On Fridays, 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. On to this week's topics of discussion...

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1. There are still hundreds of thousands of people in the East without power after last weekend's early snowstorm. We were lucky—here in my New Jersey satellite office, we were only electricity-free for about 24 hours, but friends a few miles away are still waiting for the lights to come back on. What's the longest you've gone without power? How'd you spend your time in the dark?

2. I've asked a variation of this question before, but there are probably new Happy Hour guests — and new pets — since last time. What is the significance of your pets' names? (Or: What did you almost name them?)

3. Have you ever been in a band? What was your band's name?

4. I'm really excited about Erik's World War I series we announced this morning. What other events that unfolded over several years would you like to learn about, piece by piece?

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