity records (three individual and three relay) and one freshman record. The intense training and physical fatigue that even a high school athlete endures is enough to give me a different perspective on the whole esport debate. No, I don’t think they are sports, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t entertaining and deserved of their place among live broadcasted entertainment.
- I once met Kenny Kramer, who is the real-life inspiration for Cosmo Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld’s eccentric neighbor in the classic 90’s sitcom.
- My 67 year old father has a blog on wordpress.com, where he details his thoughts, reflections and observances since retiring from full-time employment a few years ago.
- I can say the alphabet backwards as fast as you can say it forwards – probably faster.
- While in Spain, a man attempted to rob me, but I didn’t speak the language well enough to realize it. Luckily, when I flagged down a friend of mine (who was much larger than me) to help with the translation, my would-be robber decided to turn and quickly depart.
That was actually easier than I thought it would be. I guess the longer you’re on this planet, the more interesting factoids and stories you accumulate.
I think we’ve all agreed that 15-20 nominations is a little excessive. Since we’re all a bunch of rulebreakers, here are my FIVE nominations:
- Iogro at A Hobbits Journey – because he still hasn’t done the Liebster I nominated him for – slacker!
- Roger at Contains Moderate Peril – It probably doesn’t need to be said that I enjoy Roger’s wit, whimsy and observances immensely. No list would be complete without a little peril.
- Void at A Green Mushroom – I still see a green prancing dog when I look at his twitter avatar despite knowing the name of his blog.
- Pasduil at Thinking Play – He doesn’t post often, but when he does, it’s worth it.
- Talarian at Gamer by Design – Because I don’t understand half of what he writes, but I know it’s good!