Friday Fives

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?
Not at all. I seem to have inherited my father’s clutter gene. He had a garage filled to the very top with useless gizmos. parts, tools and exotica all his life and it was scattered in a slapshod manner so that only he knew where anything was. And he could retrieve anything from the ominous pile in a matter of seconds. My life is much like that. Laundry doesn’t get folded, newspapers everywhere. CD’s aren’t stored in any real sense of order.
It works for me.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?
I used to religiously carry around a Day Timer. I love those little books. Two pages a day set a side to write, scribble and remind. I dumped it recently for a PDA – a Handspring Visor with a collapsable keyboard. I find I am better organized with phone numbers, birthdays and appointments but I still miss the scribbling pad.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?
At work, yes. A clean tidy monument. At home, no. My desk is in my bedroom which looks like a teenagers room.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?
I have my own method. I tend to sort more by artist/genre/mood then by some dictated alphabetical system. And the reason, I found, is that when stored alphabetically, you miss some CDs that never get listened to, that you seem to forget. So I tend to place those CDs with a similar genre (blues, jazz) together, or those of a particular mood (rocking out, car tunes or what have you) in the same area.

5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to organize?
When I was 14 our Boy Scout troop nearly fell apart. And I really wanted to be an Eagle Scout. And if the troop folded, I would have to join another troop hosted by the Mormon’s across town. I took up the reins, got some parents to all donate some time to keep the troop going and ran the meetings myself, organizing camping trips and summer camps and outings and insisting that my dad and his adhoc committee get folks together to support the endeavor. It turned out, but it was a lot of work.

Friday Fives

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.
8 Mile by Enimem. White boy rap isn’t really my thing but this guy has a voice that rings true. Grace Slick says he is the Dylan of her daughter’s generation. I can’t go that far but I still turn that song up when I hear it.

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by Willie Nelson
Amazing Grace by any choir at a funeral
If these two songs don’t pull at your emotions, you are a vulcan.

3. Name three songs that turn you on.
Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by Al Green
Jungle Love by The Steve Miller Band (the first date song at a seventh grade dance)

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.
Time Bomb by Old 97s
Rosalita by Springsteen
Welcome To The Jungle by Guns and Roses
Closer To Free by The BoDeans
This is the “driving-down-I-70-
from-Eisenhower-tunnel-cranked-up-loud mix.
It helps ease the traffic woes.

5. Name five songs you couldn’t ever do without.
This is hard. I am more of an album or artist guy and don’t think usually in terms of songs.
Lethal Injection by Slim Cessna
Born To Run by the Boss
Peace Love and Understanding by Elvis Costello
Big Brown Eyes by Old 97s
Take Five by Dave Brubeck

Friday Fives

Friday Fives

1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life?
Two different dorm rooms, one barracks room, ten (that is right, ten) apartments.

2. Which was your favorite and why?
When I lived in the housing at Lowry Air Force base, after the base closed and they opened it up for public rentals, I rented a funky townhouse with wall to wall linoleum. It was a corner unit with lots of light and a good deal of space. I had great neighbors whom years later I am still friends with. A friend told me once it really fit my shabby chic lifestyle. That does about say it all.

3. Do you find moving house more exciting or stressful? Why?
I hate moving, but then again, nearly everyone does. Working at Ryder trucks customer service I have learned a few things. Move early, move in the middle of the month, move in the middle of the week, rent a truck and get a bigger one than you think you will need. Get a storage shed to shuttle stuff so you can start moving early and a keg to feed your friends with.

4. What’s more important, location or price?
Location. I am not a massive mansion on the hill sort of guy. I want a funky place that is close enough to make the commute tolerable but also equidistant from friends and the city.

5. What features does your dream house have (pool, spa bath, big yard, etc.)?
A huge porch that wraps around the house. A third floor or attic study to put in the computer and geeky hobby stuff. And friends who know me know I need a huge kitchen for all my stuff. I want an open floor plan for entertaining and secret passages. After playing Clue as a kid I have determined that the coolest houses have secret passages. After housesitting for a family this winter I have added a steam room to the wish list. Hard to live without that!

Friday Fives

1. What was the first band you saw in concert?
In 1983, Folsum Field in Boulder, The Who, with Jethro Tull and a newcomer no one heard of , John Cougar, singing “a little ditty ’bout . . . ” He was booed off the stage, leaving an extra long set of Tull that was nearly intolerable. (A hippy standing on one leg playing a flute in 12 minute jam solos is a bit much to take.) We want the Who! I mostly remember it as loud. Very loud. The Who’s amplifiers probably go all the way up to “11” (Thank you, Christopher Guest.)

2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?
Been listening to a lot of Wilco and Old 97s with a dash of Willie Nelson, but I always come back to Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band.

3. What’s your favorite song? Badlands, by Springsteen.
Lights out tonight,
Trouble in the heartland,
Got a head on collision,
Smashin'in my guts, man,
I'm caught in a cross fire,
That I don't understand,
I don't give a damn,
for the same old played out scenes,
I don't give a damn,
for just the in betweens,
Honey, I want the heart, I want the soul,
I want control right now
Talk about a dream,
try to make it real
You wake up in the night,
with a fear so real,
Spend your life waiting,
for a moment that just don't come,
Well, don't waste your time waiting,


Badlands, you gotta live it everyday,
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you've gotta pay,
We'll keep pushin' till it's understood,
and these badlands start treating us good.

Workin'in the fields
till you get your back burned,
Workin' 'neath the wheel
till you get your facts learned,
Baby, I got my facts
learned real good right now,

Poor man wanna be rich,
rich man wanna be king,
And a king ain't satisfied,
till he rules everything,
I wanna go out tonight,
I wanna find out what I got

I believe in the love that you gave me,
I believe in the hope that can save me,
I believe in the faith
and I pray, that someday it may raise me,
Above these badlands


For the ones who had a notion,
A notion deep inside,
That it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive
I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me
I wanna find one place.
I wanna spit in the face of these badlands


4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?I have decided, this year to learn the guitar. I bought a CD Rom software package to teach me the basics. It is kind of fun, although my sister has reignited her guitar passion as well, so the guitar is getting quite a workout.

5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?
Miles Davis. Listening to his music you just know that his mind is running in thousands of directions at once. And although he spent most of his life as a heroin addled jazz star, babbling incoherently much like the Anthony Michael Hall character in Sixteen Candles, I still would love to hear his stories of the Bop Age.

Friday Fives

1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc..)?
Probably magazine non fiction, followed by modern metafiction.

2. What is your favorite novel?
A Fan’s Notes followed by The Great Gatsby.

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
Yes Robert Frost MENDING WALL (*see below)

4. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
More Salmon Rushdie including The Satanic Verses. He is quite deep but very entertaining.

5. What are you currently reading? Slab Rat by Ted Heller and The Great Cover Up by Barry Sussman.

* Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say '.Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

Friday Fives

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
I used to. But my last three jobs have involved talking on the phone all day and as a result I tend to avoid or ignore the phone, at least while I am at home.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?

3. About how many telephones do you have at home?

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
My Grandpa is terrible on the phone. Not bad manners, per say, and with his bad hearing, it is totally understandable. He just can’t talk on the phone for more than a minute or two before either ending the call or passing it on to someone else. It is kinda cute. I work in customer service in a call center and bad phone manners are the norm. People just don’t seem to get the fact that they are talking to a person on the other end sometimes. So, while they are calling up a customer service representative they are also eating, disciplining children, working around the house or the car. I talked to one guy once who was trying to mow the lawn while talking to me on his cordless. I asked if we could schedule this for a more convenient time. He stopped mowing. The victories are small when they come, but still sweet.

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an E-mail or a letter? Why or why not?I am not a great letter writer. I think it is the whole idea of the formality of a written and mailed letter that tends to put me off. With family and distant friends and relatives I tend to rely on email. For immediate family and friends, the phone works great for checking in.

Friday Fives

1. If you had the chance to meet someone you’ve never met, from the past or present, who would it be?
Mark Twain or Ambrose Bierce. I love a good story teller.

2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be?
1850s London

3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be?
Iceland. Reportedly a very nice place.

4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be?

5. If you had to live with having someone else’s face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be?
hmmm. Interesting. I wouldn’t mind looking in the mirror every day and seeing old school Elvis. Or that kid from That 70s Show – Ashton Kutchter. It must be rough going through life looking like that.

Friday Fives

Special Sunday edition.1. What is one thing you don’t like about your body?
I need to get in shape period. I have a tightness in my back from lack of exercise and I don’t like that much.

2. What are two things you love about your body?
I have great eyes and my curly wavy hair, after years of fighting it, has become one of my favorite things.

3. What are three things you want to change about your home?
Paint in the livingroom, kitchen, dining room. But to hell with all that. I need to move further West.

4. What are four books you want to read this year?
What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson> Delano by John Orozoco> No One’s Even Bleeding by Lenny Castellenata> Lake Effect by Rich Cohen.

5. What are five promises you have kept to yourself?
Wow, this is hard. To finish college; to be more courageous at work; to learn chess; to never lose my keys or wallet; to floss regularly.

Friday Fives

1. As a child, who was your favorite superhero/heroine? Why
Green Lantern. He seemed to be “more real” than the other heroes. Except for maybe Peter Parker of Spiderman fame, he seemed puzzled and uneasy about his powers.

2. What was one thing you always wanted as a child but never got?
An electric go cart and a set of Legos ® (My mom and dad were more of the Tinker Toy/Lincoln Log set.)

3. What’s the furthest from home you’ve been?
Geneva, Switzerland or maybe Northern Italy while serving in the Army and stationed in Germany.

4. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t yet?
To speak Spanish and if I can take two instead of one ? to play the guitar.

5. What are your plans for the weekend?
Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend, which involves a parade downtown tomorrow morning. I am not making any promises, but perhaps I will commandeer a float and make like Ferris Bueller and sing to the crowds.

Friday Fives

A day late but nonetheless:1. What was the last song you heard?
Rhett Miller “Point Shirley”

2. What were the last two movies you saw?
Home video – “Barbershop.” At the theater: “Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers.” I don’t do many theater outings. I almost always months behind.

3. What were the last three things you purchased?
Since I am unemployed, purchases aren’t happening at an alarming rate. Easter candy, recent Rolling Stone issue, Warm Mist Humidifier.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?
Sunday is Clean Sheet day! Run to hardware store for new handle for tea pot. Empty out the cat box. To the zoo for a picnic!

5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
Julie, Shelly, Ed, Mark, Sage