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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 16 December 2015 - Jim Huggins
December 16th, 2015
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 16 December 2015
The Wednesday Hodgepodge occurs courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. What's your biggest 'first world' problem?

My weight.   I'm overweight (perhaps even technically "obese", if you use the official BMI measures).    But I'm not willing to take the time to do the hard work that it would take to get my weight down.  (I'm choosing to use that time to do other things --- many of which are good.)

2.  Each year Time Magazine names a 'Person of the Year', someone who has 'for better or worse...done the most to influence the events of the year.' It was recently announced they've named Angela Merkel Person of the Year for 2015. You can read more about this year's selection here. Your thoughts? If you were in charge, who would you declare Person of the Year?

I'll admit that I don't follow international politics nearly as much as I used to.  Actually, I don't follow most forms of politics as much as I used to, either.  Being a red voter in a hugely blue Congressional district and a mostly blue-leaning state means that there's little influence I can wield anymore.   I have too many other things to do (see question 1) to take much of an interest in things that I can't do anything about.

The few paragraphs I read from the article suggest that Merkel is a fine choice.   Who would I choose?   I'm not sure.  Hadi Partovi?  Ahmed Mohamed?   Pope Francis?

3. Do you have a nativity set in your home? If so share it's history and how you display the pieces.

We do.   It was a gift from my wife's uncle, who decided at one point that all of his relatives should have nativity scenes.   We don't do anything particularly unusual to display it ... mostly it's finding the box and finding some clear space to put it out (which we haven't managed to do yet).

4.  Do you make an extra effort to give back in some way during the holiday season? How do you encourage those who need encouragement this time of year?

I don't make much of an extra effort this time of year.  In part, that's because I make efforts to "give back" throughout the year.   It's also, in part, because the month is so #@$! busy for me that I simply can't take time for "extra efforts".  

It's also hard for me to encourage others, because ... well, I'm the one that needs encouragement.

5. Who is your favorite person to shop for? Why?

Wait, are you saying that "shopping" can be an enjoyable activity?   I don't understand  ....

6. What's the last delicious thing you ate?

At our holiday luncheon today at work, we ordered some appetizers ... I ate quite a bit of the spinach and artichoke dip.  Yum.

7. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is________________.

Can I pass on this one?   It's hard to spread cheer when you're not terribly cheerful.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I find that I'm re-posting a lot of things to Facebook these days.   Every now and then, someone will come up to me in Real Life and tell me that they appreciate all the interesting things I re-post.   So I must be doing something right.

Lately, I find that I'm re-posting a lot of things that are other people's first-hand accounts of things.   It's hard to me to advocate effectively for just treatment of others, when I live mostly in a position of privilege.   (The last thing I want to do is become a Wadhwa.)   But what I can do is amplify the voices of others.   They can speak to their ideas far more effectively than I can.

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From:Jo Daley
Date:December 17th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
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I think when it comes to encouragement there are seasons. Sometimes we're the giver and sometimes we're the one in need. I had some spinach artichoke dip over the weekend, and it was also delicious. I hope you have a wonderful break from all the December stresses and wish you a very Merry Christmas!
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