The Friday Fives

1. What is a movie that is good for watching only once?

Blair Witch Project. Spooky the first time but once you know the deal the movie is kind of ruined on rewatching.

2. What movie made you a permanent fan of an actor, and what actor?

Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia. I watched it in college in Boulder during a revival movie showing and instantly became a fan.

3. What’s that one song can you hear at the right moment that put you in a great mood?

the live version of Springsteen’s “Rosalita.” Makes me dance a little bit every single time.

4. What are some movies that still mess with your head?

Some day after yet another rewatch, I will actually understand “Conception.”

5. What’s a great song that contains lyrics about finding, looking, or searching for something?

Easy answer: U2s “Still haven’t found what I’m looking for” which I will often hum or whistle when I am looking for my keys and wallet if I have misplaced them.

The Friday Fives

1. What is the best book you have received as a gift?

As a boy, my parents bought a couple of sets of encyclopedias and I cherished those. I would sit and read those for hours.

2. What books are on your nightstand?

Not a lie. I have a book on ridding myself of clutter and a book about overcoming procrastination that I haven’t gotten around to reading.

3. What is the last great book you read?

I am currently reading a Russian satire classic – Moscow, 2042 that is pretty insightful on the world today but was written in the 1980s during the downfall of the Soviet system. It is hilarious.

4. Describe your best ideal reading experience.

Curled up in the corner of the couch with a cup of hot tea, rainy weather, and wrapped in a blanket and a good book on my Kindle.

5. What kind of reader were you as a child?

Voracious. I would read anything put in front of me. Cereal boxes, magazine ads, dictionaries, encyclopedias. I went to the library every week as a kid to get new books.

The Friday Fives

1. What is incorrectly perceived as a sign of intelligence?

Being Right handed. It ain’t true, people. There was a time when teachers, parents, and clergy used to force us lefties to move to the right and it messed folks up.

2. What ruins a cup of coffee?

Sugar and cream. Gross. You want to taste the coffee. Coffee is life!

3. What is your go-to drink to chill and enjoy at the end of a week?

Nicely crafted gin and tonic.

4. What is the best smell in the world?

Freshly roasted coffee; I am lucky enough to enjoy that small at my house a couple of times a week

5. What food do you swear people only pretend to like?

Kale. As a friend of mine summarized Kale use to be a condiment; smething used to decorate the salad bar. I am not a fan.

The Friday Fives

1. Did you catch COVID?

Remarkably, no I have not yet caught the bug. It is a wonder – going into the office nearly every day for 16 months in a call center full of young folks who I doubt were as inoculated with the vaccine as they should be.

2. If not, how, what did you do?

I generally stayed home and my life was work (with a masked and socially distanced) and didn’t eat out or go to shows or other stuff I would have done prior to the outbreak. I also have O-Positive blood which may be a contributing factor. And they say cannabis use has been an indicator to prevent users from catching it. I also take a Chinese herbal approach with doses of oregano oil capsules and Astragalus a couple of times a day (China studies show this is an effective preventative. ) Well, that all all the shots. So many shots.

Or, I was just lucky.

3. What is the future of COVID?

It is here forever. I think over the next five years we will continue to see sporadic seasonal outbreaks but by 2027 or so it will be like the flu – something to be aware of but not the grim reaper that it once was.

4. What is next for the superbugs?

We will continue to see odd and novel viruses pop up and it may be decades before something like COVID hits or it could hit again next week. I had a weird dream that all of North Korea died as the result of a superbug and we were all working to prevent it – and then, well, I woke up to go to the bathroom. I am pretty sure North Korea is still there.

5. It is supposed to be over, but do you still wear a mask, social distance, and stay at home?

I mask in big places like grocery stores and gatherings in unfamiliar places as well as places where still required like doctor’s offices. and I still stay home a lot more than I used to pre-COVID but I have always been a homebody.

The Friday Fives

1. Who’s a celebrity no one can hate?

The pat answer is Tom Hanks, but I am going with beloved national treasure Dick Van Dyke.

2. Music is my . . .

end-of-day decompression tonic

3. I remember radio when . . .

you would call into the request line. I guess that probably still exists and folks are now tweeting in their requests, but it isn’t the same ad dialing in and waiting on hold from that one phone in the kitchen with the long spiraled cord.

4. I bought … from the Columbia Music Record Club?

The Cars

5. What great life advice have you gotten from a song?

Don’t Talk To Strangers – Rick Springfield. Very apt advice for those riding any kind of public transportation.

The Friday Fives

1. Who is your favorite Muppet/Jim Henson character and why?

Kermit. How can it not be Kermit? It ain’t easy being green.

2. Ernie or Burt?

I always like Burt – better comedic timing.

3. Piggy or the Swedish Chef?

Chef- one makes the food. One eats the food. Go with the creative one.

4. Battlestar Gallactica or Pigs in Space?

Ha, funny. I think the special effects in Pigs in Space are better. Try this: Over on the Peacock app they have the original Battlestar Gallactica – man, that show does not hold up.

5. If Kermit was a famous fiction character, how would he be?

I always thought he would be a Raymond Chandler kind of character, like Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe.

The Friday Fives

1. What single ingredient will spoil an entire meal for you if it’s included?

Beef liver.  Actually, any organ meat.  I haven’t eaten mammals or birds for nearly a decade, but could probably be tempted for a beef burger or chicken  – but for the liver? Nope

2. What is a lot more dangerous than most people think?

Christian Dominionism.  via Wikipedia: a group of Christian political ideologies that seek to institute a nation that is governed by Christians and based on their understandings of biblical law

3. What movie did you see at way too young of an age?

Sabata with Yul Brenner.  A really violent spaghetti western.  My dad and I used to go to movie night a few times a month as a kid and he would haul me to inappropriate films, usually westerns.

4. What’s the best excuse for “Sorry I was late”?

“Sorry, I was late – the butt plug got lodged in too deep. Boy, did that take a bit. “

5. What is your go-to song to test a headphone or earbud’s quality?

Jorma Kaukonen’s “Blue Railroad track” If you can hear Bela Fleck’s fingers come of the neck of the banjo and feel the thump of the upright string bass you have some fine ear thingies.


The Friday Fives

1. What has been the greatest concert you’ve been to?

Springsteen at the Pepsi Center. We were in the pit, about the fourth or fifth row or so.

2. What’s in your pockets right now?

Wallet and favoritist ink pen.

3. What was normal when you were a teenager but rare or nonexistent now?

That telephone in the kitchen with that long twist corded handset that moms could rule the roost from their kitchen realm.

4. What’s the biggest band or artist you’ve seen in a small venue?

Lou Reed in a tiny cafe in Stuttgart.

5. Do you still have any old mix tapes lying around?

I don’t think so. I have a few mix CDs lying around I think, though.

The Friday Fives

1. What was normal in the 1990s but rare or nonexistent now?

Those little white caller id boxes that we attached to our home landline phones.

2. What food do most people think is healthy but is actually unhealthy?

Bagels. They are huge carb bombs – there are actually fewer calories and carbs in a donut.

3. What is something that is “not a cult” but seems like a cult?


4. How would you hide a body from the FBI ?

Bury in a library.

5. What modern-day practice/ belief is most likely to be considered barbaric and outdated in the future?

Male circumcision.

The Friday Fives

1.  What is a good Rock and Roll themed novel? 

I can’t think of a lot – the only one that really comes to mind is “Pinball” by Jerzy Kozinsky. A pop superstar lives a double life as some kind of classical musician and works hard to keep it secret. I read it decades ago so some of the details are fuzzy.

2.  What is the weirdest Rock and Roll star story?

I just discovered this one yesterday – Jim Sullivan who mysteriously disappeared in the New Mexico desert at the age of 34.

3. When did Rock and Roll really feed your soul for the first time? 

My childhood neighbor Paul was about seven or eight years older than me and I remember him playing me some Styxx back in the mid-1970s and realized that rock, rocked. We also had an album of 1950s-era rock and roll cover songs that I remember playing over and over and over again while a middle schooler.

4. What new music/musicians have you recently discovered?

Well, the musicians are new but the music is – I am really digging the new Wilco album. Very much a return to their alt-country kind of roots.

 5. What is the best music-based movie montage?

The drugged-out scene in “The Big Lebowski where The Dude is a bowling ball flying down the lane with “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by the New Edition.