Monday, May 05, 2008

These are, uh, five of my favorite things

I think I'll just jump on the tag bandwagon and do this "five things" meme that's been flying around. No one tagged me specifically, so I'll be like that loud guy at the bar who jumps into your conversation and starts talking and then won't go away. I've seen a few versions of this, but I think I'll do Melinda June's since it's the most recent one I've seen. I've also seen nifty entries from Dr MVM, and MNMom.

Here goes.

5 things in my bag

a Glock Model 26 magazine with 10 rounds of 9mm ammo

-a Leatherman folding knife that MizBubs gave me

-a cheap LED flashlight from REI.

-a Northwestern University Traffic Institute binder and legal pad

-extra ink pens, each bearing the name of some company that gave them out for free

5 favorite things in my room:

MizBubs, although she's not there at the moment

-the top drawer of my dresser, which is where I have some airline vouchers, my cufflinks, finisher certificates from the marathons I've run, my cufflinks, a collection of old family photographs, casino matchbooks and a bunch of other neat small things.

-a picture of me and MizBubs taken in 1984 at the UIC campus

-a picture of my girls taken at a cabin in Minnesota in 1995

-my black kangaroo skin Lucchese cowboy boots

5 things I have always wanted to do:

-hike the Appalachian Trail (or any other really long hike)

-learn to fly an airplane

-go to a culinary school (even though I know enough to not want to be a professional chef)

-live in the country

-visit every continent in the world and just roam around

5 things I'm currently into:

-procrastination and exhaustion

-researching a book that I have a vague notion of writing

-planning camping trips

-guns and shooting

-finding and buying local foods, and supporting more local agriculture

5 people I'd like to tag:

MizBubs, and then any other people who want to respond to this. I originally tagged my eldest and youngest daughters, but I've been informed that they don't "do" tags.


Anonymous said...

I understand the lure of living in the country, but you might want to rethink that idea unless you plan to go off the grid entirely. It's bloody expensive to live out here in the sticks!

FranIAm said...

What a fascinating man you are indeed Mr. Bubs.

jin said...

The contents of your bag are waaay more interesting than mine. However, I did the tag anyway.

lulu said...

I might have to do this tag. I've got some weird shit in my bag.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

The kids don't do tags huh. Tell them if they like eating and living in your house then they'll like tags.

Anonymous said...

Now I picture you flying a little bi-plane across the country, alternately spraying people with automatic weapon fire or delicious appetizers, depending on your mood.

Bubs said...

Kirby, I think I now have an image to visualize as I move forward into the next phase of my life.

Dr MVM, surprisingly that doesn't really work that well.

Lulu, please do!

Jin, I shall have to go see.

Fran, ?!?

Formerly, I'd like to hear more about that. What's more expensive? Is it all the gas you have to use to drive around or what? In my calculations I'm usually thinking of the savings in real estate and property tax that I'd experience.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Bubs. You're right about the taxes and real estate savings to some extent, but there are hidden costs involved.

The gas prices are definitely a problem. We live 13 miles from any town which doesn't sound like much, but a couple of trips to town and I'm down a half a tank of gas.

The other things to look for in rural America are connections. Cable? High speed internet? Nope not here. It would cost us about $4k to get those things run to our house. Right now we spend $69.99 per month for limited "high-speed" satellite internet service. Pluse we had to spend about $700 on the dish. And we have to have satellite t.v. because there's no cable and we're too far out for a good local channel signal.

There's also no garbage pick up and were on a septic system which can present some challenges.

Not insurmountable, but things to consider.


Dale said...

You've got a lot of cufflinks in there Bubs!