The Friday Fives

1. If you could talk with only one person for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
Mark Twain – he lived such a fascinating experiential life and a global traveler – which for his time was quite extraordinary.

2. What was your best job interview?
My interview at Transamerica with Dan. It wasn’t even an interview but a 90-minute conversation that ultimately turned into a discussion about the authority of American barbecue as a national food versus and an untested genre in its infancy. It was the start of a great friendship.

3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
We built these really cool Go-Karts out of pallets, cardboard, and old plastic trash cans for the chassis and then cruised down the hill from our elementary school – a great summer until the cops caught us and made us quit because we drifted into traffic.

4. If you could go back to one year in time, what year would you choose?
Wow, a rough question. Maybe somewhere at the turn of the last century – maybe at Kitty Hawk when the brothers Wright took off from the beach into the air in a power flight craft 1903.

5. How good are you at multi-tasking?
I want to say I am good but in reality and practice I am not – and neither are you. Humans think they are able to multi-task when in fact they can’t – the active mind has moved on to new things but the active mind has not nad mistakes will be made.

2 Replies to “The Friday Fives”

  1. 1) Da Vinci. What a wonderous conversation it would be. He was so adept and thinking outside every box of the time, that if we chatted and I told him of today’s marvels, he would probably come up with a whole slew of new directions and stuffs.

    2) My job interviews have always been relatively good, but none of them stick out as my best. Probably when I negotiated a salary that was almost double what I was previously making.

    3) I loved my childhood for the most part. Living in the shadow of Red Rocks Amphitheater, there are many great memories there. But, probably tubing down Bear Creek. We would drop in right down by our house and then tube for probably two miles through Morrison and to the edge of it (where C-470 goes by now). Then we would grab our tubes and walk back to the beginning and do it all again.

    4) Probably some time in history that I could make some financial choices that would make it so I wouldn’t have to work ever again, and take along my family and friends for a similar ride. Like buying part of Microsft or Apple when they were still in a garage.

    5) I figured out a long time ago that multitasking is just a way to do a bunch of stuff half-ass. So, I try to not multitask, but rather do one task to completion then move on. Keeps me sane.


  2. 1) My summer dad. He was the camp director during my time there but he had been through so much, and experienced so many things. Teacher, paratrooper, green beret, cap director, friend to thousands of kids.

    2) Not exactly a job interview but I think the interview that got me into the Anesthesiologists Assistant program is the biggest interview I’ve ever had.

    3) My Grandmothers cottage on Lake Erie that became the entire family’s cottage. I remember every summer there was at least one day where the wind was right and we would have big waves. Playing in those waves so hard all day that when you finished the day it hurt to take a deep breath from the muscles being sore. Listening to them crash on the beach as we fell asleep hoping they would still be there tomorrow.

    4) Maybe 1946? WWII had just ended I think everyone would be on an uptick and happy. Lots of joy and growth of the nation? Or maybe 8m crazy.

    5) Call it multitasking or simply paying attention to lots of varying informational inputs and correlating them fast as fuck and responding to them. Either way that’s what I’m learning to do for a living, and hopefully keep the patient living as well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *