The Friday Fives

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.

The Friday Fives

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.

Friday Fives

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?

The Friday Fives

1. If you were President of the United States, what would be your top 3 things that you would like to change?

Reverse all things Trump.

Medicare for all

Fill the courts up with liberals.

2. If you had to survive off of one specific type of food, what would it be and why?

Pizza. There are some many things you can put on pizza, it is a great utilitarian food delivery system.

3. If your life were a play, what would it be (tragedy, comedy, drama, etc.

“The Taming of the Shrew!”

4. What community is your favorite and why?

The Shire. I like the doors on their houses.

5. When did you realize you were finally an adult and how did it make you feel?

When I joined the Army and realized there was no one to bail me out of my messes.

The Friday Fives

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.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your favorite place?

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.

The Friday Fives

Autumn is here!

1. Do you have any special rituals to welcome the approaching season, such as cleaning or decorating?

Football mostly.  And I tend to get outside more and take longer walks.

2. Do you welcome the approaching season or despise it?

It is my favorite of the seasons. I like the smells, the temps and I find it blissfully nostalgic.

3. What has been the high point from the preceding season?

I got a nice new job that I enjoy.

4. What has been the low point from the preceding season?

The Colorado Rockies dismal season.

5. What are you looking forward to this Autumn?

Maybe taking some time off and a turn around of the dismal Denver Broncos’ season.

The Friday Fives

1. What bad film could be made into a great film if it were to be remade?

Mitchell!  (A Mystery Science Theater 3K film) with Jo Don Baker) It could be refilmed with George Clooney or Daniel Craig and made into a decent detective thriller.

2. Probably asked and answered, but, what is the absolute worst movie of all time? [defend]

Referencing above, take some time, go online and try, just try and watch the original, unedited version of “Manos, Hands of Fate.”  Just awful.

3. Conversely, the absolute best, bar none? [defend]

Casablanca.  A nearly perfect film, shot for shot, scene for scene.

4. What makes a better movie adaptation: a Nonfiction story or book or a novel to film?

The subject matter is not important – it is the film director and art director and some savvy editing that can take a film from “Okay” to “Great.” 

5. Off to youtube – whats a good ‘Tube post/link/scene from a movie that brings back the whole film so you don’t need to rewatch it?

John Wayne’s introductory scene in “Big Jake”


The Friday Fives

1. If you had a racehorse. What would you call it?

Allegedly Letterkenny

2. Have you ever named your car/truck?

Yup.  “Trogg.”

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.

Friday Fives

1. What “old person” things do you do?

I go to bed early.  On Sunday mornings I listen to my favorite radio show and do the New York Times Crossword puzzle.

2. What is one simple thing that you still can’t do?

My handwriting is still pretty dismal and I am incapable of doing most division in my head.

3. What is a lesson you only had to learn once? What’s the story behind it?

Be careful when taking a new job to listen to the voice in the back of your head and not take the job.

4. What is one random act of kindness a stranger did for you?

Well, there was that blow job in Geneva, but I will save that for another time.  (She thought I was Canadian.)

5. What was the nicest thing you’ve done yesterday?

I gave up my seat on the light rail to an older gentleman who seemed in pain and harried at the thought of standing holding to the rail during the trip.