Thursday, January 08, 2009

A Bitz ob Ebertang—I mean, a “Bit of Everything"

Please Notez: Alex’s Bloggie Thingie

All of the writing that I haz been doingz in Alex’z personae sometimez haz me writingz likez Alex whenz I aint Alex. OK?


Alexicon, Alex’s Blog

Van Gogh’s Ear Award

Presented to Nick’s Bytes by Akelamalu

A Question about Cat Behavior

Alex is the first cat to have owned me. I have been the master of many dogs, but I have learned that dog and cat behavior is very different.

For example, when I would offer any of my dogs a doggie treat, it would be out of my hand and into the dog’s mouth in a fraction of second. It was usually literally woofed down and the canine would be begging for a second treat.

It isn’t like that with Alex! Alex refuses to accept a cat treat—even his favorites—from my hand. He wants to place them before him on the table or my (our) desk. Furthermore, he doesn’t want me to just haphazardly put them down; he wants me to line them up, side-by-side, so that the can eat them one at a time without moving from where he is sitting. I do not understand his behavior.

Also, Alex never begs for treats—or anything else.

Things That I Have Done

I found this one on Akelamalu’s blog. I don’t think that I have done it, so…


The bold items are the ones I have done.


1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland (Disney World)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France \

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching-porpoises

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book.

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby (fathered two)

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day

My thanks to Squirl for this one:


As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

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  1. that looked like fun, i might get around to doing that one someday.

    it's got some great ideas for a "bucket list" doesn't it?

    just wanted to say hi, haven't been by in awhile.

    and hi to alex. i have a new puppy that i need to share stories and pics about soon. her name is pippa.

    have a peaceful day.

  2. Yes, well, that certainly is a cornucopia of subjects, Nick. Most interesting, though. I haven't time to do the quizzes as yet...I'll see what I can do tomorrow...I'm going to bed very shortly.

  3. Could it be that Alex is simply a fastidious dinner?

  4. I am a failure as a 1930s housewife. I got -14. I wonder what is the lowest I could have gotten!

  5. WOW Nick what a lot you've done on that meme! I see you've held a praying Mantis - do they bite? Also you've saved someone's life - you must tell us when, how!

  6. Robin: Thanks for dropping by. I hope you’re doing OK.

    Say “hi” to Pippa for me and Alex. I look forward to seeing photos of her and reading some puppie stories.

    Puss-in-Boots : Yep, a real cornucopia today! I have to do this periodically to catch up with those things I want to post that keep backing up.

    Abby: Your right! Alex is fastidious!

  7. Hello there my friend! I found your blog very interesting so I have added your link in my Blogroll. I hope you'll link me back. Have a nice day!

  8. Candi: A -14, huh! May I assume that you are much too liberated a woman to be a good 1930s wife?

    Akelamalu : Having been around as long as I have (and being a Man for All Seasons), I suppose I should have done a lot of those things! There are more than I would like to do, especially those related to traveling the world.

    I don’t know if a Praying Mantis bites. I wasn’t bitten.

    As for saving folks lives, I have done that one than once in my roles as social worker and clergy. I did relate one of those incidents way back in my blog: HERE.

  9. Wow, a huge post and very enjoyable as always. Jessica is like Alex - she won't take food from your hands but has to examine it thoroughly first before devouring. The dogs on the other hand .....

    CJ xx

  10. Cats are very different aren't they? I've had a few cats at the same time that I had other dogs. It's funny to see them interact with each other. (of course they both have to have just the right tempraments)

    I love that list ! You have experienced and done so much !
    Have a great day !
    Love ya,

  11. i think willow might have found his own treat today. upon returning home there were a pile of bird feathers on the doormat outside ... but no bird. did it escape? i asked wills, and he just gave me that 'i'm not telling you, stupid!' look ...

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  14. You overloaded this one. Just so much to comment on.
    You certainly have done a lot of things.We do match up on some of them.
    At some future time I may try some of the little things. Thanks for sharing them.

  15. Hello! Great list! I just read the one at Akelamalu's place... where I'm visiting from.
    I'll get back into memes again soon. I'm usually all over every one that comes my way but after vacation, the holidays, etc. I am still trying to figure out a schedule.

  16. I always enjoy reading about what people have done in their lives.

    A superior 1930s husband, eh?

  17. I did better as a 1930s husband than I did as the wife. :-)

    Alex cracks me up. Cats are so different from dogs.

  18. Nick, when I did that meme there were more than 100 questions on it. More like a 105 questions or so.

    Evedently, I am a superiour 1930's wife with a score of 130. Though, I doubt if my hubby would agree.

    Nice to find you have done so many interesting things in your life. If you have time, please read mine.

    Alex is some kind of cat. He sounds like he is a little OCD with wanting his food lined up. LOL
    My cats want to be hand fed. They are so lazy!

    Thanks for the great post.

  19. When I did this meme there were 99 things so it's good to see that it changes form! It was VERY interesting reading your list ... I enjoyed it...

  20. Why would Alex need to beg for anything when he has a servant like you, Rev. Saint!