Friday Fives

1. What image or scene from a children’s movie/show did you find disturbing?
The child catcher from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” I recently rewatched the movie and his character is certainly quite dark.

2. What is a favorite scene/image from childhood that stays with you?
I really enjoyed watching reruns of the Lone Ranger as a kid and some of the scenes of the Ranger and Tonto sitting on their horses and riding into town have stayed with me

3. What’s on the TeeVee that no one is watching but should be?
Two shows, both on pay channels but worth signing up for – “The Good Fight” on the CBS All Access app. A great show, a spinoff of the Good Wife starring Christine Baranski and Delroy Lindo

4. What’s playing on the music player that everyone should be listening to but isn’t?
Hellroys – I don’t do drugs. Fun alt-country song calling out the prescription drug industry.

5. Remove one letter from the name of a TV show or movie. What is the premise of the new show?
The Good Fit all about the foibles of a Victorian tailor. (I guess that it two letters)

Friday Fives

1. What’s the stupidest thing someone has argued with you about?
Jesus and Dinosaurs walked the Earth at the same time. I had an employee that seriously believed this and there was nothing anyone could do to convince her otherwise. The premise is ridiculous on its face and easily disproven with facts and science but …

2. What’s the dumbest thing you believed as a child?
Holland and The Netherlands were different places. (In all honesty, it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that my dyslexic mind actually figured it all out – and that is after living in Europe for nearly three years.)

3. How do you deal with a person who is full of confidence but knows nothing (basically a stupid person)?
Generally, I just avoid them. I don’t have a lot of patience for stupid people.

4. What is the dumbest thing you have purchased that has turned out to be useful?
This phone headset thing.

I bought it as a silly joke but most modern cell phones are quite difficult to talk on the phone for a long period. With this beauty,  you can cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder and talk quite comfortably. Works great for those talks with mother.

5. What’s the dumbest thing you did as a teenager?
I was a pretty dumb and reckless kid. Probably some excursions involving M60s and blowing things up. I am quite clumsy and the fact that I made it to adulthood with all my limbs and digits is quite surprising.

Friday Fives

Random Potpourri

1.  How can you spot someone isn’t a local?
They’ve never been to Casa Bonita and they don’t understand the importance of adding green chili to everything.

2.  When did you have the most difficult time staying professional?
I have had some folks who have worked for me in the past who have a knack for pushing my buttons and getting on my last nerve so quickly that anytime I approached them about an issue I had to stop and count to 10 for a second before I continued speaking because my first inclination was to just call them out for the zany idiot they are, in front of most of the department where we worked.

3.  What song do you most want to hear on your deathbed?
“Souls of the Departed” by Springsteen. Followed by some NOLA Dixieland music.

4.  What is the scariest thing that has woken you up in the middle of the night?
Chest pains and unable to breath. By now, you know the story.

5.  What old person things do you do?
I am constantly adjusting the window shutters to bring in the exact amount of light while still ensuring privacy. That and I go to bed early.

Friday Fives

1. What weird food combinations did your family eat that you only realized later wasn’t normal?
We were raised almost entirely on grain fed venison that my dad had hunted or as an amateur butcher, had helped process and wrap. As a result, there was always a deer and elk or two in our freezer and most any dish that called for round steak was instead venison – stroganoff, fajita’s stir-fry, pan-fried steaks etc. It wasn’t until I got to college and started eating cafeteria food and the like that I learned what beef strips cooked up in a sauce of some sort actually tasted like.

2. What is that weird thing that grandma used to make that is difficult to explain to others?
I may have shared this before but my grandmother was a great poacher of rainbow trout, running a virtually canning factory out of her motorhome at the various lakes in Colorado. she and her husband would fish early in the morning, run up to the camper, clean them, chop them up and then can them in mason jars. And then, head back out to the lake to do it again. At her house, she had shelves and shelves of canned trout and would always foist some upon visitors. As a college student in Gunnison, I would return from a weekend visit to her home in Clifton with jars of trout and perfected over time trout salad sandwiches (think tuna salad but with trout instead.) It was poor college student survival food.

3. As a kid, did you ever go to someone’s home and eat a meal and their food is something so different from  what your family served?
I ate at the Runnels’ home once and I don’t think they had planned on me being there and they made hamburger sandwiches (ground beef burgers served on white bread.) I came home realizing how poor their family was and actually felt bad taking food from them.

4. What’s the best smell in the world?
Freshly baked bread in the oven.

5. At your new restaurant, what would be your lowest cost/highest profit item on your menu?
Deep fried celery sticks. Always a winner.

Wacky Friday Fotos

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A fan of the Netherlands holding a mock World Cup trophy cheers before the start of the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Netherlands and Mexicoat the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (BRAZIL – Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ORG XMIT: DEL109

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Friday Fives

1. If you were a cult leader, what are some of the things your cult would believe in?
The entire cult would be centered around creating a new utopia based on left-handedness and readily available fresh raspberries. Unfortunate right-handers who are coerced into joining the cult would be forced into a left-handed centric worldview. Lefties, by their very nature, would be elevated to positions of power in our gorilla shadow world government.

2. If you started a new sport, what would be some basic rules and the point of the game?
As a rather clumsy sporty sport sort, my new sport would be centered around marbles and those fancy Jai A Lai glove mitt things. And no base running but instead more of a dartboard style scoring system.

3. If you invented a new fiction genre, what would it be?
Left-handed presidential autobiographies.

4. If you invented a new food craze, what would be the basis?
Raspberry fritters.

5. If you founded a new country, what would one of the tenants of your new constitution?
Corporations are not people!!!!