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Is this thing on?

I haven't posted a Friday Five since August 1st -- almost four months ago. Of course, I haven't posted anything in that long. My pandemic life has been busier and more stressful than the pre-pandemic edition (which life I barely remember), meaning that time and motivation for blogging have both been in short supply. But this week's questions arrive on a rare day off work, so here goes.

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In a state

This week's Friday Five want to know what state I'm in.

1. What recently caused you to boil?
That would be Mr. Trump's irresponsible blather about postponing the November election.

2. What often causes you to freeze?
I have, over the last eight years, somehow made my way into the circles of some serious Sherlock Holmes devotees (yeah, I'm a serious devotee myself, but I'm referring to some Big Guns). These folks -- who are not only elite-level fans, but also super-accomplished individuals in their "civilian" lives -- always intrigued me from afar, but they sure can intimidate up close. Since one has to be at least a little bit well-thought-of to *get* close, you'd think I'd feel flattered enough not to be over-shy ... but I guess it's my old friend, Imposter Syndrome: what if I say that one thing that makes them realize how very ordinary I am? And so, on occasion, I freeze up.

3. When did something evaporate into thin air?
Funny you should ask. My bank balance went from quite healthy to, umm, pretty thin in one mouse click today, when I paid Three's Fall college bill.

4. What recently caused you to melt?
Watching my grandson snuggle with his soft blanket at bedtime. I babysat him last weekend, and I must say he is easy to put to bed.

5. Among United States you haven't visited, which would you most like to check out next?
One I have never, ever traveled to? Hmmm ... how about Washington state? I'd like to see Seattle.

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Scattergories!

It's Scattergories week at the Friday Five. Apparently, this question set is the tenth in the annual-ish series, and as I check my archive, I see that I've done eight of the previous nine (I answered sets 1-5 in 2015, sets 6 & 7 in 2017, and set 8 in 2018.

That means I missed last year's set, so I'm going to do it in this post as well. First, though, it's off to the random letter generator (set sequence length to "1"), where I have rolled ... an O! So here goes.

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New Years Meme 2019

And now, as my remaining long-time reader has been waiting for, it's the end-of-2019 edition of that New Year's meme that I have been filling out every year for longer than I can prove (some posts having disappeared in the Purge of Aught-ten). Over the years, I've added one or two prompts to the original question set, and I've deleted others for which I could never, ever think of an answer. This year, there were no changes to the questions from the 2018 version -- and, in a few cases, no substantive changes to my answers!

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