January 1: Framed Nature Photo from Sarah

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - Posted by 366 White Elephants at 9:21 PM
Given to me from Sarah.

I love this photo, taken by photographer and camera store employee Sarah.  It was taken in Hocking Hills, Ohio and now sits proudly on my desk.  Thank you Sarah for a fab gift!

Part III: The Blog is Toast

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  It was great seeing my friends this year and making new ones along the way.  A lot of people asked me if I ever got bored with it, tired of meeting someone each day, or wished I could have been doing something else.  I would always say no, because I enjoyed each time I sat down with someone to do an exchange, getting the opportunity to learn something about the other person, and having fun each day.  As an added bonus, the project also kept me out of saloons this year.

Here's wishing you a great 2013!

As asked by Sarah
Dan (me!)
-Profession: Writer/Actor

-Favorite obituary: Franco Corelli, the tempestuous tenor

-Growing up, you would either ask for or take beer pitchers from peoples' tables during the three-day summer Oktoberfest, earning around $400 for the weekend.  What investment do you wish you could have made with that money?:  A deluxe Kool-aid stand

-If you were given the opportunity to write a script, what would it be about?:  Actually, one of the film projects I want to finish up this year is called A Skymall Caper.  If you peruse a Skymall catalogue, you can buy video surveillance equipment, such as sunglasses or a pen.  For my film, I want to get that pen, which also captures audio, and have the lead character, an inspector, find the perpetrator of a recent rash of misdemeanor crimes by carefully documenting the goings-on with said writing instrument.  Didn't they say 'the pen is mightier than the sword'?  I say most definitely.

-What is the best thing you learned during your journey with writing the white elephant gift exchange and blog?:  Well, when I would ask people who were absolute and complete strangers to me, I would say something like, "Hey, umm, crazy question coming your way.  Are you ready?"  And that would sort of set the table for them to get prepared.