Ken Boddie

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What's the Diff?


A hilarious recent post by one of my favourite bees, Paul Walters, on his initial dream of leading an ambassadorial life, in the salubrious and lavish way to which we could all become too easily accustomed, got me thinking about what the heck we're actually doing as brand ambassadors here on beBee. My curiosity lead me, of course, to consult Dr Google, who, apparently quite unaware that some social media addictees can be branded as ambassadors, came good with a compendium of unassociated jokes, quotes and tale after tale of reportedly 'true' activities undertaken by the odd infamous "US Ambassador" or other. It appears that this typical career politician, forced into a position of temporary banishment from his/her country of origin, is much more newsworthy than any other form of ambassador on Google, including the social media brand ambassador. Furthermore, the "US Ambassador" appears to be the butt of more tall tales, fabricated or otherwise, than any other country's stalwart representative.  

If only a smidgeon of these US Ambassador stories are true, then the offices of the US President and the US Senate should be severely embarrassed .... but, there again, thinking over recent political activities, perhaps not. 

Incidentally, if you are looking for a serious answer to why brand ambassadors are appointed by organisations including beBee, I suggest that you look at this link which has some interesting depth to it:

So, having tooted my frugle Google bugle on the benefits to the hosting authority of having ambassadors to sound reveille, in order to awaken the masses, I should add that the above referred blog, by the Right Honourable Ambassador Walters, further sparked my interest, and some degree of curiosity, with an image depicting every ambassador's ideal vehicle of choice, a maroon Bentley, with the unique number plate '1WD'. 

Now we all know that personalised number plates, besides the obvious intention of making the owner's vehicle stand out, can be an insight, obvious or subliminal, into their character and personality.  So what then could the '1WD', or more simply,  just 'WD', possibly reveal about, or be associated with, some of my favourite writers here on beBee? 

Why not take a look at the following list set out in no particular order, and then, perhaps, add you own interpretation of your preferred WD bee:

Well Developed (representing the excellent photos and logical plots meticulously posted by Dean Owen);

Well Done (representing overcooked meat, perhaps ask Chef Dean Owen for how to avoid?);

War Department (could mention a few argumentative individuals here, mostly bees gone by, but let's just defer this one to the past Wars of the Trolls);

Wrist Disarticulation (may I suggest that you ask Dr Ian Weinberg what this means?);

Whatever, Dude (to all the beBee ambassadors who are stately enough to remember the 70's, including perhaps Randall Burns, and Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman?);

Windows and Doors (a representation of my engineer and architect friends, namely Ian Weinberg and Claire L Cardwell?);

Walt Disney (perhaps a pseudonym for head of studios, Kevin Pashuk?);

Wooden Ducky (potentially a subject matter challenge set by Pascal Derrien, who frequently pushes the boundaries of story telling and gets us thinking outside the square?);

Words of Discipline (what you might perhaps expect from Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, Grammar Goddess, if you don't carefully check your draft before publishing?); 

Wholly Devoted (undoubtedly describing Gert Scholtz who repeatedly writes posts in praise of other bees, while failing to list his own accomplishments and strengths); or

What's Doing? (basically a salutation to a few other bees who don't fall into one of the above fabricated possibilities, such as Lada 🏡 Prkic and former bee DLE from T&T, not to mention Praveen Raj Gullepalli, Claire L Cardwell and 🐝 Fatima G. Williams).


When not researching the weird or the wonderful, the comical or the cultured, the sinful or the serious, I chase my creative side, the results of which can be seen as selected photographs of my travels on my website at:

The author of the above, Ken Boddie, besides being a sometime poet and occasional writer, is an enthusiastic photographer, rarely leisure-travelling without his Canon, and loves to interact with other like-minded people with diverse interests.

Ken's three day work week (part time commitment) as a consulting engineer allows him to follow his photography interests, and to plan trips to an ever increasing list of countries and places of scenic beauty and cultural diversity.

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Javier 🐝 CR

2 years ago #56

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #55

Now that I'm back home and on my Mac I also see the balance of the 'missing' comments, Lada. The problem appears to be associated with how beBee displays on my iPhone, as previously brought up with the upper echelon. Thanks for the confirmation .... and the apt emoji. 👍

Lada 🏡 Prkic

3 years ago #54

Ken, I see all the comments. 🐶

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #53

Interesting that this oldy is now missing some 49 comments???? Do we have a storage problem, Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee?

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #52

Hey, What's Doing, Joyce?

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #51

Hey, what's doing, Joyce?

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #50

That reminds me, Claire, I need to go to the gardening section of my local hardware store and get some Weed Destroyer.
"Well Done (representing overcooked meat, perhaps ask Chef Randall Burns for how to avoid?); Wholly Devoted (undoubtedly describing Gert Scholtz who repeatedly writes posts in praise of other bees, while failing to list his own accomplishments and strengths)" Oh yes. Amongst my favorites, but only a few of them. You've named so many good ones, I really cannot choose. I love the laughs Randall Burns is definitely high up on my list. You've described him so well.

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #48

Ken Boddie I've been hanging out at too many hardware stores recently - WD - could it be WD40 - perhaps they have a special ambassadorial blend? You made me chortle - as usual!

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #47

Pascal Derrien - love those ducks! Just checked out their FB page - a Batman Ducky and a Tutankhamen Ducky!!! I find it really charming that Florence has a ducky shop like this. I love it.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #46

Florence for me was marbelous, but if I'd seen your little shop I'd have loved to just quickly 'duck' inside 🦆

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #45

Thanks for the shout out Uncle Ken Boddie Woden Ducky that's actually an interesting mention as I was recently in Florence no later than last week and immersed by all the Da Vinci, Michael and other geniuses I found myself just fascinated by a rubber ducky shop, now Da Vinci did not invent the Rubber Duck which is in my eyes a major visionary mishap on that note couac couac , coin coin etc....
💐 🌸Thank you. Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher and feel better soon.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #43

An Enterprising response Captain Chas. 🚀

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #42

On reflection, Aleta, perhaps the War Department should be run by your Country Womens' Association? 🤣😂🤣

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #41

The three 'R's Lada ..... readin', ritin', rithmetic. Hope that adds up? 🤣.

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #40

It's a team effort Ken Boddie. Glad to be part of this team.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #39

how could I have left out Sara Jacobovici is keeping wicket while I'm fooling around at 'silly mid-on'. 😂

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #38

I read too much. That's why I have no time for writing. 😀

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #37

Enjoyed this classic Ken Boddie buzz! Thanks. As always, insightful, informative and very creatively funny! A bonus to read the comments it inspires.

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #36

Great additions Gert Scholtz, flattered (enjoyed) and grateful to be included!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #35

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? LOL. Thanks, me too... I haven't had one of these since I was 19 years old. I did read your link, I'm just short on commenting because my ear pain is causing brain fog. Fantastic explanation of a brand ambassador Ken. Twitter has been beneficial for me getting the word out and I've had friends join from FB too, they just haven't stayed around long enough to become active. I need to find a way to entice them back and believe me, I've tried. I live in a small town and I've found on facebook many people are so hooked on my friends list because they use it strictly for social purposes and don't seem to want to try new things. I keep working on them though!

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #34

I hear you, Lisa. Sorry ..... I HEAR YOU!!!!! 📣 Hope you get better soon. 👳🏻‍♀️

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #33

I do believe, Lada, you are the only one who opened that link. I can always trust you to dot the i's and cross the t's. Engineers rule! 😀

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #32

tch tch, David! Surely rhyme rather than alliteration for that example? Although I have been known to dabble in both. 😄

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #31

Wonder Dog beats Walking Dead for Friday Frolics, Dean-San. Just remember "nil illegitimus carborundum". 🤣

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #30

The picture, priceless. Love your sense of humor Ken Boddie. All of you rock!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #29

Ken, you are the word master! Or I would say, you put your Words on Dance. You keep me coming back for more words as Dean said. Love my "WD" table. A house is not a house without windows and doors. :-) I read the proposed article and found it to be very relevant. I like the phrase that brand ambassadors are usually there to stay. They feel a part of the businesses that they love. And I agree that brand ambassadors are beBee's online reputation. Thank you for the mention, Ken. I'm honoured and thrilled that you named me one of your favourite writers on beBee.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #28

'Snow app like a good app, Flávio, but this one was Snapchat. 😂

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #27

Many thanks, Jan. 👍

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #26

Don't want your guests having anything to beef about, do we, Randy. Especially when the steaks are high. 🤣

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #25

🕺I wish, Liesbeth! But these days my dancing toes is froze. 😩

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #24

#10 All worthy additions, Gert. Gee those SA sunsets last a while don't they?😂

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #23

Hope you get yourself back together soon, Ian, so your next post is read and not red.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #22

And so you should, Franci. The golden oldies are hard to beat. 👍

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #21

All welcome worthy additions, Fatima.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #20

been a long time between drinks, Praveen. Let's go, surfer Joe!

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #19

Barcelona? What the .....? Can't keep up with your travel schedule, Pak Paul.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #18

Sometimes a photo just screams out for a place to display, Susan. Thanks for the thanks. 😄

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #17

Nice buzz, Ken. I love the alliteration: "...tooted my frugle Google bugle." Kudos to all those mentioned and keep buzzing!

Dean Owen

4 years ago #16

My dear friend Wonder Dog and all the other Willing Disciples listed above. It is you that keeps me coming back for more. I was going to work in a reference to the Walking Dead that seems to permeate my Twitter feed in particular in the form of Bots but that's only draw criticism from said War Department. You are the Writers Depot, keeping it thoroughly original and hugely entertaining.
You are so kind and considerate Gert Scholtz

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #14


Jan 🐝 Barbosa

4 years ago #13

Great Pic !!! :D

Randall Burns

4 years ago #12

LMAO!! Ken Boddie Thanks for the mention and inclusion and whenever a guest asks me for a steak "Well Done" my response is always, "I don't know if it's well done but I did the best I could" :-)
Purely wowed
Ken Bodie = WD = Willing Dancer (through life) and Gert Scholtz = Wise Delight

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #9

Ken Boddie Just before I really ride off into the golden sunset, even more WD's stephan metral \ud83d\udc1d Innovative Brand Ambassador Weaver of Dreams Jan \ud83d\udc1d Barbosa Webcam Daredevil Flavio \ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf5 Souza \ud83d\udc1d Weblog Dazzler Milos Djukic Witty Debunker Wizard of Dubrovnik

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #8

Ken Boddie Thanks for the mention Ken. As I ride into the African sunset with my limousine, a few more WD's: Phil Friedman Worldclass Debater Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Wisest Dignatary Sara Jacobovici Wowing Dame. Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular Wallaby Duke Paul \ tWitter Decoder

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #7

Left me totally disarticulated ... but feeling warm all over. Thanks Ken Boddie from the far-away land Up Over.
Ahh, fun and superbly written, Ken Boddie, and thank you for the guffaws and the mention. Yep, I like to keep the olden days relevant.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #5

So someone's been snapping away and made me burst with laughter. This is such a creative post Ken. Thanks for the mention and my interpretation of WWD would be Witty Wise Dudes- Ken Boddie who never fails to make us laugh out loud with all creative funniness and wise stories rolled up his sleeves, I'd also add Gerald Hecht, Paul Walters to the list.

Paul Walters

4 years ago #4

Praveen Raj Gullepalli Do hurry !!!

Paul Walters

4 years ago #3

Ken Boddie Splendid Ambassadorial outfit there Pak and Ibu's tongue would make a labrador green with envy. I think you have seriously identified all the quirks pf your fellow bees rather splendidly. Greetings from Barcelona!
I don't know about you, folks, but Ken Boddie's picture stopped me in my tracks! Talk about laughing! And it's an excellent post as well.
First, Ken Boddie, that was the BEST picture ever! I don't know how anyone -- even if they don't know you -- could resist finding out about the article . . . once they stop laughing. Second, love seeing how you wove so many others in, all the while reminding us to take a look at Paul Walters' post, which I shall do shortly. Third, thanks for including me. Much appreciated. Love the humor and the ideas. Many thanks!

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