Wednesday Hodgepodge: 15-18 November 2017

Yeah, I'm late.   That kind of week.

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

1. What takes you out of your comfort zone?

Personal conflict.

2. Your least favorite spice?

Indian curry.   Mostly, because my first exposure to it was in graduate school, where  the Indian students took over the kitchen in the co-op on Saturday nights to make dinner the way they really enjoyed it ... and the curry was so strong that you could feel it in your sinuses merely by walking past the kitchen.   Maybe if I'd been given a more gradual introduction to it ....

3. What's a small change you'd like to make?

Lose weight.   Of course, I'm not willing to do what it takes to make that happen, so ...

4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you've visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they're as follows-

Monticello (Jefferson's home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway's home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington's home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA)

Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit?

I think much depends on how the home is curated.   My experience in visiting "historic homes" has mostly been that of seeing the exhibits at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI ... which are nice, but don't really give me any sense of the story.

The one "historic home" that I remember visiting years ago is Falling Water; I'm not much of a visual artist, but that particular site is really visually striking and has stayed with me.

I've not been to any of those listed above, and ... I don't know enough about any of them to pick one in particular.

5. What's something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad?

I'm in a really cynical mood right now, so my instinct is to say something really depressing like "courtesy" or "relationships" or something like that.   But that's not really a fair answer.

But if I have to pick something ... maybe network television.   It seems like so much of the media marketplace is segmented and customized ... I'm not sure what the role of general-purpose networks like CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX is in the future.

I suppose that it makes me a little sad.   I'm just old enough to remember when events on TV were important enough that they united the country around the watercooler the next morning.   ("Who Shot J.R.?"  "Did you see the M*A*S*H finale?"  And so on.)   These days, there really aren't those moments anymore.   

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

As I alluded to above ... I'm in a cynical mood, and it's not really something I can talk about on social media comfortably.    But in the midst of this, I'm trying to find some good things to think about.

One of those good things is my kids.   They've grown up to be wonderful people: responsible for themselves and others, caring, compassionate, thoughtful, loving.   I'm blessed by them.

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