Saturday, October 20, 2012

Broseph Liebsterman

Shannon over at I Survived & Now I Run nominated me for a Liebster award.  After my first impulse of "What the H is that?" and my second impulse of "Does this have anything to do with that real life senator that looks like senator Palpatine?" my third impulse was that maybe I could actually follow through on one of these bloggy communitish thingamawhosits.

Real Senator or Star Wars Senator?
The idea is to get more followers, and, of course to win, but Rod Roddy hasn't told me what I could win.  I assume that's because he's no longer with us, but Shannon didn't seem to tell me either.  So I'm going to assume that if I win I get taken to a remote location, blindfolded, and have to swing at this pinata that will be full of extra blog followers.  Kind of like that trojan horse thing, except they don't kill you, just read your blog and tell you how you shouldn't be drinking Big Bear Malt Liquor the week before your marathon.  However, I believe it was making the Detroit Tigers win.  So I refuse to stray from the strategy.
Those aren't mine...
Anyway...shall we get on with it.  The Liebster award is not like 'Nam, there are rules, and they are the following:

Okay first off, let's throw up that Brent "fact" board:

1)  I can't stand our political system in all of its corruption, ineptitude, and the lack of control we seem to have over it anymore, yet, 90% of my "leisure" reading seems to be political non-fiction.

2) I almost never read fiction, because I believe that real life is just as interesting or more, and reading about  things that never happened seems like too much of a waste of my time unless I'm really really buying into it.

3) Like my nominator, I also have never been on a plane.  I don't have a lot of fear of the dying or crashing or any of that.  I just don't want to be up there.  Pretty much like being on the roof at work.  It's impossible to fall or ever go through, but, again, I just don't want to be up there.  Also the plane is 1,000 times higher.

4) My first not under-the-table job was a McJob, and I assure you the egg doesn't come in a round loaf like it shows in "Clerks 2"

5) I have weird issues with people I don't know really really well touching me.  I have a huge comfort bubble that has many layers you have to slowly peel over time.  Some of that can be dropped really quickly, but it takes a certain type of person, I suppose.

6) I have always considered myself a cat person, but my wife made us get a dog.  Now I love him, so I'm fairly pet neutral now.

7) I don't like spending money.  That literally goes for everything, even grocery shopping.  Letting go of money and/or having debt for any reason makes me anxious.  The only time I was actually able to not have this bother me was for my wedding/honeymoon.  Though I still refuse to tally the costs of that.

8) I have a huge affinity for old/dead technologies. I still love cassettes.  My original nintendo and my father's atari are still in prime working condition.  I've always had vinyl in my life, even before it became cool again.  Also, I still have refused to upgrade most of my movies from VHS because I have a perfectly good VCR.

9) I'm sure I've seen every movie John Cusack's been in and apparently my man-love for him is so obvious that it was brought up in my best man's speech on my wedding day.  I pretty much love Joan too.

10) I have an embarrassingly large collection of Care Bears for a grown man.  I don't know how this started.  I know as far as collection hobbies goes...I mean..."I shouldn't have had it, but I just couldn't help myself.  Do you think I lack self-discipline?"* (* - See #9)

11) If I could go back in time and see any band live, I'd probably go see Queen, at least that's been my steady answer for the last 5 years.

Questions from Shannon

1) Best thing about your life? My lady, and no I'm not pandering, because I don't think she even reads my blog anymore.

2) Scale, yes or no? I only use the one on the dock at work when I walk by it.  Otherwise I don't really use a scale.  We have one at home, but I mostly use that for weighing the dog and cat.
3) Worst running injury? I haven't really had one directly from running yet, knock on wood.  I've had a nasty trampoline injury, though (see my first post ever)
4) Favorite place to visit on Vacation? Sleeping Bear Dunes.  It's easy to relax there.
5) Favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Probably pop on a record and grab a book, but most of the time when I get stuck inside, I waste all my time cleaning the house because it needs it.
6) Favorite piece of exercise equipment? I don't really have any.  Usually they must end up being clothes racks for people, and I haven't met a piece of equipment I would actually use.  Does the Wii count?
7) Favorite Season? Fall.  Leaves, colors, cool weather, and pumpkins.  That does it for me.
8)  One thing from your bucket list you have done? Finally made it to Fenway Park last year on our honeymoon.  That was a nice checked box for me.
9) Favorite Celebrity? As I said before, I get a lot of guff for my Cusack love, so we'll roll with that.  There's a few others in the competition but we'll go with him based on long-term stability.
10) Favorite holiday and why? Toss up between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Halloween because I love costumes, and being surprised by what people dress up as.  Now that I'm older, I also like taking a tally of what the kids are going as so I actually know what's the big thing with them these days.  Thanksgiving because I can do a road race, eat food, watch football, eat more food, and then (if my birthday is close enough to that Thursday) I get presents.
11) Favorite food and drink? Not to be a complete male stereotype, but there's nothing better than a pizza and a good cold microbrew.

Blogs I'm nominating (there's one renom in here that Shannon already got, but everyone else had 200+ followers and there was nothing in the rules about duplicating nominations).

1) Thru Thin and Thick
2) The Journey is the Reward (the duplicate)
3) Running Spike (even though his back-up team is the Yanks)

Questions my nominees need to answer (if the want to).  I can't really twist your arm.

1) What kind of animal(s) do you have, and what are their names?
2) Do you have a favorite or "lucky" article of clothing?
3) When you have a night to yourself to go somewhere, where do you hang out?
4) What's the last movie you saw in the theatre?
5) What's your guilty music pleasure? (we all have one)
6) Do you have a personal catchphrase or motto when it comes to life?  If so what is it?  If not, make one
7) What's the one possession (not your family or animals, let's assume they're all safe) you'd grab if your house were going up in flames?
8) Do you run outside in the inclement weather?  Is there a limit where you draw the line and say "nope, not today," and do you switch to indoor exercise of some type?
9) What's the most "jerkface" thing you've seen done during a road race from a fellow runner or even a spectator?
10) If you were going to be turned into an aquatic animal, and there was no way to avoid it, what would you choose to be?  (anything that spends a majority of its time in water is allowed)
11) Have you ever been part of any kind of protest, and what was it for/against?

I look forward to your answers.

Also, I'm guessing this will be the last time you hear from me until the Detroit Marathon (D12) is over.  Wish me luck.  Right now I have to admit I'm honestly very nervous, almost panicky.  I'm just not very calm about it.  In about an hour here, I'm heading down to the expo to get my packet, and then I'll be milling around one of the Detroit bars hoping that Michigan State can pull one more win out against Michigan.  My hopes aren't high, considering I didn't do my normal cursing ritual at the Big House and didn't run the annual Tailgate Challenge (both superstitions I like to keep).  So they're going to have to do it themselves.

Hopefully I'll calm down here.  I should be okay, right?


  1. Cool. I just saw my 'nomination' Can't promise when I'll get to this, but I will and thanks much for thinking of me. I did one of these already but I really like your different questions. 200 followers? oh boy, not even close. BTW, its was just the expo at the ann arbor marathon that did not have body glide, I am sure there was some somewhere in town. I stopped off at northville running fit to get the grease. Talk later

  2. I figured you meant the expo, but still, we're talking about a place that actually make the stuff and there's none at the expo? Seems impossible. I'm going to start a black market for body glide outside the A2 Marathon Expo next yer.


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