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.

3 thoughts on “4444444444…

  1. chicago pizza is numero uno, baby!

    i have an aunt who’s my delores.

    and, i’m feeling you on Chuck. it’s cheesy, addictive fun. not to mention it has a character actor (James Baldwin. no wait, that’s the writer. somebody Baldwin. Alec? Stephen? nooo…) from Serenity/Firefly, which i adore.

    and my wife loves Colbert. we watch his episodes on comedycentral.com or whatever it is when we can.

  2. I had forgotten about you being service per at wal-mart. You are going to have to tell me some of those stories. I don’t think you ever told me any of them.

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