Who, meme?

I’ve been seeing this meme all over blogland over the past several weeks. Now that I’ve been officially tagged by my friend Gina, I guess it’s time for me to do it myself.

1. What was I doing ten years ago?

In July 1998 I was writing my M.A. thesis and preparing for my doctoral prelims* (the qualifying exams that officially launched me into ABD-land) in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Needless to say, this involved a not-insignificant amount of freaking out on my part. Writing the thesis was all right, but trying to anticipate what four different committee members might want to grill me on during the oral defense part of my prelims, well, that was nerve-wracking.

2. What are five things (not in any particular order) on my to-do list for today?

Brush Sylvia’s teeth.
Brush my teeth.
Write up packing lists for our upcoming vacation.
Pick up our CSA box.
Eat some chocolate.

3. What snacks do I enjoy?

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this question is a bit out of place among the others?

That said, I’m quite fond of those honey-sesame sticks they sell in the natural-food/hippie stores. Chocolate is a winner, too, as are Terra Chips.

4. What would I do if I were a billionaire?

First the selfish stuff:
—Plan for my family’s financial well-being.
—Help out my friends.
—Hire a personal trainer.
—Buy a modest house in Oregon or Vermont. Move there. Live in that house part of the year and travel the other part of the year.
—Build an in-house darkroom for black-and-white film processing.

And now the altruistic stuff:
—Donate a buttload of money to Doctors without Borders.
—Donate money to local charities.
—Volunteer more (now that spending time earning money isn’t an issue).

5. Where have I lived?

Taipei, Taiwan
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Eglin AFB, Florida
Fairview Heights, Illinois
Swansea, Illinois
Springfield, Missouri
Ependes (in the canton of Fribourg), Switzerland
Urbana, Illinois
Eugene, Oregon
Coos Bay, Oregon
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Exton, Pennsylvania


* If you’re curious, my exams were on the following subjects: anthropology and the environment, sense of place (Yi-Fu Tuan, baby!), class theory, and life history and narrative.

One Response to “Who, meme?”

  1. Chrison 30 Jul 2008 at 11:09 am

    Ah, Yi-Fu Tuan – I’ve actually written papers referring to some of that. :)