Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I have been participating in the July Ultimate Blog Challenge, which encourages you to write a post daily throughout the month.  Considering the fact that I started this blog on like July 16 and signed up for UBC the next day, I think the fact that this is post #30 means I have accomplished the goal (for general semantics, I will have #31 also by the end of the day).

During this July Challenge, the game of Tag started.  Yesterday, I was tagged by Melinda Picone Parry  from the blog Musings.  I will admit, I am not a big game player.  Perhaps it goes back to being that kid who was usually picked last for sports in grade school? But I disgress...I will be a good sport and answer.

There are 4 simple rules to the game:

   1. Post the rules. The rules are simple. There are only four of them:
   2. Answer the questions the tagger has sent for me in her post.
   3. Create 11 new questions to ask those who I'm going to tag.
   4. Tag 11 people on the Facebook page with a link to this point.

I have answered the questions below; however, since today is the last day of UBC I will not be tagging anyone, but I will be posting 11 questions that, if you are so inclined, you can answer on your own.

My responses:

Where is your happy place? There is really no one specific location that makes me happy.  I would say my happy place is more due to the company I am with than where I am.

What hobby do you indulge in?  I bake and experiment with unique cheesecakes. Sure, I do a basic New York or my annual Pumpkn swirl cheesecakes for the holidays, but I like to get creative.  I have made a S'mores cheesecake and am working on a maple bacon cheesecake, for fun.

If you could eat one food every day without negative consequences what would it be?  See question #2.  I love cheesecake.  But there is a reason I do not make them very often.

What would be essential for you to have on a desert island with you? My kindle and a wifi signal.  Lol.  Need to read!

How did you choose your favorite color? I have NO idea.  Somehow, purple just found its way to me and has never left. Where I was raised, purple was not looked at as a manly color when I was in High School, so I guess the rebel in me went that route just to be different.  I was also the trend setter of being the first guy to pierce his ear(s) in my school.  Yup, I was a wild man. 

Do you dance? What kind of dancing?  Picture Seinfeld's Elaine dancing, that's me.  So, NO.

What is one issue you are passionate about? Personal responsibility.  While I believe the situations of our past and environment in which we were raised play a part in shaping who we become, we still make the choices.

What is your favorite real life animal story?  Can't really think of one, so I probably don't have one.

What book has made an impact on your life?  The Bible.

What do you think is the most important thing to teach children?  See #7, Personal Responsibility

What mode of travel do you like best? I like driving.  There is just so much to see in America. And please note: there is, to me, a huge difference in driving and passengering.  I am a terrible passenger on long trips, I can not relax.  Maybe I have control issues? LOL.

There you go.  All about me as it pertains to the questions posed.  Since I am not going to tag anyone on this last day of UBC, I would rather take a second and share several blogs I have recently found thanks to this challenge.  There are many involved and while I could list every one, I would prefer to highlight just a couple:

Chelle Wilson at Treat Me to a Feast
Cheri deFonteny at Idle Chatter
Riki Cleveland at Refreshingly Riki

Ok, on to my version of the questions. As I stated, since no one is tagged, no response is required.  However, I hope you read the questions and think about them.  Answer if you choose (maybe one or two that stand out to you) in a comment.  Have fun with it!

1.  How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
2.  Which is worse, failing or never trying?
3.  If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
4.  When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you've done?
5.  What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
6.  If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
7.  Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
8.  If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
9.  To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of     yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?

Rejoice and be glad!

1 comment:

  1. Donald, thanks so much for the shout-out. I have so enjoyed the UBC and finding blogs I would never have found otherwise, like yours. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say going forward.

    Q6: I would be writing in some capacity, no question. Or maybe traveling. Hey, travel writing!

    Q11: I have to speak up. At my old job I often had a similar circumstance, as I was friends with someone fairly unpopular. The problem was, many of the complaints were not entirely unjustified, but usually exaggerated. I often found myself in the position of devil's advocate, and trying to make others understand that they weren't looking deep enough to find the good. It could get old, but what else are you going to do, except point out to someone that they're being unkind?