Archive: January 27th, 2006

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Four listless things

My sore throat has turned into a full-blown cold. My vulnerable immune system has left me susceptible to memes and, wouldn’tchya know it, I’ve gone and caught one from Rob and Steve.

So I’m supposed to list four of various things. Why four? It seems a strange number to pick for a meme (not an odd number, just a strange number). Usually, prime numbers are the ones that capture the popular imagination: five of this, seven of that, 23 of the other. Four seems an unusually straight-laced number: 2 x 2, binary 100. You never hear about the four dwarfs or the four samurai.

Anyway, on to the things I’m supposed to enumerate. As I’m feeling somewhat listless, this will, in a stroke of hypertextual pathetic fallacy, also be listless.

Four jobs I’ve had. If busking counts, then that’s one. I had a very brief stint working in an Irish bar in Germany before moving on to selling bread (with a little bit of busking on the side). Somehow I ended up making websites, so let’s call that number four. Phew! Just made it.

Four movies I can watch over and over. I’m not sure if this means I could watch them at regular intervals or if I’d have to literally watch them over and over, Clockwork Orange style. Assuming that I’d at least get the occasional bathroom break, I’d choose Night Of The Hunter, Touch Of Evil, Laurence Of Arabia and Revenge Of The Sith. If it hasn’t got "of" in the title, it’s crap.

Four places I’ve lived. Galway (Ireland), Ottowa (Canada), Freiburg (Germany) and, if "lived" includes the present tense, Brighton (England).

Four TV shows I love. University Challenge, Battlestar Galactica (the new much-improved version), The Sopranos and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Four places I’ve vacationed… or "gone on hols", if you prefer. Bacharach (Germany), Bologna (Italy), Imatra (Finland) and Seattle (USA).

Four of my favourite dishes. Any four dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Failing that, three steaks and a mackerel.

Four sites I visit daily. Adactio Elsewhere - it’s four sites in one.

Four places I would rather be now. Now? Like, right now? It’s late right now in this timezone so I’d better choose four places on the other side of the globe where it’s still daytime. But then again, I’m pretty tired so I wouldn’t really be able to appreciate the sights and sounds of a foreign land right now. Maybe I’d really just rather be asleep. Oh boy, sleep! That’s where I’m a viking!

Four bloggers I am tagging. I’ll say Jessica (because I know she’ll do it) and Joe (because I know he won’t). And I’m tagging them both twice, just to be certain.

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