Four things

This is an old meme, but I just realized it’s been a few days since my last post, so I’m using an e-mail from a friend of mine as inspiration.

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Secretary/clerical (many times)
2. Service Manager (i.e. service management seminar coach)
3. Data entry operator (many times)
4. Graphics designer

Those are actually the only four jobs I’ve had, i.e. same job, different department or company. I used to be a temp and so have worked many different places, but doing the same thing.

Four movies I would watch over and over (and have):
1. Men in Black
3. Blazing Saddles
4. Titanic
5. Quigly Down Under

I have to tell you those five because I actually bothered to tape or buy them and keep them.

Four places I have lived:
1. Los Angeles harbor area (San Pedro, Wilmington)
2. Twentynine Palms, CA
3. Glendale, CA
4. Åsane (Salhus, Hordvik) – now part of Bergen

Four TV shows I like to watch:
1. Law & Order
2. CSI
3. Medium
4. My Name Is Earl

I own a collection of episodes from M*A*S*H and The Muppet Show, so I watch those, too.

Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Malta
2. Rhode Island
3. Italy
4. The Channel Islands

And many more, since it is pretty common in Europe to take vacations.

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Spaghetti
2. Pumpkin pie
3. Pancakes/waffles
4. Thin-crust pizza

Four of my favorite animals:
1. Cat
2. Bat
3. Cow
4. Crow

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Blooming garden
2. Desert
3. Some place with a glorious view
4. Venice – before it disappears

By Keera Ann Fox

I am a bi-lingual American who has lived most of my life in Norway.
Jeg er en tospråklig amerikaner som har bodd mesteparten av mitt liv i Norge.

16 replies on “Four things”

Some of those answers actually surprised me a little. You didn\’t strike me as the type that liked Men in Black, My Name is Earl nor pizza. I couldn\’t tell you why, you just didn\’t strike me as such. I suppose that goes to show how wrong your perceptions of a person can be. 😉


Mark, not Newport. Outside Providence.Tim, to me, liking MIB and Earl and pizza is Perfectly Normal. But now I\’m curious. What did you think I would like? Or rather, why did you think I wouldn\’t like the above? I come across as too sane, perhaps? 😉


Well sure, it\’s perfectly normal and I didn\’t mean to incline that you weren\’t (although, what\’s \”normal\”?). You just seemed somewhat more \”sophisticated\”. Nice to know you\’re a pizza and MIB like many of us putzes. 😉


LOL – Pizza putz. Hey, I like pizza, I\’m Jewish, so I must be a pizza putz too. Keera – You missed the best part of Rhode Island. If you ever get back there, you must hit Newport. Especially after living in Europe. The old section looks like it was lifted right out of Europe.And then, of course, there are the mansions…


Tim, a lot of people assume I must come from \”a furnished home\” as the joke goes. Truth is, I\’m blue-collar. I just clean up good. ;-)Mark, I visited Newport, I just didn\’t stay there. What I did see, didn\’t make me think of Europe (which N.Y. and S.F. did).Jeff, thanks! Your turn. 🙂


I tried googling some images, this is the best I could do: section of the oldest part has cobblestone streets and distinctly European architecture as, like New York, it is a few hundred years old and settled by Europeans.New York doesn\’t surprise me, but I\’d sure be hard-pressed to find part of SF that looked European, especially as it is only a little over 150 years old. Do you remember which part?


That pic just looked American to me. And even without the flag, the fasade doesn\’t leap out and say \”Old World\”. Brick usually doesn\’t.S.F. has all these old buildings (including Victorian homes), relatively narrow streets, hills, streets meeting at odd angles, everything within walking distance and a generally cramped but charming feeling. Just like a lot of European towns. Cobblestones alone do not European make.


Like I said, it was the best I could do with Google – you kind of had to be there. Don\’t forget, I lived in Europe too so I\’m not just basing it on no experience. Course, everyone has a different perception of things, just like no two people ever read the same book, so it\’s all good.:o)>


True. \”Typically European\” in my eyes is seen in my photos from Vienna and Budapest, even though Bergen has plenty of cobblestone. Oslo has far more of that continental look than does Bergen, which is still dominated by its old wooden buildings. I associate cobblestone with the age/history of a town, not as something European vs. American. That comes from having lived here so long, I guess.


I remember those pics. Yeah, it\’s not all that. I guess compared to SF it looks European. Of course, the Newport mansions were built largely with European craftsman and a lot of the material came from Europe. Of course some of the cobblestone streets in Europe date back to the Roman Empire, but how old are the ones in Bergen?


I know that \”back east\” is more Old World-looking than \”out west\” is. I was sorry I didn\’t get to see Boston (flew in and out of Logan).I can\’t find a reference but have always assumed Bergen\’s cobblestones date back to medieval times, when the city was relatively new (Bergen was officially founded in 1070). Some of Bergen\’s cobblestones are no more than a few months old, i.e. some streets have been recently restored to cobblestone. All streets were still cobblestone until WWII.


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