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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


     We are having sporadic thunder storms today. Apparently high humidity and clashing weather fronts is a recipe for violent weather. So far the storms we have had were not too severe, at least in my town. Other parts of New England were not so lucky with having trees blown over and damage from hail. 
     Oh well, it's still wednesday and it's still time for the weekly Hodgepodge. Come on and join in on the fun!

1. The month of July was named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. He's quoted as saying, 'Experience is the teacher of all things." So what has experience taught you lately?
     I learned that "butterflying" chicken breasts before putting them on the grill makes it easier to cook them evenly. SWMBO loved my BBQ chicken breasts. 

2. Where did you last 'roam'?
     I drove to a friends house and took the back roads over the mountains and literally through the woods. It was a beautiful day and a nice picturesque drive.

3. Speaking of 'Rome', pasta, can only pick one, which would you choose?
     I would pick pasta. I understand that Italian Pizza is not the same as the Pizza we get in this country.

4. 'Rome wasn't built in a day', 'All roads lead to Rome', 'When in Rome...' which 'Roman' idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.
     "Rome wasn't built in a day" Recovering from a chronic disease is a one day at a time kind of thing. Nothing happens quickly and there are often set backs. 

5. What's a movie you've seen or a book you've read, that makes you want to book a trip to Italy?
      "The Pigeon Project" by Irving Wallace makes me want to book a trip to Venice.

6.  Walt's original Disneyland opened almost sixty years ago, on July 17, 1955  Have you ever been to the California park? How about any of the other Disney parks around the world? What's your favorite amusement park ride or attraction?
     I have never been to any of the Disney Amusement Parks. I don't see me ever spending $133 dollars to go and stand in line for hours on end. The admission price is outrageous in my humble opinion.

7. It's that time of year...when were you last bitten or stung?
     In our yard...the mosquitos have been particularly hungry. SWMBO got nailed by a tick which infected her with Lyme disease. I guess her cancer wasn't challenging enough.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
     In the 1840's at the Vienna General Hospital, a teaching hospital, the mortality rate in the maternity wards was 1 in 6 women died from infections. It seems that in the mornings doctors and students would perform autopsies on the women who died the previous day. Afterwards they would go to the wards and perform pelvic exams upon the living women patients without washing their hands.
     Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was in charge of one these wards. He instituted a protocol of hand washing for all doctors and students before they examined any patient. Within the first month the mortality rate fell to 1 in 42. The second month the rate fell to 1 in 84. 
     Dr. Semmelweis expanded the hand washing protocol to include washing hands between examining patients. This caused the mortality rate to drop even further.
     The doctors and students complained so bitterly about the hand washing protocols that Dr. Semmelweis was fired. The doctor who succeeded him threw out the hand washing protocols. The mortality rate quickly returned to what they were before the protocols were put in place.
     It wasn't until several years later when Louis Pasteur discovered the connection between germs and infection that Dr, Semmelweis was exonerated. My point is that truth matters!


  1. We've had three straight days of thunder storms. My plants are swimming! I've never read The Pigeon Project so will have to look for that one. I have been to Venice and it's amazing.

    1. I understand that Venice is a marvel of engineering. The canal ways must be interesting to explore. If you like mysteries you will love the Pigeon Project. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I heard the east coast is having several storms these days. We're having weird weather in CA. It's cloudy and foggy in the AM and sunny and warm by mid noon. Although we haven't had decent rainfall in months!

    1. Our son and his family live in northeast San Diego, Scripps Ranch area. I think they have been dry too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  3. I dislike those pop-up storms that plague us this time of the year! They're one of the reasons we had most of our trees cut down.

    I'm sorry to hear that SWMBO contracted Lyme disease. I understand that the side effects are most unpleasant. Hope she feels better soon! (Please tell Lynne Marie this, as she is a blog friend of mine).

    I'd never heard the story you shared in your random thoughts, but I'll bet my husband has! He's a health care worker (in x-ray), and an avid hand washer!!!