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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 23-26 September 2015 - Jim Huggins
September 26th, 2015
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 23-26 September 2015
It's finals week.  I'm late.  :)

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

1. What have you 'fallen for' recently?

A couple of nights ago, I happened across some comedy barbershop quartet groups on Facebook ... and I can't seem to stop watching them.   I never sang barbershop, but I sang a lot in high school with the high school choirs (who sang acapella a bunch), and it brought back a lot of fine memories.   How I miss tight harmony ...

2. What's something you're 'squirreling away' for later?

I wish I could say there was anything I was really 'squirreling away'.   So much of what I seem to be doing right now is simply reacting to the moment in front of me.

3. How do you like your apples? Sweet? Tart? Crisp? Cooked? Apples are one of the superfoods for fall...how often do you eat an apple either plain or as part of a favorite recipe? What's your favorite variety?

I love cooked apples (in just about any form); I can't stand raw apples (in just about any form).   I don't know enough about varieties to be able to pick one.

4. According to Fodor's the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen Colorado, The Catskills New York, The Berkshires Massachusetts, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Green Mountain Byway Vermont, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway New Mexico, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, and Glacier National Park Montana. Which would you most like to visit this fall and why?

I don't really know of any of those places, other than Michigan's UP, of course.   By default, I'd pick that one, though I'm sure the others would be lovely.

5. The topic of legalizing marijuana was raised in the most recent televised political debate so let's wade in too. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states have legalize marijuana for recreational use. Your thoughts?

While generally I'm of a fairly libertarian mindset ... this one troubles me.   I understand, intellectually, that prohibitions on drug use mostly just encourage it and invite a criminal element into the picture.   At the same time, I've seen up-close how marijuana (legally or illegally obtained) has destroyed people's lives.

Michigan has legalized marijuana use for "medical use" only.   A friend of mine at church has a son who is now hopelessly addicted to marijuana because an enabler he knows got him diagnosed for "fatigue" (who isn't tired these days?) and got him a prescription for marijuana as an "approved treatment".   She had to kick him out of the house as a result, and he's smoking his life away.

The rationalist in me would say that he has the right to throw his life away like that, and we shouldn't deprive him of his right to do so.   The compassionate side of me looks at the disaster this kid has become, and the heartbreak in his mother, and can't stand sitting there and doing nothing.

And that hasn't changed much in 30 years.   A dear friend of mine in college had a roommate who did the same thing.  He was the nicest, straight-laced, moral kid you ever knew.   A couple of friends in the dorm got him to try smoking mariquana as a joke, and he never came down from the high --- he quit going to class, he started acting out against everyone, he became violent.  Eventually his dad had to come and physically remove him from campus.   I often wonder whatever happened to him.

I don't know how to balance out freedom of choice against the destructiveness of mind-altering drugs.   Force me to pick a side, and I'll vote to criminalize marijuana use, because I've seen how it destroys people.   But I have no good response to the rational arguments in favor of legalization.

6. Are you okay to watch a movie already in progress or do you need to always see it from the beginning? How about jumping into a TV series somewhere in the middle? Is that okay?

Normally, I need to start from the beginning.   Unless it's a movie/TV show I've seen before.

7. Thursday (September 24) is National Punctuation Day. What rule of punctuation trips you up most often? What rule of punctuation, when broken by someone else, bugs you the most?

I know it's a rule, but, dagnabbit, I can't deal with the rule that says that if you end a sentence with a quotation, the final punctuation mark of the sentence goes inside the quotation marks.   It just seems wrong.

For other people: it's the use of "its" versus "it's".

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I've just now started to see the feature on Facebook where it shows your posts on this date in previous years.   For whatever reason, all the posts I was seeing this week were awfully negative.   (Well, there is a correlation, as there's a particular event that used to occur this week that would set me off.)

But it's got me thinking about my social media presence.   Am I becoming that cranky old man who just complains about stuff all the time?   Why can't I "be content whatever the circumstances" (Philippians 4:11)?   Lord, have mercy ...

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