Friday Fives

1. Have you ever written a letter to the editor of your local newspaper?
No, but as a newspaper editor, I have edited and read many letters to the editor and written a few oped columns in reaction to reader’s sentiments.

2. Have you ever called one of your elected officials to tell them your views on an issue important to you?
Yes. Rep. Coffman’s local office gets to hear a piece of my mind on a frequent basis.

3. Have you ever testified during the citizen speak-out portion of a local government meeting?
No – but I have covered several city council meetings in many small communities and highly recommend attending as it can be quite entertaining in a deliberate slow-paced way.

4. Have you ever participated in a protest or demonstration?
Yes, I recall going to an anti war protest in college prior to the first gulf war.

5. If so, were you arrested for doing so?
No arrests – I haven’t been dragged off anywhere.

Friday Fives

1. How do you fall asleep in hot weather?
Air conditioning cranked to freezing and down a couple of valerian root supplements.

2. How do you fall asleep in cold weather?
Snuggle deep down into the comforter, turn out the lights, draw the curtains tight and down a couple of valerian root supplements.

3. What is the weirdest weather you’ve ever witnessed?
Thundersnow is on the list and the thunderstorms in the desert altitudes of Colorado’s western slope are pretty weird and fun to observe.

4. What would be the most inconvenient weather report to hear in the morning?
Frogs, falling from the sky in a torrential downpour – the roads clogged with slimy dead frog remains. Damned inconvenient.

5. You’re in charge of a “Sharknado” type film series, what animal and extreme weather condition is your choice?
An earthquake that releases giant penguins that trample the villages.

Friday Fives

1. I don’t trust people who . . .
Don’t wash their hands after using the men’s room.

2. I just love people who . . . .
Use a signal in traffic to indicate what they are doing.

3. Sometimes, I just get so depressed over . . .
Trump. Really, this man is just exhausting.

4. It’s just not normal to . . .
Believe in Trump and the current state of our political processes. We’ve normalized rape and racism and hatred towards “others” and it ain’t normal.

5. I think . . . is the new normal.
An automatic driving car

Friday Fives

1. Have you ever done one of those genetics tests like “23 and me” or “Ancestry DNA?” What did you learn?
I did the Ancestry DNA thing. Turns out I’m a white guy 77% from England and 10% Scandinavian. Not really a surprise. My great-grandfather came over from England.

2. Do you have some family lore about your family heritage that is most probably just a tall tale?
Supposedly we are some sort of shirttail relatives to Butch Cassidy on the Larson side of the family but I have no way of verifying.

3. If a stranger came up to you and had to guess your heritage based on common stereotypes, what would they say?
Wow, you are sure white. There is little mystery to my origins, I suppose.

4. As you age and look in the mirror, what family member do you most reveal?
It used to be my mother but as I age I look more like my father.

5. If you go to pick your genetic heritage what traits or ancestry would you choose?
Make me taller and with bigger hands, please. That will do.

Friday Fives

1. What’s the dumbest thing you ever cried over?
Getting a job layoff. There have been a couple in my career and each time, I have landed on my feet, but at the time it is quite emotional and tends to shed a tear.

2. What is the hardest you can ever remember laughing?
I have surrounded myself with lots of funny, funny friends but my answer would be times in college with my friends in the improv troop.

3. When was the last time you cried?
I am a pretty emotional guy and can cry at a good manipulative commercial. It was probably something like that.

4. What is your emotional rescue?
When I need to get focused and reset, I go to “Rosalita” – a live version by Springsteen.

5. Describe a new emotion you have just invented?
ennui mixed with schadenfreude – Ill call it muffined up.