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Saturday, 26 June 2010

The Sunday Roast

Look! There's An Ocean Girl Jaywalking In The City

(I think we'd recognise you anywhere! LOL)

This week's interview is with Ocean Girl
who writes the blog,
Live High .

Drawing by Lissa at The Memory Of Rain.

Thank you for the interview

A very warm welcome to you and your followers

Here's the first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?
I have wondered about it. I am an accidental blogger. There is The Inconsequential Blogger, and there is the Accidental Blogger and that is me. "Jason Mraz has a blog, " and so in google for his blog that I came across Create A Blog, It Is Easy And It Is Free.

Why do I blog? In order to find the answer, I looked at my first post "There Is The First Time" and in it I said, " There's the first time to everything. First time for me to blog. It feels like exposing skin. Throwing myself out there into the universe. Don't want to go that far. Do want to be picked-up."

And so I believe I blog to reveal myself. I blog to be picked up.

What's the story behind your blog name?

I try to picture the man to always have an open hand
See him as a giving tree, see him as matter, matter of fact he's not a beast
No, not the devil either, always a good deed doer
Well, it's laughter that we're makin' after all

Live high, live mighty, live righteously, let's take it easy.
Those were the lyrics playing on my mind as I created the blog and that was how the blog became Live High.
My poignant desire was to Live Righteously, and Live High.

(Very noble goals)

What is the best thing about being a blogger?
I own the stage to express myself, to be creative, to tell stories, to challenge myself. I could write dramas, play poems, make slide shows, share musics, moan and groan, rant and bant, publish pictures, make comments, give critics (smiles). I could make friends, visit friends, welcome comments . . . . . . . and I could tell people I have a blog. I could declare I am a blogger.

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?
No advice. The learning process is the most exciting part of blogging. Exploring and trying and learning. Go ahead make mistakes, no one is going to criticize you. The first comment I received from my blog buddy Keats The Sunshine Girl in my very first post was "Do not fear! I'm also a newbie and I'm enjoying blogging. It's a friendly world out there. So go for it!"

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

There was a post by a retiring blogger that stated her reason as "there is so much living to do" and it stuck in my hair like a chewed gum. It made me wonder and question.

(I wonder who wrote that one! Anyone know?)

There are significant posts and there are significant comments and the one comment that I take as a good advise is "It is a good thing to remember the past as long as you are not yearning for the past." by Secret Agent Woman of Blogging Incognito, when I said I do not want to live in the past in my post "Fragmented Reflection".

So, want it or not, I can't resist the community of blogland and one way or another all posts I've read are significant to me because they are significant to their authors and the following words of Jason Mraz come to mind.

A squirrel in the tree is he watching me
Does he give a damn?
Does he care who I am?
I'm just a man, is that all I am
Are my manners misinterpreted words or only human?
I'm human

Only human
Made of flesh, made of sand, made of you and me
The planet's talking about a revolution
The natural laws ain't got no constitution
They've got a right to live their own life
But we keep paving over paradise

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

Each and every one of my blog post is significant to me. Each carries my thoughts and prayers. Each carries my yearning and my longing. I put effort and sweat in each post. Not a single post goes out without my worries and concerns like a mother sending off her child to college. (And today is my first son's first day in college).
Perhaps the most significant post is the one yet to come. My life is embossing.

If you were to suggest two blogs for roasting who would you pick, and why?

Freshness Factor Five Thousand by Jason Mraz. Why? Because I would love for him to say yes.
The second recommendation would be my endless and revolving list titled "The Call Of The Wild" on my sidebar. Why? Because every blogger has their own engaging style, their knack to vivify.

That concludes the formal aspect of the interview but it would be nice to get to know you a little better while you are slowly turning on the roasting spit. So while you are screaming in agony above the open fire here are a few more questions for you.
Pick three things you can't live without (no you cannot have ice cubes to cool you down)

And here I thought I was invited to a party, didn't know I was the one being roasted.
Let's see, I am a 'yachtie' by nature and all we need is a floating boat. When we are on land, we long for the ocean. As a matter of fact, there is really not much we need and it can be quite a trial to put on clothes and wear shoes again in order to rejoin society.

If we were to make a movie about blogland, what would it be and who would you cast in the leading roles?
Gilligan's Island in Blogland, The Movie
Gilligan - OneStonedCrow at OneStonedCrow, just for my wonder to see how he would be at sea.
Skipper - Dave Hambidge of Hambo Central, but he had since move house to Code Ochre; to see what can ruffle his feathers.
The Professor - none other, Lisleman at A Few Clowns Short, he is Inspector Gadget but we'll test his acting talent.
The Millionnaire - Cuban In London at Cuban In London, actually he is Professor Langdon but let's see if he can act.
Mary Ann - I can't decide between Maureen at Island Roar or Rowe at Societe Amore, both ladies are wise and witty.
Ginger - I want to be Ginger but for aesthetic reason I'll pass the role to Jill of Elemental, My Dear .
Still I have to find roles for Unknown Mami and Heather, and Sonya and wonderful Yvonne and Cloudia, The Urban Cowboy and Jai Joshi and sweet Lucy and Tina and Anita and funny-beyond-words Jeanne. Most importantly I have to find a leading role for Steven Anthony Litchford of No Excuse, No Explanation, Life In A Fish Bowl.

(Golly! That's a huge cast - I think we need Cecil B de Thrill for this one!)

Maybe I will make a second movie, Charlie's Angels In Blogland - Cruising Throttle.
(Sounds a good idea - can I be Charlie?)

If you could live your life again who would you be, and why?
I have to keep moving forward, I could not slack and loose focus even for a moment to wonder what if I could do this all over again. I am a widow, I hope that explains a little.

You have been given a wonderful talent from above. This causes you to make your mark on humanity and be world famous. In which area would you prefer: a best selling novelist, a brilliant artist, a gifted musician, a fantastic singer, a charismatic leader, anything you choose, and why?
My only wish is to make my mark on my children. I am sorry but I cannot even fake an answer. But but but, being Simon Cowell on American Idol looks like the funnest job on earth.

(He's funny here too! In little old UK)

If you were an ice cream cone, which flavour would you prefer and who would you most want to lick you?
Okay I'll fake this one. I am an ice cream cone, I don't care what flavour I am, I'll just let myself melt.

(Great answer)

Describe in one sentence your perfect day.

A day that has 24 hours in it.

(Yes - there NEVER seems enough time to do ANYTHING!)

If you were a fictional writer which one would you be and why?

Which fictional author surrenders to God, has a loving husband and wonderful children, that is who I would be.

(Bless you for those answers)

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I pray I am not embarrassing myself on this prestigious evening of The Sunday Roast.

I answered the questions with honesty and integrity. I am so proud and most honoured to be here and to be in the Roll Of Honour with Joanna Jenkins of The Fifty Factor, Charles Gramlich of Razored Zen, Baino of Baino's Banter and Eternally Distracted of Eternally Distracted. And recently Technobabe of Technobabe's Adventures.

And I wonder why one most amazing and unique writer is not here, I somehow feel that he had politely declined.

(And we all know who that is don't we, Brian of Waystation1. They are screaming for you, Brian. Rather like they did in the film, Gladiator, when the whole arena shouted, "Maximus, Maximus, Maximus". but in blogsville they are shouting "Roast 'im Eddie, Roast 'im Eddie, Roast 'im Eddie! LOL.
Don't worry Ocean Girl, Brian is writing it, and . . . . so is sweet Marguerite LOL.
We may be very old people when their roasts arrive but they are doing it . . . honest.)

And on the Roast too I was introduced to many wonderful bloggers including my Italian tutor Lakeviewer of Sixty Five What Now (I know I had been missing classes).

And I thank you Eddie.

And finally if you have answered all these questions I invite you to ask me one in return - it's the least I can do. OK fire away!
Eddie, I had been enjoying The Sunday Roast for quite some time and leaving my comments and at the same time dreaming of being on The Roll. May I know how did and what made you choose me for this Sunday? Thank you again, Eddie, from the bottom of my heart.

You see, Ocean Girl, I have a degree in ESP! LOL
No, actually I have learned to 'read' people and I somehow know when a potential 'victim' is keen to feature on the show. I must say it is a great pleasure, and it gives me a buzz, to post a roast for someone like you, who is so enthusiastic and wants to appear - so really the pleasure is all mine. I looked at your blog and liked it and noticed you had a good following, wrote interesting posts which received a good number of comments . . . . . . and thought, "That's my girl! . . . . people will find her roast interesting". So there! hope that answers your question!

Are there any others out there, dieing to appear on the roast? I am running a bit short.

There are several routes onto this column. There are those who are recommended. There are those I have visited and like their blog and I discern they will write an interesting and/or humorous roast. Also there are those who have I have got to know by their regular commented on my posts and I look them up and make a judgement, and then invite them on the show. I have found some beauties this way!


Today's Sunday Roast with Ocean Girl is the 122nd in a weekly
series of interviews with bloggers from around the world. _______________________________________________

This interview will feature in The Roll of Honour
for all published Roasts. To view press

Click on The Microhone Picture on My Blog to see The Roll Of Honour of all previous roasts.


  1. what a great interview1 i'm off to read her now. xoxoxo

  2. I've been following her long time. I enjoy reading about her country. How nice that she high lighted all those blogging friends.

  3. Hello Eddie, Savannah and Matty. Thank you. And Hi everyone.

    I am a little nervous to be in the spotlight. I would like to say that my answer to the definition of a perfect day is not that I am too busy and craving for more time. I meant to say my perfect day is one that is complete and meets tomorrow.

  4. this is great! first time i've had the pleasure. i have heard of the roast, and i see there are a few bloggers i know who have been previously roasted, but somehow i missed them. (i will need to read their interviews). I've known OG for several months now and always enjoy her posts, especially when she does her slideshows! (she knows that!) thank you so much for choosing me as Ginger!! I'm flattered! :-) OG...your answers were truly from your heart and it showed! Great interview!

  5. Yay, Ocean Girl, you did it and you did an awesome job in the interview. Hugs to you for your honest answers and your interest in blogging. I like that you are so comfortable living on the huge gigantic boat (smile) that it is difficult to put on shoes and street clothes to go somewhere on land. Hubby and I live so casually in our little hippie house that it is a chore to put on shoes and wear clothes appropriate for outside that we can relate. Congrats to Ocean Girl and to Eddie Bluelights for a great Sunday Roast.

  6. Yippee!!! I have only just recently "met" Ocean Girl, but I adore her writing!! And what a profound and rich roast she has given us! She is a poet of the highest degree...heart and soul! That is obvious in every answer and line penned for this roast post! I am thoroughly delighted with this, and so thrilled to learn more about Ocean Girl!! I hope everyone visits her!!! She's worth it!

    And Eddie, you are truly a gentleman! Fantastic interview! Once again, you pull this off so wonderfully need never question that!! You are a PRO, in the finest and truest sense! I love your roasts!!!!

    Congratulations to the both of you! This roast was simply amazing!! Love and hugs, Janine

  7. I was fascinated to read each response to your questions, Eddie...and Ocean Girl seems to have her priorites in order. I like her without having been to her blog. I will visit her, and I thank you for this roast.
    I like your responses to make a fine 'roast host.'
    Hugs and smiles to you, Eddie.

  8. Eddie -- Enjoyed this interview with my frequent commenter, Ocean Girl. Great questions and expertly executed. It's interesting learning more about the bloggers we read, but never meet.

    Ocean Girl -- Great answers. Glad you drected us to this wonderful site.

    Tossing It Out

  9. Wonderful choice, Eddie! They all are, but Ocean Girl's been one of my favorites for a long time.

    (And, btw, I could be Lovey, the Millionaire's wife. Our posteriors are identical--like pairs of white raisins.)

  10. Ocean Girl has a wonderful blog that gives me perspective on what other parts of the world are like!

  11. I have got to go & meet Ocean Girl. I did enjoy the interview very much and thought the answers were original.
    So thank you Eddie and Ocean girl.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  12. Thank you Eddie, for all your hard work. This was a great roast and definately one for my list of blogs to check out.

  13. I am another fan of Ocean Girl and I'm thrilled she joined in on the fun. I learned more about her today and she has already taught me so much through her wonderful posts.

    One of the things I love so much about Ocean Girl is how she shared the love and mentioned so many blogs-- That is so nice and so supportive and is greatly appreciated. Thanks for including me.

    And I agree-- BRIAN MILLER, OH BRIAN MILLER......

    Love you both, jj

  14. Dear Eddie (hope that is right) and Ocean Girl, I have been dragged here from a shipwrecked boat (apparently) and enjoyed reading the interview.

    For any other British readers who, like me, had never heard of Gilligans Island, this might help;

    As I have never seen any episodes I can't comment as to my suitability as the skipper, other than I think not, but I am very pleased to be crewed up with so many other "good bloggers".

    Have a nice Sunday. If you do visit my blog, please be aware that naughty words are tolerated; you've been warned...

  15. I'm fairly new to Ocean Girl's blog, but I think she's pretty wonderful so far!

  16. Enjoyed this interview, as always.

    I think Ocean Girl is right about feeling free to make "mistakes" on a blog. In fact, I'd be reluctant to call them mistakes.

  17. I just had to click on your reasons for a blog and so forth. Thank you for mentioning my blog. It is so interesting to read about all the various people, and their lives. Thank you for inviting me. I will have to return because I have to take care of family. Family being Spunky and Joe.

  18. This is my first time at Sunday Roast and I love it. The personalities of the bloggers are exposed with fun and creative questions. Although I missed Ocean Girl at Sundays in My City today, I'm glad she did this interview to get me here! I'll be back!

  19. I like your answers. I don't know what kind of ice cream I would be either. Tough question. Not sure if I'd want to be a cone either. Maybe a chocolate shake. I could go for one of those right now.

    Stephen Tremp

  20. Ocean Girl is fab!Such a wonderful roast - I wanna hug her but she's sailing the waters. But she's really quite near me , so I'll still get to hug her.

  21. Ocean Girl is one of my fav bloggers. I am so glad to get to know her better through this post!!

  22. Ocean Girl is one of my best blog buddies! So great to see your words here friend, makes me love you more! You're so wise.

  23. yep she's a great one!

    (and thanks for mentioning me :)

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

  24. How wonderful to see Ocean Girl here, to learn more about her. Thanks Eddie for your inimitable interview techniques. Arrivederci, Ocean Girl.

  25. Well - you are a popular lass. Thank you Ocean Girl for your super interview.

    Thank you all for your comments and very nice to meet you all.

  26. A day that has 24 hours in it.
    Perfect! I love that answer!

    This was a great roast. The girl from Cherry Blossom Street would like to meet the Ocean Girl :-)

    Eddie! YOU ARE our Charlie!
    So Charlie, can you roast Jason Mraz?
    And what about Sniffles and Smiles?


  27. great answers - I've been a fan of Ocean Girl for a long time. Thanks for having her in the roaster.

    Also, thanks for casting me as a professor/inspector gadget - that would be a fun role to play.

  28. Cherry - great to see you and I will certainly ask Jason and perhaps . . . . just perhaps . . . . a little ray of sunshine is peeping through the clouds and I might jave some good news for you regarding our mutual friend LOL

  29. Fascinating read : )
    As always Eddie Bluelights!
    Hope your week is wonderful!

  30. Right on Ocean Girl! First time here, thanks to you leading the way.

    Great interview, and I'm envious of your out to sea lifestyle.

    You rock, even though you melt!

  31. great interview! I like her idea of keep moving forward - some of think way too much about what could've been or who who might have been - it's very unusual not to want to look back or want to do things over

  32. Ocean Girl, I always learn something from you and usually it is something so simple that I have somehow been missing.

    Wonderful interview.

  33. I can be a mean Simon Cowell comment...Well, a "small" Congrats to Ocean Girl... from babYpose who is proud and being tamed in The Call of the Wild list :) Hugss...

  34. Why do you blog?

    Because you have a vibrancy that it's hard to ignore. I love your posts and the way they move, shake and rattle.

    Great interview. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  35. I enjoyed reading this interview so much! Thanks, Eddie, for hightlighting Ocean Girl as a blogger of talent.

    Ocean Girl, I loved reading more about you! Well done on an excellent interview!


  36. Eddie,
    thanks for the interview! What a lady she is...
    Have a good week ahead!

  37. FANTASTIC interview!!! Ocean Girl you are the best!

  38. OK, so I know that I am fashionably late but I like the head-turning that comes from arriving days after everyone else... I'm not an attention seeker you understand!

    So Ms Ocean Girl... You are fabbarooney. Great roasting and you handled the gorgeous Mr Bluelights fabulously.

    Me loves you both. Fact.

  39. you do a great job of going back and forth on this interview, following up to q's etc, --did you do this over the phone or IM or something?

    I liked learning more about Ocean girl who I already follow. that part about giving up blogging as the most intriguing post she;s read really caught my attention too. no, no, I don;t want to face it.

  40. totally awesome interview. i love the (great answer) perhaps best of all. there's just so much great playfulness and wisdom here. very nicely done.

  41. Eternally Attracted (I mean Distracted) ~ You say the nicest things!! Love you too ~ Hugs, Eddie

  42. Nicely done. I'll check out Mizz Ocean Girl. :)

  43. You couldn't have picked a better blogger than Ocean Girl! I love her and her blog!

    Sweet Lucy can be Mrs. Howell and I will be one of the native girls. Just don't start filming any time soon, I'm going to need a complete body overhaul to play that part!

  44. Yay, Ocean Girl! I knew exactly what you meant by the 24 hour day! It is so great to learn these things about you, hear you say them yourself. Because you are always right there on your blog, so real and so you!

    Wonderful roast, Eddie Bluelights (love your name!). Ocean Girl, I feel your yearnings and longings in every post. I love to read, you keep blogland so real!

  45. My dear, dear friends, there is no response that would reflect my feeling when I read your wonderful comments. I wish I could express myself as well as you did with your kind words. Please accept my sincere simple thank you.

    And a special thank you to those that had been dragged out here :) I appreciate you more than you know.

    And my special special thank you to you Mr Eddie Bluelights. Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey must take a back seat!

  46. Thank you Ocean Girl - I shall send my invoice in the next post LOL. Oh that was great fun and I am very impressed with the loyalty of your followers - they must be a great bunch ~ hugs ~ Eddie

  47. Some of the best things happen by accident, don't they? I'm so glad, Ocean Girl, that you stumbled across blogging (and my blog), so that I could learn from you. Live High!

  48. I'm late getting over but that was certainly enjoyable. I like that comment about "no advice" that the learning is the best part. I agree.


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