March 01, 2007

Deep South Version of the Thursday Three!

Many thanks to someone even MORE Southern than I am for stepping in today with a set of questions for the Thursday Three, the Favorite International Blog Question Thing! Many thanks this morning to Kitchen Hand (not his real name) who kindly volunteered to help out with the following questions. Remember, anyone is free to play along either by leaving your comments below or a link back to your own blog.

SO, here we go:

Thursday Three Questions:

1) Here, it is the first day of autumn - Wednesday Thursday 1st of March. However, in some parts of the world, the new seasons do not arrive until the 19th of the month, or later; due to large cattle breeds called solstices and equinoxes that issue huge amounts of methane, which increases global warming and makes the seasons run late. Question: what is your favourite season, and why?

2) When you started your weblog, did you deliberate over whether to choose a nom-de-blog or use your real identity? What swayed you either way?

3) Discussing religion, politics or sex has always been impolite at cocktail parties, because of the risk of embarrassing face-to-face arguments. However, this is not a cocktail party, but a blog. And since the whole point of a blog is to have robust discussions, make a comment on the first thing that comes to your mind about religion, politics or sex. Pour yourself a martini first, if it helps. Don't forget the olive.

Wow--he's good. Anyway, off you go now to cogitate upon those things.

My answers are now up for your confusion.

1. Okay, before we even start off, let me just say that this poor Earth of ours is so messed up by our continued carbon-spewing abuse that not only does global warming cause it to be cold AND hot, I'd like to also point out that it's almost springtime here, yet in Australia it's AUTUMN!! How much longer will Gaia nurture us if we continue to confuse her in this way!?

As for favorite season, I like fall and spring, mainly because of the mild temps. Of those two, spring is better because of all the trees and flowers and things blooming out--looked outside this morning and Boy's pear tree is in full flower. And the daffodils have been up for at least two weeks now. Love it. Summer is okay as long as I can find myself an air conditioner because I don't like being drenched in sweat all the time. Winter is least favorite, but around here it's not like it's really bad Yankee/Canuck winter because it's usually not really cold for a long stretch, but I don't like the lack of daylight more than anything else.

2. I never thought about being anonymous, and I'm not sure why not exactly, other than to not encourage people to try too hard to figure things out. I guess when I started I figured that if I went ahead and used my actual name, crazy people wouldn't obsess about trying to find me or out me. Oddly enough, very few people I know have managed to stumble across me over the last six years, including my family, despite using my real name. It is constraining somewhat because there are a lot of things that I could say but won't, but that's really no different than real life--see Question 3.

3. First thing that comes to mind about religion, politics, or sex?


I would say that over the years, I've found that my positions have changed in all of them.

So there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 08:26 AM

I'm up, and is it still Thursday where these questions came from? Are they still fresh?

Posted by: skinnydan at March 1, 2007 08:33 AM

I think it's Saturday in Australia now, so they're extra fresh, having been manufactured in the future.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 08:55 AM

You can see my answers at UNFREEZING
. I know this is different than before but I’ve forgotten what little html I knew and new blogger bites.

Posted by: jim at March 1, 2007 09:28 AM

I'm up

Posted by: diane at March 1, 2007 11:08 AM

Bah - messed up the code go to the url.

My fingers won't do what my brain tells them (assuming my brain is even correct)

Posted by: diane at March 1, 2007 11:10 AM

Boy that new blogger is just great—if you copy and paste the link it doesn’t link. Great job—google must have had all the big brains working on limiting freedom for the Chinese.

Posted by: jim at March 1, 2007 11:13 AM

1. Autumn, of course. Cooler weather, fresh cider and football - a combination that can't be beat.

2. I use a fake name, though others (ahem, Terry) have used my name enough so that someone with minimal Google skills could put it all together.

3. Religion: man calls us to church, God calls us to a relationship with Him. It's nice to share your relationship with others, though.
Politics: BDS* is a threat to our country and freedom. I don't know how the libs can go off the deep end like they do.
Sex: My dad thought it was funny to fill out the blank on applications asking for sex with "yes" rather than male of female. I think he's the only one who still thinks it's funny.

(* - Bush Derangement Syndrome in case you didn't know.)

Posted by: Marc V at March 1, 2007 11:23 AM

Oops, that's supposed to be "... male or female."

Posted by: Marc V at March 1, 2007 11:26 AM

And no, the applications did not ask for sex like in giving it up, but for gender. Just in case there was any confusion ...

Posted by: Marc V at March 1, 2007 11:28 AM

Got it fixed for you, Miss Diane.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 11:48 AM

"Ahem"? Look, Mr. Voorhees, if you don't want me to use your name, you shouldn't have told it to me!! ;)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 11:50 AM

1. I like any season when a comfortable breeze blows through the kitchen window. I caught one of those moments of pure contentment the other night at the sink. So for now, my favorite is spring. Right now I wish we had screen doors.

2. Like Diane, I try to write only what I would say face to face, so I see no reason to hide my identity. I did discuss the issue with Lyman when I started the blog, as it would have been difficult to write what I do without reference to him at times.

3. I follow politics more for theater than effects.

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 1, 2007 11:53 AM

Hmmm, that would be interesting - using a fake name to hide your real name yet still using a blog "nom-de-plum".


Morris Viegra

Posted by: Marc V at March 1, 2007 12:04 PM

Morris Viegra--hey, you aren't that guy who's been filling up my inbox with spam, are you!?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 12:14 PM

Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam,
Wonderful spaaam, oh wonderful
Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam ...

(repeat as necessary - forward to everyone in your personal address book)

Posted by: Morris Viegra at March 1, 2007 12:32 PM

Actually, I like that better than the stuff you send me for various EDS* medications.

*Not related to BDS. Mostly. Also not related to PDS. Unless there's pigs flying through the air that got caught in a tornader.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 1, 2007 12:40 PM

I'm up!

Posted by: Nate at March 1, 2007 03:13 PM

1. Late Spring and early Fall. Not too hot and not too cold.

2. With my name, I may as well be anonymous. I blog under other names and send missives from Nigeria using a variety of names and bank accounts. Be sure to contribute.

3. What was the question?

Posted by: Larry Anderson at March 1, 2007 04:07 PM

1) Spring is beautiful but the wind is a demon through October and November; so I'll say early summer with its buzz and bloom and the delicious anticipation of long hot days ahead.

2) Mr Oglesby, I'll have you know 'Hand' is not an uncommon name here; and my parents just happened to christen me Ki ... just kidding. In retrospect I might have used my real name, but I started this blogging deal with about six different blogs all with different names. This one survived. Annoyingly, the new Google Blogger thing means on many blogs I can't leave my weblog URL because my blogger account is in the name of one of my old blogs.

3) Right now, the papers here are full of the transition of current affairs presenters from the ABC - the taxpayer-funded national broadcaster - into Parliament, doing nothing and then exiting, carrying truckloads of superannuation. Grrr.

Posted by: kitchen hand at March 1, 2007 04:45 PM

Oops! Almost forgot to do the linky thing over here.

I'm Up.

Posted by: Sarah G. at March 1, 2007 11:36 PM