Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 19 August 2015

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

1. Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question  submitted by Marla, who blogs over at Marla's Musings. Thanks Marla!
She asks-At what age did you feel like a 'grown-up'? What keeps you young now?  

Probably early graduate school.   That was when I finally became completely financially independent from my parents.

Now?   Hanging out with undergraduate students all day long keeps me young.   Their energy and excitement and passion for technology is a blessing to me.

2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?

Our last vehicle "purchase" was in 2010.   Our beloved 1997 Escort wagon was developing serious problems ... and while we always would rather repair rather than replace when it comes to cars, it was clear that a 13-year-old car wasn't going to be sound enough to withstand the repair.

The buying experience was more-or-less a 7, I guess.   On the good side, Kettering University qualifies as a "valued partner" with Ford, so we get one of the "no-haggle" price deals.   On the bad side, it took awhile for Jane to find exactly the car we wanted (as opposed to the cars that everyone wanted to sell to us), which was a bit frustrating.

3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?

Corn-on-the-cob, freshly cooked, with butter (or whatever) and salt.

4. What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?

Everything ... I teach college students for a living.   They keep me on my toes.

5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.

This is a hard one for me ... there are some college movies out there that come to mind, but none of them really hit the "favorite" stage.

It's been awhile since I've seen it, but of the college-themed movies that come to mind, Good Will Hunting is the one I'd pick.   The portrait of the academy as a place that seeks truth --- both scientific and personal --- is one that appeals to me.

6. Reading, writing, and 'rithmatic' are commonly referred to as the three R's. What are the three R's in your life right now?

Um.   Okay, you stumped me on this one.

7. What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?

Someone showed me online how I can automatically upload my geocaching finds from my handheld GPS receiver to the master website for logging.   Holy cow, that was much easier than the way I was doing it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm drowning in grading right now, just trying to keep my head above water.   I hate midterm season ...

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