The Friday Fives

1. Who was the best drunk/alcoholic character in a TV show/Movie?

Dudley Moore as Arthur. Hands down

2. You go up to a bartender and tell him: “Make me a 2022”. What drink does he make?

A Negroni.

(I recently had one of these newly hip cocktails, and it is delightful. )

The classic Negroni:

1 ounce gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce Campari
Orange twist or slice for garnish

Place ice, gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari in a shaker and give a good shake for 10 – 20 seconds and pour into a rocks glass and garnish with the orange twist.

3. What is your favorite holiday season cocktail?

An ice-cold gin martini with a stuffed olive.

4. Do you have a fancy show-off cocktail?

See above. When done correctly, there is a very, very thick layer of ice on top, and the cocktail glass becomes frosted. (Shaken, not stirred to get it especially cold. )
7 parts gin to one short part of dry vermouth and a 30- 45 second shake.

5. What is the best drunk/alcoholic/booze-themed song?

Bloody Mary Morning by Willie Nelson but best covered by the Yonder Mountain String Band.

The Friday Fives

1. What’s an album/music you couldn’t live without?

Mandy Patinkin. Sometimes I just need to hear “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

2. You’re starting a band in the morning. What’s your band name?

Coffee burst

3. What song has just a terrific start to it?

Van Morrison’s Domino

4. Without naming it, what’s special about the city you’re in?

Casa Bonita (reopening soon?)

5. What’s something you memorized in school that you still remember today?

The Pledge of Allegiance. I haven’t recited it in decades, but I can totally do it from rote to this day.

The Friday Fives

1. What jobs/careers are on the verge of extinction?

Public transit drivers and truck drivers. We are about five to eight years out from safe, effective auto-driving vehicles.

2. How do you find your phone other than calling it and retracing steps?

Google/Android has a great Find my Phone App that runs off a browser or tablet and rings the phone even if it is set on vibrate or silent. It works great. I left my phone once in a Uber and use the app to call, and the driver found it, answered, and brought it to me. He got a big tip!

3. What is something you buy that MUST be a brand name?

Heinze Ketchup. I have tried others, but they do it right at Heinze.

4. What’s a movie that can be identified by one quote?

Here’s looking’ at you, kid. (“Casablanca”)

5. What was the toy you wanted as a kid but never got?

Legos. My parents would pony up for them. Back in the middle 60s and early 70s, these now ubiquitous toys were hard to find and expensive in rural Colorado.

The Friday Fives

1. What would you do as a cat?

I get jealous of cats. Sleeping, peeing, pooping and eating. That’s their job. That’s it. Everything else is just extra. Punching in for overtime. As a cat I would do just that and really dig in and embrace the sleep.

2. What started as a joke, but people take it way too seriously today?

Flat Earthers. The evidence is overwhelming and obvious and known to mankind for thousands of years – the Earth is round. But some smart-ass started a pseudo conspiracy, and some folks have eaten it up, and the next thing you know, we have Qanon, and now everything – every single thing is a conspiracy. Folks have taken flat earthing way too seriously, and it has metastasized and bloomed, and now we are all doomed.

3. What is the greatest invention of all time?

The clock. The mechanical clock. An amazing feat of engineering and beauty.

4. What are your thoughts on frogs?

I really don’t think of them much, and that is probably a shame. Like the humble bumble bee, they play an important environmental role, and we should probably work to give them any helping hands we can.

5. What’s a sound or noise growing up that you don’t hear anymore?

The family landline telephone in the kitchen ringing.

5-hand Pincochle

In my early college years, I got hooked on playing pinochle. Our version, played as a freshman in the dorms, was a simple single-deck game, and we played it nightly. I had a job working the security/front desk overnights in the dorm, and my floor mates would gather each evening, and we set up a tv in the lobby to watch Star Trek and Late Nite with David Letterman each night and played cards. They would usually stay up and play cards and watch the television until about 2 am.

My new obsession is 5-handed double deck pinochle that I hope to play when I go home for Thanksgiving this year.

5-handed pinochle
Several generations ago, my family invented a version of pinochle that allows five players to play and is won individually (not as a team). I think it speaks to our competitive nature that this is one of our favorite card games whenever we get at least five family members together.

At a family reunion this summer, I played it a bit and decided to write down the rules so I don’t forget the next time I play… one time, we tried to remember them after a long break, and we got it all wrong.

I still remember very distinctly the summer I learned to play this game. My cousin and great-aunt were visiting from the East Coast. After learning the rules and such, we started getting competitive. I remember being dealt an outstanding hand, outbidding my great-aunt (who was a legendary high bidder) with a bid of 72… and I managed to make it. It was a high point of my adolescence, for sure.

Hopefully, this version of the game is as cutthroat as it reads on the page We shall see. (Also, this seems worth a look)