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December 23, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

MEME OF FOURS....Via Roy, here's another silly but (as usual) oddly compelling internet list meme:

Four jobs you've had in your life: Radio Shack manager, technical writer, product manager, VP of marketing.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Star Wars, Office Space, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Wizard of Oz.

Four places you've lived: Garden Grove, CA; Kge, Denmark; Pasadena, CA; Irvine, CA.

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Daily Show, Lost, The Simpsons, USC football (when they're playing well).

Four places you've been on vacation: Rome; Cerro Gordo, IL; Katowice, Poland; Solvang, CA.

Four websites you visit daily: The usuals: Atrios, Kos, Marshall, the New York Times, plus a cast of thousands of others.

Four of your favorite foods: Chocolate, popcorn, hamburgers, chocolate.

Four places you'd rather be: Um....permanently? I really like Southern California a lot. [UPDATE: You mean just to visit? In that case: Bryan's Pit Barbecue, New York City, Highway 1, anyplace with lots of friendly cats.]

Since the proprietor of Hullabaloo remains so resolutely mysterious, perhaps Digby will pick up this meme next.

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My list:

Four jobs you've had in your life: Editor, public relations director, administrative assistant, busboy at college dining hall.

Four movies you could watch over and over: "Citizen Kane," "My Man Godfrey," "Libeled Lady," "A Hard Day's Night."

Four places you've lived: Syracuse, N.Y.; Ames, Iowa; Westfield, N.J.; Front Royal, Va.

Four TV shows you love to watch: "Seinfeld," "Frasier," "The Simpsons," "The King Of Queens."

Four places you've been on vacation: New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Moscow.

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, Baseball Think Factory, washingtonpost.com, Women's Hoops Blog

Four of your favorite foods: Turkey, Cincinnati chili, pizza, lo mein.

Four places you'd rather be: Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

Posted by: Vincent on December 23, 2005 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

Four places you've been on vacation: St. Petersburg, Russia; Kerala, India; Machu Picchu, Peru; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Posted by: Ugh on December 23, 2005 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Solvang?

Do you really want to admit that?!

Posted by: craigie on December 23, 2005 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Toy Store Cashier, SAT Tutor University TA, Statistician

Four movies you could watch over and over: Field of Dreams, Shawshank Redemption, Str Wars Glory

Four places you've lived: South Pasadena, Irvine, Seattle, Long Beach

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Colbert Report, Myth Busters, Sports Center, Countdown

Four places you've been on vacation: Orcas Island, Waikiki, Monterey, Yosemite

Four websites you visit daily: Atrios, Thinkprogress, Dailykos, Washington Monthly

Four of your favorite foods: Leftovers, Sushi, Soup, Dim Sum

Four places you'd rather be: Anacortes WA, Seattle WA, Belmont Shore CA, Long Beach CA.

Posted by: clone12 on December 23, 2005 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

Mmmm....Skyline.

I just moved to Massachusetts from Cincinnati (lived in Cincy for 11 years - back in the Queen City right now visiting the fiance for the holidays), and I miss me some Skyline Chili.

WF

Posted by: Wes F. in North Adams on December 23, 2005 at 1:07 PM | PERMALINK

OK, I thought I had been _everywhere_ in Illinois, but I had to googlemap Cerro Gordo. Turns out I _have_ been there (or at least driven through), but I didn't know it. Chalk one up for Kevin.

Did you visit the Montecello Railway Museum? If not, be sure to go there next time and also stop at the Brown Bag Resturant in "downtown" Montecello for a slice of Pie by Inge. The best fruit pie in the world by far.

Cranky

Posted by: Cranky Observer on December 23, 2005 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life:
PR assistant, record store dude, audio engineer, instrument repair

Four movies you could watch over and over:
Robin Hood w/Errol Flynn
Seven Samurai
Blade Runner
Collateral

Four places you've lived:
Arlington, VA, College Park, MD, Indianapolis, IN, Scottsdale AZ

Four TV shows you love to watch: CSI, Frontline, Rome, Sopranos


Four places you've been on vacation: San Fran, Santa Fe, NY, NY, Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, Dkos, Talkingpointsmemo, imdb.com

Four of your favorite foods: Palak Paneer, Butter Almond Thins, White Castle, and big greasy slabs of east coast style pizza

Four places you'd rather be:
Stoned, drunk, tripping, San Andreas

Posted by: Reverse Scrooge on December 23, 2005 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

My list:

Four jobs you've had in your life: salad chef, Lab assistent, director of pharmacology, medical writer

Four movies you could watch over and over: Animal House, The Godfather, Saving Sergeant Ryan, Back to the Future]

Four places you've lived: Kalamazoo, MI; Syracuse, N.Y.; New Haven, CT; Yardley, PA

Four TV shows you love to watch: "Seinfeld," "M*A*S*H," "The Simpsons," "NYPD Blue."

Four places you've been on vacation: Myrtle Beach, Portugal, Paris, London

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, Saabnet, Sons of Sam Horn, Panda's Thumb

Four of your favorite foods: red beans and rice, eggplant parmesian sandwiches, espresso, Harpoon IPA (anything that passes the lips if food in my book)

Four places you'd rather be: Myrtle Beach, Fenway Park on opening day, right here at home, (no #4)

Posted by: Grand Poobah on December 23, 2005 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

The Wizard of Oz ?? You must be joking.

Posted by: Greg Abbott on December 23, 2005 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Movie theater concessions guy, librarian, copy editor, reporter.
Four movies you could watch over and over: L.A. Confidential, Ocean's Eleven (remake), Read or Die, The Incredibles
Four places you've lived: Philadelphia, PA, Paoli, PA, Lewisburg, PA, Milford, DE
Four TV shows you love to watch:The Daily Show, Lupin III, Utena, 24
Four places you've been on vacation: San Francisco, Las Vegas, Cancun, Wildwood (as legally required for all citizens of Philadelphia)
Four websites you visit daily: Atrios, Gmail, PVP Online, Daily Kos
Four of your favorite foods: Lasagna, pasta salad, French toast, ravioli
Four places you'd rather be: Philadelphia, Boston, Wildwood, Dover (DE or PA)

Posted by: Viserys on December 23, 2005 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Teacher, dishwasher, collater, bowling alley clerk.

Four movies you could watch over and over: "Grand Illusion," "Gentleman Jim," "Tremors," "The Godfather."

Four places you've lived: Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; Little Rock, Arkansas; Los Angeles, California.

Four TV shows you love to watch: to quote from the article "How To Appear Smart" that appeared in Mad Magazine sometime in the 1950s: "Television, who watches television?" With that said: "Daily Show," "Colbert Report," "The 700 Club" (in small doses), "Reno 911."

Four places you've been on vacation: Japan, Morocco, Italy, Peru.

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, Suburban Guerrilla, Crooked Timber, SCOTUSblog

Four of your favorite foods: Onions, oranges, olives, oysters.

Four places you'd rather be: Washington, D.C., Venice (Italy), Quilty (Ireland), New York, New York.

Hope this helps the data miners over at the NSA.

Posted by: Henry on December 23, 2005 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Gas Station Attendant, Charity-worker, Technical Support, Creative Director

Four movies you could watch over and over: Groundhog Day, Lord of the Rings, Ghost Dog, Tron

Four places you've lived: Brooklyn, NY, Northridge, CA, Birmingham, UK, Chateau Chinon, France

Four TV shows you love to watch: CSI, Lost, Daily Show, Battlestar Galactica

Four places you've been on vacation: Salvador, Brazil, Beunos Aires, Argentina, Vancouver, BC, Cape Cod, MA

Four websites you visit daily: Washington Monthly, War and Piece, TPM, Eschaton

Four of your favorite foods: Feijoada, Ramen, Biryani (yum!), Chicken Laffa (from the Pita Pocket on parthenia and tampa)

Four places you'd rather be: Florianopolis, Brazil, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Santorini, Greece

Posted by: enozinho on December 23, 2005 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

Greg: Well, "over and over" might not be quite right. But I do find WoZ entrancing whenever it appears on TV, partly to make fun of and partly for the childhood memories. Go figure.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on December 23, 2005 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Cerro Gordo!?!?!

Posted by: shortstop on December 23, 2005 at 1:30 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: "USC football (when they're playing well)."

When are they ever NOT playing well? You'd have to go back a few years for that (unless winning occasionally by less than 30 points is too hard to watch).

Posted by: JJF on December 23, 2005 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

Have never heard of Cerro Gordo, Illinois. I believe there's a Cerro Gordo in Iowa, though.

Let me add a category of "four musical performers you can't do without": Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Beatles.

Posted by: Vincent on December 23, 2005 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

So does that mean your going to die after Paul and Ringo kick the bucket?

Posted by: enozinho on December 23, 2005 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

Four women you would like to go out on a dinner date with Michelle Pfeiffer

Posted by: lib on December 23, 2005 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

i'll go you one better.

http://www.5ives.com

Posted by: rigel on December 23, 2005 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

Cerro Gordo, IL?
WTF

Posted by: joe on December 23, 2005 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Cook, Dishwasher, Web Programmer, Software Engineer.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Monty Python's Life Of Brian, The Matrix, Hellraiser, Saw.

Four places you've lived:
Northville NY, Los Angeles CA, Irvine CA, Santa Ana CA.

Four TV shows you love to watch: Cosmos (redone for DSC Science Channel), Cosmic Odyssey, Mail Call, Histories Mysteries, pretty much anything on the DSC and History Channels.

Four places you've been on vacation: Kings Canyon/Sequoia Natl Park, Toronto Canada, Cabo San Lucas, Virginia Beach VA.

Four websites you visit daily:
My Yahoo, World Of Aethiria, Illwillpress, Bullmoose Blog.

Four of your favorite foods:
Italian, Chinese, Mexican, German.

Four places you'd rather be:
Home (instead of work), Kings Canyon, New York City, San Francisco

Posted by: Dreggas on December 23, 2005 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life:Chef, Newspaper reporter, Fiber Artist, Bookseller

Four movies you could watch over and over: Amedeus, Ed Wood, Tampopo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Four places you've lived: Atlanta, Blue Ridge and Morganton GA, Hayesville NC..
Four TV shows you love to watch: The Daily Show, Teen Titans (yeah, I know..), The Simpsons, BookNotes.
Four places you've been on vacation: Rome; FLorence, London, Sanibel Island..
Four websites you visit daily: The usuals: plus TowelRoad, Americablog, VillageVoice, CrooksandLiars.
Four Fave foods: Sushi, scalloped potatos, oyster Po'Boys, anything chocolate.

Four places you'd rather be:Nahh, I'm a furry woodland creature, and Blue Ridge GA (near the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail) is home...

Posted by: Mr. Bill on December 23, 2005 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

Four women you would like to go out on a dinner date with: Michelle Pfeiffer

Since she's the only one listed, does that mean you'd like to go out with four Michelle Pfeiffers? (Reminds me of the lyric from the forties song "Candy" -- "I wish that there were four of her, so there could be much more of her.") A Michelle Pfeiffer four times her size? I'm confused.

Whatever, I'd still get David E. Kelley's permission first.

Posted by: Vincent on December 23, 2005 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

There is a Cerro Gordo, Il. It is near Champaign, Urbana. Having matriculated there, I can state positively that there is NFW I would deliberately vacation there. And if I were to do so, I would never reveal this fact.

Posted by: joe on December 23, 2005 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Stockroom Boy, Apprentice in a glass blowing factory, Computer Technician, [classified]

Four movies you could watch over and over: Sullivan's Travels, Seven Samurai, Little Big Man, Enchanted April

Four places you've lived: Kenya, Boston MA, [classified], Tracy CA

Four TV shows you love to watch: CSI, Democracy Radio, Charlie Rose, Nature

Four places you've been on vacation: not 4 US States, most of Australia, some of Mexico and Canada, Western and Central Europe

Four websites you visit daily: [classified], Washington Monthly, Josh Marshall's blog, NYTimes

Four of your favorite foods: Salsa, Chocolate, Wine, Potato Salad

Four places you'd rather be: Adelaide, the Coral Sea, Alaska, in low Earth Orbit

Posted by: parrot on December 23, 2005 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: horticulture teacher, au pair, web designer, programmer

Four movies you could watch over and over: Blue Velvet, Shawshank Redemption, My Brilliant Career, Gone with the Wind

Four places you've lived: Tripoli, Libya; Co Meath, Ireland; Nitra, Czechoslovakia; Door County, WI

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Daily Show, Lehrer Report, Boston Legal, 6 Feet Under

Four places you've been on vacation: Venice, Paris, NYC, Rostrevor

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Ireland.com

Four of your favorite foods: Chocolate, cheese, lobster, movie popcorn

Four places you'd rather be: Galway, Sonoma, Dublin, the New Orleans I remember

Posted by: Mary Nell on December 23, 2005 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

Pft, if you really want something to fill time then the Guardian has today published its ultra hard King William's Christmas quiz

http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1673168,00.html

Posted by: JB on December 23, 2005 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

>Hope this helps the data miners over at the NSA.
With this in mind, I think a nice twist would be to make sure that one item on each list is false.

In that spirit:
Four jobs: Math tutor, Dog breeder, Bartender, Engineer
Four movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Raise the Red Lantern; Black Adder pt. II; Donny Darko
Four places you've lived: New Orleans, LA; Tuscaloosa, AL; Baton Rouge, LA; Memphis, TN
Four places on vacation: Gulf Breeze, FL; Cha-Am, Thailand; Denver, CO; Washington, DC
Four websites daily: pedigreedatabase.com; angrybear; pharyngula; ebay
Four favorite foods: Jambalaya; Thom yum goong; Pate foie gras; Yebeg tibbs
Four places rather be: Chiang Mai; Washington, DC; Bangkok; At home, napping

Posted by: MJ Memphis on December 23, 2005 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

My list:

Four jobs you've had in your life: Furniture Deliveryman, Equity Derivative Salesman, English Teacher, Business Communication Instructor

Four movies you could watch over and over: "Casablanca" "Blade Runner" "Withnail&I" "Diva"

Four places you've lived: London,UK; Jeddah, KSA; Phnom Penh, Cambodia.; Tokyo,Japan.

Four TV shows you love to watch: "Coupling," "Prime Suspect," "Morse," "Question Time."

Four places you've been on vacation: Luang Phabang,Laos; Salt Lake City,UT; Granada,Spain; Berlin, Germany..

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, TPM, GuardianUnlimited, TBogg

Four of your favorite foods: Samosa, Sushi, Steak&Kidney Pie, Paella.

Four places you'd rather be: Bristol, UK; Koh Chang, Thailand; Kyoto, Cordoba, Spain.

Posted by: Alan on December 23, 2005 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Software Engineer, T-Shirt Airbrush Artist, Male Escort, Private Investigator.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Blade Runner, Repo Man, A Boy and His Dog, The Blues Brothers

Four places you've lived:
xxxxx CA, xxxxx CA, Wheaton IL (er Bob Woodward?), Cocoa Beach FL

Four TV shows you love to watch: Myth Busters, Battlestar Galactica, have to really dig for these.

Four places you've been on vacation: Cabo San Jose Mexico, Moorea French Polynesia, Grand Canyon Arizona, Orlando FL (bleh).

Four websites you visit daily:
Slashdot, DailyWTF, Hackaday, spaceflightnow

Four of your favorite foods:
Beer. Chocolate. Bread. Turkish Delig- er.. .no.

Four places you'd rather be:
San Francisco, Tahoe, Yosemite, Vegas

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on December 23, 2005 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Laugher Therapist, Worm Farmer, Ostrich Babysitter, Chicken sexer
Four movies you could watch over and over: Anus McGillicutty, Santa with Muscles, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Four places you've lived: Looneyville, WV, Tightwad, MO, Ding Dong, TX, Boring, OR,
Four TV shows you love to watch: The Jerry Springer Show, Hee Haw Honeys, The Brady Bunch Hour, Cop Rock.
Four places you've been on vacation: Crawford, TX, West Palm Beach, FL, Luton, England, Kingston-upon-Hull, England
Four websites you visit daily: Little Green Barfballs, PowerBlindblog, Fudgereport, Foxsnooze
Four of your favorite foods: Hydrogenated Oil, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Margarine Lite, Budweiser
Four places you'd rather be: in Bed, in my Humvee, Burma, Kansas

Posted by: E. Henry Thripshaw on December 23, 2005 at 2:46 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Herring processing line, Software designer, Economics research analyst, agricultural field researcher

Four movies you could watch over and over: Srangelove, Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Maltese Falcon

Four places you've lived: Windham ME, Abyei The Sudan, Teaneck NJ, New York NY

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Daily Show, South Park, ........don't got 4 unless you count sports.

Four places you've been on vacation: Botswana, Tahiti, Kauai, Barcelona

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, TPM/TPMCafe, themote.com, Atrios

Four of your favorite foods: Ice cream, pistachios, pierogis, shortbread

Four places you'd rather be: I'm here in NYC. There is no better place.

Posted by: JayAckroyd on December 23, 2005 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Pizza delivery boy, University cafeteria (dining commons) manager, guitar teacher, accounting clerk

Four movies you could watch over and over: ferris bueller's day off, goonies, rushmore, harold and kumar

Four places you've lived: Santa Barbara, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Daily Show, South Park, Simpsons, Dog the Bounty Hunter

Four places you've been on vacation: Hawaii, Paris, Granada (Sp), Prague

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, craigslist, cyclingforums, ebay

Four of your favorite foods: pizza, fried chicken, burritos, chicken tikka masala

Four places you'd rather be: I like where I am.

Posted by: kevin on December 23, 2005 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

I curious about Digby too. I know he/she lives in Santa Monica, but that's about it. Does anyone have any further info?

Posted by: Bob on December 23, 2005 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

"[...] vacation: [...] Solvang, CA."

You silly, silly man.

Posted by: clyde tolson on December 23, 2005 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs:
Research assistant, secretary, law clerk, lawyer

Four movies:
Pulp Fiction
Sophie's Choice
Wizard of Oz
Mean Streets

Four places I've lived:
Carbondale IL
Rego Park Queens
Douglaston Queens
Lakewood Colorado

Four TV shows:
Daily Show
Keith Olberman
History channel
C-Span

Four vacation places:
Ixtapa Mexico
The Catskills--Nevele Hotel
Montauk NY
Europe--backpacking for two months

Four websites visited daily:
Digby/Hullabaloo
Carpetbagger Report
Washington Monthly
Suburban Guerilla
And lots more

Four favorite foods
Potato chips
Tomato sauce--anything with
Honeydew melon
Rye toast with butter

Four places I'd rather be:
On a Carribean island
Anywhere in Italy
Paris
Any decent but not crowded beach

Posted by: Amelia on December 23, 2005 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Admin asst to a professor, staff writer for an ed magazine, project manager for an internet start-up, mime.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Lost in Translation, Secretary, Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, Bourne Identity

Four places you've lived: Cambridge, MA; Dorchester, MA; Paris, France.

Four TV shows you love to watch: The Daily Show, South Park, Simpsons, THE WIRE (you can have the rest so long as I get my Wire)

Four places you've been on vacation: Hawaii, Paris, San Fran, Colorado Springs

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, Kleiman, Sully, Balloon Juice (and dozens of others)

Four of your favorite foods: anything piccatta, anything puttanesca, good bread, kung pao chicken.

Four places you'd rather be: Paris, London, Montana, away.

Posted by: Scarpy on December 23, 2005 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Shortstop: My grandfather was born in Cerro Gordo, IL, and I spent several days there in 2003 on a genealogy trip with my mother. It's, um, not exactly a garden spot, but we did manage to locate both the house my grandfather grew up in as well as a picture of my great-grandfather, which was pretty cool.

JJF: I'm a fair weather fan. I hardly watched USC at all during the 90s, when they mostly sucked. Now I watch them all the time.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on December 23, 2005 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

Four individuals you'd rather be preznit: Bill Clinton, Mark Warner, Wesley Clark, John Edwards.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on December 23, 2005 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

record store dude

one of my great (well maybe piddling) ambitions as a teenager. Sorely missed it.........

Posted by: Flamethrower on December 23, 2005 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Scientific method of cooking a turkey,

http://www.physorg.com/news9327.html

"The connective tissues (collagen, reticulin and elastin) that join the muscles to the bone and wrap around the muscle fibre bundles, are too tough for us to bite through (and remain largely indigestible) before they are heated. However, after prolonged heating to a temperature above 60C the collagen triple helices are destroyed and tough collagen becomes soft gelatin. Accordingly there must be a compromise between overheating the muscle fibres and producing a tough product, and not heating enough to denature the collagen, which would again leave tough meat."

Posted by: cld on December 23, 2005 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs you've had in your life: Ive only had three, and two of them involved flipping hamburgers in Orange County Calif.

Four movies you could watch over and over: The Court Jester, Citizen Kane, Mary Poppins (Ive got kids), The Naked Jungle

Four places you've lived: Garden Grove, CA; La Jolla, CA, New Haven CT, Bologna, Italy

Four TV shows you love to watch: Dr. Who, Monday Night Football, Saturday Night Live (once), Gilligan's Island

Four places you've been on vacation: Machu Picchu, Peru; The Isle of Skye, Scotland; East Berlin (when it was behind The Wall); Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona USA.

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, CNN.com, NFL.com, www.iris.edu.

Four of your favorite foods: Olio di Oliva

F

Posted by: troglodyte on December 23, 2005 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, what have you been doing in Kge, Denmark, of all places, if I may ask?
It's my 'hood, ya know :)
Merry Christmas

Posted by: Thomas on December 23, 2005 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm . . .

Jobs: violist, TA, record store clerk, online classical-music journal editor

Movies: Oh, golly. A Man for All Seasons, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Ocean's Eleven, La Cage aux Folles.

Places I've lived: Madison, WI; Monroe, NY; Kilburn, London; Novato, CA.

TV: hard to get up to four; I don't watch much. Just This Week on Sunday, a lot of Law & Order, and The Simpsons. Oh, throw in King of the Hill.

Vacation: Sanibel Island, FL; Palm Desert, CA (NOT my idea, and I hated it); Arcata, CA; Edinburgh.

Websites: Volokh; Althouse; Instapundit; this one. (And a zillion others, obviously.)

Foods: Zachary's pizza (if you know Berkeley you'll know what I mean); really hot green Thai curry anything; freshly-baked bread; really fresh, ripe oranges. (Almost the best thing about the childhood vacations to Sanibel. Maybe there is something to be said for Florida.)

Places I'd rather be: London; Durham (England, not NC); Edinburgh; Amherst, MA. (Serious about the last; I was there once for a conference and fell in love with the place. Plus it's just about ten miles or so from a music camp where I spent three of the happiest summers of my life.)

Posted by: waterfowl on December 23, 2005 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

four chrissake!

Posted by: ljr on December 23, 2005 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, yes, Kevin, I now remember the photo you showed us from Cerro Gordo.

Posted by: shortstop on December 23, 2005 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

4 Jobs: Model, Belly Dancer, Marketing Manager, Accountant

4 Movies*: Strangelove, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, As Good as it Gets, Chinese Ghost Story

4 Places Lived: Tokyo, Japan; Portland, OR; New Haven, CT; Cripple Creek, CO

4 TV Shows**: Lost, West Wing, Elimidate, Couplings (UK)

4 Vacation Places: Iraq, Roraima Tepuis in Venezuela; Medellin, Colombia; Petra, Jordan

4 Websites: Wash. Monthly, Robot Wisdom, Craig's List, Utne

4 Favorite Foods: Trader Joe's 70% Pound Plus chocolate, Su Boregi, Chinese dry sauteed green beans, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

4 Places I'd rather be:
Moorea, Tahiti; Antalya, Turkey; Washington DC; Hong Kong

*However, the movies I am currently watching over and over are things like Monsters Inc., 101 Dalmations and Blue's Big Musical.

** If I were to watch TV.

Posted by: mcdruid on December 23, 2005 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Scarpy,

You went from being project manager for an internet startup to being a mime? That is absolutely exemplary.

Posted by: cld on December 23, 2005 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, my partner came by for some holiday cheer . .

Lets finish that list:

Four favorite foods:
Olio di Oliva, gelato, carciofi e ceci con rosemarino (try it!), risotto con funghi

Four Places Id rather be (not a serious list, 'cause Im happy where I am):
Sicily, Siena, New York City, San Francisco

Posted by: troglodyte on December 23, 2005 at 6:21 PM | PERMALINK

WOW, so few mentions of rawstory.com

http://rawstory.com/

This is the first place I go on the web, several times a day !!

Posted by: JM on December 23, 2005 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

My list,

four jobs you've had in your life: lab animal excersizer, neural activity activator, lost!lost!, success!

four movies you could watch over and over: His Girl Friday, Rocky Horror (and I have), Young Frankenstein, and I'm sure a fourth will come to me eventually.

four places you've lived: my car, Madison, WI, a universe that is the inside of an airplane flying somewhere through eternity, middle part and right side of US.

four tv shows you love to watch: I really don't like tv, even tv I like. Real life is in a thin zone between The L Word and Futurama. Everything else is error.

four places you've been on vacation: When I was a kid we went to Yellowstone. As we were going through the sulphur pit I had to have a whiz like there was no tomorrow, so I climbed off the boardwalk and went behind this huge sulfphur dune. As I'm letting out a great sigh of relief I realized the ground all around was covered with these little tiny lizards and I'm urinating all over them and they're all going 'gaa!Urrr!Gakk!', because nobody had ever done that to them before. When my Dad found out about it he said he'd never take me anywhere again, and didn't.

four websites you visit daily: this one, drudge, tpm, nothing that hasn't been mentioned

four of your favorite foods: cheese cake, and, really, what else do you need?

four places you'd rather be: I honestly don't know if there are four at all, or if there are just too many to pick. Discworld. An intangible spirit with access to Angelina Jolie's underwear drawer.

Posted by: cld on December 23, 2005 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

Movies: The Tales of Hoffmann(Powell & Pressburger), Hellzapoppin, The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice(Wells), Satyricon

Places : Virginia Beach, VA; small town, SD; New York, NY; Santa Monica, CA

TV shows: Countdown, Colbert Report, Monk, Becker

Websites: Left Coaster, Altercations, Cursor, Bartcop

Foods: Shrimp w/mixed veggies, Polish sausage w/ sauerkraut and fresh-baked bread, Camembert, chips & salsa.

Posted by: Mike on December 23, 2005 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

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Four jobs you've had in your life: county census worker, manager of electronic music synthesizer business, lab worker classifying formaniphera for state natural resources, surveyor
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Four places you've lived: Olympia, Wa; Istanbul, Turkey; San Francisco, CA, Biloxi, MI
Four TV shows you love to watch: M*A*S*H, New Hour, SNL, local news
Four places you've been on vacation: Athens, Greece, Assissi, Italy, Bryce Canyon, Utah, Big Sur, CA
Four websites you visit daily: Daily Kos, Atrios, Digby, Orcinus
Four of your favorite foods: Wine, chocolate, pizza, seafood
Four places you'd rather be: Northern CA, Southern CA, Europe, Asia

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Four movies you could watch over and over: Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, Sound of Music, Groundhog's Day, Fail Safe

Four places you've lived: Ithaca, NY, Corona, CA, Montevideo, Uruguay, Montclair, NJ

Four TV shows you love to watch: Avatar, Daily Show, So You Think You Can Dance, Designers' Challenge

Four places you've been on vacation: Orlando, London, Spain, Las Vegas

Four websites you visit daily: Carpetbagger, Political Animal, ScienceDaily, Amazon

Four of your favorite foods: pizza, fish tacos, thai, greek

Four places you'd rather be: Right now? There's no place like home.

Posted by: catherineD on December 23, 2005 at 7:56 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs: Assistant to an actuary, bank clerk, general music (K-8) teacher at a parochial school, college professor of music

Four movies: Strange Brew, The Blues Brothers, This Is Spinal Tap, Office Space

Four places: Pinhook, IN (pop. 19 - near Bedford, and yes, I'm related to 16 of them); Morehead, KY; Cincinnati, OH; North Adams, MA

Four TV shows: The West Wing (RIP John Spencer), Family Guy, The Daily Show, The Weather Channel (OK, it's not a show, but I loves me some Weather Channel), and (bonus) Indiana University basketball

Four vacation spots: Paris; Chicago; Madison, WI; Washington, DC

Four daily websites: Atrios, Kos, Washington Monthly, Pandagon (and this is just the tip of the iceberg)

Four favorite foods: Cashew chicken, mushroom 'n' swiss burgers, clam chowder, Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream

Four places I'd rather be: Chicago; Seattle; Washington, DC; Montana (never been there, but I think I'd like it, especially with Gov. Schweitzer)

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Posted by: Wes F., back in Cincinnati for Christmas on December 23, 2005 at 9:03 PM | PERMALINK

Four jobs: Actuarial student, insurance company actuary, consulting actuary, nearly retired actuary (well no one said we were exciting)

Four movies: When Harry met Sally, The Ladykillers (Alec Guiness version), All the President's Men,The Cruel Sea

Four places: Shaftesbury, London & Manchester, UK, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Four TV shows: TDS, Inspector Frost, Heartbeat, and New Tricks (last 3 courtesy of TV Ontario)

Four vacation spots: Montego Bay, Barbados, Wyoming, and Torquay (home of Fawlty Towers)

Four (other) daily websites: Atrios, Digby, FDL and Marshall

Four favourite foods: Rack of Lamb, Stilton cheese, Eggs Benedict, Fresh Pickerel fillets.

Four places I would rather be: Any place where the sun shines amd the daily high is in the 70sF.


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Four jobs you've had in your life: Retail store manager, bank teller, admin assistant, software engineer

Four movies you could watch over and over: Blazing Saddles, Office Space, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Slingblade

Four places you've lived: Durham, NC; Reno, NV; Dallas, TX; Concord, CA

Four TV shows you love to watch: Law & Order: CI (love me some Vincent D'Onofrio), The Simpsons, Countdown /w Keith Olbermann, The Daily Show

Four places you've been on vacation: Banff, AB; Bermuda; Santa Cruz, CA; NYC

Four websites you visit daily: Political Animal, Balloon Juice, MSNBC, Crooks and Liars

Four of your favorite foods: REALLY good mexican, microwave Pop Secret Jumbo Pop popcorn, coffee ice cream, crab legs

Four places you'd rather be: Bermuda in December, Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada foothills, New Orleans (I miss her so much), San Francisco

Posted by: Dulcie on December 23, 2005 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

4 movies: The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, The More the Merrier, and The World of Henry Orient

4 places I've lived: Louisville, Cleveland, Louisville, Cleveland

4 TV Shows: Seinfeld, Rockford Files, Barney Miller, The Muppet Show

4 Vacation Spots: Chincoteague Island, Edisto Island, Sanibel Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes

4 Favorite Foods: peaches, toast-bacon-and-jelly sandwich, orange chicken, lemon chicken

4 Jobs: clerk in a business supply store, short order cook, dishwasher, waiter

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What a positively narcissitic "meme". What could possibly be more interesting than a bunch of un-annotated lists about me, my things, my history, my interests?

Posted by: Narcissus on December 24, 2005 at 12:07 AM | PERMALINK

4 jobs- lifeguard, nyc carpenter, organic garlic grower, vermont carpenter

4 movies- strangelove, stardust memories, big lebowski, the last detail

4 foods- salad, white rice, steamed kale, chocolate

4 places- jackson hole, barcelona, vietnam, tom delay's golf junket

Posted by: obscure on December 24, 2005 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

What a positively narcissitic "meme".

Yeah, but it's nice to share.

***I had an aunt named Narcisse. She was beautiful.

Posted by: obscure on December 24, 2005 at 12:32 AM | PERMALINK

What makes you think only women Belly Dance?

I was a stripper once also, but that was furniture stripping.

I like the answer of "Groundhog's Day" as a movie to watch over and over again. What else, "Run, Lola, run?"

Posted by: mcdruid on December 24, 2005 at 2:03 AM | PERMALINK

> Hey troglodyte

> Nice to see one more person who has lived in
> La Jolla as well as New Haven.

There are not too many of us, though there are some natural connections between New Haven and La Jolla. If you google the two cities my name does not come up, but pages with many of my professional friends do.

New Haven has had a bad rep over the years, but it is a good place to live overall. Great restaurants.

Posted by: troglodyte on December 24, 2005 at 2:04 AM | PERMALINK

mcdruid,

whoops!

:^)

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Four movies you watch over and over again: Goldfinger, The Party (Peter Sellers), The Wizard of Oz, Brain Candy.

Four place you've lived: Santa Ana, CA; Tustin, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Onashiku shaLaban village, Oshakati, Namibia.

Four TV shows you like to watch: n/a.

Four places you've been on vacation: Western Europe (France, Italy, Switzerland), the UK, Botswana/Zambia, New York.

Four websites you visit daily: The Poorman, Political Animal, Atrios, allafrica.com.

Four of your favorite foods: hummus; burritos from The Taco Factory, Tustin; mabo tofu (Chinese dish that my girlfriend's mother makes); Niki's take-out Indian from Santa Ana, CA.

Four places you'd rather be: nowhere, really.

Thus far at 24...

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"Solvang, CA."

If you grew up in southern California, that was the place mom and dad took made you go when relatives (especially aunts) were visiting. Once, back in the 90s, my friends and I went to see Sleater-Kinney play in the Bay Area. Opening up for them was this queer, Asian, girl band from Solvang. I tried to explain to my friends what Solvang was, but they had difficulty reconciling my description with this particular musical outfit.

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And if Solvang doesn't interest you, go in the opposite direction off 101 and head to Buellton for pea soup.

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