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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


     Yesterday, in 24 B.C., Julius Caesar, famous inventor of the Caesar Salad, went to the Roman Forum and was immediately stabbed to death by a cadre of carnivorous Roman Senators. Either that, or they killed him to prevent him from becoming what they believed would be a totalitarian emperor. I'm not sure which one. This occurred during the ides of March. So beware the ides of March.
     Today is Wednesday and of course time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you Joyce for another set of questions. I hope that you all enjoy this week's edition. 

1. What do you think about luck?
     I believe that preparation combined with opportunity is what we know as luck. I also believe that there are times when we are inexplicably fortunate. For example, you often hear of people who miss their flight only to find out later that that flight crashed. This happened to some people on 9/11/2001. That is luck. 

2. Not counting your own backyard, what's a favorite green space in your town, city, or state?
     There is a ridge in the lakes region of NH where there's a ledge that overlooks a beautiful valley. To the left of the valley is a gorgeous lake. Across the valley are a couple of mountains. The view is breath taking.

3. How do you make your life more complex than it needs to be?
     I have made my life more complex by getting married. I then made it more complex still by having children. Seriously, I make my life more complex than it needs to be by procrastinating. 

4. I read here the three places you should visit with friends. They are-New York City, Hawaii, and Amsterdam (rent a bike, walk along the canal, visit one of their world class museums). I felt the need to expound on that one. Moving on...Of the three places listed which would you most like to visit with friends? What's one place not on the list you think should be visited with friends?
     Of course, I'd love to visit Hawaii. I am also intrigued with the idea of riding bicycles around Amsterdam.

5. What's the last live performance you saw? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being best) how would you rate it?
     I think the last live performance I saw was a folk group called "Atlantic Crossing." On a scale of 1-10 I'd give them an 8 or 9. They were really good, but it was several years ago.

6. March 14th is National Potato Chip Day. Are you a fan? Your favorite flavor? Besides potato, what's your favorite chip type of snack?
     I am definitely a fan of potato chips. Rippled chips are my favorite. SWMBO and I also like goldfish crackers.

7.What rule is most important in your home?
     We have two rules...(1) Mom is always right! (2) If Mom is wrong, see rule #1. Another rule is If Mom ain't happy, nobody is happy. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     There is a hole in our lives that can never be refilled. Becke, the Wonder Dog, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Monday after a period of declining health. Becke was a remarkable dog in oh so many ways. She was a yellow Labrador Retriever who lived over 16 years giving unconditional love and service to all with whom she came in contact. 
     Becke had a unique way of knowing how frisky she could be with people. She was able to sense if someone was afraid of dogs and she would adjust her behavior accordingly. She was able to help our grandson to get over his fear of dogs.
     She was a certified pet therapy dog, visiting our local Veteran's Administration Hospital. She was also a R.E.A.D. service dog. She would patiently listen as children would read out loud to her. This allowed children to improve their reading skills in a non-threatening environment. 
     Becke became a member of our family 12 years ago. She has been a constant blessing to our lives ever since. We thank God for bringing her into our family and for how she uplifted and enriched our lives. 


  1. Oh, I am so sad to learn about your loss this week. Becke sounds like she was such a wonderful companion to so many, and certainly a special member of your household. It hurts to lose one of our fur-children. Hugs to you and your wife. I enjoyed your HP this week!! You put more thought into your answers than I did, I think.

  2. Love your answer to #3 but was saddened to hear about your dog. I know only too well how our pets become part of the family and it's really hard when we have to let them go.

  3. I'm so sorry about the loss of your dog. I know what that's like after having one as part of the family for 11 years.

  4. So very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved fur baby. I know all too well how difficult that is on your heart. May your wonderful memories bring you great comfort.

  5. Oh No! I'm SO sorry about the loss of Becke! I KNOW she left a huge hole in your family because she was so special. I'm truly sorry.

    I love your house rules. Those could probably apply at our house, as well :)

    Even though I'm not able to see the linky to add my name to the list, I'm playing along with the Hodgepodge, this week.

    Kathy (Reflections)

  6. I didn't think of procrastination when I answered #3, but it's certainly one of my problems.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved pup. I know she was well loved and will be missed. Dogs fill a space in our homes I don't think we realize is there, until they're gone. Thinking of you both.

  8. Hi,
    I am sorry about your dog. My dog is 11 years old. She is my first dog. Oh my, the love!
    Sending you prayers.

    I like your rule. :-))