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Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 22-23 July 2015

A little late ... oh, well ...

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

1. Is your home air conditioned? If it's not air conditioned, is that by choice? Did you grow up with air conditioning? If not how did you cope with the heat? Share about a time or place you remember as being too hot-the temperature kind of hot, lest anyone be confused.

Our home is air-conditioned.   I grew up with some air-conditioning ... we had a couple of in-window air conditioner units (one in the living room, one in the master bedroom) which seemed to work reasonably well.

The one time I can remember being too hot ... when my wife and I bought the house where we live, it didn't have air conditioning.   We managed fine for a few years ... and then we had one week one summer where the temperatures simply wouldn't go down enough.   It was a miserable week.   That fall, the furnace died, and we agreed that as long as we were getting a new furnace, we should get central air conditioning as well.   I promised not to freeze my poor wife out of the house with it.   I'm not sure how well I'm doing on that promise, but we manage to find a happy medium in there somewhere.

2. What's something in your life right now that falls under the heading 'up in the air'?

My research agenda.   (Otherwise known as "um, what research agenda?")   I have a couple of little ideas, but nothing firm.

3. Your favorite light and airy dessert?

During December, Jane makes peppermint meringue cookies that are delightful.

4. When did you last feel like you were 'floating on air'?

Perhaps at the AP Computer Science Reading in June.  This year, for whatever reason, I really felt the affection that the community has for one another.   It was deeply affirming.

5. Airport, airmail, airtight, airhead...which have you most recently encountered? Explain.

Probably the airport, coming back from the AP Reading.   The Kansas City airport is a bit of an oddity ... it was built just before 9/11, under the theory that anyone could come and walk right up to the boarding gates.   They've managed to retrofit the airport post-9/11 to account for modern security procedures, but it's clear that it wasn't the intent.

6.  Have you ever been to the Alps? If so where did you go? If not, is this a destination on your must-see list? If you were headed that direction this summer, which of the following would be your preferred activity...a gentle walk, a serious walk, a bike ride, a boat ride around one of the lakes, or summer snow skiing?

Never been to the Alps.   I can't say that it's a "must-see" ... I'm not sure how many of those (if any) I really have.   Preferred activity?   A gentle walk for geocaches, of course. :)

7. What is one saying or phrase that was considered 'cool' when you were growing up?

In my era, it was probably "Where's The Beef?".

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Sunday, I realized that seeking academic advancement has become an idol for me.   I have to give up dreaming of professional recognition for who I am and what I do.   Perhaps, like Abraham, if I'm willing to sacrifice that which is most precious to me, God will miraculously provide it after all.   But I have to go first.  "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." (Matthew 16:25)

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