Something to make people my age reach for the Ensure


Thurston Moore turns fifty today. FIFTY. Seriously, did I just lose a decade in here somewhere or something? On that very depressing note, let’s play the Friday Five.

1. When you go to the beach, lake, or pool, are you more likely to lower yourself gradually into cold water or to take a determined plunge and get it over with?
I haven’t been for a swim since 1993, but back in the day if the water was too cold, I usually wouldn’t bother with it.

2. How is this like (or unlike) your approach to other tasks or ordeals?
I avoid uncomfortable things a lot when I should try to move past my lack of comfort and just do whatever needs to be done. Witness what happened with that party I was invited to last month as just one example.

3. When someone gives you flowers, are you more likely to let them turn completely brown and gross before throwing them out, or to discard them the moment they take on that sick-flower look?
I give them to Mom for display down in the living room (I have no space in my room for flowers), and trust her to throw them out when the time is right.

4. How is this like (or unlike) your approach to other gifts, purchases, or relationships?
Ducking responsibility and forcing other people to make the decisions for me? Yeah, that sounds like me.

5. Think of your favorite movie (or a movie you really like, if you can’t think of a favorite). Some people say that the reasons you love your favorite movie are related to what you value in romantic relationships. How is this true or untrue in your case?
I’m not sure that there is a particularly romantic relationship in Dancer in the Dark, but I do identify with Selma’s strong devotion to her son and her willingness to do whatever was necessary to save his eyesight. I’m not sure I could ever kill someone over something like that, but that just may be one area where I differ from Selma.

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