My life has been a bit hectic as of late, for which I have one thing to say: ugh. I like to be busy, but when a semester starts it's always a little overwhelming. But hey, I'm still here, and I'm still me, so no complaints. This week I've been having a bit of hard time finding time to blog. I figure it's just as well, I haven't felt particularly witty this week.
Today I thought up a great topic to blog, regarding running into people. However, I will put this entry off until tomorrow, not only to keep you in suspense, but also because my friend Javacat presented me with a challenge, in quads. So without further adieu, here goes.
Four Jobs You've Had:
House/Animal Sitter - This one started when I was in elementary school. It's one of the perks of having older brothers, you get to tag along make a cut of what they're making. Mostly I just took care of neighbors' animals, most of which were outdoor animals. As I got older, it came to be more, and sometimes I even helped out the neighbors when they were in town. A certain bath for a neighbor's two huskies comes to mind.
Tutor - As the son of a math teacher, I naturally got to tutor people myself. Subjects ranged from what I had taken in school. I mostly only tutored through high school, but tutored subjects such as math, science, and English.
Simmons Radio Group - During my junior year of high school, I got into radio as an intern. That lasted through the school year, and afterward I was promptly hired. I primarily worked in programming, including commercial production, occasional on-air stuff, and broadcasting live around town. I loved that job, and stayed there for three years.
Accessibility Services - This job was an on-campus job at my university. I was a Transcriptionist (our self-proclaimed title; it just sounds so much cooler than 'transcriber'). I spent hours at a time in front of a computer, listening to recorded classroom lectures and typing them verbatim. Not the easiest work, but certainly interesting, and did wonders for my typing skills. I also got to edit books, which was fascinating. I loved the fact that I was getting paid to read books. The most interesting book I got to edit was Michel Foucalt's "History of Sexuality."
Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:
Office Space - This movie never ceases to be hilarious. It is unbelievably quotable, and yet so honest.
Pirates of the Carribean - I have always been fascinated by pirates, for some reason. I saw this movie without ever seeing a preview, and I've still never been on the ride at Disneyland. I saw it one day because I was bored and wanted to do something, and so asked my brother if he wanted to see it, as one of my friends had said it was great. I saw it four times in the theater, and of course bought the special edition DVD the day it came out.
American Beauty - If there's a movie that can cover life and all its ups and downs, this is the one. Everything from happiness to sadness, humor to seriousness, and anger to jealousy to fear. Incredibly well-written, beautifully directed, and unbelievable acting from the entire cast.
Rain Man - Dustin Hoffman never ceases to amaze me every time I watch this movie. This film is so sincere and honest that it's always touching. The story matters less than the characters that are involved, and it's impossible not to care about them.
Four Places You've Lived:
This section is boring to the nth degree, because I've lived in one place my whole life:
Albuquerque, NM - I have lived in Albuquerque my entire life. I was born and raised here. I've spent some time in Minnesota, but not for any serious length of time, and certainly not enough to say I've lived there.
Four TV Shows You Love to Watch:
I'm not a big TV guy, but occasionally watch certain shows that I even have spent time watching on DVD.
Seinfeld - There's something about a show about "nothing" that I find both entertaining and amusing.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - This show is always fun to watch, and I find that I like it for its wit. Sometimes just watching it is equally amusing to the banter.
Family Guy - This twisted animated show is never one to disappoint. As far as TV shows go, they manage to pack more into its half-hour time slot than many shows I have seen. I love the random turns the stories take, and of course I love all the flashbacks.
Scrubs - This show is always fun to watch. It's witty and smart, and very well written. I love the way they use hypotheticals all the time, sort of showing a stream of consciousness. I think my favorite character is Dr. Kelso. He's so sadistic it's funny.
Four Places You've Been on Vacation:
San Diego, CA - I went on a trip here with my family one time, just for a four-day long weekend. It was one of the best trips ever! We explored the city, got to see some cool museums, a really cool aquarium by the beach, and Legoland. Legoland is one of the coolest places ever.
Phoenix, AZ - I've been here on a few occasions, one to visit a friend, and one for a really fun road-trip with my brothers. There's a cool park in Tempe, centered on the only river in Phoenix. We even got to climb what we dubbed "Mt. Doom," a steep hill atop which you can see the city all around.
Las Vegas, NV - I went with my whole family to visit Las Vegas, which was a blast. We walked the strip, took in some sights, explored the area. I learned that mostly it's the architecture on the outside that's best. All casinos look alike. Some of them are worth walking around. My favorite casino is definitely Treasure Island. I told you I love pirates.
Colorado Springs, CO - I went here on another big family trip. We actually took a pretty all-inclusive Colorado tour (save Denver). We went to the Garden of the Gods, a beautiful place to hike; we rode the cog train to Pike's Peak, which is at over 14,000 feet at the peak (the air is quite thin, even for a high-elevation mountain guy such as myself).
Four Blogs You Visit Daily:
Adrian C - A very funny guy, who always has insightful and funny blogs.
Javacat - She is a phenomenal writer, a very well-rounded person. Plus she's witty, funny, and extremely creative.
Nikki - An all-around fun person, activist, and from what I understand, a very talented actress.
Kev - A talented chef and thoughtful guy, who always has interesting thoughts and experiences to share.
Four of Your Favorite Foods:
Green chile is at the very top of the list. I'm a native New Mexican, and I can't get enough of the stuff.
Nachos, always with the inclusion of green chile on them.
Both New Mexican and Mexican food, especially enchiladas and chile rellenos.
Apricot chicken, my mom's style. There's something about that combination that is out of this world.
Four Places You'd Rather Be:
This is a toughie, because I am rather fond of New Mexico...
Brazil - Either Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. I've never been, but I've heard it's beautiful, and fun. Plus it's got a good heavy metal scene.
Louisiana - I have a lot of family out there, and love Cajun Country. I just wish I didn't have such bad allergies.
Australia - Down Under would be a lovely place, kickin' back, going surfing, and spending lots of time outdoors.
Flagstaff, AZ - I love mountains. Flagstaff is awesome, quaint, fun, and at a high elevation. Plus it's not too far from Phoenix, where there's all sorts of stuff (including heat).
Four Albums You Can't Live Without:
Pink Floyd - Animals - This is my absolute favorite album of all time, it is a stroke of genius.
Lostprophets - Start Something - I got this CD when it first came out almost two years ago, and it is still amazing. The lyrics are intense, the music is powerful. The only way to listen is from start to finish.
Dream Theater - Train of Thought - This album showcases brilliant musicianship and lyrics. Though some fans of DT argue that it's the decline of their music, and cannot compare to their masterpiece Images and Words, I find the album incredible, and cannot get enough of it.
Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen - This was my induction into the world of Ben Folds, whose nonsensical piano rock is catchy and addictive. From start to finish, the album flows smoothly, and it's impossible not to sing along.
Four Cars You've Owned:
I've never actually owned a car of my own, so I'm going to also include cars that I want to own.
Toyota Camry - This was the first car I ever drove, from the very beginning. It was a great car, and got me where I needed to go, even though it was a bit underpowered.
Toyota Tacoma - This pickup truck is awesome. It's little, but it's got some power, and it does everything it needs to do. I share it with my brothers.
And now for the cars I want to own...
Mini Cooper S - This is my dream car. It's little, it's fast, and it's nimble. What more could I possibly want in a car?
Honda Civic Coupe (supercharged, of course) - This is slightly more affordable than the Mini right now, and might be the car I spring for before I've got enough money to get me a Mini.
Now for the four people I choose for this mission, should they choose to accept it: