Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Damnable Fours

Damnations!  I’ve been harassing Roger Ailes since forever to put me on his inglorious “Enemies List”, and somehow he pays me back by sending me that damn Meme of Fours list that’s going around like the plague.  I guess now that everyone else has already been sullied by the damn thing, I was the last blogger left.  And just so you know how I stand on these things, when I saw it at Digby’s, I composed a fairly nasty comment about how silly these things were and compared it to the typical sorority shenanigans we hear so much of (I believe the line was: What is this a blog, or a damn sorority).  The message was so nasty and anti-fours, in fact, that I decided to not post it, lest I offend the great Digby (who was kind enough to add me to his blogroll).  

And so what do I do when it comes my way?  Well dammit, I fill it out and pass it on.  Here goes, though there are few surprises here:

Four jobs you've had in your life: Golfcart Driver (for restaurant), Beercart Vendor (for sports team), Furniture Deliveryman (for furniture store), CPA

Four movies you could watch over and over: Boogie Nights, Snatch, Elf, Arsenic and Old Lace

Four places you've lived: (very Tex-centric) Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio, Houston

Four TV shows you love to watch: (the only shows I watch) Daily Show, Colbert Report, SNL, Simpsons (not the newer ones)

Four places you've been on vacation: Branson MO (hated it), Washington DC, Sodus Point NY, Myrtle Beach SC

Four websites you visit daily: Digby, Legal Fiction, Carpetbagger, Roger Ailes

Four of your favorite foods: Cheesecake, Shrimp Romeo (w/ pesto cream sauce), Beer, Chocolate

Four places you'd rather be: Amsterdam, Outer Space, The Moon, Mars (I’m a sci-fi nut)

Four albums you can't live without: (Not withstanding the “can’t live without” melodramatics) Stereolab – Sound Dust, Chet Baker – The Best of Chet Baker Sings, Frank Sinatra – The Very Good Years, Peggy Lee – You Give Me Fever (the first three are must-haves, and the last is a drunken must-have)

And just to add a category I like:
Four Favorite Writers: HG Wells, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Winston Churchill

Now I’m going to have to search all the blogs to see who hasn’t gotten this damn thing yet (lest the poor sap realizes that I don’t read all of their ramblings).  Ahh, I found one.  I’m sending it to Neural Gourmet, co-creator of the Carnival of the Liberals (which is still accepting entries by Jan 3).  Welcome to the sorority, Neury.  Good luck.


debutaunt said...

I'm stealing that meme.

Snappy New Year, brew. Hope to deliver the merengue pie soon.

Anonymous said...

HG Wells and not Frank Herbert? C'mon now.

And SNL? You made the point that you don't watch the newer Simpsons, but they're light years better than the past 5-10 years of SNL. Watch some of the crazy stuff they have on the cartoon network late at night - Colbert is in some of em, like Harvey Birdman.

Doctor Biobrain said...

Sorry, but I'm a faithful SNL watcher, through thick and thin. While it's not always great, I still get plenty of enjoyment. Even when it's not "funny", it's still interesting to see what professionals can do live on a limited schedule. And it's not really about the humor, it's about the event; making the live ones much better.

As for Herbert, I've only read the first Dune book, but really thought it lost steam towards the middle and end. The first part was pure genius, but I really think he just rushed through the rest. And I was burned enough by that to not bother with anything else. Maybe I should try more, but if there's one thing I hate, it's reading a book I don't like. I'm a fairly slow reader and always have to finish them, so I rarely read anything that I don't think I'll love. I'd much rather watch one hundred bad movies than to read one so-so book. It usually takes me just as long to do. Maybe I'll try another someday.