April 14, 2006


Since I've been such a bad blogger as of late--and to make up for last week's absence--this week's Four For Friday includes four additional questions. Feel free to answer all eight, or as they say in the scratch lottery biz, pick four. I'll be back next Monday with a full explanation of what I've been doing with my time and why that has kept me away from my personal blog. In the meantime, here's this week's FFF:

Q1 - Toothpaste: If you were asked by a toothpaste manufacturer to come up with a new flavor, what would be your top three suggestions?

Q2 - Websites: The U.S. Postal Service allows anyone to see the authenticated physical address of a commercial PO Box owner, while at the same protecting vigorously the address of a non-commercial owner. Phone companies protect the privacy of unpublished phone numbers' owners. Should website owners be allowed to register site names anonymously?

Q3 - Food: What's the absolute strangest food you've ever tried?

Q4 - Gasoline: Economists are predicting that gasoline prices in the U.S. will reach $3.00 per gallon within the next three months. How will this summer's gas prices impact your travel plans?

Q5 - Health Insurance: Do you think all employers should be required by law to pay some or all of the costs associated with their employeesí health insurance?

Q6 - September 11th: How do you feel about movies that attempt to portray what happened onboard commercial airplanes that were downed on 9/11? Do have an interest in watching these movies?

Q7 - Taxes: Did you file your 2005 taxes yourself or did you enlist the services of a professional tax preparer? In either event, did you file online or by hand?

Q8 - Hey You: When you're on a horse farm and you want to get a horse's attention, you make a clicking sound with your mouth. What sort of sound would I need to make to get your attention?

Posted by Mikal at April 14, 2006 10:58 AM | TrackBack


1. Toothpaste: Butter Flavor.

2. Gasoline: I hope the prices don't get up that high, they're already over $2.50/gallon. The gas prices don't affect me as much since I have a short commute to work, but it's still a big expense.

3. Health Insurance: Yes, employers should pay for most of their employee's health insurance. First of all, the cost is astronimical and the average person can't afford it, and second that's one of the perk's of having a job - health insurance.

4. Taxes: Yes, I filed my taxes through a private accountant. He did all the work, I just signed and sent them in. Nice refunds too. :o)

Posted by: Missy at April 14, 2006 11:21 AM

1. Lemon mint, apple, and rose.

2. For personal use, maybe.

3. Well, most recently was the cold pigs' ears drowned in hot sauce.

4. Probably not very much. I already factored in the cost of gas at $3.

Posted by: sya at April 14, 2006 11:32 AM

mine are up! :)

Posted by: Trouble Maker at April 14, 2006 3:16 PM

I'm up for all eight.

1. Toothpaste: Popcorn (Hey, I love that stuff), Rain (it smells so good in the desert when it rains on the sagebrush, it would have to taste good), Dirt (my daughter eats it, so maybe she'd brush her teeth more)
2. Websites: Yes, website owners should be able to protect their privacy, especially in light of Spam and new ways to violate people's privacy.
3. Food: My friend Phil is very eccentric, he likes lots of fine things in life, and thinks of himself as a gourmet, and he got me to try this type of cheese. Strange was putting it mildly.
4. Gasoline: No impact, I'm not traveling this summer since my wife is having our 2nd child.
5. Health Insurance: What a tough question. No, I don't that it should be a requirement. If health insurance is a need that society has and the system is broken so the average society member cannot afford it, then the government should focus on fixing the system, not forcing private businesses to do it for them.
6. September 11th: Well, I watched a re-enactment on the discovery channel about flight 93. I go back and forth on that one. It's history though, just like movies about WWII or any other historical event, I'm OK with them, but take it with a grain of salt, history can be 'spun' just like anything else.
7. Taxes: Professional, did it online.
8: Hey You: A duck quaking noise. I'm trained that way now, think Adium.

Posted by: Jeremy Hanks at April 14, 2006 4:25 PM

Mine are up on my new Blog

Dianaís Little Corner in the Nutmeg State


Posted by: Diana at April 14, 2006 6:05 PM

2. Not anonymously, no. By it's very nature a website is public and requires a bit of accountability. However, for security reasons the information for the owner of a non- business or charity site shouldn't be widely available without safegaurds. There are alot of nutjobs out there.

3. It's a toss-up. Either the goat caserole I had in St Maarten or the jungle rums containing snakes and scorpions in Belize.

5. Not required, though it would be nice. I've always had more of a beef with insuring the families of the employee. If they're going to do that, then single and/or childless people should get some consideration since it arguably costs more to insure a family with children than a single adult.

6. At best, it's crassly commercial and at worst will probably be full of half-truths, revisionism and patriotic whitewash. I have no intention of watching them.

Posted by: mike at April 14, 2006 7:50 PM

1. Toothpaste: Cap'n Crunch, maybe?
2. Website anonymous registration: I guess it'd depend on the nature of the website. If they're soliciting private financial info via the website, I'd say their right to register anonymously is outweighed by the obvious public policy argument.
3. Strange Food: I ate a star fruit last week but nothing like calves' brains or anything like that.
4. Gas Prices: I'm getting a "questionable content" error for my response to this one, so I'll pass.
5. Health Insurance: I'll pass on that one.
6. Sept 11 movies: I was just saying to Mr. Cones tonight that I could probably use about 5 more years before I'd be ready to see a movie about United Fl 93...
7. Taxes: Mr Cones did them himself over the course of about 12 weekends. By hand. DAMN that AMT.
8. Hey You! Make an interesting bird call and I'm at your service.

Posted by: Cones at April 18, 2006 3:09 AM

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