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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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