Friday Feast on Sunday

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 2:24 AM

Michael did this today, so I thought I would too.

List 3 emotions you experienced this week.
Joy, melancholy and loneliness.

Name a car you’d love to have.
Hmm, that's tough. I'm really very happy with my Volkswagen Bug. But, if I were going to select something different and more expensive than what I can afford, maybe a VW Eos — I love the combination of the hard top convertible with a moon roof, plus it has V-Dub's absolutely lovely 2.0T (turbocharged, that is) engine… as a rule, I don't speed, but I love how the 2.0T purrs along and begs for speed even more than my Bug's quite peppy 2.5L 5 cylinder. If I were to go for something with a different marquee, I'd probably go for an Audi A4 Quattro (ok, yes, I'm still in the Volkswagen family) or maybe a BMW 3-Series. The big thing would be that it would be a German car.

(More than likely, I'd go with another Volkswagen — they all have their charm. I wouldn't mind a New Beetle Cabriolet, Jetta 2.0T, Passat, Toureg, or — hey, if someone wanted to give such a beautiful and expensive car away — a Phaeton. I have sat in a Phaeton and it is, well, impressive. A nice VW TDI engine in any of those, so that I could enjoy the great fuel milage and lower average per gallon cost of a diesel, wouldn't be bad either.)

Describe your typical morning routine.
I don't have a completely typical routine because my schedule changes from day to day. I usually will try to get up early enough to read the paper for awhile before I head off. I am methodical about the paper: I start with the lightest section (e.g. I get my daily dose of Pearls Before Swine) , read through the business, then the front page, and then the op-ed's as the cherry on the sundae. Then I get ready, pray (I probably should do that earlier, but I find my concentration is better if I wake up first) and off I go.

Main Course
Have you ever emailed someone famous? If so, who, and what did you say to them? Did they reply?
Depends how you define famous. I have e-mailed editors of magazines and received replies. Nack in the heyday of the old OFB, I conversed fairly frequently with key figures of the Free/Open Source Software movement.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?

Nope, I sure don't. Call me old fashioned, call me an literature guy, but I prefer my RSS feeds to point to text. If I want radio, the legendary 50,000 watts of KMOX 1120 beckon. Although most of their programming is now podcasted for those interested…

Re: Friday Feast on Sunday
I'm with you on German cars. I like Volvo, too. Where I was stationed in the Netherlands, Saabs were very popular with military folks. Oddly, I sincerely enjoyed driving the military VW Golfs in our motor pool. Zeeba Eata!
Posted by Ed Hurst - May 21, 2007 | 11:47 AM

Re: Friday Feast on Sunday
I love KMOX I listen to it in the morning on my way to work but I live so close that I don't get to listen very long. In the afternoon I switch between 97.1 Talk and KMOX. I don't read the Post (I can not stand it) (I wish the St. Louis Sun would have made it.) except on the weekends. I read the USA Today and have for many years. I now can read it before work. Who ever is filling the boxes has them filled befor 5AM. So I can now read it with my soda before work.
Posted by Michael Morgan - May 23, 2007 | 8:29 PM

Re: Friday Feast on Sunday
Ed, I haven't driven a Golf/Rabbit, but when I was car shopping, I drove a Jetta Mk V, which is of course the same basic car, and the 2006 New Beetle is based on the Golf Mk IV with the same 2.5L engine as the Rabbit or Jetta Mk V, so I can see why you liked the Golf. It's nice, agile and peppy. Volvos and Saabs always look nice, though I've not driven them. You betcha, I'm a member of da Brudderhood of Zeeba Zeeba Eata. Michael, yes, KMOX is good. I like most of their personalities, but Charlie Brennan is my favorite. Paul Harris is pretty good too. I have my quibbles with _the Post-Dispatch_, but they do have some really talented people writing there, such as Bill McClellan and Eric Mink... I like USA Today, but don't read it all that often (mostly if I am on vacation and the hotel gives out a copy).
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - May 24, 2007 | 12:41 AM

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