The Friday Fives

1. Who surprises you the most at the fact that they are still alive?

Keith Richards.  Man, oh man. At age 70 or so, he finally decided to stop drinking – but lordy, did he have along run.

2. Which words sound perfectly normal, but look really dumb spelled out?

Laugh, or any of the silent “GH” words.  They all look so odd.

3. What is surprisingly NOT illegal in your country?

The ability to legally amass a huge personal arsenal of guns and ammo.

4. Without swearing, what is your favorite insult?

From years ago at a backyard barbeque, a friend once told someone, “I don’t know where you’re from, but here it is important for your story to have a point.”  I have always loved that remark.

5. A dad used to tell his children that the noise produced from the fan above the stove came from a creature named Kitchen Willy who lived in the walls; what ridiculous creatures or ghosts did your parents convince you that you were living amongst?

We didn’t have any of those stories but in my adult years, we invented our little brother, Victor, who was raised in my parent’s crawl space and educated by my father in a strict parochial catechism including a full-on nun’s habit.

The Friday Fives

Quick right off the top of my head. (I am sure more will come to me and this will be amended)

1. What were 5 great things about the 1970s?

  • Morning television cartoons; 
  • Koolaid®
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Cub Scouts
  • My Dad’s Jeepster Commando

2. What were 5 great things about the 1980s?

  • Driver’s license
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Army service
  • Apple Macintosh SE
  • Hugh School Graduation

3. What were 5 great things about the 1990s?

  • College graduation
  • Moving to Denver
  • Working as a reporter
  • Caution, Slow Children At Play
  • Slim Cessna shows

4. What were 5 great things about the 2000s?

  • Y2K didn’t happen. (Remember when that was a thing?)
  • The digital revolution (does anyone even use CDs or cassette anymore? Rember DVDs and VHS?)
  • Obama!
  • Hickenlooper!
  • The Sopranos

5. What were 5 great things about the 2010s?

  • Kentucky Derby Trip
  • Surviving the heart attack
  • Netflix
  • Spotify (All the Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks? That is now one huge rando playlist, kiddos.)
  • And most recently, Letterkenny (It’s on Hulu, go forth and find it – it is extraordinary. No spoilers but lots of hockey and Canadian jokes.)

The Friday Fives

1. Do you make up a meal/menu plan for the coming week?

Nah.  I usually just wing it.   I eat pretty simply during the week – eggs and toast for breakfast.  Usually, a small salad or cottage cheese with a dill pickle on the side – and may snack on my infamous seitan loaf that is close to summer sausage in my non-expert opinion.

2. Do you make up a grocery shopping list and stick to it when shopping?

Not usually.

3. What’s that one thing that you always buy – a go-to product you but, but never write down on a list?

Those little yellow tomatoes, I think they are called “Cherubs” or something like that.  I snack on those all day long.

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?

Nothing specific but usually something in the spice cabinet.  My sister says I have too much “Mrs. Dash” in the spice cupboard.

5. Do you get your groceries delivered?

No, that would be a disaster. I would never leave the house.

The Friday Fives

1. What size (twin, full, etc.) is your bed?
It’s King size. And oh so comfortable. I am tempted to back and crawl under the covers and go back to sleep right this minute.

2. How many pillows do you sleep with?
Well, embarrassingly, I have kind of thing about pillows – I love them. I have 12 or so pillows on my bed – although at night I usually only sleep with just three. And one of them has to be my Sobakawa Buckwheat Pillow – perfection – supports the neck and doesn’t get all hot at night.

3. Do you have a weighted blanket? If so, does it help you?
Nope. Just a comforter with a duvet thingy.

4. Do you sleep with any stuffed animals?
No. Well, I do have a stuffed Opus sitting on a shelf near my bed, if that counts.

5. Do you have to have the TV on to go to sleep?
No TV but often I will drift off with some headphones on listening to music.