Friday Happy Hour: Let Me Ask Again

Jason English

I'm taking next week off to deal with all the fun and adventure of moving. While I was tempted to use today's post to solicit free advice ("What do you tip a moving man?"), that probably wouldn't be much fun. Since I have a lengthy list of things I absolutely have to do before I can leave, I'm phoning in today's Happy Hour. I've picked six of my favorite questions from previous editions. Discuss!

1. I absolutely love reading our district's night school course catalog. I always find five classes I'd love to take and a dozen others to make snarky comments about. There's always something crazy geared at helicopter parents ("Visualizing Success for Your Little Leaguer") and a way-out-of-date computer class ("Mastering DOS"). The only class I've actually taken was dancing, in the months leading up to our wedding. Anyone taken any memorable night school courses? If you happen to have your local school's catalog, what's the strangest class being offered this semester?

2. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you through Googling? (And no, you don't have to send the link.)

3. The merciful people who put out my high school's yearbook did not ask seniors to provide inspirational, poignant or otherwise meaningful quotes to run beneath our class photos. I have no idea what I would have selected. There's a good chance Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger or Happy Gilmore would have been involved.

A friend of mine who graduated in the mid-1990s wasn't so lucky. He showed me his yearbook, and about half of the guys used Jim Valvano's "Don't Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up." (Him included.)

Maybe you put a little more thought into your senior quote. (Or maybe not.) Either way, we'd love to hear it. What was your high school yearbook quote? And if you're up for it, here's another question: what would your quote be if you were graduating today?

4. A couple years ago, we had a good time sharing our local strangely named streets. When I heard that a Hollywood intersection was renamed "Larry King Square," I started to wonder about other bustling thoroughfares dedicated to people. (I was bored, I guess.) Do any of your area roads double as asphalt tributes to unexpected celebrities?

5. I was recently invited via bulk mail to (pay to) take a night class called "Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft." I know people whose lives are absolutely consumed by this, to the point that they're shredding receipts for things they bought with cash. In 2006, Americans lost $56 billion in crimes of this nature. Have any of you ever had your identity stolen? Did you clear your name?

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