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The Old Dude Strikes Again

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I’ve been tagged by MrMacrum to do the “Old Dude Strikes Again Meme.” Why it’s called that I have no idea, but here goes.

  1. What is your favorite quotable line from a movie?
    “The innocent must die.” – Johnny Wong, in John Woo’s incredibly hardcore action film Hard Boiled. These words are uttered by the villain, leading into a 40-minute action sequence in a hospital including gunfights, fistfights, a fire, rappelling, and an ungodly amount of explosives. Yeah, it’s awesome.
  2. Who is the most famous person you have spoken to?
    There have been a few, but I’m going to have to go with Charlton Heston, because not only did I speak with the man, I had dinner with him. This was back in my days working for the Northwestern Chronicle, the alternative (read: conservative) student-run weekly newspaper at Northwestern University. Heston went to Northwestern, and we asked him to come and speak on campus. He agreed, and the Chronicle’s editors and board of directors took him out for dinner afterwards. Over dinner we discussed various topics, mostly political. We saw eye to eye on some things and felt quite differently about others; it was a very animated discussion. Heston also told a great story about a foolish thief who tried to break into his daughter’s house, only to be greeted by Heston looming over him with a shotgun. Heston had a sharp mind, an imposing presence, and a firm handshake.
  3. How many bags/boxes of potato chips are consumed at your place in a month?
    I’m not sure, probably 3 or 4. I eat some with my lunch most days, and so does Sarah. Although like MrMacrum, I am a Cheez-It addict.
  4. Who is your all time favorite cartoon character?
    This is a tough one for me, as I’m not really a big fan of cartoons. I’ll go with Peter Griffin from Family Guy, but I’m not sure if he counts.
  5. What foreign food dish do you prepare from scratch and serve?
    I don’t. Cooking isn’t my forte. The only thing I am good at cooking is steak, which I sear, then broil, in an iron skillet. I do help with the cooking sometimes, but generally I joke that if it’s my turn to cook, we’ll have mexican pizzas, or a Whopper.
  6. What is your favorite section of the supermarket?
    By “supermarket,” I assume you mean “grocery store.” And since Crum stole my answer, I’m going to say my favorite section is the food section.
  7. What was your high school team’s mascot and what were the school’s colors?
    The Cougars; maroon and gold.


Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Update: Sarah reminded me of a few things I forgot to mention before. I’ve added them at the end.

I don’t usually care for memes, but Schmutzie’s list of things of which she is suspicious (which I found via Squublog) was pretty interesting, and Sarah made a similar list. So, here are things of which I am suspicious (not really in any order):

  1. The government.
  2. Anarchy.
  3. Fluoridation. Anything you can’t opt out of makes me suspicious (see #1)
  4. Fruit in beer. Oddly, I’m OK with some fruit-flavored beers such as Abita Purple Haze and Oaken Barrel Razz Wheat — but God help you if bring me a beer with an orange slice in it.
  5. Decaf anything.
  6. Diet anything, although I actually drink diet sodas now. I’m still not convinced diet soda isn’t terrible for you, but it has helped me lose weight.
  7. Anyone driving while talking on a cell phone.
  8. Digital photography. I do it, and I love it, but I worry about the longevity of the images. You can still make prints with 100-year-old negatives, but will we be able to read DVD+Rs in 10, 20, 50, 100 years? What about JPEG? It uses patented technology — what if the company goes under or stops allowing JPEG reading/writing software to be written, or someday charges inordinate amounts of money for it? Actually this logic also applies to word processing files, spreadsheets, mp3s — really any digital media.
  9. The RIAA/MPAA.
  10. Microsoft.
  11. Apple.
  12. Religion.
  13. Moral relativism.
  14. Yippy little dogs.
  15. Cats.
  16. Memes.
  17. Processed cheese products, especially Velveeta. The stuff can be surprisingly good in certain contexts, but once they stopped pretending it should be refrigerated, I realized just how unnatural it must be. Yikes.
  18. Discount cards at supermarkets, etc. If I let you track what I buy, you’ll give me a discount? What?
  19. Disney World. You need to fingerprint me WHY? Please check your identity at the gate. You won’t be getting it back.
  20. Being asked to leave my backpack at the counter.
  21. Being asked to show the items I’ve JUST PURCHASED as I leave a store.
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