Wednesday, February 15, 2006

4 things meme

Jason tagged me under penalty of, erm... well, he did say "OR ELSE!" And me being a big wuss, that's threat enough for me. Anyhoo...

4 jobs I've had:
1. Grease merchant at McD's (high school)
2. Cancer merchant for Philip Morris (one summer during college- I was responsible for setting up displays at gas stations and the like)
3. Projectionist at various AMC theatres in Columbus (since graduation)
4. Manager at AMC West Market Plaza 7 in Akron (since September '05)

4 movies I can watch over and over:
1. BELLE DE JOUR (my favorite)
2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (perfect audiovisual wallpaper, plus I make sure to see it anytime it's playing locally on the big screen)
3. ANNE HALL (almost certainly the movie I've seen the most- near-weekly viewings during high school kinda skew its tally though)
4. M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY (laid-back and relaxing like no other film I've seen)

4 places I've lived:
1. Akron, OH (birth through eighth grade)
2. Jackson Township, OH (outside of Canton, high school)
3. Columbus, OH (college through July 2005)
4. Suffield, OH (July 2005 to present)

4 television shows I love (decidedly comedy-heavy):
1. FREAKS AND GEEKS (my favorite)
2. MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS (great for sampling, and of course endlessly quotable)
3. THE OFFICE [UK version] (hilarious, sometimes uncomfortably so)
4. GOOD EATS (the only current show I watch religiously; Alton Brown is lots of fun, and is the only Food Channel personality who doesn't try too hard)

4 places I've vacationed:
1. France (spring break, junior year of high school)
2. Germany (part of OSU Men's Glee Club tour, junior year of college)
3. New York City (several times, most recently for NYFF 2005)
4. Florida (several times, most recently in January 2005)

4 of my favorite dishes (two of which I don't eat now that I'm dieting):
1. Big bowl o' Cheerios (can't start the day off right without it)
2. The White Pizza from Leonardo's in Akron, with tomatoes, bacon and ham (the ultimate comfort food from my youth, and the only pizza I've tasted yet that's as good cold as it is hot)
3. Fish'n'Chips from the Old Bag o'Nails, Columbus (another comfort food, this one more recent)
4. Cherry pie (preferably homemade with fresh cherries, but even when it's canned filling I eat it up)

4 places I'd rather be:
1. At the movies (come on, like you didn't see this coming)
2. In the Loire Valley region of France in late spring or early summer, sitting under a tree, drinking a good bottle of wine and writing (think Rohmer's CONTE D'AUTOMNE)
3. In a cavernous old library, not reading books or writing, but walking through the maze-like stacks of books or sorting through the microfiche of decades-old newspapers (another weird thing I enjoy all too infrequently)
4. In bed with Eva Green (sorry, couldn't resist)

4 books I could read over and over (twentieth-century-heavy):
1. THE LONG GOODBYE, Raymond Chandler (Chandler was a master, and this is his finest work)
2. UNCLE FRED IN THE SPRINGTIME, P.G. Wodehouse (hilarious)
3. CASINO ROYALE, Ian Fleming (deserves mention as one of the great pulpish novels)
4. IF CHINS COULD KILL, Bruce Campbell (also hilarious, and surprisingly informative about seat-of-the-pants filmmaking and the movie industry seen through the eyes of a non-A-lister)

4 albums I couldn't live without:
1. FOREVER CHANGES, Love (what else can be said)
2. BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, Bob Dylan (my favorite Dylan, edging out BLOOD ON THE TRACKS)
3. GIANT STEPS, John Coltrane (my favorite jazz album; Miles was more innovative and influential, but I listen to this one way more)
4. MOONDANCE, Van Morrison (a recent addition, but a worthy one, I think- darn close to perfect)

4 things I'd like to do before I die:
1. Make a feature film (like you couldn't have guessed)
2. Teach a high school course in film studies (so as to mold/warp young minds with my oddball tastes)
3. Be in an all-consuming, at times frustrating, but nonetheless emotionally- and creatively-stimulating long term relationship (have I had relationships? Yes. Have they lasted very long? No. Have they been interesting enough to write about? Meh.)
4. Live overseas (see "4 places I'd rather be", #2)

4 people I'm tagging:
1. Donna
2. Tosh
3. Jay
4. Mark

1 comment:

Jason_Alley said...

Thanks for doing that, dude - excellent answers! And I totally share your interest in old newspapers (and publications in general).

You helped sell fast food AND cigarettes?! Shame!