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Jim Huggins
April 15th, 2015
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 15 Apr 2015
The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. Speaking of April 15th...what's the most 'taxing' thing you've done recently?

Probably the drive home from vacation.  5-ish hours on the Ohio Turnpike, trying to stay awake while everyone else in the car sleeps.   Eating horrible salt-and-vinegar potato chips because the sour taste usually brings me back to alertness.

2. When did you last take a taxi somewhere and where was that somewhere?

Oh, gosh ... probably three years ago, when our family spent Spring Break in Chicago.  At the advice of a number of folks, we took the Amtrak to Chicago and used taxis to go everywhere in the city (i.e. all the museums).

3. What's something you can do today that you couldn't do a year ago?

You know, I'm not sure I can name anything.   I suppose that's sad.

4. How often is chicken (in some form or fashion) on your menu at home? Which of the following would you most like to see on your table tonight...a chicken salad sandwich, your mom's fried chicken, a Chick-fil-A meal, Cracker Barrel's chicken n' dumplings, a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, or 'hold the chicken, I'm a vegetarian'...?

Quite often; it's one of our staples.   Mom didn't make fried chicken, so ... probably the chicken-n-dumplings, mostly because I don't get that particular incarnation that often.

5. What was your favorite television program when you were a kid? What characters do you remember the most?

M*A*S*H.   I can remember watching up to 5 episodes a day, bouncing around the various broadcast channels.   Hawkeye is the most memorable, of course, but I remember them all.

6. What was the last piece of 'art' you made?

About a month ago, my wife & I took our oldest daughter out for a Japanese Hibachi dinner.   Seated at our table was a young couple with a toddler who was a bit fidgety.   My one "go-to" trick: I know how to take a square piece of paper and turn it into an origami rabbit.   I made it for the toddler to help with entertaining him during dinner.

7. What frustrates you most about the Internet?

Urban legends ... and more.

Lately, I've discovered a disturbing trend.   Someone posts an urban legend, a half-sourced fact, a bold-faced lie.   I post a correction with sources ... and then the original poster responds with the equivalent of "the greater truth still stands".   Sheesh.  You can't build "greater truths" on the foundation of little falsehoods.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Everyone else in the house is stressed out of their gourds.   I'm supposed to be using this time to rest and recover and rejuvinate.   *headdesk*.

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