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Wednesday, March 6, 2013


     This is my second Hodgepodge in as many weeks! Some of these questions are quite thought provoking. I am purposely answering these questions without first looking at SWMBO's answers. I did not want to be influenced by her wisdom. 
1. My real life friends came through with another question this week so thank you real life friends. When you've eaten in a restaurant do you complete their comment card? Do you take online surveys highlighted at the bottom of store receipts? 
     Sometimes yes, sometimes no! If the server and service were exceptional then yes. If the service or server were substandard or poor I do not. Everyone has an off day now and then and I choose not to compound it by complaining. Life is too short! I generally do not complete online surveys.

2. The (US) ban on women in combat was lifted at the end of January. It will probably be next year before specifics are worked out, but its been reported over 200,000 front line positions will eventually open up to women.  Your thoughts?
      Generally, I'm opposed to the idea. I strongly believe that it is a really bad idea. Men and women are significantly physically different and significantly emotionally different. The Israelis assigned women to combat years ago and have since backed off from that policy. Their experience can be instructional if we choose to learn from it.
     Having said that, if women are going to fill combat roles than they MUST meet the same standards, physical and otherwise, as anyone else. Not "gender normed" standards, but the same standards.

3.  In looking back at all the blog posts you've written, what's your favorite post title
            "One Man's Life...A Personal Reflection!" This was written to celebrate the life of a friend and church Elder who passed away from cancer. His name is Duane Coss and he enriched the lives of everyone who were privileged to know him. He was a man of impeccable character. I respected him! I trusted him implicitly! I loved him him as a friend. Judging from those who spoke at his memorial service, I am not alone in my opinion!

4. What's worse-overly permissive parents or overly protective parents?  Did your own parents lean more to the permissive or the protective category?  If you're a parent where do you fall? 
     Overly permissive is worse in my humble opinion. Boundaries are necessary to raise healthy, well adjusted children to adulthood. It is easier for protective parents to ease up on being protective when their kids show themselves to be trustworthy and responsible. However, it is more difficult for permissive parents to become more restrictive and controlling when, not if, the kids get into mischief.

5.  Candlelight-moonlight-firelight-bright lights in the big city...which one's your favorite? 
          A campfire out in the country is my favorite! Moonlight on a cloudless night is good, too!

6. Dr. Seuss's birthday was celebrated on Saturday. What's a favorite book you remember (Seuss or otherwise) from your own childhood?  Did books play an important role in your growing up years? Explain. 
     I loved to read as a young boy. I loved the Hardy Boys mysteries. I also enjoyed reading historical fiction.

7.  To quote Dr. Seuss...
"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." 
from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Share something funny you've recently read, seen or heard.  
       There are certain anecdotes that always make me laugh. Here's an example...A fish was swimming along and hit a wall. He said "DAM!"

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     A recent news story reported that an elderly resident in a retirement home collapsed. A nurse from the facility called "911." The 911 Operator  asked the nurse to perform CPR. The nurse said that it was against the retirement homes policy for staff to administer CPR. The nurse made it clear, despite the pleading of the 911 Operator, that she was not going to perform CPR.
     When a medical professional refuses to try and save a life and idly stands by while that life ebbs away AND this behavior is acceptable, we are in big trouble as a society! We are in big trouble as human beings! Remember being taught that human life was priceless? Well, apparently it is not! What a shame!

     Thanks, Joyce, for another excellent set of thought provoking questions!


  1. I'm just getting around to reading the answers today. I wonder if the assisted living place didn't have a plan to do CPR then why not wait till she died and then call the undertaker? Why even bother to call 911 if they have no intention to do what they are told.

  2. I heard the story too and found it confusing. I never heard why she refused to give CPR? The interviewer kept talking about the good samaritan law, but this was in a medical facility (of sorts) and the woman who refused was a nurse. None of it made sense, but how sad all the way round. That this is what we've come too...

    Glad you joined in again this week!