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Wednesday, June 29, 2016


     Welcome back Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you Joyce for another series of penetrating questions. Summer is here in the Granite State in full force. The humidity is elevated which does not help SWMBO's asthma. Well anyway, onto this week's Hodgepodge questions.

1. It's officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?
     I think July is the best Summer month. It has the celebrations around a certain wedding anniversary, #44 and counting. It has the fireworks associated with celebrating our independence on the 4th. The lake water temperatures are warmer and more tolerable. The vegetation is in full bloom. Fresh vegetables are beginning to appear at the local farm stands. The sunny weather is spectacular. What more could one need?

2. Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?
     I can swim. I learned by being tossed out of a boat and being told what to do to keep from drowning. Needless to say I was highly motivated to listen and do as instructed. I was pulled back aboard before I ran out of strength. Unbeknownst to me the water that I was tossed into was NOT over my head, it was about chest deep. I practiced those techniques closer to shore and at area pools at my own pace. I did earn a swimming merit badge at Boy Scout Camp.
3. What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?
     I judge my procrastination rather harshly. I judge insincerity in others rather harshly.

4. Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What's a road (literal or figurative) you've always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you? 
     I would have loved to learn to fly and become a commercial pilot. I think that it would have opened up more of the world to me.

5. Popsicles-yay or nay? If you answered yay, what's your favorite flavor? 
     Popsicles-Yay! I love red or purple.

6. Brexit-on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what's involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what's Brexit) Is this news you'll follow or is it something you think won't impact your life in any way shape or form?
     On your 1 to 10 scale I'm about a 3. I'll continue to follow the developments as they arise. This can't help but impact my life, if only indirectly, given the economic impact it could have on the stock markets etc.  

7. Share a favorite song on your summer play list.
     "Summer in the City" by the Lovin Spoonful. "In the Summertime" by Mungo Gerry and any of the surfing songs by the Beach Boys or Jan & Dean.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
     I have been following the recent disasters in California and West Virginia. These particular events have directly impacted people who I know and love. One such acquaintance lost contact with her dad for a couple of days. Thankfully, and as usual, he was out helping others who were affected by the wild fires. He is fine. Another such acquaintance lives in West Virginia. Her property was spared but she expended her energy to the point of exhaustion helping others to recover from the receding flood waters. 
     So, I say again that Americans are a noble people who go to great lengths to render aid where needed. Anyone who says different is either ignorant or lying. 
      God bless y'all!


  1. Visiting from the Hodgepodge. My middle son dreams of becoming a commercial pilot so we are exploring options for him to learn that (he's 15). And I got a kick out of SWMBO - my hubby calls me that too. :-)

  2. Americans are a noble people who go to great lengths to render aid where needed. Anyone who says different is either ignorant or lying. AMEN!!

  3. July is a great pick! I would think that way of learning to swim would scare some people off, glad you embraced it. I do think that being a pilot would have been a great adventure. Great song choices!

  4. Oh West Virginia is so sad and given all the big things happening in the world, it doesn't feel like its getting the attention it should. July sounds like a great month in your neck of the woods. Congrats on #44!

  5. Happy Anniversary, you two! Wishing you many more, as well.
    I love your summer play list :) Great tunes!