Mr. Congeniality?

A correlation between Nascar, the Presidential Election and Miss America!

As I sit in my hotel room tonight, awaiting the results of this election, I suddenly find myself feeling bad.  Because one of these guys is going to lose.  “Well Angry, isn’t that the point?”  Yes, I suppose.  But I can’t help but feel the same way I did last November when I watched the final Sprint Cup Nascar race of the season.  The battle was between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards and I told many of my redneck Nascar friends that no matter who won, I couldn’t be disappointed because these were my two favorite drivers!  I forgot that if one of my two favorite drivers won, then one of them also lost.

Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards ….
they couldn’t share?

Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t my two favorite Presidential candidates.  I don’t think that either President Obama or Governor Romney are evil, but I also don’t think that either one is a savior.  I guess that puts me in the minority.  I truly believe that each one of them is convinced that he can do a better job than the other and that he is “right”.  I have no disillusions that any politician is altruistic, but I believe that they all begin with good intentions in mind.  It’s up to us to make sure they stay focused once they get into office.

He could wear the sash, get some flowers, it would be nice ….

Anyway, when we find out the winner of this election, even if  it is the candidate I voted for, I’ll be feeling a little bit sad for the “Other Guy”.  Instead of calling him the loser, I say we give the non-winner the title of Mr. Congeniality!  It works for the Miss America pageant.  With this title, the candidate who doesn’t win will understand that he’s less attractive than the other guy but with some really good talents that can be used elsewhere.  Hmm . . . I guess it’s too late to suggest that maybe we should have two Mr. Congenialities?

The results from Dixville Notch, N.H., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were tied.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-romney-tie-new-hampshire-village-dixville-notch-article-1.1197360#ixzz2BUbgvCwf

This is the kind of poppycock I come up with when I’m in a hotel room with no episode of NCIS on TV.

Freshly Pressed Awe and Jealousy . . . and Awe

From myexposition.wordpress.com

There is nothing better than having one of your Blogger friends Freshly Pressed.  Except of course if you are Freshly Pressed yourself.  (Just to be clear, I wouldn’t know about that)  It’s great when someone you’ve been following has that honor bestowed upon them.  It’s exciting!  Mostly exciting, a little heart-wrenching, but still mostly exciting.  You can’t help but be happy for them.  Happy and jealous, but mostly happy . . . and jealous . . . but more happy than jealous!  Mostly . . .

Seriously, of course there is a hint of jealousy but that’s because it’s so fantastic, but I really thrilled when a fellow blogger I know gets Freshly Pressed.  Not in that phony first-runner-up to the Miss America pageant way.  You just know as fellow contestants are crying and hugging the new Miss America and helping her pin on her crown that they are stabbing those pins deep into her skull.  No, not that kind of happy – true joy because they deserve it!

"Just hold still . . ." Miss World 2011 (Who is Miss World??)

The first time this happened with Pretty Feet, Pop Toe, I had just read her post, Grumpy Old Bag and on the following day she was Freshly Pressed!  I was very confused.  I was not confused as to the reason she was Freshly Pressed, it’s obvious that she is an amazing writer, but I thought I must be mistaken that I had stumbled upon her blog the day before.  “Was she Freshly Pressed the previous day as well?” I thought.  “Is that how I found her?”  Did I seriously just have the incredible luck to find her hours before Freshly Pressed did? 

The second time this happened, it was to littlesundog and her blog Day by Day the Farm Girl Way.  I’m not positive, but I think the first post of hers that I read was Real Deer Rehabilitation.  Then I read Lazy Days with Daisy Deer and I was hooked.  I believe I left a very intriguing comment something along the lines of “Wow, that wuz gud.”  Perhaps my comment was slightly better than that but not much.  Then I kid you not, the following day I check the Freshly Pressed page and I see this familiar picture of a deer.  I think, “Hey, that’s a deer.” (again I take a moment to point out how brilliant my brain is) “Are two people blogging about raising a baby deer?”  I double, triple checked and then I confirmed that Day by Day the Farm Girl Way had indeed been Freshly Pressed!  

So I rushed right over to her Freshly Pressed post and left this brilliant comment, “OMG (yes I really wrote O M G) you’ve been Freshly Pressed!  How awesome is that??”  I was just so darn excited that another one of my “friends” had been FP’d that I completely forgot how to properly use the English language.  I had clicked that little button to “notify me of follow up comments via email”, but I noticed that my email wasn’t exploding.  I couldn’t believe hundreds of people weren’t commenting on this amazing post.  Then it dawned on me, “She doesn’t know yet . . .  O M G she doesn’t know!”  I imagined her surprise when she checked her computer later.  I think I even giggled thinking about how exciting that was going to be for her.  I was in awe.

Scott Baio - from Totallythebomb.com

Having found two bloggers just hours or days before they became Freshly Pressed leaves me with the feeling of having had a brush with fame.  It’s like getting that signed photo of Scott Baio when I was 12 all over again, but even better because I knew these folks before they were famous!  Like when the small town girl hits it big and I can say “I knew them when . . .”

Not a rabbit's foot because that was one unlucky rabbit

Hey – here’s an idea – maybe I’m a good luck charm for this Freshly Pressed thing.  It sure seems that way.  So if you are a fellow blogger who’s eager to get Freshly Pressed just beg me to begin following your blog, I’m not above bribery, and you could receive that elusive honor by Monday.  Well . . . maybe . . .  But just to be on the safe side, if you do win, don’t ask me to help you pin on a crown.

P.S.  LittleSunDog not only replied to all of her comments, but she also found time to stop by my blog to leave a comment.  She didn’t forget the little people!  PrettyFeetPopToe replied to all of hers as well.  And they both received a LOT of comments!  More evidence that they are worthy recipients.

P.S.S  I’m off until Monday folks.  Have a good weekend!