Monday, February 13, 2006

Tag: I'm it

I got tagged by Kim -- or, shall I say, I accepted a "tag challenge" she issued on her blog. So:

Four jobs I've had:
1) Horse-and-carriage driver, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia (a horse's ass literally put me through grad school)
2) Janitor in a Philadelphia dive bar where even some of the women carried guns
3) Roofer
4) Sportswriter for a daily newspaper (boxing and lots of high school sports)

Four movies I like:
1) "Raging Bull"
2) "GoodFellas"
3) "Seven Samurai"
4) "Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai"

Four places I've lived:
1) Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, England
2) Nosaka-machi, Chiba prefecture, Japan
3) Kutztown, Pa.
4) Philadelphia (all over the city)

Four TV shows I watch:
1) "Sanford and Son"
2) "All in the Family"
3) Whatever's on the History Channel
4) Whatever's on Turner Classic Movies

Four places I've vacationed:
1) Florida (with parents when I was a kid)
2) South Carolina (participated in a Civil War "living history" event on the grounds of a former plantation. I slept on the floor of a slave shack)
3) Japan (I had a job, but really, it was a three-year vacation)
4) Seattle, Wash.

Four of my favorite dishes:
1) Tuna and salmon sashimi
2) A real Philadelphia cheesesteak at Geno's (if you've had one, you know)
3) Chicken
4) Not a dish, really, but I must include tea

Four blogs I visit:
I can't narrow it down to four. It would be impossible.

Four places I'd rather be right now:
1) Japan (always my top choice)
2) On a sofa counting my millions in lottery winnings
3) Mongolia
4) Right here, right now (if choices 1, 2 or 3 are unavailable)

Four bloggers who are now tagged:
Following Kim's lead, I extend this tag challenge to anyone reading this who'll accept it.


Beth said...

that was fun to read! i grew up watching all in the family, and the infinite reruns. my whole family used to have huge arguments over the issues on that show. it had a big effect on me.

Michael said...

Thanks for giving me the challenge to write it, Kim!

Michael said...

Hi Beachy! Yes, I must've set a tea-drinking record yesterday.
How's Larry doing?

Mary said...

Michael, this is fascinating. But I have to ask: what were you doing in Stoke-on-Trent?? My apologies if the answer is in your archives because I haven't had a chance to read them yet ....

Michael said...

Hello Mary,

Welcome to my blog!
I was an exchange student for the fall 1983 semester at Crewe + Alsager College of Higher Education, Alsager campus (now Manchester Metropolitan University). I have very fond memories of my time in England. I especially liked traveling through northern Wales. Had I been aware of Dylan Thomas back then, I think I would've been in heaven.

Mary said...

Ah, thanks for the explanation, Michael.

And I agree with you about Wales (and Dylan Thomas). I know some beautiful places in the area you mention ...

Michael said...

Thanks, Mary! :)