Archive for August 29th, 2005

Septic Sevens

Via Gerry.

Seven things I plan to do before I die:

Yeuch how depressing. Not particularly big into making plans, me. However, a man without a plan is not a man (Nietszche?), so here goes:

Leave no debts for anyone else
Do some drawings and paintings and have them framed and hung on the walls of our house
Have a piano in the house and play it reasonably well and often
Try to live virtuously for a bit
Get the time to visit art galleries regularly
Visit the dentist
Eat a hearty breakfast

Seven things I can do:
(a la Big Brother audition)

Run 10 miles without too much trouble
Write with exquisite penmanship
Draw and paint better than the average artist who hawks his wares at suburban shopping centres
Clear out quiz machines and murder most people at Trivial Pursuit (if that can be classed as one thing)
Install shower doors
Coax a tune out of most woodwind instruments
Charm old ladies Daniel O’Donnell style (albeit without the singing voice).

Seven things I can not do:

Be ambitious
Abide pushy people
Schmooze
Avoid listening to the conversations of others
Throw a decent punch
Have only one pint
Shake off a nagging sense of impending doom.

Seven things that I find really attractive about the opposite sex:

Not too sure how to answer this one. Am I supposed to give seven reasons why I like women, or seven things I look for in a woman? The former is obvious, and the latter is almost redundant as I’m a nearly married man….

Poise
Wit
Humility
Intelligence
Taste
Generosity
Beauty


Seven things I say the most:

Not too bad
Aye
Shit
Yer ass
(He’s an awful) dickhead
Dunno
Yes, I’ll do it today

Seven books I love:

Moderato Cantabile (Marguerite Duras)
L’Etranger (Albert Camus)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark)
Reading In The Dark (Seamus Deane)
Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Gabriel García Márquez)
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)

Seven people I would like to see take this quiz:

It seems as though every blogger I know has already been asked.

What’s Green And Smells of Pork?*

I’m back, and I need some sort of de-porkification treatment.

Over the last 8 days, I have overdosed on pork products, including the following:

Platters of jamón serrano (cured ham)
Chorizo
Lomo (both cured type and porkchop-style)
Sobrasada (a type of raw cured sausage mixed with pork fat and paprika)
Salchicha (the closest to your regular bangers you get here)
Longaniza (spicy sausage)
Torta de chicharrones (a kind of pastry dessert, with sugared pork scratchings on top.)

Then last night we got back and had some Carbonara. I have some mortadela sandwiches for my lunch.

*the answer, of course, is me. Nothing whatsoever to do with Kermit the Frog.


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