The Friday Fives

1. What is your favorite rap/hip-hop performance?

I still like “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang. It just has its own umami, unlike any other early rap.


2. What is your favorite soul performance?

“What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye



3. What is your favorite movie soundtrack song?

This one is so difficult and can change at any given mood. But I heard this yesterday and remembered how much I loved the entire soundtrack and listened to it over and over. “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis


4. What is your favorite country/western performance?

There is a long back story with this one around the time my father was dying of cancer and gathering with the support of friends and family and listened to a lot of music together.
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones (plus that head of hair – man on man!)


5. What is your favorite rock anthem?

I listen to a lot of classic rock. BTW, Van Halen – is just ok. Van Hager – is way over-rated but I digress. My favorite rock anthem is a song I will always rewind and give another loud dancing relistne. Jeff Lynn needs some love. “Do Ya” by ELO.



The Friday Fives

1. Without saying the name of the movie, what is a movie quote most people would know?

“Here’s looking at you, kid. ” (too easy, I know, but one of my absolute favorite movies. )

2. What famous person died too soon?
Buddy Holly. He had such a tremendous influence on music. I shudder to imagine where his career would have taken him and music.

3. What’s a great song about music or records?

Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down A Dream”
“I was drivin’
Trees went by, me and Del were singin’
Little Runaway
I was flyin’

Referencing Del Shannon, whom Petty would go on to produce a comeback album of sorts.


4. What song has such a great, powerful grand climax/finale, that they make you shudder every time?

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” – That ending is just epic.

5. What was your best/favorite Album/CD/Cassette find from the Colombia House Music Club
Elvis Costello’s “Imperial Bedroom.” I had it on cassette and on vinyl. I still love that complicated album.

The Friday Fives

1. Are you following the public hearings on January 6?

I wasn’t going to but I got sucked in and was riveting last night. That Lyn Cheney really doesn’t care for Donald Trump. And I am obsessed with stories like this. I have read a number of books about Watergate and have been sucked into Gaslit, the dramatized story of Watergate with Julia Roberts and Sean Penn – so great television and so the hearings are just the sequel really. To know how close the country came to a democratic collapse is still so baffling. I remember January 6. I was working from home that day and was gripped in front of the television watching this unfold and now knowing what is in the wrinkles is chilling.

2. Are US politics irrevocably broken?

As long as we remain wedded to the two-party system and first past the poll balloting, yes. And social media, reality TV, and the addiction to instant justice and impatience of modern society are part of the cause as well.

3. What’s a better way to elect a president?

A game of Twister – those fat old white men trying to get to Right Foot Blue would be solidly entertaining.

4. Should we instead be led by a queen?

Why not – all the pomp and ceremony and family drama. And tiaras. Everyone loves tiaras.

5. Should there be an age limit placed on the US presidency and US Federal judges and supreme court justices?

Yes. ’nuff said.

The Friday Fives

1. What would you do if your pet just said “go ahead tell someone no one is gonna believe you” and never talked again?
“See, I told you were a good boy -but let’s just keep this to ourselves. People think we are nuts as it is.

2. Which cheap and mass-produced item is stupendously well-engineered?
The potato masher is so practical. I use it all the time. Potatoes, pinto beans, mixing and kneading bread; a true kitchen multi-tasker.

3. What do you eat/cook/prepare for yourself when you’re off work and have the time?
I have mastered the sourdough discard pancakes. A couple of cups of the sourdough discard (that part of the starter you would pour out before feeding a new batch) and then an egg and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, some sugar, some salt, and some baking powder are all whipped up in a batter for the tangiest and fluffiest pancakes ever. They make great weekend breakfast or weeknight dinner.

4. What’s your go-to movie when you need a good cry?
I cray at movies pretty easily but there are two that always do the trick: “It’s A Wonderful Life”, and “Finding Forester.”

5. What common thing would be designed completely differently if our current knowledge was applied when it was created.
The typewriter keyboard. The layout is just nuts on the QWERTY keyboard and no real science or studies behind it. Created more to ensure the keys didn’t get stuck on old 1900s style manual keyboards rather than a focus on efficiency.

The Friday Fives

1. What did you find in the back of the pantry this week?

That bottle of fish sauce. It really does take a packet of ramen to a whole new level.

2. What is that weird smell you finally found?

It comes from the utility closet. There is some water damage from upstairs and on humid days you can sometimes smell it.

3. what was the worst thing that has happened to you on your school bus?

I never took the school bus to school although we did bus around the state for high school activities. Riding on the light rail once, there was a horrifically smelling homeless dude that really reeked the place up.

4. Who’s the main character?

Tom Hanks. It is always Tom Hanks.

5. What’s that behind your back?

Just a picture of a sailboat. Why do you ask?