Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ten Questions with Jeff

Well well well, whatta ya know. One day you're contemplating starting a blog and the next day you're celebrating your 2 year anniversary. Ain't it funny how that works. I guess as the old frog says, "Time's fun when you're having flies!"

Thank you all so much for stopping by the last few days and saying all the nice things you said. It really does mean a lot to me that all of you comment so frequently and tell me you enjoy what I write. Trust me... this blog wouldn't have lasted 5 days if I felt like people didn't like my writing. I'm way too insecure for that. Fortunately, in the last 2 years I have only received one negative comment, and that one didn't even make much sense. Of course when the most controversial thing you write about is goldfish, you don't tend to draw a lot of opposition.

Anyway, I thought the best way to fully understand what these last 2 years have meant to me, was to have someone conduct an interview with me, you know - to find out a little more about the guy peering over the cloud.

And who better to do that than... me!

So then, here are 10 questions I've asked myself.



Not much, sup with you?

Aren't you worried that people will think you're weird for interviewing yourself?

No, I don't have those kinds of hangups. I have completely different hangups, such as being worried that people will see me singing in my car. You'd think it wouldn't bother me but it does. And if I really must sing while I'm sitting at a stop light for example, I'll actually do it through clenched teeth.

What have you learned about blogging after 2 years?

That there are tons of amazingly cool people out there doing the same thing who I'm proud to call my friends.

What can we expect from View From The Cloud over the next year?

I'm thinking about switching from writing a family/humor blog to writing exclusively about potatoes. I'll write about growing them, cooking them and dressing them up with little eyes, noses and mouths. I think you'll really like it.

Name an advantage and disadvantage of being 6'4".

Advantage... I can sit in front of small children at movie theaters so they can't see. It serves them right for being so little, and it really makes me feel superior.
Disadvantage... The fabric on the roof of my Geo Prism is starting to come loose and it hits my hair and drives me insane.

How did you end up with such cool kids when you're such a dork?

Easy. My kids do everything possible to not be like me. This automatically makes them cool.

What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

What do you mean? African or European?

What first inspired you to blog?

I had done a Google search for something about stripping paint (probably related to our steps from hell) and I found a hysterical story a blogger had written about painting her bathroom. Until that point I had never even realized that regular people were out there writing great stuff in these things call blogs. After reading her entire archive history, I thought, "hey I could do this" and View From The Cloud was born.

Did you ever leave a comment or contact her?

Ya, you could say that. At first I left a few comments. Then I started sending her emails and asking her questions about blogging. In the beginning she was very polite and graciously answered my questions. But I think when I asked her if I could come to her house to watch her write for a few days she got a little creeped out, and suddenly stopped replying to my emails. Hey - I just wanted to make sure I was properly trained before I started blogging "live." I'm sure many other people have requested the same thing.

When are The Receders going to finally put out a CD?

Damn good question. I honestly don't know what the hangup is. I mean, we already have about a dozen great songs ready to go. All we need to do is book some studio time, coordinate a schedule that allows the 4 of us to get together several times for several hours each session within a relatively close timeframe, and put out a CD.

Uh, yeah - on second thought...


Anonymous said...

I was just thinking the other day that there simply aren't enough potato blogs.

And that there aren't enough "weird" people like me out there who would write a wacky post like this one. You crack me up.

Whit said...

You never followed-up on the swallow question. How will I sleep tonight?

People in the Sun said...


(That was "The return of Durk"--a Halloween special).

deborah said...

you are just too weird for words. thanks for the follow up on that. clearifies things for us all.

Mooselet said...

Dear Mr. K-I-A,

Just what is the velocity of an unladen swallow, both African and European? And could they carry a coconut if they gripped it by the husk?


Jeff and Charli Lee said...

andi - Watch for "Bakin By Suprise" - my new post about baked potatoes with a mystery stuffing!

whit - What do you mean? Naked or in pajamas?

people - The scariest sequel I've seen yet!

deborah - I'm not too weird, you're just too normal.

mooselet - Logged and loaded. I can't imagine what he'll have to say about that.

wayabetty said...

Good questions/answers Jeff! I won't comment anything on the "hair hitting the Geo" b/c I won't be THAT cruel!

Also, that's funny about your kids being cute and you're a dork. The hubbie told me yesterday that if he knew the kids are going to be this cute, he'd marry me a long time ago. And if they're not cute?!!

Anonymous said...

You've only gotten ONE negative comment?!



We must fix this immediately.

Anonymous said...

Hey buttcrack!

You smell like...uh...your mother!

Damn it I'm bad at this.

Gale said...

That is probably the strangest thing I ever read, but then maybe not. I will probably steal this idea.

Anonymous said...

I love singing in the car...and yeah people look at ya I have a blow up doll in the passenger set that I sing and talk to...just don't look at it to close, okay???

Ed said...

Now that is truly a Me-Me! I like how both of you had the exact same lean to the left in the photos. How will your potato blog address Atkins readers though?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

betty - You HAD to go with the hair joke, didn't you. :-)

jenny - That does it... I'm putting you on notice!

gale - Strange is relative. And in my family, strange is A relative.

anon - With that kind of confession, it's no wonder you wrote this as anonymous!

ve - With a fabulous new recipe called faux potatoes. You simply puree overcooked cauliflower, add some other crap and presto... fake mashed potatoes! And it's delicious too. Just ask my kids (not).

Julie Pippert said...

And now I will forever imagine you sitting in a Geo, piece of ceiling flopping on your head, clenching your teeth and trying to sing without moving a single facial muscle.

Thank you for that. I think. ;)

Using My Words

Ashley Lasbury said...


Elizabeth said...

Oh my god, I do that too! I'll be singing away until we get to a red light, then I try to sing without moving my lips. My husband thinks I'm nuts, now I can show him that someone else does this too!
:o) Elizabeth

Heather said...

I thought that was a rule that you had to stop singing (at least stop moving your lips) at stoplights. I mean, I don't want people to think I sing in the car do I?

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I can't stop laughing at "sup"!!!

Anonymous said...

Salt and Vineger chips are made from potatos.
MMMMMMMMM... Salt and Vineger chips.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

julie - You pretty much nailed it. That scenario probably happens on a daily basis. So, you're welcome.

otm - Why, what have potatoes ever done to you?

elizabeth - Exactly, now you can show your husband that TWO people are nuts.

heather - Maybe if you put one of those dorky bluetooth thingamaobobs in your ear, people will just think you're having a very animated conversation with someone on your cell phone.

stepping - Then you're the perfect demographic for this blog - easily amused ;-)

rick - That's just evil. You made my mouth water just by reading it.

Mom Thumb said...

I think if you grow them, put eyes and ears on them, and dress them, you CANNOT cook them.

Mooselet, it's not a question of how he GRIPS it!

Anonymous said...

I did not hear you singing in the car. I read your lips and you were awful! {insult number 2|

Dave2 said...

I wish you luck on your potato blog. Don't make the mistake I did when I tried to get sponsorship for my tomato blog and put an "e" on the end... I can only imagine potato growers will be equally hostile towards "potatoe" as tomato growers were to "tomatoe."

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Dave - Thanks for the advice. I remember clearly when Dan Qayle made that same career-damaging mistake himself!