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Friday, January 16, 2004 
Friday Five 
1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails?

My work e-mail has, go figure, my name, title, and company information. My personal e-mail has a line of Perl poetry that's over a year old; I keep meaning to change it, but I don't know what to.

2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it? If you haven't graduated yet, what would you like your quote to be?

My high school was a) tiny and b) well-funded, so the seniors each got a whole page to themselves. I don't have my yearbook on me, but I did my page as an illuminated manuscript, and my quotes included:

"Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit—Vergil" ("Perhaps someday we will look back on even this and be happy"—high school in a nutshell; I didn't translate it in the actual yearbook, though.)

"Sine pluvia nullus arcus—Me" ("No rainbow without the rain"—well, I was an untreated bipolar at the time.)

I only got one quote in my college yearbook:

"If I am not for myself, then who is for me?—Hillel"

I submitted a few others, but that was the only one that made it. I suspect they chose it because Hillel is a noted Jewish sage, and they thought I might be quoting him because I was Jewish, and therefore it would be religiously insensitive not to use it. (I'm not Jewish; but it is one of the quotes I keep coming back to, to remind myself how to deal with life...)

3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say?

No car. I think I wouldn't want a vanity plate, because it would make it easier for people to remember and track down...um, not that I'd be trying to escape from the law; but you don't want to give road-ragers or possible stalkers any help, do you?

4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say?

Nup. J. and I did get a cross-stitch wedding sampler from his sister with an alphabet with the letters "I DO" enlarged, and our initials and the date. Which is as much information as a wedding sampler needs, I think; never mind the hearts and doves and inspirational quotes from the Bible and Hallmark Cards writers...

5. What would you like your epitaph to be?

Um...something having to do with having a long, happy, successful life? I don't know. I think it's bad mojo to think that far ahead...

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