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Tuesday 8 June 2010

Life Is Good Award

Firstly, I congratulate you, TechnoBabe, on your award and I loved your answers (and your questions).

I am highly honoured to receive this reward - many thanks my new 'bloggy' friend whom I am very pleased to have met recently. I agree that this is a great way of getting to know bloggers and what makes them tick.

I am going to enjoy answering some questions for a change - I normally ask questions on my Sunday Roast column, as you well know, 'Teccie'. And I will have to dream up 10 new questions for my chosen Life Is Good Academy Award choices. And you inquistive lot will wonder, who will they be? No cheating and sneaking and looking at the bottom of my post just yet!! Curb your curiosity! You'll have to wait until I answer all the questions! LOL

(Nice little award - like the rainbow - and it makes you feel good just looking at it)

I am privileged to share this award with all these beautiful people who I do not know at present and whom I shall be visiting when time permits. So I hereby accept gratefully one sixth of the award which will clone itself into a complete picture and be nailed ceremoniously to my sidebar, with great pride.

Award Recipients:
Eddie Bluelights at Clouds and Silver Linings
Mami at
Unknown Mami
Gappy at
Single Parenthood
lisleman at
A Few Clowns Short
Jeanie at
Living Consciously . . . . . . andSassy Pants Freckle Face

Notice how graciously I accept awards compared to my arch rival and friendly adversary, Jim Suldog. He really puts us through it when we give him awards so send him one if you dare!! I will, as you will see! LOL.

I am sure this award has a great pedigree stretching all the way back to 1485. I know a lass called Sarah, at Cottage Garden Studios presented it to TechnoBabe recently but I have not researched it's genealogy much further back.

Right!! TechnoBabe, you asked me some questions so here are my answers.

1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?
I decided to blog anonymously right from the start. When I began blogging I was active in the ambulance service and I immediately thought of the name Eddie Bluelights. One or two people actually thought this was my real name because I am always referring to Mrs Bluelights. My very closest friends know my real name but I do think we all have to be careful regarding hiding our identities on line. There are some awful people out there. I decided quite early to gradually introduce my photographs which I think is quite safe to do. Did you know I have a blogging sister? She is also anonymous and calls herself Maggie May of Nuts In May.

2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
It was Mrs Bluelights and my first serious argument, about 3 years into our marriage (now 37 years, crumbs is it that long?). I do not know what it was about! Something stupid I expect. I stormed out of the house and walked and walked. Problem was it started raining and I did not take a coat with me, nor an umbrella. I got absolutely soaked and got furious!! Being a young buck I had not yet learned the art of 'suffering in silence!" LOL I arrived back, drenched and was greeted by gales of laughter! I had to smile and I started laughing too - we ended up in hysterics. Since then I do what it says in the Bible. "Let not the sun go down on your anger", meaning always make up before you go to bed . . . . and it works!

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the face in the mirror?I am never good in the mornings - it takes me until 10am for me to get into second gear! First thing in the morning I see a bleary eyed figure with loads of stubble on his face, staring at me, saying "God did I really grow all that last night?" The figure glares at me in disbelief sometimes; he is wise old sod but he is probably hoping there is an imperfection in the mirror because surely he is much, much younger than this! I sometimes look and ask myself, "Where has my youth gone - I feel exactly the same as I did 30 years ago except I creak at the joints a bit more!" All the ladies look young! All the men look young! Woe is me! As the day progresses I come slowly alive and my reflection improves a bit. In winter my reflection and I both consider it is much safer to hibernate!

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?

I read somewhere that on very hot summer days somehow it is much more cooling to drink HOT drinks, would you believe. The article went on to discuss that Indian folk like hot curry and this actually cools them in hot weather. But to answer your question, cool Cranberry Juice - wonderful stuff.

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
I have not had a lot of time for myself recently with all this work Mrs Bluelights is giving me on her endless 'do lists' LOL. However, when time permits I love to play the piano. Now I am retired I aim to re-learn all my previous party pieces, Scott Joplin to classical composers.

6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?

Golly! It's a bit late to tell you I want to be a brain surgeon! However, I would like to enter a healing ministry to lay hands on the sick and make them well for the great creator in the sky. Just imagine the pleasure anyone would have making people well again and actually helping people to overcome cancer even.

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the class shy person, or always ditching school? Describe who you were if not one of these.

None of these! I was the practical joker! I lit fireworks which went bang - we call them bangers!! I used to put string fuses in them and place them in the toilets next to some poor innocent doing what comes naturally. The bang put the fear of God in him (them) and usually a master sprinted towards to toilets trying to catch the culprit, but I was outside, safe and watching and laughing. What a naughty boy I was!

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what do you see?
By poignant I take it to mean sharply moving. It was in the Ambulance Service and an elderly renal patient decided to stop her kidney dialysis. She was a wonderful person, so kind and loving. I had been taking her, and others, in iand out of hospital for about three years and we became very close. I tried to persuade her to continue with dialysis. I tried 6 times! But she decided she had had enough and wanted to see her husband again and her daughter, who had both passed on years ago. She died after a week and I went to her funeral in my ambulance uniform. Before she died she thanked me for looking after her and she kissed me goodbye. I guess in a way I loved her and I am sure I shall meet her again one day elsewhere, and she will be young again. I have republished this post by popular request and it follows in my next post, titled Fond Memories Of A Dear Patient.

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
It is very easy to be myself in my posts when I am relating actual events, like that recalled in the previous question. I did a post on it, my first ever, but I need to rewrite it because I have left the ambulance service and I have to make it more fictional. However, most of my writing is humorous and I just love to make people laugh.

10. If you had the choice to sit and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?

I would read, every time, or blog if I have time. Although I agree the phone is a very useful means of communication I do not like to 'gabble' for hours and hours, making small talk like some do! If I have something to say I will gladly ring someone but I would prefer to correspond by email. In reality recently I do not have a lot of time for anything other than getting the house straight after a major kitchen refurb. The worst is over I am pleased to say.

"Oh! Eddie, you do rabbit on, don't you? Have you got verbal diarrhoea again?" . . . . some will be wondering!
So there you have it. Great fun and bang goes my early night! All your fault TechnoBabe! I shall be bleary eyed again when I look in the mirror tomorrow morning.
Now it gives me great pleasure to announce six bloggy buddy brilliants to whom I wish to pass on this highly prestigeous award, the LIFE IS GOOD AWARD. And, yes, life is good, isn't it?

Marguerite at Cajun Delights

Ethel Mae Potter at The adventures Of fred And Ethel
SueAnn at SueAnne's Journey
Joanna Jenkins at The Fifty Factor
Eva at
Wrestling With Retirement

"To Whom It May Concern" (LOL) at Eternally Distracted
and I am adding a brave 7th for none other than:
Jim Suldog at Suldog(Golly, what have I done? LOL)
Oh! and I must include the lovely Alix at Casa Hice (lovely lass who told me once she loved me! swoon)
And of course there are others I would love to add but I know they are very busy right now - but another time perhaps!
Now would the nominees answer my ten questions please to fulfill the contractual obligations hereto and to have a good laugh to boot, to get to know each other and smile and have a glass of wine and have witty fellowship with one another? Here are my questions:

1. Do you write blog posts to please yourself or to please your audience?

2. How do you make people visit your blogs and to elicit nice comments on your handy work? Do you employ the heavy mob to bully your readers or do you use your gentle wit, charm and good nature. Seriously, what do you consider the best way to interact with your fellow bloggers?

3. If you were starting your blog again would you do something radically different?

4. What is the most significant event in your life to date?

5. Would any of you like to appear on The Sunday Roast programme? TechnoBabe will tell you it is quite painless. If you would like to be interviewed please email me at

6. What do you like to do in your free time? And will the pretty ladies have dinner with me tonight?

7. If you could go back in time which event would be of interest to you most, and why?

8. Are you addicted to blogging? Do you think it is addictive? or can you take it or leave it?

9. Which person on planet Earth, past or present, do you admire most, and why?

10. When this life is over do you think it is curtains or do you think there is an after life?

There that is it - thank you again TechnoBabe - it was great fun.
To conclude I am posting a photo I took today that my then six year old daughter drew on the wall before I hung some wallpaper 22 years ago. The cheeky little mite! She reckons I was 93 then which makes me 115. Or perhaps I was 43 years old then!! That's it - it is a four and not a nine. All is forgiven, my dear!

She gave me a heart though and enormous shoulders but a skinny neck and a bust! A bit like the reflection I get from the mirror I was talking about earlier on. LOL


  1. practical joker...why do i not have a problem seeing this at all...

    and you mean bluelights is not your last name? and i thought it was so cool. smiles.

  2. Wow, the questions really bring out the skeletons :)

    Congratulations Eddie.

  3. First I'd like to thank you, mon cher, for naming me in your award production. So very sweet of you to pass it along to me, and I am very honored! But, gee, like Ocean Girl said, "the questions really bring out the skeletons"? lol But I will do my best! Btw, you didn't really put those bangers in the school toilets, did you? lol Cheers and congrats on your most deserved award! You are the best friend that a girl could have!

  4. Nicely done, Mr. Bluelights. You're a gutsy man, naming Suldog as one of the recipients. ;)

  5. Strange but I was thinking about you, Maria, Harry and Maggie today as I was listening to your daughters CD and then I come online and here you are.....great answers to great questions, congratulations my friend....:Hugs

  6. Oh, are the best!! This is once more another hilarious, and entertaining post! Love your daughter's picture! How fun to find that when you were doing your referb!! And of course, you are Joplin!!! And Mozart as well!! As far as emailing...yes, you are a champ!And I'm delighted with the Bluelights designation...has a real ring to it...your stage name, of course ;-) Congrats on the award...Will be great fun to see what Jim does with are such a Dickens!! AND may I add, "OH, you are AWFUL...but I like you!" ROFL... Love and hugs, Janine

  7. Well, Mr. Bluelights, or whoever you are, I am honored and delighted to be included in your elite list of recipients. It may take me a couple of weeks to post a response, but I will do it, as your questions are intriguing and quite different from other award questionnaires.

    I see we share the same passion for healing others. Would that I could find a cure for cancer, but I just hope that somebody, ANYBODY does, and in our lifetime.

    I loved your poignant moment. You are quite the kind hearted gentleman, and I count myself blessed to know you!

  8. I agree - it's lovely to see you on the other end of the questions for once! Cracking set of answers Eddie.

  9. That is quite an elite group you have linked me with Eddie!! Thank you so much for including me.
    I will get one this as soon as I have some time to truly give your questions some serious thought!
    Hugging you dear one

  10. Hi Eddie, I learned so much about you in this award post. Thanks so much for accepting the award so graciously and putting so much effort into answering the questions. It goes to show I haven't known you very long that I was not aware Maggie May is your sis. Wow. That alone is so cool.
    I like how you describe you stomping off and walking in the rain only to return home and have so much fun over the incident with your wonderful wife. No wonder you and she have been married so long. I personally think you should write a post sometime with short stories of the ups and downs of a long and successful marriage. My hubby and I have only been together coming on five years. We too like cranberry juice. And grape juice. I will call you Piano Man from now on. You and my hubby could get Suldog and the three of you have a jam session! It is so nice to meet other people like yourself who are retired and are still busy and productive and full of vim and vigor. As always, my hubby sends his best regards to you and Mrs Bluelights.

  11. Really enjoyed this post, good to get to know you a bit!

  12. Your poignant moment was really lovely!

  13. Eddie:

    You know that, deep down in my black heart, I love you. However, you have thrown down the gauntlet, and since you're too old and feeble to pick it up, I guess I'll have to do so.

    "We'll have some fun, you and I," he said, with a sneer on his lips, as his hand stealthily reached for the stiletto he always kept in his boot.

    Sometime in the next couple of weeks, my friendly adversary.

  14. I really enjoyed that post and loved your answers.

    Were you mad asking Suldog for a duel?

    Now anyone can see that my niece wrote 43 and not 93. Clear as a bell. She was a good artist. It is the image of you!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  15. Brian
    Thanks - you are very perceptive! LOL

    Ocean Girl
    Skeletons out of cupboads, eh! Better that way - to give the bones a bit of frsh air LOL

    Thank you my cherrie! You are lovely and I do thank you for your kind words. You deserve this award for your sterling efforts to make a cook out of me, who was born with two left spoons, to educate me in the Cajun Delights and to make a dancer out of me, who was born with two left feet! Ahh! I t would be worth it all to take you into my arms and have a lovely Cajun Waltz with you.
    Oh and Marguerite - the story about the bangers and the toilets are entirely true. I shall write some funny stories and post them when I have more time.Hugs

    Great to see you and thank you for your kind words

    I was so pleased to see you here - it is a pity my time is limited with all the referb work so I cannot visit as often as I would like. I am so pleased you like my daughter's CD. May it bring you lots of pleasure. Hugs

    Thank you sooooo much for your highly encouraging words. I know I am awful and I know you like me as well ROFL. So good to have such a great friend. Love and hugs.

    Ethel Mae
    You would certainly be most welcome to join Janine and I for lunch, as requested in your previous comment on my previous post.

    Glad you like the poignant answer I gave. You have inspired me to rewrite and post my first ever story which was about this lovely lady. Hugs

    Mr London Street
    Thanks very much and great to see you.

    Thanks a lot and you are most welcome - I look forward to reading your answers. Hugs

    Thanks for setting the whole thing up. It has been immensely enjoyable. And thank you for your kind comments.
    As I mentioned I have posted the whole story about my dear patient.

    Happy Frog
    Thank you and I fully intend popping over to see you soon

    Mama Zen
    Thank you and you can now read the full story on my next post.

    So my bloggy sparring partner. The stage is set for a battle Royal. I expect you will reort to ducks again but I am looking forward to taking a gander at just which weapons will be fired at me this time! LOL
    I am ready for ANYTHING you can throw at me!! Bring it on!! LOL

    Maggue May
    Yes I an brave am I not?
    Another battle to the death with Suldog.LOL
    Glad you liked the post.

  16. Fun to see you interviewed for a change!

  17. (Wednesday)
    Hi Eddie...I'm just now getting 'round (notice the accent here) to reading this blog...and I am so happy to see that you are answering the questions...and am delighted at your answers, of course! I read your very moving post abou the dialysis patient today, and I see that you referred to her in one of your answers here. She was very blessed to have such a caring person as you to be with her several times a week. It sounds like she could deliver the humor as well as take it from you....sounds like God put you two together for a reason. Your answers shed more light on the Eddie that we have all grown so fond of...and...also, I add that you must absolutely adore sparring with Jim. You ask for it...and you will receive. You know that, though, don't you? Great blog....I enjoy being here.

  18. Thank you so very much, King Eddie Blue. I bow to you and humbly accept this award.

    LOVED your post and promise to come out of my self imposed "blog siesta" to acknowledge and respond to this most lovely award.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. A million kisses!

    ♥ Alix

  19. Eddie:

    I'll be roasting your gizzard sometime next week, I believe.


  20. Suldog - I'll be waiting for you!! Choose your weapons and 'bring it on'!! . . . but you'll have to think of something different this time than that sily duck!! LOL

    "Run, run, as fast as you can!
    You can't catch me - I' an ambulance man!" . . . or was!

    Will you ever read this I wonder?

    Great fun Jim

  21. I do agree with you here - it's so nice to see you on the other end of the questions for once! Cracking set of answers Eddie.


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