The Friday Fives

1. What’s the weirdest rule you had in your home growing up?

Not weird, perhaps, but a firm rule – be home for dinner by 6:30 and come in for the evening when the street lights go on (a mostly summer rule as we tended to run wild through the neighborhood in our small town as kids.)

2. What is a handy appliance in your home as a child that doesn’t appear in homes anymore?

The kitchen telephone on the wall with the 25-foot cord that could reach over most of the kitchen and the dining room.  Also the phonebook.

3. If the world had to return to just 3 television networks again – what shows on today would still be a hit?

Any one of the cop shows – I’ll go with “The FBI”

Any one of the medical shows.  I’ll go with “Chicago Med”

Any one of the reality singing shows. I’ll go with “The Masked Singer.”

4. What behemoth of a Detroit auto was your family car when you were growing up?

We had this huge, huge, huge 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale with a Rocket 455 HP engine.  A literal couch on wheels.   About 9 MPG.

5. What was your go-to childhood snack/drink?

Bagel pizzas with pepperoni that I made in the toaster and grape juice.  Pure after school contentment.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your favorite place?

Growing up as a kid, we used to hang out a lot in the forest north of town on Black Mountain and Freman reservoir. There is a little cut-out area up there a few miles west of the lake that is so pretty and peaceful with lots of wildflowers and Colorado columbines growing and isolated. One of my favorite places.

2. What is your favorite place in your home?

My super comfy, new, adjustable bed. I think I could go full-on Brian Wilson in that thing and just stay in bed for a year and be happy.

3. Would you most want to live in a city, a suburb or the country?

I was raised in a small town and had a lot of country/rural exposure. Except for traffic, I prefer city living.

4. What is special about the town you live in?

Denver, baby. Mountains, plains. Snow, sunshine. It has it all.

5. How much time do you spend in nature?

Not enough. In fact of the last few years nearly none. Shame on me.

The Friday Fives

Autumn is here!

1. Do you have any special rituals to welcome the approaching season, such as cleaning or decorating?

Football mostly.  And I tend to get outside more and take longer walks.

2. Do you welcome the approaching season or despise it?

It is my favorite of the seasons. I like the smells, the temps and I find it blissfully nostalgic.

3. What has been the high point from the preceding season?

I got a nice new job that I enjoy.

4. What has been the low point from the preceding season?

The Colorado Rockies dismal season.

5. What are you looking forward to this Autumn?

Maybe taking some time off and a turn around of the dismal Denver Broncos’ season.

The Friday Fives

1. What bad film could be made into a great film if it were to be remade?

Mitchell!  (A Mystery Science Theater 3K film) with Jo Don Baker) It could be refilmed with George Clooney or Daniel Craig and made into a decent detective thriller.

2. Probably asked and answered, but, what is the absolute worst movie of all time? [defend]

Referencing above, take some time, go online and try, just try and watch the original, unedited version of “Manos, Hands of Fate.”  Just awful.

3. Conversely, the absolute best, bar none? [defend]

Casablanca.  A nearly perfect film, shot for shot, scene for scene.

4. What makes a better movie adaptation: a Nonfiction story or book or a novel to film?

The subject matter is not important – it is the film director and art director and some savvy editing that can take a film from “Okay” to “Great.” 

5. Off to youtube – whats a good ‘Tube post/link/scene from a movie that brings back the whole film so you don’t need to rewatch it?

John Wayne’s introductory scene in “Big Jake”


The Friday Fives

1. What fictional character has actually made you angry or upset?

In the movie “True Believer” Kurt wood Smith played such an asshole that for years, I pledged that if I were to ever cross his path, I would punch him out.

2. What historical figure fascinates you?

Napoleon. I don’t know a lot about him. But from what I have gleaned, he’s fascinating.

3. Who is just the best, the best?

Pete Rose.

4. What “Friends” character are you?


5. What celeb or famous person is alive today that really should be your best friend?

Bill Murray – and drinks are always on him.