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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 22 Apr 2015 - Jim Huggins
April 22nd, 2015
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 22 Apr 2015
The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?

I can think of three things that might qualify, though it's a bit of a stretch.

  • In high school, I was in the top-level choir for three years.   We wore formal attire for concerts: ladies in formal dresses, men in tuxedos.   I remember hearing our choir director talk about it once.   He said "when you put a young high school boy into a tuxedo, he stands straight up, his shoulders move back --- in short, he immediately stands in the best possible position for singing."   It did have an effect on all of us.   It was special.

  • Growing up, I was in in a church that had lots of choirs (kids, teens, adults); all of them wore choir robes.

  • Now, I'm a professor, and I have a set of formal academic robes.   They don't get used much (only for ceremonies), but they're really cool.

2. April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth?

Probably the most obvious thing is recycling.   We got into the habit in various student housing before we met, and we still do it today.
3. Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous...your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home?  Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for?

Not even sure what quinoa is.   Probably couscous, though we tend only have that with particular meals (Jane makes a wonderful grilled salmon which we pair with couscous and a mint yogurt sauce.)   As to the rices ... they're all good.

4. In your opinion, who has the best job ever?

I'm jealous of the professors here who have been here for an eternity, and can simply come in whenever they want, do whatever they want, and leave, with no consequences.

5. What's a situation in your life currently requiring patience?

Well ... that, really.   My research program is dead, and I don't know how to start another one.   I'm trying to look around for ideas, but I really have no idea how to start a new research program from scratch.   I'm trying to make myself "available" for inspiration to strike, but ... after a couple of years, it ain't happening.   And when I see others having marvelous success, it's hard not to be jealous --- even though I know that I'm called to live my own life, not someone else's.

6.  Do you live your life around days of the week? Explain.

I'm not even sure what the question means.   I don't live for the weekend, or hate Mondays, or whatever.   Each day has its own unique challenges.

7. In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what 'R word' best describes your April?

Restless.   Non-teaching terms are hard for me ... I get so used to reacting to the latest urgent time demand that I'm not sure how to use my time when I get to choose how to spend it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I watched CitizenFour yesterday.   It's a compelling documentary.

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