Thursday, January 19, 2012

Blog Nominated for an Award

This blog was nominated by the Arizona Authors Association for The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Visit that blog at:
I thank you for this nomination, and also Vijaya Schartz, Webmistress at Visit her blog at:
Blasters, Guns, Swords, Romance with a Kick, and on Amazon at:

Now I have to nominate ten other blogs for this award and tell my readers seven things they might not know about me.

Here are my blog nominations:

Levitt E. Valance's blog:
James D. Best's blog:
Becky Coffield's blog:
Houston A. W. Knight's blog:
Ron Scheer's blog:
Evan Lewis' blog:
Sandra Seamans' blog:
Charles Gramlich's blog:
Gary Dobbs' blog:
Patsy Collins' blog:

Congratulations! Best of luck in 2012.

Here are the seven things you might not know about me:

1. I have lived in Arizona since March 1971.
2. I retired from the U. S. Navy in January 1971 after 21 years service.
3. I began writing when I was about 70 years old.
4. I attended the University of Utah but never graduated. I tried out for UofU's basketball team, but was too old, too slow, bad shot, couldn't dribble, and threw the ball away. And this year it looks like they are having the same problems.
5. I had one brother who retired from the Army and another retired from the Marine Corps, and two others who were in the Army in WWII.
6. So far I have collected 20 rejections.
7. I like Mexican food, German food, fried taters and gravy, Southern cooking, French cooking, Kansas cooking, Spanish cooking, my Mom's (may she rest in peace) homemade bread with butter and honey, and the Riverside Restaurant on the island of Mauritius.

Good luck and have a fabulous 2012.

Oscar Case, Member of the Arizona Authors Association 


  1. Thanks for the nomination; don't have any Arizona creds, though. For a man in his 70s, you write like someone half your age. Well done.

  2. Judging by No 7 you sure do like to eat! That's something we have in common. I beat you on volume of rejections though.

    Thank you so much for nominating my blog for this award. I'll try and think of 7 things it's safe for me to reveal.

  3. Ron, thanks! I haven't grown up yet.

    Patsy, you're welcome! I'm sure you can find a measly seven things that would be okay to tell without doing too much damage.

  4. Thanks, man. I appreciate it. 20 rejections? You're a newbie in that category, man! I have many, many more.

  5. Ditto what Ron said! Twenty-one years in the US Navy — what kind of books did you read on board back then?

  6. Charles, You're welcome and thanks for the uplift. It means I haven't set a record yet.

    Prashant, ship's libraries are rather small and certain books were weeded out, but when I had time to read, I would take anything available, some westerns, some mysteries, some literary, some non-fiction, etc. I think I read all or most of Erle Stanley Gardner's Cases, Perry Mason. I enjoyed Bombay the couple times I was there. I remember I had to buy a liquor license to buy a drink, which I still have somewhere.

  7. You were in Bombay (now Mumbai)! When? Were the trips part of a naval exercise or defence visit? A lot has changed since your last trip and I don't think foreign visitors/tourists require a license to buy anything now. I always thought US warships and carriers had well-stocked libraries and recreation space. Perry Mason was an old favourite.

  8. Yes, our ship was at Bombay in 1968 and also Madras. I was actually on a different ship for each visit, all fairly small so we didn't have the luxuries of a carrier, e. g., a guided-missile frigate, a destroyer leader and a "miscellaneous flagship" which was a converted seaplane tender in WWII. There were no lounges or big rooms for libraries, only a space to stock some books in a room big enough for ship's librarian to stand at a half-door counter and check out the books or take 'em in. One ship I was on, just passed out the books when they were received and they made their way among the sailors. The visits were part of normal defense/liaison visits. A couple of the ships underwent repairs in Vishakapatnam, but not one I was on. I'm glad to hear tourists don't have to buy a license to drink anymore. There was sure a lot of nice furniture, silk, etc, in the markets.

  9. Thanks for the memories. That was such a long time ago. I guess warships now are far more advanced in every possible way than they were forty years ago. I didn't know US warships called on Indian ports for anything other than repairs. India-US defense/liaison visits might have been a formality in light of India's total alignment with the Soviets during the Cold War. I'm glad India-US engagement has risen to a new plane in the past decade, and rightly so. We're now buying more defence equipment from the US than we ever did in the last sixty years or so. Thanks again...

    1. The ships are more advanced technologically, but space is still at a premium. I hope the relations between our countries continue strong and rewarding to both. Thanks for reading my blog.

  10. Here at last. Oscar, you wouldn't believe the trouble I've had getting into this place. And maybe you would. I don't reckon either of us is particularly sweet, but I guess it's the thought that counts. Thanks Pard.

    1. At last, I hope your troubles are over. You're welcome.

  11. Oscar, there's a little surprise waiting for you on The Porch.