Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Holy Strangeness!

In a blogosphere full of weird and wonderful awards I thought I had seen everything. I was most surprised to receive a very unusual award. Some may dare to call it strange...

The giver of this fine award, herself thought of as strange in some circles, is horror writer Natalie L. Sin who can normally be found lurking at Written by Sin. On a side note, I once considered hosting a contest to try to determine what the middle initial 'L' is in her name. But then I thought it a strange idea and stowed it away...

The 'Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits' award is given to only the strangest of folk, and as the recipient of such you are deemed very strange indeed. Congratulations. Now you must go forth and celebrate the strangeness of friends (and strangers - strangers are always allowed) by nominating blogs run by strange folk. *Beware, some people don't like you to refer to them as strange…Try to avoid them if possible.

Note that Cate Gardner's short story collection 'Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits' is forthcoming this October from the fine folks at Strange Publications.
Some rules:

1. Add the logo of the award to your blog post.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (don't mess with strange people).

3. Nominate seven other blogs telling us why you think the recipient is strange enough to deserve the award.

4. Leave a message for those nominated on their blogs.

5. And, if you email catephoenix(at)gmail(dot)com and tell her you've received the award for your strangeness, she'll enter you in the biggest kick-ass Strange Men competition ever. Details over at strangemeninpinstripesuits.com (click on the award link on the home page)

So them be the rules behind this strange contest. Do check out her link as there a some cool prizes available.

I shall pass on this award, and all the accompanying strangeness, to the following three people who are among the most strange that I know...

Kara McElhinny of Random thoughts of a writery girl, Rebecca Nazar of Scratch That, and Laura Eno of A Shift in Dimensions. I am picking these three ladies because they are all fine writers of horrific and, quite frankly, strange things. And I'm sure they don't mind being included in club 'Le Strange'.

According to the award/meme rules I should be passing this award on to seven people. Heck, half of you reading this would qualify...I shall include a photo below, taken 1990 in India. If you think it particularly strange consider yourself awarded "The Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits" award and therefore tagged in this meme. Go forth and be strange!

21 comments:

Laura Eno said...

Oh god, I'm laughing so much I may expire at the end of this po

Laura Eno said...

My cat managed to revive me with her tuna breath. How strange that Natalie finds you strange, Mr Davidson?

I am most honored to be included in club
'Le Strange'. It has a fine group of people in it. Thank you!

By the way, I don't find anything strange in that photo at all...except maybe the Canadian shirt.

Cate Gardner said...

Thank you for the linkage, Alan. And good luck in the comp. :D

Karen from Mentor said...

cute knees.

Rebecca Nazar said...

Thanks, Alan. A fine award, indeed. I make it a point to be strange a little bit each day, keeps thing interesting. : )

Rebecca Nazar said...

Oops--things.

Laurita said...

Very cute knees indeed. Now when do we get to see you in a pinstripe suit?

David Barber said...

Loving that photo, Alan. Your girlfriend wasn't much to look at though. :-) Happy strange pinstripe man day!! Ha!

Cathy Olliffe said...

That photo seems more weird than strange.
That's not your girlfriend, is it? David thinks it its but then again he's, um strange...

Danielle Ferries said...

Classic photo. Love the Canada shirt.

G.P. Ching said...

Is this the Canadian version of that painting "American Gothic"? I agree, cute knees!

kathryn said...

Well, congrats on the strange award...you strange man, you.

Who are those hippy, dippy, trippy people, I wonder? They look so happy...

Bukowski's Basement said...

You strange, strange man...

Alan W. Davidson said...

Laura- Glad that the power of the potent tuna breath revived you. I was hoping that someone would also notice that the tie-dyed short I was wearing had legs of different lengths.

Cate- You are very welcome for the linkage.

Karen- Yes, that's why I liked her.

Becca- I think a little strangeness everyday is the remedy for all ailments.

Laurita- Now there's a thought. I may have had one about 25 lbs ago.

David- Har! Funny guy. She was more of a travelling companion. Also a bit skinny and in need of fashion advise.

Cathy- That's a sordid part of my youth I am reluctant to talk about. I may have been drunk at the time.

Danielle- I ended up selling the shirt to a guy in Nepal for a few rupees (he was buying up all our 'western' clothes for resale to locals).

G.P.- That's hilarious! That hadn't occured to me until you mentioned it.

Kathryn- Yes, odd traveling companions. The photo was taken on Christmas day. We had a small budget to buy local clothes to dress up as 'tacky tourists' (though my Canada shirt and his middle-eastern scarf don't quite fit the bill).

Ant- Very true, my friend, very true...

J. M. Strother said...

How very strange...

See, I just thought someone had given you a wedgie.

Congrats on the award. You, um..., deserve it.
~jon

Natalie L. Sin said...

Inquiries into my "L" would only lead to disappointment. There's nothing salacious about it ; )

DEZMOND said...

The fashion in that bottom pic is truly and absolutely deserving of the award you were given :)) Although I'm not sure Canada shouldn't press charges against you for representing the country in such an indecent pair of shorts during your emissary visit to India ;)

Jodi MacArthur said...

Oh dear, that picture... Woo. I need a drink .
Celebrate your strangeness, Alan! Cool award. I'd love to read that story when it come out. Cool title.

Jen Brubacher said...

Congratulations on you incredible strangeness! :)

Alan W. Davidson said...

Jon- I had not thought the difference in the legs of the shorts would be interpretted that way! Welcome to club 'Le Strange' sir!

Nat- I was hoping for something sinister, or perhaps tawdry.

Dez- Indecent. That's funny. I suppose my travelling friend is more appropriately clothed.

Jodi- Yep, I'm sure Cate's collection will be very cool. I'm sure the photo is worth a carton of milk.

Jen- Thanks! I shall wallow in my strangeness.

K.Hinny said...

Thanks Alan!!!