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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 8 Apr 2015

So, my friend wildirishrose80 has been doing this weekly blogging prompt for awhile.   I thought I'd give it a shot.   (Why?  I don't know.   Just feeling weirdly introspective, I guess.)

The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. Besides left over Easter goodies, what's something currently kept in a basket at your house?

One basket in the living room used to have a bunch of the media center remotes in it.   But then it got cleaned out, and ... I'm not sure what's in it now.

2. 'The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.' ~Michelangelo Buonarroti
So which one are you...the one who aims too high, or the one who aims too low? Have you ever seen The Sistine Chapel? Did you know Michelangelo's surname prior to answering this question?

I honestly can't say.   Which probably means that I'm aiming too low.  (No, I've never seen the Sistine Chapel, and no, I didn't know his surname.)

3. April 7th is National Beer Day. Hmmm...wonder how that's celebrated? Do you like beer? Have a favorite? If you're not a beer drinker do you have any recipes you enjoy cooking that call for beer?

Being a teetotaler ... I do enjoy a good root beer now and then, but it's pretty rare.   Mostly because you don't find it on-tap in a lot of places.

And I'm not the chef in the household, so ... I don't have any recipes at all, much less ones that call for beer ...

4. When did you last travel somewhere new? Tell us where? How'd it go?

Last month, I traveled to Kansas City for the annual SIGCSE CS educators symposium.   It was ... okay, I guess.   Nothing wrong with the conference venue or the program.   It's just ... some years I come back with tons of inspiration, and some years I just come back with a list of things I ought to look at one of these days.   This year, it was the latter.   But it was nice to hook up with some old friends and make some new ones in the community.

5. The value of _________________________is greatly overrated.

Equity.   We use the words "equity" and "fairness" as if they're the same thing, and they're not.

6. What's a pet peeve of yours when it comes to restaurant dining?

Ordering something, only to discover that it's unavailable.   Happened several times over the last couple of days to my poor wife.

7. It's Poetry Month...share a favorite poem, either the title, a few lines you find meaningful, or the whole kit and caboodle.

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again, "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We went with the family today to the Pittsburgh Zoo.   Not for the first time, I found myself attracted to the sea lion exhibit.  On land, the sea lion is an ugly, lumbering monstrosity.   In the water, the sea lion is an elegant, graceful, powerful swimmer --- because that's where the sea lion belongs.

There are far too many days that I feel like the sea lion on land and not the sea lion in water.  

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