Thursday, October 7, 2010

Svikes! I've Been Tagged!

The hugely talented and always dapper Anthony Venutolo has called me out in a game of virtual tag. I apparently have to answer 8 questions about myself and single out a few others for the same treatment. Take a few moments to check out Ant’s blog, Bukowski’s Basement, for some writing heavily influenced by literary rogues like Buk, or Jack, or Tom, or…oh, and read a bit of entertainment news or listen to a few audio recordings of his stories and poems while you’re there. Pour a drink and read him for a while.

On to business…

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why? He, he, he...my knee-jerk answer is that I'd love to have X-Ray vision (go on say it...men are pigs). I think to have the ability to predict the future would be damned cool. To know what horse was going to win in the fifth race at Belmont would be a gift for sure. Solving all the woes of the world with my gift? Pfffth! Who needs the headaches. Look at every US President. After four years in office they're grayer than me. Now predicting the lotto...there's something useful!


  2. Who is your style icon? If this refers to writing, I don't think that mine shows a resemblance to the writers I admire. Let's just say that I'm still a work in progress. As far as my keen fashion sense...I used to wear a lot of flannel shirts (this is Canada, eh?) and my role model was the great Al Borland (pictured) from Tool Time. I found, though, that the plaid clashed with my fez and I have switched to T-shirts: solid grays, blacks and blues (I'm rather fond of blue shirts as they bring out the colour of my eyes...)


  3. What is your favourite quote? Geez, there's so many different ones to choose from. I've copied these from my Facebook page..."It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see" -- Henry David Thoreau.....and "Wonder at the things around you for wonder is the beginning of wisdom" --Plato


  4. What is the best compliment you've ever received? When in my early 20's, I worked as a clerk in a mining office in downtown Vancouver. Gastown to be exact. I left the office to go to lunch with an office associate and we passed a certain 'lady of the streets' who turned and shouted at me, "Hey, nice ass!"...at least I assume she meant me and not the 60 year old guy I was with. I've had a swelled head ever since.


  5. What playlist/CD is in your CD player/iPod right now? Let me have a peek...Supertramp, Breakfast in America. I've also been listening to a lot of solo Lennon, solo George Harrison, Cat Stevens (pre-Islam) and Simon and Garfunkel. Those that follow this blog regularly know that I'm also fond of the Sunday morning radio show 'Homebrew' that highlights traditional Newfoundland music (for those interested, you can listen live on the internet K-Rock 97.5)


  6. Are you a night owl or a morning person? Twenty years ago I would have answered that I was a night owl. However, after 16 years of marriage and a kid I'd say that I'm really tired by 10pm (my doctor would blame a lot of other schtuff but what the heck does he know). Definitely more of an early morning person...after a coffee enema infusion.



  7. Do you prefer dogs or cats? It depends on the side dishes and available sauces...OK, seriously folks, those that read me here regularly know that I was an Animal Control Officer (dog catcher) in a former life. I've hardly ever been around cats and spent much of my childhood around fox terriers and shelties. We presently have a rescued greyhound whose favourite activies are eating and sleeping (a dog after my own heart).


  8. What is the meaning behind your blog name? That's fairly simple...Conversations From Land's Edge is meant as a forum to connect with others through conversation/comments in the areas of entertainment, education, humour and the like. Primarily it was a way to meet other writers, but a lot of wonderful non-writing folks have dropped by as well. The 'Land's Edge' refers to the fact that in a couple of different directions I am a few minutes away from the Atlantic on a large, windswept island.

I shall now 'tag' three others so we can annoy learn more about them...

Laurita Miller of Brain Droppings, Karen Schindler of Miscellaneous Yammering and KC Shaw of The Knotted Thicket can also consider themselves 'tagged'. I choose these ladies because they are all fine writers that display insightfullness and/or humour in their blogging. You go girls!

15 comments:

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks for the tag! I've posted my answers, although they're not as fun as yours.

I used to love "Tool Time." I hadn't thought about that show in years. And I'd say that you probably do have a nice ass, but I don't want your wife to beat me up.

If you do get your superpower, can you pass a few of those horse names along to me once in a while? :)

Rebecca Nazar said...

I'm a winner, I'm a sinner, do you want my autograph?--great song. : )

Aaron Polson said...

Awww...Ren & Stimpy. Thanks for the insights, Alan, and Breakfast in America is a great album.

David Barber said...

Nice one, Alan. Great music choices.

Cate Gardner said...

I bet you check out your ass everytime you pass a shop window. ;)

Katey said...

Mmmm, solo George Harrison. <3

Haha I love that you picked Al from "Home Improvement". That just made my day, man. I totally would've watched "Tool Time"!

Karen from Mentor said...

X-ray vision would be cool. I like the idea of slipping through the cracks in the space time continuum myself. That would be a lot of fun.

I'm being interviewed next friday at I See You, the website of crime thriller author Cat Connor, [yes, that's what's on her business card] and she asks me some of the same questions.
She also asked me about my underwear. In the interview I tell her about my under it all preferences AND provide a photo of me in fish net stockings wearing three inch heels.... so... after the dust settles on that...giggling...I'll be able to turn my brain to generating [hopefully] entertaining answers to the rest of the above queries.

That style one is a stumper though. Maybe if I wait long enough to post answers my clothes will come back in style.

Loved the hooker story.

Thanks for the tag and the grins Alan.
:0)

G.P. Ching said...

Entertaining interview!

Alan W. Davidson said...

KC- LOL at the ass comment. I'm open to all compliments (besides, it would cost too much for her to travel to you locale to administer ass-kicking). If the horses work out, I'll share with my friends.

Becca- Supertramp had so many...oops! Did we just give away our age!

Aaron- Agreed. Ren and Stimpy would be the perfect pets.

David- Thank you, sir. I also forgot to mention Battlefield Band, from your neck of the woods.

Cate- Does my vanity show that much!

Katey- 'Brainwashed' was amazing. Al was a hoot...and I think I looked like him (about 100 years ago).

Karen- You know that I'll check out the interview (and it's all about the questions, not about the clothing...) That's funny about the clothes coming back into style...I've got a closet of velour shirts just waiting for that very day...

GP- Thank you kindly. As I always say...If I can't be educational, at least I can be entertaining. Or was it...if you can't laugh with me, at least you can laugh at me...or was it...

Mari said...

Predicting the future? I'd pass this one, Alan. What would be the fun of living a life you've already seen, and being unable to change the bad stuff that always follow the good ones?

Yay for dog people! :D

Laurita said...

Great answers delivered with your usual wit. I really like your style icon. Can you fix a bookshelf?

kathryn said...

Lovely list of answers Fez-Man. How long did it take you to come up with an alternate power to the pervert x-ray answer??

That was a pretty quick save, there....of course, it didn't get past ME....

Notes from "the edge"....

Bukowski's Basement said...

Dude... loved your answers. You're a damn funny guy, Alan!

Alan W. Davidson said...

Mari- That makes good sense (though I still want to win that lottery!)

Laurita- Thank you kindly. Al B. is a legend. Bookshelves? For sure, it's the wireless connections that I have problem with...;)

Kathryn- The X-ray perversion took no time at all. You're pretty sharp, I knew that I couldn't fool you...

Ant- Thank you sir. Though I'm just a babe in the woods as far as comedy. Two of my role models (Karen and Kathryn) commented here. Check out there blogs for humour...

Cathy Webster (Olliffe) said...

I dunno, I kinda see your style guide as Captain Dildo, the sea-slicker dude at the gift shop in Dildo, Nfld. You seriously got a slicker thing going on.