Saturday, January 07, 2006

Know Yr. Blogger A Bit More

by Tom Bozzo

Via Phantom Scribbler, here's a mildly fractured take on a couple getting-to-know-me memes.

Four Jobs I've Had Other Than My Current One
1. Record store clerk
2. Video store clerk
3. Restaurant back office jack-of-all trades
4. Paperboy (*)

Four Things I Hope to Do Before I Die
1. Hire a (remodeling) contractor I don't want to see rendered to Uzbekistan, even a little, at the end of the job.
2. Finish William Gaddis's The Recognitions.
3. Listen to Tortoise's "Millions Now Living Will Never Die."
4. Have my mind uploaded to the CompuGlobalHyperMegaNet.

Four Things I Hope to Do In the CompuGlobalHyperMegaNet.
1. Acquire more than a passing knowledge of modern physics.
2. Finish William Gaddis's JR.
3. Keep up with all the blogs in my feed reader.
4. Create a backup personality that can play with an effectively infinite supply of virtual LEGOs all the time.

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over
1. North By Northwest
2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
3. Best In Show
4. Casablanca

Four Things I Cannot Do
1. Play bogey golf or better.
2. Sing, without a fussy baby in my arms.
3. Forgive Ralph Nader.
4. Make a pie crust as quickly or effortlessly as my mother.

Four Places I've Lived
1. The far southwest side of Madison, Wisconsin
2. The near southwest side of Madison, Wisconsin (**)
3. University Park, Maryland
4. Wilmington, Delaware

Four Things That Attract Me To My Spouse
1. She is cuddly.
2. We share loves of good food and choral music.
3. She puts up with the blogging thing.
4. She's cute, too!

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch
1. Arrested Development
2. Blackadder III
3. The Prisoner
4. This Old House (***)

Four Things I Say Often
1. I have no idea.
2. I'm not that kind of economist, but...
3. One thing that would be useful...
4. What is it (Big Guy/Sweet Pea/Sweetie Pie)?

Four Places I've Been on Vacation
1. Santa Fe, New Mexico
2. Crater Lake, Oregon
3. Paris, France
4. Duluth, Minnesota

Four Books or Book Series That I Love
1. Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
2. Gabriel García Márquez, Love In The Time Of Cholera
3. Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age
4. Philip Mirowski, More Heat Than Light

Four Blogs I Visit Daily
I couldn't limit to just four the number of blogs where I read every word. So I did what Phantom (via Overread) did and picked four blogs at random — or as pseudorandom as you get from the Excel v.X random number generator — from my NetNewsWire feeds.
1. Angry Bear
2. Angry Pregnant Lawyer (there is much anger in my feeds!)
3. Total Drek
4. Waxing America (former Madison mayor Paul Soglin's blog)
Not completely unrepresentative, actually.

Four of My Favorite Foods
1. Cinnamon bread (****).
2. Butter spritz cookies.
3. Cheesecake.
4. Michael's Frozen Custard.

Four Places I'd Rather Be
1. In my new office, if it's ever finished.
2. On the beach, with adequate protection from the sun.
3. Gardenin' (in season).
4. Ramblin'.

Four Albums I Can't Live Without
1. The Velvet Underground, "The Velvet Underground" (a gateway to so much of my collection)
2. The Wedding Present, "George Best"
3. The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Darklands"
4. Cocteau Twins, "Blue Bell Knoll"

Four Vehicles I've Owned.
1. 2001 Honda Prelude (the one Suzanne wishes I hadn't sold, prior to getting the new one)
2. 1998 BMW M3 (the one I wish I hadn't sold)
3. 1996 Acura Integra (first one I paid for completely on my own)
4. 1989 Isuzu I-Mark RS (the one I spent the most time with, and which took the depredations of grad school with the good grace not to succumb to electrical gremlins until I could afford #3)

Four Things I Like About the Number Seven Four
1. Countable on one hand.
2. I feel proud of myself if I get to the gym that many times a week
3. As many doors as my juvenile delinquent side can take in a car.
4. A good size for my family.

Four Brave Souls Who Would Like to Conquer This Meme

I tag not: Volunteers only.

(*) Back in the days when people not only expected to receive their paper, which our current Madison newspaper carrier has trouble with, but would expect to have it placed in a specific location of their choosing.

(**) A different world from #1. The nearest retail business to my former apartment was Wal-Mart.

(***) The more lifestyle-pornographic, the better. Last time we were in Boston, we went to Manchester-by-the-Sea to sneak a peak at the over-the-top project house there.

(****) Recipe available upon request.
3. Forgive Ralph Nader.

I'm at the point where I don't even want to remember that whole thing. Makes me too angry/depressed.
Thanks for the recipe! I made it tonight and already had two pieces. It's really amazing.
APL: I can understand that, though for me it tends to underscore the importance of seeing that the current crop of crooks and liars get the boot.

Sara: Glad you're enjoying it. I'm lucky enough to have a couple pieces for an afternoon snack.
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