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Of Memes and Challenged Books

Friday Five:

1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have?

Tour the U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. When I was eight, while we were all visiting my grandparents in Chicago, my father took my brothers and me to the Museum, and we all got in the line to go on the submarine. It was a very long line, and my father has little patience for long lines. Plus there was a lot more of the museum to see. Anyway, he pulled us out of the line, promising to bring us the next time we visited. This was a crushing thing to an eight year-old boy who loved all things military. Not long after, my grandparents moved to NJ, so there were no more trips to Chicago for a very, very long time.

Flash forward thirty-one years, and I am now visiting Chicago for the first time since "The Incident." I was there for a conference, and one of our vendors rented the Museum for a shindig. We were bussed down, handed coctails, and told the whole museum was ours to explore. As if. I immediately headed down to the U-505, only to find a sign saying that this particular exhibit was closed for the evening. It was the only thing in the whole frelling museum that was closed that night. I've gotten back to Chicago a couple of times since, but I've never managed to find the time to go to the museum again. One of these years...

Or if not that, then perhaps a wild weekend with Alyson Hannigan...

2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?

Yup, but fortunately I'm not exactly Joe Style, so I'll rarely have anything bad to say about another person's hair or clothing choices.

3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened?

A friend once told me ahead of time that she was thinking about breaking up with her boyfriend, who was also a friend of mine, including giving me way too much information about their relationship. I hate knowing that people are dead men walking. They did break up, but it worked out for the best because they remained friends, and both wound up meeting the people they would marry not long afterwards.

4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?

Probably the Trek-verse or Traveller. Space travel, cool gadgets, new worlds and new civilizations, all social problems solved, boldly going...

5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted?

Playing the guitar.

All those challenged books, and I've only read nine. I am reading challenged, I guess.

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

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