The Friday Fives

1. What is your Friday afternoon “work is over!” song?

“Take It To The Limit” by the Eagles.?There were a number of times high school that we would come home?after a day of skiing at Steamboat and this song was always playing in the cassette deck and has always been a fitting end of a good day song for me.

2. Which song would you want people to play at your funeral?

Springsteen’s?”the Big Muddy” a nice melancholy deep track from?”Luckdy Town”

3. What is you wake and embrace the day song?

Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”?It is part of current life philosophy to fight sarcasm and work to be positve which is more work.

4. What is the best “treasure” you’ve ever found at a thrift store, garage sale, flea market etc?

My Resistol cowboy hat.?ought it for about $35.00.?new retails at about $300.00

5. How do you like your coffee?

Easy question probably answered on this blog.?Black from a from French press and fresh home roasted Kuahi HI beans.?(Better than Kona coffee and much more affordable.)

The Friday Fives

1. Have you ever met / seen a performance by a celebrity  before they hit it big?

The first one that came to min was Jamie Foxx back in college. He was really quiet and shy. This was before his TV show and movies.

2. Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Franken. I met hi while working at a newspaper in Denver. Tomas Second place is probably Bob Dole at a political dinner while he was running for president.

3. Who is the last person you talked to out side of your home life?

I am at an RV show in Boise right now and the last conversation was with the hotel desk clerk trying to rustle up some AAA batteries.

4. You fall asleep and wake up in 2050. What would you search for on the internet first?

Have we invented the star trek transporter yet?

5. What are some of your personal life-hacks that you came up with yourself, not necessarily completely original ?

I shave and brush my teeth in the shower. One stop grooming.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your current main mode of transportation? e.g. car, bike, subway, walking, etc.

My ebike. A 2000W AWD monster of a cruiser mountain bike. During ths time of the year I am mostly homebound, borrowing my sister’s trunk for errands on weekends or occassional trips into the office.

2. Are you satisfied with your current main mode of transportation (answer to question 1)? Why?

-ish? March through the beginning November it is great, but times like the deathly cold weekend weather we are experiencing makes the bike kind of worthless

3. Do you think you’ll change your means of transit soon? e.g. buy a car, get rid of your car, walk more etc.? If so, why?

Yeah. I am looking for a used car, but kind of want something I really want – like an affordable late 1980s Saab 900 or something kind of quirky like that for those few days a week I don’t work from home or the winter weather days that are bicycling prohibitive.

4. If time, distance and money were not factors, how do you prefer to get from point A to point B?

Seriously, this bike is so much fun. It runs at about 33 – 34 MPH consistently on the Denver streets and has become my preferred ride (It is about a five minute longer commute than driving so not really much of a trade of.

5. What was your worst transit experience?

In Stuttgart, while in the Army i was pretty drunk downtown and while leaving a night club?I got on a train that was going the wrong direction from the barracks and ended up at the end of the line at about 3:00 am and ended up sleeping under a park bench in park in Germany not knowing how to speak or understand any German. Pretty much the worsr transit experience. Hell, I didn’t even get laid. i have had countless numbers of scary as hell winter mountain pass driving experiences but my lost on a Stuttgart train story still stays with me decades later.

The Friday Fives

1. What can you say in bed and also at the dentist?


2. What name would you give to your country if you had the chance?

From Groucho – Freedonia

3. What’s on top of your fridge right now?

A baking stone and some racks and cookie trays.

4. What perfectly normal words cause you to giggle like a five-year-old when you hear them?

Do do and head.

5. What was the most interesting thing you learned about your ancestors?/strong?

I once did a deep dive on, and no one in our family knew much about my maternal grandfather, so I traced his family way back to medieval Wales and was a flag bear for some king or prince (Probably Dafydd ap Gruffydd)

The Friday Five

1. What is your New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day tradition?

I am old. I don’t go out and revel in the New Year’s Eve. I leave that to the rookies. I watch the Rose Bowl parade with a glass of prosecco and make a big brunchy breakfast.

2. Do you make resolutions? If so, what is one you are going to focus on this year?

I am not a big resolutions person, but I intend to get on the exercise bike during these cold months to get in shape for my spring-fall bicycle commute and perhaps melt off an additional 15 lbs. The trick is to rise early in the morning and trot over to the gym in our complex when there are no crowds.

3. do you have any New Year’s memories as a kid?

Our town would open a fired hydrant flood the local city park, creating a skating rink and I remember many years of skating on New Year’s Day – I think it was my dad’s idea so he could sleep in after coming home late on New Year’s eve partying at the Elks Lodge.

4. It will soon be 2024 – what technology were we promised that never came to be?

I am still waiting for flying cars. My sister thinks it’s a bad idea as folks can’t drive as it is. And I also am waiting for the Star Trek transporter. That would be a huge game-changer.

5. It will soon be 2024 – what technology or trend just needs to go away?

Social influencers.