The Friday Fives

1. Who is your favorite Muppet/Jim Henson character and why?

Kermit. How can it not be Kermit? It ain’t easy being green.

2. Ernie or Burt?

I always like Burt – better comedic timing.

3. Piggy or the Swedish Chef?

Chef- one makes the food. One eats the food. Go with the creative one.

4. Battlestar Gallactica or Pigs in Space?

Ha, funny. I think the special effects in Pigs in Space are better. Try this: Over on the Peacock app they have the original Battlestar Gallactica – man, that show does not hold up.

5. If Kermit was a famous fiction character, how would he be?

I always thought he would be a Raymond Chandler kind of character, like Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe.

The Friday Fives

1. What single ingredient will spoil an entire meal for you if it’s included?

Beef liver.  Actually, any organ meat.  I haven’t eaten mammals or birds for nearly a decade, but could probably be tempted for a beef burger or chicken  – but for the liver? Nope

2. What is a lot more dangerous than most people think?

Christian Dominionism.  via Wikipedia: a group of Christian political ideologies that seek to institute a nation that is governed by Christians and based on their understandings of biblical law

3. What movie did you see at way too young of an age?

Sabata with Yul Brenner.  A really violent spaghetti western.  My dad and I used to go to movie night a few times a month as a kid and he would haul me to inappropriate films, usually westerns.

4. What’s the best excuse for “Sorry I was late”?

“Sorry, I was late – the butt plug got lodged in too deep. Boy, did that take a bit. “

5. What is your go-to song to test a headphone or earbud’s quality?

Jorma Kaukonen’s “Blue Railroad track” If you can hear Bela Fleck’s fingers come of the neck of the banjo and feel the thump of the upright string bass you have some fine ear thingies.


The Friday Fives

1. What has been the greatest concert you’ve been to?

Springsteen at the Pepsi Center. We were in the pit, about the fourth or fifth row or so.

2. What’s in your pockets right now?

Wallet and favoritist ink pen.

3. What was normal when you were a teenager but rare or nonexistent now?

That telephone in the kitchen with that long twist corded handset that moms could rule the roost from their kitchen realm.

4. What’s the biggest band or artist you’ve seen in a small venue?

Lou Reed in a tiny cafe in Stuttgart.

5. Do you still have any old mix tapes lying around?

I don’t think so. I have a few mix CDs lying around I think, though.

The Friday Fives

1. What was normal in the 1990s but rare or nonexistent now?

Those little white caller id boxes that we attached to our home landline phones.

2. What food do most people think is healthy but is actually unhealthy?

Bagels. They are huge carb bombs – there are actually fewer calories and carbs in a donut.

3. What is something that is “not a cult” but seems like a cult?


4. How would you hide a body from the FBI ?

Bury in a library.

5. What modern-day practice/ belief is most likely to be considered barbaric and outdated in the future?

Male circumcision.

The Friday Fives

1.  What is a good Rock and Roll themed novel? 

I can’t think of a lot – the only one that really comes to mind is “Pinball” by Jerzy Kozinsky. A pop superstar lives a double life as some kind of classical musician and works hard to keep it secret. I read it decades ago so some of the details are fuzzy.

2.  What is the weirdest Rock and Roll star story?

I just discovered this one yesterday – Jim Sullivan who mysteriously disappeared in the New Mexico desert at the age of 34.

3. When did Rock and Roll really feed your soul for the first time? 

My childhood neighbor Paul was about seven or eight years older than me and I remember him playing me some Styxx back in the mid-1970s and realized that rock, rocked. We also had an album of 1950s-era rock and roll cover songs that I remember playing over and over and over again while a middle schooler.

4. What new music/musicians have you recently discovered?

Well, the musicians are new but the music is – I am really digging the new Wilco album. Very much a return to their alt-country kind of roots.

 5. What is the best music-based movie montage?

The drugged-out scene in “The Big Lebowski where The Dude is a bowling ball flying down the lane with “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by the New Edition.