Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Monday, January 16, 2006

Is there a better way to return to blogging after a hiatus than with a blog meme? (Absolutely not.) So, thanks to LQ for the tag and the impetus to start blogging again.

Four Jobs You've Had:

  • Bagel guy: I worked at a bagel shop through most of high school and the summer after my freshman year of college. In that time, I cut dough, rolled bagels, worked at the register, worked short-order, cut myself and burned myself on ovens and kettles. It took me years before I went back to eating bagels.
  • Office gopher: my job for a year and a half during college. I worked for the business manager of the Meteorology Department, running errands and the like. I remember that I handled the department's phone bill and that they sent me to deliver stuff to other parts of campus. That was the best part of the job, since it was a good excuse to take a walk outside. And, one of the usual destinations was right next door to the campus dairy, which sold excellent milkshakes.
  • Lab minion (researcher): my last job as an undergrad. I did research for a professor in my department and got paid for it, which was a pretty sweet deal.
  • Software engineer - that's what I was doing when I started writing the blog.

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:

  • Apollo 13 - I saw this on a date in Tokyo in 1995 and, to this day it's still the most money I've ever spent to see a movie. $15 with the student discount. But that's not why I watch it every time it's on TV. I think I like how the engineers are the heroes of the movie. The scene where they have to figure out how to make the air filters fit using just the materials in spaceship is straight out of an undergrad engineering class. And, I just love it when the guys tells the geeky engineer: "You, sir, are a steely-eyed missile man."
  • Strictly Ballroom - probably the most important movie I've ever watched. It's the reason I started ballroom dancing, without which nothing would be the same. It's the movie D and I watched on our zeroth date.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You - I don't know why, but I watch this every time it comes on cable. D and I have a rule about teen movies - we'll watch it either if it's based on great literature or if it has dancing. We added the second part to rationalize a trip to see that other essential piece of the Julia Stiles oeuvre, Save the Last Dance.
  • When Harry Met Sally

Four Places You've Lived:

(i.e. the lamest list of all) Try this on for size. This is pretty much all of geographical divisions I've ever lived in, although in some cases I lived in different places in the town.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • College Park, MD
  • Arlington, VA
  • Seattle, WA

Four TV Shows You Like to Watch

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The OC
  • Dancing With the Stars (I'll be posting about this, later, I think)

Four Places You've Been on Vacation

  • Paris - Twice, in fact. The second time was with D, for our honeymoon.
  • Greece - Twice, also, but the last time was in 1994. I think I've mentioned before that we're planning another trip for right after school ends. I still think it's the most beautiful place I've ever been.
  • Ballroom dance camp, in England and in Florida.
  • Japan - twice for exchange programs and once for a plain old vacation. I like the Japanese gardens, the electronics and the fact that everything seems to be on a different scale then the US. Sometimes that means hitting my head on the top of doorways, but sometimes that means going into the largest and the second-largest department stores in the world, both on the same day. I also liked my apparently infinite capacity to get lost while I was there.

Four Websites You Visit Daily:

  • Yahoo mail
  • Gmail
  • Newsgator (way better than Bloglines)
  • lawschool.westlaw.com (I plan to get a TV from the reward points this year. It's good to have goals.)

Four of My Favorite Foods:

  • Chili - but only the good stuff.Not from a can.I make pretty decent chili, but I've had lots that's better.
  • Ethiopian food - yummy, and you get to eat with your hands. How do you beat that?
  • Thai curry from my neighbors' restaurant
  • Bread pudding - I don't know why, but I'm unreasonably obsessed with this. Anytime I see it on a menu, I have to order it. I made a version at Christmas that used panettone instead of regular bread. It was spectacular, if I do say so myself.

Four Places I'd Rather Be:

  • Hawaii - Well, it sure looks pretty in the pictures.
  • Australia - How could I not want to go, after reading In a Sunburned Country?
  • Tahiti
  • Tokyo

Four Albums I Can't Live Without:

Honestly, what I really can't live without is the 3700 songs on my iPod, but let me make a good faith effort to come up with albums, instead.*

  • Great Big Sea - "Rant and Roar"
  • Loreena McKennitt - "The Book of Secrets"
  • Loretta Lynn - "Van Lear Rose"
  • R.E.M. - "Document"

Special Jim's Polka Answer Only!!

Four Artists Whose Tapes Were Found in D's Room at Her Parents' House This Weekend:

  • New Kids on the Block - Hangin' Tough
  • Debbie Gibson (both albums)
  • Martika (hey, who didn't like Toy Soldiers?)
  • Wang Chung

Four People to Tag With the Lists:

I suppose I'll go all-techie with this one:

* Not true. I'm pretty sure that there are at least 1000 that I could live without. For example, how, exactly, did I end up with 2 whole Kid Rock albums?