Hi, friends. Alli over at Hey Worms tagged me in something called the “Mystery Blogger Award.” I’m not sure what’s so mysterious about it, but it gives me a topic for this week’s post, and this was a busy week, away from my usual routine, so an award like this with the topic all spelled out for me is just what I need. By the way, go check out Alli’s page; you’ll be glad you did.
So I have to do all of this stuff:
- Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
(Done, see first paragraph)
- Mention the creator of the award
(The creator is someone called Okoto. I don’t follow Okoto’s site; maybe I should go check it out one of these days.)
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
- Nominate 10-20 people
- Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice
- Share the link to your best/favorite post of yours.
I guess I’m on the step where I have to tell three things about myself. I did another one of these blog award things a few months ago where I had to tell things about myself, so I’m not going to repeat any of those things.
- I’ve been to 112 different In-N-Out Burgers. In-N-Out Burger is a drive-thru burger place that started in the 1940s near Los Angeles. Their menu has stayed pretty simple over the years: burgers, fries, shakes, drinks, that’s it. No chicken nuggets or salads or kale and broccoli wraps with pine nuts or anything. They were exclusively located in southern California until the early 1990s; since then, they have expanded to over 300 locations in six states in the western and southwestern US. I had my first In-N-Out Burger in late 1997 and was instantly hooked. Two friends from college (one of whom was Jeff from 80isenough, a frequent commenter on this site) were talking about taking a road trip in the summer of 1998 to go to every single In-N-Out Burger in existence (there were 130 of them at the time). They never did it, but that inspired me to go to as many different ones as I could, just for fun. So if I’m on a road trip through a part of the country with In-N-Out Burger restaurants, I’ll take a little side trip to check one off my list, or sometimes I’ll go to two or three of them and only get one item at each one so I can check off more than one.
- I’ve never had kale, as far as I know. I make fun of kale all the time, but I don’t really have an opinion on it; it’s just easy to make fun of. Kale is basically the Nickelback of vegetables.
- Let’s see, how about one that isn’t about food… My first gray hair and my first kiss on the lips came in the same year, in that order. That could mean that I started getting gray hair unusually young, or that could mean I didn’t kiss anyone until I was older than most. I’ll let you decide which one you think is true.
I’m also supposed to answer questions that Alli asked to the people she nominated. For some reason, that isn’t on the list of things to do that I got. Hmm.
- What is one big decision you made in your life that could have changed everything? I’m not entirely sure about the wording of this question, but I’ll say that I quit my job in 2005, spent four months traveling trying to find myself, and eventually moved to where I am now. Had I not done that, I probably would have stayed in the same job where I was, as I gradually became more and more cynical and felt more and more out of place, and more and more disillusioned with Christianity since one of the major reasons I moved was because I couldn’t find a church. I probably would have reached my breaking point of being tired of life a few years later, when California was in a budget crisis and not hiring teachers. Maybe I would have moved out of state. Would that have been better or worse than the life I have now in the long run? I don’t know.
- Would you rather be poor and in love or rich without a partner? I can’t decide, because either one is an improvement over being poor without a partner. I should point out, though, that I’m really not poor from the perspective of how most people on planet Earth live. This is also a tough question because I don’t really don’t know what it feels like to be in love in a healthy way. I’ve experienced all of the pain of relationships with little to none of the good times. Even my five months in my late 20s with Vega the Nice Ex weren’t really representative of what it’s like to be in love, because that was a medium-distance relationship and we only saw each other in person a couple times a month. My gut instinct is to say I’d rather be poor and in love, but sometimes I wonder if maybe being in love isn’t right for me. I’d have someone around all the time. Would that be difficult for me as an introvert? I still tend to think that if I were really with the right person, we’d find a way to work it out. So I’ll go with poor and in love.
- What’s a fun fact you know that most might not? Are you kidding? Just one? I’m full of fun facts that most people might not know. I’ll go with this one that most of my real life friends have heard me say: “Business Route 80” in Sacramento (an old routing of Interstate 80 that has since been bypassed) is actually state highway 51 on paper. Caltrans doesn’t want to put 51 on signs, because apparently they think that this would be too confusing having highways 50 and 51 in the same city. Apparently having two different highway 80s in the same city is less confusing, but this kind of nonsense is typical of California’s state government.
- What is one of your favorite lyrics? My screen name on this and several other sites is literally one of my favorite lyrics, so I should probably go with that one.
Live a life less ordinary
Live a life extraordinary with me
— Carbon Leaf, “Life Less Ordinary” (2004)
- Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the chicken was moving with a velocity vector that intersected the line of the road, for enough time that the absolute value of the coordinate of this intersection point minus the coordinate of the chicken continued to decrease until it became negative.
Next, I have to nominate 10-20 people. I don’t like this step, because some people like doing these and some don’t. So I’ll nominate anyone reading this. If you want to do this post in your blog, or other social media site, go for it. And if you are, these are your five questions:
- What is one of your favorite bands that most people have not heard of?
- What was a time when something that happened in a way that you didn’t want ended up being better in the long run?
- If someone made a movie about your life, who should play you?
- Have you ever met someone in a really unusual, noteworthy, or humorous way, and ended up becoming really close with the other person? Tell me about it.
- Are we there yet?
And finally, I have to link to my favorite of my own posts. This is a hard one… but I’m probably going to go with #86, in which I discussed the correct pronunciation of the term “.gif.” People get so worked up over this, and it says some interesting things about us and language.