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365 Challenge: Day 141 – Facts

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Facts: pieces of information used as evidence that are indisputably the case

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It’s been quite a fun morning – NOT! – as the teenager in me often used to say. Now my mother says it to me all the time, thinking she’s funny. I suppose she is… let’s back up a bit, shall we? Yesterday we celebrated my mom’s birthday; my other half and I cooked brunch (two different kinds of quiche [pancetta/asparagus & onion], corn salad, brussel sprouts with red chili flakes, prosciutto, green apples, cinnamon, sugar, herbs, and an Italian Cream birthday cake). My cousin who is visiting from Ukraine was here, as well as my dad. We finally put up the arbor on the NYC Terrace Garden. After everyone left, I decided to focus on catching up on some blogging work.

I apologize in advance for posting 7 awards and tags all on the same day. After looking through my draft folder, I realized there were a bunch sitting around, being lazy, which is never a good thing. So I worked through them and posted all evening… I hope I didn’t bore you, as I try to come up with different questions and responses, as well as incorporate a lot of humor… I attempt, at least. I love doing all the awards and tags, but sometimes it takes a while, as I want to put a good deal of effort into them. I want it to mean something, rather than just be a few quick words that don’t have a big impact on others. I feel the same way when I choose people to tag or nominate at the end of my posts. I like connections to be connections.

I try to match the topic or the subject of the post with the people I’m including as nominees, but it doesn’t always work out. I attempt to select people who are deserving of an award, need to be seen by other bloggers or have posted something really cool that week. When I nominate someone, I really want to read their responses, but I also understand not everyone wants to participate. And if they choose not to, it’s OK. I’m not upset or offended. I usually search my notifications to see who I’ve chatted with the most in the last few days and pick from that bunch, if it’s a fun tag. That said… I finished a few last night and look forward to everyone’s responses. But something was on my mind last night as I was picking everyone…

I let it go and went to sleep. This morning, I was chatting with a friend who shall remain anonymous… (s)he asked me a question about a fellow blogger, and we both realized, neither of us knew the answer for sure. And it was a simple question. It got me thinking… how well do we really know our fellow bloggers? Some people share a lot of information about themselves (like me). Others share very little, preferring to remain in anonymity, or using their blog as a way to be someone different than who they are in reality. I prefer to have a deeper connection with people when I’m chatting with them, hence why I sgare a lot. For instance, when I meet someone new, I want to know their name. Or if I’m highlighting their blog, I don’t like saying “their” because I can’t tell if it’s a “him” or a “her.” And then there’s those moments where I have no clue where the person lives, which can be awkward if they are not in the US and I’m asking them to do a tag about the US. D’Oh.

I suppose none of this is all that important… blogging can be light and fluffy, too. Or if it’s a deeper connection, does it really matter if you have all the basic FACTS about someone you are talking to? Perhaps not… perhaps it’s just the words you share that truly mean the most. So… I typed up the post earlier this morning. I was adding the featured image, and the whole thing froze. I had saved it, so I wasn’t worried. I exited WordPress and came back in. It hadn’t saved the last 30 minutes of updates, so I only had half a post. I was a tad annoyed. But I copied it and wanted to start a new one, in case it was corrupted. Somehow, I cut instead of copied… and then it shut down again. When I re-booted and brought WP back online, the saved post was the empty post. So I lost about an hour’s work. I might have said some nasty words to the air, my computer, the fly passing through on its (as I don’t know if it’s a male or female either) journey in my home… anyone or anything that would listen to me complain about the time I’d wasted. But it happened. I’m now re-writing from memory. And I’m sure this one will undoubtedly be worse in some parts and better in others.

The whole point of the post is FACTS. I’d like to know more about the folks that follow me. If we chat, I probably know some of this already. But if we don’t, please share. No pressure, if you don’t want to share, that’s OK. But instead of having to check everyone’s About Me page, what if we all had signatures at the bottom of our posts, telling others who we are so that we don’t have to look it up each time until we get to know someone better? And quite often, bloggers don’t even put the information in their About Me section either. So… today’s post, in lieu of you all getting to know more about me through the 365 Daily Challenge, I’m asking for more info about YOU.

If you want to skip a response, that’s OK. But if not, let’s share some information and then share it with all the rest of your bloggers, so we can learn more about one another. For starters, please respond with:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Gender (however you choose to interpret the word)

And if you are brave, and this is your truth now, share more like me:

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Jay / 40 / Male / New York City / Writer / Possibly Crazy / Reserved But Funny & Open-Minded / Should Be Working But Isn’t Right Now / Loves Ryder / Curious To Know You

__________________________________________________________________________________________

That was simple, right? Let’s see what everyone has to say…

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Cindy @ Cindy Knoke Photography. Cindy and I met a few months ago when some of her stunning photos showed up in another blogger’s feed. I had to check them out, and once I did, I quickly decided it was a blog to follow. Cindy had been traveling in Germany and France at the time, stopping in small villages along the way. She stumbled into a few where my ancestors lived nearly 200 years ago. All of Cindy’s photos capture amazing aspects of life, including nature, people, animals, villages, scenery and life at its core. I adore her site and think other people would love to check it out. She’s a really friendly blogger, interacting and checking out other people’s blogs beyond just those with photography. I enjoy admiring her work and whatever she presents to us on her blog. If you love photography, you should definitely make the effort to stop at the site and find something worth adding to your list of followed blogs. At the end of the day, when you can’t read another review, peruse another tag or award, or listen to anything inspirational… and you just want to stare at beautiful photos to relax you, this is the place to be. I’m confident you will find yourself scrolling through it for a very long time.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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AWARD: Versatile Blogger #2

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I would like to thank WakingUpOnTheWrongSideOf50 for nominating me for this award!  She is one of the most funny bloggers I follow, so please give her a chance… I already showcased her last week on my 365 Daily Challenge Recommended Blogger, so this is reminder number two… ahem… and speaking of the 365 Daily Challenge, I already reveal so much, I wonder what I will come up with for the 7 possibly unknown facts about me…

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RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know

Here are my 7 possibly unknown facts:

  1. I had kidney stones when I was 12 and 13. My parents thought I was making it up because my dad was getting them and I wanted to be like him. When I was able to prove I had them (no fun for a 12 year old to have to tell his mother he’s peeing blood), I got a puppy as an I’m sorry gift.
  2. I once choked on a gumball in a J.C. Penney’s store when I was about 5 years old. I tried to get the cashier’s attention, but she was busy talking to a customer. Finally I threw myself on the ground kicking and screaming until they looked over. Luckily someone slapped my back. I’ve had an irrational fear of choking since then.
  3. I was once stung by a bumble bee on my eyelid. It swelled up, but I wasn’t allergic to them. It went away in 3 days, but then that same afternoon, I walked into an open window and cut my other eyelid open. I looked like a monster that week. I think I was about 9 years old.
  4. Other than those 3 items I just mentioned, I’ve never really been injured, e.g. broken bones or accidents. I’m lucky, I suppose.
  5. When I was a teenager, we went to a resort in the Catskills for one week every summer. We’d always play “Night at the Races” and bet on previous horse races they would show on big movie screen. I always picked the right ones such that everyone would make their bets after I placed mine. But I could never collect the winnings because I was a minor. So unfair.
  6. I found baby squirrels (three days old) abandoned by their mother in a tree on my property a few years ago. They were covered in ants and screeching. The mother wouldn’t save them, so I did. I raised them for 4 months until they were old enough to go outside again. I had claw marks on my legs and shoulders because they would need to always be sitting on me no matter where I was in the house. They soon thought my dog was their mother and kept trying to cuddle with her. She was not happy.
  7. I always win when I gamble at a new casino for the first time. I’ve been to 5 big casinos and on every single one, I win about a large amount of money on slot machines and BlackJack. If I go back again, I always lose. I should travel the world and visit every casino until I proved this theory.

 

I nominate the following 10 people:

  1. https://littlemayflyblog.com/2017/07/17/500-followers/
  2. https://marjoriesworldofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/fascinating-illuminating-and-moving/
  3. https://authentically50.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/how-to-be-content-with-what-you-have/
  4. https://susanlovesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/goodreads-monday-17/
  5. https://takeonlifeblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/moving-forward-always/
  6. https://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2017/07/17/mundane-monday-challenge-118-a-leafless-tree/
  7. https://cassiopeiasmoon.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/mid-year-freak-out-2017/
  8. https://thebookcovergirls.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/july-2017/
  9. https://lostartofreadingblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/%F0%9F%8D%81forbidden-by-f-stone/
  10. https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/launch-party-mega-blitz-celebrating-indie-authors-blogparty-giveaways/

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

TAG: Get to Know me

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I found this tag at Bionic Book Worm who found it at Too Much of a Book Nerd. I thought it was a great way to drop some interesting facts about us bloggers and let others stumble upon them when checking out our blog and profile. So here goes…

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VITAL STATS

NAME: James

NICKNAMES: Jay, JC, J (but never Jim or Jimmy)

BIRTHDAY: March 18th

STAR SIGN: Pisces

OCCUPATION: Technology & Business Ops for ~20 years. Now split with writing.

LIVING IN: New York City (NYC)

 

APPEARANCE

HAIR COLOR: Brown

HAIR LENGTH: Short, but for a guy, probably considered long…

EYE COLOR: Hazel

BEST FEATURE:  I think it’s my shoulders/chest. Friends always say my hair these days.

BRACES: No, but I should have had them. My teeth aren’t perfectly straight. A few are slightly slanted. But I’m not going thru that ordeal now!

PIERCINGS: None now. But in the past, I had two piercings in my left ear and both nipples for a few years. I’m sorry to anyone reading this who finds it surprising or shocking. But in reality, if you saw me at the beach or the pool a few years ago, you would have seen them in person.

TATTOOS: None but I love them. Some day…

RIGHT OR LEFT: Right

PICTURE: Most recent one

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FIRSTS

REAL HOLIDAY: On my own? I don’t know that I remember… moved into my own apartment at 22, so perhaps that Thanksgiving or Christmas?

BEST FRIEND: Lynde while growing up. We lived next door to one another and spent all our time together for 15+ years. We still chat from time to time but live in different places. Now it’s probably Winston for the last 5 years.

AWARD: A bunch in grammar, middle and high school. Best creative short story in college. Versatile Blogger this week for my site. Nothing else I know of!

SPORT: Played soccer and baseball through middle school, then I was a bowler. Even worked there and taught kids how to bowl. Now just the gym.

CONCERT: I am not a concert guy, too many people. My parents too me to a few outdoor ones as a child. The first I actually remember going to… I think it was Madonna in my 20s.

 

FAVORITES

TV SHOWS: I’m only listing the ones currently on air that I watch: Modern Family, Mom, How to Get Away With Murder, The Real O’Neals, Great British Baking Show, Younger, The Crown, Grace and Frankie

COLOR: Black

SONGS: I’m usually good with turning on the radio and listening to anything rock or pop

RESTAURANT: Easier to choose cuisines… Mexican

SHOPS: I’m not a shopper but when I do… Kenneth Cole or Banana Republic

BOOKS: Too many to list… right now, anything by Kate Morton

SHOES: I hate shoes. I prefer not to wear anything, no socks or shoes. If I have to… sandals

BOOK GENRES: Mystery

 

CURRENTLY

FEELING: Old… some of these questions are hard or don’t work for me. Ornery. 😛

SINGLE OR TAKEN: Taken for about 5 1/2 years. We live together.

EATING: Had a half a turkey sandwich about 30 minutes ago for lunch.

THINKING ABOUT: Edits to my book. Waiting on feedback from an agent. Scary.

WATCHING: Last night, the latest episode of “Mom.”

WEARING: comfy cotton shorts, t-shirt and a pair of boxer-briefs

 

HAVE KIDS: Nope, not unless you count Ryder. Perhaps one day…

WANT TO TRAVEL: Yes, but I have a bit already.  Been to: China, Singapore Thailand, Cambodia, Argentina, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, UK and France. Plus most of the USA… 35 out of 50 states so far.

DO YOU BELIEVE…

 

In Yourself: Yes, most days. 

God: I was raised Catholic.

Miracles: Eh… I believe random things can happen. I’m not sure I’m clear on what we’d call the true definition of a miracle.

Love at first sight: No, because love means so many different things. You can know you will be with someone for a long time. You can be sure you will fall in love with something about them. But I don’t think you can immediately fall in love.

Ghosts: Yes. Spirits. I think you can sense things are around you.

Aliens: There is more than Earth out there.

Soul Mates: Probably not, though I don’t mean it in a bad way. I just mean you can fall in love, and you can be meant to stay together… but we have one soul and not everyone falls in love just once.

Heaven: Yes, there is something positive beyond life.

Hell: Tough one. I believe in forgiveness, so who or what would go there after life? I was taught to believe in it because I am Catholic, but I’m unclear on its real definition.

TAG TIME

And now it’s your turn… I’m not tagging anyone specific, but I’d love to see at least 5 of my online friends post reply with their answers and post it on their site, tagging me and letting me know so I can check it out!
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