Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 25-27 November 2015

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1.What's something you wish you knew how to do, but feel like it's too late to learn?

Play guitar.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm a piano player, and I love playing the instrument.   But I've always been a bit jealous of guitar players, because the guitar is so much more portable than a piano.   I'm sure I could learn; my musical background would be more than sufficient to get started.   But I simply don't have the time to go through all the months (years?) of playing guitar when you don't sound good at all because you're still learning.

2. Your least favorite thing to shop for? Why?

Um.   I would normally say "automobiles"; I hate the slimyness of the entire process.   But the last three cars we've bought have been under "fixed price discount" programs, which mostly eliminate most of the slime.

So ... I guess anything else that has to be "sold" rather than "bought".   Insurance is probably the first example that comes to mind.

3. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were growing up?

I can remember getting up early to watch the parades on TV.  The parades are still there, but I haven't watched them for years.  As for the celebration itself, not much has changed, other than the fact that as a married man I have two different sets of parents to satisfy (usually in alternate years).

4. What's something that when other people see it, reminds them of you? Explain.

I'm not sure ... I don't get a lot of that.   Though for at least a little bit of time, I had people telling me that I look like Jamie Hyneman (from Mythbusters).   I've actually started curating my mustache, partially to encourage the comparison, and partially because it looks cool.

5. If you could guest star in a TV show, what would it be and why?

There's not a lot of episodic television I'm watching these days, so it's hard for me to pick something from that genre.  Maybe a guest judge on a reality competition show ... purely because of the ego trip to be considered an "expert" on something, I guess.

6. Have you ever farmed or spent any time on a farm? Are there farm stands in your little corner of the world and do you make it a point to shop there? If so, what item do you particularly like to buy from a roadside stand or farm shop?

I've always lived in fairly suburban areas.   However, my dear wife grew up on a 92-acre farm in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, so I get to visit that farm from time to time.   We don't have a lot of farm stands around, though we do like to frequent them when we can.   In particular, we like fresh sweet corn in summertime.

7. What's something you've experienced recently that made you feel a sense of awe or wonder?

Last week, we had our first snowfall of the season in Michigan, and it was significant --- 8-10 inches in our area.   Of course, it's 60 degree right now, so the snow is gone.   But that first drive outside in the snow was wonder-filled: such beauty.   It caught me a bit by surprise this year.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

About a month ago, I started getting notices from Facebook regarding its new "On This Day" feature, where you get to see your posts from this day in previous years.   I've started looking at them pretty consistently.

You know what I've observed?   I complain a lot about my job.   And I have been for many, many, many years.   To be fair, some (much?  most?  all?) of it is justified.

But I'm not going anywhere.  This job is what it is.   I'm going to have to find a way to find joy in the job, even if the job conspires to suck all the joy out of it.   Because I don't want to turn into one of those cynical old grumpy professors I look at and sneer at ... and am probably starting to become like.

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