Friday Fives

Rock star deaths

Another rock star died today, and by his own hand… again. It’s time to have the talk. The big talk. The one your dad was supposed to have with you when you were 12… but he was afraid to. So, instead he just told your mom that you two had ‘the talk’ and just bought you a Penthouse from that 7-11 over at 44th & Camelback? You know, ‘scary Larry worked there overnights?’ Dude was LEGEND, and would sell ciggies and Mickey’s Big Mouth beers to anyone as long as there were no other customers in the store.

Or… am I being too specific? So let’s just finally have that ‘talk’. The ‘talk’ about rock stars dying.

1. Kurt Cobain – do you think Courtney was involved?

No, I don’t. This guy was a fucked up, depressed addict and he killed himself Next?

2. The ’27 club’, think it’s a real thing, or just a perfect example of confirmation bias?

Confirmation bias and the result of (see abovel applied to a famous too soon crowd.

3. What’s your favorite rock star death? I know that’s a sick question… let me rephrase it ‘what is the most interesting death… to you’?

The deaths of the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens – The Day The Music Died. We almost lost Waylon on that one. What would have become of Outlaw Country without him? Not to mention the lovely narration of the Dukes of Hazard

4. What rock star death hit you the hardest?

Prince, probably. Didn’t see that one coming.

5. Who is the rock star that you are most surprised isn’t dead? Difficulty challenge – other than Keith Richards. Don’t be so obvious, man!

Using Mr. Richards as the gauge – i go with Iggy Pop. He has lived pretty hard and I am surprised he is still alive. A lot of the 1970s and 1980s punk stars still breathing tend to amaze me.

Questions via Lono

The Friday Fives

1. How many of you still read books for entertainment?
Thank the heavens for Kindle technology – I always a book I am reading and sometimes two or three (an old throwback to my English Lit days in college when I had several books I was assigned to read at any given time.)

2. What is that one book you just could NOT put down while you were reading it?
Neal Stephenson’s SevenEves. It was a door stop of a book, coming in over a thousand pages but a great “what if” science fiction thriller? Maybe not a thriller as it’s intended to also be a think piece. What would happen to Earth if the Moon was destroyed.

3. what book are you currently reading?
“Friday’s at Enrico’s” by Don Carpenter and Jonathan Lethem. Based on notes, outlines and a first draft, Lethem wrapped up Carpenter’s unfinished tale of life in Portland and San Fransisco writers’ communities in the late 1950s and 1960s. It’s great.

4. What book absolutely blew your mind?
I still can’t stop thinking about “Dune” which I read in high school and a couple of times since then.

5. If you died today and the last text you received was written on your tombstone, what would it say?
“Great job! I was @ 1:20 this am as I got a Lil bit stuck for a 2nd and had to go back and correct something.” Commenting on yesterday’s NYTimes Mini Crossword.

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1. What do you never trust?
Single sourced news stories or news stories that have several sources but all point to the same original source.

2. What or who do you always trust?
Kevin. The man is genetically incapable of telling a lie.

3. What are some basic mechanics of a car everyone should know?
How to change the oil and change a tire. How to change a taillight or brake light.

4. What is an odd mechanical/DYI skill you have that has become a lifelong superhero skill?
Mechanical, not so much but I am pretty great at fixing the computer stuff and an unabashed expert at the MS Outlook suite of tools. My email and calendar are on a stupendous autopilot that saves me hundreds of hours each year.

5. What are the biggest product scams?
Be careful about any new product that is designed to get you sign up for product refills. That’s how they get you with the recurring monthly fee things.

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1. What’s the most important thing about your phone
It works and is pretty tough and can take a beating.

2. What do you wish your phone could do
Wet up a holodeck like on Star Trek.

3. What do you think your phone will be able to do in 5 years?
Baby, it’s gonna drive my car and it’s gonna be a star!

4. Are you loyal to a phone or brand? Why?
Yeah, I guess so. I am a Samsung Galaxy guy. They make pretty decent hardware.

5. You have left the house, you are ten minutes away on your way to work. Just realized phone is home. Turn around and get it? What is your cut-off point to return for the phone.
I have driven around the block to get my phone but I am that far down the road and am ust going out with friends or to work, I will let it have the day off. If I am traveling somewhere, then yes, I go back and get it.

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1. What is something you carry every day, but almost never use?
I keep a big old hunting knife/machete in my glove box.

2. What is a book you always keep around but have never got around to watching?
“Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie How you vex me, Sal!

3. What is a movie that you have a copy of but have never fully watched it?
Dark Knight Rises. I have seen the film but not even opened the blu-ray. I really shoulda oughta.

4. What is something you consistently pay for but never really use?
I have some computer backup service that I don’t think I have ever turned on and backed up. I bought it hears ago at an introductory “lifetime” access price and its access sits somewhere in my email

5. What is a piece of clothing you own but never wear?
I have this old pair of boots (suede “desert” army boots) that a lot of my friends just hate (apparently they are quite ugly) but I just can’t part with them.

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On Jeopardy, they call this category “Pot Pourri”:

1. What mistake have you made that the rest of us can learn from?
Never volunteer to go down into the mine shaft alone -trust me on this. I swore I would never speak of it again, but . . .

2. What was your high school’s biggest scandal?
As I recall (and I am certain I have most of the details wrong in my head so I can’t get into specifics), there was no real scandal per se. The school district was struggling due to the town’s boomtown conditions during the coal boom of the late 70’s, early 80’s and the traditional families were irate with all the changes. There was a student/parent uprising that ended up with the firing of a principal and a few teachers. After I graduated, there were all sorts of teacher scandals and principal scandals.

3. What’s the worst part about being your gender that the opposite sex might not even think about?
It is quite difficult to pee in a urinal while wearing flip flops and not get “spillage” on your toes.

4. What movies NEED to be watched twice to understand fully?
The Big Lebowski. It usually doesn’t take until about the third viewing to understand the very nuanced jokes.

5. What is absolutely never coming back in style again?
Hoop skirts.

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Stop, Hey what’s that Soundtrack:

1. What film had an amazing soundtrack… but one wasn’t released (or went too far under the radar)
Joe Jackson’s Soundtrack to “Mike’s Murder.” I don’t think the movie ever came out but he released the soundtrack anyway.

2. What film was more (amazing) soundtrack than (excellent) film? Almost as if the movie was just a cover to release the soundtrack.Best contribution to a soundtrack
“Streets of Fire.” Just an okay film but great soundtrack featuring Southside Johnny and The Asbury Dukes.

3. What movie soundtrack is the ‘soundtrack of your life’
The Big Lebowski. It’s got all my hits.

4. If you could build a soundtrack to a film that isn’t known for one… what would it be (the movie) and what are those tracks?
Wow, tuff as in my era the soundtrack is so intrinsically tied to the film. Gonna pass a bit on this.

5. In total, what film had the best soundtrack?
Star Wars A New Hope – excellent and appropriate all the way through. Runner Up, “Heavy Metal.”

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1. What’s a casual saying that got so popular because it was said in a movie?
The first thing that comes to mind is from Schwarzenegger – “Asta La Vista, Baby

2. What movie should never have been made?
Pirates of the Carribean number 4 and 5. No one needs more movies based on an amusement park ride.

3. What book/play should be made into a movie?
It would be interesting to see someone try to make “The Sellout” into a film. It won the Booker prize last year and is quite offensive, profane and has more than a bit of some racially biting satire.

4. What movie utilized a song to its fullest potential?
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

5. If you were a Gotham villain, how would you piss off Batman?
The scab picker terrifies the city with his pickin’s and Batman must stop him with “Bat Bandages.”

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Birthday Blues

1. What is your earliest birthday memories?
I remember one from around my fourth year at my grandmother’s house in Craig over on Stout Street. I remember the cake and opening presents and a room of people. I don’t recall any gifts I received.

2. What was your favorite birthday memory?
I think I was nine or ten when my parents bought me a bike, that was pretty special. And although it wasn’t on my birthday proper, when I turned 50 I went to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville and that was pretty great.

3. What was your worst birthday memory?
Not certain. I guess the first one away from home while I was in the army. I was in training, just out of boot camp when I turned 21. In order to get a weekend pass, I had to do something like 100 push ups and sits ups and run some sprints. I was exhausted. I celebrated in the lounge of a local Holiday Inn in Columbia, South Carolina.

4. Have you ever done something unique for someone’s birthday?
We threw my father a pretty great birthday for his 50th. I have never really planned a surprise birthday party or anything like that.

5. Have you lied about your age?
Today is the 16th anniversary of my 37th birthday – does a ruse like that count? Otherwise, no, I am not too caught up in hiding my age.