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Scattergories time!

This week's Friday Five continues what's become an annual tradition for the meme: Scattergories!

Every so often -- okay, once a year beginning in 2012, plus once back in 2009 -- the Friday Five plays Scattergories. I didn't really start Five-ing till 2015, so when I did that year's set, I also included the ones from '09 and '12-'14, for a mega-edition of the game (25 questions on one letter!) that you are welcome to read here if you've nothing better to do.

For those who've never played Scattergories (or seen the TV game show version, or been tagged for one of the many Facebook meme incarnations), the object is to answer a set of random-ish questions under the constraint that all answers begin with the same designated letter. Facebook versions usually assign you "the last letter of your first name" or "first letter of your last name"; in the board game, one rolls a 26-sided die. For the Friday Five version, this random letter generator (set sequence length to "1") will name you your poison.

Somehow, after bingeing the entire archive the year before, I managed not to find time to do 2016's Scattergories when it came up, so I am appending those questions to today's, for a "Friday Ten." Ready?

I rolled the letter "i"!

From 2017:
1. What's something gross whose name begins with the letter?
Ummm... infection? Certainly any infection you can *see*.

2. What's something crunchy whose name begins with the letter?
Iceberg lettuce is pretty crunchy. I have also been know to crunch on ice.

3. What's something (or who is someone) you wouldn't mind hugging whose name begins with the letter?
My little nephew (okay, he's my great-nephew) Isaac. Such hugs are rare, however.

4. What's something whose name begins with the letter and can be found on a passenger airplane?
Wow. The last time I flew long-distance, there was an in-flight movie. But that was 1998; I'm not sure what IFE is like these days.

5. What's something whose name begins with the letter that you could purchase at a hardware store?
Insulation. When I was young, I think it was mostly sold in those rolls of Pink Panther fiberglass, which Dad always cautioned us not to touch. These days, I'm told, the stuff comes in tile form, as a spray foam, and in other versions I've never had cause to purchase.

From 2016:
1. What brand or model of car whose name begins with the letter would you like to get?
I do have some history of family connection to I-cars: my parents had a secondhand Chevy Impala in the '70s as one of our family cars, and the Man had back-to-back Acura Integras from the late '80s into the '90s. All were good cars. The Impala model is still around; the Integra, however, is no more ... which is too bad, because it probably would have been my pick. I mean, I like the Honda Civic, and an Integra was pretty much a Civic on steroids, right? The problem with the Impala is that, even though the modern incarnation is not the virtual boat of the past, it's definitely a full-sized car, while I'm more of a mid-sized-to-compact girl.

Did I miss any viable candidates? The Infiniti is a luxury brand, and Isuzus are generally trucks and buses, right? Neither is up my alley. I think I had friends who swore by the Saturn ION, but that's a defunct model, too. I guess I will get a vintage Integra.

2. What summer activity whose name begins with the letter are you looking forward to?
Back in 2016, this question showed up in the month of June, when there was still some summer to look forward to; however, I can answer it just as well in August. Every summer, I expect I join a legion of teachers in looking forward to a little indolence. We may not do physical labor, but teachers work hard: in the midst of round-the-clock paper-grading, constant interference from clueless supervisors, and whiny complaining from over-entitled students (and their parents), the traditional academic calendar sometimes feels like the lone perk of the job.

3. What's an item in your desk whose name begins with the letter?
My ink-jet printer. It's my color printer; I also have a B&W laser printer. Both are old (seriously -- they were pretty old when the Man left) and hard to buy cartridges for, but they work far too well to consider replacing.

4. What's something whose name begins with the letter that you find frightening?
Insects. I'm a "shriek first, look more closely later" type.

5. If you had to get a tattoo on your upper arm, what's something whose name begins with the letter that you could live with?
If I were forced to get an upper-arm tattoo, I'm afraid all it might do is insure that I wore elbow-length sleeves for the rest of my life. That said, I could possibly be talked into a small, unostentatious, black ichthus fish (just the fish, not the letters). Alternatively, I've heard that the infinity symbol is a popular choice, and after looking at many images, I see why. It's elegant and, er, infinitely variable.

Ichthus Tattoo Musical Infinity Tattoo



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Aug. 15th, 2017 04:59 pm (UTC)
The Chevy Impalas and later upscale Caprice were great cars from the 1959 to 1973 model years. They were continuously produced until the mid 1980s. The cars went on hiatus before being revived again in 1991 and i think again in 2003. Been in production ever since. The newer models are not as charming as the ones from the 1960s and early 1970s.
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