May 29th, 2015


Wednesday Hodgepodge: 27-29 May 2015

Okay, should've done this Wednesday, but I was busy.    :)

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

1.  Did you do anything 'memorable' this past weekend?

Friday and Saturday, Jane & I took a little mini-vacation.  Nothing big ... just drove an hour west for an overnight trip to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary a week late.   We stopped in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and wondered "why did they name it that?".   At breakfast the next morning, our B&B companions said "oh, yes, they have interesting ledges there", so we went and explored them.   Really neat formations in the riverbanks.

2. Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying-
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
Your thoughts? Do you somehow acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms you enjoy? Did your upbringing contribute to that sense of appreciation? If you're a parent, are there specific things you do to pass on this sense of responsibility and appreciation to your own children in regard to the freedoms they enjoy?

I'm not sure how one conveys the appreciation of freedom, other than by enjoying it, and by enjoying others enjoyment of it.  (Even if that means others voice opinions with which I strongly disagree.)

3. Loudest noise you've ever heard?

Um.   Not sure.   Guess I've never heard anything that memorably loud.

4. What was the last thing you ate that might be considered 'junk food'? Did you enjoy it?

We've got a big bowl of M&Ms in the dining room right now ... occasionally, I grab a handful.   But I'm not finding them terribly satisfying these days.

5. When was the last time you were somewhere the crowd felt 'packed in like sardines'?

Probably a year ago ... riding the Metro in DC during cherry blossom season.   We hit the underground Metro at a moment which was so crowded that they were yelling at passengers to quit coming down the escalator, because there was absolutely no room left on the platform.

6. Are you organized when it comes to packing for a trip? Do you make a list weeks in advance or toss items in last minute? Are you a carry-on only sort of packer or do you need an entire suitcase for your shoes?

I used to be a list-maker, because my mother was a list-maker.   These days, I think I've internalized most of the lists.   I want to pack weeks in advance, but these days, I just don't have the time.   I've learned to become much more modest in what I take.

7. What was the last sporting event you attended in person? Did your team win? Did you care?

Last year, at the AP Computer Science Reading, a large group of us attended a Cincinnati Reds baseball game (the reading was being held in Cincinnati, right downtown, within walking distance of the stadium).    That's been one of the neat social aspects of the APCS Reading over the last 11 years ... we've always found an evening to go see a baseball game.   It used to be minor-league games when we were in remote places (Clemson, Trenton, even Louisville), which was even more fun.   Alas, we won't get to take in a ball game this year; we're in Kansas City, and the week we're there is the week the Royals are playing on the road.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm about to start three weeks of random traveling.   I'm simultaneously excited, and a bit anxious that my cache-a-day streak may end up coming to an end.   (1177 days and counting ...)