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I hate to talk in stereotypes, but the topic of this week's Friday Five, "Gear," strikes me as more of a "guy thing" than a "girl thing," at least for people of my generation. Or, okay, maybe it's simply an individual thing, but the facts are (1) I am not at all into tools and gear and doo-dads in themselves. And (2) because my erstwhile spouse is the 180-degree opposite, when we were together I got decades' worth of daily reinforcement of the already-culturally-induced belief that this is a gender-associated trait. (The '90s sitcom Home Improvement really resonated in this house.) Don't get me wrong: I'm sure you could make a workshop or factory tour interesting to me, but I'd only covet the tools if I decided I really wanted to produce whatever it is that they are used to make. And even then, all things equal, I'd be content to rent or lease workshop space and the use of someone else's tools.

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Opposite Day (Foodie Edition)

I've been busy, but I'm back for a Friday Five. Today's questions ask how I like my meals when I'm feeling contrary.

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Why, I oughta--

Someone's a little punchy over at the Friday Five this week. Here are my answers to his fistful of questions.

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School daze

It's graduation season, and this week's Friday Five reflect that fact.

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This week's Friday Five want to know what sorts of things get my goat. Here are a few.

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Returning to the fold

I missed last week's Friday Five, but I've managed to find a few spare moments for this week's edition. The topic is "folding," and, once again, I'm curious as to what might have inspired it.

To the extent that "folding" is a species of neatness, it's not really my thing these days. I'm pretty good at the culinary kind, though, and also the metaphorical kind (my sons and students find me pretty easy). But let's see what he asks.

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This week's Friday Five are inspired by Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes. I grew up watching them back when they were a staple of kids' programming on both network TV (Saturday a.m.) and various local stations (before & after school, which is often when you got to see the stranger and/or more politically incorrect cartoons). We're talking about the original theatrical shorts made in the 1940s-60s, BTW: none of the modern re-visitations of the characters ("Baby Looney Tunes," "Tiny Tune Adventures," "Space Jam," etc.) existed until I was well into adulthood.

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Another Friday Five on a subject -- this time, fear -- that is not my forte. Nevertheless, I bravely soldier into the fray of the questions.

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Today's Friday Five are all about trash, and I am all kinds of curious as to what might have prompted the question-master, Sir scrivener, to propose such a topic. As you'll soon see, I don't have any profound wisdom where refuse is concerned, but I'll play anyway.

First, however, I would like to share my favorite song on the subject. It is sung by one of my favorite Muppets, and it was written just for him.

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In the center ring . . .

Yesterday's Friday Five were inspired by the movie The Greatest Showman, which I haven't yet seen. Still, I'll give it a go.

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"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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