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Tagged by the 4×4 Meme

March 17th, 2008 · 7 Comments

So Mark Goren of the Transmission Marketing Blog tagged me with a new blog meme that’s going around. It seems that Peter Kim helped to name it the 4×4 meme (memes defined) where the blogger is asked to give 4 responses each to 4 questions.

It appears that the questions are somewhat arbitrary, but that the blogger can choose to answer any 4. Here are the questions I’ve dug up thus far on the meme:
(Note, I’ve added links to the first blog mention I found with the particular question. My apologies if I got it wrong, I couldn’t always follow the thread. Drop me a comment about any errors and I’ll fix them.)

  1. 4 Jobs I’ve had
  2. 4 Favorite Foods
  3. 4 TV Shows I DVR
  4. 4 Movies I could watch Over & Over
  5. 4 Places I’ve been
  6. 4 Places I’ve lived
  7. 4 Places I want to go
  8. 4 Music Artists I’m listening to now
  9. 4 All Time Favorite Musicians
  10. 4 Shows I have been to
  11. 4 Cars I have owned
  12. 4 Things I have done in the past 4 years
  13. 4 websites I visit daily
  14. 4 places I’d rather be right now
  15. 4 People I think will respond
  16. 4 Things I look forward to this year
  17. 4 Underrated conversational topics

Now as you wait with bated breath I’ll choose my questions and give my answers here:

4 Jobs I’ve had:

  1. Inserting battery doors into calculators on an assembly line. I couldn’t make it for an entire shift- sorry Texas Instruments.
  2. Electronic Warfare Technician on a Nuclear Powered Fast Attack Submarine. When you say with capitalization it sounds so thrilling. Actually it was boring as hell 98% of the time the other 2% I can’t tell you about or I’d have to kill you.
  3. Square hamburger patty machine operator in Wendy’s hamburger joint. Wendy’s uses fresh meat procured locally (at least they did when I worked there). That’s why I still love their burgers.
  4. Selling Inverse-Multiplexing Dial Back-Up equipment to banks on Wall Street. I was actually pretty good at this, I carried a quota of $1M to $3M per year and I made my quota most years. Being a salesman and having the pressure of a quota should be required for all Marketing Executives.

4 Places I’ve Lived:

  1. Lubbock Texas- I’m sorry there is nothing to say about Lubbock. It’s flatter than any other place I’ve ever seen. In the words of a local sage, “nothing but miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles.” However Texas Tech is pretty at Christmas time.
  2. Atlanta Georgia- I lived in Atlanta in the middle ’80′s while the boom was still growing. I’ve heard that it now has over grown it’s boom. What I found in Atlanta that was great was that it had one of everything you could think of. This is because there’s no where to go once you leave Atlanta by car, except wilderness. Which actually made it superior to the next place I lived…
  3. Silly-con Valley California- The problem with California is the people that it attracts. It’s the freak capitol of the US. You’re out of the mainstream, a little off, non-conformist? Go to California they’ll love you there. I’m from the mid-west, Ohio to be exact. I’m not used to someone coming to work one day and declaring they’ll be using the other restroom from now on. Californians are good people, it’s the transplants I couldn’t stand.
  4. Canton Ohio- This was a wonderful place to grow up. My mother did an excellent job of somehow making do with little income and she put us in an idyllic middle class USA place. My neighbors had a tree-house 30 feet in the air, which you couldn’t do today because you’d be afraid of being sued. We spent the night in sleeping bags in that tree-house, in the winter! (Back when winter was cold.)

4 Things I look forward to this year

  1. Turning 50- Rodger Daltry said “I hope I die before I get old” (listen to My Generation the video above) and for a while I felt the same way. Now I feel that I’m only half way there. I’m fascinated to see what the next 50 will bring.
  2. A new presidential election. Unfortunately, marketing of politicians has far outstripped their ability to lead. George Bush was never my favorite but I can’t forgive anyone who voted for him after knowing that he sat still in a classroom for several minutes after being told the country was under attack.
  3. Finally finishing my several year odyssey of DIY to remake our humble abode. I’ve nearly finished the master bathroom. Next the kitchen and then the hardwood floor. 2009 means I’ll actually have some weekends.
  4. My son going away to college and becoming more and more of an independent adult. Don’t get me wrong I love him- but it’s nice to have the place to ourselves.

And now I’m going to make up my own question to add to the meme:

4 Truths I’d really like to know:

  1. Is George Bush really that stupid or is Dick Chaney actually in charge? Because as Rickey said to Lucy, “somebody’s got some ‘splainin to do!”
  2. Did Bill Gates really steal DOS from CP/M?
  3. Is there a God?
  4. Are there other civilizations that we can communicate with?

And finally 4 people I think will respond:

  1. C.B. Whittemore (a fellow Socialite)
  2. Tamar Weinberg (a fellow Socialite)
  3. Mack Collier (a fellow Socialite)
  4. Rob La Gesse-Author of Stufflefagus

Tanks for reading,


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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tagged by the 4×4 Meme » STUFFLEUFAGUS // Mar 17, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    [...] Chris Kieff tagged me for a new meme going around called “4×4″. You can read more about it below the fold. Basically I need to choose four of these questions, answer them, then tag four more people.  So without further adieu: [...]

  • 2 Mark Goren // Mar 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Hey, Chris:

    Great answers.

    Tell me, isn’t Lubbock, Texas the home of the late, great Buddy Holly?



  • 3 Chris // Mar 18, 2008 at 7:24 am


    You’re absolutely right! And I had the strangest experience once on a trip there to see my Mother. On the plane were all of these people with white shirts and black horn-rimmed glasses. I didn’t know what was going on! Turned out it was the Buddy Holly Birthday Bash weekend.


  • 4 C.B. Whittemore // Mar 20, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Chris, I love how you have handled the 4×4 meme! I found it fascinating to think through.

    Thank you for the tag… I [unfortunately] got tagged on this just a few weeks ago [responded here http://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com/2008/03/4×4-about-me.html.

    I will look forward to answering your 4 questions with you in person at the Blogger Social…. Could get interesting!

  • 5 Chris // Mar 21, 2008 at 7:45 am


    I guess I should do more homework! Thanks for the nice compliment.

    See you in two weeks!


  • 6 Tamar Weinberg's 4x4 Meme » techipedia | tamar weinberg // Mar 31, 2008 at 8:15 am

    [...] I was traveling on my last of three conferences, Chris Kieff tagged me on the 4×4 meme that’s going around. The idea of this meme is somewhat like previous memes, but it’s [...]

  • 7 Tamar Weinberg's 4x4 Meme » techipedia | tamar weinberg // Mar 31, 2008 at 8:15 am

    [...] I was traveling on my last of three conferences, Chris Kieff tagged me on the 4×4 meme that’s going around. The idea of this meme is somewhat like previous memes, but it’s [...]

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