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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


     Today is another Wednesday. I am glad that you are still here to enjoy it with the rest of us who are still here as well. Today being Wednesday means that it is time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thanks Joyce for these weekly essay quizzes. I hope that you enjoy this edition of the Hodgepodge.

1.  Did you make someone laugh yesterday? Was it intentional?
     I tend to purposely make at least one person laugh each day. I'm a jocular sort of fellow. 

2. What's a simple question with a complicated answer?
     Who are you? This can be quite complicated to answer fully.

3. Rhododendrons or have to choose. Are either currently blooming in your yard?
     I am not a flower person and could not pick out either flower out of a lineup!

4. May 21st is National Waitstaff Day. Have you ever worked as a waiter/waitress? How would you rate the experience? What was the best/worst part of the job?
     I have never worked as a waiter. I always try to be pleasant to anybody who handles my food. I never complain if my food is not prepared as I ordered it. It really is not that big of a deal to me. It does affect the size of any tip I might give.

5. What fashion trend for women should be outlawed? How about one for men?
     I think that there should be a weight limit for wearing spandex for both men and women. Other than that I don't really have an opinion.

6. Name a writer who inspires tell us why.
     Victor Davis Hanson inspires me. He writes really well and I have never read anything close to an ad hominem attack coming from his pen. He's a classicist who comments on the contemporary culture through the lens of history. He inspires me because he raises rhetoric to an amazing level. He states his opinions by means of cogent, thoughtful argument. Another writer I really like is Dr. Thomas Sowell. He's an economist by education and has written many syndicated opinion columns from a conservative perspective. 

7. What well known quote or saying sums up your plans for today or this week?
      This is a really difficult question. I guess I'll go with "Love thy neighbor as thyself." I strive to do this every day.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     One of the things that really annoys me is when October rolls around and you begin to see advertisements for Christmas. My annoyance has led me to form the E.S.A.S. (Ebenezer Scrooge Admiration Society) in response. 
     A close second is the incessant political campaigning. No sooner had the midterm elections of 2014 ended when we start getting calls from pollsters for the 2016 election. I have decided not to participate in any political polls...period!
     Former Secretary of State Clinton has announced that she is running for President. No one has died from shock upon hearing that news. What is different is that Mrs. Clinton has not had any press conferences or submitted to interviews by reporters or answered any questions from any reporters assigned to cover her campaign. 
     If I could work my will I would impose a total news blackout of the Clinton campaign. I would tell Mrs Clinton "Fine, you don't want to talk with the press, we will not bother you with our questions for the duration of this election cycle." 
     I know that this will NEVER happen, but a person can dream can't they? 


  1. Who are you is a difficult question to answer. Sometimes I'm not even sure I know myself. :)

  2. Good question. I wish I knew the answer. You would think after 63 years I would know who I am! I agree with you weight limit idea for spandex. I will have to check Victor out. Enjoyed your random thoughts.

  3. You are the first male blogger's post I have read. Wow, so refreshing to hear a man's point of view in the blogging world. I'm visiting from Hodgepodge Wednesday and I truly enjoyed your answers to Jo's questions. Another follower of Christ - even more of a treat!

  4. I am so with you on the election coverage. We've got a long way to go! I love Dr. Sowell too. He is skilled at explaining complex issues in layman terms.

  5. I fully agree with you on the weight limit for spandex wearers. I also believe one should be enforced with bikinis as well, but that's just me.

  6. Okay, you made ME laugh out loud (the chuckle variety) with the weight limit for spandex comment. There comes a point when "ain't nothin' gonna help" some of us look skinnier. It's a charade and "vanity of vanities." I also agree with you on the Christmas advertising and the Clinton campaign. I'd be happy to do away with both!

  7. It's nice to "hear" a male voice weighing in, not to mention another conservative. I share your dream from #8, but can't imagine we'll get that lucky.

  8. I, too, share your thoughts on #8!

  9. I like your stand on Christmas advertising. I don't want to think about Christmas in October. We just had elections here in the UK and I'm glad it's all over. Didn't like the result but at least all the bickering etc is done with. Oh no wait, now there are party leaders to replace and then we have the election for the Mayor London. I don't think it ever ends lol