A while back, my friend Sailor tagged me with a Friends Award. Of course, I am honored, and touched that he counts me as such. Dave is himself a very good friend, and any of you who haven't yet met him, I encourage you to at least wander by his place and say Hello.
Of course, these 'Tag awards' invariably come with a string or two attached, and this one is no exception. Forthwith, the obligatory explanatory paragraph:
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
Now, I've not often been accused of being 'charming', but I won't press the issue. As I said, I'm honored; and one oughtn't make a habit of quibbling with those who would honor one.
The award asks me (in point of actual fact, it doesn't 'ask', but I'll pass over the petty rudeness, and assume that that's what it means) to name eight friends of my own, and 'spread the love around'. I should note (well, I'm not sure that it's quite so 'should-ish' as all that) that, as a general rule, I don't do 'tags'; but this is an opportunity for me to introduce a few of my friends, who might not know each other very well, to each other.
Besides me, Sailor also tagged Tam and Redheadededitor, whom I have not previously met (but on Sailor's recommendation, I'll drop in on them), as well as Therese and different kind of girl, who are regulars here in the Yard, and they've been friends of mine for years. I would encourage any of my readers who haven't yet gotten to know them, to stop by and give them a nod. And also Sailor himself, who is the very personification of a blog-friend.
In addition, I'll tag:
Lime; I was introduced to her about a year ago by Bunny (back when Bunny was still a fellow-Michgander; but always a fellow-Spartan), who astutely pointed out that we were both adoptees, and might share some common ground. In the meantime, I've gotten to know Lime as a woman of real substance. Hers is a 'slice-of-life' blog, and her sense of humor is absolutely sideways. . . (Can I take just a minute to take Lime and faDKoG (the acronymic form of 'for a Different Kind of Girl') aside and introduce the two of you to each other? Lime, faDKoG; faDKoG, Lime. I think you'd really like each other; OK, now let's get back to the group.)
Xavier; his blog has gone thru almost as much 'now-you-see-it-now-you-don't' churning as mine has (I more-or-less gave him his current blog-moniker; he started his blogging life as XI Summit). But since I've known him, he's proven himself to be a wise and generous friend.
Flutterby; a real Sweetheart from Saskatchewan. I must have some kind of affinity for folks whose blogs seem to arrive and leave, and re-appear in a new form. Not that I'd ever do that. Another blogger who turns out to be a good deal more substantial than meets the eye.
I know the Terms of the Award tell me I'm supposed to tag eight others, but my tendency has always been to have a few close friends, rather than lots of surface-y ones, so I'll leave it at three (although if you count the shout-outs to Sailor's original tags, and Sailor himself, you can get to eight; but that seems like cheating, doesn't it?) Those of you whom I've tagged can do with the award as you deem best. . .
Thanks again, Dave; I really am honored, and touched, and all that. . .