Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Bernard Pivot Blogfest

Nicole Ducleroir @ One Significant Moment at a Time is hosting this cool blogfest, with the chance of winning prizes! The blogfest is aimed at getting to know your fellow bloggers better.

All you have to do, is to answer the following questions:

What is your favorite word?

“Yes.” When people tell me that, I love it. (Except when I ask “Do these jeans make my ass look fat?”) (Note to self: Stop asking that… especially to random elderly people on the streets. They are just soooo brutally honest.)

“Yes” is a leaping ground for possibility. Kind of like “Hey, would it be okay if I borrowed your cat for this play I’m putting on in my garage?” If you don’t ask, you don’t get the cat. (As I’m fond of saying…)

I’m a “possibilities” kind of guy, so I suppose there is something to that.

What is your least favorite word?

Well, if “yes” is my favorite, it would be natural to assume that “no” is my least favorite, right? Wrong. (Sorry about that, folks…)

The “N” word is my least favorite. I can’t even force myself to type it out. There are some other, vulgar words that make the list, but the hatred that particular word entails – for no good reason – makes me sick to my stomach.

(If you don’t know what the “N” word is, it’s a racist term for someone whose skin just happens to be a bit darker and rhymes with “Tigger.”)

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Creatively: booze

Spiritually: booze

Emotionally: booze

(Okay, time for the real answers: “Other impressive creative works, regardless of medium. An incredibly written song, a page-turner book, any movie featuring Pauly Shore, etc.” “Kindness.” “Positivity.”)

What turns you off?

Bureaucracy. (Note: I work in one of the most bureaucratic kinds of work environments and it drives me nuts!)

What is your favorite curse word?

Now, I actually don’t swear all that often. For one thing, I’m a pretty laidback guy most of the time. It takes a lot to ruffle my feathers. For another thing, I tend to think a bit before I speak and I generally filter out “bad” words. It seems that a lot of swearing happens “in the moment” and without giving pause. That’s just not how I roll.

That being said… I’m a terrible road rager. This is not something I’m proud about and I do work on, but there is an element to driving – probably the stress of needing to get somewhere by a certain time – that puts me on the edge. If I don’t have a deadline or whatever, the road rage issue is greatly diminished.

Anyhow, this is all a long-winded way of saying that my favorite curse word (phrase) is “You ass hat.” (That’s a relatively new one for me, but I quite enjoy saying it.)

What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of someone putting a check for $50 million in my hand. I simply cannot hear that sound enough.

(Note to anyone who has an extra $50 million and would like to help me live the dream of finally hearing that one sound I love: Find me. It's not that hard to do...)

What sound or noise do you hate?

Alarms from clocks or cars. The clocks version is worse because it means I have to wake up earlier than nature intended me to. The car version is just annoying.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Professional basketball. Now, I don’t necessarily have the height for it – I measure at a very average 5’10” – but I’m tenacious, like a wildcat or mongoose or A Flock of Seagulls (the band, not a bunch of birds… naturally). I would own the court, I tell you!

What profession would you not like to do?

Besides the one I currently have? Eh, probably Accounting. I'm much too creative and out-there for something like that.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Good job, dude. You made it!”


  1. Love these answers! I'm learning all sorts of "new" curse words through this blogfest. Still giggling over yours...

    Ugh. Alarms. I'm with you on that one!


  2. alarms are bad! lol I always sleep through them and wake with a horrible head ache.

    Great answers

  3. Awesome name for a blog!

    Ass hat is one of my favorites.

    I couldn't be an accountant either, numbers and I don't get along.

    Cool post

  4. LOL Booze and ass hat! How can one go wrong? I'm loving your sense of humor, John! Pleasure to meet ya!

  5. Ass hat is hilarious. I'm going to try that next time I'm stuck in traffic. I commute an hour a day one way. I share your love of the sound a 50 million dollar check. It's why I play the lottery.

  6. LOL -- Your answers are so funny! And I've seen 'ass hat' once before, today in this blogfest. But I can't remember whose blog it was...

    And I'm with you on the "N" word. Nothing positive about it, and when I hear it -- even in a rap song, sung by an African American -- I hate it.

    Thanks for playing along!!

  7. The "N" word for sure. Hate it.

    I love your last answer.

    I'm following.

  8. Interesting answers. Accountant would fit in with the drudgy repetitive type jobs like I answered. I agree that these types of jobs are not compatible with a creative mind.

    Tossing It Out

  9. ugh on jobs that suck our creativity!!

    and the n word makes me cringe too.

  10. I'm still laughing at ass hat. Those two words together are new for me, but I like it.

  11. The fifty million dollar struck a chord with me. That's something I'd like to hear in my neck of the woods. :D

  12. Alarm clocks and accountancy are serious evil. The crisping of money is a great sound :)

  13. hahaha! I loved this! it was so funny! the booze answer to what turns you on made me crack up the most! haha thanks for sharing, and thanks for coming and visiting me earlier and commenting :)

  14. I hate alarms. I have to keep changing the ring on mine because my sleeping self will refuse to wake up as soon as it remembers what that sound means.

  15. Great answers! You had some funny ones, too. I so agree with you about the "n" word. It makes me cringe just thinking about it.

  16. You always crack me up.
    Ass-hat. Nice.

    I also had to laugh when you said ruffle my feathers because of the whole duck thing...

  17. So should we rephrase the question to: What is your favorite curse word to yell at other drivers during a moment of road rage? Ass Hat would work there, but only if you pop some blood vessels in your eyes while screaming it at your closed windows. :)

    Enjoyed your list.
    Corinne (new follower)

  18. LOL, I love your favorite sound. I think if I ever heard it, that would be my favorite sound too.

  19. Really liked this. I heard James Lipton on each question and it made me smile almost as much as your answers. Ass Hat is a newer one for me. I've yet to actually use it myself. I think it's much deeper than people might give it credit for though. Really...who needs a Phillip Treacy creation for the top of their legs?

  20. I almost selected the same least favorite word. It makes me feel the same way. I honestly can't think of an uglier word!!

    Great answers, Dude!

  21. I love your cuss word. I'm immediately adopting it during my road rage sessions.

  22. Great answers.
    I once had a friend who asked everyone he was introduced to is they would give him a million dollars. He said you never know maybe they would be the one to say yes.

    Pamela Jo

  23. You had me at "booze", lost me at "not swearing" and then brought me right back around with "ass hat." Yep. Thanks for a good laugh!

  24. You are a liar, I have been in tons of non deadline car rides with you that have involved road rage...


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