Blog-Tag: The Non-Award Game

Cruising through my favorite sites this morning, catching up on posts I’d missed while surgically-challenged, I came across a fun post on Kana’s Chronicles.  It’s Blog-Tag.  It’s a little like those blogging awards that one passes on, but without the award.  And anyone can play, blogger or not.  Here are the rules:

  1. Post the rules.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the tagger set for you in their post.
  3. Create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  4. Tag eleven people and let them know.

One of the many things I love about Kana is her total disregard for silly rules.  She immediately decided to throw out Rule #4 and invite anyone who was interested to pick up the tag and run with it.  I love that idea (which is why I’m IT now and chasing you all).  So, if it tickles your fancy, get tagged and play along.  If you’re not a blogger, you can leave your answers as a comment to this post.

Here are the 11 questions Kana posed:

1. What’s your favorite bumper sticker?

I’m partial to the fish symbol with feet—anything that shakes up the Moral Majority.

2. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

In Viet Nam I was honored at a party by being served fertilized duck eggs.  A delicacy (which is always code for deeply disturbing), fertilized meant crunchy—as in tiny bones and feathers.  I managed to choke down one in order not to insult my host, but politely declined a second.

3. What’s the kindest thing that a stranger has ever done for you?

As a young Waldenbooks store manager, I was asked to participate in a panel on how to better the science fiction department at our home office in Stamford, CT.  On the flight out, I sat next to a friendly business man who was also going to Stamford.  We chatted the entire flight, and he offered to drive me to my hotel.  Why warning bells didn’t go off, I’ll never know. Afterward, my naivety seemed incredibly dangerous.  But, all he wanted to do was keep a young woman safe in a sometimes unseemly city, which is exactly what he did.  I think he even surprised himself.

4. What’s something you’re great at?

I’m a good public speaker.  I learned in high school how to pull information out of my ass (called extemporaneous speaking) and tie it together with anecdotes and illustrations.  Since then, I’ve been able to talk to any group, anywhere, at a moment’s notice with no preparation except what I can pull together on the way to the podium.  I can offer something more substantial if I have time to craft a speech, but the improvised ones can be just as fun.

5. What’s something you’re terrible at?

I have no idea what to do with little kids.  My babysitting career consisted of watching TV and telling my wards to “go play.”  I thank the Universe every day that I never had kids of my own.

6. Who’s your favorite superhero (and why)?

It depends on who plays him in the movie or TV series.  Seriously, if the actor is cute enough, I’ll pledge my fealty.  All superheroes have some Fatal Flaw, the thing that keeps him (or her) from lasting relationships and always an outsider looking in.  In that regard, Batman is the ultimate Outsider.  His dark side is deliciously twisted.  And Christian Bale is so darn cute.

7. What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?

The pictures of cats with captions on I Can Haz Cheeseburger always make me guffaw.  I’m purposely avoiding that site right now since laughing, coughing and blowing my nose is quite painful.  Surgery does that.

8. What’s your least favorite Rule to follow?

Speed Limits.  Yeah.

9. What’s the ring-tone on your phone?

Whatever my Tracfone came with, that’s what I’ve got.  I only use my very cheap cell for emergencies and for calling long distance.  It’s a poverty thing.

10. What quirky habit are you willing to confess to?

I pick my nose.  Disgusting, yes, but infinitely satisfying.

11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? (Any resemblance to your life now?)

In Sixth grade I wanted to be a brain surgeon.  Funny how my fascination in the brain has served me as a person with mental illness and as an artist.  The brain really is the Final Frontier.

If you choose to be It, here are my questions for you:

1.  What’s your current Edge—the new things you’re learning, your place of growth and exploration?

2.  What gets your goat?  Cheeses you off?  Gets your panties in a bundle?

3.  What are your Silver Linings—the potentially awful things in your life that turned out to have an up-side?

4.  If you had to leave your current life behind and start over, what would you pack in the one little carry on bag allowed?

5.  Who was the biggest influence in your life and why?

6.  You’ve become a guru, people from all around the world come to you for your wisdom.  Why?  And what do you tell them?

7.  Where is your favorite place in the world?  Why?

8.  What’s one thing you wish you could do better?

9. Who would you love to meet (living our dead) and what would you talk about?

10. What happens to us after we die?

11.  What’s your favorite forbidden food?

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pegoleg
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:56:34

    Fun and interesting! I don’t know if I could have been polite enough to choke down the fertilized egg. Which is ironic, since the thing that really cheeses me off is people who are not polite.


  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 14:32:28

    I love your questions, Sandy, and especially love your comment about the Moral Majority. Amen, sister! LOL


  3. Regina Rochman
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 15:41:43

    I was urged by Michelle Walker at Tama Mental Health to contact you regarding if there are any crafting type social groups available. I am struggling to make social connections since I moved here about 9 months ago and deal with physical health issues as well as mental. She gave me your blog address and while I have not folllowed it religiously, I have checked in from time to time but have not commented. My email should show up on this so maybe you could email me and let me know, she said she knows you scrapbook and other types of stuff like that.



  4. rachelmiller1511
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 16:43:13

    Hi Sandy Sue,

    Totally agree about Christian Bale!

    I don’t know what the surgery is that you’ve undergone but I really wish you a speedy recovery from it.

    Lots of love,



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