The Friday Fives

  1. Without naming them, who is your favorite artist of all time?

“Chim Chim Chimery Chim Chim Cheri “

2. What movie scene did you literally cheer at?

When Rudy got to play in the game.

3. What character in The Breakfast Club did you relate to the most?

The crazy girl, Ally Sheedy probably although I was and remain quite nerdy so maybe Anthony Michael Hall

4. What album do you think you’ve owned the most copies of throughout all the different formats out there?

“Almost Blue” by Elvis Costello. I probably bought this thing about four or five times.

5. What song can’t you get enough of right now?

“My Funny Valentine” by Chet Baker.

The Friday Fives

1. What album would you consider to be a 10/10?

“The Rising” by Springsteen. The first time I heard was riding back to Denver from Gunnison/Blue Mesa Reservoir with Bernstein and I had tears in my eyes – it is so well done.

2. What is a misheard lyric that you prefer over the actual lyric?

“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight” by England Dan and John Ford Coley. There is a lyric where he sings “I won’t talk about movin’ in” But for years and years I heard “I won’t talk about the linens” which is so specific that it is cute and I kind of miss now knowing the real lyric.

3. Which musician’s passing affected you the most?

Tom Petty. I miss him.

4. That one song that comes on the radio and remember exactly what life was like when you first heard it.

Faithfully by Journey Such a high school weekend bus trip to some speech team event in the winter across the highways of western Colorado song of memories.

5. What’s a song that calms you?

Adagio For Strings by Samuel Barber

The Friday Fives

Friday fill-in:

1. I can’t get enough of ___.

Ted Lasso – this show is the sweet syrupy schmaltz that I need in these crazy times.

2. If only I had ___.

The winning lotto ticket for “Lucky For Life” yeah, sweet life it would be.

3. I want to listen to ___.

Some live electric Neil Young really really loud.

4. I have too much ___.

General stuff, mostly books. I need to wean the books and maybe drop off / donate books that I will never read again.

5. If only I could see ___.

Such an existential question. Perhaps historically it would have been a treat to see the signing of the Declaration of Independence or a Lincoln speech. Or the original seven wonders of the world.

The Friday Fives

1. My earliest reading memory:

Paging through the encyclopedias spread out on the floor of the living room. I would haul down many different volumes and just read away for hours and hours.

2. My favorite book growing up:

Curious George and also the Cowboy Sam series

3. The book that changed me as a teenager

I really dug two books that were above my age/reading level that really affected me. Vonnegut’s “Galapagos” the first of Kurt’s books I ever read. And “Logan’s Run” is exponentially better than the movie and very sexy and deeply philosophical.

4. The book I discovered later in life:

“Moby Dick” I read parts of Moby Dick and parts of Billy Budd is a survey of American literature class in college but never read the entire book until about six or seven years ago and have since read it twice. It truly is a remarkable book – give it a chance.

5. The book I am currently reading:

“Is Fat Bob Dead Yet” by Steven Dobbins. A fun murder mystery/caper story written by a poet – it has some wonderfully crafted sentences and descriptive scenes.

The Friday Fives

1. What are some of the best cartoons/TV shows you grew up watching?

I loved “Battlestar Gallactica” and “Space 1999” On the Roku channel you can watch Space. And it does not hold up! Not a good show.

2. What are some good YouTube channels to discover?

Letterman (!#!##!!) That right – World Wide Pants has an official YouTube channel of Dave’s stuff.

3. Who is an actor whose presence in a movie will make you not watch the movie?

Not specific by name, but no reality tv stars turned movie actor.

4. What movies from the past are completely ruined watching with today’s mindset?

I recently watched “The French Connection” considered one of the greatest movies of all time – but it does not hold up – very racist and bigoted characters and dialog.
5. What are you watching that you love and seems like no one else is watching it?

5. What are you watching that you love and seems like no one else is watching it?

Over on Amazon Prime, I really like “Bosch” but it seems like I am the only one I know who watches it. It’s forgivable as there is so much content nowadays. If you get the chance on AMC (Maybe available on Roku) is “Lodge 49” only two seasons but it is great, although it was canceled because I was the only one who watched it.

The Friday Fives

No theme random question shuffle:

1. If WW3 hits where is the safest place to ride this thing out?

I think we are pretty safe here in the good ol’ U.S. of A but let’s play this out and say we are a target of bombs as well – then my dudes, I am hauling my ass to South America – Uraguay or Argentina – give me the tropics and the beach to ride out the conflict.

2. What is your Spirit Animal and why do you believe it is so?

Baby elephants – those cute little puppies speak to me – they are so fun-loving and curious I am certain I was one in a different lifetime.

3. What new categories would you add to the Oscars to make them more entertaining?

I think the Academy should buy out the Razzies and include those categories that give awards of the worst of the worst of that year’s cinema and put those awards on the same stage as Oscar.

4. What foods have the worst “hangovers”?

Bagels for me. Those things are so heavy in carbohydrates – they crank my blood sugar so high – but a good bagel and an ample smear of cream cheese – oh, man – that is hard not to have two of.

5. What was the first video game you ever played?

Pong – the old standby – played at Harold Hoffman’s house up at the top of the hill on Legion street on one cold Christmas holiday evening. I have a deep and distinct memory of it. The Pong machine by Atari was a magical mesmerizing thing.

The Friday Fives

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

Vanilla Cream. But over at there are cereal milk scented candles and I think I am going to need some of that.

2. Do you have an artistic or crafty hobby? What is it?

I really enjoy baking bread and no-knead sourdough bread is my jam! I also like to make jam but that Is a lot of work.

3. What’s one weird way you save money on food?

My answer is more of the opposite. I have adopted my friend Kat’s method of ordering take or to-go boxes from restaurants, then storing the leftovers in the fridge and throwing them away two weeks later.

4. Do you collect anything weird or unusual?

Aside from the all too familiar North Korean porn, no. Not officially but I have way too many Bluetooth headphones and earbuds.

5. Do you fear the deep ocean, or does its unknown depths excite you?

It excites me. I have very fond memories of my youth watching “The Undersea Adventures of Jacques Costea. I spent many hours imagining myself aboard “The Calypso.”

The Friday Fives

1. What is the most bizarre thing you have ever seen while taking a walk?

Walking along the Cherry Creek trail I have stumbled on things – perhaps the most bizarre was a house near the trail at this house there was this front door that was just wide open – all the time, day after day after day. And people were just walking by, unalarmed. No sign of vacancy, no sign of crime but the door, it was always open at any given time of the day or evening. I never went at the black of the night but have walked by in the early mornings and in the late evenings – the door – open. Then one day – it was just closed and back to normal. Just odd.

2. What is the last thing you want to hear from a pilot?

“Hey, what does this switch do?”

3. Have you had a paranormal experience that you just can’t explain?

“I haven’t seen ghosts or anything like that but I have had some pretty eerie dreams that have foretold my future – kind of a deja vu moment when you are at work, for instance, and definitely remember having the conversation you had before except it was in a dream, in the past.

4. What is a luxury in one country, but a common item in another?

It has been a while since I was in Germany, but I do recall how rare Ice was.
American’s love their ice and in Europe, it is so rare to get a beverage with ice. Even cocktails are usually served “up” unless specifically ask for it.

5. Take a spin on the Wikipedia random article generator. Where did you land?

Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person looter shooter video game franchise set in a space western science fantasy setting, created by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games for multiple platforms.

Not really up my alley, I am not much of a gamer, but not as random of a link as I perhaps could have imagined.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that” condition?

Pay your mortgage.

2. What’s something from your childhood that you still have?

I still have a lot of my old boy scout stuff – patches, badges, uniforms, my beloved compass.

3. You woke up and today’s date is January 1st, 2000. What’s the first thing you will do?

Buy some houses and property in Denver – way before the boom and bust and then just do whatever it takes to hold on just before the real estate bust and sell out quickly.

4. If fast-food workers are described as burger flippers, how would you describe your job?


5. If you had the option to bang any fictional character of your choice who would you pick?

Jessica Rabbit.

The Friday Fives

1. What’s your favorite word?

Friday! Just kidding. A favorite – hmm a very difficult choice. Of the words I use often it would be the simple, lovely, ambidextrous “fuck. ” It’s a noun; it’s a verb; it’s an adjective. It really does it all.

2. What is your least favorite word?

Irregardless. It is indeed a word, look it up. But it is so unnecessary. Regardless does the exact same thing.

3. Do you have a nifty grammar punctuation rule that makes you feel smart every time you get to apply it?

Two tricks. One is a nifty spelling rule – there is a “rat” in separate. And I adore the semicolon to get around the vicious comma splice that could plague so many college papers.

4. If you could change one grammar rule what would it be?

See above – quit being such a blue-nose about commas and the comma splice. Faulkner, Joyce, Rushdie they do/did it all the time and they turned out okay.

5. What common grammar mistake annoys you the most?

The use of the possessive apostrophe in third person use. Especially your vs you’re. (and while we are on the topic: their, and they’re, and there) Typos I regretfully can overlook but when these example are over-used consistently incorrectly it gives me concern. I blame autocorrect and using mobile devices to communicate and defaulting to shortcuts and abbreviations for so many woes that translate poorly when someone tries to communicate formally. I had an employee who never used the word “because” correctly in emails and instead would use “cause” in its place (not the colloquial “cuz” which I still don’t care for). I could never never break her of that habit.