Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I've Been Tagged

Burque Babble is all about many things (well, I guess it is, I haven't really thought about it much) but if it is about any significant thing, that thing must surely be time-wasting solipsistic activities. And the use of big words where small ones will do.

But I digress and it's only the first paragraph.

Anyway....in some sort of newfangled Internet gettin' to know you game, I have been "tagged" by fellow blogger friend Scribbilista and my "tag" penalty is to answer the questions below and then "tag" four bloggers into answering likewise.

Yes, it's a chain letter, basically, with all the attributes we attribute to the idea of chain letters. I must also note that I am suppressing incredibly massive childish/"satirical" urges to make stuff up in answering these questions. I make no claim as to whether those urges were overcome in the following responses.....

Four jobs I've had:
1. "Discount" stockbroker working from the 26th floor of a dowtown Seattle building overlooking Pike Place Market
2. Door-to-door "canvasser" seeking contributions to the Central American Peace Campaign
3. Philosophical turd in the punch bowl at a local charter school
4. Absolutely the world's worst life insurance salesperson

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
3. Glengarry Glen Ross
4. The Maltese Falcon

Four places I've lived:
1. Denton, Texas
2. Another part of Denton, Texas
3. Olympia, Washington
4. The part of Denton, Texas near a large cemetery

Four TV shows I love:
1. Sopranos
2. Uh, that's it
3. Kill Your Television
4. Doesn't TV just take time away from the Internet?

Four concerts I'm glad I went to:
1. Billy Bragg playing solo at the Paramount in Seattle
2. Getting to go backstage and tell Roy Haynes to get back onstage and stop drinking champagne and eating deli tray meats at the South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque. Thanks Tom Guralnick.
3. Beat Happening at the Eastside Tavern, Olympia, Washington. I think the cover was $1
4. Rory Gallagher, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, Texas 1979
4a. Screaming Jay Hawkins and the heretofore unknown Reverend Horton Heat, Deep Ellum Dallas, Texas 1985-ish

Four places I've vacationed:
1. Carrizozo, NM
2. Grand Isle, NE
3. Edison, NJ next to a huge just-demolished General Motors plant
4. The coldest, most utterly unheated room imaginable in Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Tom Yum Gai Thai soup
2. Cheetos, fried never baked
3. Seafood cioppino
4. My wife's lemon bars, any recipe

Four sites I visit daily:
1. dailykos.com
2. nytimes.com
3. sitemeter.com to obsessively check the four or five hits a day my blog gets
4. baseballreference.com

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Canoeing the Columbia River near Golden, BC
2. Reaching 13,500 on any 14er in the Colorado San Juans
3. Kayaking around Orcas Island, San Juans, Washington
4. Talking broken Spanish to the regulars at some unnamed bar on the coastal highway between Caracas and Barcelona, Venezuela

And I see I'm supposed to pass this "tag" on to four other blogs. I had a few up earlier, but the proselytizing "chain letter' element is getting to me, so I will spare my fellow bloggers. In fact, this whole exercise was hard. Making fun of people is much easier, and we'll get back to that tomorrow.


Scribblista said...

Damn! It never even occurred to me to embellish, exaggerate or invent boldface lies while coming up with my own responses.

Damn this earnestness (ie. lack of imagination) that sets in once you've said things like "win-win situation" and "synergy."

frannyzoo said...

Actually Scrib I ended up being legit on the whole deal, and it didn't end up being too difficult. Maybe it was all the "continuous improvement", "Total Quality Management" and "Baldridge" stuff we have to listen to as teachers.

thanks for the "tag"....

Michelle Meaders said...

Four places I've vacationed:

I believe it's Grand Island, NE and Grand Isle, ME

frannyzoo said...

Michelle: Thanks, as always, for the catch. All I know/remember is that the main drag in Grand Isle/Island was less than riveting.

And your correction is another example of the rising Homeland Security Threat Level for written mistakes these days. We are definitely beyond Yellow (Elevated) to at least Orange (High), if not Red (Severe) at this point. If we stay at Red for any length of time, I think it quite possible many writers will head off to their previously constructed bunkers and wait out the threat.

Probably by writing a book.

Anonymous said...

Come on, that punch bowl was never the same after you were kicked out for thought crimes. Long live the resistance! ...or somethin'.