The Friday Fives

1. Any big summertime plans for the remainder of the summer?

Nothing major really.  Perhaps a trip up to Mack this month for a few nights of camping and it looks like a trip to Crested Butte is in the works if I can work out the life/work logistics to make it happen.

2. What’s your idea of the perfect summer day?

A cold beer, a lawn chair, some shade and feet soaking in a baby swimming pool – playing some Gin or perhaps some Pinochle. 

3. How do you beat the summer heat?

See number 5.  I get off the bus, walk the block or two back to the apartment, crank down the heat, toss on some shorts and flip flops and mix up a nice icy G&T. 

4. What’s one thing you always seem to do every summer whether you want to or not?

Take in something up at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. 

5. Do you have air conditioning?

Yes and after a good number of years with it and the majority of my life without it, I will not go back.  I grew with a big old swamp cooler in the living room window and that kept the front of the house nice and cool but didn’t’ translate to my childhood bedroom at the back of the house.  In college at an elevation of 7,000+ feet above sea level, no real need for A?C. In Europe, our dorms had no A/C (but the Air Force squad on our kaserne had A/C. Damn flyboys!)  In my early Denver days, no A/C and it was hot. So hot. So very hot.  A/C is a dream.

The Friday Fives

1. What profession doesn’t get enough credit or respect?
I know it sounds cliche’ but I say it is those emergency first responders. We take them for granted. But look around at the myriad of maladies that we face – those folks need more respect (and I admit, they get a lot – but really, more is probably apt..)

2. What’s a good sign someone has a wholesome personality?
I like folks to talk about incidents in their past and ask follow-up questions – very soon into the conversation it will be apparent whether they are telling lies, which then shows if they are wholesome or not.

3. You hear a knock on your door. You open it and in front of you is a naked Danny Devito. What do you do?
The first step, towel. There is one on the laundry room door right by the front door. Danny will need a towel. The second step, we sit on the couch and share a beer. The dude has some stories. So many stories. Let’s get Danny talking.

4. What is the sexiest instrument?
The tenor saxophone. Duh. Proof? All those Yacht Rock one hit wonders.

5. The last meal you had will now be used to stop a bullet. How dead are you?
Pretty dead. I ate some Ethiopian. Lentils, roasted potatoes, and injera bread will stop no bullets.

The Friday Fives

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (circa 1828)

1. What’s the most annoying thing about your parents?

Not a lot, really.  I am taken by the premise of Cheap Trick and their song “Surrender” where they talk about how the parents get stoned, neck and listen to their children’s KISS albums when the kids are away.  That’s kinda the June and Jim show, perhaps minus the KISS and probably any nookie as octagenarian-prostate driven maladies probably forsake that.

2. Who’s someone everyone forgets is still alive?

Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner?  And get this, they still hang out together every day.  Since both of their wives past away, they meet each day, watch Jeopardy and eat dinner.  That’s sweet.

3. What is the most useless body part of a human?

The uvula – that dingley thing at the back of your throat which is trying to gag me and kill me throughout each day.

4. What’s your favorite way to find new music?

Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist.  I have stumbled upon some really fun gold.  Although the jukebox at Milo’s has provided us with this new ditty as well:

5. The last thing you googled is your weapon against a serial killer. What is it?

“How to Make Earl Grey Tea Infused Gin”

The Friday Fives

1. How do you take your tea?

Iced, Iced, Baby.  I really enjoy a good, cold iced tea.  Fresh brewed if possible.  Oddly, it is considered an abomination to all of mankind in England and Germany and to I guess a larger degree most of the world. It is pretty much a very American thing.

2. God passes you the aux cord and lets you put on a song for the entire world to listen to. Which song will you play?

Due to the influence of my good friend Rev. Ed – I suggest the Whitney Houston stunner “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Perhaps such a song would bring on world peace.

3. What simple task are you surprisingly bad at?

Handwriting, with spelling a close second. I have always had bad handwriting going back to special education tutoring in school in hopes of making it somewhat legible.  When it comes to spelling, I used to be a great speller, but over the years, due to auto correct on phone apps and word processors, my spelling has declined because I don’t have to rely on the intricate rules that I had at one time mastered.

4. What are you STILL mad about?

November 9, 2018.  The dumbfounding election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  I still can’t wrap my head around the reality of this.

5. Dated: What’s the best music video you’ve ever seen?

Aha – Take on Me.  A strong second – Michael Jackson – Thriller.

The Friday Fives

1. Where’s the worst place you’ve thrown up?

Maybe not the worst place, but still a good story.  In Gunnison, in college – they have very, very wide streets to accommodate all the winter snow and facilitate its removal.   One night, driving from a “townie” bar, quite, quite drunk, heading up the 5 or 6 blocks back to my dorm I was so “in my cups” that the process of being in a moving car sent my stomach off.  While still driving, I moved towards the side of the road – still driving – and opened my door and hurled, holding the car door open with one hand and negotiating the snowy/icy street with the other hand on the steering wheel. Not my best moment. 


2. What’s your worst allergy?

I can usually get a sinus infection at the drop of pollen in the air.  I have been lucky over the last few years, but still  – I tend to skip the colds and move right to a sinus infection. 


3. What’s the worse cold/sickness you’ve experienced?

When I was 27 years old I caught the chicken pox while on drill with the army reserves and was subsequently bedridden for 3 weeks, including what the doctor described as chicken pox pneumonia which presented with pox on the inside of my lungs. 

4. When you’re sick, what’s your go to comfort food?

Cream of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich.


5. When it’s infected, do you hate the swelling or the itching?’

I don’t mind the swelling – who does. But I don’t care for the itching.