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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 18-23 November 2015 - Jim Huggins
November 23rd, 2015
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 18-23 November 2015
Okay, I'm really late with this one ...

1. What's surprised you most about your life, or about life in general?

I don't know that I'm surprised about anything.   I would have to have an expectation in order to be surprised, and I guess I don't really have any expectations about how things should be --- at least personally.

2. Among others, these ten words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year...awesomesauce, beer o'clock, brain fart, buttdial, cat cafe (apparently this is a real thing), fatberg (gross-read the definition here), fat shame, hangry, Mx (gender neutral), and skippable.
Your thoughts? In looking over the list, which word do you find most ridiculous? Which word would you never in a million years say out loud? Which word would you be most likely to use in conversation?

Ridiculous?   Probably the only one I'd remotely call ridiculous is "beer o'clock" .... but as a teetotaler, I'm hardly objective there.

Never say out loud?   Again, "beer o'clock", since it's never that time in my house.

Most likely to use?   I've used "brain fart" many times.

3. Do you like gravy? Is there a food you'd rather not eat unless it comes with gravy? Do you make your own or buy the canned or store-made variety? Turkey and gravy, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, country ham and red eye gravy, biscuits and chocolate gravy, pot roast and gravy...which one on the list is your favorite?

It has to be a good kind of gravy.   The gravy that Mom used to make never quite worked for me, so it's never been a sauce that I've sought out.   On the other hand, I had some mashed potatoes and gravy at KFC a few weeks ago, and that reminded me how good gravy can be if it's treated like a food in its own right.

Of those listed ... probably turkey and gravy.   But I've never heard of "biscuits and chocolate gravy": what is that?   Because ... chocolate ...

4. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you ever had a plan fall into a trillion pieces? Explain.

A plan for what?   I generally like to plan lots of things, but I'm increasingly in positions where plans don't really do much good.

5. November 19 is National Play Monopoly Day. Do you own the original or some version of the game? Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? How likely is it you'll play a game of Monopoly on November 19th? Ever been to Atlantic City? Ever taken a ride on a railroad? Is parking in your town free? Last thing you took a chance on?

I'm sure we've got a copy someplace in the basement, because everyone does.   I haven't played it for years.   Somewhere online I read that the chief problem with the game is that the end of the game is too long and drawn out ... you know you're about to lose for about 30 minutes before it actually happens, which is pretty miserable for the loser.   Other board games give a much better sense of hope to "losing" players for far longer.

Never been to Atlantic City.   I've ridden Amtrak a few times.   Parking in Fenton is mostly free, thanks.   Take a chance?   A lot of geocaching is like that :) .

6. A song you like that has the word (or some form of the word) thanks in the title, lyrics, or meaning?

Well, if you'll let me talk themes, I'll use this one.   The word "thanks" isn't in the lyrics, but it's there.

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude....what is something you're taking for granted that when you stop and think about it, you're grateful for?

My job.   As much as I complain about it (and I do complain about it a lot), I have it much better than I am willing to admit.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Since Thursday night, I've been in a week-long hiatus between grading spells.   The midterms are finally over and graded ... and the big projects don't starting coming in until Thanksgiving eve.   I'm enjoying the break ... because it won't last long.

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