Saturday, October 13, 2012

Again, With the Awards

Well, the Orioles lost last night, leaving the Yankees to move on to the last round, so there will be no further baseball posts for the year.  It was disappointing, as I’m sitting on two pairs of now-useless tickets for the AL Championship Series, but at least I’m getting $360 back, plus all that money not spent on beer.  It’s all good.  The O’s had a terrific year, making a strong playoff run, after having been picked by most everyone to finish last in their division (again).  I look forward to a strong 2013 season.

Leave it to my fellow bloggers to lift me back up out of the doldrums.  Last Thursday, blog friend Val of Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi threw me a couple of blog awards.  Somehow she knew, a day beforehand, that I’d need some cheering up.  This doesn't surprise me, because Val is completely insane.  I say that in the nicest way possible.  She’s the kind of person where I’d like to move into the house beside hers, just for the entertainment value.  I mean, who knew how much fun you could have with a mannequin arm?  Thanks, Val!

Anyway, she gave me 2 awards.  I already have the Versatile Blogger Award several times over, so I’ll just add her name to the “thank you” caption (down on the right-hand side of the page) and ignore all the rules.  This should surprise no one, because I almost always ignore award rules.  Unless I don’t.  (I've answered those questions before, anyway.)

The other award is the Liebster Award.  I don’t know the back-story for that one, but there were a number of rules with that one too. 

* Post 11 things about yourself.  Nope.  I've done this several times before, plus after almost 3 and a half years of writing this blog, is there anything you don’t know about me?

* Answer the 11 questions the person giving you the award has set for you.  Well, Val didn't specify any questions, but I’ll answer the ones she was asked, because they look interesting.

* Choose 11 people to whom you forward the award.  Nah.  To me it’s like assigning homework.  Not my place.

* Create 11 questions for those you give the award.  See above.

So I've accepted the questions… let’s go…

1) Do you have any phobias?  Several, but the one that comes into play most often is calling strangers or businesses on the phone.  I will do most anything to avoid making calls to people I don’t know.  It’s crazy.  But that’s why they call it a phobia.  I’m looking forward to becoming filthy rich… then it will just be a quirk.

2) What’s your favorite season?  Fall, of course.  Crisp air, bright colors, my birthday, Halloween, football and hockey start up. (Well, maybe not this year for the hockey.)

3) What’s the inspiration behind your blog title?  It sums up my attitude toward religion and social conservatism.  I believe in science over mythology and that colors most everything I do.  (Except for game jersey mojo, of course.  But even then I gather and analyze data.)

4) Where is your favorite place to shop?  No clutter, no rude people or clerks, and I can dress like a schlub without worrying about becoming one of the People of WalMart.

5) What’s your favorite food?  My home made pork chops, (Baltimore “Little Italy “ restaurant) Sabatino’s chicken parm, Pittsburgh fish sandwiches and Pinky’s lasagna.  German chocolate cake for dessert.  Or cherry pie.

6) Do you have a favorite room or spot in the house?  The reclining seat on the end of my sectional sofa.  That’s my spot.  I like it there so much that when I have to leave it to go back to work after Christmas vacation, I suffer post partum depression.

7) Do you have a favorite quote? See the next section.

8) What made you start blogging? I've always felt the need to write. Before PCs were invented (or at least before I had one) I used to keep a journal, on and off for years.  And I enjoyed reading blogs (after I had a PC) but never felt qualified to do one myself.  But reading PittGirl’s The Burgh Blog, which later became That’s Church, inspired me to give it a shot myself.  I didn't think I’d ever be very good at it, but it made me want to try.  It’s still a work in progress.

9) Do you have a Facebook page for your blog? No, early on, I decided to keep my blog life separate from my personal “Facebook” life.  Mingling the two would force me to have to argue with family and friends, which is something I’m much happier avoiding.

10) Do you have any bad habits? Yes, many.  The one I’ll list here is that I procrastinate like crazy; especially any time I need to do something that I know will be a hassle.

11) What is your dream job or career?  I’d love to be a comedy writer, where I could collaborate with other like minds to produce something truly funny. 

One of the things Val did with her Versatile Blogger Award rules was that for the “7 Things About Me” part, she used movie quotes.  I like that, so I’ll do that too.  Only they’re not really “about me,” they’re just movie quotes I like.  See, even when I follow the rules, I still don’t follow the rules.  But I love movie stuff…

She didn't specify where they were from, so I won’t either, if you care to guess.  To me, they’re pretty obvious.  I’m not trying to go esoteric here… it’s just stuff I like.

Favorite Bluzdude Movie Quotes
* A riot is an ugly thing… and… I think that it is just about time that we had one!

* No more yankee my wankee… The Donger need food!

* I’m sorry I called you ‘Meatloaf,’ Jack.

* Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

* Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, we’ll have a few laughs…

* It’s K-K-K-Ken, c-c-c-coming to k-k-kill me!

* We at the FBI don’t have a sense of humor, that we’re aware of.

* First learn ‘stand,’ then learn ‘fly.’

* I love quick-time harch.

* I’m not bad… I’m just drawn that way.

* The only wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing.
   That’s us, dude!

* Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K. (Bonus quote from the same movie)

*Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?

*Shit!  I've got five terrorists going southeast on Bakalakadaka Street!

*Back when we first met, you were all like, ‘Oh phooey, I burned the darn muffins!’  Now you go into a bar, ten minutes later, sailors come running out.  What’s up with that?

* What Jefferson was saying was, ‘Hey!  You know we left this England place ‘cause it was bogus; so if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves, pronto, we’ll just be bogus too.’ Yea?

* Remember what the MPAA says; ‘Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don’t say any naughty words.’

* So, you think you could out-clever us French folk with your silly knees-bent, running about advancing behavior?  I wave my private parts at your aunties, you cheesy lot of second hand electric donkey bottom biters!

* Mongo only pawn, in game of life.

I had to close with that one.  Rest in peace, Alex Karras. 


Mary Ann said...

"Mongo Straight!" Safe On, Mongo Alex.
Have you found what "Leibster" means? Leib means love so maybe that's a clue.
Congratulations on your new awards. If you answer any more questions, you will have a whole autobiography. How 'bout I SURVIVED PARMA for a working title.

bluzdude said...

I already have the title picked out for any prospective book I write... The Ramblings of a Regular Guy in a Lead-Free World.

Facie said...

Sorry about your O's, man, but good to look on the bright side.

I will have to check back later to see if anyone (or you) lists what movies those quotes are from. I have heard of only a few of them and recognize only the one from "Sixteen Candles" (well, I have to assume the Clarice/lamb one is from SOTL). My dad used crack up laughing every time he heard or thought about Molly Ringwald's exchange with her dad when she said, "Mike thinks I'm a dork," and the dad replied, "Mike IS a dork." I loved just about every John Hughes movie.

bluzdude said...

Yeah, big picture, there's a huge bright side. The O's had a great big improvement over last season (and the prior 14 too). They brought post season excitement back to town and put some unexpected dollars in the hands of local merchants.

I always loved 16 Candles. I had a hard time picking a line from it, but I went with the one that my friends and I use most often... When we're ready to go to lunch, the email will go out... "Donger need food." (We leave the yankee my wankee part out of the company email.)

In a couple of days, I'll add a comment to ID all the lines, if someone else doesn't do it first.

Anonymous said...

Well OBVIOUSLY they are ALL from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure!! Pfft. Anyone would know that. ;)

So sad for the O's, but I agree about the great season and yay for playoffs and all that. Looking at the possiblity of once again getting season tix for next year. We had them years ago, around the same spot we were sitting in for the playoff game, but they just got so so bad and hard to watch, and then we had kids and were too busy, yada yada yada. But now might be a good time to do it again. The hubs and my 10 year anniversary is this Friday and I'm brainstorming presents (I have no idea what you are talking about with that procrastination thing . . . nope, none at all!), so I'm thinking that might be the one. Although I can't buy them yet, so hmph. Still thinking about it. If I do, I'll let you know any games we can't go to, as I'm sure there will be plenty.

bluzdude said...

You're probably too young to have seen some of those, and are far too refined to have seen some of the others. (You have some catching up to do!)

The O's website says you can put down a deposit on a season package for next year. And by all means, if you have extra tickets, do let me know! (Although it will be helpful if you let me know a day ahead... I hate going to the game in my work slacks. (or something orange.)

Mistyslaws said...

I actually recognize quite a few. I'm not as refined as you think I am! ;) I don't wanna ruin it for anyone who might wanna guess, though.

bluzdude said...

Ach! My illusions are ruined!

Feel free to guess... I'm anyone else is going to,take a shot, it will be before they get this far, I'm sure.

Valerie said...

YAY!!! I'm so glad you liked the awards. Also, I LOVE MOVIE QUOTES! And I know most of them, because I'm awesome like that. ;o)



bluzdude said...

The movie quotes were a great idea, which I was only too happy to steal from you. Thanks for being that awesome.

But this reminds me… I should really attribute the quotes now… Ahem...

"Riot is an ugly thing..." Inspector Kemp from Young Frankenstein. And it's better win his indecipherable accent.

"Yankee my wankee... The Donger, from 16 Candles.

"Sorry I called you Meatloaf..." David, from American Werewolf in London, to his dead friend, who keeps appearing to him in various states of decomposition.

"Fat, drunk and stupid..." Classic wisdom from Dean Wormer in Animal House.

"Come out to the coast..." John McLean, talking to himself while crawling through a filthy air duct, in Die Hard.

"It's K-k-k-k-Ken..." Otto, to his stuttering would-be assassin in A Fish Called Wanda.

"We at the FBI don't have a sense of humor..." A deadpan Agent K of the Men in Black.

"First learn 'stand'..." Mr Miagi from The Karate Kid.

"I love quick-time harch." The late, great Madeline Kahn as Queen Nympho in Mel Brooks History of the World, watching half-naked soldiers march out.

"I'm just drawn that way..." My favorite line from Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

"The only wisdom is knowing that you know nothing," plus "Circle K..." Brilliance from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, one of the all time great "stupid" movies.

"...have the lambs stopped screaming?" Deliciously delivered by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.

"6 terrorists going southeast on Bakalakadaka St..." From the twisted marionette adventure Team America-World Police.

"...Oh phooey, I burned the darned muffins." Samuel L Jackson from The Long Kiss Goodnight. And any line becomes a classic when it's said by Sam Jackson.

"...we left this England place because it was bogus..." A history lesson from a stoned Sean Penn playing Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

"... horrific deplorable violence is OK..." Sheila Broflofski, aka Kyle's Mom, in South Park- Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

"...out clever us French folk..." A brilliant John Cleese as the French Taunter in the unforgettable Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

"Mongo only pawn in game of life." The late Alex Karras as Mongo, from Blazing Saddles.