Hmph, more like 42, if you ask me. Marauder has once again tagged me for one of these things because he knows I often reply against my better judgment.
1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
I had recently gotten married, and was working for a mortgage company, which I considered to be my first "real job". It was one of those magical times that people talk about where we lived in a small apartment with our only furniture being a deck lounge for a sofa and a futon mattress for a bed, and of course it was one of the happier times in our lives, living so simply. As a bit of technological nostalgia, we didn't own a computer, so if we wanted to check our e-mails, we had to use my father-in-law's computer, which had a 16 MHz processor running Windows 3.1. Of course even then it was out-of date, but it got the job done.
2. What were you doing one year ago?
3. What are five snacks you enjoy?
- Starbucks pumpkin scones
- Salt & vinegar potato chips
- Jalapeño poppers
- Frosted mini-wheats
Sheesh, like Marauder, I'm a lyrics freak, so I know a lot of lyrics. It might be more to the point to ask for five albums I know the lyrics to. For instance, if I get a song from the Beatles' White Album stick in my head, I'll usually run through the entire album mentally. Let me think of some unusual songs I know...
- "Penis Song" by Eric Idle
- "Fidelity Fiduciary Bank" from Mary Poppins
- "De Colores" traditional Spanish folk song
- "different town" by Strong Bad and TMBG
- The Spongebob Squarepants theme
- Invest in real estate.
- Get a graduate degree.
- Travel around the world.
- Give $1,000 to 1,000 people and tell them to change the world.
- Never wear the same pair of socks twice.
- Sometimes having a good laugh is as important as actually being funny. The humor of a four-year-old seldom makes sense, but it's always funny to them.
- Macaroni and cheese is always a good meal choice when in doubt. Goes without saying.
- All animals are really cool. One of my daughters loves dogs, but she'll be nearly as excited about touching a spider as a puppy.
- There's inherent excitement in trying something new and different. 99% of the time, my kids ride in my wife's car, but on the rare occasions that I've moved their car seats to my car, even a trip to the grocery store is an adventure to them.
- Having my own children has taught me a lot about how God looks at us as His children.
- Constructing artificial languages.
- Studying typefaces.
- Solving British crosswords.
- Debating philosophy.
- Writing crap like this blog.
Never? I don't know that I can imagine, let's see...
- A toupee. If I ever go bald, I hope to do so with dignity.
- A nosering. I had been considering getting my nose pierced shortly before I first met my wife, and she told me she didn't like piercings. I don't even wear my earrings anymore.
- More tattoos. On a semi-related note, I had two tattoos when I met my wife, and have abstained from getting additional ones. Most people who have tattoos seem to have several, as it's actually sort of addicting in a way that's hard to explain. While I'm happy with the ones I have, I realized that there's something oxymoronic and silly about making a permanent fashion statement.
- A pair of shoes that cost more than a day's wage.
- A speedo. Ew.
- I have this windup toy that is sort of hard to describe. Ah, here it is, the Critter. For some reason the thing cracks me up to no end.
- The Rubik's Cube. I couldn't solve I back in the day when it was hot, but eventually figured out how to solve it (although not very fast) about five years or so after its heyday. A fun mental exercise in algorithmic processes.
- Scrabble. (Does a board game count as a toy?)
- Kittens. Awesome.
- This blog.
- Being forced to come up with five of everything