Seven things…

Andante sent me an invite for this survey. How could I refuse, especially since I was listed as her first victiminvitee?

Seven Things To Do Before I Die

  1. Finish remodeling my house!
  2. Take my wife to Ireland
  3. See the metric system (SI) implemented in the United States
  4. Become more active in my community
  5. Take a motorcycle tour with my wife
  6. Visit New Zealand
  7. Watch my children grow up and overhear somebody say, “Their parents raised them right”

Seven Things I Cannot Do

  1. Sing
  2. Bicycle “no hands” (at least not since 1976, when I was struck by a car while doing that)
  3. Keep my desk tidy
  4. Any sport requiring hand-eye coordination
  5. Bake
  6. Tolerate mean-spirited people
  7. Support the invasion of a country that was not a threat to us

Seven Things That Attract Me to…Blogging

  1. Stumbling across kindred spirits
  2. Being able to rant without obligating anybody to listen
  3. I can write about anything I want
  4. It’s easier to keep a blog up-to-date compared to a static page
  5. Finding out that some people are actually interested in some of the stuff I write about
  6. No schedules, deadlines, etc.
  7. “Meeting” people

Seven Things I Say Most Often

  1. George Carlin’s Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television
  2. Holy cow (i.e. something astonishing/good happened)
  3. Crap (i.e. something unexpected/bad happened)
  4. Lame (i.e. reading a university administration memo)
  5. Chowderhead (often heard in traffic when somebody’s driving irritates me)
  6. Dumb ass (usually when a politician or right wing-nut is on the radio)
  7. “Computer hacking skills” (Napoleon Dynamite)

Seven Books That I Love

  1. The Harry Potter series (I realize that’s seven books all by itself, but too bad)
  2. The Plug-In Drug/Television, Children, and the Family
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide series (I know, 5 books this time…)
  4. Small Is Beautiful
  5. Job: A Comedy of Justice (or just about any other Heinlein book)
  6. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
  7. The Complete Gilbert & Sullivan: Librettos from All Fourteen Operettas
  8. Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community

(Yes, I know I went over the limit. Luckily I only went over by 1, it was hard enough to trim the list down to 8!)

Seven Movies That I Watch Over and Over Again

  1. Princess Bride
  2. Galaxy Quest
  3. Thomas Crowne Affair
  4. Subway
  5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  6. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  7. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven People I Want To Join In Too
Obviously there is no obligation, but it would be interesting to hear from the following people:

  1. Acetylene
  2. Joseph
  3. Kevin
  4. Holly
  5. Daniel (once he’s free again)
  6. Warboss
  7. Punk (no URL available)

(Those who don’t blog, feel free to leave your answers as comments on this article.)

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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3 Responses to Seven things…

  1. andante says:

    What a great list! I should have added “Galaxy Quest” and “Princess Bride” to my list of movies; both make me laugh over and over, no matter how many times I see them.

    If you need someone to carry your luggage on that trip to New Zealand (and you’re willing to pay steerage)you know who to call. 🙂

  2. Punk says:

    No URL for the Punk! She spends waaaaaayyyy too much time in front of the computer as it is; but she does enjoy checking out and leaving comments on other people’s blogs and My Space(s). But you never know, now that she has high-speed, PunkNet may occur on a browser near you. Ok, now enough killing time, it’s back to work I go!


  3. Warboss says:

    Oh, that I have to see…the mind truely boggles…PunkNet would be a must see.

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