Versatile Blogger Award! Plus Seven Things About Me

Last week, the blogger Cookaholic Wife sent me this Versatile Blogger Award!


According to the Pay it Forward-slash-chain letter explanation, The Versatile Blogger award “is a great way to introduce different bloggers to each other and to promote quality blogs that awardees and their readers may not have discovered otherwise.”

The rules of this award include
1. Thanking the person who gave you this award.
2. Include a link to their blog.
3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
6. In the same post, include this set of rules.
7. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

So the easy part: thanks, Cookaholic Wife.

And here are 7 Things About Me:
1. I hate multitasking when it comes to writing or work. I like to start one thing and finish it, or alternate between two tasks, preferably tasks that I would probably procrastinate, like grading papers and doing dishes. This way, when I switch, it feels like a break. Then I switch back after a while and it feels like another break.

2. Yet I love multitasking at leisure, like watching a movie and eating ice cream—only and always Ben and Jerry’s—at the same time, while I’m reading a book or magazine and holding, and occasionally playing, the guitar on my lap.

3. For most of my formative years—say, 13-21—I had no idea that I would be anything other than a rock star when I grew up; the guitar has been on my lap for decades. Yet I’m totally OK with not becoming famous now, because if I had become famous when I wanted to, at 20ish, I probably wouldn’t still be a famous rock star now anyway, and I wouldn’t have gone to grad school or met my lovely wife during that time because I would have been too busy being a famous rock star. So everything worked out.

4. It’s funny how often people say “Everything worked out” when, technically, it didn’t.   

5. Similarly, most people say that things work out for a reason, according to plan, or according to fate, or destiny, or karma, yet they also believe that they themselves have free will.  If pressed, I’d say that I prefer not to believe in any kind of fate but that I’d rather not have to decide.

6. Of course, if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. But that’s not really a fact about me. That’s a fact about Neal Peart.

7. I have, unfortunately, been multitasking while writing this quasi-blog entry. I hate multitasking when it comes to writing or work.

Newly discovered fact: it turns out that I’m congenitally incapable of writing 7 Things About Me in any remotely sensible manner.

15 Bloggers to Pass This Along To


Wings Of A Giant








OK, this isn’t 15.  And I guess I’m related to two of the bloggers (which doesn’t change their quality). I’ll follow up with more soon.

Thanks! Back with a brand new real post next week.

Last: Hey!  Now that I’m officially Versatile, I’d putting out a call for the Comments section: Is there any topic you’d like to see analyzed in this blog in 60 minutes or less? Let me know.

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3 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award! Plus Seven Things About Me

  1. Johannes says:

    Woooooo! The place to commission a blog topic. Here some suggestions (or, rather, chattering that might spark some other ideas) . . .

    a) Why are there way more memorable song intros than song endings? (As you’re reading this I’m sure half a dozen intros popped into your mind. But endings?? I can only think of “A Day in the Life.”) (Related question: beginnings vs. endings of novels??)

    b) Another personal blog: Why is the Hourman in a chronic state of metaphoria, and would wither in Literalania?

    c) Brooklyn? (I thought of this as a topic for you while listening to “Miami 2017.”)

    d) Um, Billy Joel?

    e) Subdivisions!

    f) The all-American “find yourself, be yourself” cliche, in movies, books, and education.

    g) Obviously, there’s a summer Batman blog coming, right? (Ha! Will the new movie be a return to Batman Begins form, or continue the, um, lacklustreness of The Dark Knight–I found myself sitting in the movie theater, thinking, wow, this is a rather boring movie, and why is it so long? Joker and pencil trick didn’t redeem it.)


    • jkavadlo says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, Johannes. All of the blog advice columns say to end on a question if you want more comments, yet until now my call went unanswered.

      As tempting as it is to address these questions right here and how, I’ll just say that two immediately jump out: the idea of beginnings and endings in songs is something I am very interesting in following up on. And I have a lot to say about your criticism of Dark Knight, but it would best be folded into a future blog about the upcoming Batman movie. I’ll need to think about the others.

  2. Johannes says:

    That’s funny that the one time you end with a question, you don’t get any responses. 🙂 Ah, so “criticism” is a kind word for my subjective-rantin’ Dark Knight hating.

    Um, I have some more ideas (just block me if need be):

    a) guitar vs. piano in rock/pop music. [It strikes me that one way you might distinguish classical from rock music is via the opposite roles those instruments play. In classical music, piano is the preferred solo instrument, and the (acoustic) guitar is really the laughing-stock of all the instruments (worse than viola)–heck, let me go all snobby here and confess that I don’t even consider “classical guitar” as real classical music. Whereas in rock, the guitar is obviously the preferred instrument, and aren’t there purists who’d say there’s no place for a piano in rock?]

    b) Do bands ever survive the departure of their lead singer? (I can only think of, um, Genesis.)

    c) Can artists really re-invent themselves? I’m also thinking here of how, say, an artist will be known for one body of work, and everything else they do afterwards somehow doesn’t register. I’m thinking of long recording careers–like, you know, bands like Chicago (I think) still churning out albums, decades after making an impression on the charts. And I wonder whether, for instance, Bob Dylan is totally sick of performing his early stuff, but is still mainly identified with those songs. Related: the “one hit wonder” phenomenon.

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