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.
1. What’s the weirdest rule you had in your home growing up?
Not weird, perhaps, but a firm rule – be home for dinner by 6:30 and come in for the evening when the street lights go on (a mostly summer rule as we tended to run wild through the neighborhood in our small town as kids.)
2. What is a handy appliance in your home as a child that doesn’t appear in homes anymore?
The kitchen telephone on the wall with the 25-foot cord that could reach over most of the kitchen and the dining room. Also the phonebook.
3. If the world had to return to just 3 television networks again – what shows on today would still be a hit?
Any one of the cop shows – I’ll go with “The FBI”
Any one of the medical shows. I’ll go with “Chicago Med”
Any one of the reality singing shows. I’ll go with “The Masked Singer.”
4. What behemoth of a Detroit auto was your family car when you were growing up?
We had this huge, huge, huge 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale with a Rocket 455 HP engine. A literal couch on wheels. About 9 MPG.
5. What was your go-to childhood snack/drink?
Bagel pizzas with pepperoni that I made in the toaster and grape juice. Pure after school contentment.
Growing up as a kid, we used to hang out a lot in the forest north of town on Black Mountain and Freman reservoir. There is a little cut-out area up there a few miles west of the lake that is so pretty and peaceful with lots of wildflowers and Colorado columbines growing and isolated. One of my favorite places.
2. What is your favorite place in your home?
My super comfy, new, adjustable bed. I think I could go full-on Brian Wilson in that thing and just stay in bed for a year and be happy.
3. Would you most want to live in a city, a suburb or the country?
I was raised in a small town and had a lot of country/rural exposure. Except for traffic, I prefer city living.
4. What is special about the town you live in?
Denver, baby. Mountains, plains. Snow, sunshine. It has it all.
5. How much time do you spend in nature?
Not enough. In fact of the last few years nearly none. Shame on me.
1. If you had a racehorse. What would you call it?
2. Have you ever named your car/truck?
3. Do you have a nickname? What’s the story behind it?
Wah. Started while I was working at a call center for Ryder Trucks and my manager was a hockey mom and she started calling me Wah and it kind of stuck. (There is also R-Dub and RW which I also answer to.)
4. Besides a nickname, what other name would you go by if you could change your name?
Pete. A good basic, no explanation behind it necessary. A solid name – Pete.
5. If you could name a new letter in the alphabet what would it be and how/when would it be used?
Gelmon. It lands right after Gelmon and would be used in the spelling of slurred words to make them easier to understand.