Friday Fives

Can you guess I’m on a new “blog every few days” plan?

October 1: In the Museum

  1. What is the best painting you’ve ever seen in a museum or art gallery? I got to see Rembrandt’s Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. That was especially cool because it’s huge–about ten feet tall!
  2. What was the most interesting display you’ve seen in a museum setting? I think it was at that same museum trip that we saw a photograph of a woman crouching over a toilet, smoking a cigarette. The photo was hung on the wall over a urine-colored, hard plastic toilet. It was odd.
  3. Have you ever been to a Children’s [sic] museum? If so have you been as a child and/or as an adult? If so did you find it more interesting as you were older? I don’t think I have. I remember going to a petting zoo near my grandma’s old house once, though.
  4. What is the most important thing you learned in a museum? I don’t know. Then again, I’m not sure what the most important thing I learned in school was, either.
  5. What is your most memorable trip to a museum? Well, it looks like that 7th grade trip to Amsterdam stuck with me pretty solidly!

October 8: Disney

  1. Have you ever dressed up as a Disney character? Come to think of it, no.
  2. What was your favorite Disney movie growing up? Like all 80’s babies, I loved The Little Mermaid, but I also liked Beauty and the Beast a lot.
  3. Which Disney character can you relate to the most? I think I liked Beauty and the Beast because I subconsciously identified with Belle. She liked to read.
  4. Have you ever been to a Disney theme park? I went to Disney World twice when I was little.
  5. When does someone become “too old” for Disney? I hope never!

October 22: The Friday Five (trippy…)

  1. Do you just do every week’s Friday Five or do you read other people’s entries as well? Back when I actually did them every Friday, I routinely read other people’s answers. I’m more likely to read them when they’re copied and pasted into the comment itself, but I only ever leave links. I’ve always thought that’s because I have to reformat the questions in order to display them properly on my blog, but now that I’m typing this out, I realize that they’d probably transition fine. LJ accepts HTML in comments. Hmm….
  2. If you do read, why; and if you don’t, why not? I just like reading things other people write. It makes my world feel a little smaller. (That’s a good thing.)
  3. How did you come to know about the Friday Five? I’ve been participating since back when it was its own site. I think I read someone else’s answers (ironically, I think they were posted in an LJ), and then I jumped on the bandwagon. It looks like I’ve been doing them (or trying to) since I started my blog in 2002. Yikes.
  4. How many Friday Fives have you done since you joined the communityBlogs didn’t really have categories and tags in 2002, so there’s no easy way to go about counting.
  5. What do you like most about The Friday Five? I like the opportunity to write about something completely unexpected. Sometimes I get to share things about myself I never would have thought to share. It’s not as organic as non-meme blogging, but it’s just as valid.

October 29: Ten Years Ago

First of all, I would like to note that I feel like a dinosaur because I was actually not a little kid ten years ago, so I have answers to these questions that do not involve, say, Barney.

  1. What were your three favorite songs ten years ago? Let’s see, I was fourteen and midway through the ninth grade. I definitely loved *NSync, but I think I was done with the Backstreet Boys. I had a brief obsession with Robyn. I think I thought she was much more popular stateside than she actually was. I liked anything Top 40 enough to get on the radio back then. There wasn’t nearly as much rock/pop and country crossover then. I did like a little Shania Twain, though.
  2. What songs or groups from ten years ago did you love then, but don’t like anymore? I won’t like: I still love *NSync. Other than that, I don’t think I listen to anything now that I did then.
  3. What songs from ten years ago did you love then, still love now, but haven’t heard in a long time? If I haven’t heard them, how am I supposed to identify them now? I have loved 80’s music pretty much forever, so I suppose a lot of 80’s songs would qualify.
  4. What songs or groups from ten years ago did you not like then, but do like now?
  5. How has your taste in music changed in the last ten years? I discovered Switchfoot as *NSync’s popularity died down. As a matter of fact, I wore my handmade “i like switchfoot.” shirt out to do errands today and chatted with the guys at the post office and the Chevy dealer about them. Fun times.


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Ahhhhh, I had a Robyn CASSETTE TAPE. Now I am wondering what the album -or single- was. *scurries off to Wikipedia to look* Okay, that would be Robyn is Here (1997). So, a little more than 10 years ago, but yeah. I hear her new music is really good but haven’t had a listen. Maybe now I will. Also, I think that *NSync was my very first CD. An EP or a single of some sort that came out when we were in seventh grade, which I won at a classmate’s Bat Mitzvah. Oh, the memories!

“What is the best painting you’ve ever seen in a museum or art gallery?”

Mine is Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. It’s big, too, slightly over life-size.

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