Super Specific Sunshine Award + Ten Things About Me + Super Specific Questions

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A positive award for a positive blog!

Having received four award nominations since the revival of my blogging “career,” I kept asking myself how I could make these posts interesting. Having spent a while contemplating, I considered several options. One really long answer instead of answering them all (shoutouts to LaterLevels)? Working each question into an acceptance speech? Having Kanye West interrupt the answer to each question, but assuring me he’ll let me finish? You see, award posts all follow the same basic format:

Step 1: Oh my gosh I’ve been nominated for such-and-such award by so-and-so!
Step 2: Here’s a generic copy/paste of the rules.
Step 3: Let get through answering all these questions that should be blog topics of their own.
Step 4: Here’s some generic questions to keep someone else busy for a while.
Step 5: The cycle continues until humanity is a computer-based society living on the energy at the event horizon of a black hole.

Finally, though, when Megan at A Geeky Gal nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and now I know what must be done. I must ask frighteningly specific questions upon my fateful nominees. It’s time for the Normal Happenings Super Specific Sunshine Award! Good luck out there. Thank you, Megan for both nominating me and inspiring this new way of thinking.


Q&A

I must answer these blog prompts as part of the paperwork process, thus rendering them ineffective as future blog topics.

What was your first fandom? (Or what was the first thing you obsessed over?)

Star Trek. Specifically The Next Generation. The first episode I saw was a rerun on UPN called “In Theory.” I was an odd place to begin what would eventually be a decades-long love story with the franchise. I particularly loved the character of Data. I somewhat mimicked Data throughout the course of my elementary school life as a coping mechanism for an incredibly socially difficult childhood. I was super-smart and had an expansive vocabulary for my age, but was unable to comprehend emotion or what it was like to actually be human behind the systematic organization of technicality.

Who is your favorite fictional character?

It’s Data, as mentioned above. My favorite Data moment is when he learns to dream in “Birthright, Part 1.” Not only is the sequence technically impressive, but it serves as an essential milestone for his development as a character. Go watch that episode, because it’s quite good even out of context.

What is something you love about your favorite fandom?

The ships from Star Trek. Oh my goodness. My favorite Enterprise is the Enterprise E from the TNG movies. This is followed closely by the Enterprise Constitution Refit from TOS movies 1-3.

What is something you hate about your favorite fandom?

I do have some ships I truly don’t like. I really hate how Voyager looks, not a big fan of the Oberth class, and I really don’t like the “Cage-era” Enterprise from the TOS pilot.

Are you a fan of something that doesn’t seem to be that popular?

I’ve got to say, the 1960’s marionette action series Thunderbirds deserves more love. So many filmmakers cite Thunderbirds as their inspiration.

What do you watch/read/play the most?

I watch Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – the greatest TV show ever made – the most.
I read blogs the most… duh.
I play – looks at Switch playtime log… *gasp*. I’ve, um, “invested” hundreds of hours into Stardew Valley. Yikes. How do I have a wife?

What fictional place/house would you love to live in?

Hyrule. But I can’t tell you more right now. You can tell Megan wrote these because that was her second video game challenge question.

Where would you take a fictional dream vacation?

On a beach somewhere away from everyone. I don’t want to interact with a soul.

What Hogwarts house does you pet belong in?

Lucy is a Slytherin and Ezri is a Hufflepuff.

Tell me about your favorite day in your life so far.

That is for me to know, and you to find out… in an upcoming post.


The “Rules”

So everyone can play, I am not going to nominate ten people for this award directly. Instead, you control your own destiny. If you desire Normal Happenings Super Specific Sunshine Award, the nomination process is as follows.

1. Respond to at least one super specific question in the comments.
2. If I like your answer even a little bit, I shall dub you “Nominated,” and exchange some witty repartee.
3. Respond to all questions on a blog post of your own, then come up with ten more super specific questions.
4. Link back to this post (or not, doesn’t bother me.)
5.  Encourage others to do the same, henceforth propagating an internet macro for centuries.
6. Bask in the glory of your newly earned Normal Happenings Super Specific Sunshine Award!


Super Specific Questions

And now for what you’re all here for.

A new island chain suddenly forms in the south Pacific. Scientists, in the spirit of serendipity, need a name for the archipelago, so they run outside and grab the first person they see walking by. That person is you. What do you name the islands?


Find any grocery list you’ve ever written – on a post-in note, on your phone, in the trash can. What is the third item on that list?


Go to any mirror – doesn’t matter if there’s people around – and look at the bottom of your tongue. What is your immediate emotional reaction?


Let’s say you could suddenly make all the cable news stations cover animals with the same intensity they covered politics – all animals all the time! Which animal would you want them to focus exclusively on?


What is a random 11-letter word? I’ve already said mine – archipelago.


I’m not particularly happy with my computer wallpaper. What should I change it to?


If you could only eat breakfast foods for lunch and lunch foods for breakfast, what would be your go-to breakfast? Your go-to lunch?


A bedbug bite forces you to have one of these the useless superpowers.
Which of the following useless superpowers would choose and why?
– The ability to make only office supplies levitate.
– The ability to be invisible – but only inside a volcano.
– The ability to, at will, swap any picture on a billboard to a pumpkin.


Do you hate your initials? If you could have any initials, what would they be and why?


What is the most recent gum you chewed? Extrapolate a short story of five sentences or less with that gum as a central plot mechanic.

Again, you are free to play in the comments! Answer all the questions you want, and don’t feel obligated to make a post unless you really want the Normal Happenings Super Specific Sunshine Award. I look forward to seeing what kind of chaos ensues in the comments.

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Matthew Estes. STL-based Blogger. Graphic Designer. Happily Married. One day I'll actually complete a book I'm happy with. I love pizza, video games, and using way too many ellipses...

5 thoughts on “Super Specific Sunshine Award + Ten Things About Me + Super Specific Questions

  1. You are killing me (in a good way)! Congrats again on the award. What a creative approach to it. Very creative… I’m going to comment with question number four’s answer: Penguins. Why penguins? Because they are freaking adorable. Most penguins pick a mate for life. Both parents care for the young. It just sounds happy and wholesome.That’s what we need more of.

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