Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another award, pat me on the back!

I was feeling down and out and had to escape to the beach (ie, the big lake or Lake Michigan) for a few days to recuperate. It was just too much to bear, overhearing Murf berating her dog for being older (in dog years) than me. So I took some time to get in tune with what’s important… Now I’m back, things are really looking up. Read what Kiva, a youthful grandma from California, said about me when she nominated me for this award:

Sage is a young man with many adventures and opinions. He posted about the Virginia & Truckee Railroad not long ago. His writing and pictures of his travels and nature are remarkable.

How can I not accept this award, especially when I see that Kiva loves to take the train and has nominated other train lovers along with me? I’m humbled. Now, all I have to do is come up with a bunch of other bloggers to nominate (I haven’t done this in some time). Here’s my eccentric mix…

Pat, Pat hasn’t been around much this summer as he’s launched a new business. In a very literal sense, with his floatable honey wagon (the S.S. Crapper?), he’s dealing with shit. But you got to admire a guy who writes a poem about single-ply toilet paper.

Mother Hen, This woman amazes me. I’ve enjoyed viewing her hiking/kayaking photos from Oregon, and then am surprised to read about her humanitarian travels to Nepal. She’s also funny.

Traveling Chica or TC for short. TC is spunky or crazy or maybe both. When I read about her road trip on the Dalton Highway, well above the Arctic Circle, in a 1996 Cavalier and without extra tires or gas, I was amazed and knew she deserved recognition.

Randall Sherman at Musing from the Hitherlands. Randall or Sherman as I refer to him, is a hiker. He’s also an attorney, but don’t hold that against him. He’s got me googling maps and trying to figure out how to work in trips into West Texas and the Dakotas…

Mistress of the Night. This woman is an encyclopedia when it comes to music. Every Friday, you learn about new and old musicians as she lists her five albums for the weekend. She’s opinionated, but then she’s from Pittsburgh.

Cyclopseven, This guy has several blogs; the one I’ve linked to is mostly poetry, often with a photo from nature. As far as I know, he’s my only reader from Malaysia. Good poems about everyday life and in his other blogs are wonderful photos.

Swiss Miss, I have no idea who she is! I thought Swiss Miss came in a package and you added boiling water… Actually, I did the “next blog” thing at the top of my page. Okay, I did it three times. The first time it was some kid’s lego blog and I wasn’t going to nominate that one. Then it was some blog in a foreign language that I couldn’t understand (we’ll I was able to get the jest of it, but wasn’t going to nominate that one!) On my third try, I hit pay dirt. She’s studies African politics in Minnesota but is currently running around Europe. Maybe, by highlighting her blog, I’ll learn her opinion of my upcoming review of Paul Theroux’s Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town. Or maybe not.

Now, for those of you who want to accept your reward and all the benefits therein, here are your directions:

1) Put the logo on your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on yours
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs
6) And if you don’t want to do it, it ain’t no skin off my back… (I added that rule)

Congratulations to all the winners and also to all the rest of you who also deserved to win either a blog award or the consolation prize, the nomination for the Vice Presidency.


  1. Now that is an eclectic group of award winners, especially Swiss Miss. I think I'll be following some of them daily (no, not as a stalker).
    FYI, the cart in the picture is at the back of the parking lot for the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center that is on the Nevada State Railroad Museum Site. I always park near it when I'm one of the steam train crew so I can go back to my lodgings quickly after the crew "afterglow" at the end of the ride. That way no one can see me weave...

  2. Sage..this is purely selfless attitude that you have shown here. You care much, not just about the adventures and thrills, but people too. Thank you buddy.

  3. I know only one of your nominees, Sage, so I'll have to check the rest of them out. Congratulations on your award.

  4. Kiva, I'm impressed, you're on the crew at the Nevada Railroad Museum in Carson City! I've been there many times, but only drove past it when I was in CC back in the end of June.

    Cyclops, Don't inflate my ego any, although I like people, I won't say I lack selfish desires, sometimes my sarcasm goes over like a lead brick

    Kenju, You deserve another award too, but you've gotten so many so maybe you should have been a VP nominee!

  5. Congratulations Sage! Well deserved honor for your work here!

    I am going to have to check out Mother Hen. Your description of her blog intigues me.

  6. Thanks for the shout-out. I've been pleased to make your acquaintance and poke around your archives. Congrats on cool stuff that people enjoy reading!


  7. I'm here from Michele's...and as I don't like talking to strangers I thought I'd jump right in and introduce myself!
    I'm Bella, and I'm glad to have found your very cool site. I can't wait to try out but I have a lot to read here first! Love your bookshelf too.....

    Bella :)

  8. LOL @ your comment to Cyclopseven. I had no idea this guy had a poetry blog...which I just checked out today because of you. I'll have to check out some of the others as well.

    Congratulations on your award. I couldn't agree more with what Kiva wrote about you. :)

  9. Wow, coming from you, that's really something!!!

    Thank you.

    Honestly, I really enjoy your blog. I didn't know how I got here, but I did remember thinking, "this guy has a cool blog, let's bookmark it!"

    Your stories are fascinating, always.

    And wish you a restful labor day tomorrow! :)

  10. Congratulations, Sage! Very well deserved.

    Nice call on Mother Hen, too. She's just lovely all the way around.

  11. Deana, just the name "mother hen" is intiguing!

    Sherman, you deserve it and all the benefits that goes along with the reward!

    Bellamocha, you're not the widow of Cab Calloway, are you? On no, that's Minnie the Moocher. Thanks for stopping in, sarcasm sometimes runs deep around here!

    Scarlet, there should be an award just for kind redheaded Cubans!

    Mother Hen, your blog is great! BTW, did you take care of that tree's problem? (Sage, you're a naughty boy)

    Epiphany, you deserved to win, too! I'm glad to have you and MH as blog friends.

  12. Sage, You're a Very Very Naughty Boy! LOL :)

  13. I didn't get nominated but I did get a mention which is just like being nominated but there is no work needed to be done by me. I need nearly choke when I read that someone called your blog 'cool'. When was the last time anyone called anything about you 'cool', dear Sage? :-)

  14. Mother Hen, I know, I couldn't resist.

    Murf, from my count, 3 readers refer to me as "cool" That's more than the one who refers to me as old!

  15. Aww, thanks Sage! That's great! :) And um, yeah, I think the crazy definitely goes well with whatever other words people use to describe me, lol.

    Sorry I haven't been around sooner, but I spent the weekend in Oregon, hitting the coast, hiking at Crater... you know the whole "get away from technology" bit as well as I do :)

  16. Jon Stewart on the duties of the Vice President: "You break ties in the Senate and shoot old guys in the face."

  17. Congrats Sage. I haven't read Paul Therou (the key between the z & c doesn't work) in years.