Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscar who?

Seeing as I didn't pick up anything at last night's Oscars, it was nice to see that my blogging pals didn't forget me :)

As if the Ninja Captain, himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh doesn't do enough, he's gone and nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Alex is a true prince among bloggers...very encouraging and helpful and always willing to lend a digital hand to his fellow writers/bloggers. For someone like that to say that I inspire them, is a real honor.

Thank you Alex, I do appreciate it!

So, as per the custom of the award, I'll reveal seven things about myself, then pass it on to three other bloggers who I find inspiring.

  1. I'm left handed (hence the title of this blog), for the most part. Because my dad would always take things from my left hand and put them into my right, I do some things right handed...such as throw and swing a bat or golf club. Most things, write, eat, swing a tennis racket, bowl, etc., I do left handed.
  2. I was a huge pro wrestling fan when I was younger. Had I more drive and ambition, back then, I would have tried to make it a career.
  3. It's hard to explain, but I can make my right pinky finger crack on command. It bends normally and silently, but I can also make a knuckle cracking sound with it and it alone.
  4. I had a mullet in the 80s.......don't judge.
  5. Back in the 80s I also used to love wearing bolo ties. I had a bunch of them.
  6. Before it came out I loudly predicted that E.T. the Extraterrestrial, would be a flop. I also said the same about Top Gun.
  7. I used to take country line dancing lessons and was pretty darn good :)

I'd like to pass this award along to three (well, it's supposed to be three, but I'm going to cheat) four bloggers whom I really enjoy:

Elise Fallson---Her video post for the "Re-introduce Yourself" blog hop was amazing and one of the highlights of that hop, for me.

Jaybird over a The Bird's Nest---I always look forward to her down to earth, no nonsense view on life.

Nancy at The Writer's Mark---Always upbeat and always has something interesting to say.

Morgan Shamy---She's always encouraging and very helpful. If you haven't already, check out her journey on becoming a's great stuff.

Of course, I could say great things about all the blogs I're all winners in my book, seriously.

Thanks again to Alex for the award!

Other award type mentions....

Also, over at Misha Gericke's My First Book, she's taking votes for her Paying Forward Awards

This month, someone was so kind as to nominate lil ole' me for "Best Commentor". I'm in awesome company with Alex, Mark, and M.L. Swift. So, if you haven't already....go over and cast a vote. 

There are a lot of great folks mentioned and, as cliched as it sounds, I'm just happy to have been nominated. Also a big "Thank You!" to whomever nominated me.

Kudos to Misha for getting this going. I think it's a fun and positive way to highlight blogs we might never come across otherwise. 

On Wednesday, I'm thinking about re-posting some flash fiction I did a while back, for your reading pleasure consumption....

You have been warned :)


jaybird said...

Congrats on your award-
So I guess I won't be asking you for any movie recommendations, ha ha. And at least you only wore the mullet in the 80's while it was still in style. The guys that wear them now are the ones I worry about! LOL

Thanks for passing me the award- I really appreciate it Mark.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You ARE one of the best commentors!
And you should've heard me before Titanic came out. I mean, how exciting could it be? We all know the boat sinks...

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats on the award, Mark. Interesting to find out a few facts about you :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats! I had a mullet in the 80's, too. (The girly kind of course.)

Mark Means said...

@Jaybird: Or you could just do the opposite of what I recommend for movies.

"Why are we seeing this again?"

"One of my blogger pals said it was, it must be a blockbuster!" :)

My pleasure and you have a great blog that totally deserves any and all accolades.

@Alex: Heh, that sounds like something I would have said, too. Glad to know I'm not alone on bad movie calls :)

@Suzanne: Thank you very much!

Mark Means said...

@L.Diane: Thank you! Sometimes, I wish I still had enough hair to -have- a mullet...but I wouldn't want to tempt myself :)

Livia Peterson said...

Congrats on the award! And the people who you passed on the award to - I love them! :D

Thanks for following my blog, I'll follows yours back. :)

Mark Means said...

@Livia: Hey thank you and thanks for the follow. I always enjoy finding new and interesting blogs to follow and was glad to come across yours :)

Jessie Humphries said...

Its fun to learn more about you Mark! Mullets are rad :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Mark,
Congrats on your award.

I used to be a fan of wrestling in my younger days too. Nowadays, my son forces me to watch.

Cynthia said...

Congratulations on your award and your nomination! I remember people with mullets back in the 80s---it was right up there with long rock star hair and teased bangs that go sky high. Oh, the good ole days! =)

Laura Eno said...

Left-handers rule! Uh, can you tell which hand I use? ;)
My son had a mullet in the '80s. It was the trend. I, on the other hand, had Farrah Fawcett hair. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats on your award!!! I got that one from Allison and then forgot to post . . .aah! Soon, like on Wednesday I think I'll remedy that.

And congrats on your nomination too!

I'm looking forward to Wednesday. :-)

S.P. Bowers said...

You're the mullet man!

I'll admit that I don't particularly care for E.T. It freaked me out when I was younger and I've never been able to get over it. Yea, I have issues.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on your award. As far as the righty versus lefty, things like swinging a bat and golf club are determined my eye dominance and not hand dominance.
Going over to vote.

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on your awards. It was great to meet you on my blog today!

Mark Means said...

@Jessie: Thanks, though I'm glad I don't sport one anymore....looking back on them, they -were- a bit odd looking :)

@J.L.: Thank you! Yes, I stopped watching a few years ago, but have found Lucha Libre to be just as, if not, more interesting. They talk a -whole- lot less.

@Cynthia: Thanks! Not sure why, exactly, I was sporting a mullet....

@Laura: Yes, lefties do rule :D I remember when the Farrah style was big. A much simpler time, it seems.

@Tyrean: Hey thanks! And I look forward to your Wed. award post, as well :)

@S.P.: I never did either. After it made a liar out of me, I vowed to never watch it! O.k., in reality I've just never sat down to watch it, but I agree....he did look creepy.

@Susan: Oh, I never knew's very interesting...hmmmm

@Carol: Thank you very much, and likewise :)

klahanie said...

Hi Mark,

That "Very Inspiring Blogger" award bestowed upon you by one of my 'starstruck' fans, Alex, is worth more than any Oscar.

Besides, when I start making up some blogfest, I shall be introducing the 'Blogging Academy' awards. You can win the award for "Best Mullet of the Eighties' category! :)

Thus congrats to you on receiving the award that I think I mentioned in the first paragraph. And well done to all those um 'adoring fans' of mine you bestowed the award upon.

Yay Misha! :) Anyway, enough of my delusional comment. I bid thee good day.


Regina Gort said...

Congrats, Mark!

Christine Rains said...

Congrats on the award! I think we can't judge what anyone did in the 80s. I wore jogging suits to go with the rap stuff coming out. They looked more like cheap leisure suits rather than cool rap star.

Mark Means said...

@Gary: Haha, thank you and I'm looking forward to your "Blogging Academy Awards"....that will be a real thing, right? :D

I always look forward to your comments, delusional or not! :)

@Regina: Thank you much, Regina!

@Christine: Thank you! I never wore a jogging suit and chains like the rappers, but I did wear cowboy boots and a Stetson. But, as we both know, it was a very different time, back then :)

Mark Koopmans said...


You got me scared now... I already am a Twin of Elizabeth Seckman, but you may be my Twinny, too... (so are we triplets?)

Look, I'm a leftie... my name is Mark, I used to have a Mullet in the '80s and you shared seven really important things about yourself, like I did.

Wow... and if we're Twins or triplets... how lazy was our imaginary Mom for naming us the same?

I'm traumatized... have to go let Liz know she has another brother from another mother, sort of :)

Misha Gericke said...

I can also make my pinkie crack on command.

Thanks for the blog mention. :-)

Julie said...

Congrats on the award Mark. Talking about all this 80's stuff, it still didn't have anything on all our 70's stuff! Man, them were the days!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on a well deserved award.

I have rejoined your followers as owing to Chrome problems all my follower lists disappeared.


Al Diaz said...

Congratulations, Mark! Well deserved.

Mark Means said...

@Mark: Hmmm....very interesting....or it could have been a cloning experiment, gone awry, or one of us could also be the dimensional doppelganger from a parallel world....regardless,'s odd... -cue Twilight Zone music-

@Misha: Oh really? Very cool :) Glad to mention it as I think it's a great way for new bloggers to discover one another. Well done :)

@Julie: haha, I'm old enough to remember some of the 70's styles and have to're right! Those were the days, for sure :)

@Yvonne:Thank you and sorry to hear about all your Chrome problems. Hope they're all resolved and welcome back :)

@Al: Thank you, sir! :)

Shallee said...

Congrats on the award! And it sounds like you were stylin' in the 80's. :)

Melissa Kinnel said...

Congrats! Boy were you wrong about E.T. and Top Gun! LOL!

Mark Means said...

@Shallee: Lol...well, at least I thought I was...probably not so much, though

@Melissa: Thank you and yeah...that's why I try to keep my opinions, mostly, to myself these days concerning movies :)

Ella said...

Congrats Mark!
I love that you were making and keeping trends in the 80s! How fab...

YOU rock ;D

Mark Means said...

@Ella: I was a trend keeper and didn't even know it. Actually, I used to get a lot of people compliment me on wearing bolo ties when I'd go out. Apparently Kentuky was just 'southern' enough to tolerate it and Ohio was just curious enough to not ridicule :)

Robin said...

Back in the 90s I was really into country line dancing. I think I was pretty good at it, too. Of course, like anything else, if you stop practicing it goes away. However, at the time, I really loved it!!!

Style is a fickle thing... you never know when those bolo ties will come back. Everything does! However, I am not sure that you will want to wear the mullet by the time it becomes fashionable again:( I suppose there are some things we are only meant to enjoy once.

And, yes, Alex is pretty darn awesome:) Congrats on your award.

Mark Means said...

@Robin: Thank you and I agree about the Ninja amazing dude :)

LOL...well, regardless if I wanted to wear a mullet, if it ever came back in style, I couldn't. I am now folically challenged so I don't think I could pull that style off, these days :D

Now, bolo ties are another story....

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