Friday, June 30, 2023

Friday 5 for June 30: It’s a good time for the great taste.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. What lies somewhere Beyond the Sea?

From Hawaii: California, Oregon, Washington and many other states to the East of there.

2.When and where did you last have a Splish Splash?

I spilled some water a few weeks ago at home which I had to wipe off the floor and the counter top.

3. What do you do Early in the Morning?

Open my eyes. Get out of bed. Go to the bathroom. More stuff afterward but it varies.

4. Who is your Dream Lover?

None of them would love me, so names are not worth mentioning.

5. What proves You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby?

My mother and father did not put me up for adoption. 😀😯

Friday, June 23, 2023

Friday 5 for June 23: Be curious, not judgmental

From Scrivener: "Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5!" 

"Questions inspired by a favorite show you don’t have to have seen. 🙂"

Yep, probably some TV show I never saw.

1. How do you feel about (or what do you think of) soccer, the sport known everywhere but in the U.S. as football?

Soccer makes big money for the TV networks all across the world, especially during the FIFA World Cup which they all vie for every four years. The fervor for Soccer in some countries is so great that it is also a security risk at some locations with fans creating riots and other mayhem. 

I am happy that American football is a huge success in the USA and continues to be so. What I like best about American football is that it never uses the metric system and keeps our English based inches, feet and yards popularly intact. Damn the rest of the world and their metric system. I can't visualize it. Thanks to football, I can visualize a foot, yard or even a mile (more credit for that goes to speedometers). I can't visualize metrics.

I am not a sports fan, but will watch a game once in a while when there is some interest. Sports TV is very expensive. Cable TV companies so far have sports fans locked into their live sports feeds. Over time this will change as streaming services land more and more contracts from professional and collegiate sport programs. Many are going to streaming where there are better options in terms of consumer choice and cost over cable TV bundles.

Here's a fun music video that promoted the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Africa. The song is called "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" by Colombian born singer Shakira.

2. What have you been forgiven for?

Can't remember anything recent or specific on this.

3. Who is the most joyful person you know?

Lisa when she is happy.

4. When were you most recently a fish out of water?

I try not to put myself in unfamiliar situations, which means I mostly play it safe. That said, I can't recall the last time I felt out of place... maybe very long ago when I first worked at the Hawaii State Legislature... way back in 1998... I guess everyone is a newbie at some job or another.

5. Under which circumstances are you the best version of yourself?

My best guess is when I am talking to people about old music, records and the top 40 charts of the 1960s to the 1980s. I was a big fan of the old Casey Kasem "American Top 40" radio show from back then.

Friday, June 9, 2023

Friday 5 for June 9: Themeless

 The following is from Scrivner's Friday 5 website:

1. What did you most recent affix a sticker to, and what was the sticker?

Coming real soon, registration sticker on our car bumper. 6/24.

2. What are your favorite and least favorite songs about weather?

Favorite songs about the weather:

  • Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
  • Rain - The Beatles
  • Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sunshine Superman - Donovan

Worst songs about the weather:

  • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head - B.J. Thomas
  • It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  • Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  • I Made It Through the Rain - Barry Manilow
  • Blame it on the Rain - Milli Vanilli

3. What turned out to be a good idea(s)?

1. Electricity! - Best idea ever. Thank you Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, etc. Electricity helped us to become a highly industrial and technological society.

2. Recorded Music - Yes from the first wax cylinder through the years of AM/FM radio, phonograph records, reel to reel tapes, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs, MP3s, AAC,  digital downloads and streaming music and video... All of these made my life on Earth mostly pleasant.

3. Motorized Vehicles of all types. Cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, etc. have mostly been beneficial to my life as well as the lives of many others.

4. High Speed Communication - From the telegraph, through landline telephones, cell phones, smart phones, computers, email, the internet and more. What would life be without these?

4. Which errands should you probably run this weekend?

I need to deposit a check I got in the mail.

5. What are your feelings about yogurt?

I like yogurt, especially strawberry and lemon lime flavors. Often yogurt is too expensive.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Friday 5 for June 2: Do you feel a draft?

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1. Where do you frequently go for a breath of fresh air?

Outside of my building, sometimes to the beach.

2. In what way are you running against the wind?

Many times and also when I listen to this Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band song:

3. What item on your to-do list this weekend do you expect to be a breeze?

Sleeping usually is.

4. What would you like to have completed by the end of August?

Some reconfiguration of my living space.

5. What recent events in your life are worthiest of trumpeting?

Being a person that prefers not to be in the limelight, I can't think of anything recent worth "trumpeting". Long long ago I used to play trumpet in high school band. That was ages ago... what I got out of that is the ability to read music on the treble clef... whoopie.

I think my birth was a big thing that my parents were excited about. I don't remember that but I have seen old pictures. Other life events celebrated by parents included birthdays, graduation from high school and college... other than that, nothing else.

I don't celebrate birthdays anymore. When you get old you kind of stop counting... and with all this social media crap, I avoid any active celebration of anything. I don't like having my photo spread out on social media. There is the high possibility that your photos can be used my nefarious players online, intent on stealing your identity and doing other evil things.