Almost speechlessTuesday, March 6, 2007 at 8:42 | Posted in Blogosphere, Personal | 7 Comments
Have you ever imagined how you would feel if you detected one morning that you have been granted the Nobel prize? The news would hit you out of the blue because you had no idea that you were even nominated for the prize. Something similar to that hit me this morning as I learned to have been granted „Dem Gerd des Monats“ for February by 3-Bein Peter.
Named after the
Russian oil baron famous politician who used to pretend to be Germany’s chancellor before Merkel, the „Dem Gerd des Monats“ is closest to the Nobel prize anybody could ever end up by just blogging or maintaining a web presence. Among earlier holders of the title I note fanta.ranta.info, Sissi and Wilhelm Entenmann, all of whom have contributed to making web that much more…, err, interesting place to surf around.
Most of Peter’s arguments for granting me the honor are of course urban web legends. Having said that, I must admit that I particularly like the idea of having my office in an atom driven U boat to stay on the better side of the international date line. Maybe I should acquire one, baring in mind that “Beer is food” is not the only slogan I like to quote. Another one just as dear was stolen from Johannes Saarepera, an elderly shoemaker and town philosopher in the fictive town of Morna in the Estonian TV serial Õnne 13: “Everywhere is better than somewhere else”.
So now I have an idea about possible effects of receiving a surprise notice from the Nobel foundation: it would make me almost speechless. Skipping all the customary complementary acknowledgements I just say thank you, Peter. I am as honored as I was surprised to receive the title.
By the way, thanks for reminding that I needed to update this page. I threw out my cell phone a year ago.