Despite me swearing on a stack of irrelevant Bibles that this is now an award-free site, Cordelia’s Mom found a loophole, and sneaked one in the back door. We have to be careful about that; folks in Mississippi, and especially North Carolina, get upset about that sort of thing.
She tagged me with, what she and others, call a survey. Tag, I’m IT. They want four facts about me. Let’s see…. I’m grumpy (sometimes dopey, often sleepy), I’m old, I’m a dude…. Oh wait, they want fun facts. Maybe I should just stick with the script.
Four names people call me other than my real name:
In my youth, I was occasionally called ‘Smitty.’ That didn’t last long. I guess I just don’t look or act like a Smitty, although I’ve begun a new series of random-facts posts, titled Smitty’s Loose Change.
Now that I’m retired, and can be more selective, not having to deal with the madding crowd:
My blog-friends call me Archon.
My kids call me Dad.
My grandson calls me Poppa,
And the cats call me whenever they damn well feel like want food, drink, catnip, litter tray cleaned, skritches, cuddles or naps.
Four Jobs I’ve Had:
I was a bank clerk for about a year, until I discovered that banks were more regimented and less fun than the Army.
I was a Purchasing Agent/Materials Manager for a series of steel/metal processing firms.
I was a Sales Representative for a package courier company (just a small one, not like UPS or FedEx), and a safety supply company.
I gave up fame and fortune, and parked my brain at the door, for a (more or less) guaranteed 40 hours a week income, and worked cutting leather and nylon in a shoe/boot/slipper plant, and then made auto parts for almost 20 years.
In between, during periods of unemployment, I was a building custodian (janitor) for a couple of companies, and a Security Guard at a couple of hotels and an office building, for a couple more. For those interested, it’s all here, and here.
Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:
I don’t remember ever watching any movie more than once at a theatre. I had a neighbor, who, like many others, boasted that he’d seen ‘Titanic’ eight times. Why?? The boat sinks. Everybody dies! Didn’t you get it the first seven times?
Any movie I watch more than once would have to fall into the mindless, action genre – any James Bond movie. I rewatched Diamonds Are Forever the other night – any Lethal Weapon. I saw one of them (they’re indistinguishable-but fun) about a week ago – any Die Hard, Independence Day, Source Code. I remembered and watched Tony Randall and Burl Ives in ‘The Brass Bottle’ on YouTube a while back.
Four Books Or Authors I’d Recommend:
I hesitate to recommend any book or author, because I don’t know anyone’s preferences, and they can be startling. I know guys who read Historical Romance, and women who devour blood and guts action novels.
From my own pile of unread books, I could mention Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy (now dead, but still being ghost-written by a couple of authors), Steve Perry and Lee Child.
From the Golden Age of Sci-Fi, I’d recommend Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Frederick Pohl, or John Brunner.
From the current Sci-Fi crop, I’d mention Eric Flint, David Weber, Charles Gannon and Travis S. Taylor.
Four Places I’ve Lived:
Having lived a relatively unexciting life, I’ve only resided in three municipalities. I was born and raised in the small (2000-) town of Southampton, Ontario.
Graduating high school, I moved 100 miles east, and lived in the small city of Barrie, ON for a year, until the bank and I parted company.
Since this is where the jobs were, I moved to the city of Kitchener, ON, arriving four days before my 21st birthday. I’m now closing in on my 72nd birthday, so I’ve been here almost 51 years. Ignoring the boarding house I started in, the wife and I have lived at only six addresses in our married life – all in Kitchener, none in own twin city, Waterloo.
Four Places I’ve Visited:
With the wife’s inhalant allergies, we can’t fly, and are limited to places we can drive to. We’re not terribly well-to-do, so we travel very much on the cheap. Still, we’ve seen a few places up and down the US eastern region.
Travelling with my brother, I was able to visit Tampa, Orlando, Key West and Kissimmee in Florida.
Vacationing with the wife, we’ve reached Richmond and Front Royal, VA, Myrtle Beach and Charleston, SC (A delicious, historical place! Go there if you can.)
We went to Ottawa, ON and crossed the bridge to Hull, PQ.
We visited Cordelia’s Mom, in Buffalo for the first time, on our way to see lost blogger, John Erickson in the less-than-tiny village of Fresno, OH.
Using knife shows as an excuse, and shopping as a goal, we’ve also trekked all around metro Detroit. Under CM’s aegis, we are now beginning to do the same with metro Buffalo, with a rewarding side trip out to Batavia, NY.
Four Things I’d Rather Be Doing Right Now:
I find I very much enjoy blogging – composing, posting, reading, commenting, replying. I spend a serious amount of time in front of the computer. Since I don’t know when you’ll get around to reading this, I don’t know what else I might have drifted off to do. I have three novels on the go. (Short attention span.) I read a daily broadsheet, and a tabloid-style newspaper. I might be doing a crossword in either of them, or wafted my way back to the keyboard to do one online.
Four foods I don’t like:
I tried to act picky as a child, but a Scottish mother, fresh from the Great Depression and World War II soon put an end to that. I have problems with fat and gristle in my mouth. I will gag and throw up. I eat things like chicken breasts and the inner medallions of pork chops and steaks.
I’d have starved to death in ancient times, or learned to fight the livestock for beans and turnips. Since getting married, I’ve learned to like sauerkraut, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
Four of my favorite foods:
So many choices – so little space! Anything Tex-Mex….tomato, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, chili powder. Potato pancakes – filet mignon – thick oatmeal. (I am Scottish after all.)
Four Shows I Watch:
Being the Most Interesting Man In The World, I don’t always have time to watch TV, but when I do;
I watch the NCIS trio. ‘New Orleans’ is more interesting than ‘LA’, and I could live without either, but the original version is just so valid.
I also watch ‘Castle’, which has now been cancelled, ‘Elementary’, which also seems to have come to an end, and ‘Bones’, which is getting creaky and hokey.
Four Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year:
- Still viewing the sod from the green side at the end of the year. It’ll be covered with snow, but…
- We’ve purchased our last car; the next one’s on the son. Actually, it’s a Kia Sorento sport-ute, which the wife and daughter don’t have to get down into, and up out of. With reliable transportation, we hope to get to Detroit at least once for a shopping trip, and to Buffalo, for a CM-guided tour of the zoo.
- If the value of the Canadian dollar rises a bit more, I’d like to travel to the Washington, DC area, and convince another favorite blogger to grant a short meet and greet, before moving on into the Appalachians for one last commune with nature.
- Damn, I’m boring, no aspirations, no inspiration. Anybody got suggestions?
Four Things I’m Always Saying:
- What do I take out of the freezer, to thaw for tomorrow’s supper?
- What’s a six-letter word for….
- Are we there yet?
- I am probably as happy as you, to finally be to the end of this list, but thanx, to those who’ve waded through it, and special thanx to CM for allowing me a chance to humorously rewrite War And Peace.