Welcome, one and all, to another blogger award posting. This time around, Flowangelic nominated me for the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’. I love these tags, so of course I was going to respond … just as soon as I remembered. Ahem. Anyway, here be the rules:
- Display award
- Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog)
- Share seven things about yourself
- Nominate bloggers of your choice
So, a big thank you to Flowangelic for the nomination, it’s much appreciated. As to the seven things … I had to have a look at the last time that I was nominated for this one in order to try to avoid repetition. With that done though, I submit the following:
- I suspect that I may be secretly be a Sky TV satellite dish. You see, I was once told by an engineer that the dishes can be affected by wind, rain, snow, and sun. So basically, weather. Well, I don’t do too well when it’s windy, rainy, snowy or hot. The heat leaves me lethargic. The rest … I’m pretty prone to ear infections, and none of them help that. It’s part of why I like Autumn: the rain lessens a little, the wind is cooling, and the temperature drops a little too. Basically, the weather in general causes me to suffer more than it probably should.
- I’m actually a decent cook. When I moved out of my parents’ place, I had virtually no experience cooking, so when I lived alone, I had to learn as I went along. That meant a lot of experimentation. To this day, I still like to experiment with spices, fruit and various sauces. A lot of the time I find things that work without knowing why it works. So, I guess I’m an accidentally good cook?
- There was a time that I was subject to a fair bit of verbal abuse in the local area. My wrestling career mostly saw me wrestling in local venues at that time, and I was playing the role of a bad guy. I did a few things that riled the crowds up enough that fans started shouting insults if they saw me in the street, and even tried to get me to fight them after shows a few times. The funny thing was, I think they picked on me because I was one of the smaller bad guys on the roster, but I had enough experience in legitimate martial arts that I was also probably one of the most adept at defending myself if I’d let it escalate. I never let it reach the point where I’d have had to test that theory.
- I dabble with game creation. Or I used to anyway. I once created a two-player real time fighter where players took control of cartoon snakes with shotguns and jumped around a small level shooting at each other. It was called ‘Snakes: Coz They’re ‘Arder Than Worms’. The game was released to a few friends via a 3 ½ inch floppy disk, and soon spread throughout my high school. It was actually well liked for what it was. I haven’t finished a game since, unfortunately, though I’m tempted to dive back in now that I have Clickteam Fusion 2.5 and RPG Maker 2003.
- I have not owned a washing machine for many years. They tended to break quite quickly, and replacing them was becoming a hassle, so I now do the laundry by hand. For me, my partner, and my three kids. Which is a lot. Much like the washing up though – which I also do by hand because we’ve never had a dish washer – I find it very relaxing.
- I once hit someone with a television. At the time, I was working in a store called Argos. My job was to grab little print-outs that said what customers had ordered, find the items in the storeroom and send them down to the shop floor. In this case, the customer had ordered a television. Now, this was when CRT TVs were standard, so it was big, bulky, and heavy. To get it downstairs, we had to place it on a conveyor belt and send it on its way, held in place by nothing but a little plastic tray. The trays were prone to breaking (which may be part of why the store now keeps everything downstairs), and this one decided to demonstrate this while the TV was just out of reach. So, it snapped, and the TV rolled down the conveyor, hit the wall, and bounced off onto another new starter. Complete accident, and it was such a regular occurrence that no one really cared, but there you go.
- I almost died once. This was back when I was eleven. My school ran swimming lessons at the local pool, and it happened to be my turn to go. I was put forward to do my twenty-five-metre badge, which meant swimming form the deep end, back to he shallow end without stopping. I managed a few strokes, then a friend decided that it would be hilarious to jump over me. I panicked and tried to put my feet down, forgetting that I was short for my age, and that the area I was in was called the deep end for a reason. I bobbed up and down a few times, panic building, and the teacher spotted me. She jumped in and got me out. I wanted to get back in and try again, but she refused to let me, which was a wise move, as I went into a delayed shock state less than a minute later. The whole thing was mentioned publicly in a school assembly too, which left me kinda embarrassed at the time, and I still can’t swim now, more than twenty years on. I’m not consciously afraid of the water, but I think that it left enough in my subconscious that I can’t even get myself to float now.
So, there we have it. Now, onto my nominations …
Feel free to play along, or if you don’t fancy it, don’t. ‘Tis all cool with me.