It never occurred to me when I started Chubby Chatterbox seven months ago that fellow bloggers would be kind enough to single out my efforts for recognition. I was humbled and honored last Thursday when Jenny Woolf drew attention to Chubby Chatterbox on her marvelous blog, An English Travel Writer*. Thanks Jenny.
I’m supposed to list seven things about myself and then nominate a few of the blogs I enjoy. Most of these tidbits about me are included in my memoir, The Kid in the Kaleidoscope: A Chubby Chatterbox Grows Up in the Fifties, Sixties and Beyond…
#1. I was raised in a very strict family and I was the only one with a sense of humor. Growing up I could say just about anything I wanted and nobody took me seriously or knew what I was talking about.
#2. I’m a big history buff and I love anything having to do with Ancient Rome. One of
my oldest possessions is The Horizon Book of Ancient Rome given to me on my twelfth Christmas.
#3. I’ve been on just about every diet there is over the years and I once fasted for an entire week. A conservative estimate of weight I’ve lost in my lifetime would add up to approximately five hundred pounds. No, I’ve never come close to weighing that much; I tip the scale at closer to two hundred pounds. But if you walk up to me with a bathroom scale you’ll be impressed by how fast I can run.
#4. I was hired to teach painting at a prestigious art college when board members
confused me with someone else whose name I shared. I tried for eight years, without success, to convince them I wasn’t “that other guy.”
#5. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we’ve been together for forty years. She’s my best friend and soul mate.
#6. I once had a nasty altercation with actor Don Ameche, but my most memorable encounter with a celebrity came when I accidentally ran down Jerry Brown, governor of California, with my car.
#7. I once found forty thousand dollars worth of artwork, including a Picasso, that had accidentally been thrown into a dumpster.
Here are a few blogs I’d like to nominate for this award, in no particular order. Be sure to add the green button to your blog and, if you’re so inclined, reveal seven things about yourself, and then nominate blogs you enjoy.
Not that I deserve them, but I hope to have an opportunity to share more awards with other blogging friends.