Whorled View

October 8, 2008

Tagged by Robin

Filed under: Uncategorized — lullabyman @ 9:55 pm

My beautiful sister Robin tagged me.  She’s amazing.  She and I used to take turns getting into the food closet to eat all the canned peaches at night, and then blaming Kristen when the empty jar was discovered the next day.   Mom knew it was either Robin or me anyway and would just give us a guilt trip until one of us would confess.

We pretty much did everything together until I became gross – which happened when I was about 7 years old.  As I understand it all boys become gross around 7 years old, especially to older sisters when they get around 9 years old.  As a teenager she was the big sister with all the beautiful girl friends who would have been way out of my league if I was their age, and was nice to me anyway.  In front of other people too!

Anyway I’ve been tagged so…

Ten years ago I:
1) Told Melissa I was finally ready for kids (she was ready from day one).
2) Started my 4th engineering job within 7 years.
3) Went on a grueling 18 mi moutain bike trip in the Rockies
4) Found a new renter for our house in Utah which was STILL on the market after 3 years and would remain so for another 3 years.
5) Called as EQ president, after which I went through 5 counselors in the 1st year.

Things on my ToDo list:
1) Make a ToDo list of things I actually want to do
2) Get rid of that junker in the driveway
3) Finally put the wallboard molding I bought 6 years ago and found last week.
4) Fix Melissa’s 9 month old B-day present (an ipod car stereo) that worked right only once
5) Buy a new motor for the lawnmower … again.

Snacks I enjoy:
1) Chex mix.
2) Mixed nuts.
3) Deep Fried dough. “Fry me some dough, man!”
4) Green olives
5) pretty much anything with lots of sodium and nitrates.  My goal is to pickle myself before I die of old age.

Things I would do if I were a Millionaire:

1) Buy everything in Home Depot.
2) Buy everything at Circuit City.
3) Pay someone to assemble and install all the above things
4) Buy a Tesla Roadster.
5) Buy a big Yacht with a short bald skipper who’d let me pat him on the head, who’d sail me and my family around the world as we’d create our own GPS based interactive tour guide of the best places in the world which we’d then turn around and sell the keep that money coming and coming.

Places I have lived:
1) Almost everywhere I ever wanted to live.
2) Dozens of places in Idaho – some of the most beautiful in fact.
3) Western States: Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado
4) non-western states: Maryland, Michigan, Delaware
5) overseas: Berlin Germany, Seoul Korea

Jobs I have had:
1) As a kid: Paper route, selling candles door to door, assembling hot-tub eye-ball jets one summer for Grandpa S, assembling titrator instruments one summer for Grandpa A
2) Interns: Statistical analysis at a Molybdenum Mine in the middle of the Idaho Sawtooths, Heat transfer analysis at an Engineering firm in Spokane WA
3) Semiconductor Engineer: Micron, Nat. Semi., Hyundai, Atmel
4) Solar PV manufacturing: Astropower, Newark DE
5) Self Employment: Kionetics Interactive Solutions, SolarNow Consulting

Which brings me to who I want to tag.  Someone who’s patiently borne the brunt of my insatiable need for career evolution: my wife, Melissa.

Line art of the most beautiful, patient, kind, thoughtful, generous and smart woman in the world.



  1. We must be related. I would totally get a Tesla Roadster. We can have matching cars. And I love chex mix, and especially nitrates! And who doesn’t love fried dough! Get thee to a county fair!

    Comment by Sally — October 8, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  2. What a babe! Melissa is Hot. I’m related too–FRIED DOUGH? Are you serious? Because one christmas that was my gift to Joe–not fried dough, but a fryer. Totally lame. It was in the early years of marriage. I wasn’t good at buying gifts yet. Embarassing.

    Comment by Jolly — October 9, 2008 @ 1:04 am

  3. Fried dough is like … like manna from heaven. Just get some dough (pillsbury canned rolls work great – just stretch it out so they’re scone-like). Gets some hot oil (preferably the edible variety), and fry away, Baby! Fry Away!

    Comment by lullabyman — October 9, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  4. Love the fried dough! (said as an exclamation of how I feel, not a command). Green olives though? Really? I don’t get it. Black olives, fried dough, chocolate frosted donuts (fried dough family), pizza, chinese food, yes… all these, but not green olives, man! No…(sadly shaking head).

    And yes, your wife is amazingly beautiful, vibrant, intelligent, kind, and fun. I love her to bits!!!!

    Comment by Kristen — October 9, 2008 @ 5:37 am

  5. Green olives are so so good and are very good for you – rich in Vit. E & cholesterol-lowering monosaturated fats. Slice them up and they make a fantastic replacement for pickles. There’s nothing like an olive and tuna sandwich.

    Whenever we have left-over noodles the next day I’ll make a cheese sauce out of Mayo, shredded cheese, and splash of milk and puree it with my cuisinart smart stick, then add a couple green olive and pulse it 2-3 times – pour it over the noodles and add parmesan cheese – tastes incredible.

    Comment by lullabyman — October 9, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  6. Can I play nanny on the yacht? And Korea? Where was i when you lived in Korea? Having a baby? Why don’t I remember this?

    Comment by Robin — October 9, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  7. Also, I think it is funny that the posters get a quilt block for their pictures. And Yes, Melissa is as wonderful as you describe her.

    Comment by Robin — October 9, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  8. Yes, we’ll have a big enough yacht the whole extended family can come!

    I was in Korea for 3.5 months when working for Hyundai Semiconductor. Melissa couldn’t come. 😦 It was right after we got married – not an easy time.

    The quilt blocks I think are created by some kind of algorithm that analyzes your name or something like that (maybe your IP).

    Comment by lullabyman — October 9, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

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