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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!

Friday 5 for June 13: Shppng

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NEXT WEEK is the third Friday in June, which I arbitrarily decided last year would be the annual Scattergories-inspired five questions, something I always enjoy reading your responses to. I’m excited. Come back next week if you think this week’s questions are lame, because boy: next week’s are going to be even lamer!

  1. Roughly how many plastic shopping bags do you think are in your house right now, and which store is represented most by them?
  2. Roughly how many gift cards do you possess, and about how much are they worth in sum?
  3. What’s an aisle at your favorite grocery store or drugstore that you pretty much never walk down?
  4. When you shop for groceries, are you most likely to grab a shopping cart or a shopping basket? How often do you grab neither?
  5. What was the last thing you purchased just in case?

Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday 5 for June 6: Basketball or Window

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This week’s questions are inspired either by things I saw outside my office window this week or by the 2014 NBA Finals, which I’m watching now. I know; they can’t all be gold!

  1. Who are some of the unsung heroes in your life?
  2. What item of clothing, worn by someone else, did you especially notice this past week?
  3. When did someone last do you a very small kindness, and what was it?
  4. What’s something you’re looking forward to purchasing in the next few days?
  5. What’s something you know about San Antonio?

Thanks for participating, and have a hoopy weekend!

Friday 5 for May 30: Fireday 5

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  1. What kind of campfire experience do you have?
  2. How are you with a charcoal grill?
  3. What was the occasion for which you last lit a candle?
  4. What food, usually consumed cooked, do you prefer raw? (Alternate question: What food, usually consumed raw, do you prefer cooked?)
  5. What was the occasion for your last getting all fired up?

Thanks for participating, and have a sizzling weekend!

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