W. Shedd at Accidental Russophile has “tagged” me. So let me indulge him and whoever else is interested.
Four jobs I’ve had:
- University Instructor
- Forklift Driver
- Record Store clerk
Four movies I can watch over and over:
- The Matrix
- Pulp Fiction
- Empire Strikes Back
Four places I’ve lived:
- Foster City, California
- La Verne, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Moscow, Russia
Four TV shows I like (ugh, I hate most TV):
- The Sopranos
- Six Feet Under
- Twin Peaks
Four places I’ve vacationed:
- Nurnberg, Germany
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Vegas Baby!
Four of my favorite dishes:
- In n’ Out Burger
Four sites I visit daily:
Four Books I’ve Read This Year:
- Igal Halfin, Terror in My Soul.
- Peter Holquist, Making War, Forging Revolution.
- David Hoffmann, Stalinist Values.
- Shelia Fitzpatrick, Tear Off the Masks.
What can I say? I’m writing a fucking dissertation.
Four bloggers I’m tagging:
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