The Friday Fives

1. Anti bucket list. What’s something you never want to do again?

Jump out of an airplane with a parachute – absolutely too frightening.  Also, I would like to add to my anti-bucket list going on a sea cruise. I can’t imagine a more miserable time.

2. What is something you find easy, but most people have trouble with?

Driving with patience and using my blinker when I change lanes.

3. If there were a show called Moderately Uncomfortable Factor (instead of Fear Factor), what would be some tasks or stunts?

Forced confrontation over a nagging issue with a close friend or family member.

4. What are three items you cannot live without?

Cell phone (it is amazing how since about 1996, these little computers are so ubiquitous.)  My fancy ink pen and my Amazon Kindle

5. if you had to choose one “life hack” to win people over, what would it be?

Ask questions about them and what their interests are – inclusion.

The Friday Fives

1. Without saying your age, what was something that was trending during your childhood?

Tang breakfast drink.

2. Have you ever known a murderer?

Unfortunately, yes. My first cousin Mark is doing time in the state prison in Sterling for killing his wife back in 2018 or so. Spooky. My parents basically raised the kid, sheltering him from a lot of domestic violence in his home and watching him after school. He is about four or five years older than me – we aren’t close but is was pretty close to my mother.

3. You’ve just been granted a superpower that only causes a minor but extremely irritating inconvenience for the villain. What is it?

Immediate volcanic irritable bowel syndrome.

4. What random sentence can end an argument?

Yes, but Billy Joel now has all the butter!

5. What song did you realize was actually really dark when you got older?

Dr. Hook’s “When you’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman.” The dude is a bit possessive and paranoid. I don’t think that relationship is going to last.

The Friday Fives

1. What’s your favorite song that’s not in English?

Miyaabele by Baaba Maal If you haven’t heard of him, you probably have as he sung the song “Wakanda” from Black Panther. He is a big deal Senegal singer, and look up his live performances on YouTube. He is compelling. I had an Uber driver from Senegal once and we spent the ride listening to Baaba and it was just great.

2. What’s a song where another musician or band is referenced in the lyrics or title?

Tom Petty mentions Del Shannon’s Little Runaway in his song “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

3. What’s a great song that mentions an animal, or can you hear an animal sound in it?

Pink Floyd’s “Pigs on the Wing.”

4. What’s a song that’s not from your generation, but you love?

Glenn Miller’s ” Moonlight Serenade.” (Or most any of the big band era classics. )

5. What’s a great song based on actual events?

“America Pie” by Don Mclean

The Friday Fives

1. What feelings do you want to experience more often?

Well, sure – joy. Who doesn’t want to live in bliss and joy?

2. Do you believe that “everything happens for a reason?”

Karma is a bitch. I think there is a Yin and Yang to the world and balance but not a full-on tit for tat kismet.

3. Do you believe in “toxic positivity”?

Yes – it can blur reality when you live in a world where nothing ever goes wrong.

4. When friends come to you to vent, is your response more empathetic or solution-oriented?

I tend to default to problem-solving mode but have learned over the years that often my job is to just listen as folks work through their issue and often come to their own solution.

5. What is the saddest movie, song, or story that you know?

“Night” by Ellie Wiesel.

The Friday Fives

1. Six years ago this week, Prince died. What’s your favorite Prince song?

This is so easy – the super bowl performance montage.

2. Who sucks more – Phil Collins or Billy Joel ?

Billy Joel. Really jump on the treadmill, put Billy Joel on the headphones, and take a walk. You will fall asleep.

3. Who sucks more – The Who or The Doors?

The Doors. Maybe not fair but having lived in college dorms for three years and in army barracks for three years, I never need to hear the Doors again as their greatest hits were part of the constant soundtrack for that part of his life.

4. What sucks more – a drum solo or a guitar solo?

This is difficult. I am currently going down a Wilco rabbit hole listening to a deep play list of Wilco on Spotify and they have lots of drum solos and guitar solos. But I am going to go with a drum solo in response to Grateful Dead shows where I always skip the drum solo jam on every show.

5. What’s the song you have been listening to for years and still love it?

Probably goes back to high school and late ’70s rock and an old stand-by from Foreigner “Jukebox Hero.”