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1. What crazy-ass thing did your racist uncle just say at Thanksgiving dinner?
Thankfully, Jim doesn’t allow much politics talk and he is not in the least bit of a fan of Trump – so instead of a crazy-ass uncle, we had a discussion about how Trump has develop this entire group of zealots that worship him – and it baffles Jim to the core.
2. What bonkers conspiracy theory has gained traction and drives you nuts?
See above – the belief that Trump was chosen by God to lead the Republicans into eternity. I am not making this up. Go over to Right Wing Watch and follow the crazy as they cast a spotlight on the wackadoodle things that Far Right Wing conspiracy driven preachers are spouting on radio/TV and podcasts.
3. What scientific experiment would you run if money and ethics weren’t an issue?
A machine/process to gather all the plastic from the oceans and the landfills and grind them up for fuel and to make building blocks to create affordable housing. Some of this of course is happening on small scale but if lots of money were in hand this thing could be scaled up to a global level.
4. What’s something everyone loves that you secretly find overrated?
Game of Thrones. Sorry kids, I tried and tried and tried to watch that show but it just never took.
5. What is the kindest thing a pet has done for you?
Playing to the chorus hear as most of the folks that read this are huge animal lovers. I think the comfort Julie’s dog and mom’s dog gave while my dad was in hospice care – they had a unique sense of what was going on and were just to be helpful.
1. Now that the 2010s decade is ending, which trends are the most regrettable?
Those ridiculous electric scooters that plague central downtown. Somone ought to remind their riders that the bus will always win. That and Trumpism. The world is too interconnected and complicated to fall back into isolationism and nationalism and hate.
2. What was the best song of the decade?
Probably anything by ______. (Shit, I’ve got nothing. I don’t listen to a lot of current music.). These guys seem to like this Craig Finn song and after giving it a listen, I could get down with this.
3. What was the best innovation of the decade?
Ubiquitous streaming and 4G technology. Next up, Star Trek transporters.
4. What trend from the decade has made the world better?
We have generally made cancer treatable and in many cases tied to early detection, cureable. Same with HepC, and AIDs. We are living longer and have a higher quality of life than ever before. These are all good things.
5. What was the best thing you read in the last 10 years?
Books 1 and 2 of The Expanse. I highly recommend.
1. Oil is found in the moon. What happens next?
Let the space wars begin! It would be China, Europe & the US in a bitter three way. Thankfully though, the moon us made of cheese.
2. A fuel-driven economy is no longer necessary – what would be the first thing to change in such a world where fuel concerns no longer matter?
Goodbye to all that money going to Israel and the middle east. And perhaps a gleaning of world peace.
3. If researchers revealed that it was too late to stop climate change and that we “should’ve turned the car off 20 years ago.”, what would be your reaction?
I ride a train, and I save water. I fill up gas about every 6 weeks. I’d probably be okay with no cars.
4. Crayola is launching a new brand of adult crayons, what are the new names for colors?
Penis Purple. Acne rose, Vomit.
5. What did you do today that would make Mr. Rogers proud?
Smiled and said hello to my bus riding neighbor.
1. What’s that thing you do that you just hate?
I think maybe hypnotherapy is the only solution. I am a nose picker, and I catch myself, and I have no clue I am doing it. It is a nervous tick after all these years and the root of almost everything that is wrong with me. If I can conquer this, I will conquer the world.
2. What’s that thing they do that you just adore?
Those weirdly fascinating Trump adorers who have never inclined to connect the dots between the things he says visa vie the things he does. (We are all doomed!)
3. When was the last time you were at the bottom of the well of sadness?
When my mother was deathly sick about 8 or 9 years ago, and I had just met with the death counseling doctor/pastor who works at the Anschutz Medical Center. Driving home down I 25 with tears streaming down my face as I was shouting out loud – “No, I can’t lose you too, it is too early for you to go!” (spoiler – June lived, and I spent the weekend with her, and she has some much energy and love of life she is frankly exhausting for a 78-year-old.)
4. What was it that made you the happiest you have ever been?
Maybe getting my green bike from the Gambles store with the sissy bar on the back and big handles upfront. I loved that thing. I think I left it behind a car – it got rolled over backing out in a prescient recreation of a Brady Bunch episode.
5. You get to recreate the memory of an event in the past – which one needs the big edit button?
The day Gary Nall got the cancer – yep, that’s the one.
1. Do you like, dislike, or pay no attention to the wind?
I come from a very windy part of the country – northwest colorado, south-central Wyoming. And there is really wind there – always, all the time to the point where you can’t not pay attention to it. As a result on a nice, calm day in Denver with no wind or only a very slight breeze, I take a second to notice it and pay it heed and appreciate the stillness.
2. Do you have allergies or sinus made worse by the wind?
The wind kicks up the pollen which activates the allergies for me – yes. Thus my addiction to Flonase.
3. Have you ever been caught in a big wind (not a hurricane or tornado)?
See above. 30 and 40 mile per hour winds at my mom’s ranch outside Baggs, Wyo was not uncommon.
4. When was the last time you flew a kite?
About four years ago. Before that maybe seven years ago when I flew them quite frequently in a vacant field across the street from my apartment.
5. Would you like to have the power of flight?
1. It’s Halloween. Do we even care?
I used to be a huge Halloweener. Costumes, parties, the Boulder Mall crawl. all of it. Now, not so much. Why? I am a grouchy old man, sure – that is part of it. But also because I have a beard – a lovely, dignified, well-maintained beard. Most costumes would involve shaving it off and frankly, in all transparency and admission of vanity, I don’t want to shave it off,
2. What is your worst Halloween memory?
While in Germany in the Army. Europeans just didn’t get the whole thing. It has definitely become an American thing – amassing candy and dressing up – not really something our German friends really understood.
3. What is your best Halloween memory?
I had a great space man costume with a mask and little space suit when I was probably 4 or 5 years old or so and although it was cold (I was probably in the a coat that covered up the costume) although I was in a coat, I remember it as a great Halloween.
4. Do you have a favorite scary/horror movie?
I don’t really watch horror movies. I don’t enjoy them at all. But thrillers – wow – “Silence of the Lambs” is one scary film and one of those cable channel surfing stoppers – when it is found on the tube I stop and watch it no matter how far along in the movie it is.
5. You get to create a song called The 12 Days of Halloween, how does a verse or two go?
On the first day of spook time my candy bag was filled with one pack of red vines.
On the second day of spook time my candy bag was filled with two boxes of yellow lemon heads.
On the third day of spook time, my candy bag was filled with lots of gobstoppers.
One pace of red vines, two boxes of lemon heads, lots of Gobstoppers!