Four For Friday

[Editor’s Note: I’m dying here. Someone make it stop. Or make the clock move faster. Or something.]

  1. Toothpaste: If you were asked by a toothpaste manufacturer to come up with a new flavor, what would be your top three suggestions? I really like my “Citrus” flavored toothpaste, so I’m sticking with that. Anything sweeter would make me feel like I hadn’t just brushed (I was thinking about chocolate, or marshmallow, or cotton candy, but obviously that would at least seem counterproductive).
  2. Food: What’s the absolute strangest food you’ve ever tried? While not terribly exciting, I think calamari is pretty strange. Very, very yummy though. Oh, and the time I cooked mussels, that was weird. Throwing living things into boiling water with the express purpose of consuming them with a creamy sauce over noodles – just seems… odd.
  3. Gasoline: Economists are predicting that gasoline prices in the U.S. will reach $3.00 per gallon within the next three months. How will this summer’s gas prices impact your travel plans? I have no summer travel plans. Well, I hope to go camping a few times, but since I wouldn’t go alone and couldn’t, not owning a car, I assume that the group will just all split the costs, and so that’s not really all that bad. I’m not, however, planning a trip to Illinois, or out of state, any time soon. (Though a friend from college just got in touch with me to tell me he’s getting married, and he lives in California, and he asked for my address, so I’m kinda hoping that I’m getting an invite to the wedding, which would be a cool excuse to go to California, but that’s probably not this summer, and I’d never drive to California, so I guess it’s all irrelevant.)
  4. Health Insurance: Do you think all employers should be required by law to pay some or all of the costs associated with their employees’ health insurance? Yes. I love my health insurance. I think everyone should be so lucky as to have at least basic protection. Call me communist, whatever.
  5. September 11th: How do you feel about movies that attempt to portray what happened onboard commercial airplanes that were downed on 9/11? Do have an interest in watching these movies? I have no interest in watching them whatsoever. My recollection of that day is still crystal clear. But I think movies are fine, as long as they’re done tastefully, since they are probably proving to be therapeutic and cathartic to those creating and/or watching them.
  6. Taxes: Did you file your 2005 taxes yourself or did you enlist the services of a professional tax preparer? In either event, did you file online or by hand? I did them myself. Well, kinda, because I ended up using an online program that saved me… hundreds of dollars. And I submitted online.
  7. Hey You: When you’re on a horse farm and you want to get a horse’s attention, you make a clicking sound with your mouth. What sort of sound would I need to make to get your attention? Please don’t. Whatever you pick will annoy me.

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  1. I didn’t feel like answering this one.
  2. Weather: Do you check your weather report on a daily basis? Regardless of how often you check, where do you go for information about the weather… newspaper, television, radio, or do you receive your weather reports via the Internet? Not daily, but often in the morning before leaving for work or getting dressed I flip through the cable guide to get the temperature. It’s winter, though, and so the answer is usually “cold.” Maybe in the spring when the options are “cold,” “cold and rainy,” “warm,” “warm and rainy,” and possibly “sunny,” I’ll check more often. But isn’t that what windows are for?
  3. Sold: What’s the last thing you sold (both personally and professionally)? Professionally? Nothing. I work for the state. Other than selling my soul for a paycheck. Personally… I sold Liz a 512-MB SD card for her new PDA.
  4. Footwear: How many different pairs of shoes do you own verses how many you actually wear on a regular basis? I am only allowed to own as many pairs that will fit in the hanging rack in my closet (OK, plus the oversized boots don’t count, and the out-of-season box at the top of the closet). So… 15-ish plus out-of-season (which means like 5 pairs of sandals right now). How many do I wear? 3. Pink Sketchers. Brown casual leather. Pink suede clogs. That’s it. There are several pair in there that I haven’t worn in probably over a year. But it’s really hard to find cute shoes in my size, so why give them up just yet? In the summer, I usually wear 3 pairs as well: Pink Sketchers, brown sandals, black sandals. Creature of habit I guess.

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  1. Birthdays: How many different birthdays do you have committed to memory, and aside from using your own noggin, how do you keep track of all the others? Let’s see… Mom, Dad, Alison, Amanda, Liz, Prince Charming, Betsy, my old youth pastor (April Fool’s Day is a hard one to forget), and a couple of people from high school even though I don’t keep in touch it just sticks in my head anyways. I’ve got most of them in Outlook, which I never check, so that’s not terribly helpful. Basically, if I don’t know it by heart, you’re probably not going to get any notice from me, unless it’s a super-belated “I’m sorry” email.
  2. Seaport Security: A government-owned company in the United Arab Emirates volunteered late yesterday afternoon to delay its $6.8 Billion takeover of most operations at six U.S. seaports. The delay allows President George W. Bush time to convince skeptical members of the U.S. Congress that the deal poses no security risks. What’s your feeling on this… should the United States government allow a company based in Dubai to manage seaports in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Newark? I have no opinions on this whatsoever.
  3. Telephones: Regardless of whether you use just a cell phone or a cell phone and a land line at home, does ‘Voice over IP’ (VoIP) technology have you thinking about switching or adding a land line at home? (In case you’ve never heard of VoIP, it allows for the routing of voice conversations over the Internet or any other IP-based network, and it’s supposed to be a lot cheaper than paying the old-school phone companies for telephone service.) Not at all. Of course, I don’t have the internet at home, so it would make that quite difficult. But I still don’t care. I so rarely use the phone.
  4. 2006 Winter Olympics: Have you been watching the 2006 Winter Olympics on television? If so, which events have you enjoyed the most? If not, why? Eh, not really. All of the Olympics I’ve seen this year has been because Prince Charming wanted to, not that I mind. I’m just kinda… ambivalent about the whole thing.

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  1. Have You: Ever attempted to put together your family tree? If so, how far back were you able to go? If not, would you like to put one together? Hasn’t everyone had to do this for school at some point? My grandpa put the Johnson family history into a book when I was little, and that goes back pretty far. I’m not sure about Mom’s side though. It’s not something I’m really all that interested in.
  2. Would You: Like it if first-run movies were released on DVD and/or Pay-Per-View at the same time as they are released in theaters? If so, do you think you would watch more movies at home, or would you continue to see first-run movies only in the theater? There’s something unique about each type of experience, so I’m not sure (and it depends on the movie itself, and who I’m seeing it with). I like to talk through movies, so watching them at home is nice for that reason. But there are some movies that are so… experiential that you need to be surrounded and engulfed by the large screen. There’s something sweet and youthful about holding hands in the theater. But I hate that movies cost $8/person to see. So, as you can see, it’s a toss-up.
  3. Should You: See a doctor more often? If so, what’s stopping you? If not, how often do you have a check-up or physical? I make sure to go yearly for my annual check-up and to get my prescriptions renewed each June. Last time I went, she wanted me to come back in 6 months, and I think she wanted to start cutting my meds down, which I’m just not up for yet (so I didn’t go). I don’t remember who I was saying it to, but I feel… normalized and good and content with my emotional state in general, and I don’t want to f* with that. (Man, my language has really been atrocious lately!)
  4. Could You: Survive living on the streets of your town for an entire month with no access to any of your money or other assets? Why or why not? I’d like to say yes, but I’m not sure. If I was in San Francisco, then definitely, because I know all the places to go and how to get along. But in the Twin Cities, I’m not as sure where the soup kitchens are, where the shelters are, etc. Plus, depending on the time of year, living on the streets is deadly here in Minnesota.

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  1. Moving: According to a recent report on American Public Media’s ‘Marketplace,’ in New York City, landlords and developers are paying big money (in some cases upwards of six figures and more) to convince renters to vacate their rent-controlled apartments. The practice, which makes way for property owners to then raise rents or build luxury condos, is now commonplace in many cities where rent-controlled housing still exists. Do you like your home or apartment? If so, what would it take to get you to agree to move? I think no, if only to maintain the idea of rent-control. I think it’s good (though I’ve not lived in a situation like that, and am not even sure if we have that in Minnesota).
  2. You Choose: Which is more important to you… Liberty or Security? I saved this one for last, because, well, it’s deep. I’m really a fan of liberty and freedom, and would find it very hard to live in some parts of this world that don’t have that. And there’s a sort of security in freedom. But I also really like that I feel safe, where I live, where I work (I don’t think I was meant to live in New York City), and truly treasure that as well. And honestly, if I have to pick one over the other, I’m going with security, because I think that I could secretly practice or at least still hold in my mind and heart those things where my freedoms could be taken away (religion comes to mind), but would find it very hard to cope in a war zone or always under terrorist attack or anything like that where my security was never guaranteed.
  3. Drinking: If you could drink anything right now–alcoholic or otherwise–what and how much of it would you drink? Well, I’ve got a homemade mocha sitting here that’s pretty good. A nice glass of ice water or really cold milk could be good too.
  4. Counting: How many light bulbs are in your home, and when was the last time you had to change one? Ooh…. OK, so this is only an estimate, and I’m counting light fixtures, not individual bulbs. Ten. Some of those have multiple bulbs in them (like the kitchen lights). Christmas Eve Eve, Prince Charming replaced the one in the front room so we could exchange gifts by the tree.

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  1. Teachers: The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is about to become the largest public school district in the United States to tie teachers’ pay to their students’ standardized test scores. How do you feel about this? Do you feel HISD and other school districts around the country should be able to tie teacher pay to student performance, or should merit or something else aside from student performance figure into the equation? Wow, I didn’t know anything about this, and honestly don’t have an opinion. At least not any educated one. Ask me in a few years once I’ve been back in the schools. Of course, I think the answer would completely depend on whether you worked at a magnet school or an inner-city school or in an affluent suburb or out in rural America. I bet people from all over have different opinions just because… that’s how it is.
  2. Osama: Do you honestly think Osama bin Laden will ever be captured or killed by U.S. troops? I decided last night, on a whim, that he’s completely made up. He doesn’t exist. Nope. [Note: for all of you who think I’m serious… I’m not. But I’m just so tired of the whole thing. Make it stop!]
  3. Emotion: When and why was the last time you screamed at the top of your lungs? …? I don’t know. Perhaps into a pillow sometime after getting fired or while working in Arizona.
  4. Your Bed: Is your bed really comfortable, or do you live with poor sleep caused by the quality of your bedding? I’ve gotten used to my really crappy mattress (thanks, Alison, for buying the cheapest, most temporary thing ever created), after… over two years (have they really been married that long? wow). But other people (ahem, Prince Charming) seem to not find it comfortable, and I understand, because I think the first year and a half of sleeping on it resulted in lots of back pain and bad sleep. But beds cost way too much. I wouldn’t buy another twin mattress at my age, but can’t really afford to get a full (where would I put it, anyways? I’d have to get rid of furniture, or… something), so I’m kinda stuck with what I’ve got for now.

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THE ‘YOU’/’YOUR’ EDITION

  1. You: What one person, out of all the people you know, knows you the best and knows the most about you? I would have to say Alison (my sister). Amanda comes in a close second, but Alison has known me like 9 times longer, so really.
  2. Alongside You: If you were recovering from major surgery in a hospital and could have any person, from any era, recovering in the bed next to you, who would it be? I always hate this question. I really don’t care. How about someone from the Bible, someone cool like Mary Magdalene or Zaccheus or someone who was healed by a miracle. They’d have some good stories.
  3. Your Computer: Is your computer’s home page set to an Internet Service Provider, news/newspaper site, blog, search engine or portal such as Google or Yahoo, or something else? How often do you change your hompage setting? It’s set to my branch’s intraweb page, which I maintain (good reason to have it set as my homepage). I never change it.
  4. Your Work: Would you be willing to take a fifty percent (50%) cut in pay to pursue a career or job you were one hundred percent (100%) more passionate about than your current one? If not, what percent cut in pay would you be willing to take? I’d love to say yes, but if I take a 50% pay cut I think I’d then be working below poverty level (or pretty close). And really, given my financial situation (and that I’d like to live the American dream and be debt-free sometime before I die), the only job I’d take a pay cut for would be something like moving to Africa to love on AIDS orphans or something equally rewarding and heart-wrenching.

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THE MORE OR LESS EDITION

  1. Time: Comparing the last 365 days to the previous 365, do you have more, less, or about same amount of free time on your hands? If more or less, what changed over the last year? Much more free time, since I’m only working 40 hours a week these days. Things have gotten much more relaxed, especially without a car, because then I’ve learned to be patient and that waiting is just part of life.
  2. Money: Do you think having more money would buy you more, less, or the same amount of happiness as you have in your life today? If more or less money, how much more or less would it take? Money doesn’t buy happiness, so… yeah. I do know though that if I had more money that I’d be less stressed, could get out of debt, that sort of thing, and there’s a certain amount of happiness that could be related to that. But still. I’ve never thought I would have any quantity of money in my adult life, with the career paths I’ve chosen and so forth, so my idea of happiness hasn’t been related to it at all.
  3. Dating & Kissing: Thinking back to when you were in junior and senior high school, do you ever wish you would have kissed/dated more, less, or about the same number of people that you did back in the day? I dated so very little in junior high and senior high, and for the most part I’m really OK with that. By the time I graduated, all of the guys I knew were quite unattractive (they might have been fine physical specimens, but most of them were jerks and had other undesirable character traits), so there’s no one I can think of I really wish I’d had a chance with. The only thing I can say about the kissing issue is that when I started dating this year, my complete and utter lack of experience in that arena had me more freaked out than anything, and part of me wishes that I’d been able to stress about that when I was 17 instead of 27. But there’s another part of me that knows why I waited and am glad I did and know that it’s part of who I am, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. There’s a few other benefits I can think of as well, but I’ll keep those to myself.
  4. Exercise: Do you plan to exercise more, less, or about the same amount in 2006 as you did in 2005? Oh, the ambitious, health-conscious part of me would love to say more, simply because 2005 involved a lot of sitting on my butt. However, I also know that while I was working at the church I did a lot more running around and playing with the kids, and I won’t have that anymore. I do walk more now that I don’t have a car, so that’s good. Since the only thing I really like to do is go running, and the sidewalks are snowy or iced over 6 months of the year, it gets hard to make a habit out of anything.

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  1. Saturday Night Live: Last Saturday, Alec Baldwin guest hosted Saturday Night Live for the 12th time. Who, out of anyone either dead or alive, would you like to see host an upcoming episode of SNL? I’d like to see Sean Connery, because they make fun of him all the time, and I like it when celebrities can laugh at themselves (like when Janet Reno showed up on Will Farrell’s last episode).
  2. Air Travel: Do you keep track of your frequent-flier miles? If so, approximately how many do you have, and, have you ever used frequent-flier miles to obtain a ticket? If so, where did you fly? Since I fly once a year or less, no, I don’t keep track of frequent flier miles. I think they expire before I acquire new ones generally. I’ve never used frequent flier miles either.
  3. Perception: Generally speaking, how do you think others perceive you? That all depends on where they know me from. If it’s a party or social gathering where I don’t know anyone, they usually think I’m shy or a b*tch or just generally no fun. If it’s work, they think I’m young and “perky” (because all old people think younger people are perky) and opinionated and brilliant. If it’s church, they perceive me as someone who has all the answers (which so isn’t true, but whatever). I’m sure there’s a lot of other ways people perceive me, but whatever. I don’t think I make a very good first impression, but once people get to know me they figure out that their first instinct was completely wrong (I’ve had several people tell me that they were sure they weren’t going to like me, and then they got to know me…).
  4. Reading: What’s the last book you read, and, what book are you planning on reading next? The last book I finished was In Her Shoes, and I’m trying to read Pride and Prejudice right now so I can go see Kiera Knightley on the big screen.

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  1. Halloween: Did trick-or-treater’s come to your house this year? If so, approximately how many came by? Was this year’s number higher or lower than you’ve had in previous years, and what did you give them? Yes, we had trick-or-treaters. I don’t know how many – my roommate was completely in charge of that whole thing and I really just ignored it. She gave out Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Eyeballs, Whoppers, Mini KitKats, BottleCaps, Runts, and some other stuff (that’s all that’s left in the house right now).
  2. Allergies: Do you have allergies? If so, what are you allergic to? If you’re not allergic to anything, is there anything you wish you were allergic to? I have no officially diagnosed allergies (unlike Alison and Dad, who had to endure horrible tests to find out they were allergic to dust and cats and plants). Unofficially, there are some weird ingredients I’ve never been able to pinpoint in certain perfumes and occasionally a lotion that make me break out in a lovely rash or even hives a time or two. That’s fun. Quite attractive, too.
  3. Organic Food: The organic food market in the United States is projected to reach a value of $30.7 billion by the year 2007. According to one recent report, close to 40 percent of the U.S. population now uses organic products on a daily basis. Are you included in that 40 percent figure… do you intentionally buy organic foods or drinks? If so, what are you buying? If not, why? I don’t think I could say I use organic products on a daily basis, but I’d have to check the milk I buy at the co-op. I do buy organic occasionally, since I shop mainly at the co-op and sometimes it’s the only option, or sometimes the organic stuff looks way better than the other stuff.
  4. Television: Which TV shows from the past would you like to see back on television and why? I really miss Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, mainly because I wasn’t allowed to watch them when they were aired the first time. I’d settle for reruns (not currently playing on any of my cable stations).

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  1. What are the directions for making a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich? You’re gonna need bread, two slices, preferably of the really crappy worthless white kind, unless you want to go all gourmet. Take the peanut butter (creamy, preferably) and apply to one slice of bread. Try to make sure you go all the way out to the edges. Don’t spread it on too thick, or once you take a bite you’ll never again be able to open your mouth. Place second slice of bread on top. I suppose if you like jelly you should apply some of that, but really it belongs nowhere near my sandwich.
  2. How many weddings have you been to, and what is your most memorable wedding-related moment? Let’s see, of weddings in my memory, there are:

    • Cousin Julie sometime during high school – I was in charge of the guest book, and Alison and I got these grapevine hearts they’d used to decorate the church with, and we both still have ours.
    • Cousin Vern in California my junior year of high school (fabulous trip to San Jose in the middle of February).
    • Nate & Danyel at the end of sophomore year of college (trip up to Wisconsin, weekend at the cabin with friends).
    • Cousin Mark Christmas 1997 right after my parents’ divorce (yeah, that was fun).
    • Angie & Noah, and Stef & Jon at end of senior year of college (one right before moving to Michigan, one a few weeks later that I came back for).
    • Kate & Christian, summer of 2001 (?)
    • Dad, July 2002 – scripture reading, made special trip home from Arizona for the weekend (and enjoyed hot showers since the water heater had broke down in Arizona and wasn’t fixed until after we left at the end of the summer)
    • My cousin Katie, August 2002
    • Alison, July 2003 – maid of honor
    • Sarah & Chuck in Boston, May 2004 – scripture reading
    • Betsy & Mike in Illinois, July 2004 – bridesmaid
    • That’s… twelve, a nice even dozen. Most memorable moment was probably Alison’s wedding, watching her walk down the aisle and I was trying so hard not to cry (though really it’s unlikely that any sister would succeed in that).
  3. Would you rather spend money on good times and nice things now or invest it for the future? I think that anyone who looked at my bank statement would know that I far too often spend money now and don’t look to the future. Also, I have no self-control where I’m involved (really, I have no problem saying “no” to others, but to myself? now that’s nearly impossible).
  4. Earlier this week, while acknowledging that there’s an acute shortage of priests in the Roman Catholic Church, bishops from around the world reaffirmed the Church’s stance on celibacy for its clergy. In your opinion, should Catholic priests be allowed to marry? I think that the Catholic Church can go wherever it wants to with that, since it really doesn’t affect my life, as a non-Catholic. Protestant pastors are allowed to marry all the time, and to me it makes them more human, and that’s a good thing. I’d rather take advice and guidance from someone who’s been through it and can ‘fess up. I take much more issue with their stance that women can’t be clergy, but that’s a whole other rant.

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  1. When you’re in the privacy of your own home, what–if anything–do you tend to read while you’re in the bathroom? I don’t read in the bathroom, unless I’m taking a bath, which happens so rarely. If I’m so inclined, it would have to be something I wouldn’t care about accidentally dropping, so I’m gonna go with a women’s mag like Cosmo (trash).
  2. How did you first learn about your current job? They called me up for an interview. I honestly don’t remember sending in my resume, but I was applying for anything that I might be remotely qualified for at the time. They saved me from a really boring temp job.
  3. On this date in 1915, American Telephone and Telegraph Company engineers in Arlington, Virginia, initiated the very first transatlantic radiotelephone call (they called a telephone placed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France). What was the last country you placed a call to besides your own? I have never called another country. When I was in Romania, I think I made a call or two back home, but I don’t think that counts.
  4. If you had picked the winning numbers in this week’s Powerball Jackpot, which was worth an estimated $340,000,000.00, you would have been given the option of choosing between a one-time cash payment of $170 Million, or 30 annual payments of approximately $5.6 Million each. Which would you choose and why? I think I could handle the annual payments. The lump sum might not go so well (I don’t do so well with money, and with the annual payments, even if I blew it all in January, there’d be more next year, which would be something great to look forward to).

Because I Feel Like It

I’ve got about 10 memes up in my browser. We’ll see which ones I actually complete.

The Music Memoirs: Top 5 Crying Songs (interpret as you wish)

  1. “All By Myself” by Jamie o’Neal comes to mind, from that scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary that I hope I never feel led to replicate
  2. “One Moment More” by Mindy Smith
  3. “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride
  4. To be totally cheesy, “Friends” by Michael W Smith
  5. “Little Girl” by John Michael Montgomery

Friday Fandango

  • Have you ever kissed another blogger’s ass fawningly admired another blogger (on your blog or their comments) just because you think of them as a blog world celebrity? Not because I thought of them as a celebrity, but I have given high praise because I thought they were cool.
  • Have you ever avoided another blogger because you considered them to be inferior (poor grammar, bad design, boring read, crappy photographs, lousy blog platform, etc.)? I haven’t avoided another blogger (seeing as how I don’t really know any in person), but I have avoided their blogs. It’s just not worth my time (which is a huge insult considering I’m bored out of my skull at work looking for the slightest bit of entertainment).
  • Have you ever left a comment out of pity (because it was so obvious that they weren’t as popular as you!)? Um, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt someone wasn’t as popular as I am. Clearly this question was not written for me.
  • And last, but not least, have you ever giggled like a little girl because “a playful primate” graced you with a comment or a link back? I’ve giggled like a little girl, but never because I got a comment or a link back. I’ve smiled and been happy with comments though.

Friday Fiver: I have the most terrible rabbit infestation

  1. What’s your favorite animated characters? Winnie The Pooh
  2. Violence in cartoons – funny or harmful? Horrible unless it’s clearly adult-oriented cartoons, and even then I think it might just be sugar-coated crap that kids are going to watch anyways and it’ll lead to the downfall of our society (that might be taking it a bit far… melodrama anyone?)
  3. Can you do any impressions? Not well. I do a halfway decent Miracle Max’s wife (from The Princess Bride, “liar, liar!”) and … something else. I can never seem to remember both impressions that I do at the same time. Always forgetting one of them. Probably because neither are really worth the time (though it is often fun to yell “liar, liar!” at work.
  4. Would you consider yourself artistic? Autistic? No, wait. Um, depends on your definition of artistic. Let’s go with creative.
  5. What’s your favorite type of cheese? I have to pick a favorite? Don’t you know they’re all good? It depends what we’re talking about here. I mean, Havarti is good on a turkey sandwich, whole-milk mozzarella is just… mmm, and there’s nothing like a good pepperjack with avocados and fried eggs on an English muffin.

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  1. When you were in high school or college, did you purchase/wear a class or school ring? If so, do you wear it anymore? I don’t weary my class ring anymore (just like I don’t wear my letter jacket – that’s so 10 years ago), but I do often wear my grandmother’s class ring. I was very proud of my own class ring throughout high school though, seeing as how I paid for it all by myself.
  2. How often do you use a public or college or university library? What’s the last book you checked out of a library? I haven’t been to the library in a while. I went a few weeks ago to use the internet and found I couldn’t without a library card, and so I left. Because the last books I checked out of the library were returned… very late, and I think they still want money from me. I consider that the new wing on my public library back home in Illinois was funded mostly through my late fines. Strange, since I worked at a library in college (and Mom does). But in college I could auto-renew them while at work, so that helped.
  3. Earlier this week, Apple introduced a video-enabled version of its ubiquitous iPod. Do you own an iPod or MP3 player? If so, do you download and listen to non-music podcasts? If you do listen to podcasts, which ones are you currently subscribed/listening to? If you do not own an iPod or comparable device, would you like to have one? If so, do you think you’d use your new iPod mostly for music or podcasts? My pda runs Windows Media Player, which is all I need these day. No podcasts for me.
  4. How concerned are you about a widespread outbreak of what’s being called the Avian Flu? I only thought about it briefly and wondered about friends, having spent a bit of time in Romania. When they had some flooding a few months back, I emailed Kate to see if her friends were OK, since she spent 6 months there, but I didn’t think the Avian Flu was worthy of another email.

Four For Friday: The Pick Four Edition

  1. What are four (4) of your favorite words? Deliquesce, farshtunken, no, fabulous
  2. What are four (4) things you hope to do this weekend? sleep, finish the bathroom, call Alison, kiss someone
  3. What are the four (4) things you say most often? … mother of Pearl! No, [insert name of cat here]! Alright… Sure.
  4. What are four (4) things you wish you could do right now? Leave work, catch up with an old friend, give a hug, fix a problem.
  5. What are four (4) things that turn you on? This seems terribly personal. A look. Saying something sweet (compliments will get you everywhere…). Character. Seeing a guy play with little kids (yeah, I know that sounds weird, but I think the ladies in our studio audience know what I mean).
  6. What are four (4) things you know you can’t do? Play jazz piano. Fix a car. Be happy if it snows in October. Grow potted plants.
  7. What are your four (4) favorite things to do? Relax (watch TV or a movie, read a book). Chat with a good friend about nothing of significance or something terribly important (whether personal or just a good topic like the omnipotence of God). Take a deep breath of fresh air. Listen to music.
  8. What four (4) sounds or noises do you absolutely hate? Only four? Phlegm-induced hacking of old men. The garbage truck early in the morning, especially on a day I don’t have to get up. Car alarms. Whining.

Four For Friday

  1. If you could take a short class for the fun of it, say once a week for four or five weeks, what topic would the class most likely cover? Something artsy and how-to, or a foreign language.
  2. Do you think foreign students attending U.S. colleges should automatically be allowed to stay and work in the U.S. upon graduation? No, but I think it should be an option (I don’t really know anything about this policy though).
  3. In many states, knowingly filing a false police report is a considered a crime. Do you think Jennifer Wilbanks, a.k.a. The Runaway Bride, should be prosecuted because she initially reported to a 911 operator in New Mexico that she had been the victim of kidnapping? Regardless of your answer, do you feel Wilbanks should be held liable for the costs incurred by the hundreds of police officers and volunteers in her home town of Duluth, Georgia, who spent three days searching for her? From what I’ve heard, she ran away and people were looking for her for days before she made the false reports. That was a result of people loving her, not lies on her part. I think there should be a penalty for her false report, but that all the extenuating circumstances are taken into account. She was clearly not well (mentally) and wasn’t in full control of herself.
  4. Do you have long-term employment or career objectives? If so, what are some of them, and have they changed over the years or have you always had the same goals? I’ve talked about this a lot here. For the last ten years I was completely focused on youth ministry as a career goal, and I didn’t have any ideas about career advancement (as in, to senior pastoring). That course has changed now, and I’d like to be working full-time as a teacher in six years or so. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to adjust to the idea of career advancement in my current place of work, what that means, and what my options are.