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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

In which I prove how pathetic I am at memes

I've always found blog memes mildly interesting, kind of like that infomercial with the guy in the really awful sweater that you just can't shut off at 2AM. I never wind up buying the Ultra-Slicer (whatever...), though, and similarly, I hardly ever wind up participating in the meme.

But this one's different. Jason Bennion, of Simple Tricks and Nonsense, has thrown down the gauntlet, and named me as one of the (four) blogs who must complete the Meme of Five.

So, my instructions are as follows:

A list of the last five blogs that have done this, removing the top blog and putting myself at the bottom:

  1. No Smoking in the Skull Cave
  2. Electronic Cerebrectomy
  3. Byzantium's Shores: The Occasional Meditations of an Overalls-clad Hippie
  4. Simple Tricks and Nonsense
  5. I Should Be Sleeping

Next, select five people to tag (hence the name, Meme of Five). Jason was only able to come up with four. I think it's safe to say I have more than five loyal readers, but only two of them have a blog (well, four, but I can't very well tag Jason or Chenopup, since Jason tagged us both to start this). And so, I present my list of five, which currently has a pathetic two members. I'm counting on Jeff and Ilya to resurrect the chain:

  1. The Vast Jeff Wing Conspiracy
  2. American Expat Family in London

And, finally, a set of random questions (italicized for your pleasure):

What were you doing ten years ago?

Let's see - July 9, 1997. Looking back through the data image of my (then) employer's laptop, I see that I was working in Andersen Consulting's (now known as Accenture's) Florham Park, NJ office, building a kick-ass suite of Project Management tools that were going to revolutionize the way large, client/server applications were going to built for years to come. Unfortunately, the World Wide Web had been released 3 years earlier, and the large, client/server application was in its death throes. Also, we built the suite of tools on Lotus Notes, a tool that IBM eventually bought and ran into the ground.

Also, I had just moved into my new house (five weeks earlier), and was learning all sorts of things about home ownership, such as: when the toilet stuffs up, you have to go buy a plunger quickly, because there's no building maintenance guy to call. Also, when a flock of geese lands in your backyard and starts pooping everywhere, there is not only no one to call, but very few people who know what to do about it.

Ah, to be so young & innocent again...

What were you doing one year ago?

Well, that's easier, since we're now within the realm of the current blackberry. One year ago, July 9, 2006, was a Sunday and I had no plans. I hung around the house and played with my kids.

Five snacks you enjoy

1) Peanut M&M's
2) York Peppermint Patties (sometimes, I get the sensation...)
3) Grapes (if left unchecked, I will finish the bowl, regardless of how many grapes are in said bowl)
4) Ice Cream (sorry, summer on the brain...)
5) Just about anything with chocolate in it.

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics

Man, you've got to be kidding me. I have a playlist on my iPod which contains songs I know all the lyrics to. There are 894 songs on the list. I will now reach into my magic hat, and (have Excel) randomly draw out five numbers between 1 and 894. The winners are:

664. Streetlife Serenader - Billy Joel
504. New York, New York - Kanter & Ebb
671. Sunny Side to Every Situation - Harry Warren (42nd Street Soundtrack)
5. ('Til) I Kissed You - The Everly Brothers
295. Help! - The Beatles

Five things you would do if you were a billionaire

1) Setup college funds for every single child in the family (nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.) that is under the age of 18.
2) Build the nicest house I can think of, then build my parents, in-laws, and siblings the nicest house they can think of.
3) Buy first class plane tickets to everywhere I ever wanted to go (sequentially), and reserve the best accommodations in each location. Anyone I know who wants to come along for all or part of the trip is welcome. Can't make the whole trip? I'll fly you in & back on the day you wish, no charge.
4) Put the remaining ~$900+M in T-bills. At the current rate of 5%, I'd get $45 million per year, Tax Free.
5) See if I can find a way to spend $45 million every year. Huge charitable donations would most certainly be involved...

Five bad habits

1) I stay up too late.
2) I watch too much TV.
3) I let little things bother me enough to lessen the awesome-ness that is my daily life.
4) I write cheesy things like #3
5) I don't eat right & exercise like I should.

Five things you like doing

1-99) Hanging out with the kids.
100) Blogging (duh!)
101) Watching TV (OK, I'm not going to re-list my bad habits here, but you get the idea)
102) Making music - almost any kind (marching band, rock band, solo piano, you name it)
103) A good game of baseball, although I'm not in the shape I once was, so this happens less frequently than it used to.

Five things you would never wear again

1) Diapers (hey - I didn't make up these questions, OK?)
2) White shoes at work (a very long story, please don't ask...)
3) A navy blue tuxedo with light blue ruffles (1982 - my Bar Mitzvah - all the men in the family had them...)
4) A silver tuxedo with a mauve bow-tie and cummerbund (my junior prom date's cousin worked for the tuxedo rental place and matched her dress exactly. Lucky me...)
5) High heels (I made the mistake of laughing at my sister when my mom was teaching her, and they made me try it - I twisted both ankles in the space of 10 seconds).

OK, I'm done. Jeff/Ilya - ball's in your court. Please accept my humble apologies...

posted by Brian at 12:14 AM


  • re: White shoes at work - Gute!

    By Anonymous Mike Starr, at 8:05 AM, July 10, 2007  

  • Ah, the navy blue tux with light blue ruffled shirt... never had to wear one myself, but this attire figures prominently in the yearbook photos of several male cousins.

    By Anonymous jason, at 1:58 PM, July 10, 2007  

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