Versatility is King

versatility is kingI’m sure you signed on today expecting a review of an incredible Super Bowl, a rebuke of the un-American idea of a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, a tribute to Falcon Heavy, or something exalting about Mrs C leading up to the annual Day of Love.

Sorry to disappoint.

To please the congregation, I’ll say something quick about each one and then move on to today’s topic.

  • The Super Bowl was among the best of all time. Congratulations to Eagles fans on their first ever Super Bowl victory. Most yardage in an NFL game ever. But, next year, the refs need to show up, too. We have recently redefined the “catch” in the NFL, but we have not redefined “the hold,” “the interference,” or “the out of bounds marker.” It’s the greatest game on Earth, but it is not the Arena League. When the officials don’t play, the scores are artificial. The score in the Super Bowl was artificial. Fun to watch, though.
  • Dictatorships love to display their toys to the world. The United States has the most toys. Given. But we don’t want a dictator, we don’t need to display our wares, it’s a waste of time and money and, anyway, we should stand for peace, not war. Donald Trump will not be happy until he has the authority of Kim Jong Un. His most ardent followers won’t be happy until we have shelved democracy, altogether.
  • Watching those boosters land at Cape Canaveral was like watching science fiction, live. Elon Musk has brought back the space age and reminded us that the future of mankind is in looking ahead, not behind. Instead of focusing on making anything dubiously great ”again,” we should be following Starman’s lead, and boldly go where no one has gone before. Let our parades celebrate a better destiny for us all, not a chest-thumping maniac’s nuclear wet dreams.
  • Mrs C made tacos last night, and they were sublime. That after surviving an intense power struggle in her workplace last week. And hosting a Super Bowl gathering like a boss. We watched The Avengers together again, last night, like all happy couples should do one week before Valentine’s Day. Maybe next week it’ll be GotG, mock drafts, a full-on coup, and enchiladas. Oh, and flowers. Definitely there will be flowers.

But none of that is why I’m here today. That was primer. Filler. That was for you. I’m always thinking of you.


I’m here today to thank the inimitably delightful Brooke Breazeale of A Gypsy’s Tale for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! I was absolutely touched by her appreciation for my blog. Brooke is a “writer, passionate humanitarian, concerned global citizen, and dedicated activist.” She’s a crusader, with a heart of gold. I’m proud to call her friend.

In following the rules of the nomination, here are 15 more bloggers I recommend (in alphabetical order):

A Light Circle by M.P. Baecker

A Clash of Heroes by Armond Boudreaux

Badparentingweb by Justin

Bojana’s Coffee and Confessions to Go by Bojana

Damn, Girl, Get Your Shit Together by DGGYST

Dylan Andersen by Dylan Andersen

Fmumble by Trace-blogs

Greg Fallis by Greg Fallis

Healthy Living for Hot Messes by MandiEm

MS Graceful…NOT! By Grace Fullnot

Musings of Old Man Joe by Old Man Joe

Naturally Calamity Jane by Nicola Jane

Out and About by Miriam

Superman Can’t Find a Phone Booth by on the level

The Rise and Fall of Harry Hamid by Harry Hamid

There many, many more, including all the ones that Brooke suggested in her own nomination (I tried not to duplicate), and so many worthy candidates on the web. I know I missed some crucial ones, that I enjoy immensely. I hope some I have nominated will nominate some of them.

You’ll see, in viewing these blogs, that I enjoy uplifting, insightful, interactive commentary. In following my own prime directive, “delight in life,” I admire the way these folks reflect upon the world in stunningly delightful ways. They push me to new perspectives. I hope I reciprocate even a fraction of the same.

I followed the rules, this time, just for fun. 😊 Each of you may, if you wish, or not. But please visit each other’s blogs and learn what I already know. You all rock.

And, now, the last part of the nomination. 7 things about Tom:

  1. I’m an atheist (or agnostic atheist). I think we’ve outgrown mythology.
  2. I’m not just a geek, I’m a “superhero-action-figures-on-my-book-shelf-in-combat-poses” geek.
  3. I drive a 2017 Star Wars Limited Edition Nissan Rogue One. See #2.
  4. I drink a lot of beer, but it’s light beer, so it doesn’t seem like much.
  5. I am the youngest of 7, and the most religiously and politically divergent of the bunch.
  6. The smartest books I’ve ever read are both by Yuval Harari.
  7. I had a blog in 2003 for a couple months. Or, really, an about.com-like page. It was about football. I wrote several articles, won a prestigious award for excellence on the site, and then quit writing for 13 years.

Hope you enjoyed that. Thank you for stopping by, and please visit all the others. Vive la resistance!

54 comments on Versatility is King

      1. It’s a WordPress conspiracy!

        Did either of you recently or previously click that “Follow Tom Being Tom” button in the right-hand menu, the one with the WordPress logo on it? I think it’s blue…

  1. Thank you so much!! I have been on a short hiatus and now you’ve just kicked my butt back in action!!! Had a little set back, but you can read about it in the upcoming weeks 🙂 Great game on Sunday…still hurting a bit, but I guess someone else should get a chance to win 😉 I will both answer this nomination and also check out everyone’s blogs…can’t wait to re-enter the blogosphere!! Thank you so much…you both inspire and delight!!

    1. I noticed a lull in activity from ya; happy to see you back in the swing! Sorry about the setback, and the Pats stumble. Hope all is well. ❤️

      Thank you for the kind words. Looking forward to your update, and to seeing you around the ‘sphere!

    2. HI JANE!!! I see that you found your way over to my blog today, and now know that I have Tom to thank for that… I hope I don’t disappoint…my last couple blogs are not the norm, since I am literally talking about shit, but I will try to live up to his recommendation

    1. Thank you, Susan! You know “Stories From the Edge…” would have been on this list (along with the Wulf) if you hadn’t already been so deservedly mentioned by Brooke. What a community, sister!

      1. Thank you!!! It is so cool!!!!!! I have been on wordpress for a long time, but I never knew what it could be until I found all of you guys!!!!!

  2. You may “unfriend” me after this but I felt it important to share my comments on the super bowl, since you mentioned it. I had it on in the background because I’m one of those that likes the commercials and half time show. (well last years show with lady gaga was impressive) This year however, while I was indulging in some light beer myself, (I was also fighting with Einstein) 🙁 and as a result I only actually watched the last quarter. To tell you how much I don’t know about football, in the last quarter I said ” If they don’t let that green guys touchdown stick, I am NEVER watching football again”, … those are my comments on the superbowl.
    Next Topic
    Congratulations on your award and Thank you so much for mentioning my name, I do feel very honored that you like to hear what I have to say, and I assure you the feeling is mutual.

    1. Awesome, good to hear, Grace… thank you! You have the distinction of being the only blogger to add me on Facebook, so we’re “friends” in more ways than one!

      And we will remain that way. I don’t know if that green guy’s touchdown should have stuck, but I am proud of the green guys for getting their first ever Super Bowl ring. I’m a big fan of some of the players on that team, notably Carson Wentz (whom my Rams took out for the season) and Chris Long. I also have several friends who are, inexplicably, big Eagles fans. So … I don’t know … can I use “dilly dilly!” right here? 😉

  3. Tom, umm…I think we might have a problem. Did you say football is the greatest game on earth? Pfff. Dude, the greatest game takes place on skates, and ahh, Wayne Gretzky is the GREATEST ATHLETE OF ALL TIME!! Sheesh. Get it together, eh?! Okay, I feel better now.

    Your award was well-deserved, and I am looking forward to checking out your nominees! I am proud to be a member of the Tom fan club!

    1. Did you just “Pfff” me?! 🤣

      Tanya, it’s hard to argue against Gretzky being the greatest anything of all time; talk about a legend! Just understand that, often, when I make sweeping statements of finality like “Superman can beat the Hulk anytime, hands down!” I leave out acronyms like “IMO” or prefixes like “I think,” but they are inferred. I mean, I’m just Tom, being Tom, after all. 😉

      So don’t take it to heart when I say “Todd Gurley is a better athlete than Wayne Gretzky ever was!” because I really mean it’s what I think, IMO. 😎

      Thank you so much for your kind words, your amazing good nature, and just for being Tanya, Tanya. You, my sister, rock! 👏👏👏

  4. Congrats Tom! The more people that read your blog, the more happy they’ll be in my opinion!!

    Thanks also for the nomination. I’ve had a total of 4 nominations now in the past few months, but don’t know quite how to deal with it. I don’t want to say I’m an “award free” blog because I do really love being mentioned, but I am not fond of chain mails or questionnaires. I think I might just address this in one big post….decisions….decisions. Your summations for the week are so top notch, I am with you on all of those points! 😂 My fellow brother out of seven!

    1. Thank you, Sister of Six! 🤣

      Dang it, I forget the order. I’m 7 of 7 and you’re … 4 of 7? Clarification, please; the memory fails. 😉

      Thank you, MP, for the incredible compliment. “… the more that read your blog, the more happy they’ll be …” is one of the finest things ever said. I hope to help people rise from the funk of life, and delight in it’s absolute splendor. Is that too ambitious? 🤨

      I completely feel you on the awards thing. I don’t want to make folks feel they have to produce chains (I am, in all honesty, against them, too), but I like the opportunity to recognize my esteemed peers. So, I’ll take it case by case, as they come. A summation post sounds marvelous! 👏👏👏

  5. I’m #5, you’re #7, I think we need to make team jerseys for our families! My mom could never get our names right😂, there were just so many of us! I always answered to “Hey you!” I wonder how many people in the world belong to this 7 children club🤔…that’s my deep thought for the day. It’s like we’re the Justice League or in Sense 8 where there’s an odd connection between us all over the world! Maybe we’re all super heroes, the stress of growing up in the crowd was like a crucible that brought out our super powers, I like to think so! (I’m also a very proud GEEK by the way! If you haven’t noticed that already😜),

    1. Ah, I was close! 🤣 My mother always called me Robert-Carole-Linda-David-Lida-Andy … Tom!

      It’s hard to remember who’s who for a mother with many. 😉

      I really like the Justice League reference! Whenever we are all together in one place (about every two years) I call it a reunion of the Big Seven, which also happens to be the nickname for the founding members of the JLA. 😊

      I guess the additional stress of being the youngest is what made me the most powerful member of the team. 😁

  6. Honored to be included and thank you very much for the kudos! Good thing I made sure to read this article…

    I’m curious about the title and content of the two books by author you mentioned that I’m too lazy to scroll back up and reread the name of. Hara kiri?

    Glad to hear we have some common ground with beer, literature, divergent thought, and agnostic atheism (I could never decide between the two, which certainly sounds agnostic).

    Write on, Writist!

    1. Sapiens and Homo Deus, by Yuval Harari. Amazing stuff.

      I’ve always considered myself an agnostic, but it was easier to describe myself as atheist to others. I wondered, though, if there was a third category, and I found it in agnostic atheism. Essentially it boils down to a strong belief that there are no deities, but an understanding that there is no way for us to really know.

      Thank you for reading, and continuing to be a bad ass! Stay divergent!

  7. Thanks so much for Including me!! I don’t do awards anymore because once I got flooded with like 6 of them that I couldn’t keep up with but I always participate on social media!
    I am so happy though to have found some communit in blogging though. I didn’t pay any attention to WordPress for months and blogger communities elsewhere many of the people seem in it for themselves rather than making connections. Some of the most talented writers I have ever come across are on WordPress too. My only beef is I don’t have enough time to read and comment on all the blogs I adore!!!

    1. I know the feeling, Mandi! 😂

      All we can do, is do our best, and spread the word about each other until none of us have the time to follow each other, anymore! 😎

      Wait, I don’t like the direction that took, at all. 😉

      Sister, I don’t blame ya for not doing awards; they can be time-consuming. If the buck (or chain) stops right here with Tom Being Tom, then I’m okay with that. I just thrill at the chance to spread the word of glorious blogs such as yours! 🙂

  8. Holy crap! 7!! Catholic? eeeeh, mormon? Are you child free like me? I love superhero movies…like, too much, but ( don’t judge me) I can’t read comic books….literally. LIke, my brain cannot keep the order straight. And I know you just read left to right like always, but it is a constant struggle! weird right? Thank you for the nomination!!!

    1. Totally child free! I got the furry ones for my house, and I had hundreds of thousands of nieces and nephews growing up to fill the human void. Okay, maybe a dozen. Then they had kids, and there was,like, millions of them around. 😇

      I don’t believe religion played a part in the abundance of our brood. I suspect sex did. 😉

      I’m trying to wrap my head around the inability to read comic books. 🤔 Très bizarre, as the French might say!

      Well deserved, sister. I wish, for you, I could do more! ☕ 🥂 🍻

  9. Wonderful to find out more about you Tom. The youngest of seven, whoah. And what a delightful surprise to find my name mentioned here amongst all of your inspiring blogger friends. I haven’t done awards in a long time but I truly appreciate the mention. Thank you kindly 🙂

  10. I somehow missed this post when it came down last week. Now I am going to have to spend my evening going through the (other) pages you recommended. Which is great. Finding good blogs to read not always easy, and I look forward to to it.

    Congrats!

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