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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Finally I'm Getting This Done

First - Jerry said Phoenix t.v. carried footage of our tornado. We're all fine - only damage was to a barn roof and some power lines. More on the excitement in the post below this.

Now at last the 4's.

Four jobs you have had in your life:

  1. Baby sitting and housekeeping
  2. Shoe salesperson
  3. Waitress in sandwich shop
    (all before I was 20)
  4. Insurance broker (solicitor actually but that always sounds like I should be standing on a street corner somewhere) The first 3 jobs taught me the value of continuing education.

Four movies you would watch over and over:

  1. Bang The Drum Slowly
  2. The Third Man
  3. On The Beach
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Four places you have lived:

  1. Syracuse, NY
  2. Ilion, NY
  3. Buffalo, NY
  4. Detroit, MI
  5. Albuquerque, NM
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. San Jose, CA
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Jonesboro, AR
  10. San Francisco, CA
  11. Merced, CA
(and a couple of pit stops along the way) I know it's more than four but I've lived twice as long as many of you so I'm entitled.

Four TV shows you love to watch:

  1. Law & Order (all of them - should count as 3)
  2. Classic Arts

Four places you have been on vacation:

Vacation? What's a vacation?

I've seen a lot of the country but except for a trip or two back to Arkansas and New York and one 4 day working weekend in Hawaii, one in Las Vegas, and one in Salt Lake, nothing really counted as vacations or going somewhere just for the fun of going.

Four websites I visit daily: (other than mine)

  1. Blogging Baby
  2. Alternet
  3. Daily Kos
  4. Chicago Sun-Times

(I'm not counting personal blogs - there are too many and how do I pick just one)

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Lay's Salt & Vinegar Chips
  2. Catfish and Hushpuppies
  3. Breakfast - almost any breakfast
  4. Blue cheese dressing (on almost anything)

Note: This does not mean that I don't eat healthy foods.

Four places I would rather be right now:

  1. San Francisco
  2. San Francisco
  3. San Francisco
  4. San Francisco

(Actually I'm quite content where I am.) All the other places I've lived were okay but just cities. San Francisco was home and in some ways, I'll always miss it..

Four things I always carry with me:
  1. I.D.
  2. Keys
  3. Wallet
  4. Cell Phone

Four people I am tagging:

I may be the only person in blogland who hasn't done the 4's (and not for lack of nagging by my dear friends). Anyone left who'd like to take a shot at it?

Your blog or my comment box - either one is fine with me.


Bridgermama said...

Loved it! I think things like this are a great way to get to know our cyber-buddies. Thank you!

Dawn said...

That is awesome. Looks like you lived quite a few places. Visited many of the states too if I remember correctly...

I am happy where I am at too. I could not imagine living apart from my family now.

Haven't heard of Alternet or Daily Kos so going to go check them out.

achromic said...

You comming out here to SF would be the perfect excuse for me to actually er MEET some of the SF bloggers..... er if I could be less shy...... I have actually NEVER met with anyone that I have met on the net. Which for my age group is unusual. I havn't done the 4 I don't think..... I am not a very good MEME person...... but I love you dropping by enough to perhaps give it a try... tommorow. LOL :)

achromic said...

OOO and I am VERY happy that you are not tornado hit. I lived in MO. for a long time and have been near one er twice .... but one was a freaky one in PA so I tend to forget about it tho' it was actually a lot more scary. I still feel it in the pit of my stomach everytime I watch Tornado.

Missy said...

Here's my shot...

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. Babysitter
2. Boarding kennel worker
3. Graduate student teaching assistant
4. Geologist

Four movies:
1. Good Will Hunting (I'm a sucker for Matt Damon)
2. Amelie
3. Amadeus
4. Office Space

Four places you have lived (I'm going to do what you did and just name them all):
1. Indianapolis, IN
2. Nashville, TN
3. St. Louis, MO (I consider it my hometown)
4. East Lansing/Lansing, MI
5. Fort Myers, FL
6. Everett (Seattle-area), WA
(Honorable mentions for Ridgeland, MS and Boston, MA because my folks lived there while I was in college and I practically lived there)

Four TV shows:
1. Mythbusters
2. Nova
3. Nature
4. Grey's Anatomy

1. Germany
2. Siberia (well, technically for grad school but it was a vacation, too)
3. Alaska
4. New Orleans (several times)

1. Flogging Baby (Melissa Summers calls it that in her blog...I really like her!)
2. (It's not news, it's FARK)
3. (For my subversive, techie side)
4. (I'm a sucker for celebrity gossip)

1. Toasted ravioli
2. Fried halibut and chips (fries)
3. Chocolate (dark)
4. Coffee (it's a food in my book)

Would rather be:
1. Seattle (I love it here!)
2. Portland, like here only better public transportation and less yuppie
3. Alaska
4. Iceland (the next big vacation I go on will be there)

Carry with me:
1. Wallet
2. Cell phone
3. Keys
4. My son!

That was fun. :)

Alice said...

First thought: ooh, pretty rainbow.

Second thought: ACK! tornado? What tornado??

Third thought: thank God you're all alright.

I'm so lucky where I am. I know I moan about it, but in so many ways I am just so, so lucky.

I might try the '4s' soon. Not today though.

Again, thank God you're all alright.

Hugs x

Andrea said...

i havent had reading time for a few days and feel sooo out of touch!! you actually beat me to the 4 things tag!!

your rainbow pics are brilliant, personally framable

Beth said...

4 things come nobody tells me about these things? :-(

4 Jobs:
Life guard
camp counselor
Waitress at 24 hour diner
custmer service summer intern at factory plant

4 movies you would watch over and over:
Your kidding right? Over and over? Sigh... How about books. I'm old enough to remember books.

Pride and Prejudice
The Philosopher's Apprentice
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

4 places:
Cumberland, MD
Arcata, CA
Hickory, NC
West Lafayett, IN

4 TV Shows:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Gilmore Girls
The Closer
(Girl power!)

Did I mention Maine?

Websites (not blogs):
The one for my course (sigh)
Washington Post (for the comics)
The Set Game Daily Puzzle

Favorite foods:
Dark Chocolate
Chicken Marsala
Really fresh fruit like you can buy at an orchard but almost never a grocery store.

4 places I would rather be now:
My bed
With my boys in Seattle (Or maybe not)
I think that's it...

Things I carry:
tissues (because my kids expect it)
eye glass cleaners
bobby pins
the ususal (cell phone, key, ID,..)

Expat Traveler said...

ann - I guess we could be the same on liking SF. I've got some good friends there and so I wouldn't mind going back there. Plus good old hubby could use a second time trip there. My parents would be happy too.

Badoozie said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh finally, the old "4" list. wow, that was eon's ago that you got taggged. BUT i must say, it was well worth the wait, good job granster

Caitlin said...

Glad to hear you made it through the tornado ok. I haven't done the 4 things list either. Here's mine.

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. Girl Scout Camp Counselor/Canoeing and Archery Instructor
2. Sys Admin for the Department of Nursing at La Tech
3. DJ/Computer-Production Director of KLPI
4. At my last job (a store selling American crafts), I got to pick out W's Mother's Day present to Barbara since I was the only one who'd ever lived in Texas.

4 Movies:
1. The Secret Lives of Altar Boys
2. A History of Violence
3. Forbidden Planet
4. The midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show

4 Places: (All the places I've lived)
1. Dixie Inn, La
2. Ruston, La
3. Richardson, Tx
4. Alexandria, Va
5. Fairfax, Va

4 TV Shows
1. Boondocks
2. Amazing Race
3. Stargate (SG1 and Atlantis) (I also named my dog after Richard Dean Anderson's charcter, since my surname is O'Neill. Yes, I am a dork :P)
4.BattleStar Galactica (the new one)

4 Vacations (all 6 of them :P)
1. Pensacola, Fl for the first 15 years of my life.
2. Our geocaching trip across 11 states and the southern part of Ontario.
3. Dallas, Tx in college. We used to wake up at 3am, drive to Fry's, and then spend the rest of the day at 6 flags before driving back after closing.
4. Louisiana - For Christmas, we drive back and geocache along the way to visit both of our families on opposite ends of the state.
5. Cape May, NJ - the site of our first girl's weekend out
6. The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee this weekend. I'm volunteering at Geoquest since I missed the registration date for competition.

4 Websites
1. Something Positive
3. Bloglines (all my blogs)
4. Blogging Baby

4 Favorite Foods:
1. My great grandma's chicken pie
2. Fresh fried shrimp
3. Fried tilapia fingers
4. My dad's stroganoff

4 Places I'd rather be:
1. Arequipa, Peru - My great grandma grew up here and I loved listening to stories about living there.
2. Cumberland Falls, KY
3. Dallas, Tx - This is the first place I was really sad to leave, and I miss my friends there.
4. The Shenandoah River - I haven't had a chance to go kayaking since I was in my second trimester with Paul.

Things I carry:
1. Digital Camera
2. Garmin 60cs GPSr
3. Treo/laptop
4. Paul

Gina said...

Oh my! A tornado! Good that you all made out ok.

I am with you on breakfast, I looooove breakfast. Unhealthy breakfasts, too for the most part. But I rarely eat them.

EmmaSometimes said...

tornado! Yikes, glad you are all well.

san francisco is fabulouso!!

Sp00kalot said...

BLUE CHEESE ROCKS! On ANYTHING, as you said. Blue cheese in San Fran, now THATS a vacation!

And no, you are not the only person in blogland who hadn't done the 4's. However, now I may be.

Merle said...

Hi Ann ~~ Glad to hear that you were safe in the tornado. As if you didn't have enough to cope with !!
Your rainbow photos are great, and a delight to see. But not at the risk of
getting injured or worse.
Glad you visited & liked that gross joke.
Cheers, Merle.

JBlue said...

Glad you're safe and sound, Gran. Wow, you've lived all over! Interesting.

Elizabeth Green said...

Gran, Hi--interesting info here. We must email about when you were in Memphis in 68 during the sanitation workers' strike when King was killed. I went to a talk at church where Rev. Samuel Kyles spoke. He was actually on the balcony with King when he was shot.

I am dying to chat as soon as my hand & arm are better--typing with a sling as we speak

jw said...

OK, I will try the 4 Things MEME here (if it looks like I can't count, well...):

Four jobs you have had in your life:

Ambulance attendant/driver/dispatcher
Surgery technician
Emergency room supervisor
Catholic priest
Computer geek

Four movies you would watch over and over:

M.A.S.H. 30th Anniversary Show
(I don't usually go back and watch movies over so here are good one's that I've seen and would recommend.)
16 Blocks

Four places you have lived:

Detroit, Michigan, USA
Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA
Plymouth, Michican, USA
Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan
Oceanside, California, USA
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Bagdad, Arizona, USA

Four TV shows you love to watch:

Tonight Show
Hill Street Blues
Lottery Drawing

Four places you have been on vacation:

My backyard (mowing grass)
Home Depot (getting fixup stuff)
Camping in northern Michigan
Camping in an Arizona forest

Four websites I visit daily: (aviation) (ham radio) (local news)
* (lots of blogs)
* (more blogs)

Four of my favorite foods:

Dark chocolate
Scrambled eggs (anything with eggs)
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Four places I would rather be right now:

In bed with ...
Out driving my new car (can't afford one)
Flying (as pilot)

Four things I always carry with me:

Sense of humor
Cell phone

Tom said...

What's a nice girl like doing reading the Sun Times? I would ridfe the train into Chicago each morning reading the Trib and come home reading the Times. Trib-verrry Republican, suburban and WASPish; the Times verry Democat, citygritty and what Hizzonor da Mayor read.

Bacchus said...

I'll do the 4 Meme on my site