5 Silly Questions: Garrick Van Buren

When it comes to podcasting in the land of 10,000 lakes, the first name that comes to mind is Garrick Van Buren. Garrick has produced over 70 podcasts since debuting The First Crack Podcast back in October 2004, featuring episodes on wine tasting, exotic peanut butter, and pontooning. Van Buren has expanded his empire to include Podcast Minnesota, MNInteractive, and the WorkBetter Weblog. I decided to see if he could still type, so I sent him 5 Silly Questions and this is what he wrote...

1. Which talent would you rather have: the ability to play the banjo with your toes, or the ability to guess other people's middle names?
Middle names. It's much more acceptable in mixed company than removing your socks.

2. What was the last thing you put in your mouth that you sincerely regretted?
The mic I use for podcasting. Tip: It doesn't improve sound quality.

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3. If you could play donkey basketball (one-on-one) with anyone in history, who would it be? Grizzly Adams's friend Mad Jack the Mountain Man. He'd be a formidable competitor on the court.


4. If your life were a comic strip, would the final panel be more likely to have a woman in a bathrobe holding a rolling pin or an obese cat with lasagna residue on its face?
There's a comforting making-fun-of-your-own-faults quality to lasagna residue.

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5. Who should have stopped doing what they do a long time ago: Stephen King, Bon Jovi, or Alan Greenspan?

Stephen King. He's jumped the shark so many times I recommend he start a water stunt touring company.

Thanks, Garrick! I'm sure we both agree Bon Jovi's music is timeless and the dulcet tones of Sir Jon will enhance senior proms for decades to come! Read and listen to Garrick at The First Crack Podcast and check out 75 other Minnesota podcasts at, yep, Podcast Minnesota.

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