Four Jobs you’ve had in your life:
1) Dairy Queen – couldn’t eat there for a year after. But they’ve lured me back with delicious dilly bars…
2) Mechanic/Shop Boy – Built natural gas compressors. Pluses? I learned how to drive ginormous trucks, use practically every tool known to man, played with fire (heh, heh, fire), and spent lots of time in the outdoors. Minuses? The time in the outdoors was during summer. In Northwest Louisiana and East Texas.
3) Submarine Officer – not quite so cool as Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” or Alec Baldwin in “Hunt for Red October”. But close.
4) Summer Camp Counselor/Climbing wall instructor – best job ever. They paid me to play with kids. There was the little bit about making sure the kids didn’t get bit by snakes, seriously injured, or kill one-another in a tragic “Lord of the Flies” type encounter, but who cares about that? We had S’mores!
Four movies you could watch over and over again:
1) The Blues Brothers – No lie, I get up and dance when Aretha does her bit, and get the chills when John Lee Hooker launches “Boom, Boom”.
2) Ghostbusters – The first movie I can think of where the geeks are the heroes.
3) Hunt for Red October – a) The bit where Sean Connery’s reading “Revelations” and transitions from Russian to English; b) all of the excitement of four days crammed into 2 hours – much like actually going to sea; c) “One ping. One ping only”
4) Waking Ned Divine. ‘Cause I just know I’m hitting the Powerball someday.
Four places you’ve lived:
2) Austin, Texas – the land of milk and honey where the streets are paved with gold
3) Battle Creek, Michigan – left when I was 12, and I still have a sinking suspicion that there’s no finer place on earth to be a kid
4) Shreveport, Louisiana and Bossier “Get Down” City – Bossier City. From a travelogue: “Bossier City! Babylon on the Red River! Sin. Hot women. Sticky summer nights. The biggest strip of night clubs ‘tween Vegas and Miami Beach! … Then, in about five minutes old Wayne comes back in as white as a sheet and says: “Roy, let’s get the hell out of Bossier City.” So we did. But after only six hours on the Bossier Strip we had ourselves two flghts, two car wrecks, had a gun battle with the Southern Mafla, and Wayne Wilder had french-kissed a man in a dress! (Pause.lifting beer.) So Wayne, down in Huntsville-here’s to you boy.”
Four TV shows you love to watch:
1) 24. Wow.
2) Battlestar Galactica – but I’m kind of stymied on this one right now – they dropped SciFi from our cable lineup, and the iBook G3 won’t do iTunes videos.
3) My Name Is Earl – Kind of reminds me of some folks I knew growing up.
4) The Simpsons – I know they’re so last century …
Four places you’ve been on vacation:
1) Bar Harbor, Maine
2) Stowe, Vermont
4) South Park, Colorado
Four Websites you visit daily:
4) Apple – ’cause I just know that the refurbished section of their online store is somehow going to list a 12″ G4 PowerBook for $200…
Four of your favorite foods:
2) Ice Cream
3) Greasy, thick, medium-rare steak
4) Asparagus – lightly steamed
Four places you’d rather be:
1) Back in High School
2) Backpacking in a wilderness area
3) On a small boat
4) San Diego
Four Albums You Can’t Live Without:
1) Wilco – A Ghost is Born
2) U2 – The Joshua Tree
3) Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
4) Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
Four Vehicles I’ve Owned:
1) 1981 Datsun Station Wagon – AKA the Superwagon
2) 1980’s Ford Escort GT – the “GT” stood for “Piece of $&!+”
2.5) 1989 Ford Ranger Pickup – I was “the guy with the truck” for senior year of college. The list of frat brothers who puked in the back of the pickup is long and distinguished.
3) 1991 Jeep Cherokee – my Ensignmobile after graduating from OCS
4) 1989 Jeep Wrangler – Sold only to get a backseat for my firstborn.