Until today I have avoided the personal questionnaires which periodically circulate amongst bloggers. Invariably however I always enjoyed reading any honest and thoughtful responses which were made by other writers, so herewith is my first, and probably last attempt.
In order to give you a fighting chance of being bothered to read even half of it, I have omitted those questions which have little relevance to my circumstances and paraphrased others, so for the full list of questions please visit MT’s blog from whence I purloined it.
1. Why did you sign up for writing your blog.
Both my parents died a long time ago. Now in my own senior years,
I still regret that I failed to ask them about their inner feelings and philosophies of life or how they lived the first 40 years of their lives before I was born. I vowed not to leave my own children wondering about me, so this blog was born to provide them with a detailed account of my life and the principles and motivations which have driven it.
I also felt a responsibility to post some of my old Papua New Guinea photographs and memoirs in a public arena because they might in future have some historical value to someone.
2. How did you choose your blog’s name? What does it mean?
“The bilgebucket” is self-explanatory.
Somewhere along the way my whale of honorable blogging intention beached itself upon the sands of mediocrity, and the stench from it’s decomposing carcase has been polluting the atmosphere of my WordPress neighbourhood ever since.
GOF = Grumpy Old Fart. Again self-evident.
3. Do you own another blog?
I have tried other blog sites in the past, but have been dissatisfied with various aspects of them. My home is here on WordPress.
4. What do you do online when you are not on your blog?
We are not connected to the power grid. My daily computer usage is governed by the output of our small solar powered electricity system. It varies between zero hours in the middle of the wet season when the sun does not shine for weeks on end, and 2 hours per day in the dry season.
Blogging occupies 80% of this time, 18% is for research, 1% for email, and 1% looking at pictures of pretty girls.
Holy Cow! Did you see that? My nose just sprouted an extra half inch.
I’ll be damned. Alright, truth be told it’s actually 80:17:1:2.
Dammit! Again! For crying out loud, does anyone know the address of a good rhinoplasty surgeon?
What a stupid question. Knew I should never have started this dumb survey.
5. How about when you are not on the computer?
I mooch around in my bromeliad plant nursery to earn a living, musically mutilate old romantic standards and Elton John classics on the piano and go for bicycle rides and long walks in the surrounding National Park rainforest.
Vast amounts of my time are spent dreaming up
bullshit fanciful blog stories and then writing and rewriting them in longhand. These hours could probably be better spent on more potentially lucrative activities such as learning how to pick locks or studying to become a brain surgeon for the rich and famous.
6. What do you wish people who read your blog knew about you?
(a) Self-deprecation comes easily to many Australians, as does droll tongue-in-cheek storytelling.
(b) The outgoing blithering fictional character of GOF as portrayed in many of my stories shares very few similarities to my real-life persona. I simply enjoy creating tales about someone who lives his life unrestrained by the social expectations of Australian society.
(c) I am not really a Grumpy Old Fart. Well not very often.
Mostly I’m a happy contented soul, but aided by a contrary gift of nature and my own deliberate fabrication I present to the world a rather dour and grumpy facade. This works well for me….. people tend not to give me any face to face crap.
8. What is your philosophy on your blog layout?
Simplicity and ease of navigation. I need to enjoy the look of it and immediately be able to see if someone has left a comment because I like to courteously respond to comments as quickly as possible.
9. Tell me about the picture you use to represent you on your blog.
To begin with I was hesitant about using a real-life photograph because of privacy issues, but as I’ve got nothing to hide and few valuables worth stealing it doesn’t bother me any more.
I am beginning however to feel nauseous when I see multiple images of myself in the sidebar “comment” space, so a change is probably imminent.
10. Pick three random blogs from your blogroll and tell us about them.
You have to be joking. GOF resorting to favouritism? I can’t afford any more dissatisfied blogroll customers thank you very much, but it would be remiss of me not to single out one special blogger.
Snowy was the very first commenter on my blog some years ago, and he graciously gave me a blogging leg-up with a promotion on his very popular Vox blog.
Snowy set the bar extremely high when it came to professionalism and blog content. (apart from that one lapse of concentration)
He also gave me an encouraging kick in the arse whenever I felt like giving up and I will always respect his seniority and wisdom and enjoy his online friendship.
12. What do you consider the 10 most “telling” interests we would infer from your blog persona.
1. Environment. 2. Humanity. 3. History. 4. Papua New Guinea.
5. An aversion to avaricious people including doctors and lawyers.
6. Aeroplanes and flight simulation. 7. Irreverent and satirical humour. 8. Cricket…the game, and Music…. the International language.
Finally, as I am no longer able to ignore the extraordinary weight of statistical evidence on this blog;
9. and 10.; Elle MacPherson, boobs and attractive women.
Oops that’s eleven…..I’ll keep the boobs on hold.
15. What’s your current obsession. What about it captures your imagination.
I try not to subscribe to any obsession. The word implies inadequate attention is probably being given to some other life matters.
I am however immensely thankful for more than six decades of good health and passionate about doing everything I can to maintain it.
The possibility of having a high level of physical and mental competence well into old age captures my imagination.
The human machine constantly amazes me with it’s resilience and durability. The body which was allocated to me in the genetic lottery of life is now understandably somewhat worse for wear. It has walked thousands of miles over inhospitable terrain in Papua New Guinea, hauled hundreds of tonnes of root vegetables out of boggy Australian soil and built a home, a farm and a plant nursery where previously there was just uninhabited land.
I remain hopeful that our working partnership might, with sensible management and a hefty dose of good luck, continue for a few more years. If fate denies me this blessing I will spill one thousand bilgebuckets full of putrid Grumpy Old Fartedness upon the world.
17. How many blog friends have you met face to face?
None. I fear that it would be a great disappointment for them, considering my reclusive nature and lack of social grace and loquacity when meeting people for the first time.
18. What don’t you talk about on your blog.
I rarely write about politics because I have no loyalties to one side or the other and so long as I live in one of the most democratic countries on earth there are more pressing topics for me to write about.
I’ll make my political statements at the ballot box.
Neither am I interested in writing about actual violence of any kind, whether it be domestic, pugilistic, cinematic or warfare. I find it all repulsive and depressing and it disappoints me enormously that the human species still has not evolved sufficiently to resolve disputes by intelligent reasoning and negotiation.
So there you have it. Job done. Hallelujah.
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I wish you a happy and safe Christmas, and a peaceful 2012 filled with good health and contentment.