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Shakespeare Five

First, I semi-apologize to my three remaining readers about the fact that I am all about the memes these days; however, if you think about it, you'll realize that every canned writing prompt I use when struck by the need to express myself probably spares you another rambling post about The Man And How He Done Me Wrong (unless, of course, one of the questions in the set happens to be "Who has done you wrong lately, and how?").

You're welcome.

Now, let me tell you that I have found another Friday Five! This one, which sprang up in 2006, claims no formal connection to the Original One from Ye Olden Days of Internet, but offers itself as an homage. Indeed, if you click on that link to Ye Olden "Five" Blog as archived by the Wayback Machine, you'll see a post suggesting that *no* site was designated as the official continuation when that Original Fiver retired -- I just erroneously assumed that the LiveJournal version was it.

Whatever.

Anyhow, I really liked this Five's question set for today. It's in honor of yesterday's being "William Shakespeare’s (generally agreed-on) birthday," so all the questions are inspired by Shakespeare quotations.

1. In what way is all your world a stage?
Easy! I am a teacher and a musician, both of which are "performance" jobs which are carried out in real time in front of an audience. Except when I'm home (which is seldom, seeing as how I have three jobs), I am "on."

2. What is something wicked which this way comes?
Should I say Republicans, or climate change? I guess the latter's progress is more inexorable.

3. Is the fault in us, in our stars, or in something else?
It's in us. In fact, it's in me: everything is my fault.

Kidding. But it's definitely in us. Humans don't control everything that happens, but even when we don't start the trouble, we are extremely gifted at exacerbation.

4. What will you be doing tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow?
  • Tomorrow: Seeing craft fair (with my mother-in-law!) and school play (if I have the energy).
  • Tomorrow's tomorrow: Church!
  • The tomorrow after that: Teaching, then attending monthly Sherlockian meeting.

5. What’s your most recent pound of flesh made of?
Umm, Mexican food from the Wegman's hot food bar -- tamales, in particular.
 

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old_black
Apr. 26th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
1. In what way is all your world a stage?
[snip] Except when I'm home (which is seldom, seeing as how I have three jobs), I am "on."


That must be hard at times - to feel as though you're performing or at the very least, on display. I like to hide in corners and not be noticed. At work I box myself in so people can't see me unless they walk right up to where I'm sitting.

2. What is something wicked which this way comes?
Should I say Republicans, or climate change? I guess the latter's progress is more inexorable.

Can't disagree with this. Climate change appears to be it from my perspective. Republicans, for all their wickedness, will come and go, but climate change seems to be in for the long term and will affect the whole world to a greater extent than the most wicked Republican (I hope).

3. Is the fault in us, in our stars, or in something else?
[snip] it's definitely in us. Humans don't control everything that happens, but even when we don't start the trouble, we are extremely gifted at exacerbation.

I'm not so sure . . . I agree with your sentiment but what I'm puzzling over is: what did W.S. really mean by this? I am not a scholar. I do see, however, that there seems to be some apparently random process(es) going on in the universe and I wonder how much of our lives turn out to be influenced by events that have occurred through luck or coincidence? Our life partner is so often met (and lost?) through a strange chance series of events - our stars?

4. What will you be doing tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow?
Tomorrow: Seeing craft fair (with my mother-in-law!) and school play (if I have the energy).
Tomorrow's tomorrow: Church!
The tomorrow after that: Teaching, then attending monthly Sherlockian meeting.

You appear to have a rather varied and interesting life. (OK, given that these are the highlights, and the activities not mentioned may be rather more prosaic). My answer: pretty much the same as yesterday and yesterday and yesterday.

5. What’s your most recent pound of flesh made of?
Umm, Mexican food from the Wegman's hot food bar -- tamales, in particular.

My answer: vegetables!
philosophymom
Apr. 27th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
[T]here seems to be some apparently random process(es) going on in the universe and I wonder how much of our lives turn out to be influenced by events that have occurred through luck or coincidence? Our life partner is so often met (and lost?) through a strange chance series of events - our stars?

I have often (too often, I'm sure, from the point of view of my usual confidants) observed that I'd probably still be married if the nice female friend my husband bonded with online had lived a couple hundred miles away (instead of 50-some) or (don't hate me for this comment, because you know it's true) been heavier than me instead of slender. Wonder how many marriages are "saved" that way . . .

You appear to have a rather varied and interesting life.

I have to admit that it is pretty varied and interesting.
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