Wednesday Hodgepodge: 27 September 2017

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

1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.

As a young child, we had a big dog named Rusty.   I don't remember what breed he was; I was a little young to recognize things like breeds.   At some point, I started getting sick and we figured out that I was allergic to him ... and we gave him away.

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?

Today?   I'm not sure if it absolutely must get finished tonight, but I've got some paperwork for my kids for school that I really should get done.

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?

Probably right here ... same house, same family, same job, same routine.  

4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate? Apple dumpling, xiao long bao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi...which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice? Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?

No, we didn't celebrate.   My goodness ... all of those are wonderful, but I'd probably  choose the xiao long bao if I had to pick just one.   No, I've never made homemade dumplings ... my cooking skills are pretty primitive.

5. 'There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don't.' William Trogdon

So which kind are you?

It's not so easy for me to answer the question.   I like my patterns and comfort.   But I've gotten a little more adventurous over the years --- probably due to my geocaching obsession.   I'm still not a reckless extrovert, but ... I like quiet adventures, I guess.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I've really wanted to comment on the controversy regarding the NFL and the national anthem, but I don't feel free to do so.  (Which is a topic I'd love to talk about, but I don't feel free to talk about that either.)

But I think I can talk about this small piece of the story.

Peter King from Sports Illustrated pointed out in an article that in Week 2 of the NFL season, the number of players protesting during the national anthem was at most 10.   (We don't really know because the national anthem performances weren't televised in all markets.)   Friday night, President Trump attacks players who protest during the national anthem, using a name I'm not allowed to repeat.   As a result, over 250 players protested during the national anthem in week 3.

I have two observations.

  • This seems to be a corollary to the Streisand Effect.   Calling attention to the protests only made them more popular, not less.
  • As Mina Kines of ESPN pointed out on Monday, President Trump has now turned Colin Kaepernick into Obi-Wan Kenobi.   ("If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.")


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