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.

Friday Fives

1. What was the high school fad that, looking back makes you say “really?”
White teen boys with long hair and these ridiculous combs hanging out of their pockets:

2. What is a current fad that needs to go away?
Open acceptance of Neo-Nazis and Racists! We are now living in a time when talking heads are talking on television about whether someone is a Nazi or a Racist. if you have to have that discussion the answer is always both.

3. What isn’t a fad but probably should be.
Polite morning rush hour driving – you know, lot’s of
“No, dear citizen, after you”
“No after you!”
“Well thank you, dear chum.”

4. What’s your “in-Fad-uation?”
Linux. I love this thing. Popping open a command line and trying to get a computer to do something. All the kids should be doing it. (And in all honesty, many are.)

5. What is the opposite of a once popular fad?
Opposite of a fad:
Fad: watching Netflix
Opposite: Reading a book.

Friday Fives

1. What instantly discourages you?
I am currently suffering from Trump Fatigue Syndrome and am exceedingly discouraged about the fate of our nation. A year ago, I thought all would be fine and we could rise above this anomaly. Now, I am beginning to think Trump is is getting pretty entrenched and normalized and that is scary.

2. If you could shoot anything (fire, pudding, etc.) from the palms of your hands at will, what would you shoot?
Sunflower seed butter, one of my newest favorite things that needs to be shared.

3. What two celebrities do you often confuse with each other?
Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton. Easier now because one is dead, I suppose.

4. What was the stupidest thing “that kid” did at your school?
We had too many years forlorn teenage love stories gone awry that ended in suicide. Stupid. Sad, but stupid.

5. What are you listening to right now?
SiriusXM Grateful Dead channel: 5.20.73 Santa Barbara.

Friday Fives

1. Are you a good worker?
I was at my last job for 16 years with lots of promotions and additional responsibilities. So yeah, I guess folks who decide these kinds of things think I am a good worker.

2. What do you carry?
Wallet, cell phone, a Fitbit, usually about $40.00 in cash – and in my bag/car, a big ass knife.

3. Do you know your neighbors?
Across the hall yes. Other neighbors, no. but in the past, I have gotten to know my neighbors and a number of them are still friends today. Hi, Mark. Hi, Robert.

4. Where do you like to go for a day trip?
There is a nice quiet group of parks up above Morrison that belongs to the city of Denver along the river and they are very peaceful and quiet and a nice little getaway.

5. What is at your feet?
A cushy ottoman that has too many books piled on it. And I am wearing some fluffy slippers.