Wednesday, January 18, 2006


By Nancy...

Four jobs I've had:
1.) Grocery store sacker; from 16 to graduation at 17.
2.) Navy helicopter mechanic; 17-19 on active duty, then weekend warrior for 3 years.
3.) Janitor, Navy Exchange North Island; only a few months while we were waiting for
my wife to have our first son and be discharged.
4.) General Motors autoworker; Sept. 1978 through the present. When I hired in my
oldest was 5 months old and the youngest was on the way. Now the youngest has
3 of his own...

Four places I've lived:
1.) Kansas City, Kansas, from birth to 17, and from 22 'til now.
2.) Memphis (Millington), Tennessee; boot camp and jet mechanic schools.
3.) Imperial Beach, California; 17-22.
4.) The USS Kittyhawk, CV-63; from November, 1973 until June, 1974.

Movies I'd watch again: (and again and again)
1.) Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
2.) City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
3.) The Kid (1921, Charles Chaplin)
4.) The Thief of Bagdad (1924, Douglas Fairbanks, dir. by Raoul Walsh)

TV shows I love to watch:
1.) Supernatural
2.) How I Met Your Mother
3.) Out of Practice
4.) Two and a Half Men

Four of my favorite foods:
1.) Steak and shrimp (together or separately, so it isn't really cheating!)
2.) Grilled chicken breast
3.) Spaghetti and meatballs
4.) Chicken Parmesan

Four places I'd rather be right now:
1.) Vermont (where my wife is from and I love it there, it's so beautiful!!!)
2.) the Yorkshire Moors (too in love with Bronte novels)
3.) Table Rock Lake, southern Missouri (grew up fishing there with Dad each summer)
4.) Cornwall (just because I'd love to see it)

Four Bloggers I'd like to tag:
1.) Blogzie (because I can't imagine what her answers will be)
2.) Sttropezbutler (because I'd like to know more about him)
3.) Annie (like Blogzie, I just can't imagine...)
4.) Mary (like STB, I'd like to know more)

of course, this list could go on and on, with Inger and Dr. Deb and so many others!

I saw another one of these last week that had some other categories, one of which I liked:

Four "albums" I can't live without:
1.) Gerry Mulligan-"Live in Paris, 1954" (love every note he ever played, but this is my desert island disc)
2.) Joni Mitchell-every album, but especially "Miles of Aisles"
3.) Lara St. John-"Gypsy"
4.) Joni Mitchell-"Court and Spark"

I was going to throw in Blogzie's "Five Weird Things About Me", but can't come up with 5...

1.) I have no toe nails on either big toe (different mishaps over the years).
2.) I have the ugliest tattoo on my right shoulder from a drunken night in Hong Kong
when I was 18 and didn't figure to see 21. (Coffin bodied "trike" driven by a
3.) I sleep with 6 pillows (on my side, two under my knee and leg, two in front of
me, two under my head)



scrappy rose said...

I feel like I've known you forever now... :-) Thanks for sharing... I'd love to be in Vermont right now, too...

sjobs said...


Thanks for sharing. It is so much fun getting to know people through blogging. It is so funny because before I decided to became a mother through adoption, I never used my computer. Since then and getting caught up on many adoption lists I cannot stop.

I truly feel Inger is one of my closest friends and we have never met. We have been emailing and discussing issues for over 5 years. Time flies when you are having fun.....

BTW-How does one get tagged????

Godknows said...

You seemed done everything, lived everywhere and what every films. Good on ya.

alan said...

Mary, you just were...the same way I was!



Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I so enjoy when people get tagged. I now know soooo much more about you.


abcd said...

A million thanks for your kindness.
Our blog was started because my partner Sarah had a blog where she chronicled her illness. Now her blog was FUNNY. The sister/partner blog we are not so amusing :(

But I am so touched that you followed the link through Heidi to us and went and visited those women. For that you get the big gold star. And I see you are from Kansas so don't reach through the screen and hit me-but Sarah just
loved the Wizard of OZ she watched
that DVD a million times when she was in the hospital. Something about Dorothy and that infamous
line-no place like home.

PS. I also like Vermont.


I n g e r said...

I just love these little glimpses. Not to get too corny or anything, but blogging helps us connect beyond all the things that keep us apart in the real world. I'll never get tired of it.

Lori said...

Hi Alan. Just saw that you are also from Kansas. It's rare I find someone else from here in blogland.

I'm a KS native and though am closer to the Wichita area, have friends in KC. Just thought I'd say "hello", and look forward to reading more.

Heidi said...

Thanx for sharing Alan...Sorry about your toe..Yikes!

I have been tagged a few times but have yet to respond. Oye the guilt..I feel like an outcast..Maybe one of these days I'll go for it.

Ceri said...

I'd love to see the tattoo :D, I'd rather be on the big Island of Hawaii, or at a Midnite concert, I can't live without the album Electric Ladyland, I like to eat jalapeno peppers whole.hahahhaaa Hi Alan, follow me home anytime !

Playground in my Mind said...

This was by far the most interesting tagged reply that I have read in many, many moons. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for your service to our country. Renee

sttropezbutler said...


Thanks for the tag...but you missed're still IT!

Great Post.

I agree with Inger...this blogging thing is amazing and wonderful and fulfilling and all the other postive adjectives out there.

It is also addictive! LOL

Keep reading on Photo Sunday and I will eventually answer all questions posed!



nancy =) said...

loved this!! it's a blast getting to know just a little bit more about you, alan...

thanks for posting this...


~ n

Nancy said...

I got here late to read, been crazy busy.

You have had a very nice life so far Alan! And very interesting. Nice that you went back to KS to live after being in the military. KS is very nice. And so green. At least it was the times I have been there!

Vermont, never been there, but I bet is is beautiful. I do love Connecticut.

Oh and I dated a helicopter mechanic who was stationed at Tustin Marine base here in OC about 18 years ago!

And, as I have told you before, I have a brother in Lawrence Ks.

Thanks for playing tag Alan!

Blogzie said...

I did it! But only because you are so gosh darned cute and such a genuinely nice person.

Regarding your email, YES! You guessed right. I'll tell you the entire story one of these days.


alan said... if I'm still "it" does that mean I only get to tag Inger to make up for the miss, or do I tag 4 more...?



Jen said...

Very interesting! It's so great to read and learn about the amazing lives we all lead, though to us they may seem mundane they are all so unique.

sttropezbutler said...


I'm still running!


TDharma said...

When I was a kid (I'm 48) in San Diego we would go see the USS Kittyhawk whenever it came into port. It was a big deal!

steak and shrimp....uuuhhhhhh.....

I remember when Miles of Isles came out and I was a purist and dissapointed that she was going in another direction yet I laugh about it. It's such a great album.

Have you ever tried buckwheat hull pillows? I just bought some on-line hoping they will cure my aching neck. They're supposed to, anyway.

Great to read your stuff -- more! more!

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