Monday, January 09, 2006

my friend Trace (an extraordinary ordinary life) put this out there so here's mine. Kind of fun putting down stuff about yourself - makes you think though.

LIST 4 things....

Four jobs you've had in your life:
1) First job I ever had was as an ice cream scooper in Malibu at Swensons. I made an ice cream hot fudge sundae for Steve McQueen, and for his wife Ali McGraw I made a malted milkshake.
2) I was the Robbery Coordinator and FBI liason working for the Director of Security at Cal Fed Bank – pretty cool. I got to view all the robbery videos and help detail the suspects in my reports.
3) Got fat working at Haagen-Dazs – ice cream is fun! When we were swallowed up by Nestle (GRRRR) we had a huge tasting lab in Research & Development where the fat fun was continued.
4) Volunteered in the ER of a local regional hospital. It was one of the most interesting jobs I’ve had.

Four movies you would watch over and over
1) All of Me
2) Lord of the Rings Trilogy
3) The Notebook
4) The Bishop’s Wife

Four places you have lived:
1) Santa Monica, CA
2) Fort Worth, TX
3) Seattle, WA
4) Walnut Creek, CA

Four TV shows you love to watch – don’t really love to watch much but I enjoy these occasionally:
1) Law and Order
2) House
3) $40 a Day
4) Anything on the Travel Channel

Four Places you have been on vacation
1) Tirana, Albania – I went there to visit my sister who lives there as a missionary with her family – it was my first experience in a 3rd world country. (I’ve never even been to Mexico) I suffered extreme culture shock upon returning to the States, as I felt like I have way too many frills and extra frivolous extras in my life.
2) Rome – Enjoyed a few days in Rome with my parents. I was awestruck by the age of the city itself and its artifacts. The Vatican City was such an interesting thing – surrounded by Rome. Unfortunately St. Peter’s Basilica was closed for renovations for the Jubilee (Year 2000) so I only got to see the Sistine Chapel and museums.
3) Ireland – My first foray to Europe was also a trip with my folks. Got lost in Dublin riding a double decker bus, enjoyed the cozy pubs there, and found the only Harley Davidson dealer in the country. It was a tiny shop filled with machinery, lawn mowers and such, with a Harley or two literally wedged in between everything else. Loved the countryside, the towns & castles, and the people were among the friendliest I’ve met. I’d love to go back.
4) Iceland – I seem to have developed a penchant for islands – and this one is without a doubt the most beautiful. I didn’t know such a place exisited with its rugged lava fields, crashing ocean waves, volcanic landscapes and gorgeous waterfalls... I’m not done with this place :-D

Four of your favorite foods

1) Lamb in any & all forms :-D
Roast lamb – bbq lamb, shish-ka-bob lamb, Icelandic smoked lamb

2) Fried carnitas tacos
3) Yellow crookneck squash with butter and basil
4) Sushi

Four places you would rather be right now

1) Anywhere at all on a vacation trip with my Sweetie
2) A Northern California coast beach
3) Camping
4) Copper Canyon, Mexico


mergrl said...

great job Terry, you have been to some really great places, and wow a robbery/FBI liason, bet that was fascinating, and steve mcqueen, how cool is that!

tsduff said...

LOL - I didn't even know it was Steve McQueen at first because he had a full beard. Ali McGraw had cut her long hair and was wearing a short "do".

The Robbery gig was really a trip - I got to cast a robbery training video we made - had a film and lighting crew and everything.

Life full of surprises.

This blogger is STILL giving me fits! sigh. Got to run home - I'm stuck at work oHH NOOOO.

mergrl said...

well get yourself home then :0)

safe trip home, talk to ya later (hugs)

Autumn Storm said...

Love the fact you live in 'Walnut Creek' - makes me think 'Little House on the Prairie' :-)
Not completed yet, right? Nicely done thus far.

mergrl said...

Good Morning Terry, hope you have a great day!

tsduff said...

Evening Autumn - thanks for noticing that Blogger ate my post yesterday :-O I'll have to redo it.

I love "Little House on the Prarie" too - unincorporated Walnut Creek has some wild spots like Walnut Grove but the downtown city proper is quite sophisticated with Tiffany's, Macy's, Nordstrom and other high end shopping establishments. I try to avoid it whenever possible :-D

tsduff said...

Hi Trace - happy Tuesday! Boo hoo I think Blogger hates me. It won't send my emails to me and it eats my posts. Plus it won't arrange them properly on the page when I publish.

How's class going? Having fun being a teacher? Kids treating you okay? I bet you are a really fun teacher.

How's your telephone working these days? :-D

mergrl said...

Terry, I am having a blast! and I love the kids, especially the freshman. Been kinda quiet on the home front :0) but all is well after an AM delivery LOL

damn this is like talking in code ROFL

Anonymous said...

Copper Canyon,when are we leaving ???

Sherri said...

I'm envious! One day I would like to visit some of those places myself.

Keshi said...

Funny how I've never heard of or seen any of the movies most ppl mention in this tag...


Autumn Storm said...

Strange about blogger. I know Trace has too, been getting emails about our comments not being able to be delivered, must be in relation to your receiving notification via email.
Still, quite funny, how if the Internet (or any such amazing invention) doesn't work 100%, we feel so disappointed, when really we should probably be amazed such a thing even works - if that makes sense :-)
Hope you are having/had a lovely evening.
Great job on the completed (albeit you had to re-do bleah)!

Jeanne said...

I grew yellow crookneck squash last summer, but they didn't do anything other than bloom until autumn, so the squash didn't get larger than pears. Such a disappointment! I've never eaten it, but it seemed that it was closer in flavor and texture to a winter squash than to a summer squash. Is it, or was it just that mine didn't develop right?

tsduff said...

anonymous - we'll get there someday, don't worry.

tsduff said...

Sherri - start planning your trip now! LOL -it is never too soon to plan:-)

tsduff said...

Hi Keshi - I haven't seen many of the movies myself. Since they are now recommended, I'm going to see some. I watched Clerks - man alive what a strange one that was. But I did like it.

tsduff said...

Hi Autumn - yes, I did have to redo some. Ha ha, it turned out differently the second time.

You are right about being so disappointed when the computer doesn't work right - even though the entire thing is some kind of miracle in itself. I don't understand how it all works, but I love it.

tsduff said...

Hi Jeanne,

What a bummer that you didn't get to have a good crop of crookneck! I generally cut them when they are babies about 6 inches long as they are tender and the seeds stay small. They should not be hard skinned at all. They do like the hot sun, so maybe yours just didn't get to finish growing. They remain my favorite veggie - and they grow like weeds in my garden.

Crazy Me said...

I love these kinds of posts. It's really fun to learn more about the person behind the blog!

Autumn Storm said...

GOOD LUCK with the class! :-) Can't wait to hear all about it. Don't forget: Feb. 20th and no ashtrays ;-) lol

mergrl said...

hey Terry, how is your day?

how was the class last nite, can't wait to hear all abou it

(LOL at Autumn and her birthday hints)

tsduff said...

But Autumn says no ash trays - LOL - now what?