Oenophilogical – Shine On, Shine On!

I am hard pressed to believe it but just pleased as punch to say it: I have been nominated for the Shine On Blogger Award.  How very nice!!

This is a peer-to-peer award which means that another blogger has thought enough of your contribution to the online community to nominate you.  In my case I have to thank labellestudio for the kind nod.  If you haven’t seen her blog, you can head over there by clicking through on the picture above.

Question Me An Answer

As part of one’s acceptance, you must answer five questions that your nominating blogger has posed.  Think of it like an acceptance speech in which your subject matter is assigned rather than left up to you.  It’s cool, though.  Here are the questions labellestudio asked me along with my answers.

A. If you were to get a part in Star Trek series, which kind of alien would you rather play?

Romulan!  Yup, Romulan.  Of course, if they gave me a part, I could be flexible.

B. Which dish are you unable to resist?

This is a tough one for me.  I seem to have difficulty resisting a lot of dishes.  It’s true!
I guess I’d put good home-made fried chicken, fried okra and roasted brussel sprouts
at the top of the list.  [That’s three.  I know.]

C. If a country would give you an island for free to live and reign on, what would you call it?


D. What would be your favorite pet?

I love dogs and horses.  Horses aren’t really pets, so dogs it is.  Just about any kind.

E. Photography in color or black and white?

Well, that’s a tricky one, too.  Good question!  I think I’ll come down on the color side.
I love good black and white photography.  I just think that it takes a better eye or at
least a trained eye to come up with a good black and white photo.

The Nominatrix

So now that’s done, it’s my turn to nominate 5 distinguished bloggers for the Shine On award.  There are tons of great blogs out there that are deserving of recognition.  Here are my nominees – 5 blogs you should be taking a look at if you aren’t following their posts already.

Books Outside The Box
The Flash Cook
Ashlee Cowles
A Crust Eaten
Evalina Galli

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

I’m sorry!  I meant to say “Follow these 5 simple rules.”  For the nominees to accept, they’ll have to follow these 5 rules.

  • Link back to and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Post the badge on your blog.
  • Answer the questions posed to you.
  • Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and notify them.
  • Ask five questions for your nominees.

Answer Me A Question

Here are the questions I have for my nominees.  I look forward to reading the answers!

1.  If – like Merlin in the Disney animated movie “The Sword In The Stone” – you could transform into an animal for a day, what animal would you transform into?

2.  What is your favorite pasta shape, and what is the way you like it prepared best?

3.  How do you get your new music?  I.e., do you hear it via radio, YouTube, iTunes, cable TV, etc.?

4.  Speaking of music, do you play (have you played) any musical instruments?  If yes, which ones?

5.  What current TV show (including cable and web series) do you like the best?

And finally, let me leave you with this adieu —

Wine IS Versatility In A Glass

What a pleasant and unexpected surprise to be nominated for another blogger award.  This time I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Cat On A Hot Marble Rack 1 – by labellestudio
copyright labellestudio

Many, many thanks to LabelleStudio for nominating me!  If you haven’t been by her nifty blog, click through right HERE and see what wonderfully eclectic items she has given us from her lovely corner of Bavaria.

Who Me?

According to THE RULES, the nominee is supposed to share 7 personal things about themselves.  Let’s see …

1.  As a kid I owned literally hundreds of comics.  Unfortunately, they were among the very few items my parents actually threw away when I went off to college.

2.  This year I have begun biking to work when I can.  It isn’t every day, but I suppose any day is better than none.

3.  I write songs.  None of them has been up for a Grammy, but I think they’re entertaining!

4.  I am a “Country Boy in the City Lights.”

5.  I speak conversational German.  As I don’t converse in German often, the potential duration of such a conversation grows shorter and shorter.

6.  I thought I hated bacon when I was young.  Came to find out that was only because my mother liked hers burnt!

7.  My idea of the perfect vacation is somewhere warm with great weather – away from the madding crowd but close enough to allow for an easy commute should I need a quick jolt of civilization.

Paying It Forward

Each Versatile Blogger Award nominee gets to nominate 15 other bloggers and their blogs for the award.  SO … here are my nominees.

The Winegetter
Perth Wine Enthusiast

Urban Food Crawl
The Wine Raconteur
The Drunken Cyclist
The Wine Serf
Savory Encyclopedia
Duff’s Wines
The Wine Baron
Vino & Vintage
Restaurant Uprising
Twelve Dollar Taste Buds
Wine Chics
A Pilgrim In Time
Red Wine Lovers

Each of the nominees listed above is also a click-through link.  Please click and visit these great sites!!

From Oenophilogical Mit Liebe: Liebster Award Noms

OK.  So it took me more than a day to get these up!  Hopefully you were humming the Carly Simon tune “Anticipation” [a great song] while you waited.  If anyone was waiting – LOL.

Playing “Telephone”

As I mentioned in my previous post, I did some looking around to inform myself about the Liebster Award.  What I found was that a nominee was originally supposed to nominate 3-5 others for the award who had fewer than 3000 followers each.   What?!  I feel like I’m playing that old game “Telephone” where you whisper something to one person at the end of a line and see what comes out at the other end.  It’s never what you started out with.  Thus, there are folks now nominating 11 blogs each with 200 or fewer followers and asking them 11 questions.  That was some game of Telephone!!

Given that I like sticking to the basics [and I don’t believe I could think up 11 interesting questions for my nominees to answer], I am going to revert to what appears to be the original rules.  I have to credit Sopphey Says for her research into the Awards.  You can find her post on this topic HERE.  The post she cites – the earliest she could find – is HIER at a German blog called Bird of Paradise.

Doing My Part

The answers to the questions I was asked and recognition of my nominating blog can be found in my previous post by clicking ICI.

Questions For The Nominees

1.  What was your favorite kids’ TV show as a child?

2.  What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

3.  If you had to choose between them, would you listen to waves or birdsong ?

4.  How many umbrellas do you own?

5.  If you could learn 3 new languages in a day, what would they be and why?

The Nominees

labellestudio — all things beauty-full [from a pastoral locale in northern Bavaria]
Wine Serf —  whose goal is to “look at wine from the bottom up – the $15 range”
Whine & Cheers for Wine — the wine experience and everything that comes along with it
365x24x17 —  a serendipitous photo blog w/ 1 of 2 people taking a pic at 5 p.m. every day of the year
Perth Wine Enthusiast — I think that title says it all!

Drop by these blogs, check them out, and leave a congrats or two for the good and interesting work they’re doing.   And, once again, I have to thank Winebbler for nominating me.  You should check out what she’s doing, too!

Epilogue:  There were a number of blogs I contemplated nominating who had already been nominated.  In the spirit of spreading the love around, I tried my best to look at only blogs that – due to some egregious oversight – had not yet been nominated.

Blogging Award Nomination … Who Me?

Much to my surprise and elation I was recently nominated for a blogging award – The Liebster Award.  Liebster is a German word that means “dearest” – in this case, a dearest blog.  I have to thank Winebbler for being so kind as to nominate me.  She, too, blogs about her wine experiences in what I find to be a fun, fresh, unique way.  You can check out Winebbler‘s blog by clicking on the name.

A Chain Letter?

Being nominated for the Liebster Award, I wanted immediately to know more about it.  You know, what exactly am I nominatef FOR?  That sort of thing.  So I did a little Googling and a little looking and poking around.

Turns out this award is basically the chain letter of blog awards.  In other words, you receive a nomination and then you pass it on (with some questions your nominees have to answer on their blog before … passing it on again).  At first that worried me.  I remember chain letters.  And I remember chain emails, too.  Those superstitious little “gifts” from people who usually weren’t really your friends but who were sure that you needed the extra “joy” in your life you could derive from replicating this beautiful chain letter/email and sending it on to some of your friends.  I hated chain letters!

Looking Deeper

So my first reaction was – “Uh oh!”  But then I started thinking about the purpose behind the chain letters/emails vs. the purpose behind this blogger award.  The chain letters tried to scare you into complying with their demand for “passing it on” by either promising a calamity if you didn’t or assuring amazing good fortune if you did (or both).  On the other hand, the Liebster Award is clearly aimed at helping bloggers – esp. new or lesser known bloggers – share their blog with new audiences and attract some positive attention for the hard work they’re putting in.  Well, now, that sounds like a good thing to me!  So here goes …

Questions Answered

Part of the process is that your nominating blogger sends a list of questions that you – the Liebster Award nominee – must answer.  Here’s what Winebbler has asked me.

Q1. Where did you have your first kiss?

A1.  OMG!  It’s been so long ago.  But it stays with you, doesn’t it?  The first time I got more than just a peck on the cheek was at a dance in 7th grade.

Q2.  If you were abducted by aliens how would you decorate your new space house?

A2.  Not really qualified to answer interior decorating questions.  I guess I’d want to have a picture album (maybe holographic) of  the loved ones left behind.

Q3.  If you had to choose between courage and loyalty, which characteristic would you possess?

A3.  True loyalty requires courage.

Q4.  Do you like yogurt?

A4.  Yes!

Q5.   What is the weirdest thing anyone has ever said to you?

A5.  Um,  I work with a bunch of creative people who say weird things constantly.  Some of the weirdest things can’t be printed here.

Q6.   What is your go-to bottle of wine?

A6.  I blog about wines because I enjoy so many different wines.  My most recent favorite would be Red Truck Red Wine 2009.

Q7.   What are your thoughts on Tuesdays?

A7.   Holy crap, I survived another Monday!  Do I have clean clothes for the rest of the week?

Q8.   Would you rather take a bath or a shower?

A8.  Shower.  I had a chemistry teacher in high school who told the class that he took showers instead of baths because he didn’t want to “sit around in my own dirt.”  That stuck with me.

Q9.   What song can you never get out of your head?

A9.   In The City Lights

Q10 .  What would you quit your day-job to do if money were not a factor?

A10.   I did.  It’s still a factor.  LOL

Q11.  Are roller coasters your idea of fun?

A11.   Small roller coasters – yes.  Small roller coasters.


I have to tell them first!  Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have them up in their own separate, ceremonially appropriate post.