The Versatile Blogger Award


A million thanks to Iomai for the kind nomination! I’ll have to own up to being a terrible human being, or at least a terribly disengaged blogger! I have not done a very good job of reading and commenting on other writers’ works. Such time and so little to do.

The rules are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Share the award on your blog
3. Share seven random facts about yourself
4. Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated.

Mike’s Lucky Seven

  1. I’m a dad with six kids ranging in ages between twenty-one and three. I cut the umbilical cord for all but our number-four (our first girl) as it was wrapped twice around her neck. We joke that our household is full. Now that I think about it, however, our number one son did move out on his own a while back… uh, oh…
  2. I’m an oldtimer pen and paper RPG fan and started a long career in gaming back in 1982 with a  Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set.  I work in an office with fellow gamers, so we pick a night every couple of months do a “team building exercise” playing D&D at the office.
  3. I own all the games and expansions for the Sims, Sims 2 and all but “Katy Perry” for Sims 3. I bought Sims 4 on sale but found it to be a huge step backward and not very entertaining. My passion for storytelling has fuelled an ongoing love affair with the Sims 3. My wife doesn’t seem to mind (see the six kids thing, above).
  4. I have been a very active community volunteer for nearly twenty years. Most of that time was devoted to various leadership positions within Boy Scouts. I am also a life-long Catholic and a Sunday school teacher.
  5. I am a self-taught computer programmer with a bachelor’s degree in history and education. I’ve actually had prospective employers tell me they brought me in for an interview just because they wanted to hear how a history teacher made the leap to developing software. For the record, I’m still trying to figure that one out sixteen years later.
  6. My first car was a 1980 Chevy Malibu with no power steering. Sometimes, I would need to remove the air filter and stick a screwdriver into the butterfly valve on the carburetor just so it would start.
  7. My second-to-youngest child is on the autism spectrum. He is five years old and completely non-verbal. It has been both a joy and a challenge as every day brings some new thing to ponder. Right now his favorite food is wood – as in window sills and bedroom furniture. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck? A lot, as it turns out…

My Nominations Are …possibly out of date

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