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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Meme, Oh Meme, What Meme Be This?!

This week has been a complete mess. There were numerous posts I wanted to get up on the blog. And then, I really wanted to get to this one, 'cause it's fun, and I think I am just off-center enough that a few of you are gonna say, "Huh? Is this guy stable? The Military GAVE HIM a gun and made him an augmentee!?"

Now, it is just plain, flippin', impossible to pick only four of something! Movies and blogs are the hardest. I have so many movies flying around in my mind that even the list below is not enough. And then, there were some things I thought we all could think about, like "Places that just rate an, 'Eh', response", Milblogs to visit daily, and adult beverages! You all can leave those off, if you want, but I figured I'd dive right in and be honest! :)

So, here we go, and thanks for tagging me, Laurie! I know you have been waiting for these answers. And, as you already know in a few other choice and whacked e-mails, I am, well, certifiable!

4 Jobs You Have Had In Your Life
  1. Landscaping for an elderly widow (her husband was a famous botanist! at least I didn't kill any rare plants!)
  2. Inertial and Doppler Navigation Systems Specialist (USAF - supported Doppler, AWADS, Gyro-based INS, Stellar or Celestial Nav, and worked on the first Navstar GPS Systems, too!)
  3. Travel Agent and Systems Support (worked for United Airlines and Covia on Apollo Systems, and then numerous travel agencies as their IT/IS guy)
  4. Software Quality Engineering (companies like Frame Technology, AirTouch Cellular, OmniSky, and ran worldwide Software Quality for palmOne [the Palm PDA guys])

4 Movies You Would Watch Over and Over
  1. The Waterboy (c'mon, hard hitting football scenes and STUPID comedy! what else is there in life!?)
  2. Monty Python's movies (The Meaning of Life, Life of Brian, The Holy Grail, duh!!!)
  3. Mel Brooks' movies (Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, History of the World)
  4. Usual Suspects (Kaiser Sooohhhh-saaaay!)

4 TV Shows You Love to Watch
  1. CSI(s) (plural, like 'em all)
  2. House (if you like Black Adder and Frye and Laurie, you'd like House)
  3. Black Adder (doh! dead give-away! - well, Mr Bean too!)
  4. 24

4 Places You Have Lived
  1. California (I'm a Native Californian, so, BACK-OFF!!!)
  2. Mississippi (Biloxi, Keesler AFB, 9 MONTHS PEOPLE!)
  3. Frankfurt, Germany (Rhein Main AFB - sad, she is no longer with us)
  4. Omaha, Nebraska (once you get on it, you can't get Offutt!)

4 Places You Have Been On Vacation
  1. West and East Berlin (during the Cold War, BABY!!! it was a TRIP!)
  2. Fulda Gap (back then, it was a SIGHT to see - that was power on the battlefield)
  3. Tahiti (for my birthday one year - Dad worked for United Airlines and got us a deal!)
  4. Alaska (my older sister lived there for many years working in the Capitol [quiz: the capitol is?])

4 GREAT Places Where You Just Said, "Eh .."
  1. Atlanta, Georgia (sorry, lived there, it was beautiful, but, eh)
  2. Las Vegas, Nevada (it got old real fast - sorry, not me cup o' tea)
  3. London, England (I loved Norwich/Kings Lynn and my Dad's birthplace Manchester better)
  4. Oahu, Hawaii (I've been to Hawaii ~20 times, everywhere else but Oahu is GREAT!)

4 Websites You Visit Daily
  1. Amy Proctor (she just knock-down nails some tough subjects - with panache!)
  2. Faith at the Front (Sara is a great writer and motivator via the word)
  3. Irish Pennants (just dropped onto this site and like the writing)
  4. NewsMax (well, I subscribe to the feeds and e-mail drops, so maybe it visits me!)

4 Milblogs You Visit Daily
  1. Soldiers' Angels NY and DE (DE is for Germany, folks)
  2. TOAOBP (The One And Only Buck Pennington!)
  3. The Truth (thought provoking Chief has a handle on some brain twisters!)
  4. TOSS UP: Cap'n Bob and Officers' Club (I like 'em both, they both rate! so, more than 4!)

4 Favorite Foods
  1. Chocolate
  2. Chocolate
  3. Steak
  4. Chocolate

OK, just kidding, here we go again:

4 Favorite Foods
  1. Chocolate (just relax, there's more!)
  2. Steak (Tri-Tip or Market on the BBQ)
  3. Baked Cut Red Potatoes with rosemary/basil/salt/olive oil
  4. Fried Chicken (coated in a garlic & salt & flour, basted with oil and sherry)

4 Favorite "Adult Beverages"
  1. My own Appletini Recipe (involves Berentzen's Apfel Korn)
  2. My own Sangria Recipe (let's just say it's killer and includes extra alcohol!)
  3. Strong wines (any dark cabernet, pinot, port, or eisewine/troken beeren auslese)
  4. Good Scotch, Jack Daniels, or 7 to 12 year dark rum (Ronrico)

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
  1. Sitting on the patio in the early evening, while the girls are swimming, and all you hear is laughter
  2. Eating my favorite foods with a glass of red, then enjoying dark rum and some pipe tobacco on the patio (see above)
  3. Sitting on the hammerhead at Beale AFB with two sets of hearing protection at sunset waiting for the SR-71 pilot to rocket down the runway
  4. Sitting at home in front of our TV with popcorn on a rainy day and all 3 of my girls watching The Princess Bride, Scooby Doo, Monsters Inc, Ice Age, Emperor's New Groove - just laughing under a blanket with a flashlight (huh? what happened to the movie? lost interest!)

4 People to Tag
In Training ('cause she'd have some good answers!)
Cap'n Bob (I think between the Cap'n and Damsel, the answers will be great!)
Days Gone By (she needs to gimme some funny ones!)
planningblog (Carol, start at the pub, and then lead us onward!)

Stay Tuned to ...


At 2/04/2006 07:20:00 AM, Anonymous Laurie said...

Oh, oh! I know the capitol of Alaska. I knew it before I visited there this past summer. And as part of my travel slideshow, I have a picture of the state government building in Juneau. It's a beautiful modern building. Then several pictures later, there is the parking lot. And it looks like someplace in the middle of nowhere. Gravel lot, rocks, trees & bushes, and very old crooked signs that say "speaker of the house", "house rules", etc.

Of the places I visited in Alaska, I think I liked Fairbanks the best, then Juneau. Though I'm sure I would like Juneau better in the winter.

At 2/04/2006 08:15:00 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Cheeky devil! Will do this tomorrow as I've got some stuff on France Soir and the Danish embassy to put up. Plus, no pub tonight, I've promised to go to some fancy lancy cocktail club thingey, yug.

At 2/04/2006 11:00:00 AM, Blogger LinkedInUSAF said...


That sounds like Juneau, alright! :)
If you plan to take another trip, I can get you some great places to see and great local places to eat!

Ah, Carol, the Danish embassy story seems to be a big one. What a mess!

At 2/05/2006 12:06:00 PM, Blogger dyzgoneby said...

I played, I played. You have to decipher if it is truly funny....

Capital of Alaska "Juneau" but I just saw laurie answered it. Oh, well.

At 2/05/2006 10:01:00 PM, Blogger Buck Pennington said...

Steve sez: TOAOBP (The One And Only Buck Pennington!)

Thanks for the mention, Steve! But I'm not the "one and only," I'm the second of three. My Old Man was the first, but he's gone now. Number One Son, the third and "other" Buck may be found at AF Capt Buck. And he out-ranks me, too! ;-)

At 2/05/2006 11:26:00 PM, Blogger LinkedInUSAF said...

Ha! Hey Buck, I just love how you always use "TFMP" or "TSMP" ... so, I just whipped up a TOAOBP ... you know us Military-types. We just have to make an acronym outta everything!!!


At 2/06/2006 09:35:00 PM, Blogger Buck Pennington said...

Yep, you're right. Acronym-izing is a common practice among IT guys, too, which goes a long way towards explaining why I fit right in with that group of folks after the AF.

Laziness plays a big part, too. It's a helluva lot easier to type "TFMP" or "TSMP" than the whole shootin' match. Plus it protects the identities of the innocent and the guilty, respectively.


At 2/09/2006 02:34:00 PM, Anonymous Kath said...

I've got mine up now! Finally... little late catching on! Thanks :o)

At 2/12/2006 05:04:00 PM, Anonymous Amy Proctor said...

Hey, thanks for the compliment!


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