Okay, Okay, I Accept the Award


For the fourth time in as many weeks I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I already had been awarded this pseudo prestigeous award for achievements in the profession of blogging.  I was going to ignore them this time, but it would be unkind to do so, as I don’t want to appear un-appreciative to those who nominated me.

These people who nominated me are, in no particular order are, H.J. Ruiz who writes Avian 101, a blog about birding in general;   Bruce Stambaugh of Roadkill Crossing, stories from the Amish country of Millersburg in northwestern Ohio;  Katie Johnson’s Camera Blog, writing and photographing about the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico;  and the lovely Nandini Dhiman of Life Just Is, writing from the lap of the Himalayas in India.

If I remember correctly from my first time receiving this award, I must list 10 interesting facts about myself, the following that task, to list 10 more deserving recipients of the award.

First, my 10 interesting facts about myself.  This isn’t going to be pretty. 🙂

  1. I met my wife, Ann, for the first time in person, only 2 hours before the wedding rehearsal.  Click (here) for details of that adventure. 🙂
  2. I was a professional musician, saxophonist, for a large portion of my life.  During about 45 years I appeared at clubs, arenas, convention halls in U.S. and abroad.  Big bands, jazz, country music.  You name it, I did it. 🙂
  3. Also during my life, at various times I sold furniture, tires, used cars and encyclopedias.
  4. For three years, I owned a lawn and landscape business.
  5. I was the city bowling champion of Las Cruces, New Mexico during the season of 1971-72.  My average was 198 and I beat a bowling pro by the name of Rocky Thompson, by one pin.
  6. I have Marfans Syndrome.  A genetic disease with no cure.
  7. My photography has been published in four magazines, on the cover of one.  My work is also featured in a book, “See No Evil, Speak No Evil”, written by local author, Ross McSwain.  A photograph of mine is also on the cover.
  8. I have a great, but sometimes, weird sense of humor.
  9. I am a dog lover.  However, the older I get the smaller my dogs get.  I once owned a large Collie, named Trooper.  Now I have a little 15 lb. Shih Tzu named Suzie.
  10. I love crossword puzzles.  I work the daily challenge from the local newspaper every morning.  No one will play Scrabble with me

Next is the nominating of some other deserving individuals to also receive this award.  But I will go a bit astray on this.  Many or most of my blogger friends already have received the award, and of course, some have not.  So I am not going to demand that any of them do these lists unless they really want to.  But I am going to honor the following individuals, whether they want me to or not.  Click on their names to visit their blog.

  1. Mia McPherson.  This blog should be must reading for anyone who aspires to be a wildlife photographer.  The photographs are awesome and breath-taking.  I was reluctant to name her, because I am afraid I might lose some of my followers to her blog. So after checking her out, please come back.  Please.
  2. Melissa Koski.   One of my favorite people.  She has great wildlife photos and stories from around her home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She sometimes makes me homesick, (but only sometimes)  because I was born and raised only 40 miles from her in Muskegon.
  3. Holly Stanley.    Another Michigander from Lansing, the state capitol.  I have watched her grow from a rank beginner in photography, to an accomplished artist in that genre.  All in the past two years or so.  Way to go, Holly. 🙂
  4. Jeff Lynch.   A man after my own heart.  He, like me, is in love with west Texas, particularly the Big Bend National Park area.  His photography and articles about that part of the state, urges me to go back again and again.
  5. Linda Rockwell.  Great wildlife photos and articles from the Land of Enchantment, particularly I like her photos from the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
  6. Cindy Kilpatrick.   I am certain that she already has been nominated for this award, but doggone it, she certainly deserves to be one of my honorees.  Her beautiful, awesome photographs, and accompanying beautifully written articles are something to behold.
  7. Denise Richter.    If you are ever planning a trip to the Alamo City, (Texas talk for San Antonio, Texas), you need to first visit her blog.  San Antonio’s Chamber of Commerce should be paying her.  She can answer all of your questions as where to stay, where to eat, things to do, and tell you how to get on the boat to tour the downtown Riverwalk.
  8. Teresa Silverthorn.  Her blog is one of the most interesting, mysterious, eerie, things you can ever read.  For me, she is a must read, and I check out her latest happening every day.
  9. Jim Miller.   Jim is a personal friend who is in the U. S. Air Force, now stationed in San Antonio, Texas.  I met him when he was stationed here in San Angelo and our interests are the same.  Wildlife photography.
  10. Martina Landolt.   Martina photographs what she sees.  My favorites are her beautiful landscapes.  But you can expect photos of wildlife and interesting places, too.

So those are my nominees/honorees for this time.  I know I have left out some other people, but that comes with having so many loyal and loving followers.  So if you are not on the list, I still think highly and appreciate each and every one of you.

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48 thoughts on “Okay, Okay, I Accept the Award

  1. Bob – you deserve this award, each and every time it’s bestowed upon you!! Thank you so much for sending it my way, too – I certainly appreciate it!! …. and don’t worry, I did check out Mia’s blog, and I will be following her work, but I’ll always come back here!! 😉

  2. Bob, Congrats on this award, you deserve it!

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog but I don’t think you have to worry about your readers leaving you for mine. Your viewers are very loyal and that is as plain as the nose on your face!

  3. I was just explaining encyclopedias and what a door to door sale was this week… (:

    You’re one of my very favorite people Bob and I’m glad to have “found” you. Now have that west Texas snow belt send the white stuff back to Michigan where it belongs!

    • I only sold encycopedias for about a week. I was too honest and nice to want to do those high-pressure spiels to sell them. I was not cut out to do door-to-sales. I had just gotten out of the Air Force and was looking for something to do.

      Melissa, ou are definitely one of my favorite people, too and I am glad we “found” each other. The beginnings of a super friendship. 🙂

      We did get three inches of snow last night, believe it or not. But already this morning the temp is back in the forties and they forcast the snow to be mostly gone by noon. So maybe it is on the back to Michigan.

  4. Congrats, Bob. You deserve it. And your life is full of adventures! I really enjoyed those ten points you mentioned here. Really amazing and inspiring. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂

  5. Whether it’s pseudo-prestigious or not, you do deserve an award! Well done and keep up the good work – your blog is obviously enjoyed by so many, including myself.

    • Thanks, Jo. Yours was one of so many that I couldn’t include. I have just too many blogging friends, you of course, being another of my favorites. That’s just the problem of being so limited. 🙂

    • Would you believe that just a few minutes ago I realized what your name was – Jerry Vis. Why I couldn’t find it before is something I’ll never know. So you are one of many, many more that I would have liked to included. I read your blog every day.

  6. You definitely are deserving. Your posts always seem to brighten our days here in Colorado. God Bless and keep writing and posting your wonderful bird photos.

  7. Bob, congratulations! May the awards keep coming your way! I love your writing style as I can detect your sense of humor with it. Thanks so much for thinking of me here, it’s a nice surprise. If I don’t forward this, it’s because I am much better at taking pictures than text editing! 🙂

    • You are quite welcom, Martina. It was indeed my pleasure to honor you. I keep up with your blog all the time and I enjoy your photos. And, I understand about not forwarding it. I waited a long time to do it myself. 🙂

  8. What a wonderful story about your meeting with Anne. My husband and I met in an Accounting class now that is a very romantic place but after 51 years of marriage we have our own little CPA. She is the joy of our life. Carolyn 🙂

  9. Way to go, Bob! And a wonderful post to boot. No surprise there, of course.

    I didn’t know about the Marfans. I have a friend in OR about your age who also has it. He found out when he had an aortic aneurysm.

    Keep posting and stay well.

    Bruce

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