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Monday, December 1, 2008

5 Things Redux

First that "scallywag" Brian from Laelaps tagged Kevin with a meme, and then what does he do? He nails me with it! And me without my meme vaccinations up to date! If Kevin will forgive me, I'm going to use his entry as a template:

5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

  • As of Dec 15th this year marks 10 years ago I was getting laid off from Micron Electronics in Nampa, Idaho, where I was a Support Engineer (the people who try and figure out what's going on when there are issues and develop a reliable fix for it) and Web Designer.
  • Enrolling at Boise State University (one of the best things I've ever done!)
  • Doing video production/animation for the local market and teaching 3D animation
  • Moving from a house with a big garage to a 2 bedroom apartment and a big storage unit!
  • Smoking about 1 pack of cigarettes a day
5 Things On My To-Do List Today
  • Finish one of three paper rewrites due by the end of the week
  • Clean up office (train self to pick up "toys"... futile I know...)
  • Email one professor for grad school position
  • Write personal statement for one grad school
  • Help Johann create one more batch of scientist trading cards
5 Snacks I Love
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Almonds
  • dried blueberries
  • Orange or Grapefruit
  • Grandma's white chocolate covered pretzels (which Tammy now makes so well!)
5 Things I Would Do If I Were A Millionaire
  • Pay off all our debts
  • Buy a house and some undeveloped leave undeveloped.
  • Buy a rebreather and HD underwater video rig
  • Let Tammy go to graduate school and put away enough that Johann can go to college and if he wants grad school without having to worry about funding
  • Conrtibute to Kevin's scholarship
5 Places I've lived
  • Bitburg, Germany
  • Lompoc, CA
  • Mesa, Pheonix and Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Boise, ID
  • Austin, TX
5 Jobs I've Had
  • Marine Science Department Technology Support
  • Animator & Multimedia Production Artist
  • IT Technician
  • Computer Support Engineer and Multimedia Web Developer
  • Satellite and Microwave Radio Communications specialist

Ok, so now I get to 5 other people?

  • Kevin already tagged Karen, but let's see where Peter was 10 years before he live blogged boat shows with friends of millionaires, I think we know what he would do with a a cool Million. What IS his favorite snack?
  • Was Miriam at the Oysters Garter already wearing such trend setting and cool invert clothing as a squid hat??? With the million she could afford them all easily. I hope Oysters are on her favorite snack list!
  • Was Mark at Blogfish stalking sustainable fishing 10 years ago? Would the million dollars prevent him from diving under his mistresses covers every chance he gets?
  • Did the Beach Chair Scientist feel the pull of the ocean 10 years ago? Would we see an upgraded chair with the million dollars, maybe something with solar powered icebox, GPS and real time satellite feed of marine forecasting and visual data sets? What is the best beach chair snack?
  • Was the Brine Queen watching super cute sea horses 10 years ago? Does she have a new marine bio geek acquisition to pickup today?


  1. Dear Kevin and Eric:

    1. What, no dosh for the Beagle Project? I mean, I know you want to set yourselves and your family up all cozy-like and send people to college and whatnot, but c'mon... can't we have just an ickle?

    2. Please tell me you have both stopped smoking.


  2. Karen, how could we ever leave The Beagle Project out?! I thought it was a given that all my priorities took place after I fully the project! Next time I'll be sure to make that more clearer.

    I stopped smoking around 21/22 as part my psychology class project when I learned about conditioning. I've smoked occasionally since then, like 1-2 cigs. a year on average, maybe a christmas or new years cigar with my father in law. Now it just reminds how awful it is! Although I still get cravings sometimes, even after almost 9 years. Usually in social situations (i.e. bars)

  3. I just saw the post at Deep Sea News. I hereby take back my chiding. "A very well-conceived project that will undoubtedly be one the most important of the first half of this century." Wow.

  4. I don't pull punches Karen ;) Feel free to soundbite me :D

  5. Don't know how I could leave out the Beagle Project! You'ld definately get more than an "ickle"? (can you quantify an ickle vs. a dosh?)

    Our son is probably one of your greatest evangelists even though he is only 8, and would never forgive me. Johann tells everyone he talks to about Darwin celebrations and about the Beagle Project. He wants to work on the Beagle for a time as a researcher.

  6. @Kevin: oh yes, we will, we will

    @Eric: I cannot tell you how happy it makes me that there is an 8-year old Beagle enthusiast out there. We've gotta interview him or something. Do you think he'd agree to be interviewed (on video) about why he supports the Beagle Project? That would be so cool. Oh and ickle = little; dosh = cash.

  7. ickle dosh = a little cash Got it, I really got to get out more...the etymology of that phrase is sure to be interesting!

    I asked Johann and he said he was ok with doing an interview.


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