Four Things

I blame Khaled for pulling me into this meme craze.

Four jobs I’ve had in my life

  • Bowl­ing Cen­ter Ser­vice Engi­neer: I spit-polished bowl­ing shoes (okay, maybe not), prepped lanes for play (say that ten times slow) and basi­cally stood behind the counter at a bowl­ing cen­ter pre­tend­ing to actu­ally know what I was doing.
  • Retail Mon­key: I think we’ve all done this at one time or another. For me, it was work­ing at a local “Orga­nize Everything”-type store. At one point I was actu­ally design­ing clos­ets using an in-house CAD pro­gram, but mostly I was lean­ing on a lad­der while tak­ing items from over­stock and shov­ing them onto the shelves.
  • County Worker: At one point in my ever so illus­tri­ous career path I worked for the County Gov­ern­ment as a “Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Assis­tant”, which meant go-for-in-training.
  • Amuse­ment Park Ride Oper­a­tor: I read some­where that Howie Man­del held the cov­eted posi­tion of Ride Oper­a­tor at a Cana­dian amuse­ment park. This was prob­a­bly one of the eas­i­est jobs I’ve ever had in my life. It was part-time and con­sisted of push­ing a green but­ton to start the ride and a red one to end it.

Four movies I can watch over and over

  • Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan: For one, it’s Spiel­berg, one of the only direc­tors of whom I have the utter­most respect for. That and it’s a World War 2 movie. For some rea­son I’m drawn to that era and the war which defined it.
  • You’ve Got Mail: Admit­tedly, this shouldn’t be here, but it is, so let me explain. There are only a hand­ful of chick flicks that I actu­ally like and this is one of them. Oddly, when­ever it’s played exces­sively on HBO, no mat­ter how many times I’ve seen it to date, I’m right there with a bowl full of popcorn.
  • E.T.: This is my favorite movie of all time. It’s got an alien who gets drunk on screen, hides among a col­lec­tion of dolls and forms a friend­ship with an awk­ward kid. What’s not to like?
  • Back to the Future (13): I snuck the sequels in there just because I enjoy them as much as the orig­i­nal. Another one of the my favorites due to the theme of time travel and the poten­tial to change the past and future.

Four places I have lived

  • River­side, CA
  • East Moline, IL
  • Rochester, NY
  • … and that’s it.

Four TV shows I love to watch

  • Ever­wood
  • Lost
  • Smal­l­ville (when it’s more about Super­man and less about being a soap)
  • Scrubs (frick!)

Four places I have been on vacation

  • Canada
  • Mex­ico
  • Bishop, CA
  • Morro Bay, CA

Four web­sites I visit daily

Four of my favourite foods

I love pasta. That’s about it.

Four places I would rather be right now

  • New Zealand
  • Italy
  • Aus­tralia
  • Nor­way (uff da!)

Four peo­ple I’ll pass this along to

As I’ve done in the past when I’ve expired my resources or just don’t know who to send it to, feel free to steal this meme. 

  • Pat Allan

    I don’t know if you’d really want to be in Aus­tralia at the moment — in Mel­bourne, it’s been 40 cel­cius or higher (104 fahren­heit) fairly often over the past week, and plenty of bush­fires nearby.

    Granted, it’s not been that bad in other cities. And hey, per­haps you like scorch­ing hot weather 🙂

  • kar­tooner

    Pat: Wow Pat, that sounds pretty har­row­ing to me. On the flip side, it’s been about 18 degrees dur­ing the evening here in New York. Maybe we can trade, pen­guins for wallabees.

  • Pauly D

    I always wanted to run the fer­ris wheel.

  • http://earthsoul.wscomingsoon Sasi

    hei erik,

    Endelig fant jeg en nord­mann på på 9rules! har vært lite inter­esse w3c her i lan­det virker det som.

    bor i oslo og kan fortelle deg at det er varmt idag,sola skin­ner, med mye snø. hadde vært fint med ski­tur, men for mye å gjøre.

    tenkte jeg skulle hilse.

    sasi sena

  • ion­fish

    Actu­ally, work­ing in retail is one rea­son I got into web design; I didn’t want to do the for­mer, so I started learn­ing how to do the lat­ter. It turned out that web design paid bet­ter and gave more job sat­is­fac­tion, but those are really just sec­ondary con­sid­er­a­tions com­pared to the fact that I don’t have to work in a shop serv­ing hordes of idiot customers.

  • kar­tooner

    Run­ning the fer­ris wheel was fairly easy, it was all in the wrist.

    Push­ing and pulling the lever con­trols the speed and if you hap­pen to be in a loopy mood, you might push it to the high­est notch, which makes it run at top speed which is pretty crazy actually.

    I can remem­ber rid­ing the “f’wheel” (my nick­name for it) and com­ment­ing to the oper­a­tor (my wife’s friend) that either the ride was mal­func­tion­ing or she was just wicked.

    I guess what I’m say­ing is super-fast fer­ris wheel rides are insane.

  • Grandpa Bud

    Don’t for­get the best job, with no pay…long hours…but much appre­ci­a­tion, your job as a great Father! Zoe is blessed with you, soon Quinn too.


  • Crys­tal

    how beau­ti­ful it sounds “push­ing a green but­ton to start the ride and a red one to end it”.…. I remem­ber being so full of elec­trolytes and nau­sea as i did that and repeated the same speech hun­dreds of times; feel­ing more like a robot than remotely human.

  • kar­tooner

    It was grand, wasn’t it Crystal? 🙂