I just spent a deeply life-affirming hour on my favorite blog and upon exiting Jason Kottke’s site I had an idea:
I’ve always loved the idea of “The Fives”.
Also, even though none of you would ever be able to trace the thread all the way back, I first fell in love with the idea of a Top 5 from the Crailtap skate blog where some of my favorite skaters would give their Top 5 on the most random bouquet of topics.
Okay, so now that we’ve quoted our sources, let’s fast forward to the years that I hosted Soundwaves Radio where Top 5 list videos for our YouTube channel were one of our staples and one of the funnest way to have listeners feel more connected to these folk that were friends of mine and now friends of theirs.
Then I did a “Gimme 5!” interview with my brother Sake Uno that I enjoyed the heck out of but then Covid hit in full swing and people that were working on their Gimme 5 segments were like:
Aye bruh, this year is pretty fucked….can we revisit this another time?– The Homies (in different variations, but all pretty much sharing the same sentiment which I had to agree with)
So here we are…at the start of 2021, I beat the motherfucking Rona with my Pokemon bride Cecilia, and I just feel so much more appreciative for all the quirky little corners of life, man.
The crust of a pizza.
French fry crumbs.
Those little almonds covered in chocolate from Trader Joe’s.
I realize that I’ve only named food items so far, but fuck it, man….when I had the Rona, I didn’t want to even see any food besides the wonderful soups that Cil’s sister Jasmine and her momma Jesse blessed us with. But now that we’re doing way better (got the Rona from an irresponsible co-worker on 12/7, terrible symptoms 12/10 – 12/24, woke up on 1/1 for the first time with zero cough) I just want to eat it up.
Life. Food. Music. Sunsets that I used to take for granted.
And whenever we’re able to touch hands again, I’m dapping EVERYONE the fuck up.
Full-on hugs. Homie hugs. Kid-and-Play dance hugs. All that shit.
But for now, I’ll rock with long-distance high fives. Because you can hit a distance high-five from like as close as 6 feet but even as far as like 100 feet.
So I’ll get it started here…put your hand up, and let me give you five…in no particular order, here are the five things I’m most grateful for today:
- FRESH CHICKEN McNUGGETS
- MY SAUCEMOTO DIP CUPS THAT JUST ARRIVED FROM AMAZON THAT I’M LOOKING TO INAUGURATE WITH SAID NUGGETS SOMETIME TOMORROW
- THE SMILE THAT MY NIECE BELLA GIVES ME WHEN I GET HER TO LAUGH ON FACETIME SINCE SHE’S ALWAYS PLAYING LIKE MY COMEDY SUCKS
- MY BROTHER SAKE UNO AND OUR DAILY EXCHANGES VIA IG MESSENGER + TEXT WHERE HE MAKES ME CHOKE ON WATER OR A RICOLA AT LEAST ONCE A DAY FROM LAUGHING
- MY LITTLE BROTHER JAKE DECIDING TO GET HIS HUSTLE ON AND STARTING AN ONLINE BUSINESS AND THEN HIM TEXTING ME TONIGHT ON A FRIDAY “NIGHT ONE OF THE BUSINESS” (SO DAMN PROUD OF THIS DUDE)
Okay, man, well there it is.
A new segment just like that. And don’t hesitate to gimme YOUR five in the comments…shit, this IS meant to be a two-way conversation after all!
Much love, and I’ll see y’all tomorrow. :]