The Friday Fives

1. You must decide what the eighth deadly sin is, what is it?

Failure to use your turn signals in your car while changing lanes in traffic – there ought to be no absolution for this sin. Just a quick little flick of your wrist to tell your fellow travelers what your intentions are can be so helpful in keeping the traffic moving. I am on a bit of a rant here as I have noticed that as we have down off lockdown and started commuting, working outside of the house, and generally getting back on with our lives, people have seemed to gotten worse about driving and forgotten any semblance of basic driving etiquette.

2. You wake up tomorrow with Jeff Bezo’s current net worth ($209 billion USD) what do you do?

I’d put aside about $0 billion for me – that seems like more than enough. And there are about 8 or 9 billion people on the planet, so I would give everyone $1 billion dollars and focus the rest of the infrastructure and economic upgrades throughout Africa, South American, and the poorest part of Asia in order to get us all on somewhat of an equal sitting.  And figure out a way to stop global climate change – makes more sense than just hoarding your dough and designing penis rockets.

3. I was recently watching “Fantasy Island” reruns on YouTube the other day and it go me thinking – what is the best television theme song?

The Rockford Files – that is a fine example of a theme song that just rocked.

4. What is something that should be free in society but isn’t?

Insulin. When Insulin was first developed it was given to the world as free open-source technology but then so asshole bought it, licensed it and it now costs upwards of $800 to $1,000 a month just to keep diabetics alive. It should be a crime.

5. What’s the most common thing stolen from your workplace.

Of the eight or nine folks who actually read this blog, I am probably the only one who goes into the office every day and thus has access to things to pilfer from the workplace. That being said we have this nifty soda machine in the break room (which doesn’t help with my Coke Zero addiction) but anyway – so on Fridays or so, I will take home a bunch of ice from the soda machine because my ice maker at home can’t keep up with us during the week.  Maybe not the highest crime to take home a few big gulp sizes cups of ice but that is my crime.

3 Replies to “The Friday Fives”

  1. 1) Misrepresentation of anything, especially medical and communal facts -as a deterrent, we all can be implanted with a small shock device and when being a complete ignoramus, we would et a shock. Now I know we all would be getting some shocks, but holy bejeebus there would be a lot of folks needing drool cups and a nice window to look out of from all the shocks they would get.

    2) First, take care of our home country (which would barely make a dent in my wealth). Pay for most of the currently stalled infrastructure budgets (at the highest price tags to get the most done). I would completely fund the green deal just to piss off the GOP and then fund any and all alternative energy and climate fixing possibilites throughout the country and world. I would hire every possible lawfirm in the world to send all the shitty corporations, polluters and political griftersin the world into a non-stop endless legal vicious circle stalling their action until they either change (not likely), go to jail or we can bankrupt the SOBs. Then with all but 1 billion, I would provide for the people of the world, not the countries. Just create company, like Amazon, but to provide non-stop for everyone in need around the world.

    3) MASH – suicide is painless.

    4) Toll roads – All of our infrastructure money that all comes from us, the citizens of the country, should be able to pay for things like roads and such and not have to be tolled to raise money and such.

    5) It’s been a while, but post it notes and reams of paper were fairly ot commodities.

  2. You must decide what the eighth deadly sin is, what is it?
    Ice cream. For me, at least, it is a combo of all the other sins. But it is so great and wonderful, and so bad for me, I feel ice cream deserves isn’t own commandment. Now, what is the wording of that commandment? That is up to you. Just know to keep it brief, since you have to scribe it in stone. Also, for some reason, the word ‘though’, needs to be used liberally.

    You wake up tomorrow with Jeff Bezo’s current net worth ($209 billion USD) what do you do?

    Give it to Bill Gates to use. I keep 5% for myself and family, and 5% to give to charities of my choice.

    I was recently watching “Fantasy Island” reruns on YouTube the other day and it go me thinking – what is the best television theme song?

    60 Minutes. Wait… no. SO easy. While I would have told you for decades it was ‘Believe it or Not’ from Joey Scarbury from the Greatest American Hero. I loved that song so much I had the 33 single record. BUT, there is one better. The Fall Guy. Dig this, its not just Gene Simmons-esque bravado, but its Gene Simmons level rapey. To Lee Majors credit, though… he sings the song. He also had a hand in writing it.

    Before we watch the video, and listen to the song (it IS a great song. Catchy and fun. Its just that the lyrics don’t quite stand up in the era of #me too having respect for women. This isn’t a ‘#me too’ thing, this is about having respect for fellow humans. I am saying its isn’t just cringey now, it was cringey then.

    Well, I’m not the kind to kiss and tell,
    But I’ve been seen with Farrah.
    I’ve never been with anything less than a nine, so fine.
    I’ve never spent much time in school
    But I taught ladies plenty.

    What is something that should be free in society but isn’t?

    I think we’d be fools to demand more from American society than we have. Keep in mind the poor and working poor of the United States are still living better than most on Earth. Not saying things are fair in the US< or that corporate American isn’t screwing us over. I don’t even blame corporate America… they are doing what they need to do to stay in business and be profitable. I blame the US Congress who they own. Oh, and you. I blame you for constantly re-electing these asshats.

    I used to think, when I was in my late teens, that the US was evil and corrupt and bound to fail. Now that I have been around the world, and to most of the continents, I can tell you we are doing pretty darn good in the US. Point being, we need to stop asking for or expecting shit. Be the change you seek. Or, as Kennedy put it freakishly perfectly “Ask not what your country can do for you, but holy fuck I am shot!”

    What’s the most common thing stolen from your workplace?
    Time. And copier paper. I can personally verify the latter, as its mostly me. We all know the real overhead in life (besides having kids) is toner. If I could steal toner, I would. I tried, believe me. See, since the cartridges are different sizes for each printer… I had to improvise. I took to smuggling it home in ziplocks. See, the commercial printers don’t have liquid toner, its powder. Not sure why we call it ‘toner’ instead of ink. It may not be called ‘ink’, but it sure stains like ink. Do you have ANY idea how difficult it is to tell HR you have NO idea what they are talking about regarding the printers, and your hands look like this?

  3. 1) Driving slow in the left, fast, passing lane.

    2) I pay off all y classmates and my student loans. Then fuck space bullshit I invest in a cheap effective way to desalinate sea water to use for drought areas and drinking water.

    3) Knight Rider.

    4) I agree with Tony. Toll roads are bull shit! Same with toll bridges!

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