29 March 2006

Game of Tag

My ex-colleague nurse2be played a game of tag and invited others to join her. The goal is to list 4 things for each categories. I cannot help think of those web sites back in the early days of the web on which people make two lists - things they hate and thing they love. Here's my list:

Four Jobs I've Had in My Life:
  1. At a bagel shop in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC. I was a cashier, I made bagels, delivered food to nearby bars. At $2 an hour, after a 7-hour day, I thought $14 was too much and refused to take it, but the manager on duty at the time, Sam, somewhat of a family friend, made me take it. I think that was my very first job.
  2. Busboy at a Thai restaurant in New York Chinatown. I think it was a summer job.
  3. Sales Rep for a "yellow page" company, New York, NY. I was supposed to sell advertisement slots in a directory of multimedia products - back in the late '90s, anything computer-related that emits sounds or plays video was considered multimedia and supposedly hot. I don't recall making any commission, so the company owner put me to help the secretary/data entry person with, well, data entry. I turned out to be a greater asset in the area and fell in love with the Macintosh computer and the database program FileMaker Pro (not the secretary...)
  4. Computer, 16 years and counting. Programmed in Clipper, dBASE, etc. network administration involving babysitting servers, and now network account administration.

Four Movies I Love
  1. The Princess Bride (Simple love story filled with heroic deeds.)
  2. Kung Fu Hustle (I only sat down to see this movie on DVD because my son liked the lollipop on the cover. I thought it was just another movie idolizing gamblers and gangsters. It turned out to be somewhat of an action movie, a love story, and some humorous elements thrown in.)
  3. Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind (It was interesting to see Jim Carrey not as a clown that he usually portrays)
  4. The Matrix (I didn't know what the movie was about, so it was a pleasant surprise. Nice fighting sequence, especially the training session.)
Four Places I Have Lived
  1. Saigon, Vietnam
  2. Indonesia, various tiny islands serving as refugee camps for boat people
  3. Singapore, fresh from the backwaters of Indonesia, waiting for a flight to the U.S., we lived in an outdoor garage that only has a roof
  4. New York City
Four TV Shows I Love to Watch
  1. Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  2. NY1 Local News (Sadly, since switching to DirectTV, I no longer have NY1)
  3. Futurama
  4. Three's Company
Between keeping my son company, my wife hogging the TV with her Chinese shows/discs, spending time on the computer, and long commute to/from work, I have very little time left for TV. I only know about TV shows or movies when I need to incorporate them into my cartoons. That's when I have an idea to spoof them so I would do some Googling about the shows to see if they fit into the cartoon as I envisioned it.

Four Places I Have Been on Vacation
  1. San Francisco (nice weather, walkable and has decent public transportation, sorta like NYC)
  2. London
  3. Paris
  4. Hong Kong (kinda like NYC, just with everything cut down in half, otherwise they wouldn't fit on the tiny island)
Four Websites I Visit Regularly
  1. MacMinute
  2. CNet News (to see how the Windoze crowd deals with the latest viruses, security leaks, headaches, etc)
  3. Blogger (to hunt for splogs and report them to SplogReporter.com)
  4. PBSKids.org (my son loves to play games on the computer, might as well at least make him learn something useful in the process)
Four of My Favorite Foods
  1. Vietnamese
  2. Chinese
  3. American (burger, hotdogs, ice cream - yes, I am a junk food junkie)
  4. Italian (Pizza is considered Italian, right? Spaghetti with meatballs must be Italian, I'm pretty sure)

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now
  1. Grand Canyon
  2. At some public park with my son. We both need the exercise.
  3. Wandering in Manhattan, stopping here and there at bookstores, electronic outlets, etc.
  4. Running in the NYC Marathon.
Four Most Wonderful Places I've Ever Been
  1. My late maternal grandmother's fruit garden, Ca'i Ta\u Ha., Vietnam. I spent a few summers there in my younger years, playing with my cousins and pampered by grandma. Aaaah, those were the simpler days.
  2. San Francisco. I was on vacation there with my second older sister. We just went about visting museums, gardens, tourist traps, etc. No time was wasted at some outlet malls or gigantic shopping malls, I think that's what made the San Fran trip so special.
  3. New York City. For all its warts and such, it's still a great city to live in, as long as you have a job.
  4. Burhala Island, Indonesia. Not sure of the spelling. It was the third island that we stayed at during our refugee stint in Indonesia. It had beaches, palm trees, mountain that was not hard for climbing, a path that we could use to walk back to the bigger island nearby during certain time of the day. Of course we didn't have much money to spend and there was not much to spend on anyway.
Four Books I Have Read
  1. Star Wars: Rebel Dream
  2. The Rainmaker by John Grisham
  3. The New Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle (it was in this book that I first learned how to make the cube that has become the base for many of my origami exploration)
  4. The Joy of Tech by Nitrozac and Snaggy (tech cartoons at their best, many with Mac slant)
Four Songs I Listen to Over and Over Again
  1. Wrapped Around Your Finger by The Police
  2. Pressure by Billy Joel (probably work-related)
  3. Brotherhood of the Sword by Lam (better known as Theme Song from Once Upon A Time In China II, a movie about legendary martial arts master Wong Fei Hong)
  4. Beautiful Boy by John Lennon
Four Reasons Why I Blog
  1. To keep track of my life
  2. To publicize my cartoons
  3. To gain fame
  4. To hone my writing skill
Four people I tag to do this
  1. Anyone who has the time to do so
  2. Anyone who knows those in #1
  3. Any Mac users
  4. Any one who draw cartoons

1 comment:

  1. That was fascinating!!! I had no idea you lived in Vietnam and Indonesia! Wow!