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Friday 5 for August 22: Old and Grumpy

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  1. What’s something you have a grumpy old person’s attitude about?
  2. What is evidence of your not being a completely grumpy old person?
  3. What’s something in your wardrobe that might qualify as old people’s attire?
  4. When during the week do you tend to be your grumpiest?
  5. Who in your family is most often in a bad mood, and who’s most often in a good mood?

Thanks for participating, and have a non-grumpy weekend!

Friday 5 for August 15: Mammalian

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  1. Have you drunk the milk of some animal other than a cow? If so, how was it?
  2. How sensitive are you to changes in atmospheric temperature?
  3. How do you feel about your body hair?
  4. What’s something you know about the moment of your birth or the events immediately before and after?
  5. What non-mammalian animal do you feel the most kinship with?

Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday 5 for August 8: Storm

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Iselle as of 3:20 p.m. Aug 7

Iselle as of 3:20 p.m. Aug 7

This is a satellite photo of Hurricane Iselle.  The red numbers indicate a past position (sometimes as recently as an hour ago), with red meaning “hurricane.”  The teal numbers are the forecast, and they could indicate anything from just a tropical depression up to a full-blown hurricane.  The point of my showing you this photo is that the path of this projection goes right over the island of Hawaii (where I went to college) and looks to pass just south of the island of Oahu (where Honolulu, Waikiki, and I are).  The island that looks most like a perfect circle is Kauai; Oahu is the island just southeast of that. Hawaii hasn’t been hit directly by a hurricane since 1992 (boy do I have stories of that one!), so I suppose we’re due.  We’ve learned a lot in those years, and I have a feeling that damage to the infrastructure will be minimal, but our homeless population has also skyrocketed, so I am greatly concerned for their well-being.  Luckily, we’ve had more than a week to get ready, and I know that some of our human services people have been out on the streets to tell our fellow citizens where the nearest emergency shelters are.  I’m sharing this in case you have loved ones (you know, besides me) in the islands.  Chances are your friends and family are fine, but lifting us all up in prayer couldn’t hurt.  A friend of mine posted one satellite image of the storm, and I swear it looks like a skull.  Whoever out there is conjuring the Dark Mark, cut it out! Oh yeah, and there’s another hurricane right behind it, this one named Julio, and it’s projected to pass just north of Oahu on Sunday. Yikes.

  1. What does your storm preparedness stuff look like?
  2. What kinds of storms make you the most uncomfortable?
  3. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without electricity, and what were the circumstances?
  4. What’s the worst damage a storm has done to your dwelling?
  5. What was the occasion for your last storming of the gates?

Thanks for participating, and have a safe weekend!

Friday 5 for August 1: Octopi

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  1. What’s something you own at least eight of?
  2. How particular are you about the ink in the pens you write with?
  3. What’s something interesting you know about octopi?
  4. What seems to have a suction-cup-like grip on your attention lately?
  5. These questions were inspired by a song in which one of the repeated lyrics is often playfully mis-sung as “How am I gonna be an octopus about this?” That was going to be my question #5 this week, but then I thought nobody would ever come back after a thing like that, so your real question is: When you travel, whether it’s to a completely different culture or just to a neighboring state, how adventurous is your approach to the cuisine?

Thanks for participating, and I wanna hold your hand hand hand hand hand hand hand hand this weekend!

Friday 5 for July 25: Zero

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  1. What is something you have run out of?
  2. What is something you don’t know anything about?
  3. What is something that needs emptying?
  4. There are a lot of stylistic or slangy ways to say “zero.” Which are your favorite?
  5. When did you last receive something free when you were expecting to pay for it?

Thanks for participating, and may your weekend be utterly devoid of unpleasantness!

Friday 5 for July 18: All’s Fair

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  1. How do you feel about carnival rides?
  2. How do you feel about carnival games?
  3. What’s your favorite carnival food?
  4. Which animals do you look forward to seeing at the fair?
  5. How much does it cost to ride the bus in your city?

Thanks for participating, and have a Tilt-a-Whirl of a weekend!

Friday 5 for July 11: Veggie Thing

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  1. What’s your favorite tomato thing?
  2. What’s your favorite celery thing?
  3. What’s your favorite broccoli thing?
  4. What’s your favorite eggplant thing?
  5. What’s your favorite spinach thing?

Thanks for playing, and have a leafy weekend!

Friday 5 for July 4: Schwag

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  1. What’s the most practically useful article of schwag* you’ve ever received?
  2. What’s the most useless schwag you’ve ever received?
  3. What schwag do you receive on a regular basis, and how do you feel about it?
  4. What’s something that could reasonably be great schwag material but for some reason isn’t?
  5. What the schwag that’s physically closest to you right now?

* From Wikipedia: Promotional merchandise, promotional items, promotional products, promotional gifts, or advertising gifts, sometimes nicknamed swag or schwag, are articles of merchandise (often branded with a logo) used in marketing and communication programs. They are given away to promote a company, corporate image, brand, or event. These items are usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or slogan, and given away at trade shows, conferences, and as part of guerrilla marketing campaigns.

Thanks for participating, and have a lovely, wonderful, safe, July 4 weekend!

Friday 5 for June 27: I Scream

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I actually started this list with question number 5 but thought it was best at the end. As I typed it, I realized that the metaphor is used to describe good AND bad things, which I found kind of interesting. I wonder how many other phrases work that way.

  1. What’s something this past week that made you slightly bananas?
  2. What did you do last Sunday? What are you planning for this coming Sunday?
  3. What’s something you fudged this past week?
  4. What was this week’s most interesting scoop?
  5. What was the cherry on top of your good or bad week?

Thanks for participating, and have a pistachio almond weekend!

Friday 5 for June 20: Gatterstories

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It’s finally time for the fourth (more or less) annual Scattergories-inspired questions!  We first did them in 2009, and revisited them in 2012 and 2013 on this same weekend. If you never did those and these five questions seem not to be enough, feel free to add those questions to this week’s.

This week’s 5 is inspired by the party game Scattergories, in which players have to think of items, all beginning with the same letter, in several categories. For example, if the die is rolled and shows the letter T, players might have to name a soft drink, a farm animal, a river, and a U.S. President, all beginning with T. Valid answers might be Tab, turkey, Tennessee, and Tyler.

First, go to this nifty online random-letter generator. Set the “number of random letter sequences to generate” to 1. Set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 1. Leave the “letters to choose from” how it is and click the button. You’ll get a rather non-dramatic one letter. Use that letter to begin all your answers to the 5 questions below.

Alternately, if you find that boring, you could set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 5, thereby giving you five letters, a different one for each question.

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator (this doesn’t really count as one of your five questions)?

  1. What article of clothing, whose name begins with the letter, have you never worn?
  2. What book, whose title begins with the letter, are you looking forward to reading?
  3. What mode of transportation, whose name begins with the letter, seems like it would be fun?
  4. What form of exercise, whose name begins with the letter, have you recently engaged in?
  5. What fictional character, whose name begins with the letter, would be good company on a long trip?

Thanks for participating, and have a opvlkcvp* weekend!

*generated by the random-letter generator!

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