As you may or may not know, I recently had the honor bestowed on me of being selected as the Gluten Free Blogger of the Year by the good folks over at Naked Pizza (hee hee…I said naked.)
When I lost the award last year for Personality of the Year, I gave a concession speech so I thought it only made sense to now deliver an acceptance speech. So here goes nothing (and yes I’m pretending to be at a big awards ceremony. Play along with me.)
I am so, so honored to be here tonight along with these other exceptional gluten free blogger of the year nominees. Really, none of these wonderful bloggers deserved to lose. But since there could only be one winner, I just want to say I’m totally ok that it was me.
First, I’d like to thank the academy, also known as Naked Pizza. When Mark Cuban retweeted my review of your establishment to his kajillion followers, it helped put me on the map so to speak. (I’ll ignore the fact that he has not returned any of my calls since then.) You folks are truly a celiac’s best friend and all you do is much appreciated.
Next, I’d like to thank ONE of my parents. I’m not sure which one of you carried the celiac gene but if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here tonight. I also wouldn’t spend half my day in the bathroom and the other half asleep. So mom or dad, if you’re out there and you can hear me, I thank you from the bottom of my bloated belly…and Scott’s bathroom tissues also sends their thanks.
I’d also like to thank the Dudettes, my wonderful daughters. Because you have given up gluten along with me to show your support, you have made my gluten-free journey so much easier and meaningful. I know it’s been a long five years, but hasn’t it been worth it?
What’s that? You haven’t given up gluten at all? You’ve eaten gluten every day since my diagnosis? Oh…in that case…ummm…thanks for not putting the bagels directly inside the ice bin so my Titos on the rocks doesn’t get contaminated. Every little effort counts.
In all seriousness, you are the two best kids a dad could ask for and I love you to the moon and back.
And of course, I need to thank the woman behind the scenes; the one who keeps me sane; the one who has to deal with all my sh*t; the one who grabbed the gluten free lifestyle by the throat on day one and never looked back. Mrs. Dude, you are my rock…my soul mate…and you’re stuck with me for the next 40 years (knocking on wood). Remember…for better or for worse. I love you.
And lastly, I want to thank the entire celiac community. I know not everyone agrees with my style. Why just yesterday, I was called, and I quote, a selfish a**hole for acting like an “elite celiac”.
But for the most part, you have opened you arms and your hearts to me and have helped create one amazing community here.
I love your emails. I love your tweets. I love your Facebook connections. I love your Instagram pics…yes even the ones of your cat.
I love the 10,000+ comments you have left on this blog in the past 16 months.
Yeah…I’ll say it. I love YOU.
Oh…how could I forget. To all those who voted for me, especially the ones that voted over and over and over again (just kidding), I can’t thank you enough.
Ok I gotta go. I’m heading over to Elton John’s house for the big after party.
I sure hope he has gluten free food there.