Friday Fives – a very random mix

2. What one sentence would you say during a job interview to completely bomb it?*

Can I bring my friend in?  Someone asked me that once.  Oh, and another kid wore a baseball cap.  Oh… and what about me?  The question was about me.  Well, I interviewed for Avis… or some rental car company.  I don’t even remember who they were, just that they weren’t Hertz.  See, during the interview, I said ‘Hertz’ three different times.  Not comparing them to Hertz… but saying things like “Hertz is a great organization, and I would be a great addition to the team.  Hertz is where I belong.”  It went on like that for sometime.

What is kinda silly and sad is aside from that, I nailed the interview.  I was likable and engaging and charismatic and articulate.  I just kept referencing the wrong company.  That is some freudian shit, there, bubba.

3. When is the worst time to say/think “Eh, I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

low on gas driving through New Mexico.  We drive through New Mexico a LOT.  Our fam is in Az, so we have to get through New Mexico to get there.  There are stretches of high desert where there is no people or towns or gas stations for 3 hour stretches.  So, it feels desolate and just waiting for vultures.  On top of that, it is an incredibly poor state.  Just depressing and sad and hot and poor.  So, if we did break down, and there was a person nearby, I fear they would be there to rape and murder us.  Yes, that is my feelings on New Mexico.

On the up side, and to be nicer; if you are traveling at a high rate of speed in a very safe car, through New Mexico, it is a beautiful state.  The geography is just stunning, like everything in the South West.  Just don’t stop, or you will be eaten by a homeless hobo.  Now, is that to say everyone in New Mexico is homeless hobo?  Yeah.  Pretty much.

4. What’s the most useful thing you own that costs under $10?

knives.  I have tons of knives.  At all times, I usually have at least 2 knives on me (keychain and leatherman).  They are just incredibly useful.  Also, this thing.  I think it is for bread, or maybe pie crust… but I use this thing every night when I am cooking.  If you cook at all, do yourself a favor and get one of these things.  It took me a LONG time to google this.  scoopy thing?  bread dough cutter?

5. Who do you think is the best songwriter who’s currently alive?

Paul Simon.  I know this is cheating, I am referencing myself again.  I wrote this for Blogcritics back in 2007.  Now, this is tough because Paul McCartney is still alive.

1. Have you ever met a stranger, who you never saw again, that you still think about on occasion?

yes.  I was at a Grateful Dead show long long ago.  Probably 20 years ago.  I was in quite a state of euphoria, confusion, apprehension.  I was just a bundle of nerves, like most of the other people at the show, it being a Dead show.  Read between the lines here*, people.  Anyhow, I saw this guy about 20 feet away.  It was a big black guy with dreads.  He looked so peaceful and dialed in.  Whatever he took is most definitely not whatever I took.  he exuded peace and serenity.  I so badly wanted to connect with that guy.  Just to get in his head and be in the peaceful space he was in.  He saw this, and somehow picked up on this.  He smiled and walked over.  He put his hand on my shoulder, just in passing.  He seemed to gesture to me with that pat on the shoulder ‘it’s alright man.  don’t worry so much. everything will be fine.  Just breathe and relax, man.’  Anyhow, that was my take away, and it worked.  After that, I was all better.  It was likely all in my head.

Still though, that guy picked up on my need for a connection and granted it.  I am super appreciative of that nice stranger at the Dead show.  Probably wouldn’t be tough to track down.  Even though there were 60,000 people there (they only played football stadiums, and sold every one of them out), that guy was likely the only black guy for miles.


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