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Monday, January 28, 2013

Re-introduce Myself BlogFest (& How *Not* To Go Fish)

Aloha,

Along with Elise Fallson (who did a Must-See VIDEO!) and C.M. Brown, I’m co-hosting Stephen Tremp’s Re-introduce Myself BlogFest, so here is me in 100 words – excluding this monologolistical nightmare of an intro.

(While not one of the Usual Suspects, some have, yes indeed, called me Kaiser Sourdough, but I, however, prefer to be known as Verbal [Diarrhea] Kint, which means squeezing me into a dress made of 100 words should make for an interesting experiment…)

Who am I?
Originally from Ireland, I’ve moved 50+ times.

I’m 43.
I’m not in the Witness Protection Program.

I’ve blogged for 18 months.
I worked in the Restaurant Industry for 15 years.

I’ve been a U.S. citizen and a writer for 10 years.

I’m happily married 9 years this week. J

We’ve been blessed with 3 boys.

I’ve finished 1 book.

What’s my blog theme?

It’s a moving, blob, er, blog that I hope adds a wee spice of humor to the odd-shaped days of the week.
Really?

No, dude, I have no idea. Something hits me and I then strive to write something positive. (They said to build a platform, but hang on a minute, I’m still trying to find the train station.)

So, instead of 100 words, you're offering a 121-word
(FAIL)
snippet of you being me.

Huh? Excuse me… I don’t recall inviting you to this monologue. Shall I change it to a bi-logue?

You didn’t, but if you did, it would be-
Because I'm a Fail, yes. But, I’m just trying my best, you know, IWSG is only once a month, and it’s hard. There's 29 other days in the month... sometimes 30!!!

I know, but don’t cry for me Puerto Rico… 121 words is a nice number… it’s more than 100, but it kinda rolls off your tongue.

No it doesn't... You’re just saying that and I don't live in PR, I live in HI.

WARNING: This is *not* Providence, RI.









Both islands, what's the difference? They're both warm...

Really? Tell that to the folks in Rhode Island...



Dude, focus. I'm just trying to get you out of the 13-galloon trash can you keep falling into.
See! See!! I’m a Fail. I can’t even throw myself away…

Don't say that...  We all slighty like you… look, watch for the comments from your parents… you’ll see…

You think people will say nice things even though I busted through the 100-word max?

No. but at least you’re out of the trashcan. (Have you ever thought of recycling?)
And stop fishing....
Look, Papa, a compliment... I saw it... Oh, it's gone ;)
 

72 comments:

Elise Fallson said...

LOL! I love your blog Mark, no fail in sight here. but now I'm trying to picture you in a dress made of 100 words! :D And congrats on finishing your book. And married 9 years this week, well that calls for a celebration! WOOT! (:

D.S taylor said...

A fellow irishman huh? Where abouts are you from??

Sean McLachlan said...

From one island to another, across the globe! I'm of Irish descent and I really need to get to the Emerald Isle some day.

Ciara said...

A fellow parent of three boys. Yep, I totally get you. :) Happy Anniversary!!!
I'm so sorry, my blog was missing the credits for the BlogFest hosts. It's been corrected.

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks Mark for co=hosting Re-Introduce Myself! And congrats on a very busy life. Moving 59 times? That;s amazing.

Suzi said...

Crap. I thought that 100 words was a guideline. I went over too. Oh well. :)

+50 moves. Wow. How many countries is that through?

Laura Eno said...

I'm sure this will win the "funniest blog award"...if there were such a thing...which there probably isn't...but congrats anyway. Nice dress and the train station is over there. No, that way.

Dani said...

I think I went over as well. Shitaky mushrooms!
Dude, you had me Rolling. On. The. Floor! Not really but I was almost there - like one knee.
You are brilliant!

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks for the insight into your mind, Mark. It sounds like an entertaining place!

Bonnee Crawford said...

Mark, you are a gem :) haha I will still say nice things about you, even though you broke the 100 word max and I am not one or both of your parents... or am I? *cue dramatic music*.

DRC said...

You're like an old character of mine where there's a constant conversation going on inside his head... :)

Al Diaz said...

I praise what makes me laugh and you do. Well done. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'll compliment you twinny! You're a ray of sunshine absorbed and reflected from your bald head to a near nuclear radiation of positivity around the globe!

And you make me laugh. Which means you make me healthier, because it's scientifically proven that laughter is good medicine.

And thanks for pointing out the fails on my post...I had also forgotten to credit you and Elise and C.M. for the blog fest. It's good to know I have friends who won't let friends keep bleary eyed posts!!

Shell Flower said...

Great pics and I love your kooky posts. Don't ever change! You are awesome.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Building a platform is for the birds. So is sticking to word limits.
You rock, Mark!

Marta Szemik said...

Very funny post! 50+ times? That's a heck of a lot of moving:)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Very cute post. :) Happy anniversary! It will be nine years for me and my husband next month. :)

A.J. Frey said...

Hilarious! I missed the 100 word max somewhere in my research. Turns out I'm a fail too. Hmm, I went with a quiz though, so maybe if you only count the words in the right answers it will fit into that 100 word dress. Going to probably have to reset the zipper though. ;-)

Timothy Brannan said...

Great post. And great to "meet" you again!

Tim Brannan, The Other Side.
http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

I believe this re -introduces you quite well. Funny, a little crazy and always entertaining. Nice to get to know you again.

kmckendry said...

Loved it! And Happy Anniversary.

Heather Gardner said...

And now you made me spit rice krispies on my laptop!

Very funny.

Thanks for sharing with us!
HMG

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

You are HILARIOUS, Mr. Mark! And even though you live in Hawaii and I'm mega-ly jealous, I can't hate ya. You're way too funny for that! Thanks for working on this blogfest! So far it is rocking!

Jackie said...

There's a 100 word max limit??? Uh, oops. Yeah, I totally didn't see that so mine is way over.

I want to visit Ireland!

J.L. Campbell said...

You're forgiven, not only because I broke the limit too, but because you threw in some pretty pictures. Nice to 'meet' you, Mark. I can't help being fascinated by the fact that you've moved so many times. That must be interesting fodder for your writing.

Juliet Bond said...

Congratulations on nine years! How fun to introduce ourselves to someone new! Check us out at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great conversation between a clever guy and a funny guy. This was a great idea.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Happy Anniversary and thanks for the laugh!

michelle said...

You've moved 50+ times? OMG. No wonder you're not all there...
Lucky kids... must be wonderful to have a dad like you... keep them entertained...

Tamara said...

haha...LOVED this. Your awesome. ;) And congrats on the anniversary!

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

*Jaw drops and strikes floor.

You seriously have moved 50 times.

Wow. Now I know why you have such strong legs in all your pictures.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is hilarious!!! Fifty times beats me. Think I've only moved half that many times. Need to compare how many countries and states.

Michael Di Gesu said...

YOU ARE INSANE.... We definitely need to get together. The laughs would never end! I see it now.... LOL. SCARY!

100 words? I must've missed that! I know I WENT OVER THE LIMIT and so did many others. Oh, well, we are a CHATTY bunch, ESPECIALLY when we talk about ourselves... LOL. WHO ELSE would LISTEN?!

I didn't know you were from Ireland... You have no accent.... LOL. So how did you meet your wife? Was she stationed there? DETAILS ... MORE DETAILS!

M said...

Awesome. Nice to meet you!

~M Pepper Langlinais
http://pepperwords.com

Nicole said...

Nice to re-meet you, Mark! And Happy early Anniversary.

Johanna Garth said...

You are a true nomad. I wonder where your family will move next?

And happy anniversary week to you and your wife!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark - lucky you to be living in HI - and now if you've been married 9 years this week .. congrats by the way! - methinks you won't be moving so often ...

Enjoy those kiddlies, lack of fish and lots of complements .. and keep writing .. cheers Hilary

Mark Means said...

Hi Mark (I feel like I'm talking to myself), nice to re-meet you. Great hop and thanks for hosting.

I've always wanted to visit Ireland...maybe some day :)

cleemckenzie said...

You DID exceed the alloted number of words, but guess what, nobody cared. However, the image of you squeezed into a dress of 100 words will be indelibly etched on my brain. I see sleepless nights ahead as I try to plot that into a story.

Now as to me . . . I totally screwed up and did not re-introduce myself. I have a doctors excuse. Who should I submit that to?

Diana Wilder said...

From a former kama'aina, I have to say I love your photos. And I can't stop chuckling over the text....

Carrie Butler said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! :)

Kern Windwraith said...

I'm a big fan of moving blobs and of trashing 100-word limits. Congratulations on your ninth anniversary. :)

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

The Irishmen have landed and I didn't even know it! Well, did your conversion to American cause the writing or did the writing cause the conversion?

Congrats on your upcoming anniversary. Hope you have a dab blasted time!

Nancy Thompson said...

Wait, what? There was a 100 word limit? Oh $#&@!

Oh well. I swear Mark, you must provide hours of entertainment for your kids!

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

What fun! It's great to find out more about you. :)

Christine Rains said...

That was so much fun! Love those pictures and getting to know more about you. :) Thanks for hosting this awesome blogfest.

historywriter said...

Aloha nui loa. Love Hawaii. Worked at Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu, graduated UH in textiles, son born in Hilo. Revising novel about Hawaiians in the NW.

DL Hammons said...

Yep...a perfect sampling of what your blog is all about! Thanks for co-hosting such an awesome blogfest!! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I love your blog Mark! And I went way over the 100 word count . . . yikes. I need to read the fine print more often . . .or maybe just all of the print.

Livia Peterson said...

Happy Anniversary! And thanks for co-hosting this awesome blogfest!

Jess Schira said...

Genius idea! I worked in the food industry for 10 years, I loved it!

Krista McLaughlin said...

I love how you state "I'm not in the Witness Protection Program" - congrats?? :) Happy wedding anniversary!

Leigh Covington said...

Don't cry for me Puerto Rico! LOL! I love it!
You ROCK, but I already knew that! :D

Leigh Covington said...

Don't cry for me Puerto Rico! LOL! I love it!
You ROCK, but I already knew that! :D

Jessica Salyer said...

I moved slightly less than you. Thanks for hosting. Great to get to know you a little better. I didn't know there was a 100 word limit. Off to go check my word count.

Cynthia said...

Lovely to re-meet you, and happy anniversary! That's wonderful that you've finished a book. Doesn't it feel great to use the word "finish"
and "book" in one sentence!

I hadn't even known about the word count until I visited a few blogs and saw people mentioning that...and so I went back and tried to shorten up my re-introduction...but I'm sure it's still over 100 words. Color my cheeks pink.

Mel Chesley said...

Hehe! Very nice to meet both of you. ;) And I'm a new follower. Hope to see you by my blog! www.caledonialass.blogspot.com

Tammy Theriault said...

hold up, hold up! this whole time you could cook??? and during your interview you never offered...yes, mark, i'm pouting!! hahaha... :D

Melissa said...

hahahahaha
Congrats on finishing the book!!! :D
And on 9 years of marriage!

kelworthfiles said...

Hey there, thanks for a laugh on a cold Tuesday morning. It can be hard to pin yourself down to a theme, can't it?

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

What a great introduction! Nice to meetcha again.

Martin Willoughby said...

Are you SURE you're not in the witness protection program?

Elsie The Writer said...

This was fantastic, Mark. You had me laughing! Happy Anniversary!!

loverofwords said...

50 Times! A little test -- can you remember the addresses? How are the little boys? Hope you are finding all kinds of new adventures for them.

Samantha May said...

I love your blog and all of your Irishness :)

Happy anniversary! And thanks for such a wonderful blog hop!

Trisha said...

You're a wacky Irish Hawaiian, with a blog to match! I like it :)

Donna Hole said...

Always a blast to be here Mark.

......dhole

T. Drecker said...

You must be like a packing genius by now. Very original introduction :) And I think you've got that platform building thing down pretty good!

Mark K said...

Pleasure to meet you sir - apologies for the late arrival :)

Brinda said...

I'm really glad to know that you are not in the Witness Protection program. If you were, you'd be reallly bad at it.

Also, Elise's video was too awesome for words.

meradeth said...

lol, totally laughing at this (though not at you, a very important distinction!). Nice to get to know you a bit more! And if you ever do find that station/platform thing, let me know, eh? Still looking for mine, too!

Morgan said...

I'm with Michael! I want to know how you met the lovely!

And... yeah... that's a lot of moving... do you have a favorite place?

And happy 9 years!

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