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A Blogload of Respect and Some Arcane Personal Factoids

First, thanks to my friend Stephanie Barbé Hammer for nominating The Saturday Evening Post for a Versatile Blogger Award last week.

I checked this award out on the VBA site, and apparently if you are nominated, you are a winner. Sounded a little like a Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, but I read on. As it turns out, there is no actual award (ah, so it really is like Publishers Clearinghouse), just recognition from one of your blogosphere peers.

In turn, I am now tasked to nominate 10 additional bloggers, whose sites I follow and respect. What we have here is basically an online chain letter, but one in which the result is not cash, but respect. Well in that case, the envelope please…

In no particular order, of course:

Now the fun part: I am also asked to list seven things about me for the world to learn/judge/ridicule.

  • I have been nominated as Poet Laureate for the Isle of Tonga, even though I don’t write poetry.
  • I can throw a ball higher, straight up, than anyone I know.
  • I can say the word “gluten” in nine different languages.
  • Only one in a hundred thousand people can do a one-arm pull-up. I happen not to be one of them.
  • While working my way through college, I held several of the following jobs: short order cook, rodeo clown, taxi driver, food taster, door-to-door shoe salesman, door-to-door door salesman (man was that samples case heavy), tattoo artist, butler, president of a major corporation.
  • I drink wine through a straw.
  • I once peed in a urinal next to Ralph Nader when he was running for president. (This one’s actually true. It was at the LA Times Bookfair.)

Only seven? I kind of wanted to do a few more.


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


23 thoughts on “A Blogload of Respect and Some Arcane Personal Factoids

  1. Joe, I must admit to being impressed by your accomplishment of peeing in a urinal next to a running Ralph Nader. This particular feat of derring-do would be considered by most as definitely unsafe at any speed!

    Posted by socalsoxman | July 21, 2012, 1:53 PM
  2. Joe, congratulations!

    Posted by fpdorchak | July 21, 2012, 3:06 PM
  3. Thanks, Joe.

    I can throw a ball roughly nine feet in a tailwind. My respect for you has shot up (see what I did there?) immensely.

    Posted by Averil Dean | July 21, 2012, 4:33 PM
  4. You had me at rodeo clown….

    Wonderful list. I wanted to nominate Kelly and Ann, but didn’t want my list to get too long — so I’m glad they’re winners! a crow hat???? awesome….

    And finally, congrats on your blog which consistently delivers interesting information and inaugurates thoughtful discussion.

    Posted by Stephanie Barbé HammerS | July 21, 2012, 5:50 PM
  5. Congratulations to you– well-deserved, as I check in here weekly, reflexively, to tune in to the always interesting discussion, although the idea of drinking wine through a straw leaves me flabbergasted. Whaaaa?! (Thank you for the kind nod here.)

    Posted by girl in the hat | July 21, 2012, 7:52 PM
    • All in jest, except for that last one. I would never drink wine through a straw. From a paper cup maybe…

      Posted by jpon | July 21, 2012, 9:04 PM
  6. I’m glad you got the awards- you deserve them!

    I keep ducking them like the plague ever since someone sent me a “meme.” I still don’t know what that is.

    Posted by Rick | July 21, 2012, 10:58 PM
  7. By all means, do more!!

    Posted by miriamagosto | July 22, 2012, 2:24 AM
    • Thanks Miri. Maybe I should put these on my resume. What I’ve got on there now isn’t working.

      Posted by jpon | July 22, 2012, 4:56 PM
  8. Congratulations. Well earned. I was especially impressed by your stint ( short-lived, I presume) as a rodeo clown.

    Posted by Nadia Ibrashi | July 22, 2012, 5:15 AM
  9. Wow, thank you so much for the shout-out, Joe! Now I feel pressure to be smart… :)

    Posted by kelly davio | July 22, 2012, 4:28 PM
  10. Thanks for the mention! I’m definitely in good company!

    Posted by Marc Schuster | July 24, 2012, 7:46 PM
  11. WHAT the WHAT? Joe, you are too cool. I will say this because I don’t think I’ve said this yet even though I think every time I read your blog: when I saw that you you included me in your blogroll, I was honored. And now, reading this post, I’m doubly so. Like he great Marc Schuster wrote above, I’m in good company. Thanks for including me.

    I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s post.

    Posted by the circular runner | July 28, 2012, 5:32 AM

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