I've had a "Thinking Blogger" Award bestowed upon me by one of my favorite bloggers, Samurai Frog! And what's even better, I get to pick five Thinking Bloggers.
The other day, I was looking back at my first blog post and discovered that the first blogger who posted on Here Comes Johnny Yen Again when I first started it last August was Dale. I realize now how lucky I was; Dale sets the blogging bar high. Whether he's telling a story of a horrifying, unwanted Christmas gift, a trip to the opera or about a friend's mother discovering that the previous owner of her newly-purchased condo bought the farm, he's always eloquent, elegant and just damned funny. Dale is a blogger I always look forward to. He also happens to be a very nice guy.
What he doesn't know is that me and all the other bloggers who love "Passion of the Dale" are going to stage a "Wii intervention," as we've noticed the drop-off in his posting since he got his Wii.
Kudos for previous Johnny Yen Thinking Blogger awardee Bubs for bringing his relative Splotchy to us. If Splotchy had only done his brilliant Kafka meets Beatrix Potter spoof The Velveteen Cockroach, he'd already be one of my favorite bloggers. His cicada reports, his Lost spoilers, including a reference to one of the great comedy albums of all time, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart," and his homage to Buddy Holly have all served to move him quickly into the "bloggers that Johnny Yen checks first every day" category. Splotchy's one of my Thinking Bloggers.
Another Yen Thinking Blogger Award goes to Kathy. Her ruminations on Rick Bayless, chocolate controversies, the deaths of Chicago Public School students and other subjects always give me food for thought.
Number 4 goes to Dead Spot On The Web. Okay, yes, he's one of my oldest and closest friends, and I risk violating the "friends and families ineligble" codicile in the Awards, but damn, I'm glad he started blogging, and I think a lot of others of you are too. My original rationale for pursuading him to blog-- that he's one of the smartest and funniest people I know, still stands. As Flannery says, he hasn't bored us yet.
And my fifth Thinking Blogger award goes right back to Samurai Frog himself. He's got a number of regular features I really enjoy: The Bible Summarized By a Smartass; his weekly "Throwdown," where he posts 15 observations; the Friday Five. He also has great observations on pop culture and some of the best historical and political posts I've read on the web.
Thanks for all the great reading, all!