Catching up on a couple of Friday 5s. From here.
This week’s Friday 5 is inspired by Barb’s being nominated for an Emmy. #justiceforbarb
- Why are waffles better than pancakes?
There’s the texture, for one thing. All that extra surface area. But really the difference to me is that I don’t get tired of a waffle. I do get tired of pancakes, as much as I love them. I don’t know if I’ve ever not finished a waffle, while I seldom finish a three-pancake shortstack.
- What’s something you remember about being 11?
The year of 11 was 1980, a huge, eventful year. The election of Ronald Reagan and release (early the following year) of the Iran hostages was huge. In fact, that whole year, it was the hostages that dominated the news and a lot of my consciousness. But I remember also struggling (still) to figure out where I fit in at my school. It was a trying, exhausting school year. My school introduced GT classes (look: I know it’s annoying of me to mention, but it happened, and that’s what they were called, and I was in them and I don’t know how to talk around that!) and that sorta helped me be less and more alienated from my classmates. I got into a bunch of fights, hated being in a fourth-fifth grade class, and still actually enjoyed some of the fifth graders (girls, of course) I got to know. Went on my first school trip (to Maui) with the GT classes. Sorta fell in love for the first time.
- What experience do you have with role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons?
My friends and I played briefly when I was in sixth grade. The older guys in my Scout troop were heavily into it but because my friends and I were young, we didn’t really get to join in. Later, in 9th grade, I was somehow invited to join a game of Boot Hill, an RPG set in the wild west. That was really fun. Then in college I was invited to an AD&D game. I’ve had very little experience since, but I would be down if there were a good DM.
- How do you feel about carnival rides that make you go upside-down?
I can’t stand them and won’t go on them. I’m far too prone to motion sickness to trust myself on an upside-down machine.
- You’ve seen Matthew Modine in more films than you realize (which he famously admitted during his opening monologue when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 1988) (filmography here). Which have you seen, and which was the best?
In reverse chronological order: Stranger Things (not a film), Le Divorce, Notting Hill, Gross Anatomy, Married to the Mob, Vision Quest, and Private School. The best film is easily Notting Hill (probably my favorite romantic comedy, if I were to redo my list today), but since that’s not really a Modine movie, I’ll say Gross Anatomy, which I think is his only headlining role.
- There’s a convenience store nearby and you have a small case of the munchies. What do you grab?
The 7-Elevens on this island have little tuna, egg salad, and chicken salad sandwiches on small rolls for like a buck thirty. That’s usually my go-to, but I also like the small sushi rolls.
- You’re about to get on a plane and someone just stole all your reading material, but there’s a newsstand nearby. What magazine (of likely available titles) do you grab?
Almost always Rolling Stone or Spin, although now that I’ve renewed my Texture subscription and those titles are included, if my devices got ripped off just before I boarded a plane, I would be less likely to grab one of those since I can just read them later. Maybe something of decent quality but not part of the Texture package, like Honolulu or The New Yorker.
- On a regular work day, where do you grab lunch and what do you get if you don’t bring a lunch from home?
I work on a large college campus, so options are sorta plentiful, but even those multiple options get tired after a while. I eat on campus maybe once or twice a week (I have difficulty getting a lunch packed for Monday), and the food court at Campus Center is close to the office, so usually a Korean bento or whatever the special is on the hot line, like a fried fish or turkey meatloaf with steamed veggies and mashed potatoes.
- Instead of a lunch, you decide you need a quick nap during your workday. Where can you grab 40 winks?
I know several people who do this, going out to their cars for a lunchtime nap. I don’t drive to work, so if I need to, I know a few secret spots in common areas in buildings around here. I’d rather not be specific because who knows who’s reading this? However, I will say that I almost never do this. I’ve been better about getting enough sleep at night on work nights.
- How close to your head is your cell phone when you’re asleep in bed?
My boxspring and mattress are right on the floor. I know that sounds bachelorish but there’s more to it than that. Sleeping close to the floor is a cultural thing for me, something I’m super comfortable with. I actually prefer it. So my phone is usually on the carpet near the head of my bed. I try to keep it three feet or so away, just because I don’t like it close to my head, but I admit there are as many days when I wake up and the phone is right next to my pillow as not. Ugh.