Notes is an award-free zone. If you’re thinking of nominating me, you’re kind, you’re wonderful, and I thank you, but there’s just something about blog awards that doesn’t fit well with what I’m doing here. In the top corner of the blog heading, I claim the it’s about the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore. And it is, mostly. Every so often I interrupt myself, as I did shamelessly when my book was published. But beyond that, I want to keep a tight focus, and awards take a blog off in a dozen other directions–interesting ones, but not the one I want to go in. So again, if you’re thinking of it, thanks, but you should nominate someone who’ll make better use of it than I will.