The Friday Fives

1. What are you starting to hate as you get older?

Constant lower back pain from sitting too much I mean I walk about 30 or minutes every day but work ties me to my laptop all day and I do gett up and walk around every hour and do flexibility stretching but there just some days when that backis just tugging at me and nagging.

2. If you could instantly learn any instrument, which one would it be?

So like ten seconds ago you couldn’t then Bam! you are now an expert?

I always wanted to play the tuba but my mom dreaded the entire idea of me practicing. The parents talked me into the saxophone for band. Dad already had one so I think it was practical for cost savvings as much as easier on the ears compared to the tuba.

3. What’s the most challenging aspect of adulting for you?

For me it is dealing with Adult ADHD. Concentrating and focusing is getting more difficult as I age.

4. What old school tech gadget is as helpful now as it was 75 years ago?

The god old always handy reliable Handy Man jack. It jacks up your truck, can be used as a winch or even as an iprovised jaws of life to extract a person from a wrecked vehicle. My dad once propped up a dying tree using his jack. He amazed me with this tool-use acumen.

5. What’s something genuinely beautiful that people ruined?

Mt. Everest. The ugly trash all around the base camps. the amount of dead bodies and human excrement buried in all that snow is truly disgusting and has ruined what should have been preserved as a pristine wilderness.

The Friday Fives

1. Did somebody ever tell you you would amount to nothing in life? And what did you make of yourself now as an adult?

Reading my old school report cards, due to my dyslexia, my teachers were stunned that I wasn’t just sitting the corner of the classroom as a drooling idiot. My school guidance cousnselors steered me away from any professional carrer goals and encouraged me to get a job in a garage assisting with oil changes (true conversation) i went on to serve in the army, graduated college with and English degree, edited the school newspaper and worked as a small town journalist. Maybe most of those teachers amounted to nothing in their lives.

2. What is your favorite childhood smell?

Mom’s freshly baked homemade bread. She usually made two loafs a week for sandwiches and breakfast.

3. Do you ever listen to a song and remember exactly what life was like when you first heard it?

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen was the first song I ever heard on a Walkman with headphones and every time it comes on I remember that time.

4. What was your first job?

When I was 14-years old me and a neighbor girl started a window washing company and had contracts with an auto dealership and grocery store to wash their windows and also were able to get other jobs to wash windows all over town during the summer.

5. What was your first “expensive” thing you bought with your own money?

I bought a Pentax camera kit with accessories and lenses from the Speigel catalog when I was probably 17-years old.

The Friday Five

1. What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen or experienced in someone else’s home?

We took up this terrible task once and initiated home inspections of our work at home teams (this was years before COVID lockdowns.) One of the employee’s home we visited had a nice little home office – but there were gallon’s of used milk containers full of urine lined up along a wall. It was pretty unsettling and my co-inspector (I guess that’s the term) and I were som put off by that we didn’t even bring it up.

2. What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen on someone’s lawn or adorned to the outside of their home?

The Rev. Ed and I took to collecting these years ago in th late 90s and early 00s in Denver. There was bird house front lawn up in North Denver Park Hill Neighborhood that comes to mind.

3. At your house, what things lie around that are useless and just for whimsy?

I have too much clutter and need to rid myself of things that are useless or no longer work. But my little wooden sculpture of a Chicken cock, named Clarencce is useless and whimsy and is going no where anytime soon.

4. Where should you never build a house?

We had family friends that lived waaaaaaaay out in the middle of nowhere in Moffat County on the far northern part of the county in the Great Divide area. Neighbors were miles and miles away. No running water. They were renovating an old abandoned prairie home and electricity was years away from being affordably installed. No gas. Only pumped well water and heated with coal and wood burning stoves. There was a chimney fire that burned the house to ground — the fire department took nearly 30 minutes or more to arrive on the scene and the house was gone by then. Don’t build a home that has no societal infrastructure.

5. What is something that used to be in homes but has vanished and needs to return?

The landline phone on the wall in the kitchen with the long ass cord dangling that you could curl in your fingers why chatting away. For bringing communicites badk together we need the old phone call – connecting people instead of the passive texting and call screening.

The Friday Fives

1. Which part of the Super Bowl are you most excited about?

It is the ads. They are usually actually entertaining.

2. What was the best Super Bowl half time show

You would think I would say Springsteen but I have go with Proince. That show was epic.

3. Do you have a favorite Super Bowl game that you can recall?

The back to back Denver Bronco wins. This is not up for debate.

4. Do you host/participate in Super Bowl viewing parties?

I go to Super Bowld parties on some years. It is fun to watch football on thee television with a lot of people.

5. What do you serve/bring for eats for the game?

In a past life chicken wings – the turkey and stuffing for the football meal. In my post meatt world I like Welsh Rarbit – a cheesy spicy gravy served on toast.

The Friday Fives

1. What would you do if you found $20.00 in your pants while doing laundry?

Maybe by myself a nice fancy pizza.

2. What would you do if you won $50.00 in the lottery?

Off to the liquor store for a top shelf bottle of Gin and some vermouth – a finely crafter martini is a sign of a decent civilization.

3. Ratchet it up. What would you do if you won $750.00 in the lottery?

Probably something boring like pay it towards some bills.

4. What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

The list gets longer with more money.?Buy care and a house.

5. What would you do if you won the big Powerball $1 billion lottery?

Retire.?Start a charitible trust, a family trust and an LLC to sock the money in and then pay myself from the LLC.?Put a lawyer and accounting firm on retainer. Move and become off grid to keep safe from conmen, thieves, liars and Trump.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your Friday afternoon “work is over!” song?

“Take It To The Limit” by the Eagles.?There were a number of times high school that we would come home?after a day of skiing at Steamboat and this song was always playing in the cassette deck and has always been a fitting end of a good day song for me.

2. Which song would you want people to play at your funeral?

Springsteen’s?”the Big Muddy” a nice melancholy deep track from?”Luckdy Town”

3. What is you wake and embrace the day song?

Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”?It is part of current life philosophy to fight sarcasm and work to be positve which is more work.

4. What is the best “treasure” you’ve ever found at a thrift store, garage sale, flea market etc?

My Resistol cowboy hat.?ought it for about $35.00.?new retails at about $300.00

5. How do you like your coffee?

Easy question probably answered on this blog.?Black from a from French press and fresh home roasted Kuahi HI beans.?(Better than Kona coffee and much more affordable.)

The Friday Fives

1. Have you ever met / seen a performance by a celebrity  before they hit it big?

The first one that came to min was Jamie Foxx back in college. He was really quiet and shy. This was before his TV show and movies.

2. Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Franken. I met hi while working at a newspaper in Denver. Tomas Second place is probably Bob Dole at a political dinner while he was running for president.

3. Who is the last person you talked to out side of your home life?

I am at an RV show in Boise right now and the last conversation was with the hotel desk clerk trying to rustle up some AAA batteries.

4. You fall asleep and wake up in 2050. What would you search for on the internet first?

Have we invented the star trek transporter yet?

5. What are some of your personal life-hacks that you came up with yourself, not necessarily completely original ?

I shave and brush my teeth in the shower. One stop grooming.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your current main mode of transportation? e.g. car, bike, subway, walking, etc.

My ebike. A 2000W AWD monster of a cruiser mountain bike. During ths time of the year I am mostly homebound, borrowing my sister’s trunk for errands on weekends or occassional trips into the office.

2. Are you satisfied with your current main mode of transportation (answer to question 1)? Why?

-ish? March through the beginning November it is great, but times like the deathly cold weekend weather we are experiencing makes the bike kind of worthless

3. Do you think you’ll change your means of transit soon? e.g. buy a car, get rid of your car, walk more etc.? If so, why?

Yeah. I am looking for a used car, but kind of want something I really want – like an affordable late 1980s Saab 900 or something kind of quirky like that for those few days a week I don’t work from home or the winter weather days that are bicycling prohibitive.

4. If time, distance and money were not factors, how do you prefer to get from point A to point B?

Seriously, this bike is so much fun. It runs at about 33 – 34 MPH consistently on the Denver streets and has become my preferred ride (It is about a five minute longer commute than driving so not really much of a trade of.

5. What was your worst transit experience?

In Stuttgart, while in the Army i was pretty drunk downtown and while leaving a night club?I got on a train that was going the wrong direction from the barracks and ended up at the end of the line at about 3:00 am and ended up sleeping under a park bench in park in Germany not knowing how to speak or understand any German. Pretty much the worsr transit experience. Hell, I didn’t even get laid. i have had countless numbers of scary as hell winter mountain pass driving experiences but my lost on a Stuttgart train story still stays with me decades later.