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Friday Five

1. Do you really make wishes when you blow out the candles on your cake?
Sure, if I have a cake and someone lights candles, I absolutely make a wish before I blow them out. Why not?

2. Have any of the wishes ever come true, if yes?
I usually forget what I wished for, so I'm not sure what my birthday cake wish-fulfillment record is.

3. How do you feel about birthdays? (e.g., love the attention, just another day, don't want anyone to know my real age, etc.)
I think they're fun. The more I have, the better. Probably!

4. Tell us a favorite gift you've received, or something you'd really like for your next birthday.
Clay. Once Brian got me ten pounds of clay and another time he got a bunch of sculpey, all different colors. Great presents.

5. What flavor cake?
Easy: chocolate. Any chocolate variation will do as well.


1. Which gender do you generally present yourself as (man, woman, androgynous, etc.)?

2. Have you ever deliberately done "drag" (i.e., presented yourself as a gender you do not identify as)? If yes, how often? Why? How did it make you feel and act differently?
Nope. When I used to bike home from downtown I would try to tone down any gender clues, I thought it might reduce problems. I had very few problems, maybe it worked.

3. Do you get mistaken for another gender "remotely" (i.e., in letters, email, or on the phone)? How often? Why or why not?
Rarely, but in person I do pretty often. I think it's because I am tall and people who aren't looking right at me say "sir" automatically.

4. Do you get mistaken for another gender in person? How often? Why or why not?
Oops, I answered this already. Once several decades ago I was at a party with a lot of strangers and I got separated from my companions. A group of losers started pushing me around and it took me a while to figure out that they thought I was a girly-looking guy.

5. If you could take one aspect of another gender's presentation (dress, makeup, hair, etc.) and instantly make it widely socially acceptable for your gender, what would it be?
Easiest question yet: hairiness.



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