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…10 it is.)
[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] Rakkelle
[4] Badfinger
[5] Hans
[6] Single Dad
[7] Past Due
[8] Lander
[9] J T Twissel
[10] 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.
  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]
Ash’s Lucid Being
H@rdip’s Marvellous Pages [Fourth nomination]
Lady Emily Rose’s Knight of Angels [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]
Prof77’s Dregs of the Future [Been blogging nearly as long as I have and, also, not into blogging awards]
Michele’s The Hippy Chic [Third nomination]
Marc-Andre’s Katzenworld [They have more awards than I can count]
Gun Roswell’s Rantings of a Third Kind [Tenth nomination]
J. Tolbert’s It’s Not Complicated
Liz’s Under My Skin [Fourth nomination]
Gary Loggins’ Cracked Rear Viewer
David Redpath’s Highway Bloggery
Kavita’s Sunshiny South African Site [Fourth nomination]

Rule Six:
Will do.


Sunshine Blogger

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I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by fellow blogger H@rdip. Check him out. Thank you, love. I actually had to dig around to see what this was. It appears to be a blogging community way of saying “Hello. I like your blog.” and, the logo & questions change from blog to blog.

This is how it works…


  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
  • List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

My answers to H@rdip’s questions:

  1. Why did you start the blog?
  2. This blog is my third attempt to share. My first one was started in 2008 (I told you 2010 but, remembered, later, that it was earlier) and was pretty much all political. I’m not a political animal anymore…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.

  3. Do you have any long-term goals for your blog. If yes, what are they?
  4. I’m at the age that I view long-term goals as mere suggestions…for blogs or anything else. Living in the moment, instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, is a much easier place to be. That being said, I like to write, take pictures and “observe” my world. Sometimes, I share my thoughts and if my perspective helps someone, so much the better.

  5. What is your favorite pastime and why?
  6. Reading. I am voracious reader as I am curious about damn near everything.

  7. What is your number one go-to movie and why?
  8. OY. That is a tough question. I love many, many movies. I can list five movies that I could watch over and over, again (and have, many times):

    • The Ghost & Mrs. Muir…because love transcends life & death.
    • The Wizard of Oz…because there is no place like home (and everyone should visit this place: Land of Oz).
    • Grease…because it came out when I was a “tween” and I was a screaming Olivia Newton-John fan. And, high school should be that much fun.
    • Oblivion…because love transcends life, death & DNA.
    • Contact…because…

      “I’ll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us… seems like an awful waste of space. Right?”

  9. If you could do anything, what would it be?
  10. “Hey, hey, I wanna be a rock star…”

  11. Who inspires you and why?
  12. Chris Thomas. There is a reason I maintain a page for him.

  13. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  14. That’s not a question and I’m not good at giving advice. I will encourage any blogger to express themselves in whatever way suits them. Everyone has likes & dislikes. Everyone has an opinion. It is innately human to want to share.

  15. What is your favorite type of music?
  16. I love all genres of music…some more than others. I can say that I prefer my music analog. Digital has no soul.

  17. Who were you in a different life?
  18. A nineteen year old man that took a round in the left shoulder and died of disease in WWI.

  19. What is your favorite book and why?
  20. Synthesis from Chris Thomas…because it was his last book and a wonderful synopsis of his previous work. I would encourage anyone to read it and his 10 earlier books. You will need a very open mind, tho…

  21. What does the “Sunshine Blogger Award” mean to you?
  22. Up until my nomination, I had never heard of it. It is kind of H@rdip to nominate me. I hope I continue to provide positive things for all who stop here.

Unfortunately, after all that, I can’t come up with 11 other bloggers to nominate as I just returned to the blogosphere, myself, just two short weeks ago. I have been absent for nearly four years.

I do like these few blogs and I will notify them of my reading affection. But, I haven’t been here long enough to properly “nominate & ask questions”. I will leave it entirely up to them if they wish to proceed:
Harsh Reality…for shining light into his own world.
The Darkest Tunnel…for shining light into her chaos.
Little Fears…for shining light on what might scare us.
Mani…for lighting a new candle.
James Radcliffe…for starting a fire.