Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I'm "It"

Phil tagged me. Here's my list:

FOUR JOBS YOU'VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE
1. Construction Worker
2. Waiter (still have this one)
3. Sixth Grade Teacher
4. Ice cream factory worker

FOUR FICTIONAL JOBS YOU WISH YOU HAD
1. Engineer on a Starfleet Ship (I’d have to resist the urge to speak to the captain in a Scottish or Irish accent, though.)
2. Knight of the Round Table
3. Multi-Millionaire industrialist/Ironman
4. Manager leading the Chicago Cubs to a World Series victory

FOUR MOVIES YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN
1. “From the Earth to the Moon” Miniseries
2. True Believer
3. Detroit Rock City
4. Bullitt

FOUR CITIES YOU'VE LIVED IN
1. Chicago.
2. Salt Lake City, Utah.
3. Champaign, Illinois.
4. Charleston, Illinois.

FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH
1. “Modern Marvels” on the History Channel
2. Enterprise (cancelled)
3. Baseball
4. X-Files reruns

FOUR PLACES YOU'VE BEEN ON VACATION/TRAVELED TO
1. Toronto, Canada
2. Oakland, California
3. Seattle, Washington
4. Shanghai, China

FOUR WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY
1. New York Times (www.nytimes.com)
2. Dvd Verdict (www.dvdverdict.com)
3. Deep Discount Dvds (www.deepdiscountdvd.com_
4. The Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com)

I visit God's Own Suburb almost every day. It was my inspiration to finally start blogging. Phil gives good blog.

FOUR OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS
1. Paella
2. Thai Chicken with Broccoli—lots of chili paste
3. Baked Chicken, with bbq sauce
4. Strawberries

FOUR THINGS YOU WISH YOU COULD EAT OR DRINK
I found out a couple of years ago I have Celiac Disease, a genetic wheat/barley allergy, so I miss:
1. Pizza
2. Bread
3. Spaghetti
4. Beer

I’ve actually found non-wheat substitutes for the pizza dough and spaghetti noodles. When I go to the west coast, I cheat and drink beer. I usually smoke a cigar or two as well. It's only a couple of times a year.

FOUR THINGS IN YOUR ROOM
My room is in my home is the kitchen. In it, besides the regular kitchen things are:
1. My g3 ibook
2. Two lava lamps, one with a ceramic skull for a base-- see above.
3. A string of little white Christmas lights
4. A bunch of bottles of wine in a rack. Mostly red.

FOUR THINGS YOU WISH YOU HAD IN YOUR BEDROOM
1. A lot more space
2. Bookshelves (see #1)
3. Another closet, so my wife wouldn’t have to use the one in the dining room
4. A nicer stereo

FOUR THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW
1. a wedding band-- from my lovely wife
2. jeans—Levi’s, the only jeans that fit me right
3. a silver and turqoise post earring-- a gift from my friend Viktor Zeitgeist
4. contact lenses

FOUR PLACES I'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW
1. Seattle, Washington
2. Oakland, California
3. In an old convertible, following the old Route 66 with my father
4. On my back porch, on a warm July night, with my wife, my kids, this laptop (god bless wi-fi!) and a glass of Barefoot Zinfandel.

FOUR FICTIONAL PLACES I'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW
1. Shangri La.
2. Mysterious Island
3. Atlantis
4. The bridge of the original Enterprise (the one on the cancelled “Enterprise” television show)

FOUR PEOPLE YOU’D REALLY LOVE TO HAVE DINNER WITH
When my wife and I met a couple of years ago, this question was one of the prompt questions in the Reader Matches online thing. My answer then was:
1. Lucy Parsons (labor and civil rights activist)
2. Nikita Krushchev—Soviet leader—most interesting memoirs I’ve ever read
3. Lenny Bruce—comedian, social commentator
4. Lucinda Williams-- musician.

Since the “Match” ad worked, and I successfully met someone wonderful and married her, I’d have to take Lucinda off the list and replace her with someone else—maybe Susan Sarandon… (“Ouch—why’d you kick me, honey?”)

FOUR FICTIONAL PEOPLE YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH
1. Tony Stark
2. Bernard Mickey Wrangle (From “Still Life With Woodpecker”)
3. Lovely Rita, Meter Maid
4. Eleanor Rigby

FOUR MORE PEOPLE YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH
1. Bruce Cockburn.
2. Bobby Kennedy
3. My late friend Chuck Hall (who I did have dinner with several times) He was a Lincoln Brigade veteran, a lifelong activist, a fantastic family guy and the most impressive person I’ve ever met. I miss him.
4. Hunter S. Thompson

I tag fellow teacher Lulu...

9 comments:

dirty said...

bummer about the beer...how do you live?

Johnny Yen said...

It's tough. I drink it when I'm in Oakland or Seattle. The rest of the year I content myself with my love of red wine.

Bubs said...

Nice list. I especially like your choices of Hunter Thompson and Lucy Parsons.

Too bad about the beer though. Really, too bad. But I guess that leaves wine, like you mentioned, and plenty of cocktail choices.

Funny reading back over your past entries. My wife's best friend back in the early 80's dated the drummer from Naked Raygun when he still worked at that shop, I think it was Rocket99 or something, on Clark just south of Belmont. Spent lots of time in the Gingerman, too.

dirty said...

Wine gives me headaches and hang-overs and I almost always wake up naked with no memory of the night before...good thing I am married.

Johnny Yen said...

Bubs-- do you remember Bobby Scarpelli, the bouncer at the G-man? Great guy. He passed away in 1998.

I'm impressed you know who Lucy Parsons was. Fascinating lady. I have a print of Carlos Cortez' woodcut of her in my dining room. My ex-wife thought that I was in love with her. She was probably right. Good thing for her Lucy died in 1942.

I like the HST portrait you have of yourself. "Fear and Loathing" is one of the best adaptations of a book I've ever seen. Terry Gilliam, of course. Alex Cox (Repo Man) was originally hired to do it.

Bubs said...

I have a Carlos Cortez woodcut over my computer right now, of Joe Hill. Wow.

Johnny Yen said...

Bubs-- I've seen that one, when at the New World Resource Center, when it was still at Irving and Greenview.

You probably know these facts about Joe Hill already: that he was cremated at the Graceland Cemetary, at Irving and Clark-- same place Jack Johnson, first black heavyweight champion had himself buried, to avenge the way he was treated; most of Chicago's great capitalists are buried there. Do the self-guided cemetary tour some Saturday, if you haven't already. Mies Van der Rohe has a great Bauhaus/minimalist headstone.

Found out about ten years ago that my great grandfather on my father's side was a Wobblie (Joe Hill's union). Found out recently that my mother's father was also a Wob. All this years after I had Wob imagery incorperated into my tattoo (upper left arm).

You probably know already that Lucy was a founding member of the Wobs. My great-grandfather joined in '06 or '07 to the best of my knowledge.

Johnny Yen

Bubs said...

Fantastic heritage Johnny!

Miz and I were both, briefly, wobs when their HQ was in Sheffield Hall, but left when we realized it had no meaning any more. MizBubs' dad was a wobbly back in the early/mid 60's

I've been telling her about your blog, and Lulu's. I'm sure all our paths must've crossed 20 or 25 years ago.

lulu said...

25 years ago I was 16 and a geeky little theater girl in the suburbs. 20 years ago maybe. TenS was totally in the Chicago scene as well, so if we ran into each other, she was probably somewhere near by.

I worked at various Starbucks for eyars, and I sometimes see people and think " I know that guy....oh yeah, Double Tall Latte"