Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wait…This Can Mean Only One Thing!

Proof, fellow blogger and sagacious judge of character, decided to have a little fun at my expense.  His timing was impeccable.

From his comment posted here:
“A dirty trick to play on you while you're out of town, but:  You are a winner!  There's a new blog award going around, and I nominated you!”
According to him there is no voting, no stuffing the ballot box, no campaigning. It’s just a way to bring recognition to other blogs and bloggers that are out there.

OK, fine.  Then he expects me to follow some officious rules:  Display the award logo, link back to the person who nominated you, answer 7 questions that were decided by your nominator, nominate other bloggers for the award and link back to them and finally, notify those bloggers of the award rules.

Here are Proof’s 7 questions and my answers to them:

Q1:  Education is important if we are going to preserve the Republic past this generation. Do you think homeschooling or private schools better prepare the next generation for life?

A:  While many view homeschooling as a means of escaping the disgusting illiberal cesspool that is public education, there are also charter schools and vouchers.  The disadvantages of homeschooling are a lack of social development, missed experiences and reduced competition. Learning to make friends and exist within a group are important life lessons that children could miss out on through homeschooling.  Common experiences are part of the fabric of life.  A traditional school environment helps forge friendships and build memories.  Homeschooled students don’t generally have the opportunity for competition.  Competition encourages achievement.  Events like team sports, spelling bees and school plays, band, chorus and the like encourage kids to do their best, or at the very least may just uncover natural aptitudes that might go unnoticed with homeschooling.

Q2:  Boxers, briefs, thong or commando?

A:  Why tell you when I can show you?

Q3:  What was the best thing you’ve ever written and why?

A:  The final mortgage payment check.  Derp.

Q4:   What was the most popular thing you've ever written?

A:  Don’t know that I’ve done that yet.

Q5:  What’s your favorite book or movie and why?

A:  My favorite movie is The Bridges of Madison County.  It centers on a farm wife who finds a love so intense that life will never be the same again.  My favorite book is The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, a novel about five isolated, lonely people and the shining moments of heroism in otherwise ordinary individuals.

Q6: How old were you when you realized that government was not the solution?

A:  I have never regarded the government as the solution for anything.  Its purpose is to provide law and order and protect its citizens.  The Founders distilled their philosophy of government as individual liberty defined by our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness secured by a government instituted for that purpose with powers grounded in the consent of the governed.

Q7: If you could change any law or practice in the USA, what would it be and why?

A:  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Is there a need to explain that answer?

Here are my 7 questions:

1.     Who has most influenced your life and why?
2.     What is your happiest childhood memory?
3.     Do you have someone you look up to and why?
4.     If you could relive any day in your life what would it be?
5.     When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
6.     If happiness were the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
7.     If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

And these are my nominations:

Bob Belvedere of Camp of the Saints
Adrienne of Adrienne’s Corner
And, Proof of Proof Positive.  Although already nominated by someone else, I’m dying to know how he’d answer MY questions.

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