I’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:
- I’m an atheist (or agnostic atheist). I think we’ve outgrown mythology.
- I’m not just a geek, I’m a “superhero-action-figures-on-my-book-shelf-in-combat-poses” geek.
- I drive a 2017 Star Wars Limited Edition Nissan Rogue One. See #2.
- I drink a lot of beer, but it’s light beer, so it doesn’t seem like much.
- I am the youngest of 7, and the most religiously and politically divergent of the bunch.
- The smartest books I’ve ever read are both by Yuval Harari.
- 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!