Friday Fives

1. What should be optional instead of required?
For no particular reason, I think of some really crazy HOA rules (I don’t even belong to an HOA, but the horror stories are stuff of legend.) Things like required trash can models or the color of your house, etc. . . it should always be optional.

2. What is a word or phrase that instantly makes your cringe?
Irregardless. I know it is an ancient word and listed in the dictuionary, but it is wholly unnecessary and often even miss used. The word is Regardless, that is all that is needed.

3. What two professions should never be combined?
Dentist and auto body technician. That, sir, is the wrong jackhammer for the job.

4. What song is currently on loop in your head?
“He’s so vain” by Carly Simon. And worse yet, I don’t have all the words in my mind, so not only endless loop but generally just the part of the chorus that I know.

5. What’s your theory on how the moon was formed?
When Trump looked up at the empty sky, he created the moon out of strands of his hair. Tossed into the wind on a wish and a prayer – we all now look at it and can’t stop thinking of the 45th resident of the Whitehouse.

Friday Fives

1. What is the weirdest rumor you heard about yourself in high school?
That I once was a Navy SEAL. Overheard at work at a coffee station. First, I wasn’t in the Navy and second, I had a sweet Army desk job and even dropped out of jump school – I wasn’t even a paratrooper, much less a Navy SEAL. But I just let that rumor stick.

2. What’s the weirdest thing a complete stranger has said to you?
There have been some odd folks on the bus for sure and Bernstein will probably win this one, but I would say it was a cute little lady sitting in my cardiologist’s waiting room, and she leaned over to tell that bears were getting a lot closer this year. That’s it, just that little nugget for me to consider. My name was called and I went into my doctor’s office and I never saw her again, and boy did I have a few follow-up questions.

3. What’s the weirdest corner of the internet?
Either 4chan or reddit/r/195

4. What’s the weirdest thing about America that American’s secretly acknowledge?
Our obsession with our broken political system. We all know it is broke but are taking no steps to change and instead just watch the trainwreck in progress.

5. What’s the weirdest lie your family elders ever told you
My parents were always very upfront and honest with me, so no quarrel there. But the oddest was from Dear Uncle Don and the events leading up to his arrest and conviction for child molestation. I won’t go into all the details, as they are too sad to repeat, but Don’s version of the events was nothing like what came out in court. It was a fanciful tale, told by a drunk and involved summer teen fashions.

Friday Fives

1. What industry today will most likely be the next “boom”?
Self-driving electric cars. I loves me some robots. I have a robot vacuum cleaner and it has changed my life. Why not keep the party going and go to self-driving cars and other appliances.

2. What industry today will most likely be the next “bust”?
Commercial real estate and apartment rentals. Folks ain’t buying houses and overbuilding of apartment complexes won’t end well.

3. What is the next food trend?
Replace the gluten-free craze and go in the absolute opposite direction and go with nothing but gluten, all day long.

4. What the Hell has happened to Denver?
Seriously, I looked up a few months ago and this place is full – where are they coming from (all over), what are they doing (tech, restaurants, weed.) And the growth is pricing everyone out of the market. Denver, the hipsterville of the mountain west.

5. Without Googling what do you know about Cinco De Mayo?
It commemorates the winning of a battle against the French, is my recollection. And they won because they had fresh margaritas with chips and salsa.

Friday Fives

1. Do you like traveling or are you counting the minutes until the transporter is perfected?

Yes, but saying that I rarely do it. I agree with the premise of the question – if the transporter were ever invented, I would certainly be inclined to lots more instant travel.

2. If you could visit any country in the world right now, where would you go?

I want to go to either Finland (for no reason I can really call upon, perhaps the amazing scenery) and/or Tokyo, Japan, because that place is just so darn weird.

3. What is your favorite form of travel?

I love driving and I am a very patient driving. I also like flying and in a weird way, I also like airports, which is odd because they aren’t really created to be enjoyed so much as utilitarian.

4. What is the longest vacation/holiday that you’ve ever been on?

As a child, we took a weeklong drive across the midwest to see some friends in Minnesota. As a grown up, it was probably a four-day trip I took to the coast of Spain while I was stationed in Germany.

5. Would you travel for a living?

I thought about it and I have taken a few business trips but I think the luster would be gone if I had to do it a lot. I have a friend who travels almost every week and watching her comings and goings on Facebook is exhausting.

Friday Fives

1. Someone brings you a box full of everything you have ever lost, but you can only take three items. What do you take?
1. My class ring (It was lost somewhere in my mother’s car so many years ago)
2. My Army ID card. It was in a scrapbook and probably fell out during a move somewhere.)
3. My original GI Joe.

2. The last thing you purchased is now illegal to own. What is it?
Beer! For God’s sake people, don’t make it so.

3. What is the best accent and why?
British, and perhaps Cuban. Sultry all around.

4. You are thrown back in time 200 years, and need to prove the local authorities that you are highly educated. What do you do?

5. What is the best thing you have seen thrown out
Eric Kanter.