The Friday Fives

1. What normal thing can’t you do?

I am pretty dyslexic about many things and tend to come at things from the wrong direction. As a result, I am not able to play modern video games with any kind of competence.  (I am also told I cut things with knives incorrectly.)

2. What do you personally hate the smell of?

The combination of stale cigarettes and coffee in the morning.

3. People who make their bed in the morning every day, what are the rest of us missing out on?

After being forced to make my bed each morning in the morning while in the army and also as a child – in my college dorm I made it each day so there was somewhere to sit.  As a grown up I don’t really make a bed, per se. I pull up the comforter and toss a ton of pillows bake onto the bed.

4. What is the most pointless thing that actually exists?


5. What is your best use of an item or object that clearly was not made for such use?

I do all sorts of repurposing, but I think my favorite is a kitchen hack – using a hot air corn popper to roast green coffee beans.  

The Friday Fives


1. Who is your favorite comedian?

So many to choose from but I have to go with Groucho Marx. Back in college, I bought “An Evening With Groucho” album at a used record store up on the hill in Boulder and I became smitten.  His talk show/game show from the 1950’s”You Bet Your Life” is a classic that still holds up. The Marx Brother’s films are superb and hold up after all these years.  Spend some time on YouTube and search for his clips. You won’t be disappointed. 

2. Who is your favorite musician?

Springsteen. Duh. Have you not been reading this blog?

3. Who is your favorite actor/actress?

Sean Connery, probably.  

4. Who is your favorite film director?

Francis Ford Coppola

Runner Up: Hal Ashby

5. Who is your favorite personality?

Casey Kassem – I spend each Sunday morning doing the NY Times Crossword and listening to Casey’s American Top 40 reruns on SiriusXM’s 70’s channel

The Friday Fives

1. What is your least favorite part of Spring?

The random, out of nowhere snow blizzard.

2. What is your most favorite part of Spring?

Longer days and warmer climes.

3. What is the latest good book you’ve read?

Reading “The Lost Book of Mormon” based on the premise that Joseph Smith was a literary genius and the story of the Jewish Nephi people traveling from the Middle East to a Central Mexican valley – it is a work of genius and I highly recommend. 

4. What are your plans for this weekend?

Pizza party and game night.

5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

Uncertain. But there was a story of the little eager beaver, emerging from the dam on one crisp spring morning, leaving hibernation to begin to build again. It is a story of determination and steadfast focus on building – narrated by Sam Elliot and directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Kenan Thompson. Delight as eager beaver collects his twigs and visits the duck village and shares his recipe for bog pie.  

The Friday Fives

1. Who surprises you the most at the fact that they are still alive?

Keith Richards.  Man, oh man. At age 70 or so, he finally decided to stop drinking – but lordy, did he have along run.

2. Which words sound perfectly normal, but look really dumb spelled out?

Laugh, or any of the silent “GH” words.  They all look so odd.

3. What is surprisingly NOT illegal in your country?

The ability to legally amass a huge personal arsenal of guns and ammo.

4. Without swearing, what is your favorite insult?

From years ago at a backyard barbeque, a friend once told someone, “I don’t know where you’re from, but here it is important for your story to have a point.”  I have always loved that remark.

5. A dad used to tell his children that the noise produced from the fan above the stove came from a creature named Kitchen Willy who lived in the walls; what ridiculous creatures or ghosts did your parents convince you that you were living amongst?

We didn’t have any of those stories but in my adult years, we invented our little brother, Victor, who was raised in my parent’s crawl space and educated by my father in a strict parochial catechism including a full-on nun’s habit.