Thursday, September 20, 2007

That's me, right there on the red carpet

Interviewer: Umm, you're on the red carpet, so I know I'm supposed to know you, but could you say your name for the viewers, please?

VS (leaning over to speak directly into the mic): Velvet. Sacks. My name is Velvet Sacks.

Interviewer: Uh, yeah, right, where are my notes? Ummm, Miz Sacks, can you tell us a little bit about your latest,, album?

VS: Well, I don't have a show or film or album; I have a blog.

Interviewer: A blog? Like on the Internet? Like thousands and thousands of other people have?

VS: Precisely.

Interviewer: And is your blog famous?

VS: Well, there are at least half a dozen people who read it regularly. Plus family. Well, not all my family, of course, some of them are busy with actual lives.

Interviewer: Oh, I see, well, ummm...tell us who you're wearing tonight.

VS: Dress Barn. Plus.

Interviewer: Hmmm, we don't see that here too often. Can you tell us what kind of fabric that is?

VS (rolling eyes): It's velvet, okay? Between the heavy, fuzzy fabric and the TV-adds-10-pounds thing, people are gonna think I'm fatter than I really am.

Interviewer: Heh-heh. Well, tell us why you're here tonight. Have you been nominated for something?

VS: Nominated, my ass! I've already won two awards, you doofus, and the most recent one was for being nice! Can you freakin' believe it? Now get outta my way; I need to get inside and see if they have any of those little finger sandwiches.


Jackie gave me this award, and I'm delighted, if somewhat embarrassed, to accept it. While I don't think I'm a mean person, "nice" isn't the first adjective I'd apply to myself. Are there any graphic artists out there who could digitally transform this into a "Not Usually a Jerk Award"? That might come just a little closer to the real me.

Jackie also posted these words that go along with the award: “This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends, and those that inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you have been awarded, please pass it on to seven others whom you feel are deserving of this award.”

Now, that last part I can do. I can think of way more than seven nice people I've met through blogging. Many of them have already received this award, and since every recipient is supposed to send it to seven others, I'm scrambling to get this list up fast.

I'm honored to present the "Nice Matters Award" to:

Austin of The People Behind My Eyes;

Maxngabbie of Maypoles of Life;

The four sisters who are quite nice but try their best not to show it:

Patsy of My Life and Times;

Betty of Galla Creek Ephemeris;

Helen of A Little of This-n-That; and

Fleta of Dirt Road Lives.

The seventh blogger whom I've chosen to recognize with the "Nice Matters Award" is, ta-dahhhhh:

Robbin with 2 B's of Cedar Chest of Dreams.

Robbin is, coincidentally, the person who gave me my very first award, the "Rockin' Girl Blogger Award," back in July. As much as I appreciated it, I missed my window of opportunity and then felt awkward writing about it: "I got this really nice award a lonnnnnnng time ago." I thanked Robbin on her blog, but if I'd had my ducks in a row back then, if I hadn't been so lethargic, and, well, if I'd been a nicer person, I would have been much quicker to post the award and thank her here. Sorry for the delay, Robbin. It does mean a lot that you thought of me when passing out these awards.

Speaking of passing out, I know this post is getting extremely long, but if you can take a deep breath and hang with me a bit longer, I'm supposed to give out five of the "Rockin' Girl Blogger" awards. These, I'm proud to send out to a special Fab Five:

Carmon of Life at Star's Rest;

Janet of Janet's Ordinary Life;

Alison of Inspired Work of Self-Indulgence;

Holly of Creekhiker; and, bringing us full circle:

Jackie of Jackie's Garden.

Not only do these ladies rock; they're nice, too. In fact, all of them have already received an award for that.


P.S. Just for the record, I didn't forget about Annie of Little Rock Daily Photo fame. Other people beat me to her.


  1. Oh gosh, "blushing", thank you Velvet, right about now I needed that. Bless your heart. You are a very special lady yourself. By the way I love the "dress barn plus" you crack me up!

  2. Oh Wow! What a great post! And I win too!!! Yay!

    Hey Velvet, save me some finger sandwiches!

  3. Fleta, Betty, Patsy, Helen, Erin, laura, Missy ,Kristina...and that is just the Powell you every may have a lot more people read your blog than you think.......helen

  4. I forgot my notes, I had a whole speech planned. Thank you! Where's the champagne? I mean. ;-)

  5. Love the post Velvet, so funny to me. Gotta Love that Dress Barn fashion! Thanks for awarding me. (Nothing wrong with being awarded Nice twice and being nominated by you is an honor, thank you very much.)

  6. OMG - this is the funniest post I've read in a long time! You need to do more of that 'writing', Velvet - you are so great at it!

    Thank you, thank you *bows low*.

  7. See, you did deserve the nice matters could have just said thank you, but you went to the trouble of also writing the red carpet sketch...which was very funny.

  8. Maxngabbie, you're more than welcome!

    Creekhiker, I'da sabed you some sadwidges (chomp, chomp) but they diddit hab anybore (swallowing fast and licking lips).

    Helen, anywhere you and all the rest of those Powell women get together, there's gonna be a good time.

    Janet, who needs notes? All you have to do is thank God and all the little people, then get off the stage before the music starts.

    Robbin, I suppose it is okay to get two of the same award. All of Meryl Streep's Oscars look just alike, don't they?

    Jackie and Kat, I *do* enjoy people who share my weird sense of humor. Thank you.

  9. OMgoodness. I'm nice?
    I've got to change. This can't get out.

    "Are there any graphic artists out there who could digitally transform this into a "Not Usually a Jerk Award"? .....That seems like an invitation Velvet ...LOL

    Thank you.
    Sheshh. I might have to start adding my awards to my blog. I haven't done that but since I'm nice and everything I might have to do that.


  10. Austin, yes, you're nice. Should I cite specific examples?

    And regarding the "invitation" to modify the award, you were exactly the graphic artist I had in mind. Are you up for the challenge?


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