IT’S THE LIEBSTER AWARD!

 

 

 

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Thank You For The Cool Trophy, Really!

Well looky here, I have been nominated for the prestigious, much coveted and fought over, LIEBSTER AWARD! I truly have to give my thanks and appreciation to Shruti of Shruti Insights, for offering me this unexpected and awkwardly wonderful opportunity. She has offered me a chance to experience a shot at the Golden Ring, the Kewpie Doll, the Final frontier of Fame and Glory in the ” Blogosphere “. I certainly would never have attempted, or volunteered for Honors such as these, on my own, so again Thank you for the inspiration, and privilege, only using my fear of shotguns or Wrathful, and thoroughly disappointed Friends, to make a man of me, and Accept this One Giant Leap For Mankind Test. Shruti, you’re the best!
So there are rules to all of this. Apparently in order to be a big shot around these parts, I have to play by THESE RULES.
Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog.
Thank and tag the blog who nominated you.
Answer their questions and come up with 10 new ones for you nominees.
Nominate 8 blogs with less than 200 followers, let them know you’ve nominated them and link them in your post.
No tag-back.

 

So Shruti, with much pounding of heart, I will under take this feat, and I Thank You sincerely for your having Faith and Belief in my abilities!

These are the Ten questions I get to answer!
1.Among your blog posts, which one is your favourite?
Well thank you for asking! My favorite post was a story I wrote a couple of years ago, called ” The Waiting Game”, and It was basically a true story about circumstances I had no control over. I only embellished it a tad.

2.At what time of the day do you usually write a blog post?
That is tricky because I post whenever I am either inspired by an idea, or feel like I’m not delivering enough, or not giving people what they want.

3.What is your favourite word in your native language?
Wow, I wish you hadn’t asked me that. I don’t believe I have a singular favorite word. My favorite phrase is ” Papa, I love you! ”

 

4.What do you like to eat in the morning?
That is an easy one, as I don’t eat in the early day. Usually I start getting hungry about 2 or 3 in the afternoon, and I’m a guy so it really doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it can be wolfed down easily.

 

5.Choose one: tea, coffee, milk, hot chocolate. Why do you choose it?
Coffee with cream and sugar. But again, I drink freshly ground dark French Roast. Oh I’m sorry, you asked why? I grew up with good coffee in the S.F. bay area, and I’ve learned coffee really is the cheapest beverage, aside from water, and I don’t like water as fish do things in it.

 

6.Do you have a close friend? Is there one thing that you can only do with that friend?
I am married to my bestest, closest friend, and the thing we do together, I am not allowed to publicly speak about!

 

7.What is your favourite book and why do you like it?
That’s a hard one, but I can safely say my nearly favorite book, if I can only name one is BattleField Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard. I like that it’s long and involved, even though some of it is rather childish, I enjoy humanity taking back their home, and making a difference out in the cosmos.

 

8.What do you really want to learn but you haven’t got the time to do it?
Everything! I want my education to always continue. Right now I want to learn how to make my site work for me. The part about not enough time, unfortunately takes presidence over everything.

 

9.What do you miss from your childhood?
I miss my mommy! She died when I was 9, and I had to grow up because of that.

 

10.Where will you go if you just feel bored at home?
I am not at home at present. In December, I had to come down here to Reno Nevada to help take care of my family. I don’t get bored at home, as I live on 20 acres, in the mountains, and if the trailer feels cramped I just go outside.

 

Now it’s time to make my own nominations for the LIEBSTER AWARD, so I hope I don’t lose any friends over this!
Random Musings And Wanderlust 
Bittersweet Sensations  babyruthbeer
https://girlonstreamblog.wordpress.com/

Dr. J M Landin @ RedNewtGallery

LIZZIE BRIGHT  @  http://lizziebright.com/
Victoria Iskak   @  Raindrops & Fireflies
Margaret  @  Suds & Kisses
mboki_m  @  learning web development

 

And now, finally I get to ask my nominees their most dreaded and difficult to answer, questions.

1) Now that you are here in the magical realm of the blogosphere, what do you want?

2) What is your inner animal?

3) On your blog, are you public, or private, in regard to your personal self?

4) Are you happy in your present place in this life?

5) If I could give you one wish, what would that be?

6) What would be your ideal job?

7) Do you have a favorite kind of pet?

8) Are you able to discuss, religion, politics, or feelings openly, with strangers?

9) Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently, and of course, why?

10) How many fingers am I holding up?

I told you these would be formidable questions, even though I didn’t word it that way. I didn’t want to scare you away. And in advance, Thank You for playing, now take your dang football and go home!

Preparation? For What?

For what indeed… Obviously for the flood. For that change in circumstance we spoke of earlier.For the nuclear blast we are sure will never really happen. The earthquake, tornado, hurricane, intruders, war, whatever. That list is way too long. When I said I had an epiphany, actually I never used that word, as I didn’t want to brag, but I digress.

I stated 350,000 article and posts I could make, and if you make a list of all of the reasons for even a single topic, you would have a thousand posts, just waiting for publication! But all of this spiel ( love Yiddish ) was a definite digression, getting way off topic…

Prepare for what I am going to give you this time! I don’t want you to feel all uncomfortable, and you can just go away now, if you have a weak heart. If you are saying ” I can take whatever you can throw at me Squatch!”. Then get out your Kleenex, grab your favorite beverage, a cover or blanket for comfort and anything else you will need to be prepared, because I’m not going to treat y’all with KID GLOVES…..

Appalachian Settlers and Their Dwellings

Appalachia : A beautiful place plagued with poverty, here in our backyard

Alone in the Woods: A Documentary

“A NEW HOME FOR VIRGIE”

Lost Settlements of the Appalachian Mountains Part 1: History of the

Hope you survived that! Any comments? Were you PREPARED?

How Do You Live?

The question today is of no importance to many people, in fact most don’t even wonder, as they live just fine. Most have jobs they either enjoy, or al least put up with until a better opportunity presents itself. Most of you live in decent housing, with all of the amenities required for getting along on a day-to-day basis.

Many have a decent vehicle, maybe not new, but not so old it would be considered obsolete. In the movie Armageddon, it was pointed out, the Russian Space Station was 11 years old, and most of you have cars not even half that age.

Are you living in an area you desire, or are you somewhere, only due to circumstance? I know some of you grew up in the town you are at, and it’s inconvenient to move away from friends and family. Everything you are is because of where you are. Why change a good thing?

Have you ever wondered about how others are living? I don’t mean your Facebook friends, I mean people you have never considered thinking about. Which people do I mean? Everyone in your neighborhood lives pretty much as you, nice house, decent car, okay jobs, enough food, hot and cold running water, electricity, cable, internet, and a basic acceptance of the rest of the neighborhood.

Suppose things changed? The company you work for decided to outsource the work you have been doing, and in fact they have decided to downsize big time. Everyone you knew at work no longer employed, and in point of fact, the job you did was suddenly as obsolete as an abacus.

Suppose you no longer could afford the car, the power company payments, the internet, or cable, water, sewer, garbage, or the mortgage? How would you get along then? No longer able to use your phone, as $100 a month is just too much all of a sudden.

A “catch 22 ” jumps into the equation, as you cannot even get a job without an address, or phone! I know, because I have been there. Those homeless people you’ve heard about, are in that position. No phone, or car, no home or job. No assistance because they’ve lost the things most consider, trivial things.

A person cannot apply for the basic support items, as they no longer have an address. I know you’re thinking those people can get help from a local shelter, but those shelters have rules too. The rules are different from place to place, but all to often, the homeless, or helpless folks aren’t able to apply for help, due to the rules.

The people who are in that position also have their baggage. Yes they’re homeless for whatever reason, and contrary to popular belief, it was not simply a choice! They aren’t in these circumstances because one day they decided to quit paying the bills, or decided they wanted a change.

Most of these people are in that situation due to circumstances they really had very little control over. A fire destroyed the house, and insurance was too expensive, because all of those wages went into feeding children, and living expenses, we all take for granted.

Look at your own bills. Could you have what you have, if you only made minimum wages? How would you live? You would knock some of the frivolous expenses out of the picture, so you may continue to manage. Which bills would you forgo, to ease your burden? Phone? Insurance? Food? Cable? Water, power, sewer, garbage? Vacation? Recreational activities? Your toys?

What toys am I talking about? Snow mobile, Atv, Jet Ski, Motorcycle, Bicycles standing in the garage, Downhill Ski gear, Sporting equipment, Boat, Surfboards, Exercise equipment, Electronics? I can keep listing excesses, many here in this country have. If you sold all of that would you be able to save your home, for long enough to be able to get back on your feet?

So, I have a challenge for you. Tell me what you would do, what you would go without, how you would change crappy circumstance, to make your living conditions better. Will you do that, and tell me How You Would Live?

Here is something to brighten up this subject….

Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason (39th Grammy Awards, 1997)

52 Signs Social Media Has Turned You Into A Complete Psychopath

52 Signs Social Media Has Turned You Into A Complete Psychopath

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In this day and age, we love posting, tweeting, pinning, YouTubing and Instagramming.

Name the app, you’ve got an account. If it’s online, you’ve seen it. But, have you ever sat down and thought, “Am I doing this too much? Is it taking up a lot of my time?”

In other words, am I a social media psychopath? How far is too far? Check out this list to see if you qualify and check them off as you go along. Read it alongside your friends.

If you’ve done even one of them, you may be a crazy person. It’s time to see just how nuts we really are.

Have you done these things?

 

1. You constantly check someone’s Facebook. You do it day after day, without any real-life interaction, whatsoever. You don’t like any of the stuff he or she posts, but when you run into him or her, you mention you saw the statuses, posts and videos. You’re pretty much a ghost.

2. You post passive-aggressive statuses or photos. Things like, “Hahaha, you’ll see” and “Whatever,” trying desperately to get the attention of someone without realizing he or she probably hid you from his or her news feed six months ago.

3. You post inspirational or motivational quotes. Even if you’re just trying show your ex you’re not sad anymore and you’re doing fine, you’re clearly trying to get his or her attention. “We go through the valleys and the bumpy roads so that we can climb to the peaks.” WHAT?

4. You unfriend and re-friend like wildfire. But, you quickly cancel the re-friend request so you can be sure he or she knows what you did. You’re sick!

5. You like a status only to take said like away a mere seconds later.Mistake? Accidental like? Insane.

6. You block someone for a day and then unblock. Then, you re-friend and message, “hey what’s up :).”

7. You created an account on Yelp just to post a three-word review about that family-owned taco restaurant without any pertinent or detailed information. “This place sucks.”

8. You poke every single one of your friends. This takes all day. Unbelievable.

9. You create an event for your own birthday party and then cancel the event the night before.

10. You post a status and then remove it 10 minutes later. Why? Because the only person who liked it was your Aunt Sue who’s a court stenographer in Utah.

11. You send someone a message or comment, “That’s a great photo,” yet you hate it.

12. You tweet to your favorite celebrity how much you love him or her.Three minutes later, you tweet how much you hate him or her because your tweet went unacknowledged. Totally normal behavior.

13. You create a separate account to stalk people. You then appear on the show, “Catfish.”

14. You keep your wall protected so you have to approve photos and statuses you’re tagged in.Like, that one where your friends found you, ass-up with your face in the sand.

15. You have two tabs of Facebook open right now. WHY!?

16. You use 20 hashtags for every photo you post on Instagram.#likeme #pleaselikeme #likeforlike

17. You have an Instagram for your dog and post as if you were him or her.“Mmm, I love these Beggin’ strips.”

18. You report statuses and photos of people simply because you don’t like them.Like, for example, when they post about how they’re grateful they made it out if surgery alive.

19. You tweet to celebrities, “I know, right?” when you don’t know at all.They’re rich and you owe $3k on your credit card because you have an issue with Jose Cuervo.

20. You look at every tagged Facebook photo of someone, going backward in time.After that, it’s onto the albums: “Mmmm, beach season.”

21. You post a status or photo about how much you love your boyfriend or girlfriend when you just started dating a few days ago.“Omg, I love this man.” Then, you break up two days later and post, “Omg, never falling in love again. #devastated.”

22. You post on your significant other’s wall how much you love him or her when you’re sitting in the same room. You want the world to see how much you two love each other!

23. Every photo you’ve ever posted has been a selfie. Even worse, they’re all duck lips. Woof!

24. You’ve used the hashtag, “YOLO.”

25. You look at your ex’s new significant other’s Facebook and say out loud, “What a fugly goblin.” 

26. You have pulled up Facebook on your TV.

27. You take your phone in the bathroom and keep scrolling even though you’re done. In fact, you’ve been done for 15 minutes. CRAZY.

28. You tried to lead an exodus over to Google+ and lost a bunch of friends in the process.Even worse, then you tried Path.

29. Your profile picture is of your significant other. As in, you’re not even in the photo.

30. Your profile picture is of anyone other than you.

31. You suggest people you may know to people. Who are these people!? I don’t know any of them!!!

32. You start a group message with a couple without realizing they broke up a week ago.“Hey, you guys want to go dancing tonight?”

33. You start a group message with 30 people. “Hey, you guys want to go dancing tonight?”

34. You personally message people to invite them every time you have an event or you’ve posted a video or you’ve taken a sh*t.“Hey, I know we haven’t talked in four years, but please like this page. Thanks, bye.”

35. Your profile picture is of a part of your body other than your face.

36. You write, “dislike” on someone’s statuses or photos. Or even worse, you just write, “no.”

37. You’ve posted the Facebook privacy guidelines and won’t agree to them.As if someone was going through and crossing you off the list. WHY DID WE ALL DO THIS!?!

38. You’ve tagged 30 friends in a scareware status. It threatened them to tag 30 other people, and if they didn’t, they’d die a mysterious death next week.

39. You’ve edited a status by commenting on it after you’ve posted.You didn’t edit the actual status, which is completely possible.

40. You’ve liked your own statuses or photos. At some point in the process you also said out loud, “I’ll show them.”

41. You hooked up your Facebook to your Twitter and Instagram, as well as your Vine to your Twitter, so you never miss a beat.

42. You bought followers or likes and didn’t tell anyone about it.This skeleton stays in your closet for life.

43. You’ve posted, “I love my fans” or “Haters gonna hate.” You have 90 friends on Facebook.

44. You’ve said you’re in a relationship, even though you’re not.When someone says, “Who?” you just comment with a smiley face.

45. You post a photo of yourself flexing. Someone else must have had to take this photo. You live at home.

46. You posted a Photoshopped photo of you standing next to Marc Cuban on the cover of Forbes magazine.The caption was, “Living the life.”

47. You go to the mall and post photos of expensive sh*t you can’t possibly afford.Then you write, “I bet you wish you were me.”

48. You remove someone as a friend because he or she makes you jealous.

49. You’ve checked your notifications during a movie. You’re the person they’re talking to in the theater when they say, “Please, silence your phones and be courteous to the people around you.” GET OUT!

50. You fall asleep watching Vines. With your phone on your face, mind you.

51. You have walked into a lamppost, another person, or traffic while updating your status.

52. You read this list, confessed to all of them, and then said, “This author’s an assh*le — I’m not like that at all.”