February 27, 2006

Here's Four for Mike

published this at 7:44 pm

Four for Four

When my son was four, my husband was forty-four, they both were my business managers of sorts. We’d discuss my business problems, and they’d give their advice, each in their own fashion–one the engineer and process piper, the other the master of alphabet letters and all things thoughtful or graphic.

Now I face a dilemma, and I need that four-year-advisor now.

You see, one of my dear, dear readers has “tagged” me. You might know him. His name’s Mike Sigers. His blog is Simplenomics. The tag in question is a tag of fours.

I read his post link four times. And answered it with four sounds. “ouch, ow, ooh, oh.”

You see, in my life I’ve had four jobs as a teacher, wholesales shirt rep. for Van- Heusen, a Publisher, and a writer. That’s easy. I’ve been to more than four places on vacation and business–Sydney, Dublin, Bologna, and London. I’ve seen four movies I can watch over and over Beautiful Mind, Armageddon, Silverado, and Sleuth, but I’ve only ONCE been tagged by a blogger.

To tell the truth, deep down I get self-conscious when people are looking straight me. My life is pretty boring. Who’d want to read about it? But this is for a friend and a reader. Business is all about relationships. So what does a blogger do? Especially a nice one. I am the nice one after all.

A Four-Year-Old Advisor

I thought about what my four year old’s advice would have been,

Mom, I thinked about it and my think said “Is there a clown suit involved? No. Do you have to stand on your head? No. Are there letters? Yes.”
Mom, you should do it for your friend.

How can I argue with sage business advice like that? Okay so here I go.

Four TV shows I love to watch when I watch TV (if they’re still on) NCIS, The Apprentice, Two and a Half Men, and Business Unusual. Four books I read I really love are The Once and Future King (White), I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me(Prather) Creativity (Csikszentmihalyi), A Beautiful Mind(Nasar), and a bonus Illusions(Bach).

Four websites I visit daily? It’s more like forty. Let’s see there’s Tom Peter’s blog, all of those at Bloglines, several SOB blogs, check the b5 media blogroll, and I go exploring business blogs daily. Four places I’d rather be are the same four places I mentioned earlier. My four favorite dishes are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, flourless chocolate cake with no extras, pizza in Bologna, Italy, and a good porterhouse steak with mushrooms.

A special note to Mike and all of my readers:

As I finish this I hear four tunes that play in my head
I Live in the Groove (Paul Carrack) and Surrender (Lisbeth Scott). I know there must be More than This (Peter Gabriel) and I will be your friend when you feel your Back Against the Wall (Alan Parson Project).

Now I tag Chartreuse BETA , Copyblogger Brian, Brian Shih, and Cas at Brightmeadow.

Can’t wait to hear more about you guys now. Don’t leave me standing here. Say something. :)

I think I need to go find the automatic flatterer now. I’ll be back right after.

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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17 Comments to “Here's Four for Mike”

  1. February 27th, 2006 at 8:28 pm
    Mike said

    Not bad, Teach, not bad.

  2. February 27th, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, Mike,
    I thank you for your tagging and your generous response.
    I do what I can. :)

  3. February 28th, 2006 at 1:30 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Oh ~ don’t start with The Apprentice .. I promised myself I wouldn’t watch tonite’s opening episode and get sucked into the drama over the next few months .. but gosh darn it .. MRS. HART has control of the remote control during Prime Time .. and here I am thinking .. OMG! Why did she talk? they could’ve gotten rid of that smart-ass

  4. February 28th, 2006 at 6:30 am
    ME Strauss said

    So sorry,didn’t mean to bring up an addiction. I think the apprentice is a great study in office politics combined with social phsycology . . . and I’m always amazed at how comfortable they get with the camera–like it’s their new best friend.

    Goes to show you what happens when you remove people from reality–like when you put them inside computers and pretend it’s the real world. Big CHESHIRE CAT grin.


  5. February 28th, 2006 at 3:12 pm
    Bright Meadow » Four Things said

    […] I’ve been tagged! As it’s been a while since something like this found its way to me, I would feel mean abandoning it on the doorstep (so to speak). […]

  6. February 28th, 2006 at 4:09 pm
    Cas said

    Beautiful Mind and Armadgeddon are two good movies. Nice choice Liz!

  7. February 28th, 2006 at 4:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    One day, we’ll go to the movies together, Cas!


  8. February 28th, 2006 at 4:54 pm
    chartreuse (BETA) » Blog Archive » Tagged said

    […] I really don’t like this stuff but it came from a cool person. […]

  9. February 28th, 2006 at 7:25 pm
    Martin said

    Hey … why didn’t you tag me, Liz :-)

  10. February 28th, 2006 at 7:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I thought about it, I can still do it now you know . . .


  11. February 28th, 2006 at 7:35 pm
    Martin said

    Nah, too late, I’m taking my bat and ball and going home in a huff and puff 😉

  12. February 28th, 2006 at 7:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Here’s your nachos, Martin.
    Stick around. Have a cool one.

    Read the great post on the front page.

    Notice any changes around here?


  13. February 28th, 2006 at 7:47 pm
    Martin said

    I’ll read it after I press “Submit Comment”

    Changes … Changes? point me in the right direction, I’m a dufus at times.

  14. February 28th, 2006 at 7:49 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, Martin,
    My changes are tiny.
    But they mean great things.


  15. February 28th, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Liz.. My page doesn’t look that good in IE7 .. in the top left sidebar .. your quote .. Successful & Outstanding Bloggers meet here to talk business and swap strategies. The content is organized, thorough, and relevant. . . . The conversation is fun, fast and at times, irreverent. . . . Snacks & beverages are kept in the sidebar extends all the way up to under the second “G” in bloggers on the masthead and covering the title …

    * Points Martin to the right direction (look above)

  16. February 28th, 2006 at 8:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’ll take it down until a techie can make it work the right way. Thanks Hart!
    You’re the best for telling me.

  17. February 28th, 2006 at 8:38 pm
    Four Reasons to Keep My Mouth Shut | Copyblogger said

    […] Well, after essentially telling the world in my free report that I think the 4 Things chain-meme is actually not much of a meme at all, I naturally get tagged with it.  It seems Liz Strauss over at Successful Blog has quite the sense of humor. […]

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