Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Winner Is: Number 7!!!

Thanks to Sheila, Mother Of Blue, I did not have to spend tons of time cutting up paper. The random generator is truly a modern marvel. After one quick click, there it was: Number 7. Lucky number, that!

The winner of my bracelet giveaway is none other than Deabusamor whose blog is "Overstimulated Undercaffeinated." I do not know this woman, but she's got "amor" in her name and because of that, I like her. I like her a LAWGHT.

This was Dea's comment:

Deabusamor said...

I think I'd frame it if I got the bag with teeth marks, along with a picture of the Somewhere Joe in action!

Please enter me in your giveaway!

Thanks for the giggles,

Listed as a student and from Hesperia, California, Ms. Deabusamor says in her profile:

"Art has always been important to me but only recently did I discover that tactile art -- specifically sculpture and sewing -- was a required daily dose for my sanity. I work primarily in Polymer Clay though I also dabble in wire-wrapping, sewing, digital painting and various other mediums. (Craft ADD!) Most of my designs are for sale at my Etsy Shop ( and I welcome custom orders."

Please fellow bloggers, do yourselves a favor and go see what she can do. She can do beauty of the first order. Trust me. Go with me on this one.

Follow now three Presentation Poses. Poses both Valentinian and Gawpoean, all three of which are performed in my now famous red sweatshirt, fruitful boon of a dumpster dive. (The Russian judge only gave me a four, but I got straight 9s from the rest, so it's all good.)

Pose The First:
The teeth which indent for the purpose of creating a record. This, if you will, is my seal. A biting down to symbolize, Ms. Deabusamor, your own mastications of life's beauties, not the least of which was how we came to meet. One World. One Heart. One bite.

Pose The Second:
Holding out this little morsel of gift to you, as though a consecrated host, the which is so lovingly embodied in our own host, Ms. Lisaoceandreamer. I hold this gift in my hands and therein consecrate the friendship that relates us, the friendship that erases any strangeness that stood between us and the hundreds of touchings that all participants left in the way of comments on each others' pages.

Pose The Third:
You, Oh Deabusamor, were randomly generated. Face it. Fate is at times a luck. You were number seven. Lucky number seven out of a possible 211 entrants. (Okay, a few less than that because I had to rule out some duplicates as well as Somewhere Joe who disqualified himself due to his maniacal humility.) I bow down my head, therefore, and close my eyes. I pray you into favor with your life, with your own gifts from which flow wonderful creations of your own hands. No, I did not make the Giveaway bracelet. But Monica did. And I gladly bequeath to you as her ambassador this small token of my own One Heart on this Saint Valentine's Day. I pray love into the package. And the dried shrimp themselves rejoice, longing for your taking them onto your tongue as a communion. (But you don't have to if you don't want to.) Just send me your address, Dea, and you will surely score that picture of the Somewhere Joe Jocular Microwave Move to go along with the bracelet and shrimp and bean.

Finally, a word about the painting which I have chosen to back my ground. It is a creation of Rick Bartow. Rick is a longtime friend. A musician. A father. A husband. A Vietnam veteran. A Native American. A loving man. Last year I bought this painting. Rick had offered it as a way to help the family of other friends whose 12 year old son, Keegan was battling cancer. Rick donated the price of the painting to the family. Keegan and I shared birthdays. May we some day share the same day of passing. I would like that. I only this week got the painting framed. I love how it turned out, floated and simply bordered, as is your art, Dea; as also ought we strive to live our time here: Floated, and simply bordered.

***UPDATE 021508 @ Twenty-Zero-Seven Hours***
I was a bit too vague. And I do apologize. Keegan did not survive the cancer. And I am not certain he made it to his 13th, my 53rd birthday. Yes. Very, very sad.

Keegan flying my airplane:

Literally "out of the blue," after some minutes of flying the airplane and keeping the craft well along its path of straight and level flight, Keegan turned to me and spoke these words through the headsets: "Thank you."

So I turn now to you, Lisa. And I utter the same: THANK YOU.


At Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 11:11:00 PM PST , Anonymous quilly said...

You have an interesting assortment of friends -- no doubt it is your love of life, zany, unpredictable joy and charmingly unapologetic uniqueness that draws them in. You are an adventure.

At Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 11:19:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: Aw, shucks. You are turning my face into the color of my sweatshirt. Which I will now doff and crawl into bed.

You, my dear, are a special morsel in that assortment. I think I'm done editing. You commented before I even finished.


At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 12:24:00 AM PST , Blogger Fanacht said...

That's a great picture. That's what an airplane is for.

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 5:28:00 AM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rats, I didn't what do I do with this acceptance speech?

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 6:13:00 AM PST , Blogger Ps said...

How is Keegan now?

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 6:47:00 AM PST , Blogger mindy said...

aahh gawpo.. you are one of the sweetest guys i know. hope keegan is doing better now. :)

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 7:15:00 AM PST , Blogger Sam said...

Gawpo, you have quite a way with words! I am now off to hunt down your RSS so that I can get more!

A fellow OWOH bloggee!

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 12:55:00 PM PST , Blogger lime said...

congrats to dea!

the rest of us may only dream of a tooth indented, prayed over package of love from gawpo the gallant.

and what a wonderful story about the painting and keegan!

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 6:12:00 PM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

Congratz! Do we maybe get a pic of it on her lovely wrist???

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 6:36:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Dear GAWD,,,the dried shwump(that's South Carolina for shrimp) are now surely reconstituted from the deluge of tears from my eyes as I read the outpourings from the depth of your soul as you bestowed upon Dea ..the winnings of your Valentine..Oh .. alas ,I am Bitten with envy and with wordiness , a run on sentence, if you will..I shall end it, however, tho with too many dots..... and commas,,,,, with a gracious Congratulations to the lovely Ms. Dea! ...Oh Wait, it is not over yet...I have to say one more thing...You are a riot and a wonder! hee hee! Love ya..See ya when I get to Oregon.

At Friday, February 15, 2008 at 8:26:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

FANACHT: Yes. Exactly. The flight was angelic. Good of you to point that out to me.

KATCAMPBELL: Well, you save it for next year's, of course. Sheesh. You are a shoe-in.

PS: Sorry to say that he did not outlive the cancer. I updated and clarified.

MINDANCE: Thank you so much, Mindy. I wish flying an airplane cured cancer.

SAM: Welcome! I don't even know what an RSS is, but I see it everywhere on blogs. I can sort of figure it out. Happy reading and feel free to leave comments every and anywhere.

LIMERS: Yeah. Lucky Dea. And to think I have to part with the tooth indented, prayed over package of love. Packages like this don't come along every day and shoot---I had it right there. In my very teeth.

CHEESEBALL: Well, I hope she sees your request. I sure would love to link us over there for that photo opportunity. I did hear from her. So we are now in touch.

PAM ARIES: Hooty Hoo! Ha!!!! You have a way of saying things. For a very long time. I love that about you! A riotous wonder? Oh, I do enjoy those assignments. Thank you for saying so. Even if I do say so myself.

Can't wait to see you when you get here, Pammers. w00t!

Love ya back. Ciao, G

At Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 1:37:00 PM PST , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

How can one man go from being funny and candid to deadly serious and bringing a tear to my eye the next. The full spectrum of human emotion is not lost on you Gawpeaux. You have a gift.
One heart.
One huge heart.

At Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 8:40:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: Would that I were as kind to me as you, Blue. And Joe. And the full spectrum of the human touch that happens here with your Mum and Claire and Cindra and Kat and Cheesy and Limers and Pammers and Lisa and Vikkkki and Quilly and Ps and Mindy and Candace and Logo and Nessa and all the rest. My gift is the connection that happens here. Deadly sacred, that. This One Heart that happens here brings me to my me. Brings me to my me's knees. Thank you for your very kind words. And self. G

At Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 6:40:00 AM PST , Blogger Cooper said...

I heart the love you pray into this blog. I promise myself a feast during the next week ... to read your archives.

Part of what Dea will receive in her bracelet is your spirit. That's the gift, right there.

At Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 8:41:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

"The teeth which indent..." Thought you'd slip that one past us did ya?

Your liturgy of the presentation was most stirring, brother Peaux; I join you in consecrating "the friendship that relates us, the friendship that erases any strangeness that stood between us." Blessings upon Dea, and upon all here gathered, single hearted, unus mundus.

Rick Bartow's stuff is seriously beautiful.

At Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 10:51:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Wow! Both barrels. Two dudes of great coolness. What a wonderful way to come home:

COOPS: Takes one to pray one. We fly the same routes, you and I. Read on, Bruthuh. Read on...

Dea, it turns out, has quite the sense of humor and likes to talk a lot. Uh-oh...

JEAUX: Dang. Nuthin' gets by you. You are always an inferred concelebrant. I am as I write, fresh from eucharist and continuing the liturgy here.

With that appraisal of Rick's work, I can now tell him that he has finally arrived.

At Monday, February 18, 2008 at 9:56:00 AM PST , Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

You are an attractive man, and you look good in red.

At Monday, February 18, 2008 at 3:08:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I can't top mr fabulous' remark can I. He's coming on to you Gawpo???? What you recon???

When I say overnight I mean overnight. We go out on the boat anytime after lunch when it's still nice but not too hot. Which could be any time between 1pm (cloudy) to 5pm (stinking hot and burning weather)

Then we anchor somewhere that looks fishy and throw our lines overboard with tasty bait morsels. It is usually a race to see who catches the first fish - nothing qualifying no matter how well it swims unless it is a 'snapper'. Snapper being our definition of a REAL fish.

The it's fish for dinner - a good sleep - a swim if it's warm enough. Our definition of warm being VERY warm. Then home to clean fish and dole it out to family and neighbours (sometimes the freezer even sees some) although we usually fish for the pot not for the freezer.

That's it from me for today. I see you have a whole fanclub here to keep you entertained. Pray for me too brother (if you are on your knees praying anyway - I could do with it)

with love
Ellie and Lex
PS: my mother burned countless candles to no avail.

At Monday, February 18, 2008 at 3:16:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lost your email addy


At Monday, February 18, 2008 at 9:10:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Aw Gawpo you helped Keegan enjoy some of his last days. G-d will most assuredly rest his young soul.

At Monday, February 18, 2008 at 9:26:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

SENOR FABULOSO: Finally. You noticed.

ELLIE (AND LEX): If you two knew Mr. Fab like I (and the rest of us) know Mr. Fab, you would be giving the yawn sign with the flat hand moving against and then away from your mouthes. This is very tame for Mr. Fab. He is the funniest man I know. A very kind and loving man. Yet also one of the most creatively macabre members of the male sex in our human specie. He is as holy as he is irreverent and sometimes it takes people a while to figure it out. Some, however, remain ignorant and march away. I do love him so.

You two are just about DARING me to fly over there for a trip on the boat, aren't you? Of course, the invitation does really exist here. I would love to guest you out onto the waters of our estuary for clamming, crabbing and fishing. Within a square 1/4 mile, I can put us onto all three. I am serious. GET OVER HERE!

I believe you have solved my email problem because I just got a very nice email from Lex. But just in case, you can find my email on my profile. Oh, wait---here it is again:

Love to you both,

Oh, CLAIRE: Yes. Yes. You are so correct. I don't get kids having to go through that. All I can do is float it up to knowing and being known.


Let us hug one another while we can. Yes?

At Monday, February 18, 2008 at 11:34:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't being disrespectful of mr fabulous. I'm sure he is all you say and more. Not having met him before I was wondering whether he was chatting you up???

Dare you, NO not ME, I wouldn't DARE YOU. After all you'd looked up airfares to NZ before you even met me (us).

Don't know about crabbing but we can fill a bucket with oysters within ten minutes. Takes a lot longer and low tide to get the mussels of the rocks and you have to be able to scuba dive to get the crayfish. Although Lex's son Jerome has recently been given a cray pot (we are saving all our snapper heads to put in it for bait when he gets up here to set it.

If you should be planning to come to NZ it would be a good idea to talk to Lex about good times for fishing (although I think between now and Easter is best) We have a spare room that is available from time to time.


At Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 2:06:00 AM PST , Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Wow..what a spectacularly nice thing to say. Now I can't decide whether to have your baby or buy you a foreign sports car,

At Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 7:36:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Fabulous. Sorry to have upset the apple cart and have Gwapo so nicely put me straight. I did not mean to cast a slur. The only things I cast are fishing lines really

Read some of your blog (only the last two posts as it happens) and had to go change my knickers (wet them laughing) as I think you are extremely candid? brave? outrageous in your pronouncements.

I'd skip having the baby quite frankly. Not what it's cracked up to be. At least the sportscar you can turn on or off as you desire.

That's my little bit of advice. Not known to be able to give advice still words of experience and all that.

I wish you well TRULY


At Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 8:40:00 PM PST , Blogger Scarlet said...

I didn't win??

I entered TWICE! I said I liked your gymnastic abilities. I...

I love what you did here and that last pic out of the three, with the beautiful painting and words to go with it.

You have a heart of gold, Gawpito.
Fine gold.

At Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 8:55:00 PM PST , Blogger Laume said...

I can't see the painting that well - you mean the one behind you with a lot of reflection? But I love hearing about the story behind it. It makes me feel all achy and teary and smiley at the same time.

Thanks for the lovely comment the other day, btw. One of my (few) faults, I'm a scatterbrain at replying in a timely manner (or at all!), but I love getting mail.

At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 5:07:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Gawpo..your blog and all the incredible people who blog here, is like none other! I love coming to see what is going on in the latest back and forths! Peace and Love!!!

At Friday, February 22, 2008 at 9:12:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

ELLIE AND LEX (which means law in Latin): I have a new zeal for your land. Yes, I do. Can't see that happening, but I can think of it happening and that usually transpires into the real deal. That would be wonderful. Same invitation applies, of course, for here, as discussed. I take it your crayfish are larger than our crawdads. I'm guessing that what you call crayfish are more like lobster?

Mr. FAB: Have my baby. We can get a great tax break. Ok? Good.

ELLIE: Great advice for Fab, Ells.

SCARLET: Well, you didn't win the bracelet. But you did win my heart. How's that? You loved my gymnastic abilities. How could you not win the center of my affections? Huh?

Y mi corazon de oro esta cantando. Gracias!

LAUME: That was sort of the plan; yes, I meant to do that. The reflections of my home in the painting are part of the presentation. I will do one with a clearer picture of the painting. I will land on your page and give you more mail. I am like you----tardy at replies sometimes. Sigh....

PAM ARIES: w00t! Thanks, Sistuh. Aren't the back and forths just wonderful here? Yeah. I do love them. Especially with you!

Hooty Hoo!

At Friday, February 22, 2008 at 10:12:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Gawpo
oh and BTW, Guess what... Tag! Your it! (I didn't start this, just following the rules!)

Here’s the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Glad to pass it on to you. Will love reading that post.


At Monday, February 25, 2008 at 8:24:00 AM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

A simple hello
with best wishes and hugs
Amigo Gawpo

At Monday, February 25, 2008 at 9:58:00 AM PST , Blogger Deabusamor said...

Flying a plane may not cure cancer, but I'm sure it makes one heck of a great life!

The love you give so freely is overwhelming and, dare I say, inspiring.


At Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 1:04:00 PM PST , Blogger Sam said...

Gawpo - you've gone a bit quiet lately! I hope that the muse hasn't deserted you!

Perhaps a meme will get you going seeing as I've tagged you!

Find out more -

At Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 3:30:00 PM PST , Blogger Chris & Allie said...

I didn't win your giveaway, but I love your blog anyway, it makes me smile, so thanks! You ought to check out my hubbys's new ride, you would appreciate it. ;)

At Friday, February 29, 2008 at 12:18:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No posts, no e-mail...Gawpo are you still alive???

At Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 3:57:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

ELLIE: I may not be able to oblige the tag, given my work schedule making Jack a Dull Boy. But I shall try. I had some overtime canceled and will try to post on the 5th. Otherwise, my next day off would be the 12th. Cheers!

KATIE: Ahhh, my sweet, sweet friend, Katie. Egualmente a ti, mi amor.

DEABUSAMOR: Hey! You made it over here. Great to see you in the comments, Dea. I'm guessing I can get your prize off to you on the 5th. That's my goal and I'm sticking to it.

Flying is a salve. I still can't believe that I can actually do it.

Folks such as yourself make love-pouring a facile task (oxymoron, yes, I know).

SAM: Yes. I have. It's all about filthy lucre, too. Yikes! A 2nd tag. I must make the effort. And I will. Cheers, Sam!

CHRIS AND ALLIE: And I shall do that straightaway! The new ride sounds fun. We won each other in the drawing. Right? Yeah....

KAT: I know, I know. Thought it was just about time to get my NagSquad going. And I was right. Ha! I love that.

Firmer Hugs.


At Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 4:54:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Ohhhh..I am so sorry about Keegan. It seems extra sad when something like that happens to children....Are you doing OK..haven't seen you here in a while.

At Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 9:01:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, you must work hard. I'll wait till the 5th knowing that you've been tagged twice for the same (work) silly reason.

Don't worry Gawpo, having carried that potters wheel all the way up to your kitchen you are now excused any and all sorts.

I've had a GREAT w/end. Visit when you have time and keep a lookout in your cubby hole at work. I may find something else to send. I'm on a roll.

Ellie and Lex

At Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 9:48:00 PM PST , Blogger Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

Missing you dear man! I saw a plane this weekend and immediately thought of YOU. I took out the camera straight away....when you have a mo take a peek at my post!
You need some down time....
You know what I'd love to see? Another guitar playing video...YOU playing not the video. Thought I'd clarify just in case you were so tired you got confused.
Love ya, miss ya.....mean it!
Squishy hugs,

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QUILLY: Aw, shucks. You are turning my face into the color of my sweatshirt. Which I will now doff and crawl into bed.

You, my dear, are a special morsel in that assortment. I think I'm done editing. You commented before I even finished.

juego de mario

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