The Friday Fives

1. Have you ever been in or caused a car accident?
Yep. My sister rear-ended me while moving her from Greeley to Denver. And I clipped a bumper on an icy road down by Park Meadows mall once December but there was no discernable damage.

2. Have you ever had a happy accident?
I live life generally with no solid plan and rely on luck and whimsy. Most of life is a happy accident.

3. Have you ever done anything ‘accidentally on purpose’ and regretted it?
I think this counts. In Microsoft Outlook the key combination [ctrl] + [enter] will send an email – nice keyboard hack to have in your back pocket. However, in Microsoft Skype, the same key combination [ctrl] + [enter]will initiate a voice call. I have called more than my share of folks accidentally.

4. Do you think the kitchen or the bathroom in your house has seen more accidents?
In my house, the kitchen by far. My bathroom is a minor surgery and er center for most cut finger trauma care from some kitchen accident.

5. Do you believe nothing happens by accident but rather by destiny?
In the words of Malcolm Nance, it takes aa lot of planning for a coincidence to occur. I am not a big believer in destiny.

Friday Fives

Reddit Round-Up:

1. Imagine having a reverse Yelp where we rate customers on their attitudes, manners, and how well they tip. What review would you leave?

I am not sure I am on the correct path with this one, however, if I were to receive ratings on a reverse Yelp from service industry folks, I would get high marks – I am generous tipper, almost never complain about service and am not loud and unruly.

2. A galactic genie suddenly granted 1 wish to the people of Earth. No one knew a wish was going to be granted, the wish was selected by everyone’s inner desire, and majority wins. What wish ends up getting granted?

A gigantic rollback of nature before the time fo global warming.

3. What fact is ignored generously?

See above – global warming.

4. If you had a Teleportation power, what one place in the world would you immediately go?

In the COVID -19 era, it would be Greenland. Look at that map. Virtually no viral spread. Granted nearly no one lives there but still.

5. Which books should everyone read once in their life?
I am a broken record about this but I will continue to shout it at the tops of the trees:


It deserves its reputation as the Great American Novel.

The Friday Fives

The Prine 5’s

1. How did you discover John Prine?
Good story. 1983: In between my time at Cu Boulder and before I joined the army I got involved in a community theater group in town and the director of the current show lived two houses down the street and they were playing the album and then gathered with cast members usually each night and sat in the back yard on a cool summer night and played Prine in guitar circles singing his songs. I was hooked.

2. What makes him so special?
It is difficult when critics reaction to y our first album begins calling you the next Dylan – as happened with Prine. He discounted all this and simply referred to himself as just a singing mailman – his job prior to being discovered playing in a tavern in downtown Chicago with Steve Goodman. Kris Kristopherson was in the audience and subsequently met Prine and the rest is history. But through all that, he remained an every man and considered himself a songwriter and guitar player who discovered a microphone and a voice.

3. Let’s say I have never heard the music, but you are interested.  What’s one critical studio introductory song?
Sam Stone

4. And also, one live performance that gives a good introduction to Prine.
Lake Marie

5. Is there a standout lyric of his that sticks with you?  Why?

It’s folksy lyrical whimsey.

That’s the way that the world goes ’round

I know a guy that’s got a lot to lose
He’s a pretty nice fellow, kinda confused
Got muscles in his head, ain’t never been used
Thinks he own half of this town

Starts drinking heavy, gets a big red nose
Beats his old lady with a rubber hose
Then he takes her out to dinner, buys her new clothes
That’s the way that the world goes ’round

That’s the way that the world goes ’round
You’re up one day, the next you’re down
It’s half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown
That’s the way that the world goes ’round

I was sitting in the bathtub, counting my toes
When the radiator broke, water all froze
I got stuck in the ice without my clothes
Naked as the eyes of a clown

I was crying, “Ice cube”, hoping I’d croak
When the sun come through the window, the ice all broke
I stood up and laughed, thought it was a joke
That’s the way that the world goes ’round

That’s the way that the world goes ’round
You’re up one day, the next you’re down
It’s half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown
That’s the way that the world goes ’round

That’s the way that the world goes ’round
You’re up one day, the next you’re down
It’s half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown
That’s the way that the world goes ’round
That’s the way that the world goes ’round
That’s the way that the world goes ’round

(Suggested by Lono /hat tip.)

The Friday Fives

1. Tough week for me, I need a laugh. What is your best “Dad” joke?
I bought some shoes from a drug dealer.Â
I don’t know what he laced them with, but I’ve been tripping all day.

2. As we all shelter in place, what are you cooking in the kitchen?
Bread and baking things.

3. If Gordan Ramsay had to use your kitchen, what would he be most angry about?
An electric stove, you are ridiculous!

4 What has surprised you about self-distancing and staying at home?
I pace a lot and have no sense of concentration.

5. Today was supposed to be opening day. Usually, I am downtown for this mess. What do you miss most in these days sheltering from the viral storm?
Barstools. I miss barstools – and people watching.

Friday Fives

1. What’s the worst potato chip flavor you’ve ever tasted?

That’s a tough one as I really like potato chips.  But probably the worst was was a beef German sausage flavored bag of chips.  Something was just not right.

2. The weirdest thing that happened to you this week?

Started working from home managing a 70 seat call center virtually.

3. What’s the best bad decision you ever made?

Going to work at Transameric – way in over my head, no training, pay cut, but I genuinely like my job

4. Best song for the apocalypse?

REM’s End of the World is too obvious.  Going to a bit more obscure – Dirty Blvd -by Lou Reed.

5. You have been appointed Gosh, God’s assistant for smaller, less serious everyday business. What are some of your policies and if necessary, how do you explain them to/conceal them from your boss?

Gosh has the power to clean up after people is a snap.  But hide it, the clean up only last for about a week – so there is a good chance God will miss it.