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 show...um, film...er, 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?
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.