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15th-Jan-2015 04:40 pm - Answer for question 4196.
If money wasn't an issue, would you go back to school to study something? If so, what would it be and why?
Actually, as someone who has actually done this at a decent community college, school is completely inaccessible for someone who just wants to go back and study something for the educational value. The entire registration process tries to funnel you into a major, you're forced to take tests and set up meetings with counselors to determine your 'career goals', and the entire process takes an unnecessary amount of time, energy, and paperwork. The sad thing about this is that I *already* have a successful career, and these educators and administrators are making the presumption that the only reason to spend time in a classroom is to find a better job; not just because students might actually be interested in a subject. Honestly I think the system, and students in general, have been duped by the government, which has been duped by lenders, into thinking everyone needs a college degree.
26th-Dec-2014 05:10 pm - Answer for question 4168.
What horror fiction character scares you the most?
Dolores Umbridge. Oh my god, I still get nightmares.
24th-Dec-2014 01:52 am - Answer for question 4162.
Pet peeves are those seemingly-minor things people do or say that really annoy you. What tops your list of pet peeves?
Going to a bar and seeing everyone on their phones. Sheesh, get up and talk to people, otherwise drink at home where it's a lot cheaper!
22nd-Dec-2014 08:18 pm - Answer for question 4160.
Who was your first best friend? Are you still in contact with them? If not, what would you say to them if you could talk to them today?
My best friend moved with me to California a few years back. We'd gone to high school together, spent almost every night and all hours of the morning working on cars, and would make these random two-hundred-mile road-trips to buy car parts from strangers in other states. I think most of our hobbies were pretty identical - sometimes a bit out-of-the-ordinary (building radio antennas, electronics, diy fireworks, random trespassing around the MIT campus, electric vehicles built from scrap parts, etc.) It culminated in us packing all our belongings into my vw and just heading out to California to find a job (which we both did, successfully).

Well, fast-forward a few years, new friends, etc, and we fell out. I'd driven to his apartment one day to find out what happened, and knocked on the door. Some other guy answered, and my friend came out walking from the back of the room behind him. I looked over at both of them. "Who's this?". He immediately responded. "Oh, that - that's XXX, my boyfriend". Shortly after that he just stopped taking my calls and never responded to any of my IMs or texts. It was completely unexpected as he'd had girlfriends before and never really said anything about it -even to his mother. It really made me question the nature of our friendship at the time. Had he told me earlier, I'd have been glad to be his wingman and laugh about it instead of overanalyzing things. If I could talk to him today, I'd tell him that it's silly, and I actually think being gay is absolutely cool and doesn't invalidate our friendship.
18th-Dec-2014 12:43 am - Answer for question 4158.
There's a lot of nostalgia around old franchises coming back right now. Movies, TV shows, even action figures! What's something from your childhood that you wish would come back? Why?

(This question will remain in place for a few days while Writer's Block is re-launched -- we'll have new questions each weekday starting on Monday!)
Video rental stores; especially scary movies on VHS! As a kid I'd run through the aisles and try to find some obscure/crappy science fiction films, and then take them home to watch on a rainy day. These days, kids don't understand what it's like find movies on a shelf, or to huddle around a tiny television and watch them in the way they were meant to be watched -- with imperfections, distortions, skips, cracks and all. Movies are too glossy, too perfect, and too realistic now. It's really noticeable if you watch old movies without CGI (e.g. Star Wars IV). Everything had an inexplicable analog 'real-ness' that felt more immersive than even the best 3D-4K-IMAX-whatever.
17th-Feb-2011 09:07 pm - Hello World!
This is a test entry..... 
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