Today's "Four Questions" title is in Portuguese in honor of Marcello Braga, an old classmate who got back in touch with me last night -- through his brother, on Facebook, of all things!
Q. What is Dave wearing today?
A. Dave is wearing a blue dress shirt, a black-and-brown tie, and a pair of blue jeans. He has a blue sports jacket in the car. Dave needs to look professional from the waist up today, because he's taping something for teevee. However, he's wearing jeans because he and Complementary Spouse Britt Shirley are hopping on an airplane this evening and flying to Birmingham (the one in Alabama, not the one in England).
Q. How does Dave feel today?
A. Dave is quite happy it's Friday.
Q. What are the factors affecting Dave's mood today?
A. Dave is already fed up with the Christmas decorations and music.
Q. Who is this Marcello person Dave told us about?
A. Marcello and Dave shared a locker in the eighth grade at the American School of Madrid. They made an interesting pair: Marcello was an easy going, quiet, guitar-playing guy from Brazil; and Dave was a neurotic, awkward, nerdish, Jewish kid from New York. Dave recalls that they always seemed to get along and have lots of fun together. Also, Marcello and Dave had last names that sounded very weird in Spain: Braga is a very common last name in Brazil, but in Spanish it's the word for ladies' underwear; while Dave's last name sounds like a common brand of vodka.