Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 31 August-1 September 2016

Yeah, I fell off the wagon for a few weeks.   Let's try this again, shall we?

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

1.  Are there any men or women in blue on your family tree?

Nope.   I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War --- on both sides --- but that's about as close as our family has been to that form of public service.

2. Are you someone who suffers from the Sunday night blues? What helps you get over it?

Perhaps a little, but not much.

Part of it is that I married a woman who believes in a somewhat strict observance of Sabbath --- no vocational work on Sundays.  And I've taken up the practice.   Don't get me wrong --- we're not legalists about it.   But we rather unabashedly plan on spending Sunday doing things that we choose to do instead of things we're paid to do.   It does make the other six days go more smoothly.

3. I read the color blue is an appetite suppressant since there are very few naturally blue foods out there. How do you feel about blue cheese? Love it or blech? If you're a fan, what's something you like that's made with blue cheese?

Blue cheese is an abomination, right next to shaved coconut.   It's one of the very few foods for me that causes a gag reflex.

4. We can't head in to the Labor Day weekend without a related question, can we? Complete this thought: I work best when____________________.

... the work I'm doing is valuable --- not just to me, but to others.

5. 'Everything yields to diligence.' Antiphanes Your thoughts? (on this particular quote or on diligence in general)

Nope.  Some things (and some people) are immovable.

6. The National Park Service turned 100 years old on August 25th. Have you been to many of America's National Parks? If so share with us a favorite or two. Which National Park would you most like to visit before the next birthday rolls around?

I'm sure I've visited a few in the various vacations we've taken, but it's hard to make a list.   Yellowstone was probably the last one I visited, just a few years ago, so that's the one that is most prominent in my memory.   Absolutely stunning natural views.

7.  Bid farewell to August in seven words or less.

You load sixteen tons, and whaddya get?

(Okay, I cheated on the word count.   Deal with it.)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

This week, I received two of the oddest complements, from two different people at work.   I won't repeat them --- partially because it would be self-serving, and partially because it would take too long to explain them.   But one thing they had in common: people recognizing the unpleasant work that I've taken on, and how well I seem to be doing it.   It was quite encouraging.   A lot of the time, I don't feel like anyone notices the value I contribute to the organization.   This week showed me that what I do is making a difference.

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