Friday, February 03, 2006

The Meme of Four

Alright....I've been tagged by Karen Schneider...I'm not getting into the Chris Berman nickname thing since I actually have met Chris, he was 2 years behind me at Brown.

Four jobs I've had in my life (other than library) and in chronological order:

  • Paperboy for the now defunct Worcester Telegram (it is now part of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette but it is the web site name, cool!);
  • Busboy at a New Hampshire White Mountains resort;
  • Bellhop at the Jared Coffin House on Nantucket;
  • waiter/bartender while an undergrad at Brown; hmmm, the rest of my jobs have all been library ones.
Four movies I could watch over and over:

Four places I've lived:

  • Shrewsbury (MA)
  • Providence (RI)
  • Champaign (IL)
  • Tucson (AZ)
Four TV shows I love to watch:

  • Good Eats (Alton Brown rocks!)
  • What Not to Wear (I sometimes want fashion hints for me but rarely get them)
  • This Old House (I got my own Money Pit)
  • Boston Legal (Shatner is hysterical, and the ensemble cast is wonderful)
Four websites I visit daily:

  • Can I count my aggregator?
  • My browsers all open to MPOW
  • Brown Daily Herald (but usually from the link in the daily email--push works!)
  • um, um, Karen's?
4 Places I have been on vacation:

  • Nantucket (I love it, my grandparents used to summer there, and my parents were married there)
  • Holland, Michigan (on the big lake)
  • Bisbee, Arizona (stayed at the Copper Queen)
Four of my favorite foods:

  • Beef (it's what's for dinner) -- any kind, rare preferred
  • Rice (my preferred grad school, I'd sometimes ride my bike back to the apartment cook 1/2 cup uncooked rice and eat it while washing it down with a Stroh's in a long-neck)
  • Pork --Emeril did not make my top 4, but he is right when he says "Pork fat rules!"
  • Black Raspberry Ice Cream -- this is a New England thing, I learned that the hard way. Like Maple Walnut Ice Cream, it is almost impossible to find outside the northeastern US
Four places I'd rather be:

  • Chicago (great city, vibrant, great downtown)
  • On a beach....I'm not particular, love the Nantucket beaches, spent lots of time in Rhode Island at the beach...have to have shade and a book!
  • ALA know I think Council has a bad rep; and when you are in the meeting you can never tell just exactly what city we are in. I love the assortment of people (and really enjoy many of them as individuals, too). I love the whole group process. And the new parliamentarian [Eli Mina] has helped with the atmosphere.
  • I'm working on #4....I find that one of my weaknesses is being so wrapped up in the present that I can't focus out side that (and often neglect tasks once the "moment" has passed)
Four albums I canĂ‚’t live without:

  • Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge over Troubled Water
  • Carol King: Tapestry
Four Vehicles I've Owned

  • I married into a 1970 Dodge Challenger with a 191 cu slant 6. At 177,000 miles we sold it rather than put in new engine mounts. Besides, getting kids in and out of the child seat (in the rather small back seat).
  • 1980 Toyota Tercel 4 door. It was white, and the first thing we did was have the plastic seats replaced with cloth. The interior was tan. This was Tucson, after all, and the Challenger (see above) had a black interior and black vinyl roof and just BAKED in the warmer weather [most of the year in Tucson]. This car had the absolutely BEST air conditioning system of any vehicle I have ever had.
  • 1990 Hyundai Excel -- Red. Bought it new. My then 4 year old daughter picked out the color from those available on the dealer's floor. This is the car I drove as CLA President. I wrote about it regularly in my column, and it was even featured in the Southern Connecticut Library Council newsletter. It lasted 183,000 miles and ten years. It was "totaled" when someone (who worked for our insurance company) turned left across the traffic, at dusk, in the rain, without headlights on. My wife and son were unhurt, and duct-taped the bumper and drove from Northwestern Connecticut to southern Rhode Island immediately afterwards.
  • 2003 PT Cruiser -- Electric blue. Bought this when our last minivan had its lease expire. We no longer have kids at home, and it is adequate. I love the color and style. That former 4-year old who picked the red car (a color I will NEVER buy again), hates the style, and I'm curmudgeonly enough to like that!

Now I am supposed to tag four folks....and some of the folks I would have chosen have already been tagged. Let me try: Michael McGorty; Greg McClay;

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