The Friday Fives

1. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

It was with my parents at the good old West Theater in Craig – the earliest I remember was Mary Poppins – I am not sure but that is the earliest recollection. I do know the first movie I saw with just my dad on some sort of father/son outing was Yul Brenner in “Sabata” an old 1960s spaghetti western. In my early years, say thrid grade ad on we used to go to movies together. It is a great memory I have of spending time with him.

2. What is the first documentary you saw?

As a kid, it was probably “The Undersea World of Jacques Costeau” or one of those Disney animal movies that showed on Sunday nights on “The Wonderful World of Disney.” As an adult at college, it was probably “Blue Eyes Brown Eyes” or something close to that about an experiment in bigotry at an elementary school in the early 1970s.

3. What is your favorite “Caper” film.

Tough call. Probably a tie between “The Sting” and “The Usual Suspects.” Both are nearly perfect films.

4. What are some older tv shows or movies that you would actually like to see rebooted?

I always dug, as a kid, the odd, “doesn’t hold up” Saturday morning show “Ark II” that is crying out for a reboot as a group of scientists are trying to save mankind after some kind of nuclear/climate disaster.

5. What’s a tv show/movie that helped you in your hard times?

I always have a good cry after watching “It’s Wonderful Life.” That movie still holds up.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your worst winter driving story?

Wow, this is a loaded question. On the 26th of December just last week or so I had a white knuckle express with white-out blizzard-like conditions from Debuque Canyon all the way down I70 to Georgetown but that isn’t my worst drive. Trogg had new tires and was driving like a champ. I popped him into 4X4 and just went slow. But having grown up and spending my life until I was 30 years old living in Colorado mountain towns. When I read this question the first thing that came to mind was a trip back to Gunnison from home in Craig after a Christmas vacation and having terrible driving conditions between Delta and Montrose on a usually nice a tame two-lane highway turned into a snow-filled wind tunnel. My poor little 4 cylinder Pontiac was no match to the wind and struggled to go forward and the wind-tossed me back and forth across the road – it was probably some of the worst 45 minutes of winter driving I have ever experienced – I have driven in lots of winter storms.

2. Do you have a “Damn, I am the boss driving in this crap!” story?

Try driving over Rabbit Ears Pass on Highway 40 coming into Steamboat during a really wicked windy winter storm and by the time you hit the 7-11 in the Springs you will say to yourself, “Damn, I am the boss driving in this crap!”

3. What is the coldest winter that you recall?

There was a really cold year in high school. I think I was a freshman or a sophomore. I wasn’t driving yet. And it was -30 degrees below zero. And we still went to school and no classes were canceled. Different times.

4. When is the latest in the year snowfall you recall?

I have seen snow in July in the Colorado mountains.

5. How bad does stupid cold weather give you stupid cabin fever?

Before the quarantine shutdown, there were some really dark “get me out of here days.” But I am so so homebound now that staying in all the damn time seems kind of normal now.

The Friday Fives

1. How old were you when you made your first New Year’s Eve champagne toast.

I am pretty sure it was while I was in the Army – we had a big NYE party in the barracks dorm room with kegs and kegs of German beer and French champagne.

2. If you could replace the bubbly with a different alcoholic beverage, would it be?

The NYE vodka Cosmopolitan -it’s time has come

3. What drink do you consider perfection?

My go-to drink – a gin and tonic. Made to perfection (Ice, 2 ounces good gin in a rocks glass with ice and a twist of lime – don’t just slice it and squish into a glass but give it a tug and twist to release the oils out of the lime rind. )

4. Which alcoholic drink makes you sick when you just smell it?

Ouzo (In the army, we hung out a lot at a Greek restaurant and the owner loved us and would pass around bottles and bottles of ouzo and I can no longer drink it. )

5. When you want a refreshing beverage, what do you grab (non-alcoholic and alcoholic)?

Iced-tea – I love that stuff.

The Phyllis Diller is Not Dead 2023 Celebrity Dead Pool

Hey folks, the year is quickly coming to a close and it is time to get those dead pool candidate lists together.
The 18th year of this fine event is just around the corner. Start making your list of names now and take part in this wholesome past-time.  It lasts for the whole year.
What is it we are talking about?

A celebrity dead pool for the year 2022.

(Please feel free to forward to whomever you think might also want to play.)
Submit directly to [ and/or]

On Jan 1, 2023, the winner is announced.

The Rules:
Any deaths must be recorded by an Associated Press biography or an announcement from

All entries must be received by 12/31/10 at midnight. In the event
that a name on your list dies between 12/31/21 midnight and 01/01/22
12:01 the alternate name on your list moves on to the list.  (Late submissions through January will be accepted, however only 8 names and no alternative will count.) Points are awarded for the following:

Age of the dead (oldest- least points * youngest -most points.):
Oldest 4 points
Youngest 6 points
Active deaths
First corpse – 4 points
Last corpse – 5 points
Most names on the list – 18 points per list.
Suicide – 10 points
Under 65 – 4 points
Under 55 – 4 points (in addition to the under 65 points awarded.)
(The MJ clause)
If you personally kill a celebrity to increase your point-scoring,
you are disqualified.
(The Schiavo Clause.)
No points for any deaths whose only act of dying made them famous. This means the oldest man or woman alive won’t get points. It also means that a famous illness to an otherwise stranger, resulting in death wouldn’t count as a celebrity dead pool death.
(Can’t Get Crap Together Rule)
Late submissions through January will be accepted, however only 8 names count.


Where to find names:  Stiffs  (click on the standings link and get some ideas for those who didn’t pass this year )

The dead people server – lookup to see if someone is still alive.

Celebrity Death Beeper – sign up for an email alert when a celebrity passes.