Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Happy Hour

From Mental Floss: "Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion..."

1. Did you or your child ever skip a grade? Get held back? What impact did that have on you? Would you do it again?
~ About a month into kindergarten, the administration wanted to move me to second grade. My parents said no. I was really mad, because school was sooooo boring for me. Looking back, though, it might not have been great for me to be two years younger than the rest of my class.

2. What’s the longest relationship you’ve had with a pet?
~ My first pet was a miniature schnauzer. I got Hobbes when he was three months old, and he lived with me until he was almost eight. Now, he lives with my ex-husband (that's a story for another time...). He had a health scare a few months ago, but (as far as I know) he's doing better. He turned 11 in November 2010.

3. What’s a store or restaurant currently only in your area that you think should be a nationwide chain?
~ I don't like chains. The stores/restaurants in my area that I love, I love precisely because they aren't chains. So...none.

4. What’s your favorite independent bookseller?
~ We love Paperbacks Plus. It is exactly what I think an independent bookstore should be: dark in places with tall stacks crammed with books. The stacks wind around like a maze, and it's easy to get lost in all the books (which is one of my favorite things to do!). The employees are helpful and friendly, and they give the best trade credit in the area.

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