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Moar Megmemes   Leave a comment

I gave up on the monthly meme.  Mebbe I’ll finish it later.  But I needed something to write about today that isn’t crazy-making (there aren’t many things right now today that aren’t crazy-making), and Meg supplied a meme, so here ya’ll go:

1. The phone rings; who don’t you want it to be?
Anyone telling me somebody’s in the hospital.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
About 80% of the time.  I make no apologies for the other 20%.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
I talk quite a bit, but I have a tendency to acquire more information than I offer.  Parse that how you will.

4. What was the last compliment that someone gave you?
Hannah called me silly.

5. Do you play the lottery?
Won $10 with my last ticket.  Yes, I’m something of a mathematician.  Yes, I’m aware (probably more than you can know) exactly how stupid the lottery is.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, who would you want with you?
Someone who has their catering truck and satellite phone handy?

7. Do you like to ride horses?
Yes.  I’m not good (in terms of overall skill, I don’t practice enough) but I have a knack for letting the animal know I’m in charge.  Have no idea when I acquired that ability.

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
Yes.  My eardrum exploded in spite of explicit instructions to the camp counselors as to my likelihood of getting an ear infection and how to deal with it.

9. What is your favorite party game?
This is an odd question for me to answer; my idea of “game party” is probably not yours.  I’ll go with nostalgia and say “3-man” (hey, I went to college).

10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it?
A sexy person who is married is pursuing me regularly.  I go for it (after all, we’re married to each other).  Oh, you wanted the non-trivial answer?  No.  Even when I was single.  Regardless of how horrible your marriage may be, just kill it before coming after me, please.

11. When was the last time that you lied?
Everybody lies to themselves every day.  Better question is, “When’s the last time you caught yourself?”  This morning, for me.

12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?
Hell, I married a Lutheran.  They don’t buy transubstantiation.  Hm, wait, neither do I.  Let’s rephrase the answer: “It depends upon the set of beliefs”.

13. If you have a S/O, who pursued who? If not, do you like to pursue or be pursued?
This is a complicated question to answer, in practice.  Our courtship wasn’t as cut and dried as all that.  But when the main critical juncture hit, I suppose you’d say that I was the one that went after her, right dear heart?

14. Use six words to describe yourself.
Engineered, Ineffable, Pithy, Weird, Critical, and Distracted.

15. Name a song that could make you cry?
Songs alone can’t make me cry, it takes something along with.  I’ll betray my sister and say Megan’s answer is:

16. Are you pleased with your education?

17. How do you feel about gun control?
There are about 309 million people in the U.S.  12,000-14,000 people are murdered in the U.S. every year (about 90% of them with guns).  About 40,000 people are killed by automobiles.  Also:

  • Heart disease: 616,067
  • Cancer: 562,875
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 135,952
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 127,924
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 123,706
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 74,632
  • Diabetes: 71,382
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 52,717
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 46,448
  • Septicemia: 34,828

I figure, the question of gun control is largely something that is completely stupid to spend even 30 seconds of your time pondering.  Let the individualists buy a gun.  Donate your money to the American Heart Association.

18. If your house was on fire, what thing would be the first thing you grabbed?
Assuming people don’t qualify as “things”, I’ll say the backup hard drive.

19. How often do you have a romantic weekend?
Since I can’t peg a number off the top of my head, I’ll say, “I wish it was more often”.   Logistics are the limiter, here.

20. Do you think more about the past, present or future?
The unreal.

21. What was the last adult magazine that you have read?
Playboy; I think it was a Harlan Ellison short?

22. What are you told about your eyes?
They’re in my head.  Seriously, that’s the last thing someone told me about my eyes (also Hannah).

23. How tall is just right?
For what?  If I’m playing basketball, I’m wishing I was 7′.  Most other times, that’d be too dang tall.  Kitty seems to be the right size whether she’s wearing flats or heels, so I’ll say, “However tall Kitty is at the moment”.

24. Where is your dream house located?
On an island.  It’s not a house, it’s a lair.

25. Do you have a secret fetish?
This is not the proper medium to discuss.

26. Have you tried bourbon? If yes, what type?
I don’t easily trust a man who won’t have a drink with me.

27. Have you ever seen a male or female stripper?
Yes.  Bachelor parties are typically rather stupid, but culturally traditional.  I didn’t have a stripper at mine, but I’ve been to enough of them that the intersection of “bachelor parties I’ve been to” and “bachelor parties with strippers” is not the null set.

28. When was the last time you were at TGI Fridays?
Forever ago.  We used to go a lot in college.

29. When was the last time you were at Church?
At Church?  Or at Mass?

30. Where was the furthest place you traveled today?
Home-to-work.  2.5 miles.

31. What was your favorite job?
Vacuuming Grandma’s house.  She was a good boss.

33. Bud is hosting Thursday Thunks this week. Will you play?
Nope. Don’t know Bud.  Not sure where Bud is.

34. Do you look like your mom or dad?
Both.  Neither.  I dunno, ask Meg?  I don’t look like what I think I look like, so it stands to reason I don’t know how much I look like anybody else.

35. Who was the last person that you showered with (it’s okay to leave out the name)?
Too many of these memes are obviously written by single people.

Posted July 14, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes, noise

Smiles, Everyone… Smiles!   2 comments

Day Nineteen: Something That Made You Smile Today

I woke up this morning, and remembered yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that… all the way back to a particular day in 2002.  I love my wife.  She’s too damn good for me.

Posted June 21, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes

There Can Be Only One!   2 comments

Day Eighteen: Favorite Board Game

This is a tough question.  I *love* games (more on family game dynamic over at Meg’s post).  Saying “pick your favorite board game” is way too general.

Favorite two person game?  Backgammon.  Both strategic and tactical, with a large luck impact, but the game goes so fast you can play a dozen times in short order.  Long games with a large luck factor (e.g., Monopoly)… annoying.  Short games with a large luck factor, fun!  Play again!  I’ll beat you 8 of 12!

Favorite three player game?  Pinochle (not technically a board game, obviously).  Carcassone might be a good contender, I haven’t played it as a three-player game enough to know for sure.  Cribbage is fun with three players, as well… most good three player games are card games.

Favorite four player game?  Acquire.  Doesn’t matter how much time you have to play games, you can always sneak in a game or two of Acquire.

Favorite five player game?  Settlers of Catan is great fun, but if you have more than 5 players, it starts to run too long and then the luck/strategy balance gets out of whack.  Rail Baron is good with five players, it’s too weak with four and too lucky with six.

Favorite six player game?  Illuminati or Diplomacy.  Illuminati is outrageous fun, as is Diplomacy, but they’re both the sort of games that encourage the most ruthless possible zero-sum game behavior.  In other words, don’t play it with people who aren’t very good friends, or fisticuffs might break out.  Actually, fisticuffs might break out anyway.  They’re that sort of game.  There is no “good sportsmanship” in either, you must break alliances and trust and gut your opponent as mercilessly as Ming if you want to win.

Favorite seven player game?  Pictured above, Civilization (Advanced Civilization is actually better, but I played Civilization first).  Very strategic, but the main way to win is to haggle your butt off in the resource trading, and there’s lots of interesting dynamics involved there.  Very close runner up is Arkham Horror, which is a cooperative game and requires good team play to win, very much the antithesis of Illuminati and Diplomacy.

Posted June 20, 2010 by padraic2112 in games, memes

We’ll Need A Recent Picture…   1 comment

Day Seventeen: A Childhood picture

From 1973.

Posted June 20, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes

Hey, What’s That You Got On Your Face?   1 comment

Day Sixteen: Future Tattoos

I have yet to find it necessary to embed either artwork or a pithy phrase in my epidermis.  I don’t object to it on any grounds, I just haven’t been touched by the idea that a particular something belongs permanently etched on my flesh, and I’m not the sort of dude who is going to get a tattoo for the hell of it.

I’ll go darkly dystopian for a minute and predict a bar code and a number.  It’s just as likely as anything else.

Posted June 17, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes, noise

Twenty points higher than me? Thinks a big guy like that can wear his clothes?   Leave a comment

Day Fifteen: Current Grades

Mgt 345 (Organizational Behavior) – 4 units, graded.  Final Grade: A.  Grade Points: 16

Total Grade Points: 206.8

Units Taken Towards GPA: 52

Current GPA: 3.977

Stupid A- in Design Science Research Methods.  Note: nobody in grad school cares about your grades.  And of course, in grad school, I’m busting my hind end off quite a bit more than I did in as an undergraduate, where people actually care about your grades.

Moral of the story?  You probably learn, or at least produce better deliverables, when it’s your $$$$ and spare time going towards your education.

Posted June 15, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes

It’s The Greatest Christmas Present I Ever Had   3 comments

Day Fourteen: Favorite Purchase Ever Made

Like Megs, I’m giving these posts actual titles now.

Also like Meg, almost all my favorite “stuff” is stuff that was given to me.   The only time I’ve really enjoyed buying stuff was when I was shopping for somebody else, and only then during a brief stretch when I was making enough money relative to what I was spending that I could afford to really just buy whatever the hell struck my fancy for everyone for Christmas.  I wonder if Ann, Meg, and Tom still have their jackets.

All that said, I am awfully fond of the new bed.  Tempurpedic mattresses are worth the money.  Oh, yes they are.

Posted June 15, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes, noise

Monthly Meme XIII   Leave a comment

Following up Megan‘s pointing me to Caffeinated Joe‘s tumblr/blogmeme… (Kitty‘s doing it now, too)

Day Thirteen: Favorite Memory

Four way tie.  Sorry, no can break this one.  One for the doors opening at the back of the church and seeing my soon-to-be wife on my wedding day.  One each for the birth of my two children.  The last is standing on the front porch of the Shiele Avenue house, looking at snow on the ground in San Jose, California in 1976.  I can’t remember much else from that day, the details are foggy.  I just remember being utterly flabbergasted that there was snow on the ground.

Posted June 14, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes

Monthly Meme XII   1 comment

Following up Megan‘s pointing me to Caffeinated Joe‘s tumblr/blogmeme… (Kitty‘s doing it now, too)

Day Twelve: Where Your Family Is From

Like many Americans, this is a complicated question.  Go two steps back in the family tree, and things get really muddled (see Meg’s version for a brief glimpse).  However, if you were introducing me or my immediate siblings/parents ringside, the announcer would likely say, “In this corner, from San Jose, California by way of Pasadena (or current residence)…”

Silicon Valley, as viewed from Alum Rock Park

San Jose is an odd town to be *from*.  My parents both grew up in the area, but back when they were teenagers the area was still predominantly agricultural and the “summer job” was “cuttin’ ‘cots” down at the cannery, or working at some other agricultural-based job (Mom still won’t use ketchup, she saw how it was made in 1963 and it damaged her for life).  By the time I was born, Intel and HP were changing the local economy for good.  Silicon Valley was birthed the same year I was, albeit a few months earlier… we grew up together.

We moved quite a bit in my early childhood, but spend a solid block of 9 years living in what could only be called the ‘burbs, in a two-story house on a street largely populated by other two story houses plopped down from one of 10 or so different floor plans.  Ours was one of two on the street with an old-growth pine tree that towered over the house, undoubtedly the tree predated the conversion of the immediate landscape from agricultural plots to a community of houses.  The tree has been gone for years now, it was cut down almost immediately by the people who bought the house from my parents.

We just visited the place this last weekend for my aunt’s 80th birthday, and we drove the van around and I pointed at things and told my two kids in the backseat stories about the area that they probably didn’t listen to and aren’t really old enough to grasp anyway.  It’s odd, what has remained the same, and what has been torn down and replaced with newer buildings… Eastridge and Valley Fair (the two malls I remember from my teens) have both been torn down and rebuilt by Westfield, and they look like every other Westfield mall in the country.  The old Harley dealership on San Carlos has been torn down and replaced with a Starbucks.  Western Appliance is still there (with the same godawful 1950s marquee sign), as is a quarter of the smaller strip mall where my first job was, cashiering for a pharmacy.  The pharmacy is still there, but it’s a CVS now, and the smaller shops have all been bulldozed, probably years ago.  The Burger Barn is still there, and it’s a Burger Barn again (having gone through two periods of being something else that I can remember, I think that location is cursed).  The two Burger Pit locations that I remembered were gone, but we drove past one on Koosier/Blossom Hill that I didn’t know existed, I hope it’s still there next time we’re in town.

The big domes of the Century theaters are still there on Winchester, next to the Mystery House, but Town & Country mall across the street has been replaced by a giant monstrosity of a mixed-use area that seems to be designed primarily for pedestrians to act like they’re in New York, but without having to deal with New York weather.

Andy’s Pet Shop appeared at first glance to still be there on The Alameda, but the store itself was closed.  My friend Shaun mentioned that it had been shut down for about two years now, with nobody moving in.

Kitty made the astute observation that someone from Albuquerque would make: San Jose appeared to have started its boom in the post-war years, with a lot of early 1950s construction, but whereas Albuquerque has had a relatively stable economy, San Jose has gone through many boom-and-bust cycles, with each boom leading to some sort of development fad replacing a chunk of the older construction with “new and improved” buildings.  There are chunks of the San Jose area that reminded her of Albuquerque, each chunk sitting like a island surrounded by post-1970, then post-1980, then post-2000 seas of redevelopment.  It gives one the sense of moving through an odd museum run by a mad curator, if anyone ever cared enough about post-war U.S. development to make a museum of such a thing.

Sometimes I miss it, usually I don’t.  There are new freeways now, but the town never was intelligently laid out for what it grew up to be, and the traffic patterns are still awful.  People can gripe about the traffic in Los Angeles, but the worst commute of my life was still the five months I commuted from Walnut Creek to San Jose to finish off my last semester of high school (and I’ve had some colossally bad commutes in the LA basin).  The hills of San Jose really don’t look like anywhere else, though, this time of year.  Blasted-white grasses over rolling hills dotted with deep green oak trees.

Posted June 14, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes

Monthly Meme XI   3 comments

Following up Megan‘s pointing me to Caffeinated Joe‘s tumblr/blogmeme… (Kitty‘s doing it now, too)

Day Eleven: Recent Picture of Yourself

In this picture: Pat Cahalan, Hannah Cahalan, Pat Cahalan, Pat Cahalan, Hannah Cahalan, and Pat(ty) Cahalan.

Posted June 12, 2010 by padraic2112 in memes