The Friday Fives

President Barack Obama enters Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council, West Wing office at the White House, June 8, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

1. There is a glitch in the Matrix – what did you discover?
An underground command center nestled inside a Volcano and Ernst Blofeld and his white cat continue to manipulate the world as the leader of Qanon.

2. What movie is so disturbing, you would never watch it again?
“The Blair Witch Project.” i don’t watch horror movies generally but went with the the team to the debut release weekend and it scared the shit out of me. No need to do that again.

3. What TV series did you love, but got canceled after one season and why did you love it?
“Deadline” starring Oliver Platt about a fictional New York Newspaper. That show really could have gone somewhere. Alas.

4. What would you do if Barack Obama knocked on your door with a suitcase in hand and said “Hello, I need to spend a few weeks with you.”
I’d point him to the couch as I don’t have a spare room then find out what went so wrong that he can’t afford/take advantage of the thousands of Airbnb sites in Denver.

5. What’s your best “Holy Shit that actually worked!” moment.
I look at this as “What is your best life hack” question. Best life hack No knead bread – the easiest way to let someone think you know how to cook. I made some for my mom at her house and it was a “Holy Shit it actually worked” moment as she didn’t think it would be any good.

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1. Which basic skill are you REALLY bad at?

Laundry. It bores me. I really should be better at it. I have counted the steps. From my clothes hamper in the bathroom to my washer/dryer – three steps. Get it together, man!

2. What are the best activities to do when you are high on weed?

Masturbate. – I thought everyone knew this.

3. What’s an obscure interest of yours that you just want to ramble about but rarely do because no one knows what you’re talking about?

Using Linux as a personal laptop operating system – it is a pretty deep in the reeds kind of conversation.

4. What binge worthy YouTube channel would you recommend someone else watches?

Via Recomendo ” It’s a website that plays a few seconds of random YouTube videos with almost no views. After a few seconds, it starts playing another video. It’s addictive. Many of the videos aren’t in English.” Which makes it even odder.

5. What is the funniest movie if Joe Pesci played the main character instead?

Elf starring Pesci instead of Will Ferrell as Buddy, the mutha fuckin’ elf.

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1. What thing you must experience at least once in life?

Having a birthday meal at Casa Bonita – I have done this multiple times as a youth and as recently as in my 30s. The joint is a thing to behold. Maybe, after this damned pandemic, I’ll organize a fitting soiree there.

2. Which TV show got too big for its boots?

Game of Thrones – a Harlequin Romance tale with swords and dragons. i tried and tied and tired but could never get its lure.

3. What’s the most outdated piece of tech you refuse to get rid of to this day?

Maybe not the specific tech answer but my 2008 Hyundai Tucson a V6 AWD/ 4×4 little SUV that always gets me there – rain, snow sleet the dead of night, the thick heat of summer sun – TROGG (its name) RULES!!!

4. What are some cartoon characters from your childhood that you look at differently as an adult?

Foghorn Leghorn – maybe a cartoonish admiration of a more racist time in the chicken coop. Also. Jonny Quest was kinda gay.

5. If you run a small country, what would be rule #1?

Failure to use the blinker on the vehicle during lane changes is punishable by loss of transportation privileges.

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1. What’s your weather?

Very very, very cold. And weird winter weather this year in general. It has a Seattle feel to it.

2. Where are you on your way to?

Some one needs to take me to the liquor store.

3. Are you good with directions?

Generally. I know where the mountains are and that means west and from there I can generally figure most naything out. I am an Eagle Scout – I know how to use a map and compass (turning into a rare skill.) And in this modern world, there is always GPS.

4. Do you know your neighbors?

Not really. Most of them pretty much keep to themselves. May it is due to the pandemic?

5. What do you smell?

Coffee. Freshly brewed coffee. Boyer’s Spoonbender if you must know.

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What are the five things you have learned since the Covid19 pandemic.

1. People want to believe in fairy dust and not science.

Science is not a black and white issues and there are always nuances, vairances and degrees – which most folks seem to be inpatient about. I think it is endemic of our capitalist society – you are making money or you are not – almost a Ferengi-like precept to the solution of all problems. When thrown a variables such as a global novel virus pandemic all the capitalist precept are thrown out the door and we stumble and like children act up in defiance because we are scared and confused. So instead of taking the tried ant rue advice to mask up, social distance, stay home and wash our hands we revolt and throw tantrums.
Trust the science and accept the variables that come with it.

2. Sourdough no knead bread is delicious and easy.

In fact I think I will make some this weekend. Stir up a loaf using metric measurements, measured out with a scale – stir with a wooden spoon then toss in the back of the microwave where it won’t get disturbed for about 18 – 20 hours. Pull it out – punch it down an dlet it rais again for an hour and back in a 474 degree oven for about 40 minutes. You will feel like a professional baker.

3. Costco sells these tubs of Bitchin’ Sauce

A kind almond cheese sauce that takes eggs and tuna salad to whole new levels. Vegan and yummy.

4. There is just too much media to occupy the mind

Streaming apps on the Roku, music apps on the phone, reading apps and ebooks, magazines and cookbooks both in print and online. I am a home body and anybody who knows me knows that and having all the entertainment I can muster at hand, all the hobbies I can retake up or begin isn’t the same and being around people. These last 11 months have been enlightening. I don’t miss commuting to work on public transit (although for the past two and a half months I have been making the I-25 shuffle down south on nearly empty roads.) But I also go into heavy depression when left at home all alone working virtually at my home office. I need to interact in real life with humans for energy and to feel an actual purpose. Maybe there is a direct correlation to these feelings and this sense of depression and loss that is also a cause for the actions of others as reflected in number one up above.

5. The pandemic has damaged and maybe ended some of my friendships.

Maybe too much time alone and no real connections has caused decades old friendships to fade due to not tending to them – maybe those friendships weren’t real after all. Maybe this fall when life makes an attempt at normal some of those fractures can heal. Time will tell.