Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Honest Scrap

One of my biggest failures when it comes to blogging is accepting awards. I intend to accept them, but there is a big difference between intention and execution. That being said, if you have ever given me an award and I did not acknowledge it, I am sorry.

Last week, Jessie gave me the Honest Scrap award. Jessie is a newer friend that I found through the Friday 55 crew. She does amazing things in just 55 words. Thanks for the award Jessie. Drop her a visit and check her out!

I threw the rules out.

My Ten:

1. I am the oldest of three children, though I was the second born.

2. Traditionally during the holidays, we eat brains at least once. Nothing from a can, they are much better fresh from the butcher. I like to think this helps me relate to some stories I read out here in the blogosphere.

3. I was pretty quiet through the teen years, more of the brooding goth style, before goth was ever popular. Black was my friend because it helped me blend into the shadows and I did some pretty freaky things to keep people at a distance. My greatest aspiration was to be a vampire, my name was Romulus.

4. I have worked at least one day in 27 different states.

5. Speaking of work, if you have not been keeping tally of the jobs I held through my stories, I have been a dock worker, care giver, lawn mower, tire manufacturer, statistician, intern deputy sheriff, counselor, teacher, salesman, manager, area training director, training manager, youth pastor, administrative/operations director (for churches) and a therapist. Nothing like variety.

6. I taught myself to speed read, not skim, mind you. On a good day I can read 150-180 pages an hour.

7. There was a rather large gap of time where I would barely acknowledge my sister. That is behind us now and I think of her often.

8. I danced in the Nutcracker, with the beautiful woman that eventually became my wife. One of the pieces was a ballroom dance, so I was in a suit. The other was the Arabian and I wore billowy pants and a really tiny vest. Sorry, all the pictures have been burned.

9. The moment I saw my wife, I turned to my friend and told him she was the one I was going to marry. Nine months later we were engaged and after another two and a half years we were married. She is amazing and I love her greatly.

10. I was in a heavy metal garage band at one point, we actually recorded a tape. That should tell you how long ago it was. Our signature song was Slimy Oatmeal, typical teen angst saturated in sexual innuendo. We also wrote a ballad once about a homeless man falling in love with a lady of the night. We were called Romulus, go figure.

Here are ten friends you should visit, because I don't want them to feel the pressure of accepting an award...

Baino's Banter
Wizard of Otin
Crystal Jigsaw
Dances with God
Enchanted Oak
Idiots Stew
Life through Reflections
Recovery from a Life not Lived
The Fifty Factor
Vodka Mom

If I left you out, I still love you and when I get around to accepting another award six months from now I'll give you a shout out!

60 comments:

Cabo said...

You've worked in 27 states? I had no idea. Nomad.

I have that tape, WayStationOne Readers...

5 bucks a pop. It's worth it. He was the Lead Singer...

blueviolet said...

Congratulations on the award and I am SO happy that you shared all of this. I really enjoyed learning more about you. :)

smiles4u said...

Congratulation of your award!

A great list of interesting things to learn about you!

An Open Heart said...

The Honest Scrap award.....Congrats! I like the list. You are a jack of all trades..gives a guy a lot of things to write about, eh?

Thanks for the knod....


S

Megan said...

Cabo, I find it hard to speak to you directly because of that icon of yours, but you can charge me double...

Matthew said...

Richly deserved, Brian. You manage quality AND quantity and I am very envious of that ability. :)

Tall Kay said...

I like the awards without any rules much better! Congrats and no wonder you have so much to write about!

Ronda Laveen said...

Not all of the dancing pictures have been burned, Big Guy:0)

Maggie May said...

I am ashamed to say that I am also terrible at giving awards out! Maybe I should have a warning about it on my blog!

I found your answers to be really original and interesting. made me realise how little I know you, so I was glad to be able to read more!

All those brains......eeow! Do you mind.........I am a vegetarian!

Nuts in May

gaelikaa said...

It's okay that you didn't mention me. You can't win them all....I have a humongous amount of awards stashed away and will have to get around to passing them all on.

And congratulations. I got this one some time back and I did pass it on.

tattytiara said...

Very interesting information! I'll be back to check out your friends.

Alix said...

Love the peek into your soul, Romulus. You continue to surprise and amaze me.

Goth and an Arabian dancer. That's variety indeed!

Kay said...

Wow! You are much better than I at accepting awards :) and the 'honesty scrap' well, one lucky woman and what an array of talent! :) p.s. your comment of travel light holds much more meaning than you know...as I plan to do just that! (emotionally, mentally, physically). and appreciate the easy term of reminder... keep writing! :)

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

//The moment I saw my wife, I turned to my friend and told him she was the one I was going to marry. Nine months later we were engaged and after another two and a half years we were married. She is amazing and I love her greatly.// - Wow... So romantic... She's lucky Brian...

Poetry in Stones Part one at My Travelogue
My Travelogue, Savoir-Faire

Protege said...

A great read, so many interesting tidbits about you. The number one carries a certain sadness...
I am very impressed by the many jobs you have held, it explains why your personality and intellect are so diverse...
I feel extremely honoured to be listed here, more than I can express in words.
I will try to visit all the other bloggers you mention, thank you for the award and the mention.
:))

Chef Kar said...

Congratulations Brian. I must admit ~ I have been given a few awards as well...you have inspired me to make sure I acknowledge my peers and shout out as well. We're all in pretty good company and mutual support is worthwhile.

As always, I love your words and especially loved your "Ten" and getting to "know" you a little better.

Ciao,

Karis

Skye said...

Hi Brian, just thought I'd stop in and thank you for coming by for a visit! Kudo's on the award!

Nessa said...

That's a fascinating list of living.

Wordless Wednesday

Lorraine said...

Wow could you not come up with one single boring thing lol I love it, you rock! I never accept awards myself, although I accept gifts from anyone, anywhere, and provide my address if you should feel so inclined to send me a present, or money, money's always good ;)

Barb said...

And how does one prepare brains? I'm not sure I could get past the idea.
Loved the post!

Brian Miller said...

barb, you scramble them with eggs...

megan, that icon makes me want to puke as well...lol.

The Retired One said...

I love that you held so many different jobs in your life. That is why you can "see" life and write about it so clearly.
Would have LOVED to have seen those pictures, though.
The reason you had so many jobs is because you haven't listened to the universe to become an author of a published work.
The universe is shouting it now, do you hear it?

G-Man said...

Can't hold a job eh?

Wings said...

All interesting, and I would expect nothing less. #1 is a riddle that still confuses me, however...

Hilary said...

I quite enjoyed the list and was disappointed to read that the photos had been burned. How about that heavy metal tape? ;)

Brian Miller said...

retired one, listening now...

g-man, ironically, after college, many of those jobs were with the same company...

wings, my oldest brother was born dead...which in and of itself sounds like a riddle.

Jasmine said...

Really interesting stuff. You have done so much! I love hearing your references to your wife and family. Its really sweet and i get the feeling you will always feel that way :)

Jasmine said...

Really interesting stuff. You have done so much! I love hearing your references to your wife and family. Its really sweet and i get the feeling you will always feel that way :)

Jill said...

Romulus huh? AND Slimy Oatmeal...that didn't go platinum??

Speed reading is amazing to me.

otin said...

I understand number one. Sorry about that :(

I don't know why the eating brais thing is making me laugh so hard, but it is!

If you could only read some of the songs that I wrote when I was 17! I would probably be in jail!

I have trouble slow reading!

Thanks for the tag! I did this a while back, but I am sure that some more honest facts can be divulged!

reyjr said...

Haha. Very cool. You used to be a ballet dancer? :D

Daniel said...

Even after reading every one of your hundreds of blogs, I still have so much to learn about you. When I think I am starting to figure you out, you throw a couple of curves my way. Thanks for sharing bro.

dopey1 said...

Very interesting reading...still continue to learn more about you each time I read here. We BOTH wasted time but I think of you often too! and I can probably find some of those pictures as well! Cabo, maybe a package deal we can work out!!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

You have got to be one of the most interesting bloggers I've met. That list was quite eclectic.

You also give me hope. We are going through a dark time in our family, centered around teen son's angst, anxiety, mood swings... He focused a lot of his anger at his sister at one point and they have not spoken in two months now. It breaks my heart and loved hearing that yours worked out.

enchantedoak said...

Thanks for that mention! There must be some kind of rule about it that I didn't see. I loved your random facts. Random facts give good back story.
LOL
Chris

Wings said...

Ah, gotcha. Sorry about that, Brian.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hey Brian, I am totally flattered to be included your list. THANK YOU.

And I am blown away by the range of jobs you've had! A teacher, a therapist and a youth pastor sound like you-- but a sheriff??? Never would have guessed that one. And the eating brains part-- Oy!

I think you're telling us you lost a sibling and for that I am very sorry.

ANd for the record, I'd take up a collection to buy photos of you dancing in the Nutcracker :-)

Great post. It's nice to get to know you better.

jj

Verily I go. said...

Brains? like..um..gummy worms? nevermind. lalalalalalala. xo.

JeffScape said...

Regular journeyman, eh? Provides lots of material for writing, though, doesn't it?

Baino said...

I cannot even begin to imagine brains in a can! I'm glad you're reconciling with your sister. I'm going through a similar process with a wayward brother but it's not moving along as well as I'd like. Shame about the Nutcracker pics, bet you cut a fine figure in billowy pants! Thanks for the idea . .it'll make a memelicious Monday!

kys said...

Congrats! I am the absolute worst at the awards thing. Just wait till I finally get that post done. You'll see what I mean.

Dancer? Musician? And you were an artist, too. (Not to mention your writing talent.) What talent! I'm impressed. (I'm not being snarky, btw.)

Eddie Bluelights said...

Congratulations Brian and golly you have had a varied career.
I read you interesting list of 'things'.
No wonder you can visit so many people if you can speed read 150-180 pages an hour. Quite a feat - I wonder what the retention ratio is.
If I was a bit quicker I might be able to call round friends more often ~ Eddie

staceyjwarner said...

I'm awful at posting awards also...for several reasons. I have such limited time to blog, I'd rather write, read and comment.

I also can't get the awards in the proper place on my sidebar so I've given up!

Congrats to your peeps!

much love

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Very interesting to learn a little bit more about you...heavy metal??

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

So you took the dunce cap from me! Glad I'm not the only blogger that falls into the better late than never (and sometimes never) category.

I really enjoyed learning a bit more about you...jack of all trades. It certainly puts some of your writing in perspective which, btw, I thoroughly enjoy ;)

only a movie said...

I love this list. Makes me feel hopeful for my teenaged son, dressed all in black, listening to screamo music.
Look how cool he can turn out. :-)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I'm grinning from ear to ear reading those 10 things about you. ;)

Kathleen said...

Dear Romulus *snicker, snicker* --
I had to make amends in my post today for my poor form in accepting awards. And guess what? You got a shout from me! Mwaaahaaaahaaaahaaahaaa.
Come on by and ignore your award! LOL!
Kathleen

Shadow said...

you sure are multi-talented... but brains????? nooooooo!!!!!!!

Shadow said...

oh, sorry, i forgot, congratulations on your award!!! those brains just threw me....

Candie Bracci said...

Great stuff Brian.
I recognise myself in number 3 and still am in a different way,I guess you figured it by now,lol.
10,really cool!;)

Gaston Studio said...

Belated congrats on the Honest Scrap award Brian... and thanks for sharing about your life that way. What an interesting person you must be!

Gaston Studio said...

ARE! I meant what an interesting person you ARE!

enchantedoak said...

Hi, Brian, thanks again for the mention on your Honest Scrap Award. I found the artwork for it if you want it; it is on my blog this morning (Thurs. 12th).

Pat said...

Some really interesting info. I, too, was confused at the first one. Someone suggested you lost a sibling? I know we travel a lot, but actually WORKING in 27 different states? Wow!

Liza said...

This post rules!
#2 made me think of The Return of the Living Dead, "More BRAINS!"
May the force be with you Romulus.

Ms Hen said...

I love the diversity... of all your jobs.. it made you very well rounded.. all your adventures..

Romantic how you met your wife... it is either there or not... can't be forced. You are blessed.

Goose said...

oooh...how do I learn how to speed read! Teach me! Teach me! I could get through the hundreds of posts in my Google Reader that way!!

Medora said...

Oh, wow, Nutcracker - that brings back memories. I can't stand that music now - when you dance to it for 13+ years, in class and on stage, it gets old. My daughter still loves it, and she's been dancing for eight years. I don't know how she can still stand it!

Goofball said...

Hi Brian,

nice to get to know you a little better :)