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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 11 November 2015 - Jim Huggins
November 11th, 2015
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 11 November 2015
The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. In two or three sentences tell us what Veteran's Day means to you?

To be brutally honest ... it means more to me in theory than in practice.

In theory, I appreciate the freedoms that I enjoy because of the service of our veterans to all of us.

In practice ... Veteran's Day is another day at work, at church, and at home, doing the stuff I always do.

In theory, that's exactly what our armed forces fought for: the ability to live ordinary lives without fear.

In practice, I wish that there was more of an impact on my life today from Veteran's Day than the fact that I won't get postal mail and can't go to the bank.

2. What's your favorite film with a patriotic theme woven into the storyline?

3. Flu shot-yes or no? If you answered no, do you plan to get a flu shot? If not, why not? Have you ever had the flu?

I haven't gotten one yet, and I need to.   We had the flu as a household once (mom, dad, and baby), and it was the most horrific weekend I've ever had.   Every year since then, I've gotten a flu shot.

4. I've seen lots of people posting pictures of their Christmas trees up and decorated. Many stores have had Christmas on display since well before Halloween. Red cups are back at Starbucks, sans the holiday decor, and that has some people up in arms. What are your thoughts on all the holiday ruckus this second week of November?

Regarding the Starbucks kerfuffle, Nate Lake has expressed my thoughts more eloquently than I.

Regarding the more general question of the earlyness of Christmas displays, I've written a long essay on that topic.

5. What 'critter' are you most afraid of encountering unexpectedly? Why that one?

Hornets.  They tend to hide in guardrails and lampposts where I'm looking for geocaches.  :)

6. Do you like building things? What's the last thing you 'built'?

I think I would, if I had more experience with it.   Most of the things I "build" are virtual -- documents, assignments, grading sheets.   At times I wish I had skills in carpentry just to build little knick-knacks for the sheer pleasure of it.

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude...what are you most grateful for that brings beauty to your daily life?

My wife.   This artist portrays the wonders of the everyday beauty of marriage.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am weighed down by sixty midterm exams (for two courses); nothing I do allows me to get them graded.   It's going to be a very long Saturday at this rate.  *sigh*

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Date:November 12th, 2015 01:11 am (UTC)

Good luck with your grading--hope it goes quicker than you expect.
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From:Denise Oldham
Date:November 12th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
enjoyed your thankful answer.
From:Jo Daley
Date:November 16th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
I liked the essay and also your thoughts on Christmas. I think we get so worked up about the wrong things, and then when something tragic occurs we re-right ourselves for a bit. Hope you got those mid-terms graded!
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