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Friday Happy Hour: What's Your Ideal Birth Year?

Jason English

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. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. If you could have been born in any year and grow up in that era, which year would you choose? Why? I think I'd stick with 1979. I'm not sure I'm employable in the pre-internet world, and I certainly wouldn't have lasted in some of my old temp jobs without the web. Plus I wasn't tethered to a computer my whole childhood, which helped me develop an arsenal of nasty wiffleball pitches.

2. There's a lot of abandoned retail space these days. And even though those stores couldn't afford to stay open, that doesn't they aren't missed. What company or store that's gone out of business in the last two years do you miss most? I'd have to go with the Planet Smoothie Café in Roxbury, NJ. Free wireless! Liquid lunches! No crowds! (The closing wasn't a real surprise.)

3. At our last Happy Hour gathering, we chatted about unconventional things that got people fired. But I'd bet most weird workplace behavior is not cause for termination. Who's the strangest person you've called a co-worker, and what made him or her so special?

4. If you could take one class this year—regardless of whether that class exists or is offered in your vicinity—what course would you choose? (Examples: Hitchcock Movies, Intro to Japanese, The War of 1812, How to Make Cookies, Making Sense of Printer Error Codes, The Life & Times of Conrad Bain, etc.)

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]