Friday Fives

Friday Fives

1. How are your map reading skills. What is your favorite “Road trip” memory.?
I have pretty good map reading skills. I am an Eagle Scout, for crying out loud. Factor in my Army time and the few hikes I took to the hills as a boy and as a college student and I am confident that given a map and a compass, I can find my way home. However, it is always important to remember to keep the mountains to the west and know that on the west side of the great divide, rivers and streams run to the west. On the east side, it is just the opposite. But there is a place over in Clear Creek County where the river runs West and it really should run East. So just go figure. A fav road trip? It would have be the trip we took in the Army from Germany to London in a jeep. We got lost in Luxemborg, fell asleep on the Channel Ferry and nearly forgot to get out of the car and we had so little time that the site seeing tour of London lasted about two hours. Crazy, crazy trip.

2. Have you ever shoplifted?
Yes, I admit it. As a teen I used to “take” things out of Kmart. It was the easiest store in the world to rip off. A small town with a quaint naivete, they had no idea they were supplying me with a few cassettes and magazines. This didn’t last long. I wasn’t a career criminal or anything like that. It was over the course of about three weeks one summer. And eventually I had convinced myself that the entire world was on to me, that everyone knew I was a crook. It was against everything I was taught (did I mention I am an Eagle Scout?) Also, I have been known to take a glass or mug or two from a bar. That is probably shoftlifting as well.

3. What is your first thought in your head in the morning? What was your last thought last night?
First thought? “Cat, stop playing with my toes!” This happens EVERY morning around 3:30 a.m. Last thought? “What would I do with my lottery winnings?” A lottery ticket is a ticket to dream. And baby I have spent that fortune in my head on several different occassions.

4. What was your favorite children’s television show? What is it now (children’s show, that is.)
Favorite as a child: A tie between Zoom and The Big Blue Marble on PBS. Now: A tie between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Daria, both showing on Ngn.

5. What’s your zodiac sign? What year in the Chinese calendar were you born? Do you put stock in any of this?
I am a Gemini. Those that follow the stars tell me I am pretty textbook Gemini:
“Gemini is communicative, versatile, can be talkative, and is very curious. Curious, curious, curious… I?ll say it one more time – curious. Gemini energy loves to know how things work. And Gemini energy thrives on knowing what makes other people tick. And when curiosity gets the better of Gemini energy, Gemini may even say scandalous, shocking things or perform outrageous acts for no other purpose or reason than Gemini was “curious” and wanted to see what would happen. Gemini enjoys knowing a little about everything, and Gemini can be the penultimate “jack of all trades, master of none…” Now, of course, I also know that Gemini can get a bit upset over this notoriety and their alleged expertise in skimming the surface of subjects. But tell the truth… We both know it?s a reputation which has been honestly earned (don?t we, Gemini)? C’mon, you can’t kid a kidder! And one more important thing to know about Gemini… Hermes (Mercury, the ruler of Gemini), by some accounts, was the god who originally owned and wore the “Helmet of Invisibility.” This Helmet happens to be the very same Helmet of Invisibility more typically associated with the hidden god of the underworld Hades (Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio). Apparently Hades was merely borrowing the helmet from Hermes. So Mercury (the ruler of Gemini), like Pluto, revels in (and loves) working silently, invisibly behind the scenes. So, while Scorpio is the sign most notorious for being secretive, Gemini is certainly no slacker in the area of being secretive and keeping things under their hat.

I was born in the year of the Dragon:
“1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000: People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust. Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac. They neither borrow money nor make flowery speeches, but they tend to be soft-hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them. They are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters. ”

Yep, that’s pretty much me as well.

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1. Where are you right now? Weather? Temperature?.
At work in the Inverness Tech Center in beautiful scenic Englewood, CO. Snowing and rain. 30 degrees.

2. What have you lost recently? What were the consequences?
The most recent “lost” item, as in never to be seen again, is a pair of glasses. I had them in a case and was walking to my car. They were my spare pair while my “good” lenses were getting fixed at the opticians. I ended up having to wear an old pair for about a week. Kind of a bummer. The glasses were an old prescription but the sunglasses were a current prescription and it was a bit tiring on the eyes.

3. What was the first CD you ever purchased? Does that embarrass you now?
The first CD was “Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen. Followed a replacement CD, “Synchronicity” by The Police.

4. Fountain or Ball Point?
Pilot P-700 .07 Ink Gell rolling writer. A great, great pen and cheap. You can usually buy a dozen or so at Office Max or Costco for about 4 bucks.

5. Crest or Colgate?
Crest. Although I recently switched to the Crest orange flavored toothpaste. It is disappointing. Sure, it tastes great but it doesn’t have that “slap-your-ass-and-wake-up” effect of traditional flavored toothpaste.

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1. What do you do for a living?
I am a “Fraud Specialist” at Nextel. Basically, I look at a few accounts everyday and determine if they were set up using fraudulent credit. I basically follow our sales force around the database and undue what they have done because they are working so hard to get a commission that they cut corners. But I also work on issues of identity theft and account hijacking and adjust charges/deactivate accounts were invalid charges have occurred.

2. What do you like most about your job?
I am generally do a good thing and am actually contributing to some good in the world. It is a laid back department with smart people and a very generous corporation.

3. What do you like least about your job?
When I close one of our tickets wrong, I know I will get dinged the next day and it irritates me that I can let little things like that slip by.

4. When you have a bad day at work it’s usually because _____…
I am unable to fulfill God’s glory and message while pinned in my cube.

5. What other career(s) are you interested in?
Porn. *

*(see the dichotomy between 4 and 5? That is a joke, you see. We built the foundation in the joke in number 4 when I made up the crap about Jesus and then slammed the joke home, (in the humor parlance, “the hammer”) by going the other way – again in the world of humor writing a misdirection – by tossing in the porn reference.)

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1. What’s your favorite animal?
It used to be dogs. And it used to be a Scottish terrier, most importantly, Whiskey, the wonder dog, the most brilliant and talented dog that ever lived. If I ever get an other dog, it will probably be a Scotty. But a few year’s back, a few very dear friends got me a cat. Brando, the wonder cat, the most brilliant and talented cat that ever lived. Cats are certainly moving up on my list. However not just any cat. Brando, the wonder cat, the most brilliant and talented cat that ever lived is a very cool, suave cat. He is part puppy and part puma. Some cats, they just swing that way, babe.

2. What pets have you had in your lifetime?
Well, there are the two listed above, primarily. Family pets included a Spitz dog named Gigi. And there was a Rat terrier named Abigail and my sister’s first dog, Molly, a dim brained Labrador/Golden Retriever mix. There was Mom’s cat, Olivia. And another family dog, Rudy that I barely remember at all. Dad was a sucker for stray dogs and was known to bring a few home from time to time until an owner could be found.

3. Is there any specific pet that you’ve wanted but never had? Why?
Monkey! Need I say more. We used to have a cousin who lived in Denver and he was famous to us as children because he had a pet chimp. That’s right a chimpanzee – and part of the family. Honestly, I would dig having a chimp. I also want a real tall and smart standard poodle. They are cool dogs.

4. Are you allergic to any animals?
I am pretty sure I am allergic to gerbils/hamsters. I had a roommate in college who had a gerbil/hamster (Is there really any difference) And that was only time I broke out, head to toe in hives and was painfully sick with an allergic reaction. I am certain it was those vermin pets.

5. Do you have any ‘pet’ pet peeves (your pets or others’)?
Not using your signal in traffic, primary pet peeve. Having a set opinion and unwavering in the ability to change your mood/opinion – pet peeve number two. Rats, snakes, gerbil/hamster/chinchilla/guinea pigs, most birds, ferrets/minks, pigs – these are not pets and in most case they would be soup. Pet peeve three: Owning any of the above animals and calling them pets. It ain’t right.

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1. What was your first job?
I was a diswasher/dining room buser at an old folks home. I was 15 years old and looking right into the eye of aging, alzheimer’s and death. As a first job it really grounded me. I would be playing checkers with some charming old man one day and come in to work the next and that same guy had a stroke the night before and was very much a changed man. I remember finding a set of teeth in the soup bowls and often had to break up a few fights at the table as the old folks would bicker with each other over the condiments.

2. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
The real kiss, with fireworks and everything I was 16 on a high school band trip one summer. We were in Portland, OR for their annual Rose Festival and I met a girl. The rest of the story has been related in thousands of teen angst rock songs.

3. What was your first car? What happened to it?
It was a family hand-me-down. A 1968 Ford Galaxy Custom 500 with a standard “three on the tree” transmission. Fun to drive. It was eventually passed on to some cousins as their childs’ first car – or something like that.

4. What was your first concert?
The Rolling Stones, 1981, Folsum Field, Boulder, Colorado, Tatoo You tour.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend?
A movie tonight and some beers with friends after work. Sunday is the weekly Soprano’s potluck and food/wine fest. Saturday is still wide open.

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When was the last time you…

1. …sent a handwritten letter?
It has been a long time, probably three or four years.

2. …baked something from scratch or made something by hand?
I bake bread quite often and make an amazing French baguette. It is on the list of things to do this weekend as a matter of fact. The last time was probably about three months ago, however.

3. …camped in a tent?
It has been years, although I take a trip with some college friends each year and instead of a tent, I generally sleep under the stars. The last trip, I slept on the trampoline deck of a catamaran.

4. …volunteered your time to church, school, or community?
This week’s questions have driven home the fact that I am a selfish bastard. Okay! You have made your point. I should do more for other people. Now get off my back.

5. …helped a stranger?
I try to always help the little old ladies in the grocery store reach for stuff. About two weeks ago I gave a lady a jump start in the parking lot of the grocery store.

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If you…
1. …owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?
Probably Mexican or maybe a coffee shop with a good, decent cuppa Joe.

2. …owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?
Books. Used books and maybe used records/music.

3. …wrote a book, what genre would it be?
A humorous detective/thriller novel.

4. …ran a school, what would you teach?
English and Linguistics with a special course of Common Sense!

5. …recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?
Dirty, Missisippi Acoustic Blues.

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1. What was the last song you heard?
With Love From Me To You by The Beatles.

2. What were the last two movies you saw?
American Splendor (on DVD) and Mystic River (at the theater.)

3. What were the last three things you purchased?
Razor blades, shaving cream, a Sante Fe chicken wrap sandwich.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?
Watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade, wash some laundry, work out, cook Sunday dinner before watching the Sopranos, finalize my income taxes (sigh!)

5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
Sara G., William B., Kevin L., Isela L., Caia S.

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What was…

1. …your first grade teacher’s name?
Mrs. Beaver (If memory serves, a living saint.)

2. …your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?
Hong Kong Fuey (Go Scatman, go. He’s a dog, he’s a janitor, he is a crime fighting martial arts expert. What is not to love!)

3. …the name of your very first best friend?
Clancy Kingsbury. Now, that is a great name! He still lives in Rapid City, SD.

4. …your favorite breakfast cereal?
Frosted Lucky Charms. “They’re magically delicious.”

5. …your favorite thing to do after school?
Everyday, I would watch Star Trek and the Big Valley reruns on Denver Channel 2 then run outside and reenact the episodes with the neighbor kids.

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1. What’s the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
Las Vegas? Craig? The Wyoming/Colorado border at Baggs, Wyoming?

2. What’s the most bizarre/unusual thing that’s ever happened to you while traveling?
Getting really drunk, I mean like drunken soldiers drunk (in fact we were drunken soldiers!) while driving in a Jeep CJ7 across Europe and getting lost, I mean really lost. Bat shit lost in the tiny European country of Luxembourg. We were trying to get to Paris for the very famous Paris Airshow but kept taking wrong turns. So many wrong turns. And the beer was running out. And good German beer. We picked up cases of it at the brewery in Stuttgart and needed that beer to make the voyage. If the beer didn’t hold out – oh Lord! Eventually we found the interstate and got to Paris but a five hour detour in the thick of night in a country whose native language is still largely unknown (German? French? Flemish? Luxembourg-ese?), well, that is a fright. But then again, we were very drunk.

3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
Finland, in the spring, just after the long nights, as the sun is just beginning to creep up and stay up all day and the snow filled horizon is glowing with blue and I have some friends, some music and some vodka and quiet.

4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
Plane ( I love airports! and taking off!), then train (I love the whole Agatha Christie aspect of train travel, especially in Europe.) then car. The first five or so hours of good old fashioned road trip are great and full of fun energy. Then the boredom and the responsibility of the whole event sit in and I just sit behind the wheel and stew with a grimace.

5. What’s the next place on your list to visit?
New Orleans.

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