Willie tagged me for this interesting little 4×10 Meme – and not being the kind of guy to back down from a challenge, here goes;
4 Jobs I’ve had:
Wal-Mart Associate – or as we called it, “Wal-Martian”. I was a register jockey & eventually a third shift customer service manager – which always got real interesting after 2:00am, when the nearby strip clubs closed… ah, stories for another time.
Local Pastor – that’s right, I had a license to preach & was given a student appointment at the same place my brother would eventually serve. Unfortunately after a year, I realized that my calling had been a fabrication based on what other people wanted for me – which for the record, hardly ever works out.
CAD Operator / Drafter – Probably my favorite of any job I’ve ever held. I love drawing large complex diagrams of mechanical parts & assemblies, and I really felt like I had a knack for it. Though a friend of mine told me once that I didn’t fit into the engineering team because it was obvious that I owned both a razor & an iron.
Systems Administrator – basically getting paid to be a computer geek.
4 Places I’ve lived:
Carrier Mills, Illinois (born & raised)
Evansville, Indiana (for college)
Belleville, Illinois (commuted to a job in St. Louis, Missouri)
and back to Carrier Mills, Illinois (where I always told myself I wouldn’t move back to – now I wouldn’t have it any other way)
4 Movies I watch repeatedly:
Any of the Star Wars movies, especially the original trilogy (because as Will says, I have a Boba Fettish)
Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil – one of those movies like Shawshank Redemption, the Green Mile or Edward Scissorhands; if I see it playing on any channel – even if it’s basic cable & heavily edited – I will stop & watch it like it’s some kind of a drug.
High Fidelity – Wow, 2 John Cusack movies… how bizarre!
The Jerk – Thanks Dad!
4 Shows I watch:
The Late Show with David Letterman – it’s an addiction.
Chuck – one of the surprises for me last season. It’s fun, fast & full of geek humor.
The Morning News – on WPSD TV channel 6, as I get ready for work every morning.
Any televised St. Louis Cardinals baseball game – Not really a “show” but if there’s a game, it’s on somewhere in our house.
I would watch the Daily Show / Colbert Report every day too, but my wife can hardly stand them, so I only catch them when I can.
4 Places I have been:
Jupiter Florida – for Cardinals Spring Training
The Bahamas – an all-inclusive resort in Freeport
Savannah Georgia – I love old-fashioned southern culture & Savannah has oodles of it
Chicago Illinois – Not much of a vacation for most people I guess, but I love all the museums, the Art Institute, and the Pizza!
4 people who Email me regularly:
My brother Willie
My lovely wife Leah
My 1 Friend Chris
My friend & ex-coworker Delores, though most of her subject lines begin with “FWD:”
4 things I eat:
Oatmeal & Yogurt – not like mixed together or anything – usually about 2 hours apart – but that’s how I get nearly every morning going – at least on weekdays.
Hot Wings – one of the few foods I crave.
Just about anything Italian – especially anything Carbonara or the Chicken Spiedini at Zia’s on the Hill in St. Louis.
Donuts – my great weakness. I’m not much on candy or ice cream, but I do love a donut – Damn you Krispy Kreme!
4 places I’d rather be:
Hawaii – never been there, but I lust over all things Hawaiian
Anywhere tropical – sandy beaches, palm trees, ocean breezes, a tall drink with a paper umbrella…
Busch Stadium for a St. Louis Cardinal Ballgame – even if they’re losing, I just love that atmosphere
Savannah Georgia – see above!
4 things that I look forward to this year:
Our first real vacation in several years – I’m campaigning for San Antonio Texas, never been west except for Colorado when I was too young to really remember.
The Presidential Election – finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, if you know what I mean.
The end of the Writer’s Strike – Not because I’m looking forward to new TV shows, just because I’m sick of hearing about it.
Baseball Season – oh wait, I look forward to that every year!
4 people to tag:
I’m terrible at this kind of thing, so like Art, I’m going to cheat: Anyone who wants to participate is encouraged to.