Saturday, February 04, 2006

this will not be a regular feature

Eszter tagged me for this. I'm not really a meme-ish blogger, but then again neither is she. As an academic aside, I've thought about writing a post on the ironic mutation of the term 'meme' for these things from its original use in Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene (basically, one of the serious problems with Dawkins' theory is manifested in what has happened to the word 'meme' since he coined it). But anyway:

Four jobs you've had in your life:
1. Walking through soybean fields and spraying weeds with Roundup. I did this when I was in junior high and high school. Roundup is a really nasty chemical, if you don't know. Some of the more 'concerned' parents would dress their kids in elaborate clothes and gloves and all that. We would get in fights with the Roundup, as though our spray bottles with squirt guns.
2. Walking through cornfields, removing from the tassles from the tops of the cornstalks. I used to know why/when this needs to be done.
3. Pizza-making and delivery
4. Telefundraiser

Four movies you could watch over and over again:
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (I've contemplated having this be the only movie I ever watch for the rest of my life)
2. It's a Wonderful Life (yes, really, sue me)
3. Punch Drunk Love ("I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.")
4. 8 Mile (okay, actually just the 'Sweet Home Alabama' and rap-battle scenes)

Four places you have lived:
1. Rural Iowa (Manson, IA and the Freese Family Farm)
2. Iowa City, IA
3. Bloomington, IN
4. Madison, WI
(Except for the summers at Stats Camp in Ann Arbor, this list brings you up to date 'til this move to Cambridge.)

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. (None, I don't watch television anymore.)
2. (I haven't since the early days of graduate school.)
3. (The last show I watched regularly was the first season of Survivor, with a group of friends from graduate school.)
4. (When I was a kid, I really liked 'Quincy, M.E.')

Four websites you visit daily:
1. Bloglines (from which all blog reading is conducted)
2. NYT
3. (strange given that I don't really watch sports, given that I don't watch television)
4. Google/GMail

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Fruity Pebbles
2. Long John Silver's fish
3. Whatever that pesto dish is at Noodles
4. Chewy chocolate chip cookies
(Note: In the interest of my physical shape and well-being, I don't actually eat any of these foods anymore.)

Four places you'd rather be right now:
Too-melancholy provoking.

Four favorite places you've ever been in the world:
Too-insecurity provoking (I feel desperately ill-traveled)

Four bloggers you'll be tagging to do this meme:
I'm not the tagging type.

Four people who will put a tack in your map:
Who knows? I don't think anyone has put a tack in my map for awhile. But I said I wasn't going to mention it anymore, so I won't.


Rhymes With Scrabble said...

You know, I'm kind of depressed by the fact that I don't eat any of my favorite foods anymore, either, except for sushi. Which I count as 2 points for 4 pieces even when it has cream cheese in it, dammit.

nina said...

I can't believe you did not answer "Poland" (or Polish or to Poland or about Poland or in the vicinity of Poland) to at least four of the questions. Shame on you. And after my sister paid you that compliment, you know, how you were so "European" in manner.

Anonymous said...

Jeremy, I really wish that you would not be insecure about where you have been. Favorite places are just places that are meaningful to you. I have been to a small handful of foreign places, but my favorites are not necessarily on that list. I quite like my little grandmother's house (it has this interesting nap provoking power). And there was a particular spot on my college campus that would make me feel quite peaceful. These places aren't exotic at all.

eszter said...

Thanks for doing this despite not being the meme type.

I'm a Cocoa Pebbles kinda person myself, although I wouldn't list it as one of my favorites. However, I still eat it on occasion. I guess that pretty much sums up the difference in our approaches to healthy eating.

I wouldn't be too paranoid about the answers, it's up to you to interpret the questions in whatever way.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that you managed a pin comment at the end.;-)

lago said...

As soon as Crappr figures out that my zip code exists, I'm all over it.

Anonymous said...

Manson? Really?

jeremy said...

Yes, like Charles Manson.