Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to thank Dwight from Roth Poetry for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. He reminds me that so much of the enjoyment of blogging comes from interaction with other bloggers. The rules of the award include nominating 10 people to participate in the award and listing 10 personal facts. I don’t feel comfortable passing on awards, but I will include 10 bits of trivia about myself.

  • I ran the quarter-mile while in high school. My girlfriend at the time was none too happy when we were late to our senior prom because I spent the day at the state track meet.
  • Until 2012, I lived all of my life within 2 miles of the Niagara River, and within a quarter-mile the last thirty years.
  • Since then, I’ve been living within 3 miles of the Missouri River – blue water exchanged for muddy water.
  • My wedding was held outdoors last year, next to a lighthouse on the shore of Lake Erie. So was my wife’s. 😉
  • I have three children – two sons and a daughter. My sons are a computer engineer and an IT/service tech for an internet provider, and my daughter is a grade school counselor.
  • I was a scuba diver for 17 years. My dives included ice dives, trips to the Caribbean and Rhode Island, and wreck diving in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, the Straits of Macinac, Georgian Bay and the St. Lawrence River. The majority of my dives were in the Niagara River, finding many things that could only be considered treasures by scuba divers, including bottles, a musket and a 300 pound anchor. I have never gone over Niagara Falls (except 3 times in a helicopter).
  • I was a member of the Teamsters union as a dock worker and truck driver for 33 years, and served as a union steward for 20 of those years.
  • I retired with a 30 year pension when I was 53. I have since spent my time writing poetry, taking photographs, and kayaking.
  • Nearly 60 years old at the time, I once was stopped by U.S. border agents when I was leaving the country to visit Canada. They inspected my car, including prying at my door panels, and emptying the trunk. I guess they thought I looked suspicious. (Canada admitted me, no questions asked, and my return to New York later in the afternoon was non-eventful.) I didn’t tell them about the time I was denied entry into Canada in 1973 – in the days before computer records. Back then, I definitely looked suspicious.
  • I have met more than 40 people in person whom I initially met online, traveling to Turnersville, NJ, Reading, PA, Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Youngstown, OH, Erie, PA, Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, Lansing, MI, San Francisco, CA, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, Shreveport, LA, and Nashville, TN, in the process.

Bonus trivia: My diving ended after my ankle was broken by a 6,000 pound forklift that knocked me over, rolled onto my ankle and stopped there. They say I screamed like a little girl. It’s one of favorite stories.

I encourage anyone interested in telling us facts about themselves to please do so. Tell us about your suspicious activities! 😉

Ken G.

26 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations on the award, and thanks for sharing some trivia about your life. If you’re ever planning to be in Turnersville, NJ, let me know. It’s not far away at all–that’s where we just bought our new car.
    I’m glad you and your wife were able to get married at the same location. 😉
    Your bonus trivia is one of your favorite stories?!

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    • Turnersville was in 2009, and it was my first chance to meet up with fellow vloggers. It was a back yard BBQ with seven other people I knew through online video sharing. Everyone but the host had traveled for the meetup. It encouraged me to travel to meet like minded people.
      Yeah, that story cost me 4 months out of work (although I didn’t mind not driving a semi in the winter) and I had to give up running and diving due to on-and-off tenderness in my Achilles tendon, but I survived – and without a limp. I think it’s my favorite story because people are so fascinated when they hear the details.

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  2. “Versatile Blogger” certainly describes you well – congratulations.
    And thanks for the intriguing details … I’m grinning at your Canadian crossing story. Hassles maybe break the boredom for the guards? We found getting into Canada a whoosh except for every other line being “uh-huh, and where do you keep your guns?” (If we were from Texas, we were assumed to be carrying guns somewhere … but he could not find any!) We had all sorts of trouble getting back into the US, though … the glitch being homegrown tomatoes that we had not yet finished … they finished ’em for us after detaining us for an hour refusing to let us use the bathroom (I guess they thought we would sneak out somehow? Run across the border leaving our RV with them?) I can only guess what others have tried to do that creates such suspicion. Our lives so dull in comparison.

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    • Thank you.
      Maybe they didn’t want you leaving the tomatoes… in any form. 😉
      This particular stop was by U.S. border guards, before I could cross the bridge into Niagara Falls, Ontario. I had been making numerous crossings for photos of the Falls from the Canadian side, making my crossings suspicious, I suppose. (The Canadians didn’t seem to mind.)
      Afterwards, I realized it was similar to the check points set up several miles from the Mexican border, in the U.S.
      The issue in the seventies was a kid being a smart ass with the Canadian customs agent when he was questioned why he was going to the Brewers Retail on Columbus Day. Back then we had to go to Canada to buy Canadian beer. We hadn’t considered that it also was Thanksgiving for Canadians on that day, and all stores were closed. We had to sign a form saying we were leaving the country voluntarily. When I explained to the U.S. customs agent why we were in Canada for just 15 minutes he laughed and said he knew the Canadian agent – a school teacher working the holiday. He said I looked sixteen, and probably got smart with the guy, right? He then told us to cross at a bridge ten miles away if we still wanted to see the Falls. He said they would never know, and they didn’t. (no computers back then)

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      • Tomatoes could come into the US only if they bore some sort of label indicating disease free … had we been savy, we’d’ve had a roadside snack a few miles before the border. I will never again approach a border w/o stopping to pee first! Lessons from the road …

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  3. Congrats, and thanks for sharing your facts!
    My suspicious story: when my doctor told me to call an ambulance because he suspected my appendix had burst (it had), the medical technicians thought I was a drug addict. I was with two of my neighbors and our toddlers–it’s true we didn’t live in the finest building, and I was in incredible pain, but we just looked like normal mothers with children as far as I could tell. They did finally take me to the hospital, and expressed surprise that my doctor was actually there to meet me! (They did not apologize, however.) (K)

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