The Friday Fives

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1. What’s the best way to enjoy coffee?

Freshly roasted, freshly ground, piping hot served black from a French press .

2. What would be the worst flavor of gum?

Moldy Mushroom (however, that might be available at H Mart, the Asian supermarket.)

3. What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently, and why?

I can’t stop talking about it – “The Banshees of Inisherin.

4. What is the worst thing a teacher has said or done to you?

I was always a terrible math student in high school and, I had a teacher who used to call my “The Null” set – way to build up young people’s lives, Nagoda!

5. What’s the best nickname someone gave you?

During the GW Bush years, Rev Ed began referring to me as R Dub, and I took to that.

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1. What books are on your nightstand?

I have a book on overcoming procrastination that I have never gotten around to reading. True story. The To Be Read List is long and varied, but next up is Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte: A Novel a modern retelling of Don Quixote.

2. What’s the last great book you read?

Reading but it is great George Saunders “Liberation Day: Stories”

3. What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?

I am currently listening to an audible book on Rev. Jim Jones and Peoples Temple church. Fascinating. Such an astounding manipulator.

4. Are there any classic novels that you only recently read for the first time?

Not recently. I have never read the Grapes of Wrath, and I think it is due.

5. Can a great book be badly written? What other criteria can overcome bad prose?

Sure. Confederacy of Dunces is considered a great book and a Pulitzer Prize winner but I don’t think of it as an especially well written book.

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1. What movie has the greatest opening of all time?
The opening scenes of Raiders of the Lost Ark with the resolve of the Paramount logo onto the mountain top and then down to Indy walking through the jungle – genius.

2. Which sitcom character was the worst human being EVER?
Ross from “Friends” is a terrible person who needs to get into therapy for his agro-ego-filled jealousy.

3. What’s the worst sitcom, and why?
Three Broke Girls is just plain awful. Terrible premise and bad writing. I couldn’t watch it.

4. What classic T.V. Series has the Best Theme Song?
Barney Miller.

5. What would you do if a duck attacked you?
I get chased/attacked by geese at my office parking lot from time to time. I stop and stare them down. I can’t imagine a raving mad duck would be any different.

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1. What is your favorite smell?

The Cherry Blend pipe tobacco that my dad used to smoke. I have found a few candles with this smell and I always snap those up at the store when I find them.

2. What is your catchphrase?

Probably “Living The Dream”, spoken with a smidge of sarcasm. I have caught myself saying it a lot and an employee once gave me a key chain fob that has the phrase emblazoned on it.

3. What is the movie/TV show that you totally love but nobody else around you seems to know/like it?

On The Acorn streaming service, I am quite fond of “The Detectorists” a slow comedy about two blokes who scour the countryside with their metal detectors looking for old English war relics.

4. What is a hobby you’ve picked up recently and why did you start it?

I started studying French with the DuoLingo app. I took French for two semesters in college but have forgotten most of it. It is pretty fun.

5. What is something wonderful that happened to you today?

My cold is getting much much better. I was knocked on my ass this week with an ear infection.

Also, my car got stolen but that is not the question – I think I just needed to say that out loud.

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1. What are you really, really bad at? Like, hilariously bad?

Mathematics division. I can’t do it in my head, and I usually have to use a spreadsheet, but I always forget what goes into what, so I have to do the equation twice e to get what I estimate as the correct answer. (Dyslexia sucks. )

2. What song would be blasting if you were driving on an open highway?

“Life is a Highway ” by Thomas Cochrane

3. So, what do you think WAS in the briefcase from Pulp Fiction?


4. How the hell did we get anywhere without GPS navigation?

I don’t need no dang GPS. I am excellent at map reading and map and compass orienteering, thanks to the Boy Scouts and the U.S. Army. I rather enjoy reading topographical maps

5. What’s a song that mentions flowers or other plants?

“Hotel California”

:Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air”

Questions from @ThatEricAlper