This morning I was planning on writing about "being politically correct". I still will be tackling that subject in the next couple of days....but for today, I got sidetracked.
My first derailment was sitting down to watch the morning news programs. I can't begin to articulate how badly I feel for the victims of that awful storm that hit Joplin, MO. I don't think many of us can fathom what it would feel like to have everything gone....to be completely wiped out and having to start over.
After spiraling down into the funk of a bad mood, I came into my office and turned on my computer. Things started looking up a bit. One of my favorite bloggers Jewell of Really?! Wait! What? had a comment on one of my posts. Gosh, I was glad to see her sending out comments.I was worried if perhaps, she was involved in the tornado that ravaged southern Missouri. I don't know exactly where she lives as I only know her from communicating about our blogs but at some point, I believe she said she lived in southern MO.
Funny how we connect to people. The computer has allowed us to connect to people in a modern day version of being "pen pals". There are a whole lot of people making friends in cyberspace that may never actually meet face to face. Prior to starting my blog, I always a little mystified when people told me they had met their spouse on line. How could that happen? How would you be able to start a communique and have it extend to a real relationship?
Relax, Jewell, and the other friends I am going to be talking about shortly, I am not looking for a spouse especially a female. I have hubby and he is a he. What I am getting at, is that I more clearly understand that you "click" with some people while "not so much" with others in this format. Just as in our face-to-face world, some people you connect with in a positive way and some, for whatever reason, you just don't.
With that being said, I don't think the basis for these positive connections are defined by age, religious beliefs, or political sensibilities. Maybe it is, in part, that some of these bonds are formed because the people are open to the concept of sharing differing perspectives. I think it is getting harder in the real world to find people willing to be friends with anyone that isn't a clone of themselves.
That brings me to the subject at hand. One of the people that I really like via the web is Bud over at Oldereyes. I got a message from him this morning that he as passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to me. These awards are actually more about the fun of being able to praise some of your fellow, favorite bloggers than actually being recognized for superior writing or content. I am guessing you might have already jumped to that conclusion with my winning it and all.
Any way....How nice of Bud to send it my way.
There are conditions though. The four conditions for receiving this award are
1. Thank the blogger that gave you the award.
Thank you, Bud. Much appreciated. (first requirement met)
2. Share 7 things about yourself
OK, ....now this is getting harder. Also, for those of you that have read from the beginning, some of this will be repetitious. Sorry, but there isn't all that much about me of interest.
2. I have been married 40 years this coming September. Hubby was my high school sweetheart and I married him while I was a teenager. (NO, I wasn't pregnant.)
3. I have two grown children, that in spite of my copious parenting skills, turned out to be wonderful adults. They were great kids, great students, and most importantly are good and kind adults.
4. I am an animal lover. All animals...although my present house mate animals are two cats, named Carmen and Chantel. (Texas Pal's husband calls them "the hookers" as he believes their chosen names would make great names for ladies in that profession)
5. I don't go a good job corresponding with friends in any format other than emails. I know a whole lot of my friends are out there saying...No sh**. I would love to be the person that writes letters and picks up the phone from time to time but that really doesn't ever happen.
6. I spend a lot of time at the gym and I power walk 5 miles every day with my Texas Pal while we talk on our cell phones. Weight shows up quickly on my small frame. I might as well just duct tape cheeseburgers directly onto my butt, if I ever give up all the exercise. The effect would pretty much be the same.
7. The people I like most in the world, don't necessarily have to agree with anything I say, think or feel but my best friends share these qualities. They are kind and considerate of others, they are kind to animals, they have a reasonable amount of intelligence, a good sense of humor, and bathe on a regular basis. I like people that have strong opinions but they by in large, are open minded enough to at least listen to alternate opinions.
OK step 2 completed.
3. Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers.
Ok....(Note to the bloggers) For you that I chose, either take it if you want it, sorry if you already have gotten it, play if you want to, don't if you don't want to. I am sending it to you because I enjoy reading your blogs. For those that I didn't mention, just be assured that I have more than 15 favorites.
So, my bloggee readers, these are among my favorites. All are written by clever, creative people that always have interesting things to talk about.
Anne Dickens: The Day After Yesterday
Are You Serious
Eating Life Raw
I-Madge-ine the Twaddle
Really?! Wait! What?
The Boogie Man is My Friend
The Widow Lady
We Work For Cheese
Writing in the Margins, Bursting at the Seams
Ok step three complete
4. Put a comment on their blog and tell them they won the award.
I am off to do that ...
The Good for the Day...Making new friends, even if they are in cyberspace
The Bad for the Day...More rain and storms moving into Missouri today
The Weird for the Day.... Harold Camping has declared that May 21st was the "invisible judgement day" and the the real judgement day is going to be October 21st. Looks like we have another something to talk about for a few months.