Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dardos Lives!


Ah Dardos, how I have longed for your acceptance, and now I have it. But I must act fast to bestow you upon others before someone else gets there first. What is Dardos? Ha ha, silly human, do you really have to ask? Of course you do because, like me, you have no idea what it is. It's an award. What kind of award? This kind:

“The Dardos Awards is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”

And if you are Dardoed you must do this:

1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.

2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

Well the person that granted me the award is Flickhead, beautiful Flickhead, sad Flickhead, mad Flickhead. Oh no wait, that's Carlotta from Vertigo. Sorry. But Flickhead is incomparable and I'm honored that he selected me. And now I should select five. Five out of so many. Actually, it's easy. I intend no offense to those wonderful bloggers I have become friends with over the last (almost) two years but there are five that were the first friends I made, and admired for their talents and taste so the choice is easy:

Dennis Cozzalio, first ever commenter on Cinema Styles & Larry Aydlette, fine writer who knows his movies and his music. Yes, this first is a bit of a cheat since I'm awarding two for one but I always think of Dennis and Larry in the same breath and can't award one without the other.

Kimberly Lindbergs - We started visiting each others' blogs back in August of 2007 and feel the same about so many things (especially critics, new movies and blogging).


Bill R. - Met him back in 07 too, and he quickly became a regular here before finally starting up his own blog.


Marilyn Ferdinand - Not many writers out there more gracious and more talented than she.

Arbogast on Film - A good friend, on and off the blogs (and the most recent winner of the world famous Name That Movie contest), he is an excellent writer (my wife brings up his reviews more than mine) and a world class wit, on the order of Wilson Mizner (at least I'm pretty sure he thinks so).

Since I can only go with five I apologize to all my good blogging friends whom I could not bestow this award upon but I am confident at five links a piece for each winner by this time tomorrow 95 percent of the blogging world will be a Dardos winner. Congratulations everyone!

56 comments:

bill r. said...

Well thanks! I'm honored! But...did you just make this up?

Marilyn said...

Jonathan - You may not believe this, but I'm deeply touched by this award and your kind words to me. You are one of the people who has restored my faith in the ability of the Internet to bring people together in a positive way.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Bill, no I'm not making it up. Go to Flickhead, you'll see. It's for real. But you don't have to give an acceptance speech if you don't want to.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Marilyn, I believe you completely and thank you for that. I'm so happy to have gotten to know you through blogging. I never would have thought I could make so many great friends in what has the ability to be such a cold, distancing medium as the internet. But you've proved that wrong.

bill r. said...

Oh...now I feel like a jerk.

Well, I, too, am deeply touched, although that sentiment probably sounds phoney at this point. But I am, particularly since the honor comes from you.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Bill, we are all Dardos'ers ... or something. Now go be fruitful and multiply the Dardoses ... but only to those worthy or these are going to become completely meaningless really, really fast. Which I suspect anyway. It's mainly just a way of saying thanks to fellow bloggers you admire and like, as I read it.

Marilyn said...

So we can Dardo someone who has already been Dardoed?

Jonathan Lapper said...

I don't know. I didn't Dardo Flickhead, Sheila or the Siren because they had already been Dardoed (and that would've brought me to nine but they were among the first friends I had online as well and they fit the criteria so I probably would have anyway).

But I really don't know. I say, if you don't want to cheapen and don't feel the need to extend it further, don't. Although I can think of some friends of ours that certainly deserve a Dardo. But I say the decision of how to proceed is yours.

Arboghost! said...

Wow, what a week! First the "Name That Film Contest" win, then the award thing Jonathan is talking about and now this e-mail:

Hi happy day to you,i am miss Moreen who viewed your profile today on us.cyworld.com and like it very much,which makes me to write to you to let you know that i am intrested in you,therefore i will like you to write me back through my mail address so that i will tell you futher about myself and send you also my picture for you to know me physically.

It is better that we do not count on age,religion, colour even our distance since they don't matter because what matters most is real love. Waiting to read from you direct in my mail address.hears from you Miss Moreen.


My cup runneth over.

bill r. said...

Yeah, well, that's my whole problem, which I've mentioned before...I don't know many people. However, those I do know are deserving, and I'll do what I can...

bill r. said...

and send you also my picture for you to know me physically.

WOOO! Reel 'er in, Arbogast!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Arbo, play the lottery! This is your week!

I am most confident Miss Moreen will love you long time. Long time. And not just for your citizenship!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Bill, give the award to Miss Moreen. She's displayed all the criteria: cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.

Arboghost! said...

I think the Silver Screen Kid is available. I should do the right thing and Cyrano her right over there.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Tell him all the wrong things to say, like an evil Cyrano. Oh wait, The Silver Screen Kid already says all the wrong things.

Maybe he'll award himself the Dardos.

Hmmm... now I'm starting to feel a little bad for him.

Okay, it's gone.

bill r. said...

Who is the Silver Screen Kid?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Go to Arbo's and read his review of The Ghost Breakers then check the link he has to the "chowderheaded" review of the same movie. The chowderhead is The Silver Screen Kid.

Jonathan Lapper said...

And read my comment on Arbo's review to understand the "maybe he'll award himself the Dardos" joke.

Flickhead said...

Jonathan, I always thought you bore an uncanny resemblance to Pop Leibel.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Maybe I'll start a book blog up just so I can name it The Argosy Book Blog. I'll see what Midge thinks.

Pat said...

Congrats to all the "Dardoed"! Much deserved.

Fox said...

I want to give a Dardos to Zardoz, and then maybe he can give a Dardos to Aileen Wuornos... or maybe that should be left to Arboghost.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Pat and Fox - Thanks for the comments. If I could grant an endless supply of Dardos you two would have been on my list too. Although I'm confident with the amount of links going around on this you two shall be Dardoed soon.

Fox said...

Don't even sweat it brother!

I know we have a love between us that could never be summed up by a mere banner.

Wow... that was kinda gay. But it's b/c I was just at The Invisible Edge!

Peter Nellhaus said...

Most of my values are questionable, even by me. I have asked Sacheen Littlefeather to stand by in the event that this award comes my way. Sarah Silverman is apparently busy at the moment.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Peter - Flickhead gave one of the five Dardos he selected to the Siren and I just kinda, sorta figure you're going to be on her list so I didn't put you here but believe me, we've been to each others blogs since I started this in 07 so I definitely would have if not for that.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fox, the Edge is gay, not the Styles. I'll go check the Edge right now.

Larry Aydlette said...

Not so fast. When you join Facebook, I'll pick up my Dardos. Until then, I'd like you to meet my associate, Sacheen Littlefeather, who has a few words for you...

Larry Aydlette said...

Damn. I didn't see that Peter had stolen my line. He's sneaky that way. But the thought stands. Face the Facebook, Lapper!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Larry, I may join FaceSpace, I may not. FaceSpace is all over this house (the kids, my wife) and I've yet to be drawn in by what I see. Besides, if I joined I'd use my real name so friends and family wouldn't be confused by this Lapper person. Now I don't care about any of you finding that out, hell you already know it Larry, but then it means all those people from High School and College that I've been desperately avoiding for years can find me. And I'm not necessarily prepared for that yet.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Dardos? I thought you said Zardoz?

Jonathan Lapper said...

No, but like Zardoz the Dardos needs lots of grain.

Larry Aydlette said...

That's because you're missing out on all the movie-related ways you can waste time there. Your kids are just throwing snowballs at each other. But you can send Tom Sutpen's pictures of famous directors to friends. Or vintage movie posters from the '60s. You can join me in the Burt Reynolds Moustache Preservation Society. C'mon.

Jonathan Lapper said...

You can join me in the Burt Reynolds Moustache Preservation Society.

Now that is tempting! I can almost guarantee you that I will join before tax day. That's a scant three months. It'll give me time to ponder the pros and cons a bit more.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Burt Reynolds needs help preserving his mustache? What about what's left of a career?

I think Larry should plan a trip to Miami Beach.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Larry, I think Peter just called you out. You gonna take that?

Dennis Cozzalio said...

I would think that Burt Reynolds' mustache has an exercise and diet regimen all its own. Certainly it outstrips the package they put together for me at 24 Hour Fitness.

Jeez, Jonathan, thanks for the honor! It is much appreciated. Sorry I'm getting to the comment part of our show so late, but you know how that goes. It's going to be more difficult, at this late date, to find a good and true and worthy writer who hasn't already been Dardo'ed (I feel just slightly sleazy even saying that), but I will do my Dardo-diddly-darn-darnedest to fulfill my charge.

Outside of my own honor, superb picks too, I must say, Mr. Lapper. Marilyn, Bill and Arbogast are excellent company in which to be included. And fortunately, for me, Larry has made this whole joined-at-the-hip act fun for going on four years now. I've said it before and I say it again, Mr. Aydlette-- you're the tops, you're the Mona Lisa. Cheers!

And Peter, if you're still looking to be Dardo'ed by the time I send mine out, considered yourself tagged and bagged!

Jonathan Lapper said...

It's going to be more difficult, at this late date, to find a good and true and worthy writer who hasn't already been Dardo'ed

Let's all whisper in smug, hushed tones to each other if you didn't get a Dardo on one of the first two days it just doesn't mean anything and then let's all throw our weight around and show everyone how big we are. We can say things like, "My Dardo is a first-generation Dardo. Isn't yours a 12th-generation Dardo?"

Or not.

As I said before in this thread, to me the real purpose of this is to honor friends and colleagues that you admire for the skill, talent and personal values they possess so Dennis, if you want to give a Dardo to Larry again, go right ahead. Since it's not a real award anyway I don't think it matters (although that won't stop Larry from putting "Two-Time Dardo Award Winner" on his FaceBook profile).

Rick Olson said...

So, when am I gonna get one of these daldo thingies? I want one ...

And I'm not gracious like Fox, I am planning ritual sepukku later today, right between lunch and my manicurist appointment. Then I'm gonna have somebody send out a banner commemorating it, to everyone but you.

Oh, by the way, I think you should join Facebook, so there'd be somebody there I actually like. (hope my wife doesn't read this.

Rick Olson said...

consider that last parenthesis closed.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Rick you totally deserve a Dardo! You know what? You can share mine.

Rick Olson said...

No ... I don't want pity ...

bill r. said...

Rick, you just ruined the surprise, but when I get a chance to do my post about this, I was going to Dardo the hell out of you. Actually, I'm glad I'm writing this, so that I can plant my flag in you.

Wait, none of that sounds right.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Plant your flag in Rick? Let's keep the gayness at The Invisible Edge okay?

PIPER said...

Well deserved, Lapper.

Fox says he's not bugged. But then please explain why he's crying in my shoulder right now and asking me to stroke his long hair. Did you know that Fox has hair that goes down to his waist?

He wants to start his own award called Foxdardos.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I thought it was Foxtardos but I may be wrong.

I envy Fox's long red main, cascading gloriously down his back. Treat him well Pat, treat him well.

PIPER said...

Oops. You're right. Damn typos. I actually made that award sound half-legit.

Fox says his red mane is where he draws his strength. Only he's crying like a schoolgirl right now.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Speaking of typos I spelled "mane" as "main" like it was Fox's primary or something.

Larry Aydlette said...

Peter, I don't need to drive to Miami Beach. There is a little Emerging Cinemas operation here in Lake Worth, Florida that is showing Soderbergh's CHE next week. It showed "Lola Montes" last week. Of course, I missed both but, still...

Jonathan: I'm waiting to make you my 114th friend on Facebook. The honor is yours for the taking...

Kimberly said...

Thanks so much for selecting me for this award, Jonathan! You're much too kind and I'm just happy to know that you're able to get enjoyment from my blogging efforts.

I'm not sure I qualify though since I find the idea of transmitting "personal values" a bit strange. I've been trying to figure out if and how I do that? And if I do, what are my "personal values?"

If anything, you've got me thinking! But I'm not sure who in the world I would give this award to so I may just quietly accept without handing it down to anyone else.

Lastly, I truly hope your work situation stabilizes. Things are
tough all over and I'd hate to see things get tougher for you.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Larry, of this you can be sure: When I do finally take the FaceSpace plunge you, and you alone, will be my FIRST FRIEND. That might tick off my wife but I feel I owe it to you. Besides, you won't be thrown like everyone else at first by saying, "Hey, who's this Elgin Thistlewhite guy asking me to be his friend? Oh! It's Lapper!"

Jonathan Lapper said...

Kimberly, I think you definitely qualify. I think everything you write speaks to who you are as a person. You've discussed family, politics and work, not to a great degree, but enough that I think we all know you are a principled person. One personal value of yours is your stand for what you believe in. I've not known you yet to back down from something you hold dear just because someone else was giving you a hard time over it.

And I hope work stabilizes as well but with all the layoffs and a dwindling budget I'm not holding my breath. They need me right now but once we're past a couple of projects winding down, who knows.

Kimberly said...

And I hope work stabilizes as well but with all the layoffs and a dwindling budget I'm not holding my breath

My husband was laid off today so we're struggling to figure out what to do next since he's the main bread winner in our household. I suspect I'll be MIA for some time since we're talking about moving, etc. I also suspect things might get worse before they get better...

Jonathan Lapper said...

Kimberly, I'm so sorry. I hope he finds something else soon. It's getting bad all over. Our friends in Washington and Wall Street sure have made a mess of things. Let's hope for the best for now.

Jonathan Lapper said...

But, sadly, expect the worst.

Dennis Cozzalio said...

I really sorry to hear it too, Kimberly. It's unbelievable to me that things have been allowed to get this bad. (California, the ninth-largest economy in the world, seems particularly screwed.) I wish you and your husband all the best, and I hope you'll keep in touch while you're easing off for a while.