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Up in the air

Today's Friday Five asks about my in-flight experiences. They are few and dull, but here goes:

1. How do you feel about passengers riding in front of you reclining their seats?
I don't love it, but I don't have long legs, so it doesn't ruin my flight or anything.

2. What single aspect of airplane flight do you dislike the most?
Duh. The knowing that you are up in the sky in a hunk of metal that gravity would just love to get its hands on.

3. What was your longest flight on an airplane?
My longest flights have all been standard transatlantic hops from some northeastern U.S. airport straight to London (the most recent was made in 1998). I'd've guessed they lasted 6 hours at most, but when I looked it up, the Internet said the flight to London is about 8 hours in the air from Washington and 7.5 from NYC.

4. What's your favorite way to pass the time on a long flight?
Reading. Barring that, sleeping.

5. What are the best and worst things you've eaten on a plane or in an airport?
Best: a SwissAir in-flight meal of salmon with hollandaise sauce & steamed veggies. Worst? Gosh, I don't remember ever hating an airline meal. Then again, I think I've only flown, like, about 20 times, and not all were flights with meals. And I don't tend to eat in airports -- too expensive.

Excuses, excuses

This week's Friday Five are all about excuses. My excuse for not putting up my answers on Friday is that the questions were not posted by the question-master until very late in the day. :-) Ready?

1. What was your excuse the last time you had to miss a social gathering?
Conflict with work, where in this case "work" is church, where I am the organist. I only get two Sundays off per year, so when an out-of-town (generally NYC) meeting or social (generally Sherlockian) that I would otherwise attend is scheduled for Sunday noon, I usually have to miss it. It has just happened this month, and it stings because we're talking about the semi-annual luncheon of the group I most enjoy meeting with.

2. What was your excuse the last time you arrived late to something?
The "something" was work, where in this case "work" is school, and I was late because of traffic. Thanks to smart phones, one can usually post something to Blackboard compelling the class to wait, and I did that.

3. What was someone else's excuse for recently inconveniencing you?
The new "third man" on my pub trivia team (aka my brother) forgot* to tell me he'd be out of town and couldn't play last week, so I didn't learn it until I happened to text him from the car (I wasn't driving) a half-hour before the game. Had I known sooner, I'd've looked for a sub, since Number Three Son hates to play as a duo. Luckily, we found a someone we knew at the pub, and our trio finished a respectable second. But I had to put up with an earful from Three.
* So, I guess "forgot" was the excuse. Or "too busy making travel arrangements to remember."

4. What’s a true explanation you wish you could have given (but didn’t) when you unintentionally inconvenienced someone else?
I got nothing. It's almost always traffic that messes me up, and if it's not, then the truer explanation is that I was too lazy or disorganized to leave my house on time. Why would I wish to confess that, ever?

5. What's something you wish you could be excused from right now?
I am posting this right before I leave for church, and, as I often feel on Sunday mornings, I wish I were financially secure enough not to need to be employed by my place of worship. I'm not saying that I don't want to provide music for worship on this particular day (I did it week after week as a volunteer for 30 years at my old church, so it's obviously something I like doing), but there are also a congregational meeting *and* a Christmas pageant rehearsal* scheduled for right after today's service that will eat my afternoon, and as an employee I'm not sure how it would be perceived if I just excused myself from those two things. Nevertheless, I have an adolescent kid still at home who will want lunch, a mile-high stack of papers that I ought to grade, and even a little housework that needs seeing to, so I am going to try.
* that I am not in charge of

"After ‘Im"

This week, I get the pun in the title of the latest Friday Five question set. Do you?

1. What improbable feat did you pull off this week?
I cleaned my kitchen, including clearing off my kitchen counter. It was a gargantuan task, and long overdue.

2. What will you do immediately following your completion of this post?
I will grade some papers in front of the TV and probably fall asleep.

3. In what way is your life lately imbalanced?
I simply have too much *in* it, and too much of the too much is connected to work (as in my jobs). To clean my kitchen the other day, I neglected some paper-grading, which put me so far behind that I couldn't whole-heartedly enjoy my newly sparkling kitchen.

4. What recent impulse purchases have you made?
I'm trying to do less of this, because my house is still too stuffed with stuff. That said, on a whim I went to eBay a couple weeks ago and searched on "Guareschi" (a long-time favorite author and the reason for many past impulse purchases). Turns out that while I wasn't paying attention in 2008, there was a postage stamp released (in Italy) to celebrate the centenary of his birth. Then, earlier this year, another was released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death. I bought a birth stamp, and I'm sure I will go back for the other.

5. What immature behavior have you displayed recently?
I cried at some bad news. Not "death in the family"-level bad news; just "things didn't go my way" bad news. Baby.

Social capital

This week's Friday Five say they're about "Social Capital." I'm not sure I quite get that theme (or that I see any link between the questions)*, but that won't stop me from answering. Ready?

* Okay, now I know. Key words in bold/red.   
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In case you're curious

This week's Friday Five is a miscellaneous group of things the question-master would like to know. Read on to see whether you do, as well.

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A garbage heap of questions

Today's Friday Five invites one to coin some collective nouns. Without peeking at anyone else's first, here are my lame attempts:

1. What should be the collective name for accountants?
A balance of accountants.

2. What should be the collective name for cafe baristas?
A pull of baristas

3. What should be the collective name for tattoo artists?
A sleeve of tattoo artists.

4. What should be the collective name for people who vape?
A rudeness of vapers.

5. What should be the collective name for people in your profession or hobby?
A dialectic of philosophers. Or, better, an absurdity of philosophers.

The Distracted Woman's Daybook (52)

Here's what's up with me.

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September songs

This week's Friday Five are inspired by "September" in song lyrics. Ready?

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By the numbers

Wingin' it

This week's Friday Five are for the birds! ;-)

1. What's something for which you are waiting your tern?

2. What have you lately gone cuckoo for?
Stephen McCauley's books. Domino's thin crust pizza. Bryant Park.

3. What's got you feeling down?
Man ("the Man") stuff, mostly. I'm realizing that I was wrong to idealize him all those years -- which is, I'm sure, an important breakthrough in terms of ever possibly getting over him. But it's changing the character of all my memories, not to mention causing me to question my judgment in about things general, and all of that is tough.

4. What's something you acquired that was unexpectedly cheep?
Megabus tickets. Checking the site on a whim to see what it would cost for a day trip to NYC on my one school holiday this coming semester, I secured a round trip for the legendary dollar fare each way. Woo hoo!

5. What's that fowl smell?
In my living room? The Boy says it's my feet. I think it might be the cats who've recently come to live with us. It's not too strong, whatever it is, so my plan is just to Febreeze it.


"Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you." -- Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

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