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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?

Wayback Wednesday: Apple iTunes & iPhones

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January 9 has been a very special day to Apple, Inc. On this day in 2001, Apple announced iTunes at MacWorld San Francisco, an application for Internet radio, music playing, ripping music from CDs and maintaining a library. The software ran on MacOS and Windows and, in 2003, you could download media from the iTunes Store. In 2005, Apple extended functionality for video and podcasts…University lectures in 2007 and, books in 2010. iTunes Radio, free music streaming, came in 2013 followed by Apple Music, paid music streaming, in 2015.

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Apple has come under criticism for its digital rights management (DRM) encryption FairPlay. The protection of the music greatly limited what devices could play the files and brought about a movement to remove the restrictions. Steve Jobs penned an open letter to the music industry in February 2007. By April, non-DRM music appeared for download and the entire music catalog was DRM-free in January 2009.

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On this day in 2007, Apple announced their first smartphone…again, at the MacWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Quote from Steve Jobs:

“This is a day that I have been looking forward to for two and a half years. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.”

From Wikipedia:
Apple created the device during a secretive and unprecedented collaboration with AT&T, formerly Cingular Wireless. The development cost of the collaboration was estimated to have been $150 million over a thirty-month period. Apple rejected the “design by committee” approach that had yielded the Motorola ROKR E1, a largely unsuccessful collaboration with Motorola. Instead, Cingular Wireless gave Apple the liberty to develop the iPhone’s hardware and software in-house. The whole effort was called Project Purple 2 and began in 2005. Six weeks before the iPhone was to be released, the plastic screen was replaced with a glass one, after Jobs was upset that the screen of the prototype he was carrying in his pocket had been scratched by his keys.

With the iPhone X costing $1,000 dollars, Apple rules the world.

Shutterbug Saturday: 2018 Christmas Local Part II

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Beautiful home a block away.

Part II of 2018 Christmas reflections.

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Cute house across the street.
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First Baptist Church around the corner. Est. 1853
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First Baptist Church side entrance.
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Nash-Hooper House
Registered National Historic Landmark
Built in 1772 by Francis Nash
Was home to William Hooper 1782-90
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Lovely home three blocks away.
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Recently restored 1920s home.
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Gorgeous bungalow across the street from the First Baptist Church.
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Christmas in a small town.
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Merry Christmas!

Foto Friday: 2018 Christmas Local

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Iron Reindeer & Sled

Foto Friday, local flair…something a little different from Shutterbug Saturday.

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The Crawford House
Iron Sled & Reindeer in the background.
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Santa @ The Old Courthouse
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Jolly Elf
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Methodist Church
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Efland-Forrest House
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Can you see the dinosaur with the Santa hat?
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Psalm & Scarf Tree in front of the Fire Station.
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Psalm 134:3
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Take if you have need…

More to come… ~Vic

National Hangover Day

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January 1 has three celebrations with New Year’s Day being the most obvious. It is also National Hangover Day, a time of global suffering after the New Year’s Eve parties all over the planet. Loud snoring, moans, groans, staggering and heaving noises can be heard in nearly every neighborhood. Lost cars, car keys, phones, glasses, shoes and, quite possibly, underwear befuddle the squinty-eyed masses. Trashcans overflowing with bottles, cans and party favors litter cities worldwide and returning garbage workers will, collectively, curse tomorrow, many still suffering from their own hangovers. It’s a great time to be alive. The folks at National Day Calendar have graciously provided everyone with a list of symptoms, preventive measures and cures.

History About The Day:

At a get together at the Oven and Tap, a restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas, in October of 2015, people were talking about National Days. The conversation then turned to what day on the calendar had little or no National Days attached to it. When it was announced that January 1 was only known as New Year’s Day, Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson both stated, simultaneously, that it should be National Hangover Day.

National Hangover Day was submitted by Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson in October 2015. The day was approved by the registrar of National Day Calendar in November of 2015.

Also celebrated:
National Bloody Mary Day (How àpropos…)

Cheers and enjoy!

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 29 & Day 30

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A song you remember from your childhood…

As the challenge comes to a close, this is the final post.

I’ve covered everything in the 70s back to 1972, specific to my childhood. Rolling back a little bit more, I remember liking these though I was very young.

1971


 

1970


 

1969


 

1968
I just barely remember this playing. I was so little but, it is burned into my young memory.


 

Past that, everything I know of music was learned later in life. The above are my earliest true music memories of what I liked, even as a child.

A song that reminds you of yourself…

I’ve never really found a song that reminded me of myself but, there are four songs I really identify with in terms of wandering thru life and the subsequent lessons.

The opening line to the movie:

“On a Saturday (March 24, 1984), five high school students report for all-day detention.”

This is my generation, though I was never in detention. I graduated in June 1984. Ditto Footloose


 

Also released during my senior year…


 


 

What I have turned into (tongue in cheek)…minus the nail-biting. *wink*

Chatting With Coffee

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Conversation Shaken, Not Stirred

Fellow blogger, Bottomless Coffee 007, is an aspiring voice/radio personality that invited me to a chat/podcast, yesterday. I was a little apprehensive at first, not knowing what to talk about but, as the conversation warmed up, an hour passed before I knew it. Should you decide to get comfortable and listen, I hope I don’t bore you. He asked me some very deep questions.

Check Coffee out. He is becoming a smooth operator on the ‘mic’. Thanks for the invite, sweetie. We will do it, again.

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