Stormer Award

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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.

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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

Versatile Blogger

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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 ( regarding this award/nomination/tag (and, it was in Polish, no less). The rules have not changed.

[1] Place the logo(s) on your site (I got two!)
[2] Thank the person who nominated you (Did that…)
[3] Reveal seven things about yourself (Oh, boy…)
[4] Nominated other bloggers (10 to 15)

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Things About Me:
[1] I am 5′ 9″ which means that, as a teen, I was several inches taller than the boys in school for a while.
[2] I don’t have any children.
[3] I don’t like beer.
[4] I’ve been to Disneyworld, once, in 1977.
[5] Speaking of 1977, my first car (1984) was a gold Honda Civic from that year.
[6] And, again with 1977 (a theme has appeared, here, randomly) the very first movie I ever saw at a theatre was Pete’s Dragon.
[7] I am NOT a morning person.

My Nominees (stopping at 4):
[1] Back at ya’, Coffee!
[2] A Jeanne In The Kitchen
[3] Charlie Countryboy’s Blog
[4] Daily Flabbergast

As always, you are free to NOT participate. ~Vic

Solidarity Blogger

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Fellow blogger Bottomless Coffee 007 slapped some solidarity on me, yesterday. Created by Success Inspirers’ World (SIWO), they state:

Solidarity blogging is team work. We blog with others as a team. No one fights and wins a war alone. Together we are stronger and better. Together we achieve more. Together we go further. A football match is won when the players fight as a team. This is what Solidarity blogging is all about.

They are “inspired to inspire” and are:

A team of highly motivated, inspired, inspiring, positive-minded and passionate people who are out to inspire and encourage people to bring out the best in themselves and realize their fondest dreams. Our work is positively impacting millions of people around the world.

There were 15 pioneer nominees back in January and SIWO asked a question:

Is solidarity blogging worthwhile to you?

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Their rules:
[1] Write a post on your blog thanking the person who nominated you. (Coffee! Dude! This means YOU. Thanks!)
[2] Paste the award in the post. (I’ve snatched up two, tho, there are more.)
[3] Provide a link to the blog of the person who nominated you. (Did that…)
[4] Tell Success Inspirers’ World, SIWO what you think about solidarity blogging.
[5] Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and inform them. (It has been reduced to three.)

From Coffee’s post:

SIWO (Success Inspirers’ World) is an International Friends Blogging Forum. The idea is to encourage team work and to blog together as a community. As an international friends blogging forum, Success Inspirer’s World provides an opportunity that every blogger is looking for – the opportunity to get more exposure and find more followers and readers.

What is solidarity in layman’s terms? Harmony? Unity? A common agreement perhaps? A shared interest between parties? A supporting role with regards [to] others who share the same interests, then? Solidarity means different things to different peoples. But, what does solidarity mean to me, more to the point?

Dictionary Dot Com says:

[1] union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc…

[2] community of feelings, purposes, etc…

[3] community of responsibilities and interests.

That is about as ‘layman’ as I can get.

What do I think? Yes, it is worthwhile. I think the blogosphere is a neat place and is a huge community of folks thinking, talking, sharing and debating (there are some trolls but, nothing like the nightmare that is Facebook). We, collectively, are all over the world. I talk to people in other states of the U.S., Canada, Africa, Australia, Croatia, France, the UK, Republic of Ireland, India… I’ve made new friends that, without blogging, I would never have met. Each blogger brings something new and different to every conversation I have had. There are many viewpoints to every topic and understanding can begin, only, when each view is taken into consideration. We all have opinions and individual life experiences. No one is above another. And, from where I am standing (sitting?), harmony is a hell of a lot more preferable to strife. Just listen…

Passing the torch to:
[1] New blogger: BlackSheep
[2] J-M’s History Corner
[3] Perpetually Past Due

Y’all are quite free to not participate but, there you go. ~Vic

Mystery Blogger

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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…

The Rules

[1] Put the award logo on your blog. (Done!)
[2] List the rules. (Done!)
[3] Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog. (Done!)
[4] Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well. (Done!)
[5] Tell your readers three things about yourself. (Done!)
[6] Nominate 10-20 people. (Wow, that is a lot…)
[7] Notify your nominees. (Done!)
[8] 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.)
[9] Share a link to your best post(s). (I don’t have a best post. I just have posts.)

Three Things About Me

[1] I have never been outside the U.S.
[2] I love anchovies on pizza.
[3] I have moved 23 times, across four states.

Questions From Kristian

[1] Name something you like to see in a book, that makes you want to read further.
[2] What would make you want to stop reading a book?
[3] If they produced the story of your life, what genre would it be?
[4] If you could have a plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
[5] What advice would you like to give to your ten-year-old self?

My Answers

[1] If a book has supernatural qualities, I’m hooked.
[2] 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.
[3] Direct-to-video drama with D-List actors. It would double as a sleep aid.
[4] Scotland.
[5] Ignore your parents’ drama and ask to live with your maternal Grandmother. Ignore the boys in school. They are SO much trouble.

My Nominees

(You are totally free to not participate.)
[1] Britchy
[2] Coffee
[3] Badfinger
[4] Hans
[5] Single Dad
[6] Past Due
[7] Lander
[8] Retro Roxi

My Questions

[1] If money were no object, what would you be doing?
[2] What vehicle would you like own?
[3] What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?
[4] Were you in any clubs or groups in high school?
[5] Got a funny pet story?

Sunshine Blogger

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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:

[1] What will you be eating on the 25th of December?
Probably too damn much of something, I’m sure.

[2] What would you like to see happen in 2019?
Mass, worldwide reintegration but, it isn’t likely (hard to explain).

[3] 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

Liebster Award

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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.

The Rules

♦ 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

[1] 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

[2] 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.”

[3] 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”.

[4] 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.

[5] 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?

[6] 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.

[7] 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.

[8] 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.

[9] Netflix or cable?
Neither. Right now, we have Prism. Come January, that will shift to DirecTV. I watch so little TV, anyway.

[10] If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?
TRAVEL and document it.

[11] What is your favourite thing about yourself?
I’m still breathing and walking upright.

Eleven Random Thoughts About Me

[1] I am an ex-smoker.
[2] I drive a manual transmission pick-up truck.
[3] I have worked in Law Enforcement.
[4] I had a pet rat when I was 12.
[5] I have been on board the USS Enterprise (aircraft carrier, not the starship).
[6] I have eaten dinner with sailors aboard a Canadian Frigate.
[7] My Ginger tomcat is a Hemingway (he has thumbs).
[8] I have a stuffed, blue dragon that rides shotgun and, roars.
[9] I am an only child.
[10] I hold the rank of Yon-Kyu (purple belt) in Isshin-Ryu Karate.
[11] 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.


Blogger Recognition

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Thank you for the nomination, Bottomless Coffee 007. I was surprised and pleased by this and, I apologize bunches for my delay in responding to your generous gift.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 or more fellow bloggers for this award (wow, that’s a lot).
  6. Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.

Ok. Rule One completed. Rule Two done.

Rule Three:
This is my answer from the first time I was asked
This blog is my third attempt to share. My first one was started in 2008 and was pretty much all political. I’m not a political animal anymore. I grew out of it. My second blog was about yoga and the 2012 event. It didn’t last long and I don’t even remember the name of it.

[Late Add…] I would rather blog than waste my time on FakeBook, Twits-R-Us, Instagross or anything else that I am not aware of. I have one of the few blogs that isn’t connected to those three. It is a standalone and it is sort of a throwback to the old MySpace days. Unless Gaggle and Bong decide to algorithm us out of existence, tags in posts can be found via search engines.

This blog exists to showcase The Chris Thomas Files, history, my photography and, any random thoughts that pop out of my head and land on the page…for better or worse.

Rule Four:

  1. I am not good at giving advice. I am much better with random sarcastic remarks.
  2. Blog about what you love. “If you build it, he [they] will come.”

Rule Five:
Britchy’s Bitchin’ In The Kitchen [Eighth nomination]
H@rdip’s Marvellous Pages [Fourth nomination]
Mike Metzer’s Life As A Small Sparrow
The Mad Truther’s A Sweet Dose of Reality [Excellent site but, not into blogging awards]
Marc-Andre’s Katzenworld [They have more awards than I can count]
Gun Roswell’s Rantings of a Third Kind [Tenth nomination]
Gary Loggins’ Cracked Rear Viewer
David Redpath’s Highway Bloggery
Kavita’s Sunshiny South African Site [Fourth nomination]

Rule Six:
Will do.