Friday Fives

1. Can you share a tale of a favorite summer cookout/get together?2. What is a favorite summer ritual of yours?
Of late, I think it is the annual pilgrimage to the gay rodeo in Jefferson County. What a spectacle. And cheap! Well, that and gallons and gallons of gin.

3. After a long hot summer day, what is your favorite way to quench your thirst?
Gallons and gallons of gin. Heh. Seriously though – ahem. I enjoy Gin or Vodka and tonic in the summer and I enjoy sitting on a deck of a nice bistro or restaurant on a Saturday afternoon and getting my snoot full.

4. The 4th of July is coming up, what plans, if any, do you have?
It is odd, but there don’t seem to be many plans. I have been invited up to the mountains to see some jam bands. And I am contemplating a trip to Greeley to see some rodeo, music and fireworks. And I am sure someone is going toss together a barbecue.

5. What are you looking forward to doing most before the summer ends?
I want to get up to my mom’s house and spend some time on the ranch – take in the beauty and solitude. I had a pretty action packed June already and some unplanned downtime is now my main goal.

Friday Fives

1. What was the last dream that you had about?
Last night, the dream was a bit spooky. All of us Nextel folks (soon to be Sprint folks) were climbing a big hill to this sky scraper and taking the stairs up to a human resources office to apply for a job at a new company. Frankly, I didn’t like where that dream was going! But the coffee, in the dream, was divine. And my dad was there too – fishing and drinking a diet Coke.

2. Does it hold any significant meaning to you?
Well, yeah. We are going through a merger and work and so yeah, I am certain my subconscious is concerned about a lay off.

3. Do you dream in color or black and white?
Full, head on color, baby! I take very vitamin C and vitamin rich daily nutritional supplement shake twice a day and regardless of any health benefits, the Reliv shake I faithfully consume gives me the wackiest and richest-in-detail dreams!

4. What is the most frightening dream you ever had?
I had a very traditional falling of a cliff dream many years a go that startled me out of my slumber. And years later I still remember it.

5. Is there one dream that stays clear in your mind despite the fact it was more than a few years ago?
See above. Jeez, who screens these questions anyway. Oh wait. I do. I do have another recurring dream. More in that almost awake but not stage in the early morning – when I want to just go back to sleep. I will day dream myself back to sleep dreaming of winning the lottery and how I will spend the money. Puts me right to sleep.

The Costs Of Becoming The Caped Crusader

Forbes magazine has hypothosized – based on the home, the lifestyle, his work, and his crime fighting gear, training and equipment – that Bruce Wayne is probably worth about $6.3 billion. (scroll down on the MSNBC story to “Being Batman” for the full accounting.
And now that a decent dollar figure has been put to it, I am having a harder time liking Bruce. I have never met a real billionaire, but locally, Phil Anschutz is pretty famous for not being a nice guy. But I have always thought Batman was kind of cool – mainly becuase without super powers he was a great super hero. Now, with a budget attached, the fantasy is dented and busted a bit. Peter Paker and his middle class upbringing and continual struggle for dough kind of takes on a new light compared the vast fortune of the Wayne empire.
Alas. What super hero to be. And how. I must get back to the lab and develop my own super compound (probably made with gin!)

Ever Heard OF Green Cine?

They are a lot like NetFlix but much more eclectic, much more of an artisy video rental hunt. Netflix rents the hits, GreenCine rents the obscure.
Check them out here and take a moment to read their blog as they track their still-developing Summer Film Festival list.

Gas Prices To Hit $3.00?

If indeed this is true, and Pickens is considered an expert in these matters, then the economy will take a major tumble in the next few months. $3.00 a gallon is a huge expense and such an increase will cause transportation prices to rapidlly increase, leading to price increases on everything! I ain’t an economist, but this doesn’t bode well.

Most retail chains have developed highly sophisticated alogrythms that allow them to keep inventory low – and as a result, transportation of cargo and inventory is a huge expense for retailers – especially big national chains like Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy. As the costs of keeping the shelves stocked goes up, so will prices. It won’t just be SUV’s that see a dramatic loss in sales. Consumers will stop buying all the crap they covet on their suburban jaunts to their nearest big box retailer. The already failing airline industry will feel the effect of rising fuel costs as well. The economy’s perilous position is poised above the shitter and gasoline priced at $3.00 a pound could easily be the thing that sends it toppling.

Wacky Friday Foto

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Friday Fives

1. In your opinion, what characteristics make a good father? Also, what traits make a good grandfather?
Patience and realistic expectations. Dads who expect their son to be the football star or relive their youth vicariously through their kids are kind of lame and overbearing.

2. Do you have any special plans for this Father’s Day weekend?
Not really. Probably just a quick call home to the Ranch to wish Jim well.

3. Who’s your favorite “television dad”?
Andy Griffith, followed by Dick Van Dyke.

4. What’s the most important thing that your father ever told you?
Career advice Do what you want to do and love, make sure you are happy and whatever you do, don’t go to work for the Post Office. I probably could, and in fact have on this blog already, lapse into long essays on GW, but not today. Although he was in my dream last night. He was getting the dandelions out of the front yard while mom and Jim packed up the motorhome to go to the ranch. There was so much going on in that specific dream that I could keep a therapist busy for years.

5. Is your father difficult to buy Father’s Day gifts for? Why/why not? What types of things does he like?
He used to be. We always got him a tie, since he wore one to work everyday and really enjoyed the ones we got him. For my stepfather, a gift card to Home Depot is still the best thing ever. They will never be done building the house.