Fantastic 4

It’s been a long time since I started or took part in a meme, and on returning to blogging over the past few months after a period of time when I wrote little it would seem that maybe they aren’t as popular as they once were.    So I’m gonna try another one and invite each of you to take part.

We all write our blogs for different reasons, for me, it began as a place to explore my feelings and has changed a fair bit over time depending on what is happening in my life.   So just like ourselves our readers also come and go so there’s a good chance that most of you who visit this blog now have not dipped much, if at all, into my past posts.

I’m calling this meme the Fantastic 4 and the challenge is to choose 4 old posts that will tell us something about each other that we may not know if we are new readers.  So here are my 4 –

Blink of an eye revisited from 18 October 2008

The Heart of the Onion from 3 November 2007

Musical Memories from 21 June 2007

Remember when Mum said if you ate an apple core from 16 April 2009

This one is a Blog Hop so write your own Fantastic 4 post and leave the link below where it says “Click here to enter”.  And remember to leave some comments as you move around the blogs.

Blogs and change – The theme meme

I have tended lately to blog only when I have found the time to do so rather than make the time like I once did.  There are a few reasons for that, a busy job, a more settled life, and sometimes maybe a lack of inspiration.   I think all bloggers face that at times.   I once had delusions of being a writer and blogging was a vindication of that, there were plenty of visitors, a lot of comments and Technorati links of more than 100.

But it was hard work getting there, lots of memes done, linking to lots of people, some of whom I never read, commenting on as many blogs as possible in the hope that they would visit mine etc.  And the nature of my posts keeps changing – at one stage I was trying to maintain three separate blogs but since blogger allowed the feature of merging them into one, I did that.

Lack of time has also meant that I haven’t found as much time to visit those of you who I consider to be my blogging friends so first and formost I apologise for that.  I do still try and return the favour of commenting back on people’s blogs who show me the courtesy of doing the same and I try and visit those who follow me.   But instead of daily, that tends to be something of a weekly event.

If I was to line up every post on this blog and try and put them into a category I would say that the majority may fall into the reflective category, followed by current events in my life, things that have moved and or angered me, and a bit of whimsy thrown in now and then.   I once thought that there was a theme but I do tend to wander a bit more widely now in my thoguhts than I once did.  I think that I’ve let go of some of the loneliness and anger that categorised a lot of the early stuff but what I’m moving onto I will only know when I get there.

So if there is a meme to this post then let it be this.   Tell me what the theme of your blog is and how it has changed over time.  I tag all those who follow me, all those I follow and anyone else who is on my blogroll or who cares to comment.

7 Weird Things About me Meme – There are thongs and thongs

I’ve been tagged by Nina of The Alien Next Door with the “7 Weird Facts About me Meme”. She had been tagged by Mel at Monday Morning Power who had received her tag from Colin at Life. Colin had actually been tagged twice for the same meme, firstly by Lolli at So Cute Lovely Pixels and secondly by Joy at Ozlife Begins. And it is there that I will leave tracing back the genesis of this meme because It’s Australia Day and Joy is an Aussie.

So where to start with this one? I thought maybe the physical ought to dispose of a few weird facts.

1. I can’t bend the big toe on my right foot. When I was 10 years old I was out riding my bike and made the mistake of wearing thongs. Ha Ha! Just had a visual of what any Americans reading this post might be imagining so I better explain. In Australia thongs are footwear which I think you call flip flops. Anyway I had sweaty feet and my foot slipped off the pedal and got stuck dragging along the asphalt shredding my big toe down to the tendon. There wasn’t a lot of skin to stitch together so It grew back tight and I still can’t bend it.

Yes I know the picture is a bit gratuitous but I sorta figured it might boost traffic a little and I bet it got a few people wondering. But in the interests of balance and truth you can see I’ve included a picture of the real thing.

2. I used to get into trouble in the Police Academy for marching with bent arms when we were doing drill practice. Fact is though, that I have a congenital deformity in my elbows which means that the ball and socket don’t fit properly. Even fully straightened my arms have a bend of about 5-10 degrees.

3. I have 24 teeth in my mouth. For those who don’t know we are supposed to have 32. I had 4 removed to have braces put on my teeth and then 4 wisdom teeth taken out. Now you know why I may sound a bit thick at times.

4. I have kissed six women in my lifetime. Well actually three in adulthood, the others were during school days. Now that, if not weird, must be unusual for a bloke who has reached 50 years of age.

5. I am a qualified Palynologist. I think I’ve mentioned this a few times before but maybe before I actually had any readers. I’m not actually going to tell you what that is.

6. My favourite smell is petrichor. And to make it more interesting I’ll let you look that one up to.

7. I have this thing for weird words that start with “P”. But with a limited vocabulary you already know the extent of it.

Now I am going to tag some fellow Aussie bloggers given it is Australia Day, and I’m also going to pick out some people who I haven’t tagged before. So apologies to them if you don’t do memes or you think it may be another weird fact about me that I would tag relative strangers in the blogworld sense.

Magneto Bold Too

Elizabeth at Scarlet Words

Red at Sultana Blog

Joh at Joh Blogs Because I Can

Boneblower at Boneblowers World

Monkeybizness

Karen at Scraps of Mind

So if you do choose to participate folks the rules are you link back to me and then tag it forward to seven other people who may have some hidden weird facts worth knowing.

7 Weird Things About me Meme – There are thongs and thongs

I’ve been tagged by Nina of The Alien Next Door with the “7 Weird Facts About me Meme”. She had been tagged by Mel at Monday Morning Power who had received her tag from Colin at Life. Colin had actually been tagged twice for the same meme, firstly by Lolli at So Cute Lovely Pixels and secondly by Joy at Ozlife Begins. And it is there that I will leave tracing back the genesis of this meme because It’s Australia Day and Joy is an Aussie.

So where to start with this one? I thought maybe the physical ought to dispose of a few weird facts.

1. I can’t bend the big toe on my right foot. When I was 10 years old I was out riding my bike and made the mistake of wearing thongs. Ha Ha! Just had a visual of what any Americans reading this post might be imagining so I better explain. In Australia thongs are footwear which I think you call flip flops. Anyway I had sweaty feet and my foot slipped off the pedal and got stuck dragging along the asphalt shredding my big toe down to the tendon. There wasn’t a lot of skin to stitch together so It grew back tight and I still can’t bend it.

Yes I know the picture is a bit gratuitous but I sorta figured it might boost traffic a little and I bet it got a few people wondering. But in the interests of balance and truth you can see I’ve included a picture of the real thing.

2. I used to get into trouble in the Police Academy for marching with bent arms when we were doing drill practice. Fact is though, that I have a congenital deformity in my elbows which means that the ball and socket don’t fit properly. Even fully straightened my arms have a bend of about 5-10 degrees.

3. I have 24 teeth in my mouth. For those who don’t know we are supposed to have 32. I had 4 removed to have braces put on my teeth and then 4 wisdom teeth taken out. Now you know why I may sound a bit thick at times.

4. I have kissed six women in my lifetime. Well actually three in adulthood, the others were during school days. Now that, if not weird, must be unusual for a bloke who has reached 50 years of age.

5. I am a qualified Palynologist. I think I’ve mentioned this a few times before but maybe before I actually had any readers. I’m not actually going to tell you what that is.

6. My favourite smell is petrichor. And to make it more interesting I’ll let you look that one up to.

7. I have this thing for weird words that start with “P”. But with a limited vocabulary you already know the extent of it.

Now I am going to tag some fellow Aussie bloggers given it is Australia Day, and I’m also going to pick out some people who I haven’t tagged before. So apologies to them if you don’t do memes or you think it may be another weird fact about me that I would tag relative strangers in the blogworld sense.

Magneto Bold Too

Elizabeth at Scarlet Words

Red at Sultana Blog

Joh at Joh Blogs Because I Can

Boneblower at Boneblowers World

Monkeybizness

Karen at Scraps of Mind

So if you do choose to participate folks the rules are you link back to me and then tag it forward to seven other people who may have some hidden weird facts worth knowing.

7 Weird Things About me Meme – There are thongs and thongs

I’ve been tagged by Nina of The Alien Next Door with the “7 Weird Facts About me Meme”. She had been tagged by Mel at Monday Morning Power who had received her tag from Colin at Life. Colin had actually been tagged twice for the same meme, firstly by Lolli at So Cute Lovely Pixels and secondly by Joy at Ozlife Begins. And it is there that I will leave tracing back the genesis of this meme because It’s Australia Day and Joy is an Aussie.

So where to start with this one? I thought maybe the physical ought to dispose of a few weird facts.

1. I can’t bend the big toe on my right foot. When I was 10 years old I was out riding my bike and made the mistake of wearing thongs. Ha Ha! Just had a visual of what any Americans reading this post might be imagining so I better explain. In Australia thongs are footwear which I think you call flip flops. Anyway I had sweaty feet and my foot slipped off the pedal and got stuck dragging along the asphalt shredding my big toe down to the tendon. There wasn’t a lot of skin to stitch together so It grew back tight and I still can’t bend it.

Yes I know the picture is a bit gratuitous but I sorta figured it might boost traffic a little and I bet it got a few people wondering. But in the interests of balance and truth you can see I’ve included a picture of the real thing.

2. I used to get into trouble in the Police Academy for marching with bent arms when we were doing drill practice. Fact is though, that I have a congenital deformity in my elbows which means that the ball and socket don’t fit properly. Even fully straightened my arms have a bend of about 5-10 degrees.

3. I have 24 teeth in my mouth. For those who don’t know we are supposed to have 32. I had 4 removed to have braces put on my teeth and then 4 wisdom teeth taken out. Now you know why I may sound a bit thick at times.

4. I have kissed six women in my lifetime. Well actually three in adulthood, the others were during school days. Now that, if not weird, must be unusual for a bloke who has reached 50 years of age.

5. I am a qualified Palynologist. I think I’ve mentioned this a few times before but maybe before I actually had any readers. I’m not actually going to tell you what that is.

6. My favourite smell is petrichor. And to make it more interesting I’ll let you look that one up to.

7. I have this thing for weird words that start with “P”. But with a limited vocabulary you already know the extent of it.

Now I am going to tag some fellow Aussie bloggers given it is Australia Day, and I’m also going to pick out some people who I haven’t tagged before. So apologies to them if you don’t do memes or you think it may be another weird fact about me that I would tag relative strangers in the blogworld sense.

Magneto Bold Too

Elizabeth at Scarlet Words

Red at Sultana Blog

Joh at Joh Blogs Because I Can

Boneblower at Boneblowers World

Monkeybizness

Karen at Scraps of Mind

So if you do choose to participate folks the rules are you link back to me and then tag it forward to seven other people who may have some hidden weird facts worth knowing.

Six Degrees of Separation Meme

I thought I’d have a crack at making up a new meme, but it doesn’t involve you actually tagging anyone unless you wish to. I thought it would be a bit of fun to provide some links back to people who take the time to comment on blogs and maybe discover a few new ones as we do it. If you wish you can tell people that you’ve tagged them with 6 degrees of separation along the way.

Here’s the task.

1. Find the sixth last person to comment on your blog and visit them.
2. Find the sixth last person who commented on that blog and visit them. Then follow the link to the blog of the sixth last person who commented on that blog and so on till you get six blogs away from where you started.
3. Don’t visit your own blog of course.
4. When counting back through the commenters I decided not to include the owner of the blog. Nor did I count the same person twice.
5. Provide a link back to that post on your own blog.

Let’s see what new discoveries we can make to expand our own blog circles.

Here’s mine.

1. – The sixth last person to comment on my blog was Nascar and the Canadian Curmudgeon on my post Fickleness

2. His blog is Miscellaneous Ramblings and the sixth last person to comment on his blog was Drowsey Monkey on the post Redneck Fashun…Be Practical

3. Her Blog is Drowsey Monkey and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was Darlene on the post I wanna be a Koala

4. Her blog is Auntie Dar’s Life and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was Sugar Queens Dream on the post Birthday Wishes for Judy

5. Her blog is Sugar Queens Dream and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was fracas on the post John Believes in Me Contest

6. Her blog is fracas and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was linkylove on the post The Monday Melee

That’s certainly a mix of people and blogs that’s taken me outside those I normally check and provided me with some interesting reading. As I said above I won’t tag anyone so participate if you wish but leave a comment here if you do so I can look at where these travels take you.

Six Degrees of Separation Meme

I thought I’d have a crack at making up a new meme, but it doesn’t involve you actually tagging anyone unless you wish to. I thought it would be a bit of fun to provide some links back to people who take the time to comment on blogs and maybe discover a few new ones as we do it. If you wish you can tell people that you’ve tagged them with 6 degrees of separation along the way.

Here’s the task.

1. Find the sixth last person to comment on your blog and visit them.
2. Find the sixth last person who commented on that blog and visit them. Then follow the link to the blog of the sixth last person who commented on that blog and so on till you get six blogs away from where you started.
3. Don’t visit your own blog of course.
4. When counting back through the commenters I decided not to include the owner of the blog. Nor did I count the same person twice.
5. Provide a link back to that post on your own blog.

Let’s see what new discoveries we can make to expand our own blog circles.

Here’s mine.

1. – The sixth last person to comment on my blog was Nascar and the Canadian Curmudgeon on my post Fickleness

2. His blog is Miscellaneous Ramblings and the sixth last person to comment on his blog was Drowsey Monkey on the post Redneck Fashun…Be Practical

3. Her Blog is Drowsey Monkey and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was Darlene on the post I wanna be a Koala

4. Her blog is Auntie Dar’s Life and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was Sugar Queens Dream on the post Birthday Wishes for Judy

5. Her blog is Sugar Queens Dream and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was fracas on the post John Believes in Me Contest

6. Her blog is fracas and the sixth last person to comment on her blog was linkylove on the post The Monday Melee

That’s certainly a mix of people and blogs that’s taken me outside those I normally check and provided me with some interesting reading. As I said above I won’t tag anyone so participate if you wish but leave a comment here if you do so I can look at where these travels take you.

Magnificent Seven P’s Meme

I have been tagged by Wolfgang to participate in the “Magnificent Seven P’s” meme, which was created by WVb A blog about everything and more:

Passion: my kids
Purpose: to learn to live life to the full
Pursuit: of happiness
Position: changeable
Pummeling: my ego full of self respect
Progress: slow but sure
Personality: boring sometimes, calm, nerdish

And now, as usual when I complete memes I will tag five people who may choose to complete the meme if they so see fit, or not.

Angry Barcode at Intellectual Hedonism
Midlife Beginnings
Theresa at Sleeping Kitten Dancing Dog
Anne at The Rest of Me
Lady Penelope at Lady Penelope’s Thoughts

Magnificent Seven P’s Meme

I have been tagged by Wolfgang to participate in the “Magnificent Seven P’s” meme, which was created by WVb A blog about everything and more:

Passion: my kids
Purpose: to learn to live life to the full
Pursuit: of happiness
Position: changeable
Pummeling: my ego full of self respect
Progress: slow but sure
Personality: boring sometimes, calm, nerdish

And now, as usual when I complete memes I will tag five people who may choose to complete the meme if they so see fit, or not.

Angry Barcode at Intellectual Hedonism
Midlife Beginnings
Theresa at Sleeping Kitten Dancing Dog
Anne at The Rest of Me
Lady Penelope at Lady Penelope’s Thoughts

Morgan’s Meme

Here is another tag that is actually getting a bit long in the tooth for which I apologise. This one comes from Walks Far Woman over at Kissing the Dogwood.

So the instructions to the next five people we’re grilling! :)

1- Remove the blog from the top, move all blogs up one, and then add yourself to the bottom.
Homespun Honolulu,
Who’s Yo Mama
Life in the Fast Lane,
Sir Paul McCartney & The Beatles guest band purplemelon,
The Process of a Miracle,
Kissing The Dogwood,
Sunrays and Saturdays

2- Replace the last persons answers to all the questions with 5 of your own.

3- Pass this meme on to five fellow bloggers

************************************************************

What were you doing ten years ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 5 months into owning my own business
  2. growing my hair and a beard
  3. working 80 hours a week
  4. worrying about money
  5. playing basketball

What were you doing one year ago? (Five things)

  1. I was 4 years into my current job
  2. Working 60 hours a week
  3. Worrying about my kids and money
  4. I was in Newcastle for the ABA National Championships
  5. I was waking up to the fact that I was deep into a midlife crisis

Five snacks you enjoy.

  1. potato chips
  2. KFC
  3. Magnum Icecreams
  4. Kiwi Fruit
  5. Chocolate

Five Songs you know the lyrics to…

  1. Hotel California
  2. The Pretender
  3. Sunrays and Saturdays
  4. Summer of 69
  5. Boys of summer

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.

  1. Give half of it away
  2. Buy a house
  3. Buy a Canon 1DS MkIII
  4. Take a world tour and visit my blog friends
  5. Learn to fly

Five Bad Habits.

  1. snoring
  2. Farting
  3. Occasional intolerance
  4. Feeling guilty when I make a purchase for myself
  5. I am a hoarder

Five things you like to do.

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Listen to music
  4. Photography
  5. Participate in sport whether as a player, coach, administrator

Five things you would never wear again.

  1. Platform shoes
  2. Flares
  3. Staggers Jeans
  4. Cravat
  5. Bowler hat

Five favourite toys.

  1. Lego
  2. Toy soldiers
  3. Dino Riders
  4. Bike
  5. Basketball

Five things you hate to do.

  1. Clean up spew
  2. Unblock dunnies
  3. View dead bodies
  4. Use a gun
  5. Confess my sins

Now I am going to tag 5 people on my blogroll whom I don’t believe I’ve tagged before. No obligations folks, I’m not even gonna tell you you’re tagged, I expect you’ll find it if you’re on technorati. 😉

Peter of Worldman
Janice at Twist and Skewer
Dr Heidi at Virushead
Pen of Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Ohmyword at Ohmyword

« Older entries