April 16, 2004

Friday Five 2004 04 16

Friday Five for today:

  1. What do you do for a living? - Helpdesk Analyst
  2. What do you like most about your job? - It's easy
  3. What do you like least about your job? - talking to idiots
  4. When you have a bad day at work it's usually because _____... - some idiot has screwed things up and it takes me a long time to try to get things straightened out and this one call screws up my stats for the day.
  5. What other career(s) are you interested in? - well, just about anything that'd get me back to programming (I'm a coder, dammit) and get me off the phones!

March 12, 2004

Friday Five 2004 03 12

Today's Friday Five:

  1. What was the last song you heard? - Mike and the Mechanics, can't remember - hold music on a call I was making.
  2. What were the last two movies you saw? - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and Harry Potter: The Philosopher's Stone
  3. What were the last three things you purchased? - Clothes for the soon-to-arrive child, a shelf for the soon-to-arrive child's room, and a bouncey chair for the soon-to-arrive child. (Do we detect a theme here?)
  4. What four things do you need to do this weekend? - work. work. work. work
  5. Who are the last five people you talked to? - my wife, my son, my boss, a co-worker, and a co-worker.

oh. What a fun and exciting life I lead! Weee! (please forgive the long silences. I hope to start updating more often, soon... no, really I do. Honest. You believe me, don't you?)

February 21, 2004

Friday Five 2004 02 20

Friday Five for this week:

    When was the last time you...
  1. ...went to the doctor? - About a month ago - my right index finger seems to be suffering from all the mousing involved in my work and hobby. *sigh*
  2. ...went to the dentist? - 1.5 years ago. The last time I had dental coverage. *sigh*
  3. ...filled your gas tank? - 1.5 weeks ago.
  4. ...got enough sleep? - By what definition? I get enough sleep for me most nights, but most people wouldn't consider 5-6 hours enough.
  5. ...backed up your computer? - I didn't know this thing had reverse!

February 06, 2004

Friday Five 2004 02 06

  1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done? - When I met Russian Premier Leonid Breshnev in 1973, I tweaked his nose. He had me executed. I didn't do it again.
  2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of? - I've always wanted to enter the world of Professional Tiddlywinks. I think I could be a contender...
  3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle) - 15. I'm more of a daredevil than Evel Knievel! No, really, I am!
  4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky? - I lived to tell the tale.
  5. ... and what's the worst? - I died. (See #1)

January 16, 2004

Friday Five 2004 01 16

Friday Five for today:

  1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails? - absolutely nothing. What a waste of bandwidth. No, one silly little line in one silly little e-mail isn't a big deal, but it adds up.

  2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it? If you haven't graduated yet, what would you like your quote to be? - quote? heck, I didn't even bother to show up for photos.

  3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say? - "SQUIDDY", of course. Not that I'd get them, but if I did, that's what they'd say.

  4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say? - Nope. Never.

  5. What would you like your epitaph to be? - "Only 120 years?!? What a ripoff!".

November 29, 2003

Friday Five 2003 11 28

Friday Five for today:

  1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not? - No. Boring. Make a list of what you need, and where it will be. If the listed stores are out of it, you don't need it that badly, and can wait.
  2. What was the last thing you purchased? - Groceries. Can't avoid buying them.
  3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why? - Actual store. I want to see it first, and I like to support local merchants. If it isn't available locally, and can't be special-ordered, then I'll buy it online.
  4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it? - Yes. Depends, I was a child for a long time. First allowance I remember was $1/week. Usually spent $0.50 to go to a movie, $0.25 on candy. Yes. I am old.
  5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing? - Life is too short for regrets. And since I only buy things I need (my wife may argue this point) I don't make mistakes. After all, I'm perfect, you know.1

1pssst! wanna buy some nice land in Florida?

November 14, 2003

Friday Five 2003 11 14

Friday Five for today:

  1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space. - cluttered
  2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer. - nonexistent. absent.
  3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime. - fun. Super. Fascinating.
  4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day. - fun. Super. Fascinating. Cool.
  5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life. - fun. Super. Fascinating. Cool. Current.

Please note: I thought this one was dumb. No, really. Really really dumb. But for some pathetic reason, I participated anyway. sigh

November 07, 2003

Friday Five 2003 11 07

Friday Five for today:

  1. What food do you like that most people hate? - Beef tongue, liver, kidney, heart, etc... yum!!!!!
  2. What food do you hate that most people love? - shredded dried coconut. Can't stand the stuff. Yecch!
  3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you? - I don't get the fuss about J-Lo. She's not ugly, no... but she's not particularly high on my list of attractive people, either. Not to mention that she can't sing... so what's the fuss about? What?!? What am I missing?
  4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?Renée Zellweger at her Bridget Jone's Diary weight. I'm sick of the stupid Anorexic Look in Hollywood, and thought Renée looked great at the normal weight she had in that role.
  5. What popular trend baffles you? - body piercing/tattoos/scarification. I mean, really! If <enter deity of choice> had wanted us to have more than the number of holes we are born with, we'd have then already! And tattoos? Ack! They all (sorry, friends who have them) look like crap after a few years. All of them. No matter what you say. And if you change your mind? BWAH HA HA HAHAAHAHAHA!!!

October 24, 2003

October 17, 2003

Friday Five 2003 10 17

Friday Five for today:

  1. Name five things in your refrigerator. - Milk, bread, margarine, orange juice, ketchup

  2. Name five things in your freezer. - ice cubes, freezer paks, ice cream, frozen oj, frozen veggies.

  3. Name five things under your kitchen sink. - Scouring pads, canned cat food, rags, garbage bags, garbage.

  4. Name five things around your computer. - paper, paper, cds, disks, and more paper.

  5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet. - nail clippers, tweezers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, antiperspirant.

Oh. If you wanted interesting stuff? You should have said so!

October 10, 2003

Friday Five 2003 10 10

Friday Five for today:

  1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones? - While not a big sports fan, I have been known to watch Hockey, Football (the Canadian variety), as much of the Olympics (Summer and Winter Games) and Commonwealth games as possible, soccer now and then, and random sports when the fancy hits me.
  2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes? - I don't have any. I have decided most professional athletes are overpaid <expletive deleted>, and tend just to cheer for the underdog in a given game - or whoever is playing against a particularly despised team.
  3. Are there any sports you hate? - Hate is too strong a word, but I have to admit, I find basketball annoying - and it bores me to tears. Cricket is a game that I just don't understand. Any game that takes three days to complete is just too bizarre, although I do think the bit about breaking for tea is nice...
  4. Have you ever been to a sports event? - I have been to NHL games and CFL games, and Pacific Coast League baseball games. I also went to a number of events during the World University Games (Universiade) in Edmonton in 1983. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Maybe we'll get to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver...
  5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play? - Two years of Little League Baseball when I was 9 and 10. Darryl S., our manager's (coach's?) son, was the only player on our team with any talent. He pitched, hit homers, and generally kept us from the bottom of the standings. Oh, yeah. We were sponsored by a car dealership, so we were the Chrysler Dodgers. sigh That's about it. These days, I'm lucky to get out for a round of golf now and then. A jock, I am not.

October 03, 2003

Friday Five 2003 10 03

Friday Five for today:

  1. What vehicle do you drive? - We have a 1990 Toyota Corolla four door sedan, with 260,000km (about 161,000 miles).

  2. How long have you had it? - Purchased October 1, 1994 - so, nine years ago this week.

  3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle? - Cool? It's a sedan. It has no "cool" features. It's good, reliable, inexpensive transportation that has cost almost nothing outside of standard maintenance since it was purchased.

  4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle? - It is too small for us. We need something bigger. We need a minivan.

  5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now? - I'd be driving a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

September 26, 2003

Friday Five 2003 09 26

Friday Five for today:

No questions this week, folks! I'm taking a break for the week but will return next Friday, October 3rd. Have a good weekend!

Curses! And me without a backup Friday plan!

September 19, 2003

Friday Five 2003 09 19

Friday Five for today:

  1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why? - I don't have a single favorite. I like lots of music and lots of singers. I also hate lots, too.

  2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why? - Celine Dion. She does have talent, but I wish she'd use it for good, rather than sing that putrid crap she sings. Crap. Crap crap crap. Blecch.
  3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person? - I doubt it.
  4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show? - Best show I ever went to was the first time I saw Dr Hook in concert. Although Supertramp was a close second, and Meatloaf not far behind.
  5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music? - I think I've ranted on this before - CDs are expensive. I have mp3s. I also own, in one form or another, every song I have in mp3 format. I don't have any CDs that are less than 10 years old. The RIAA is right to try to protect itself, but has been completely and totally wrong in its methods. It should have embraced the new technology, instead of stomping on it and the people who use it. I hereby decree that all members of the RIAA shall be forced to listen to the music of Demis Roussos1. In its entirety. Through all eternity.

1I hope there are few who truly appreciate what a terrible curse that is. My brother once described the singing of Demis Roussos as "the braying of an asthmatic donkey".

September 15, 2003

Friday Five 2003 09 12

A rather belated Friday Five:

  1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed? - Yep. I kinda like the name Mom and Dad gave me. Although far too many people insist on shortening it to "Mike". If I introduce myself to you as "Michael", and you shorten it to "Mike" without asking, then I reserve the right to shorten your name to "Asshole".
  2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be? - No thanks. Mom and Dad went through the agony of choosing a name for me - all you parents out there know what I mean - so I'm going to stick with this one, thanks.
  3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?) - "Hey you" was deemed to be too generic. Although one of my brothers was rather creative in finding alternate names for me, but that's a different story.
  4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why? - Made up, pseudo names. Like LaVonda, or LaShandra, or LaShasta. "Ooh, it sounds kinda French!" Yeah? How about LaPepsi? Or maybe LaCoke? I also hate common names that have "creative" spellings: Sindi, or Sindee, or Britnee, or... well, you get the idea.1
  5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com / triggur.org / astroexpert accurate? How or how isn't it? - who the hell cares? Anyone who thinks that the name my parents chose for me could possibly make me in any way similar to everyone else with the same first name, is seriously deluded. Unless your birth certificate says your name is Cokehead McDruggie, of course. Then, maybe you'd be just like everyone else with that name.

1NOTE: if you have one of these names, I don't hate you, I hate your parents. Assholes.

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September 05, 2003

Friday Five 2003 09 05

Friday Five for today:

  1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most? - I have to choose? Ugh. I'd say, cleaning the bathroom.

  2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing? - Vacuuming isn't bad.

  3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed? - it gets done when it gets done.

  4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules? - No. Unless you count the - er, no. None.

  5. What was the last thing you cleaned? - the dishes.

August 29, 2003

Friday Five 2003 08 29

Friday Five for today:

  1. Are you going to school this year? - No. I went to school for far too many years. No more, I say. No more! Well, unless I win the lottery. Then I'll be a Career Student. I like the Student Life. Just not the poverty.

  2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate? - Uhh... 1981 (hs), 1988 (university), 1993 (tech college)

  3. What are/were your favorite school subjects? - My best courses were my French courses. Not my major. My favorite course of all time was my Logic course. Not one of those philosophy courses. No no. Computer-style logic. Brought my college average up, baby!

  4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects? - Hmm... toughie. There are a couple to choose from, but my least favorite would have to be Introduction to Financial Accounting, which we had to take for my Computer Systems Technology program. The instructor was great, but the subject matter sucked. Brought my average down. (note to accountants: I'm glad you like this crap, 'cause someone has to do it...)

  5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?
    - My favorite teacher was Mr Sprysak, my Physics teacher in highschool. For almost every section he taught, he had a personal annecdote to illustrate it, from his time at a Nuclear facility to his summer jobs in the oil patch. He knew his stuff, and he made us laugh.

August 22, 2003

Friday Five 2003 08 22

Friday Five for today:
1. When was the last time you laughed? - This morning. Reading a blog, just a few minutes ago. Mr. Helpful. Lots of fun. And some Trek absurdity, too.

2. Who was the last person you had an argument with? - My wife. And I'm very very sorry.

3. Who was the last person you emailed? - The admin of CodeAmber.org, to ask for their XML Amber Alert feed. I would use their javascript ticker on here, but it's buggy and only works properly in Internet Exploiter. Yecch.

4. When was the last time you bathed? - Well, that would depend on how you define "bathe". If you mean "swim", I went swimming about a month ago. If you mean "have a bath", it's been probably 10 years since I had one of those. If you mean "wash your entire body", I had a shower this morning.

5. What was the last thing you ate? - I just had a muffin with my morning coffee. A Blueberry Bran muffin. Yum.

August 15, 2003

Friday Five 2003 08 15

Friday Five for today:
1. How much time do you spend online each day? - Much much too much.

2. What is your browser homepage set to? - Nothing. I know how to type, and can type URLs in quickly. All this bookmarking of easy-to-remember URLs that you use every day just adds to the decomposition of your memory. Exercise your brain daily. It'll thank you, once it remembers who you are.

3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)? - Trillian. A few friends have msn, a few have AOL, a few have Yahoo, a few have ICQ, and a bunch are on IRC. Trillian lets me talk to all of them, with a single program. Not that I talk to them much. I'm too busy reading these silly blog things.

4. Where was your first webpage located? - in cyberspace, in late 1994 or early 1995. On the servers of my first ISP.

5. How long have you had your current website? - since 1999. Although the blog part didn't start until this year. It's my wife's fault - she finally got me Hooked on Blogging

August 08, 2003

Friday Five 2003 08 08

Friday Five for today:

1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country? - Hmm... last trip was Christmas 2000, to Vancouver Island with my wife and son. Good trip.

2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling? - I was trying to cross this bridge one day when a troll jumped up and said he was going to eat me. I told him no, that's silly. Wait until my bigger brother comes along. He'd make a much more satisfying meal. The troll, an ugly bugger, and not very bright, agreed. I went on my way, and soon arrived at my destination.1

3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go? - Right now? Australia is at the top of the must see list.

4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car? - Depends. Short trip, by car. Long trip, by plane. And in Europe, medium trips by train. In North America, the rail system is a joke.

5. What's the next place on your list to visit? - Didn't I just say it? Australia. Ok, maybe not any time soon, and perhaps we'll go other places before then, but it's next on my list. This is a long way of saying, no trips planned at the moment... *sigh*

1No trolls or brothers were harmed in the making of this fairy tale.

August 01, 2003

Friday Five 2003 08 01

Friday Five for Today:

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings? - First alarm, 06:15. Last alarm, 06:30.

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late? - We have a three-year-old. We get up as late as he'll allow us to sleep :)

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning? - Curse the existence of morning. The day should start at noon. Morning should be outlawed, as the despicable beast it is.

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day? - If I actually get up with the second alarm, I have an hour until I catch my bus. Most mornings, 30 minutes... did I mention mornings should be outlawed?

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast? - Pancake house near our place that has a couple of aquariums. Our son loves them, and they keep him out of mischief... and the food is good, too!

July 25, 2003

Friday Five 2003 07 25

Today's Friday Five:

1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be? - What the -?!?

2. What songs would be on the soundtrack? - Probably lots of 70's and 80's stuff.. a bit of classical, maybe some children's stuff... eclectic. That's it. Eclectic...

3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why? - Live-action combined with animation. Because that's cool. And because my son would love it!

4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc? - Well... there'd be a Giant Squid (animated, of course) to play me. The cutest kid in the world would play my son (so... he'd play himself). I'll let my wife decide who plays her. And a cast of thousands would play my friends and the rest of my family. Although I don't know if the budget can handle any big names...

5. Describe the movie preview/trailer. - Opening sequence: theme from Jawz, played by The Happy Wanderers1. Animated me rising from the depths to attack a three-master... much mayhem ensues...

1Yes, I'm aware John Candy is, sadly, no longer with us... but you get the idea...

July 18, 2003

Friday Five 2003 07 18

Today's Friday Five:

1. When was the last time you cheated? - I peeked at the answers on a Cryptic Crossword a couple weeks ago. *hang head in shame*

2. When was the last time you stole? - when I was 16 I "liberated" some kite string from a Woodward's store1. *hang head in shame*

3. When was the last time you lied? - I never lie! (actually, just now)

4. When was the last time you broke or vandalized another's property? - Never. Never never never. Not even when I was a dumb teenager.

5. When was the last time you hurt a loved one? - Last week, I had to tell my brother that we couldn't make it to his wedding this past weekend. He was hurt, but said he understood. I'm not certain he did. We need to sit down and talk it out, and this is the kind of discussion I can't do over the phone.

1 Woodward's? - Western Canadians are going "Ahhh... the good ol' days. I miss Woodward's." Western Canadians miss Woodward's far more than we'll ever miss Eaton's. Just so you know.

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July 11, 2003

Friday Five 2003 07 11

Friday Five for today:

1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it? - Sure. Son of my parents' best friends in my home town. We started school together.

2. Are you still in touch with this person? - No. We moved away when I was 10, and we gradually lost touch. I haven't talked to him in over 20 years.

3. Do you have a current close friend? - Sure. He was Best Man at our wedding.

How did you become friends with this person? - We met at University, and played lots of table tennis when we should have been studying...

Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why? - There are a number of "best friends" I had over time. We moved lots, so I've lost contact with some really good people I wish I'd stayed in contact with. Why? Because I've had some really good friends over the years.

July 04, 2003

Friday Five 2003 07 04

Friday Five for today:
1. What were your favorite childhood stories?

  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. Winner of the 1964 Caldicott Award.

  • Horton Hatches the Egg, by Dr Seuss. Need I say more?

  • Gerald McBoing Boing, by Dr. Seuss. My mother used to call me Gerald McBoing Boing... I guess I'm still prone to making sound effects... :)

  • Mr Pine's Mixed Up Signs, by Leonard P. Kessler. Sign maker loses glasses, causing mayhem all over town. A classic.

What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
  • All of the above

Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
  • I have reread all but Mr. Pine's Mixed Up Signs. I want to find it.

How old were you when you first learned to read?
  • I don't actually remember not being able to read. I think I read a bit before Grade 1, but I'm not sure.

Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?
  • I read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was about 10.

  • Lord of the Rings trilogy about the same time.

  • Not sure what order I read them in. Why did I read the Bronte sisters' work? Because I found old large format copies from the 30's with beautiful illustrations in them. Don't know where they went, unfortunately. Lost in a move (we moved often) no doubt.

June 27, 2003

Friday Five 2003 06 27

Friday Five for today:

1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]? - Working. Yippee.

2. What was your first summer job? - landscaping/grounds maintenance. Low pay, hard work, long hours - but I was in amazing shape at the end of the summer!

3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go? - Australia. I have always wanted to go to Australia.

4. What was your worst vacation ever? - I don't think I've ever had a truly bad vacation. Sure, things go wrong sometimes, but in hindsight, there's always something about them to laugh about...

5. What was your best vacation ever? - Oh, there are too many to choose from - we went to so many places when I was a kid. Best of my adult life? Victoria, BC in December 2000, with my wife and son.

June 20, 2003

Friday Five 2003 06 20

Friday Five for today:

1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short? - Straight. Very straight. Short. I think they call it the "businessman's special"?

2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime? - until I was 9, my father cut my hair. Brushcut. Ick. When he stopped cutting it, rebellion set in, and it maxed out at my shoulder. Over the next 14 years, it slowly crept up to where it is now: "off the ears, off the collar".

3. How do your normally wear your hair? - on my head.

4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like? - same, but maybe a bit more of it? (damn, my forehead is big)

5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened? - hair disaster? what's that?

June 13, 2003

Friday Five 2003 06 13

Friday Five for today:
1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have? - use my Superpowers for Evil. Just once. For a change.

2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest? - of course. That poodle on you head looks nothin - er... I mean, that new perm looks great.

3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened? - Yes. I was angry. Then I wasn't. Still wish I didn't know, though.

4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why? - Too many cool worlds out there to choose just one! Yowza!

5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted? - I have always wished I could sing. I can croak a song out pretty good. If everyone in earshot is wearing earplugs, or headphones, or...

May 30, 2003

Friday Five

My first Friday Five since March 21:

1. What do you most want to be remembered for? - being a good husband, father and all-around nice guy.

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life? - "What, me worry?"

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year? - umm... yeah... Ok, so it wasn't a great

4. What about the past ten years? - helping my wife bring our son into the world.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say? - "Trust me on the sunscreen."

March 21, 2003

Friday Five 2003 03 21

Today's Friday Five:

1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be? - That's a tough one. Mother Theresa? Albert Einstein? Richard Feynman? Actually, growing up, I always wanted to meet Gerald Durrell, a naturalist and writer, and founder of the Jersey Zoo, and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be? - Last third oDf the 20th Century. I kinda liked it, I wanna go back!

3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be? - Australia sounds very nice. They can move me there.

4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be? - Bugs Bunny. Always has a great time, travels, sees the world...

5. If you had to live with having someone else's face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be? - some other nondescript person.

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March 13, 2003

Friday Five 2003 03 14

Today's Friday Five:

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not? - Not really. I'd rather talk to people in person.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone? - A wrong number. Dagnabbit!

3. About how many telephones do you have at home? - Three. One in the diningroom, one in the master bedroom, and the cellphone.

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened? - Most people who call technical support lines. 1) state your problem. Carefully and clearly. 2) listen when the technician speaks. 3) if you did something stupid, admit it. Everyone does, even experts (except me, of course. I've never toasted important files. Nope. Never. Not once. No no no. psst - wanna buy a bridge?)

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not? - depends on who, and why I'm contacting them. Usually, e-mail is better, because I can put down exactly what I want to say, and take time to make my meaning clear.

March 07, 2003

Friday Five for 2003 03 07

Today's Friday Five:

1. What was the last song you heard? - Lullaby - Charlotte Church.

2. What were the last two movies you saw? - let's see... late last night, it was an absolutely abominable Dolph Lundgren action flick called "Captured", aka "Agent Red". Dolph doesn't choose 'em very well. The movie before that was? Something on late night tv that I can't even remember...

3. What were the last three things you purchased? - if you mean personal? this implies money to spend on
self. These days, it's food, clothing, and shelter.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend? - pay bills, do laundry, visit the in-laws, and... need?
to do? uhhh...

5. Who are the last five people you talked to? - my wife, my son, our friend Brent and his daughter Rachel,
and... a wrong number.

February 28, 2003

Friday Five 2003 02 28

Here is my Friday Five for today...

1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)? - Fiction, mostly Science Fiction, although I've been reading a fair bit of fantasy since I met my wife.

2. What is your favorite novel? - I've read The Chrysalids by John Wyndham at least 8 times, the first time being when I was 10. An extremely underrated novelist, who died before his time.

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!) - "There once was a..." no, wait. That's not it. No, no favorites. At least, not that I can think of...

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read? - I wish I had more time to read. Period. When I was a teen and twenty-something, I read, on average, a book a day. Now? I'm lucky if I read a book every two weeks.

5. What are you currently reading? - On Dangerous Ground by Jack Higgins. Borrowed from my father-in-law.

February 14, 2003

Friday Five 2003 02 14

Today's Friday Five:

1. Explain why you started to journal/blog. - My wife started one (hers is actually interesting), and I thought, "why not?"

2. Do people you interact with day to day or family members know about your journal/blog? Why or why not? - My wife and some of my friends know about it. Sometimes, they even read it.

3. Do you have a theme for your journal/blog? - No. It's a bunch of random topics and some interesting (I think) links. Occasionally, I even put down some of my thoughts.

4. What direction would you like to have your journal/blog go in over the next year? - North. Ok, the real answer is - get a bit more comfortable with the idea of putting my innermost thoughts on virtual paper for others to read.

5. Pimp five of your favorite journals/blogs. - http://www.godels.com/waiting/, http://staticred.net/speakeasy/, http://chris.pirillo.com/, http://www.spamula.net/blog/, http://patiopundit.com/

February 07, 2003

Friday Five, the First

My first Friday Five entry...

1. What did you have for breakfast this morning? If you didn't have breakfast, why not?
Breakfast? Forgot. But if I'd had breakfast, it would have been Cinnamon Raisin Brown Sugar Oatmeal.

2. What's your favorite cereal?
Cinnamon Raisin Brown Sugar Oatmeal (ok, it's plain Quaker Quick Oats with lots of yummy stuff added:)

3. How often do you eat out? Do you want that to change?
Rarely. Yes. Very much so.

4. What do you plan on having for dinner tonight? Got a recipe for that?
Tonight? the other frozen pizza from our splurge yesterday.

5. What's your favorite restaurant? Why?
We don't eat out, remember?

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