I don’t really do the ‘award’ thing — unless it’s weird

imageI don’t normally do award things because, let’s face it: I’m an ungrateful jerk. Ok, maybe not. But I do kind of feel like one when I respectfully decline. It’s not that I don’t appreciate being recognized by fellow bloggers; it means a lot actually. It’s just that the rules that usually accompany these awards, including the mandatory passing along of the award to multiple bloggers, has a chain-letter feel to it that doesn’t sit right with me. However, I do make exceptions when 1) the blogger who nominates me is relatively new, therefore giving me a chance to send traffic their way, or 2) the award is a little weird. In the case of The Jolly Lobster Award bestowed on me by CeeLee at Swim In The Adult Pool, it’s both.

Shortly after my WordPress “new follower” cross lit up last week, I found my way to CeeLee. Ok, actually I attempted a cartwheel that ended in something resembling a twerk first. The point is, once I got to her site I was immediately impressed by her writing as well as her tenacity and spirit. Effectively dealing with adult ADHD means CeeLee has to approach her sometimes relentless creative spark in ways many of us would never think of attempting. Sort of like my “twerk-wheel” but with better results.

This snippet from her post, Two ways to manage your creativity — and live to tell about it, explains it best:

Less than a month ago I was ready to throw in the towel on blogging. Why? My inspiration is sporadic, doesn’t bother sending me a courtesy heads up email before it strikes, and it most definitely doesn’t care to keep daytime hours. Case in point.

See my picture on the right?


That’s me after spending the night in darkened living room resentfully pecking out a *3am star, instead of sleeping and dreaming decadent dreams of docs that require no formatting. It began playing havoc with my ADHD symptoms, my sleep, my everything.

Things had to change…

As I read her post, it made me think about the things I take for granted as a writer: Being able to call upon my creativity (and have it occasionally answer) as opposed to being at the mercy of its whims; Needing little more than strong coffee to remain focused on an idea, at least until it hits my bladder; and having the ability to shut my brain off at bedtime (although my editor would argue it shuts off long before that).

So when CeeLee told me she had included me on her list of seven Jolly Lobster Award nominees, I was especially appreciative. Not only because of who it had come from, but also because it served as a reminder that, as a writer, I really need to stop attempting cartwheels. I also appreciated the spirit the Jolly Lobster Award represents:

For Bloggers Who Enter Fully Into the Fun of Blogging

That said, here are the… *shivers* …rules

1) Display the award badge.
2) Link back to the person who nominated you
3) Give an interesting fact about lobsters (my favorite part)
4) Answer 7 questions
5) Nominate no more than 7 bloggers and let them know

Since we can check off the first two rules, here’s an interesting lobster fact which, until now, had only been known by country music singer Reba McEntire and myself…

Lobster Fact: In 1993, I dropped a live Maine lobster on the foot of Reba McEntire who then ordered broiled salmon instead. How did this happen? I was a chef for 10 years before becoming a journalist. In 1993, I was at a restaurant in Memphis, Tenn., when Reba McEntire came in and ordered lobster. She went to the tank to choose her lobster and I volunteered to rake it out. As it came to the top, she squeezed my shoulder and I jumped, dropping the 1.5-pound crustacean on one of her open-toed heels. My kitchen nickname became “Fancy” forever after.

Things Ceelee apparently wants answers to:

1. Is there really a hole at the bottom of the sea?
I didn’t do well in middle school science, but I do know that almost everything has a hole.

2. What is your favorite sea creature?
SpongeBob Squarepants. (That counts, right?)

3. Do mermaids exist?
I have to say yes. And that they have the ability to walk on land. That’s the only explanation I have for the beauty and enchantment of my wife. Plus she looks great without her top on.

4. Do you have a worst moments sea-side story?
Several, and the common thread is that I’m usually hung over the side of the railing “feeding the fish.”

5. What was Captain Hook’s name before he got the hook?
First Mate?

6. How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn’t grow in it?
I think it’s a lot like Washington D.C.; even without sponges it still gets pretty deep there.

7. What would happen to the sea’s water level if every boat in the world was taken out of the water at the same time?
It’s hard to say. But I know a lot of boat owners would be really mad.

And the nominees are…
Here are a few talented folks I’ve discovered recently and who you should check out now, before — like me — they become total jerks and stop accepting awards:

That’s What Ron Said

The Peanut Butter Table

The Adventures of Beka

Always a Redhead


All of these blogs, in addition to being relatively new to the blog-o-sphere, are great examples of folks who Enter Fully Into the Fun of Blogging. Please visit them. You’ll be glad you did or your money back.

Seven sea-oriented things I need answers to:

1) What do mermaids eat tarter sauce with?
2) Would you ever consider using a starfish in self-defense?
3) In “Jaws,” which character do you identify with the most?
4) If you could talk with any fictional sea character, who would it be? (while sober)
5) Share a raw seafood experience
6) “Gilligan’s Island” or “Lost”?
7) What do dolphins know that we don’t?

I’d like to thank CeeLee once again for thinking of me, and including me on her list of Jolly Lobster nominees.

And Reba: I’m sorry again about that lobster.

(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation. His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available from Port Hole Publications, Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.)


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46 thoughts on “I don’t really do the ‘award’ thing — unless it’s weird”

  1. I’m pretty new to this blogging stuff, but if you have to name 7 others for an award that you just received, and they, in turn, have to each name 7 more, wouldn’t everyone eventually get nominated for the award and thus reduce the value?

    1. That’s exactly right, Paul, depending on our planet’s birth rate. Which I have absolutely nothing to do with anymore, in case you were wondering…

      1. Good point X, I hadn’t thought of that. I guess, being new, I assumed you could only receive an award once. So, if you, me and six others got together, we could, in theory each be nominated for thousands of say, Jolly Lobster Awards. I could receive an award for having a blog that contained nothing but pictures of the thousands of other awards I have received. Hmmm, worth looking into. Ha!

        1. In theory, yes, but in practice, I’m still a jerk about these awards. Well, not so much a jerk, just that every post I do is a list of 10 items, and that doesn’t go well with these awards’ rules.

  2. Once again, you are able to take weird to a whole new level that makes me appreciate you even more as a human being and a friend. I’ll be heading over soon to check out CeeLee’s blog.

    Congrats on the recent FP!! I’m glad more people were drawn to your brilliance. (and no, I’m not drunk!!) 🙂

    1. Thanks, Susan. Taking weird to new levels is a gift…or so my Mom kept telling me when I was a kid 😉 Truly though: Thank you. Especially since I know you’re sober Haha!

  3. Thank you 🙂

    You know, for bending your rules about accepting awards a bit,
    and for showing an awkward noob some real kindness.
    (making her grin on a day not usually noted for the grin-factor)

    But. There’s just one thing I have to ask.

    I’m dying to see what a twerk-wheel looks like in action.
    Could I see you demonstrate it? 😉

    Thank you for making me do a herky-twerky happy dance.
    I may have scarred the neighbors for life.
    Totally worth it. 🙂

    1. Lol! So glad I could provide you with a grin. But I’m afraid the twerk-wheel will have to wait until I can afford my health care deductible 😉

      And yeah, that neighbors thing? Totally worth it!

      Cheers, CeeLee 😉

  4. I rarely accept awards either in case my ego grows wings. I’m humble like that.

    Looking forward to checking out the bloggers.

  5. Your blog was smart and sassy. It got me thinking. Are the holes in the sponge like our pores breathing for the skin of the creature? Would a live sponge soak up coca cola? Would it soak up maple syrup? Somewhere there is a research facility experimenting on exactly those questions. When there was a giant oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, why were not sponges moved to the area as a mop up campaign?

  6. Thank you, I’m humbled and querying Google for answers, actually I’m asking my husband, he is very smart with sea creatures. I must confess though, I have received the Liebster Award. I hope that does not disqualify me from the “Jolly Lobster” Award, because I do love a good lobster.

  7. Your post with the lobster award was funny and so true! I like the way you talk about writing, Ned!I like awards, feel they motivate but I tend to do the posts in a much more rebellious way these days! Smiles, Robin

  8. Congrats Ned, here’s hoping it’s not your first…

    No wait, it’s not. There was this other award bestowed on you by Ah dad…who never got a reply. Now he knows why…

    1. WHAT? How did I miss that? While there’s no arguing that I’m a jerk… see? no argument… I’m a jerk who always replies to these things. I must’ve missed it somehow.

      Whatever the case, I’m truly sorry about that, Pieter.

      Wow, I really AM a jerk…

  9. OMG, I see my name here & I’m reading this over a month late! I am not ignoring you Ned, honestly, I have just had an exceptionally busy month, then add to it some health problems & here I am. I promise to try to do this post soon! Thank you so much!

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