Saturday, March 01, 2008

4 X 4 X Far Meme

So my blogging buddy Absolute Vanilla (or, rather, her avian masters) have tagged the entire internet with this 4 x 4 x Far meme. (Why in the fuck, in this day and age, does the word "meme" fail the spell-check? C'mon, geeks, get it to-fuckin-gether!) Anyway, since I don't have to tag anybody, I thought I'd give it a go. And it goes something like this:

Four jobs I've held:

1. I once had a job working on a Canadian submarine (yeah, yeah, laugh it up) that was in dry dock. We were supposed to sweep up and stuff after the tradesmen (welders, etc.) were through. I worked there for three days. The first two were spent sleeping and smoking cigarettes in the sub's fuel tanks. On the third day I swept the same small pile of dirt three feet forward and three feet back for eight of the longest hours of my existence on this earth. I never went back for the fourth day (not even to collect my pay). To this very day I don't think I can say that I've recovered from the experience. (Astute readers have probably noticed the lingering effects here on this very blog--sweep it this way, sweep it that...)
2. The best job I ever had was as a rock drummer. Only an acute sense of modesty prevents me from bragging about how many chicks I nailed in what was definitely the ten most glorious ten years of my life.
3. I was once the assistant manager of a record store in my home town. Mmm... promo albums... I never paid for tunes then...
4. As a university student I racked up a few years flipping burgers and slinging beers. Now that I think about it, I've spent a good chunk of my life in bars. I've never been in a bar and felt uncomfortable (unless some woman was throwing a drink in my face, or something...).

Four movies I've watched over and over again:

1. Terminator 2: Not my favorite, actually, but if it's on I'll never change the channel.
2. Reservoir Dogs: A fuckin' Greek tragedy. Bonus points for the analysis of "Like a Virgin."
3. V is for Vendetta: Recent movie with an eternal theme: "fuck the man!"
4. Dr. Strangelove: In my humble opinion, the most cynical, topical, the funniest, most completely fucked up mind-blowing movie of all-time. Incredible.

Four places I've been:
1. Downtown Manila.
2. Downtown Seoul.
3. Downtown Tokyo.
4. Downtown Halifax (still my fave!)

Four places I've lived:
1. Downtown Halifax.
2. Germany: my Dad was in the Canadian army (yeah, yeah, laugh it up) and I lived there on a Canadian army base for three years ('60-'63, I think).
3. North River, Nova Scotia: I had to do a lot of hitch-hiking as a youngster, just to get someplace that sold Playboy or Penthouse...
4. I lived in a brown paper bag in a septic tank--heh, no, that's Monty Python! Did I mention downtown Halifax?

Four TV shows I watch:
1. Battlestar Galactica
2. Heroes
3. Lost
4. Star Trek
(I don't watch a lot of TV.)

Four radio shows I listen to:
I don't think there are four radio stations in Japan...

Four things I look forward to:
1. My daughter greeting me when I come home from work.
2. Friday night beer and blogging.
3. Nights out drinking where I don't have to work the next day.
4. Playing drums.

Four places I'd rather be:
1. Downtown Halifax.
2. Behind a drum kit.
3. On top of... oops, can't say that! Hahaha! [What dear? Oh, nothing!]
4. Sitting at a bar.

Four people I e-mail regularly:
1. My mom.
2. My sisters.
3. My best friend.
4. Aoi Sora.


  1. No radio stations in Japan? With that society's love for pop culture?


    And yes. There are few moments on film as great as "The entire song -- it's a metaphor for big dicks." I have repeatedly watched that scene five or six times in succession.

    My favorite bit comes a little later -- the pooling of the tips; e.g., "He's convinced me. Give me my dollar back."

  2. Was it a yellow submarine?
    Love that sense of humour - erm, it is humour, isn't it...

  3. Brendan,
    Here in Miyazaki there are literally about 4 radio stations that I can receive. Halifax, which is about the same size, has about 30-40, plus all the stations all down the east coast of the US you can pick up at night. There's nothing on the radio here...

    Humor? Did I say something funny?