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I ve been tagged by a friend to participate in a meme. I usually don t do this, but let s go:

Four jobs you have had in your life:

  1. Busboy
    My first real job. I was 16 years old. A couple of high school buddies got me the gig.

    I almost quit the first day when the owner, Jimmy the Weasel, held the guy I was replacing against the wall by the neck. I swear his feet weren t touching the ground. I told you not to steal from the waitresses. You re fired.

    Welcome to the world of employment.
  2. Traction Orderly
    I d already had a couple of jobs in the hospital: Dietary Worker (including the dreaded Late Pots ) and Transportation Orderly. This was a step up. An invitation to the real world of medicine.

    I assisted doctors with all sorts of things: Putting patients in casts, inserting Steinmen pins into patient s tibias and nails in their skulls for halo braces. Some orthopedic doctors liked me and the work I did so much that they d call me down into the Emergency Room to help them transport people with broken necks or apply traction as they manipulated dislocated joints into place.

    I met my wife when working this job.
  3. Warehouse Manager
    My first job after graduating from college. I set-up and ran a small, homecare equipment warehouse where we also made custom wheelchairs. It was a cool gig and I took it because I figured I d need management experience as I started my career.

    I set up and ran a very efficient operation. So efficient that after around 11 o clock in the morning I had very little left to do. My management techniques included the Demerit Board. The Demerit Board was a chalk board with every employees name on it and every time someone screwed up, he got a demerit. Even me. The guy with the most demerits bought the beer on Friday.

  4. Director of Therapy Operations
    This is what I do now. I run three sub-acute rehab programs in three buildings.

Four movies you would watch over and over again:

  1. The In-Laws
    The first one. Not the recent embarrassing remake.

    This movie doesn t tell you where to laugh. If you don t know what s funny, you won t get this movie.

  2. Apocalypse Now!
    To me this isn t a war movie. It just happens to be set in a war.

    It s a movie about what happens when society falls apart. Chaos. Confusion. Insanity.

  3. Jaws
    I didn t even take a bath for two years after seeing this movie as a kid.

    I recently showed it to my 14 year old daughter. Afterwards I asked her, Are you afraid to go to the ocean now? She answered, Why? Times have changed.

  4. Evil Alien Conquerors
    I ve only seen it one-and-a-half times. It s awful. It s so bad it s great. I need to see it a few more times to pick up it s nuances.

Four places you have lived:

  1. The Corner of Bellwood and Overlook
    It s the first house I remember.

    I had an underground fort in the back and a Playboy magazine in the crawlspace. My parent s didn t know of either.

  2. Cedar Grove Road, Part I
    Shortly after my parent s broke up, my maternal grandparents took me in. I lived there from about eight to 24 years old.

    My Pop bought the house from his sister s husband for a dollar. I know. I saw the original deed.

  3. Alabama Avenue
    This is the first house I bought. The Wife-beast and I planned on keeping it for about five years. We stayed there almost 15. Hell, the neighbors were great. The schools were better.

  4. Cedar Grove Road, Part II
    I bought the house after Nan and Pop died. We did major renovations to it: stripped it down to it s studs, knocked off the back end of it, and rebuilt it with an addition. It s the only new 100-year-old house you ve ever seen.

    There s not a day goes by where I don t say to the Wife-beast, I love this house.

    An aside: Where I used to sit to eat supper is now a toilet. My old bedroom is now a bathroom; where my pillow used to be is another - you guessed it - toilet. Says something, doesn t it?

Four TV shows you love to watch:

  1. Mythbusters
  2. Dirty Jobs
  3. Good Eats
  4. Monster Garage

Four places you have been on vacation:

  1. The Islands
  2. The Golf Course
  3. My Living Room
  4. Disney

Four web-sites I visit daily:

  1. CausticSense.ca - The asshole closed shop. Going there every day is half the fun.
  2. Photodude - As far as I m concerned, it s the best personal website on the net. (Reid s going to call me a weanie.)
  3. Google News
  4. Sirius - I have to go there because I listen to online music via my Sirius subscription. Good stuff. If you haven t subscribed, you should. Seriously.

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. French Fries
  2. Vanilla Ice Cream
  3. Fruit Salad (prefers canned)
  4. Anything coming out of a New York City street vendor s wagon

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Under the covers, cuddling with my wife
  2. Any golf course
  3. Work - finishing something
  4. Hanging somewhere with Unky Rich and a Guiness - making fun of life

Four victims for this meme:

  1. Ray - He of the aforementioned CausticSense - continuing my own personal joke
  2. His brother, Randy
  3. Ryan - Check out his new site
  4. Tangerine - I know you re out there!


ruminator said:

Thank you for playing. I know you don't care much for memes, but I found your responses interesting! :)

Posted on Jan 23, 2006 09:48 PM

Tangerine said:

I saw this fascinating meme in like four other places tonight but no one tagged me to participate.

Then on a whim I visit Jimfo and low and behold, my long-lost inspiration for blogging has invited me to meme!!

Give me 45 minutes and I will hit SAVE.

(seriously grinning)

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 01:19 AM

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