Your Favorite Grade School Computer Games

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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. I did not learn to type in our fifth-grade typing class. That skill wasn't developed for another six or seven years. I did, however, learn to transport a family across the mid-19th century plains while minimizing the number of children lost to dysentery. We also played a lot of Zork.

Oregon Trail and Zork were my favorite computer class diversions. But when we got our first home computer (1989?), I played way too much Castle Adventure. (A quick survey of people on AIM this morning didn't turn up any Castle fans. Anyone remember it?)

What were your favorite grade school computer games?

2. Occasionally a message slips past the spam filter. Like a note this morning from a plumbing company, threatening to withhold services. This might be the worst slogan in terrible slogan history:

"If we do business with you we won't do business with your competitors. But if we do business with your competitors we won't do business with you!"

I hate getting backed into a corner like that.

We've all gotten emails from Nigerian princes and Viagra dealers. But what's the weirdest spam you've received?

3. A couple weeks ago, I asked you to go back in time and chat with your 15-year-old self. Today, pretend that a version of you from 2030 showed up and said he/she could answer one question. What would you ask? (No questions on gambling advice. Biff Tannen beat you to that one.)

4. I've been looking for an excuse to put together a quiz on Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, so we may run a week of 5pm Quizzes on TV shows canceled too early. Any particular shows you'd like to see covered?

Have a great weekend!

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]

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