The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side Of The Pond.
1. Have you ever spent time on a farm? Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Been on a hayride? Driven a tractor? Milked a cow?
My wife grew up on a 92-acre farm in western Pennsylvania. It's the family homestead now; four different parts of the family live on the farm now, in various houses. The farm is run by renters now, as everyone in the family has other jobs now. It's a beautiful piece of land.
I'm a suburban kid, so ... the other bits are pretty typical for that sort of kid. No, we never grew our own pumpkins. I've been on the obligatory hayrides that happen at community events. I don't think I've driven a tractor. Milking a cow? I've probably done the obligatory "take a couple of pulls on Bessy" at a state fair or something like that, but I'm not sure that really counts as "milking".
2. What's something younger you would like about you now?
I'm really not sure. I guess, in part, it depends on how much "younger" you're talking about.
Okay, let me try this.
I've been teaching here at Kettering University for twenty years now. I think that young and naive faculty member who stepped into every classroom with fear and trembling, and got (well-deserved) pushback from students over his teaching, would like how I've found a schtick and a scheme and a comfort level in the classroom. There's still fear every time I walk into the classroom --- but the healthy kind of fear, not the paralyzing kind.
3. What are three things you'd like to do more often? Three things you'd like to do less often?
More often? Rest. Date night. Vacation.
Less often? Purge email. Purge postal mail. Clean everywhere.
4. What's on your nachos?
"Nachos" is a weird food group for me, as I think my first exposure to it was probably stadium nachos with highly processed and clumpy cheese that just made everything unappealing.
But I think I've had seafood nachos once ... some sort of white cheese, some sort of cheap seafood equivalent, a few jalapenos here and there ... that might be it.
5. What's the most random thing in your purse or wallet? Does it need to stay there?
I'm still carrying around a business card from a meeting I had a few months ago ... I really need to take it out and leave it in my desk at work.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
About the only thing keeping me sane about politics these days is the fact that there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. I hate that I've taken on this sort of fatalistic view ... but at the same time, I only have so much mental energy, and I have to choose to spend that on things where I can actually make a difference.