Saturday, October 31, 2009

Clock Watching

6:20AM - Since my daughter was born, I have rarely slept past 6:20AM. Once, coming home from a business trip after midnight, I told my wife I'd sleep an extra hour. When I got up at 7:20AM, I felt disoriented.

10:30AM - By now, the day has been humming along. Right around here I usually have a snack, usually some kind of trail mix, maybe some fruit. In my past, I'll have another cup of coffee by this time, but I've somehow reduced my coffee intake to the two cups I have at breakfast.

12:00PM - Lunch time. If it's ice skating season, I'll eat a sandwich on the way to the ice rink. If it's warm, I'll try to get out for a walk.

3:20PM - Here's another snacking hour. Typically it's some fruit, though in my past it's been chips or candy. My levels of concentration start to wane around here, so I usually turn up my music louder.

5:00PM - I'm starting my process to leave. Putting aside work. Getting that last bit of code to compile. Writing or outlining that last section. I leave work promptly by 5:30PM or, if I can do it, some moments before.

7:30PM - I'm usually helping our daughter into her "night time routine" a little before this. Then it's dinner (microwaved). Then dishes. Then, depending if I'm in a slog, it's either more work or some reading. The TV will be on, usually tuned to sports, but I'm usually not paying too much attention.

11:00PM - Sleep.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Getting to Know Me

Some random details.

1. What time did you get up this morning?


2. How do you like your steak?


3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

The Hurt Locker

4. What is your favorite TV show?

Live, televised sports of any kind, especially in high-definition.

In the past, it's been "The Sopranos", "Law and Order", "Entourage", and "Big Break" (Golf Channel). And thanks to DVDs, I'd have to also include "The Wire".

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Paris, France.

6. What did you have for breakfast?

Bowl of Cereal (Cheerios Multi-Grain).

7. What is your favorite cuisine?


8. What foods do you dislike?

Overly sugary candies. Grapefruits.

9. Favorite Place to Eat?

Alone: Boca Grande (Kendall Square).
With my wife: The Rialto (Harvard Square).

10. Favorite dressing?

Lately, balsamic vinaigrette. In the past, ranch and/or blue cheese.

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive?

Subaru Legacy.

12. What are your favorite clothes?

Tee-shirts and shorts.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?

Tokyo, Japan.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?

1/2 full

15. Where would you want to retire?

Boca Raton, FL. Or New York City, NY. Or Paris, France.

16. Favorite time of day?

Late at night.

17. Where were you born?

Manila, Philippines.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?

Ice hockey.

19. Who do you think will not tag you back?

Not sure.

20. Person you expect to tag you back first?

Not sure.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?

My brothers.

22. Bird watcher?


23. Are you a morning person or a night person?


24. Do you have any pets?


25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?

I have a great new high-definition video camera.

26. What did you want to be when you were little?

Writer. Journalist. Computer programmer.

27. What is your best childhood memory?

On the street where I grew up, a bunch of us neighborhood kids played "keep the ball in the air" with a soccer ball. I can remember that we kept the ball up a very long time, and every kid had one or two amazing saves. I remember how fun it was, the elation with each bounce, and our shouting. The game took place in the middle of a lazy summer.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?


29. Are you married?


30. Always wear your seat belt?


31. Been in a car accident?


32. Any pet peeves?

Pedestrians that don't acknowledge me when I give them the right of way (as a driver).

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?


34. Favorite Flower?

The perennials in my yard (Asters, Irises, Peonies).

35. Favorite ice cream?


36. Favorite fast food restaurant?


37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?


38. From whom did you get your last email?

Ted Burns.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?

Eddie Bauer or Nordstrom's.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?


41. Like your job?

Most times.

42. Broccoli?


43. What was your favorite vacation?

Paris, France.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?

My wife and daughter.

45. What are you listening to right now?


46. What is your favorite color?


47. How many tattoos do you have?


48. How many are you tagging for this quiz?


49. What time did you finish this quiz?


50. Coffee Drinker?