Monday, November 23, 2009

Awards are silly....but

Marla from Butts and Ashes recently flicked an award my way (get it, Butts & Ashes...flicked). God, if I have to explain it, it must be crap. Well, that's my sense of humor. A little sick. A little twisted. A little dark. A lot stupid. No apologies because that's just the way I'm wired.

While the award has an insipidly ridiculous illustration that drips with cuteness (I hate cuteness), I accept it in the spirit it was given. Apparently, something in the way I write attracted Marla and led her to think I deserved this award. Perhaps she had already given awards to all of the other blogs she reads and I was the only one left give one to. Or maybe, she felt sorry for me. Regardless, having accepted this award I must now tell Seven things about myself than no one may know.

1. I sang in school (you know - choir) until my Sophomore year in college, when an instructor finally figured out I didn't know how to read music. Hey! I had a great ear and a pretty decent voice.
2. I am a cancer survivor. Okay, anyone who has read my blog over the last few months already knows this, but I like to crowbar it in because it gives me an opportunity to tell anyone who reads this to GO GET A COLONOSCOPY it could save your life.
3. Years ago I actually got paid to write. I was a copywriter and publicity writer for an advertising agency. It is also how I lost my love for writing. Took me almost two decades to realize how much I missed it. Now I write for me - not some client...or you for that matter.
4. I was raised to think that what I did is who I was, so work for me was everything and it dictated my moods and controlled my psyche. It almost cost me my family. Today, I am happy just being me and putting family and friends first. Happiness is an inside job.
5. I have seen shadow people. 'Nuf said. Maybe there's a blog in there somewhere.
6. My dog is a pit bull and he is a wonderful, sweet dog who loves people - at every meal - OK, just kidding about the every meal part. I believe animals are a reflection of their owners and if you teach your dog to be mean, it will be mean - lab, golden, pitty, whatever.
7. I am a huge Oregon State Beavers fan and they play on December 3 against their in-state rival for a chance to go to the Rose Bowl. Send them good thoughts or I'll come and burn down your house. Just kidding. I might whizz in your backyard, but I would never burn down your house. Go Beavs!
So who do I bestow this award upon now? I'm thinking Big JeNN at This is Now. I like her. She rides a Harley, loves her husband and family and has a healthy view of life. There are others I would also consider this for, but I can only choose one.
Thanks again, Marla. This was actually fun. (Except for having to put that flowery GD award logo on my blog. I am so embarrassed. I will have to check myself later to make sure I still have all my man parts.)


Shadow said...

....and this is how i get to know you. congratulations on the award!

Nessa said...

Oh, you are such a girly man now.

Thanksgiving MeMe

The Peach Tart said...

Congratulations on the award.

the walking man said...

Brother you can come and piss in my backyard anytime. But make sure you can hold it for the 6 hour flight.

Maude Lynn said...

Congratulations on the award!

I totally relate to #4. It's a hard mindset to break out of.

Brian Miller said...

wonderful...shadow people? i am intrigued.

congrats on being a survivor!

and for the award!

Unknown said...

These were great! Nice award...very cute! LOL!

I am a HUGE Ducks fan!!! Graduated U of O many moons ago...

Thanks for sharing these with us too...I think maybe it's something in Oregon that we are wired quirky!


GEM said...

Congratulations! You are so interesting. Being an ex-smoker, I got the "flicked."

:) Green-Eyed Momster

Matty said...

Wow. A cancer surviving former writer who sings to his dog when he sees things. Who knew.

Congratulations on the award.

big Jenn said...

Your timing is psychic. I left something for you on my blog.jeNN

Marla said...

Monkey ~

I also hate cuteness and prefer sick and twisted. This must be what attracted me to your writing. I'm just saying, so for that alone, you definately deserve this award. As for feeling sorry for you .... maybe just a little seeing this cuteness on your blog. Poor, monkey man.

Keep writing because it is surely worth reading!

Claudya Martinez said...

"While the award has an insipidly ridiculous illustration that drips with cuteness..." is just such a gracious way to accept any award. I hope one day when I am watching the Oscars someone starts their acceptance speech with something similar. Perhaps, "While the award depicts an insipid anatomically incorrect square-jawed gold drenched man that I loathe to display in my home..."

Cameron said...

ok, congrats on the award, it's cutesy, but that is ok, monkeys can like cutesy once in awhile! Also, congrats on being a cancer survivor. And, also what are shadow people, you better post on that!!! like ghosts or what?!?!?!?!
happy turkey day

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

You are our Monkey man what else is there to be said?

Soft love,

G-Man said...

I've always loved beavers..
So cute, so furry, so fun!!!