I met Holly about seven years ago when I made a balloon Sword for her son at a local Cici’s Pizza restaurant. We were re-introduced online by my friend Mitch Mitchell – whom I met in person for the first time three years ago after having known him online for about seven. Mitch had posted a photo of our meeting at a McDonalds in Syracuse, New York, on his blog, and Holly recognized me and now we are online friends instead of offline acquaintances.
Holly writes at It’s All a Matter of Perspective. She has a killer sense of humor and sarcasm; she is blatantly honest and doesn’t pull any punches.
Thank you, Holly! I am humbled. Not because I am too proud to receive the award but because Holly insists that I am “Pretty Creative”, and that I deserve it. (Ducking to dodge whatever she is hurling at me for downplaying my creativity).
Here are the rules for accepting the challenge, I mean, the award.
1. Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you. (Seriously? That’s a rule? I thought that would be common sense)
2. Share five facts about yourself to your readers. (Be grateful it is only Five)
3. Nominate 10-20 blogs and notify them. (No way, not doing it. I can’t afford to lose the few blogging friends I have)
4. Pass on the rules. (That means share them, not ignore them, you weirdo)
Five things about me you probably didn’t want to know. (Hey don’t blame me, it’s one of the requirements)
1. I was born in India and came of age in Pakistan. (That explains why I am always fighting with myself)
2. I have been called many things in my life, but the only thing that I had engraved (okay printed on the back of a t-shirt) was “RATSHIT.” (Yes, I still have friends from my hippy days that call me that).
3. I am an award-winning Speaker. (If you want to be one, join Toastmasters. We give out four awards every week at my club). The largest audience I spoke in front of was more than 5,000 people. The smallest one? Three people.
4. In 2012, I went on a two-month road trip. I traveled a little over 12,000 miles and passed through 40 different states in the process enabling me to complete finally visiting The Lower 48. West Virginia was the final state. (I went over the Shenandoah River and sang “Country Roads Take me Home” for the next three days)
5. While other people have called me many things, I chose to call myself Mister Weirdo (most of my social media sites are /misterweirdo). It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that it came about as a part of the introduction I wrote for myself to be used for my first serious presentation.
Tag, You’re it (I know, I said I’m not going to do it, but a rule is a rule)
1. Charles McCool writes about cool places and cool people at McCool Travels
2. Ross Lukeman studied architecture at the University of Houston ad writes about Alternative Homes
3. Henri Junttila was born, raised and lives in Sweden. He used to a professional poker player. Now he writes about Location Independence and Lifestyle Design. That’s mighty creative.
4. Kandace Nesbitt-Rodarte is a fellow Toastmaster, who once interviewed me for her podcast. Her blog, or rather her podcast, is called Gratitude Geek. It has taken a back seat due to health issues. I hope she gets back into it.
5. James Schipper was one of my earliest supporters when I started blogging at Present Day Nomads (now defunct) back in 2009. I visited him in St. Petersburg, Florida when I first became Happily Homeless. He is a copywriter and adventurer at Live Collar Free