Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Meme Me

I viscerally dislike those e-mail chain-letter Internet meme things: "answer these questions and forward to ten friends to show you care." Ugh. But this one caught my eye and, since my sister sent it to me, I thought I'd unclench long enough to play along.

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. TV cameraman and director.
2. Double-decker bus driver.
3. Newspaper reporter.
4. Environmental chemist.

I drove these. Weird clutches.

Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the whale movie)
2. The Pink Panther Strikes Again
3. The Shawshank Redemption (I don't own it, but it's on TV a lot and everytime I flip past it I get hooked. Not sure I've ever seen the whole thing in one sitting.)
4. The General (Buster Keaton; I admit I listed this mostly to score obscurity cred, but it truly is an irresistible charmer.)

Buster Keaton in "The General"

Four places I have lived:
1. Rapid City, South Dakota
2. San Jose, California
3. Davis, California
4. None of your business

Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. Monk
2. House
3. Most Star Treks
4. Iron Chef (original Japanese is best, but American is O.K.)
4.1. Mythbusters
4.2. American Chopper (I'm not proud, just honest)
4.3. The episode of Fairly Odd-Parents where Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda are cornered by an angry mob in a dead-end alley and Cosmo says to Timmy: "Well, you lived a good life." Timmy: "I'm only ten!" Cosmo: I said good, not long!"
4.4. None of those Trading Spaces people is ever getting anywhere near my house.

Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Kauai and Maui
2. Puerto Vallarta
3. The Mediterranean
4. Fresno

Four websites I visit daily:
1. Mark Evanier
2. Bad Astronomy
3. The Straight Dope
4. The Comics Curmudgeon

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Poached eggs on buttered English muffins
2. Baby back ribs
3. Reuben sandwich
4. The perfect peach

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Piazza San Marco, Venice
2. Disneyland
3. The International Space Station
4. Columbia River, autumn of 1805, canoeing toward the Pacific with Lewis and Clark.


Lynda said...

I am with you on the chain letters, etc. I did do this in my blog back in January though.

I seem to do a lot of these as a blog. Hmmm....

Wes Rand said...

Man, you must've drilled into my brain for that list of TV shows. So where'd the rest come from?

patricia said...

The WHALE movie??? You have got to be kidding.

Wrath of Khan!!!

BrianFies said...

Lynda: I like your answers. This is actually a fairly revealing exercise.

Wes: you know that feeling you get when you wake up in the middle of the night peering into the dark corners of your bedroom, sure that you've seen a mysterious shadow moving out of the corner of your eye? That's me!

Patricia: Ah, my friend, the question doesn't ask for my list of *best* movies! It asks which ones I could watch over and over again. Entirely different list. Khan is a better movie, but I could watch the whale movie all the live-long day.

Mike Lynch said...

"Reuben sandwich" is a blatant insincere attempt to suck up to the NCS Reuben Award nominating committee! I got mah eye on you, Fies!

(Hey, when you lived in Rapid City did you by any chance live in that cool house with the air strip that James Mason owned in NORTH BY NORTHWEST?)

BrianFies said...

Mike, I can see my manipulative ruse was too transparent! Damn. Now I'll never win an award that has no category for work like mine (although that did happen to me once before...).

My new favorite food is OSCAR Meyer wieners, washed down with CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR sparkling cider. Hint hint.

And indeed that was my childhood home shown in "North by Northwest." Ah, the happy nights my sister and I spent climbing around the top of Mt. Rushmore when no one was looking. Good times, good times.