1. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
Trust me on this – Pringles plain potato chips, and iceberg lettuce.
Take a leave of torn lettuce and put it between the Pringles chip for a tasty sandwich snack.
2. What social stigma does society need to get over?
Just let go of hatin’ on all the gays and the trans – how does any of that affect you?
3. What food have you never eaten but would really like to try?
Fugu fish which is lethally poisonous to humans due to its tetrodotoxin, meaning it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat. Maybe just a bite to ensure I don’t die.
4. What’s something you really resent paying for?
Our ridiculous complex policy charging a fee for concierge trash removal from our front door. I would applaud this if there were an ability to opt out or if I didn’t live on the first floor very near the dumpster – making the whole idea kind of ridiculous.
5. What would a world populated by clones of you be like?
A bit lazy but kind and compassionate with a flair for a zippy joke.
1. What’s the worst traffic jam you’ve ever been in?
It is likely a trip back from Fruita, CO, back home to Denver on i-70 on a Sunday afternoon during ski season – traffic backed up west of Silverthorne all the way through the tunnel down to Idaho Springs, inching along at 5 miles an hour. I had to make the trip. Parents are in Fruita, and work beckons. I usually try to plan these trips to return on a Tuesday morning which is usually a traffic joy, but there are times when you just have to bite the bullet and take the miserable version of the trip.
2. What’s your favorite thing to keep you going during traffic jams?
Music. Really loud music almost always works.
3. What is your opinion about honking your vehicle’s horn in traffic?
Only necessary for safety/emergency purposes. Anxious and in a hurry? Honking the horn will not help that.
4. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever witnessed while stuck in traffic?
I used to drive a few times a month from Gunnison, CO, up to Grand Junction for Army Reserves while in college, and invariably on the road north out of Montrose, I would see drivers reading newspapers and magazines placed on their steering wheels. It seemed like it was a thing.
5. What is a traffic sign that does not exist but should?
A series of reminder signs in safety yellow diamonds demonstrating how turn signals/lane change signals work.
The great part of birth on May 26 hovers near or lands on Memorial Day weekend. It is always a four-day weekend for me.
During the Star Wars era, Dad would load up the family car, and we headed to Denver to watch the original trilogy. I remember my birthday weekend in Denver watching Star Wars: A New Hope (However, it wasn’t referred to as New Hope yet.) We saw it at the Continental Theater on Hampden on the big 70 mm screen, and it was glorious.
2. You’re given a chance to irreversibly rewind time back to the date of your tenth birthday, but you need to decide within the next 30 seconds. Do you do it? Why or why not?
Oh, certainly. To relive the 70s and 80s all over again and be given a redo – absolutely sign me up.
3. What’s the worst birthday gift you ever got?
Nothing really comes to mind but probably from my grandma. She gave odd, overly practical, no-fun gifts.
4. When people sing happy birthday to you, what are you supposed to do?
I clap along, as it is probably uncomfortable for many other folks singing along.
5. You have the genie wish granted that allows you to fill the pinata with whatever you want – what is in the pinata?
Cash. Tons and tons of cash in large denominations.
This week we are leveraging the “Colbert Questionnert”
1. Best sammich? Lono will agree – Jerry’s Philly’s Cheesesteak joint down on Lincoln and Oswego. Now closed, but this man was indeed a sammich artist and had a love of crafting a perfect sammich in every bite. And he would talk and entertain as he made his hot beef and cheese concoction.
2. Apples or oranges? Default to apples, but I really like oranges, but they mess up my blood sugar.
3. First concert Stella Parton performed at the Ride ‘n Tie Days rodeo in Craig, Colorado, when I was about 9 years old.
As an adult – The Rolling Stones at Folsom Field in Boulder in 1981.
4. Ever asked someone for their autograph? Yes, Al Franken when he was visiting our building when I worked at a newspaper in Denver. He was a college friend of our building owner who also owned Journal Graphics that did transcriptions of CNN in the old days Al was studying the coverage of the O.J . trial and visited, and I had a chance to meet him and get an autograph.
5. What happens when we die? Worm food, then you turn into a dog.