The Versatile Blogger Award

Latin Journeys has been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award. My friend, Becky Aaronson, who writes the always entertaining blog, An Improbable Life, sent the honor our way and for that we thank her. We have been putzing around with a blog for a little more than a year, but renamed our initial effort Latin Journeys in August, did a redesign and have put more effort into the blog world since then.

There are two things I need to do after receiving this nomination: 1) write seven things that people probably don’t know about me and 2) nominate 15 more bloggers for this award.

1. When I was seven, I cried when the bad guys killed a sheep herder on Bonanza. I announced to the room that I was going to be a shepherd when I grew up. I was at my friend’s house and the whole family laughed at me. I don’t laugh at children when they say silly things.

2. Before I started working as a photographer, I wanted to be a chef and worked in a variety of restaurants to learn the craft. The strangest was the prep cook job at the House of Lum in Aspen, CO. I was the bartender, but was added to the kitchen when all of the Chinese cooks walked out in January and returned to San Francisco. I minced countless heads of garlic, julienned mounds of ginger and sectioned and boned a dozen or so chickens every afternoon. The catch? Not a knife to be found in the kitchen. I had to do it all with a cleaver.

3. I worked as a houseboy for Jack Nicholson and Angelica Houston in Aspen for three weeks in the early 70s. Jack said hi before leaving for skiing and I didn’t see him the rest of the day. Angelica (who didn’t ski) and I talked a little bit about Aspen while I swept the floors, did the dishes, made the beds and did the laundry. It wasn’t cool to be starstruck in Aspen, but should I have been?

4. As a young newspaper photographer in Augusta, Georgia, I was returning from an assignment in South Carolina and spotted a black man, wearing a straw cowboy hat standing by the side of a gold Mercedes on the shoulder of the highway. I pulled over to help, and James Brown said, “It’s cool, I got it little brother.”

5. I only have two regrets in life: that I didn’t sit still for piano lessons given by my grandmother and that I was not a good golf student for my Scottish grandfather who was a golf pro. To this day I love music, but still believe in Mark Twains line, that “golf is a good walk wasted.” I don’t regret not learning golf, I regret that I didn’t please my grandfather.

6. I got drunk for the first time while in high school on my mother’s birthday (Dec. 26) and hurled all over the new sweater she got me for Christmas. She forgave me, but not right away.

7. Latin Journeys exists because of the hard work, the fine design sense and the persistence of my lovely wife, Jennifer. I’m just the writer/photo grunt.

Here are the blogs that Jennifer and I nominate:

Cozumel Chef

Beers and Beans

The Truth About Mexico

Luna Blue Hotel

A Canuck in Cancun

Journey Mexico

Heels and Wheels

What Am I Still Doing in Cancun

Trans-Americas Journey 

Oaxaca Cultural Navigator 

The Planet D

Girl, Unstoppable 

Midwesterner in Mexico

Eat Mexico

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