Friday Fives – rich or famous?

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if you could design your life exactly how you’d like, how famous would you be?

“obscure famous”.  Like, any other band member of a stadium rock band who isn’t the singer.  Think of… say..  Tom Hamilton or Brad Whitford.  Know who those guys are?  They are in Aerosmith, and have been for 50 years.  They must be stupid rich, but totally anonymous.  They could even tell you who they were and it wouldn’t meant much.  I guess that is more rich than famous.  Yes, I agree with myself.  Would rather be rich than famous. ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard echo’d a similar thought.  He is, interestingly, the only guy in ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard.  Why not?  “so I can go out in peace.  Think those guys can go to a grocery store or walk down the street without being bothered?”

Here is a side story about that.  Years ago, before Drew Carey took over Price is Right… he was a touring comedian.  He had a very specific and iconic look.  He told a story about he dropped the glasses after having vision surgery.  He had also bleached his hair.  In short, he was unrecognizable as a celeb.  His insight from that was that “service sucks for non celebrities!”.  I like that.  See, when he said that, he isn’t rubbing in our face.  I read it as he was getting preferential service most places and didn’t realize it.  Until… he became invisible.

 The question to ask him now might be which he prefers.  Thing is, once again… he could be right behind you and you might not notice.  Here is how he looks today.  This is a look best laid out by Zach Galifinakis describing David Letterman’s new look.    Meth Santa Clause.

How often would you travel?

One week a quarter

How many people would live with you?

Just one, the wifey.  And whatever assorted animals.  Well… exactly what I am doing now, I guess.  With a bit more traveling.  And expensive traveling.  Driving anywhere is fine, and I still very much enjoy it.  But flying?  Would be only done private.  No more TSA, or having to take off my merkin, none of that.  The plane takes off when you get there.  You aren’t late, or early.

How often would you eat out at restaurants?

Hardly at all, just like now.  I love to cook.  I just might have better

What new hobby would you get into?

Knitting, of course.  Really, I don’t know.  More than likely, concentrate my time and energy (and money) on my existing hobbies:  guitars, brewing, volunteering.


Friday Fives – do I have to be the one who outs Q?

Where is the best local pizza?

Well, I am in the southern suburbs of Denver, CO.  not sure if Bon Appetit or Esquire has made it out to Parker, CO yet.  But, we have a terrific place that is delicious and (most importantly) locally owned.  Tonti’ pizza is the bomb.  And Chris (the owner, pizza maker, toilet washer, and all around wonderful guy) is there to greet you.

Is there any food better than pizza?  

Maybe ice cream.  Both are pretty much heaven.  Ok, since YOU asked, and unprompted by me… want to share my story of really local pizza.  In Italy.  Can I tell you I was rather disappointed by pizza in Italy?  Not surprisingly, proper Italian pizza has almost nothing to do with our pizza.  There, its bread.  First and foremost it is bread.  Then, they put in a little bit of olive oil, and a couple small lumps of cheese.  Note, it is quite good what they make… just don’t expect anything like what we know (lots of sauce, lots of cheese). pizza

Stop freaking out about what an American I am, and how I have no _______.   All true, by the way, I don’t.  What they serve is great!  Its just more like a bread treat than greasy indulgence.  Btw, ‘Greasy Indulgence’ is my stripper name.

Little food word etymology here. ‘pizza’ just means bread. What does pizza sound like? Pita. and a pita is Greek… which is a 2 hour boat ride away. As you may imagine, pita and pizza are the same word. Think how different they are, the foods. and how you see why the bread above looks so fucking sexy. Can tell that is some wood fired stove action. Once you realize the word pizza means ‘bread’ in Italy… you get a better feel for what they are making.

What is the best topping on pizza?

I can’t say the ‘best’, as this is all very subjective.  Here is what I ask for.  Trigger warning:  it involves pineapple.   My perfect pizza is pepperoni, pineapple, and green bell pepper.  That is often half the pizza.  The wifey likes olives and mushrooms… which is disgusting.  Btw, Italian food – in Italy – is amazing.  For one thing, its cheap.  Why?  The average dwelling is very small, cerainly in Rome.  So, folks tend not to have kitchens.  this means they have to basically eat out every meal.  Something else fun about eating in Italy… no matter where we went, we never saw salt, pepper, or any condiments on the table.  It was the same for local places as it was for clearly tourist places.  It was as if to say “fuck off.  don’t change it.  it doesn’t need salt or pepper or anything.  Just eat it!”

and they were right every time.  Over a week of having to eat out pretty much every meal, I never once wanted for salt or ketchup or whatever.  Best part of Italy?  They love coffee more than me.  They love coffee more than James Hoffman.  A day after I was back, I upgraded my coffee maker to an espresso maker.  I still have both, and use both every day.  Man, I could talk about Italy all day.  Thing is, no one has asked me.  and I was only there for a week.

What would be the worst pizza topping?

Olives.  I don’t see the value.  Like… I don’t like mushrooms… but I can see the value they add. It would not kill me to take a bit with a mushroom on it.

Whatever became of Pizxzagate?

You mean the actual theory Code Monkey (who is Q anon) put forth that super rich Democrats – led by Hillary Clinton – were hosting child sex parties in the basements of local pizza joints?  Believe it or not, turns out that is bullshit.  Sadly, some fucktard went into a place and shot it up, looking for the basement.  There was no basement.  People still believe this shit, too.  I recommend the HBO Max doc ‘Q, into the storm’.  It is where they out Ron Watkins, aka Code Monkey, aka Q – of being Q.  Actually, he kinda outs himself.  This is the man who is directly all the racist fucktards in the US.  Here you go, racists – here is your god.  This is Q.  Er… Q Anon.

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in the end of the doc, it is pretty clearly, and cleanly, laid out that Watkins is Q.  I was suspicious from the beginning.   Not for the obvious reasons… like that the whole doc is pretty much about him and his aesthetic freakshow of a father***.   No, I was suspicious because to me it was very clear early how careful and measured with his words he was.  I could tell he thought he was light years so much smarter than us (and he prolly is) that he was playing with us.  See a cat catch a real mouse?  They don’t kill them right off, at least not my cat.  They play with them as they kill them in a very serial killery way.  Ok, let me say this.  Dude above, let’s call him by his own preferred nomenclature – ‘Code Monkey’… I don’t think he really believes that Earth is run by billionaire devil worshiping Democrats who fuck little babies.  That is, btw, very seriously what Q followers believe.  AND… that Donald Trump is the only one who can save them.  Code Monkey/Q is clearly way too intelligent to actually believe that.  I kinda wonder if he is just playing everyone on the right like a game of Sims.

I could say a lot more about this doc, and how awesome and compelling it was.  I like this guy, Ron.  Seems smart and fascinating and hyper aware of things. Why he wants to point people to the right baffles me.  More concerning?  Why people on the right are all “I don’t trust Anything, or Anyone.  everyone is a liar.  Except… this one random dude on twitter who speaks cryptically about once a month.  Pretty sure he is the real deal.”  Again, I won’t say more out of fear of his minions.  BUT… can I at least make fun of his dad for a little bit?  Maybe this is all of us, and we show ourselves to the world.  This guy shows both.

This is the guy we meet at the beginning

Jim Watkins (businessman) - Wikipedia  Jim Watkins.  He, too, thinks he is playing us with his answers, but he is nowhere near as clever or deceitful as his son.  Some might say this guy was the original Q, and then it was taken over by his son.  I would be one of those some.  What happened to this guy?  He kinda went off the rails… at least aesthetically.

wait, there is more.  First, check out the half effort at a cartoon villain mustache.  Don’t worry, this isn’t the weirdest – 8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress - CNETNo sir, this is the weirdest.  He spikes his eyebrows in the manner of the cartoon villain.

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it’s a shame, you can’t tell from these stills, but he oiled up his eyebrows to point up and away.  You can see the product in them…  in the documentary.   Lastly, if you are a believer in all of this Q stuff, you are saying right now “that is just what they want you to believe.  It’s a false flag.  No, because they already tried that… pointing to Steve Bannon as the secret architect.  Ok, not going to say anymore before my identity gets erased.

Friday Fives – the ‘big clem’ lobby sneaks in

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What’s Something That You Can Say During Sex, But Also At A Job Interview?

Hope I didn’t come too early

What do you think won’t exist in 2030?

Brand new internal combustion cars for the general public.  I only drove an electric car once, it wasn’t exciting.  I am all for it.  There are variables, though, that we don’t have answers yet.  I am a truck guy, and I tow.  They promise about 300 miles a charge on most of these cars.  Do you know why they go for that number?  Just about every single car’s fuel tank is designed to give you 300 miles of driving.  That goes for pick up trucks, too.  Lots of trucks have extra big gas tanks.  So… with trucks.  I know that towing a horse trailer loaded with a couple of 1,400 horses is going to impact my distance.  Another thing… at 6200 feet… it is cold as shit in the winter.  Heat draws a TON of energy.  On a car as we know it today, that heat is already being made by the engine.  So, it doesn’t take energy to create heat for the cabin.  But batteries don’t run hot, they can’t.

I am NOT saying this is a reason to not get an electric truck.  I am quite excited for them.  I just know to wait a few years until this stuff is hashed out.  Do you know that you can power your house with the new Ford Lightning truck?  It is amazing.  Power goes out (and it does where we live, out in the county a bit down dirt roads) and you can just plug your house into the truck.  Brilliant!  But then you think (or… should be thinking)… sure why not?  It’s a big box of batteries.  You can do that with any electric car.  It would seem that way, but not so far.  So far, Ford is the first one to do it.  I have had a lot of pick up trucks- eight-ish.  These included a couple Ford F250 super duty diesels.  I ended up getting rid of them because of, ironically, electrical problems.  The Ford lightning is the first major truck to roll out.  It’s a 2022 model, so it should be showing up on lots now.  The Tesla truck is interesting, but not sure that will ever show.  They haven’t even made any yet.  They are looking to start production next year.  So, maybe in like 4 or 5 years?

While I am not a paid shill for Ford, and have mostly been talking complete shit against the American auto companies for my 18 years here… this truck excites me.  Want to show you a random video about it.  the word ‘frunk’ is now in your vocabulary.  Tell y’all what.  I would be a shill for Ford.  Send me one these and I will write all about it.  This is their chance to reach tens of readers they might not otherwise have.

What smell is the most nostalgic for you?

You know what I love the smell of?  Good pot.  Really good pot.  Here is why I tell you that, I don’t smoke the stuff.  Can’t stand it.  It has a very bad effect on me.  In high school and college, I think I was the only person alive who didn’t smoke.  But man, the smell of really good pot is just terrific.

Who is your favorite Clem?

I don’t know any Clems.  Do you?  I even tried to google ‘list of favorite Clems’.  Google was no help.  Then, I tried to re-word it and trick them.  How about ‘list of best Clems’.  Tried Bing, no help either.  I think we are looking at a blackout on Clems.  There is very clearly a large and powerful anti-Clem lobby.   Let’s turn this on the Clems.  What the fuck did you guys do to get blocked by Google and Bing?  It’s the first time they have agreed on anything.  Clems suck.  I think we can assume that.  With that same, its now mathematically impossible to pick a favorite Clem, for they are all aholes.

Where is the fifth question?

I don’t know.  You tell me.  I don’t write these questions.