TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- “start with Item 1…”

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“Dances with Balloons”


The brainchild of Lizzi Rogers, the TToT is a celebration* of the benefits of the effort to become aware of, and share Ten Things of Thankful. (That there are (usually) things (and people, places, processes and stuff) in life for and about which we can feel grateful, and share them with this here group here. For my part, I will List the following:

1) this bloghop

2) the ‘Hurry up and Weight’ Gravity Challenge  and those who are participating ( Kristi and Val and Lisa and Christine and Alex and Joy)

3) the calendar (for the decency of having July follow June)

4) technology as manifested in cell phone cameras and, of course, these electrical computers

5) the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules) because, when you get right down to it, isn’t life about our individual best efforts to find, learn and apply Rules to help make the best of the decisions that we encounter each and everyday? And maybe, due to personal choice and/or upbringing, the set of Rules that we have available are kinda staid and one size-fits-all, so when there is an opportunity to find (and learn and apply) a Book of Rules that no one has quite pre-written, well, that kinda cool, non?

6) Una and Phyllis

7) the simple, easy to take for granted, fact that I am able to work and move about the planet, both in response to er…. responsibilities and for fun and recreation

8) something something

9) (see?!?!  that!  right there…. Number 8! I will take the position that while there seems to be incredibly liberal ‘rules of participation’ to this here ‘hop, the underlying attitude of participants is the basis of allowing it to be as opened ended as it is.) English translation: we are all free to submit Posts of any sort to the TToT and sometimes Posts are not exactly 10 Items, despite the very name of the bloghop. However, almost without exception, when a person does participate, they demonstrate the spirit of this exercise. I would go further and suggest that, when there is a Post in which the writer throws up their hands in frustration or, simply states that their week did not abound in gratitudinous events, that is what this bloghop is all about.

10) 1.3  (likely the first Secret Rule discovered early in the TToT), SR 1.3 is probably the better definition of what I was after in Item 9.  Sometimes, (often for some of us), putting together a List of 10 Items can be…. difficult, and not necessarily because good things were in short supply, but because, sometimes (our) ability to perceive the good things is compromised and sometimes, some of us, struggle. SR 1.3 states (in part): “the completion of a List of Ten Things of Thankful, can, ipso facto, be used as an Item on (that selfsame) List….baby”



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* 2 of the 4 definitions in wiktionary:

  1. The act, process of showing appreciation, gratitude and/or remembrance, notably as a social event.
  2. A social gathering for entertainment and fun; a party.

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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. valj2750 says:


    • ivywalker says:

      grrrrrrrr……not frist me…. oh well…. glad it was someone I like anyway…. *walks away grumbling and kicking dirt*

      • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

        (as I mentioned in my Reply… 1 minute was the difference ‘tween yours and Val’s comment)

  2. valj2750 says:

    Your whole post is a dance the Virgins will appreciate.

    • It truly is. It truly is. I think #8 is the greatest use of the SBoR/BoSR ever – except that you did forget to cite the rule and dance. Ivy’s right. So get dancing. And photo or it didn’t happen.

      • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

        ( I did cite a video of dancing, except it was from a movie and it was John Travolta, who dances better than I do)

  3. ivywalker says:

    um… I do believe you still have to site a rule for #8… and a dance MR! A DANCE!
    FRIST! and you didnt link in I just know to come here on saturday…or my computer does anyway.

  4. Denise says:


    “Tis a first and most excellent contexual usage! *Congrats on that one ….baby lol

    *the secret challenge of clarks is to interpret/define a statement such as the one I just made first as a compliment and NOT as ridicule. a clark’s first reaction is to become self-conscious (after the fact), second guess her/him self and, just for a moment, think: “fuck, I just made a fool out of myself – that was really stupid)

  5. Christine says:

    You would have to dance less if you gave Phyllis her own thankful. I’m sure she is worth it. Unless you like dancing, of course.

  6. I like something something :)

    I go something something all the time.

    In fact I even put it in my title ;)

  7. Kristi says:

    I’m with Christine. John gets his own thankful every week. Surely Phyllis can have her own, too.

  8. Vanessa D. says:

    I fully agree with your number 10. Creating the list is so beneficial it’s a thankful in it’s own.

  9. fangboner1 says:

    Wait. Is this the wakefield doctorine blog? Its got Numbers…and ORDER. AAAND WOW Great job!!! NUmber Four is a big oh heck yes and Number five… I have always always seen rules as more grey than black and white.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol… yeah! I know! I thought, why not just a list (I couldn’t resist on some of them, though)

  10. dyannedillon says:

    #8 is my favorite.

  11. jsackmom says:

    You’re a funny character Clark, your # 8 had me giggling! I use that response when I can’t remember my train of thought. Sounds like a great week of thankfulness.