Four For Friday 2006-02-03

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Q1 – Have You: Ever attempted to put together your family tree? If so, how far back were you able to go? If not, would you like to put one together?

For my dad’s side of the family, there’s a pretty comprehensive family history compiled by one of my extended family members. It’s in book form, and I have my aunt Rosemary’s copy of it. I keep meaning to put parts or all of it on my family website, but I haven’t gotten around to it.

Q2 – Would You: Like it if first-run movies were released on DVD and/or Pay-Per-View at the same time as they are released in theatres? If so, do you think you would watch more movies at home, or would you continue to see first-run movies only in the theatre?

I’d love being able to see pay-per-view first-run movies, for smaller movies, especially. I don’t think my “going out to the movies” habits would change at all — I only go to big important movies anymore, anyway. But I’d pay to watch first-run movies at home, for sure, so I’d probably see a lot more movies than I do now.

Q3 – Should You: See a doctor more often? If so, what’s stopping you? If not, how often do you have a check-up or physical?

I probably don’t need to see a doctor more often than I have recently.I get a routine physical every year, and go to the eye doctor and dentist regularly.Georgetown Dental Assistant School can also help you out to pursue dental course.  I’m pretty responsible about health care, overall.

Q4 – Could You: Survive living on the streets of your town for an entire month with no access to any of your money or other assets? Why or why not?

Hell, no. I don’t even want to think about that.

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Four For Friday 2005-05-20

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Courtesy of Mikal Belicove:

Q1: How do you feel about television, newspaper, magazine, or web site news reports that rely wholly or in part on ‘unnamed’ sources?

It’s acceptable in many cases, if there is follow-up reporting that supports the information from the source. The exception would be where the unnamed source does something illegal, like exposing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative, which compromised her ability to do her job and placed dozens of other CIA operatives in danger. In that case, the source should have been revealed and prosecuted, along with the reporter who helped commit the crime.

Q2: Do you think there should be government-mandated drug-testing for anyone who plays sports professionally?

Not at all. If the people who own and run the sports teams want to test their players, it should be up to them to do so. There’s no reason whatsoever that the government should have anything to do with it. Why on earth should the government care about testing sports figures, any more than they should care about testing me for drug use? Really, who gives a crap if some baseball player’s on steroids? It’s not as though the fate of the free world rests on whether Jose Conseco hit a homer or not. (He is a baseball player, right?)

Q3: When you prepare to eat a hamburger or a sandwich, do you prefer to cut the burger or sandwich in half before eating it, or are you okay eating it whole?

I eat them whole, unless I feel like they’re too big and are going to fall apart in my hands.

Q4: Restaurants are notorious for charging a 15-18% gratuity on groups of eight or more. Are you in favor of this practice or would you prefer to tip the wait staff yourself based on how you feel they handled your table/group?

It’s okay by me; I can understand why they do it… I used to be roommates with a waiter, so I know how hard they work and how easily they get screwed over by assholes who don’t bother to leave tips. Large parties make it very easy for jerks to get away with that sort of thing. You would not believe some of the tipping horror stories my roommate suffered through. The best were the ones on Sundays: no one ever wanted to work on Sunday lunches, because the Christians were terrible tippers. They’d come in after church with their strollers and children in tow, create mess, noise, havoc and broken dishes wherever they went, and then leave a religious pamphlet on the table as a “tip” instead of money. What would Jesus do, indeed. He wouldn’t do that.

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Four for Friday Update 2004-08-10

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I haven’t answered Belicove’s Four for Friday in quite a while, so I thought I’d catch up.

Q1: If you were a lawyer, would you agree to represent deposed Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein? What if you were a doctor or psychologist… would you agree to treat him?

Even terrible people need legal representation and basic health care, and if I were in one of those positions, I would consider it my responsibility to take on the task of aiding George W. Bush. Oh, wait, you said Saddam Hussein. Well, same thing.

Q2: Have you ever taken an IQ Test? If so, what did you think of your score?

Yes, I took several different IQ tests in college for a psychology class and the scores were averaged together to get a median score. My understanding is that this helps eliminate some of the bias inherent in individual tests. I was shocked when I got the results because the score was much higher than I ever imagined it would be. I was operating on the assumption that I was just fairly average because that’s what people had told me all my life.

Q3: Do you truly enjoy life or do you mostly endure what gets tossed your way in the hopes that it’ll soon get better?

A little of both, every day.

Q4: When you get home from work, do you keep your work clothes on or do you immediately change into something else?

It depends on whether I wore something uncomfortable that day, and on whether I’m planning a household project that could damage my clothes.

Q1: What, if anything, never fails to give you the shivers?

Any scary movie — I don’t watch horror flicks at all.

Q2: Earlier this week, mega test-prep company Peterson’s announced that it is starting what it calls a ‘testing laboratory’ to see whether students gain any edge on exams from their choice of pre-test meal, the hue of their clothes, boxers or briefs, certain test day rituals, etc. When it comes to taking tests, interviewing for jobs, or other monumental situations, do you have a routine or superstition related to your chances for success?

I like to get a good night’s sleep, but that’s about it.

Q3: Do you feel like political conventions in the US have lost their appeal? Do you think we’ll ever see a convention where the presidential and vice presidential candidates are not known going into the convention? Did you watch any of the Democratic Convention? Will you make a point of watching the Republican event August 31 thru September 2?

I think that the media is responsible for killing the interest in political conventions by only covering small portions of the events. I did watch the Democratic Convention; what I didn’t catch on TV I saw online. I don’t think I’ll watch the Repugnicans, unless I feel like throwing up.

Q4: What’s you favorite board game of all time?


Q1: None of us, I’m imagining, deliberately chooses to park our car in a handicapped-designated parking spot (unless, of course, we have the right to do so), right? With that thought in mind, have you ever used (or do you deliberately use) the handicapped-designated stall in a private venue/office building or public bathroom? Do you think it’s wrong or inappropriate for non-handicapped people to use handicapped-designated bathroom stalls?

This is a ridiculous question. Of course there’s nothing wrong with non-handicapped people using the handicapped stall. There’s a huge difference between waiting three minutes to use a bathroom stall and waiting an hour or more for someone to return to their car. Nine times out of ten, there’s not a handicapped person in the bathroom anyway. If there were, I’d let them go first and then use the stall after them.

Q2: Do you belong to any professionals membership-based organizations (like a trade association or a professional society)? How about community-based organizations like the PTA or a homeowners association? What about informal social groups like a book or movie club? If not, is there a group you’d like to be a part of, or a group you’d like to start yourself, but just haven’t joined or been motivated to do so as of yet?

Herron-Morton Neighborhood Association. Co-worker’s Book Club. Women’s Book Club. Rich Monkey Investment Club. German CD Exchange. Professional Women’s Dinner Group. Girl’s Game Night Group. Six different e-mail mailing lists.

Q3: Have you ever posed nude for an art class? If so, what was that like. If not, what would it take to get you do it? On the flipside of this question… have you ever been in an art class where you had to sketch a scene which was based on a nude model being present in the room? If so, what was that like? Did it make you uncomfortable?

Never done it, never been in a class. I’m not all that interested in sketching the human body, so I doubt it will come up.
Q4: Lance Armstrong is expected to win a record sixth straight Tour De France bicycle race this weekend. Where, in your mind at least, does Armstrong’s achievements rank him? Is he the greatest athlete ever or just the greatest bicycle racer ever, or do you feel he’s neither or something else?

I honestly don’t care much.

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Four For Friday 2004-05-07

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Q: Some people collect fine art, while others have a passion for baseball cards. How about you? Do you collect anything in particular? If you don’t, did you collect anything as a kid, or would you like to in the future?
Yep, big list right here [link deprecated].

Q: When you think back to your high school days, do you have good, bad, or mediocre memories of those four years?
Freshman year in Canton, Ohio: Bad. Three years in Noblesville, Indiana: Good. Let’s just leave it at that.

Q: This Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you’re a Mom, what’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received? If you’re not a Mom, what’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever given to one?
We’re giving my mom new garage doors this mother’s day. I think that’s pretty cool. Odd, but cool.

Q: If you could be the host of any past or present television game show, which show would you choose to host? (If you need a little help identifying all of the possibilities, click here for a list of shows and hosts!)

I was going to say Password, but then I looked at the list, and saw “Let’s Play Post Office” is a game show. I totally want to host that.

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