September 17, 2005


I've been tagged by the lovely Tamara. Here goes...

10 years ago:
Ahh, ten years ago I was fighting crime on the force with my partner White, who was, ironically, black. We were just about to break up this big drug cartel when his family was captured, held hostage and I had to go all Mel Gibson on their asses which is when, after successfully saving everyone, I got shot in the thigh. Then I retired. Now, I live in a trailer park with my dog Fletch, find the occasional cheating husband for an attractive new wife and live off of Ho Hos and cheap booze.

Oh wait. That's not me.

In actuality, I was living in Small College Town with Beth and Pixel The Extraordinarily Large Black Cat. I was sleeping rarely and skipping way too many classes (both of which, I'm convinced, have resulted in a more frequent than normal occurrance of that "holy shit I've got a final in a class I've never attended" dream). Had there been a degree program for slackerdom, I'd have been well on my way. And quite successful. Somehow, I did emerge from college a year later with a decent GPA and a degree. My hair was down to my ass and there was a high probability that I was wearing something flannel. And listening to Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Screaming Trees and countless other offspring of the Seattle music scene that had exploded earlier in the decade. I played a Fender Strat by ear and learned all the grunge I could. I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and still ate meat.

5 years ago:
This broad walked into my trailer having somehow gotten by Fletch. She must have brough a juicy steak. She plied me with cheap booze and told me that old tale of greed and infidelity that I'd heard so many times before. I told her I wasn't interested. She told me there was $10,000 in it for me. I told her I was interested.

Damnit! How'd that happen again? My life, five years ago...

Beth and I were living in yet another two bedroom apartment, only this time we were in Northern Virginia, outside Washington DC, having completed school. I was a running help desk with five employees for a startup and Beth was actually working for the same company she does now.

1 year ago:
The dame had left. It was just me, Fletch and Jack. Jack Daniels.

Oh, shut up!

If you're interesting in what was going down a year ago, well, you can read about it for yourself. I was trying to escape from the clutches of guitarist-obsessed freaks and preparing to number three in a cup. I'm afraid I can't add too much.

Yesterday, I took a day off and spent it with Beth and Mia. And the toothless contractor. Not much to report. It was a nice day.

5 songs I know all the words to:
- Any song by Genesis (shut up) or Led Zeppelin
- American Pie by Don McLean
- Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
- U2's Joshua Tree in its entirety
- In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel (like the rest of my generation)

5 snacks:
- candy, especially gummy things
- cookies (current favorite - snickerdoodles)
- applesauce
- Chex mix
- ice cream

5 things I'd do with $100 million:
- Mia's education
- buy a farm or ranch - something with land stretching to the horizon
- charity
- charity
- charity

5 places I would run away to:
- Paris
- some deserted island in the South Pacific (with the family, and a nice house of course)
- the middle of nowhere
- Canada (pending results of next presidential election)
- did I mention Paris?

5 things I would never wear:
- Speedo
- thong or bikini underwear
- anything popularized by the show Miami Vice
- heels
- cocktail dress

5 favorite TV shows:
- Lost
- Survivor
- Law & Order (all 2,394 of them)
- West Wing (only lately, not so much)
- 24

5 greatest joys:
- being a dad
- being a husband
- music (the playing of and listening to)
- reading/writing
- my daughter smiling at me

5 favorite toys:
- my guitars
- the iPod (aka, Cactipod)
- 10 speaker stereo system in my music room
- PlayStation2
- pod coffee maker

5 people I'm taggin:
- That's up to you. You haven't done it, try it out. Just let me know you're doing it!

Posted by Chris at September 17, 2005 9:46 AM

you know the words to led zep songs? that's impressive. i mean, i know SOME, but usually I'm just making noises.

Posted by: laura at September 17, 2005 9:49 AM

That "final in a class I've never attended dream"? Still sneaks up on me, five years after graduating. It's embarrassing, but I feel a sense of relief wash over me and realize that, while I'm not actually using my degree in Communications, at least my GPA is still in tact.

Posted by: Daria at September 17, 2005 9:49 AM

what the hell, this looks like fun and i'm bored. i'm tagging myself! btw, r. cactus, there's a pic of gigantic kiss ho boots waiting for you on my blog. :) enjoy your weekend!!

Posted by: misifoota at September 17, 2005 10:10 AM

Okay, I'm doin nothin this a.m. so I tagged myself also.

And truly, there is nothing better than a new baby's smile.

Posted by: zanie at September 17, 2005 12:03 PM

Dude, you listed applesauce as a snack?! That's so cute. Weird, but cute.

Posted by: Fraulein N at September 17, 2005 12:10 PM

I, sadly, also know all the words to all the Genesis songs. What's much more important is that my kids only know the words ot the good ones.

Posted by: shannon at September 17, 2005 12:12 PM

I'm in since I had a good weird at a Pearl Jam concert and I'm trying to make witty and insightful. It should be a first for my blog.


Posted by: Nat at September 17, 2005 12:54 PM

I'm in. I'm always up for material...and this one's rad. Mine gave a lot about me away though. Kinda freaky.

Posted by: Heather at September 17, 2005 1:13 PM

Very enlightening! I did this awhile back, but believe me it's not near as interesting as yours! :-)

Posted by: lrstan at September 17, 2005 3:50 PM

i was bored. warning: mine is not very entertaining.

Posted by: Denise at September 17, 2005 4:29 PM

That was very interesting! Hope all is going well with your family, especially that cutie with the great hair! (oh and I'm back with a new blog now, if you want to check me out) lol

Posted by: Dana at September 17, 2005 5:33 PM

I'm self-tagging. Glad to see you're a fellow Survivor fan!

Posted by: Sari Olsen at September 17, 2005 9:35 PM

dude... there is a new L'Order: SVU on on tuesday and SOMEONE IS HOLDING A GUN TO MY PRECIOUS STABLER'S HEAD!!

if you and fletch head down there and save him, there's a 5 benjis and a bottle of jack daniels, with only three sips missing, in it for you.

Posted by: jodi at September 17, 2005 10:12 PM

OK, I've seen this before. I guess it's my time.

Posted by: kalisah at September 17, 2005 11:59 PM

I wouldn't want to be perceived as pedantic ,but why "middle of nowhere" ahead of Canada??, as they are pretty much the same thing...hell I should know!

Posted by: englishthorn at September 18, 2005 1:46 AM

Okay, I did one on my site. It was hard narrowing down some of the subjects but it was fun!

Posted by: dragonlady474 at September 18, 2005 1:54 AM

Definitely would be there with you in Canada. Seriously considered it before 2004, but taxes are way better here (if they can ever be considered good). God help us in 2008 if this nightmare continues.

Posted by: Heather at September 18, 2005 10:33 PM

American Pie is my absolute favorite song. Ever.

Posted by: Betty at September 18, 2005 11:17 PM

Wow, you called me the Lovely Tamara! Thanks, man!

You and the girls are welcome in Canada ANY TIME!


Posted by: Tamara at September 19, 2005 2:27 PM

I noticed "Alias" was not in your list of 5 TV shows... I think that you must reevaluate.

Posted by: Eulallia at September 21, 2005 5:20 PM

You mean NO corset or panties? Disappointed sigh. I know I am a sick girl! Smirk

Posted by: Gypsy at September 23, 2005 12:03 AM

I got to this late...took a vacation from almost everythig last week, but this was good!!

Posted by: Sue at September 26, 2005 2:17 PM