Sunday, December 18, 2005

Meme: Saturday Six -- Episode 88

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By Patrick

Posted on: Sun, Dec 18 2005 10:35 AM

Excuses, excuses. Patrick is full of them this week. If you ask me, he over-indulged with the chick from the property room and a bottle of Dom at the annual station Christmas Party. Here's what HE has to say for himself.

“Sorry I'm a bit late with this, but better late than never!

“For those who'd like to join in on the fun, playing is simple: you can either answer the questions in this journal or you can answer them in your own blog and leave a link. It is strongly recommended that you answer the journals in your blog and post the link...since several of the people who are playing have relocated away from AOL, it's important that everyone knows where your new (or temporary) blogging homes are, so if you don't mind, leave a first name and your journal's link, just so we can find you easier!

“But before the questions, the tradition of the "Saturday Six" is to recognize the first one to play the week before. Judi, of "Talking to Myself" was the first person to play last week. Congratulations, Judi.

“Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal...but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as "first to play," you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!”

1. How much of your Christmas shopping and holiday card mailing do you have left to accomplish? When do you expect to finish it if you haven't already?

Well, we only send a handful of cards in any given year, so that'll keep until next weekend. As I noted in a meme earlier, the wife and I are eschewing the gift-giving thing this year in favor of getting ourselves a treadmill. So, unless the rules change between now and next Sunday, I'm all done.

2. When giving gifts to co-workers or casual friends, how much importance do you place on the value of the gift you're giving them versus the value of the gift you imagine they're giving you?

None. Unless there is some arbitrary limit, I give something I think they will a) like and b) use. If it doesn't fit those criteria, I don't get it.

3. What are you secretly hoping someone will give you for Christmas that you haven't specifically asked for?

Nothing. I have a published wish list at Amazon that is available to view from the sidebar here. Just books and CD's and an odd tool or camera. Nothing else I want comes to mind.

4. Take this quiz (if you haven't already!): Which Jones Holiday Soda Flavor are you?

You Are Corn on the Cob Soda

Like sucking on a stick of butter

What Jones Holiday Soda Are You?

5. Would you actually try that flavor?

Sure, why not? I like butter. I like corn on the cob. With what they can do in the lab these days with flavors (ever try the flavored water “Golden Peach” at WalMart?), it's gonna be tasty.

6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #78 from Carly: If you could step into the life of any fictional Christmas character -- Scrooge, Rudolph, Frost, etc. -- and live that part, which character would you choose and why?

I'd choose the role of Prime Minister as played by Hugh Grant in the story Love Actually. He plays a bumbling, tangle-tongued fellow who has no finesse with women but has the stones and drive to become the PM of Great Britain! A juicy role. And the gal who falls for him isn't half bad, either.

Here's a quote:

Prime Minister: “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.”

If you have a Reader's Choice question you'd like to see asked (and answered), click the e-mail link on the About Me bar and send it to me (Patrick).

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