The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 August 2005

Days of 49

Which is seven by seven, as wrenched from Rachel.

Seven things I plan to do before I die:

  1. Visit the four states of the Lower 48 I haven't yet.
  2. Add on to the back of my house. (Mainly, I want a bigger bathroom.)
  3. Drive the full lengths of US 52 and 62.
  4. Own every record I ever wanted from 1960 to 1972. (I am almost there.)
  5. Learn how to get a good night's sleep again.
  6. Buy a new stereo. (Don't laugh; the one I have is 31 years old.)
  7. Become less inept at general handyman tasks.

Seven things I can do:

  1. Produce a decent scan of an LP jacket.
  2. Beat the estimated gas mileage on most cars.
  3. Build a PC from a box of parts.
  4. Write 50,000 words a year, none of them at all connected.
  5. The work of three people, if my annual vacation is any indication.
  6. Throw my old 1967 paper route from memory.
  7. Turn a cracked record into a decent music file.

Seven things I cannot do:

  1. Watch more than a couple hours of television a week.
  2. Roll my tongue with any degree of alacrity. (My Spanish is horrible.)
  3. Watch from the side while someone else drives.
  4. Swim worth a darn.
  5. Wedge myself into a sports car.
  6. Reload a string trimmer properly.
  7. Let go of some things I never actually had.

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

  1. Bright (they can be dark-colored, but they must shine) eyes.
  2. One knee crossed over the other.
  3. The taper of fingers.
  4. Curvature in silhouette.
  5. Knowing one's ideal skirt length (everyone has one).
  6. An abundance of facial expressions.
  7. The ability to look really good in really insubstantial shoes.

Seven things I say the most:

  1. [general F-bombs and variations thereof]
  2. "Be that as it may"
  3. "Don't throw things until I finish"
  4. "What is it this time?"
  5. "This can't possibly be good"
  6. "How is it that [name] is still walking around unshot?"
  7. "She will never want you no matter what you do"

Seven books I love:

  1. Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
  2. Max Shulman, Barefoot Boy with Cheek
  3. H. Allen Smith, The Great Chili Confrontation
  4. Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
  5. Meredith Willson, Eggs I Have Laid
  6. Allan Sherman, The Rape of the A*P*E* (American Puritan Ethic)
  7. William Safire, On Language

Seven people I would like to see take this quiz:
It's wholly up to you. I have qualms about foisting these things off onto people.

(Should I rename this "Days of 42?")

Posted at 7:30 PM to Screaming Memes

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Someone else who loves Allan Sherman's book! Thank You, Lord, I'm not alone!

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 3:57 AM on 31 August 2005

Very nice, particularly the opposite sex part.

Posted by: Rachel at 9:37 AM on 31 August 2005