My fellow blogger Goldie at The Daily Flabbergast (Tagline: One day at a time… To stop a whirlwind.) has very graciously awarded me something new…The Stormer Award.
Quote from Goldie:
The word stormer is defined as “something particularly impressive or good of its kind” in the Oxford Dictionaries.
This award is meant to thank a certain someone for making the blogging journey more engaging.
The plan is to present this award monthly in my award posts (last day of the month).
How do I select a winner? The general rule is: ENGAGE
I will be looking at the number of comments one makes, but I will also factor the content of those comments.
This month’s winner was easy to select. Not only did she leave the highest amounts of comments, but she also engaged in meaningful conversations.
Goldie asked: “How do you feel about this new award?”
I was totally surprised. There are times when I can be a damn chatterbox, given an interesting topic. I look back at some of my comments and think “Yikes. Looks like I just tried to write a book. Their poor eyes must be bleeding at this point. You need to hush.” But, as I stated to Goldie:
It’s easy to have a good conversation with good conversationalists. Exchanging ideas and points of view are always a good thing. How else are we supposed to learn…
Bloggers awarding other bloggers. Shout-outs and ping-backs. We have quite the community here. There are millions of blogs and billions of posts. There is something here for everyone. Recognition for work or just a ‘thank you’ for reaching a heart or calming a fear goes a long way.
Thanks, Goldie. I’m looking forward to many more conversations. ~Vic
My fellow blogger Kristian, as in Tales From The Mind Of…, tagged, nominated, awarded me [?] as a Versatile Blogger. Thank you, Kristian! I appreciate this very much. If you haven’t already, go pay Kristian a visit. He is definitely versatile.
This award has been around for a while, like, six years or more. I stumbled across a blog post from March 2013 on blogger (blogspot.com) regarding this award/nomination/tag (and, it was in Polish, no less). The rules have not changed.
 Place the logo(s) on your site (I got two!)
 Thank the person who nominated you (Did that…)
 Reveal seven things about yourself (Oh, boy…)
 Nominated other bloggers (10 to 15)
Things About Me:
 I am 5′ 9″ which means that, as a teen, I was several inches taller than the boys in school for a while.
 I don’t have any children.
 I don’t like beer.
 I’ve been to Disneyworld, once, in 1977.
 Speaking of 1977, my first car (1984) was a gold Honda Civic from that year.
 And, again with 1977 (a theme has appeared, here, randomly) the very first movie I ever saw at a theatre was Pete’s Dragon.
 I am NOT a morning person.
As always, you are free to NOT participate. ~Vic
Kristian got me, again. Thanks, Kristian! You are very, very kind. And, this is a new nomination. I have two Sunshines, one Recognition and one Liebster.
If you haven’t already, check Kristian out. He is very entertaining.
So, what is the Mystery Blogger Award?
“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and, they do it with so much love and passion.” ~ Okoto Enigma, creator of the award…
 Put the award logo on your blog. (Done!)
 List the rules. (Done!)
 Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog. (Done!)
 Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well. (Done!)
 Tell your readers three things about yourself. (Done!)
 Nominate 10-20 people. (Wow, that is a lot…)
 Notify your nominees. (Done!)
 Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question. (I have no idea what to ask anyone but, I will try.)
 Share a link to your best post(s). (I don’t have a best post. I just have posts.)
Three Things About Me
 I have never been outside the U.S.
 I love anchovies on pizza.
 I have moved 23 times, across four states.
Questions From Kristian
 Name something you like to see in a book, that makes you want to read further.
 What would make you want to stop reading a book?
 If they produced the story of your life, what genre would it be?
 If you could have a plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
 What advice would you like to give to your ten-year-old self?
 If a book has supernatural qualities, I’m hooked.
 Verbosity. If you are using a string of $10 words and I have to go look them up or, you use 20 words when ten would have been sufficient, I’m done. Wordplay gymnastics is annoying and, as far as I am concerned, arrogant. Congratulations. You’re smart. And, I’m worn out…and bored.
 Direct-to-video drama with D-List actors. It would double as a sleep aid.
 Ignore your parents’ drama and ask to live with your maternal Grandmother. Ignore the boys in school. They are SO much trouble.
 If money were no object, what would you be doing?
 What vehicle would you like own?
 What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?
 Were you in any clubs or groups in high school?
 Got a funny pet story?
Fellow blogger Kristian has nominated (awarded?) me, again…this time for Sunshine Blogging (I got nominated earlier in the year so, this is #2). Thanks, Kristian. I am surprised, again and, pleased, again. You are a sweetie. If you haven’t been to his blog, check it out.
He asked me three questions:
 What will you be eating on the 25th of December?
Probably too damn much of something, I’m sure.
 What would you like to see happen in 2019?
Mass, worldwide reintegration but, it isn’t likely (hard to explain).
 Name three things you are grateful for.
General good health, a roof over my head and food on the table.
Anyone that wants to participate, I pose the same three questions to you. ~Vic
I have been nominated (awarded?) for the Liebster. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kristian. You are most kind and I am most surprised. If you haven’t been to Kristian’s blog, yet, give him a read and a wave.
♦ Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award (did that).
♦ Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you (I will try).
♦ Give 11 random thoughts about yourself (I hope I can count that high).
♦ Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination (actually, I invite anyone to participate).
♦ Give these blogs 11 questions to answer (I won’t alter the ones given to me).
The 11 Questions
 What is your biggest pet peeve?
Self-righteous do-gooders. High-minded superiority is a sharp weapon to wield upon unsuspecting victims. Mind your own business.
“Kindly let me help you or you’ll drown” said the monkey, putting the fish safely up a tree. ~ Alan Watts
 Where did you get the name for your blog?
I’m an observer of my world and, cosmic is an adjective for: “…immeasurably extended in time and space or, vast.”
 If you could change your blog’s name, what would it be?
I don’t know…”Under The Microscope”? If I can’t look out at into the Universe, perhaps I should look into what the Universe is made of? It’s either that or “Cookie Factory Hostage”.
 What was your favourite show as a kid?
That depends upon the definition of ‘kid’. Young kid, Sesame Street. Older kid, Super Friends (I am an X-Men nut but, that cartoon didn’t show up until 1989 and Marvel Super Heroes had a short run when I was a baby). Past that, whatever my dad was watching.
 Do you have any weird habits?
Weird is relative. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We all have quirks, likes and dislikes. Ken tells me I eat weird s***. Does that count?
 Do you like fall scents/tastes?
I think the food industry has lost its collective mind over the ‘pumpkin-flavored/scented’ everything. I do like the smell of my wreath on the front door. The air smells fresh during a snow fall.
 What is your favourite holiday and why?
It used to be Halloween but, that’s gotten as crazy as Christmas here lately. I’m going with Veterans Day. I live with a veteran and I like the fact that my country tries to look after its veterans. The Vietnam vets were not so lucky.
 Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?
I’m a much faster typist than writer. I do still scribble things and notepad on my phone is handy.
 Netflix or cable?
Neither. Right now, we have Prism. Come January, that will shift to DirecTV. I watch so little TV, anyway.
 If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?
TRAVEL and document it.
 What is your favourite thing about yourself?
I’m still breathing and walking upright.
Eleven Random Thoughts About Me
 I am an ex-smoker.
 I drive a manual transmission pick-up truck.
 I have worked in Law Enforcement.
 I had a pet rat when I was 12.
 I have been on board the USS Enterprise (aircraft carrier, not the starship).
 I have eaten dinner with sailors aboard a Canadian Frigate.
 My Ginger tomcat is a Hemingway (he has thumbs).
 I have a stuffed, blue dragon that rides shotgun and, roars.
 I am an only child.
 I hold the rank of Yon-Kyu (purple belt) in Isshin-Ryu Karate.
 I played the flute in band in 6th grade, marched with the Color Guard/Flag Team in the 10th & 11th grades and sang in my high school pageant.
This is my first Liebster. Thank you, again, Kristian. This stuff makes you think.
I invite anyone to participate. We all like to learn about one another.