Wednesday, February 22, 2006

On the sun, snow and being tagged

Before I address the fact that I've been tagged, let me show you what I saw yesterday morning, our last day at Mammoth in the high Sierras. The rising sun streaked the wall of the guest room pink. Here, in Corona del Mar, architecture obscures the rising sun, oh woe.

So bleary-eyed, I pulled myself out of bed, found the camera on the nightstand, and pulled open the sliding door. The deck was icy cold. My eyes were drawn to the light on snow (the title to one of my favorite novels by Anita Shreve).

Now... about being tagged ....

Fellow ASJA member and blogger Candy Harrington ( tagged me this morning. What this means is I need to answer the questions below, or not play. Of course I'll play. Here goes:

Four Jobs in My Life
Parts runner for a Volvo dealer
Countergirl at Dunkin' Donuts
Avon lady (at 17)
Baker (first job in San Francisco)

Four Films I Could Watch Over and Over
Out of Towners (the original, with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis)
Some Like it Hot (Jack Lemmon, again)
The Odd Couple
Dead Calm
(whoops...that's five)

Four Places I Have Lived
Plainfield, Vermont
San Francisco
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Corona del Mar, California

Four TV Series I Like
I pretty much don't watch TV, but my 11-year-old son and I will watch...
The old Dick Van Dyke show
Turner Classic Movie Channel
Knitty Gritty on DIY Network
Unwrapped on the Food Network

Four Places I've Been on Vacation
Rajasthan, India
Palm Springs, CA
the outback of Maine (camping)

Four Foods I love
Hot fudge sundaes (which I stay away from but find greatly compelling)
Tofu turkey (homemade)

Four Websites I Visit Daily (The American Society of Journalists and Authors' forum) (Gotham Writers' Workshop (online; one place I teach) (knitting forum; yes...I'm obsessed!) (LAObserved: Los Angeles media, news, sense of place)

Four Places I'd Rather Be Right Now
As I answer this question, I am at one of the four places I'd rather be (if I were home): Mammoth Lakes, CA, in the Sierras
Somewhere in Vermont where the snow grows deep
New Zealand

Four Bloggers Who Should Play
Victor Infante (
Joshua Berman (
Anne Elliott (
Bookish Wendy (

1 comment:

Victor Infante said...

I've actually done this before, but let's see what comes up without referencing backward. (I'm going to pass on tagging people, though, as I've already done it.)

Four Jobs in My Life
Professional dog walker
Christmas tree hauler
Telemarketer for a symphony orchestra

Four Films I Could Watch Over and Over
"Reefer Madness: The Musical"
"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"
"Grosse Pointe Blank"

Four Places I Have Lived
Pittsburgh, Penn.
Orange County, Calif.
Arundel, W. Sussex, UK
Worcester, Mass.

Four TV Series I Like
"Project: Runway"
"Veronica Mars"
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
"The Colbert Report"

Four Places I've Been on Vacation
Greenfield, NH
Athens, Greece

Four Foods I love
Chile Rellenos
Pizza. Any pizza, really.
My wife's nuclear-armageddon artichoke dip.
My own pasta with butter sauce, although Trader Joe's has dicontinued the diced prosciutto I used to make it. (Shakes fist at Trader Joe's)

Four Websites I Visit Daily
"The November 3rd Club"
"Salon's War Room"

Four Places I'd Rather Be Right Now
(I'm in a Europe mood right this second, I guess.)