Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Four Flushing Meme

My campaign manager Samurai Frog tagged me with a newish meme. It's the meme of four and here goes kids:

Four jobs I've had or currently have in my life:
1) Groundskeeper-This was one of the first jobs I ever had in my life. It was a quasi government job that required us to cut weeds and brush at a place in Lee County, VA called "The Horse and Hunting Club." I hated it.
2) Stockroom guy-I used to be the stockroom guy at a Kirkland's store in Valley View Mall in Roanoke, VA. I loved this job so much I actually cried a little when I left the company. I was the only guy amongst 15 women and man did they all adopt me. They'd bake me cakes, give me rides home, and buy me clothes, as I type that it sounds like I was a gigolo but it was not like that at all.
3) Car dealer-I tried selling cars when I lived in Knoxville. I hated it.
4) Insurance agent-I sold cancer insurance door to door for about two months. I hated this job almost as much as I hated selling cars.

Four countries I have been to:

1) The USA

2) Canada



I have not done much traveling outside of North America and I really regret it. I'm hoping to win the Powerball Jackpot or the Mega Millions Jackpot so I can help out my friends and family and then travel the world.

Four places I'd rather be right now:

1) Bobbing up and down in the ocean at Atlantic Beach, NC. I love Atlantic Beach and even though I'm going there in a few weeks I wish I was there right now floating in the gentle waves.

2) Aboard the Heart O' Gold. I'd love to be able to travel the universe with the gang from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

3) The UK. I can't hide my love for all things British, Irish, and Scottish and damn it I shouldn't have to. If I could I'd go hang out with PJ in London, play golf in Scotland, and then spend some time in Ireland looking up my family roots.

4) Crete. I'd love to go to Crete with my friend Joseph. He's a native of Crete and I know he could show me the time of my life over there. Plus he's so damn smart and funny that I'd learn a ton of stuff from him while I had fun and drank ouzo.

Four foods I like to eat:

1) Bananas and grapes. I try to eat some of both everyday.

2) Banana walnut bread. This is the only thing I bake well. I love to make it, smell it cooking, and eat it.

3) Tandoori Chicken. I could eat my weight in tandoori chicken.

4) Black Tomatoes. Black tomatoes are an heirloom tomato we discovered a few years ago. They have a great taste that is unlike any other tomato. They are not really black they are actually a different shade of red and most often they stay green around the top of the tomato. They taste like they are already salted. They are in season for only a few weeks in the summer and even as I write this they are almost gone from the farmers market stalls that we frequent.

Four personal heroes, past or present:

1) Former Detroit Tiger leftfielder Willie Horton. He went out, at great personal peril to himself, during the riots in Detroit in 1967 and he tried to stop the looting and the madness. He was a class act in professional sports, unlike most of the asses who play today.

2) Lech Walesa. I never cared much for his harsh brand of Roman Catholicism but I loved his union organizing skills. His labor union, Solidarity, was one of the nails in the coffin of the USSR.

3) John L. Lewis, founder of the United Mine Workers. The UMW used to be a powerhouse union under John L. Lewis. President's and peons alike quaked in fear of them and their leader. Lewis helped shaped America in many many positive ways. I wish he was alive today so he could kick some ass and reinvigorate the labor movement.

4) Vaclav Havel, former Czech president. Havel was imprisoned for many years in his home country by the Soviets. He remained true to himself and to the cause of freedom and he continued to write and inspire people all the while. When the USSR collapsed he came out on top when he got elected President. He also presided over the peaceful break up of Czechoslovakia.

Four books you've just read or are currently reading:

1) Theatre of Fish (Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador) by John Gimlette

2) Sea of Glory (America's Voyage of Discovery) by Nathaniel Philbrick

3) Blue Latitudes (Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before) by Tony Horwitz

4) Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

I tag the following people:

1) Devilham

2) Chris

3) PJ

4) Phydeaux

No rush kids, do it when you feel like it but remember I tagged you first.


J.D. said...

Holy hell.

Johnny Yen said...

Excellent choices on the heroes. John L. Lewis is forgotten. He was a genius in an underappreciated way. He knew that the mining industry would mechanize, so he worked toward agreements that not only raised wages for workers so that miners got wages that matched the incredible dangers of their jobs, but also put money into the retirement accounts of the miners who would be put out of a job. Jimmy Hoffa did similar things, which a lot of people who rip on him are unaware of.

My friend Garrett was in the Army at the end of the Cold War, and after the Wall came down, he and some soldier buddies were in a pub in Prague and came upon Havel having a beer and a smoke, reading a newspaper. He had on a Rolling Stone t-shirt. In any event, he talked up to him, bought him a beer and thanked him for what he did-- thanks to guys like him, Garrett was doing busywork, rather than being shipped home in a bodybag. It was guys like Havel who ended the Cold War, not Reagan.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Johnny-It's time people recgonized the real heroes who made this country and world so great.

Jenn Siva said...


NotSoccer Mom said...

no way, i'm reading blue latitudes too!

splord said...

Dr. Monkey., I have responded, finally.