The Friday Fives

1. What’s the last book you read?

“The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu. Volume two of the Three Box Problem. A slo start but the last third is quite gripping.

2. What’s a well known brand that’s in decline?

Fit Bit. They used to be everywhere but now with smart phones and smart watches they have kind of lost their wave.

3. What’s a really great music documentary?

It is probably trite to say but I always go back to “The Last Waltz” and The Band’s last concert. There was also a fascinating VH1 documentary on the last days of Warran Zevon recording his last album. I think it was called “My Ride Is Here.”

4. Name a song you like that is NOT sung by the traditional lead singer.

Jerry Garcia is the generally recognized lead singer of the Grateful Dead but Bob Weir’s version of Chuck Berry’s “Pjromised Land” is one of my favorites.

5. What is a seemingly random movie line you will blurt out out of context?

“This will not stand you know. This aggression will not stand, man” – The Big Lebowski.

English Muffin Bread for Microwave Oven

From James Beard ‘s Beard on Bread
English Muffin Bread for Microwave Oven
This recipe was developed for use in a microwave oven. It will not brown during baking, but it makes wonderful toast with excellent flavor, and you don’t need a brown loaf to make toast, really. This is as close to original English muffins as you can possibly get, and I find it highly satisfactory. You are going to be amused watching this bread rise in the microwave oven.

[Makes 2 loaves]

5 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
2 packages active dry yeast
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2½ cups milk
¼ teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water

In a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar, and salt. Heat the milk in a saucepan until warm (100° to 115°) and add to the flour mixture, beating by hand or in a mixer until quite smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff batter, adding a little more flour if needed. Cover the bowl, place in a warm place, and let the batter rise until light and doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Stir down the yeast batter and thoroughly blend in the dissolved soda. Divide the batter between two oiled 8½ × 4½ × 2½-inch tins or 1½ quart soufflé dishes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Cook each loaf, uncovered, in the microwave oven for 6 minutes and 30 seconds, or until no doughy spots remain. Cool for 5 minutes, then loosen the edges and remove from the pan. Cool completely. To serve, slice and toast.

The Friday Fives

1. What brand of clothing from the past would the current generation have never heard of?

Ocean Pacific shorts. In the 80s they were everywhere. The default costume of Magnum PI.

2. Do you have a TV show you could binge over and over again?

I have been told that I watch “Friends” reruns too much.

3. Jason Isbell calls Taylor Swift a genius and perhaps the biggest songwriter ever.
What do you guys think?

Well, after Paul McCartney,perhaps.

4. What song makes you emotional, no matter how often you hear it?

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones. It was kind of a soundtrack while my father was in hospice care.

5. Name an album where you can listen to every song from the beginning to the end and not have the urge to skip a song.

“The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen. Each song is great and the order is perfect .

The Friday Fives

1. What was your favorite magazine to read as a teenager?

Omni magazine. a monhtly sci fi compendium published by Penthouse magaize. You actully read it for the articles.

2. What’s a great song with misunderstood/unintelligible lyrics?

“Louie, Louie” The world’s most recorded rock song.

3. What’s a now “obsolete” technology you miss?

I miss my old Nextel phone and the push to talk radio feature. What a great simple technology. Squwack and then talk. More efficient than a phone call or a text message. It’s bandwidth was picked away at by other industries and could no longer be sustainable as a money making venture, the technology still exists and is great.

4. What makes people age the most?

Smoking cigarettes.

5. Who is your favorite Lee?


The Friday Fives

1. What’s a terrible song to play at a funeral?

Living on a Prayer by Bon Jov.

2. What’s a terrible song to play at a child’s birthday party?

Smoking in the Boys Room – Brownsville Station

3. What’s a normal amount of money to keep in your checking account?

I have about two paychecks in reserve, usually.

4. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

“You are the best boss I ever had ” said to me right ater I terminated his employment.

5. If you could go back and tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?

Pay attention to your laundry and your money.