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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 13 July 2016

Every week we are treated with a new set of questions to answer.  This is a fun meme and you will enjoy it when you join in the fun.

1 1.   Do you find yourself influencing your world, or is it more the other way around? 

 That is hard to say.  It seems we live in a world where tolerance is shouted from the mountaintop but tolerance only applies if you agree with those shouting tolerance.

2. July 14th is National Tape Measure Day...the device was patented on this
Xerxes hated this "measure"
date in 1868. When did you last use a tape measure? Do you always know where to find one in your house? Tell us one way in which you feel blessed 'beyond measure'. 

I think I was measuring a wall.  My tape measure is here somewhere. I started hiding my tape measure because one time I used it to work on Xerxes’ perch that I had built him.  He did not like the fact that I was working on it.  From that point on whenever he saw me using the tape measure, he would run up and bat it away from whatever I was measuring.

I feel blessed beyond measure with my family. I have a beautiful child-bride who is a blessing always.  She has provided me with wonderful children who each are special in their own way.

3.The Plaza Hotel (Eloise), The Land of Oz (The Wizard of Oz), Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia), The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh), Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), or Never Never Land (Peter Pan)...which storybook land (on this list!) would you most like to visit and why? 

This is a difficult question.  I am not familiar with The Plaza Hotel story.  However, of the other places I think the Hundred Acre Woods.  I like the woods and all the Pooh characters.   I use Tigger as a pillow so he is a close companion.  I like the idea of open spaces and Winnie the Pooh is a little less enchanted than the others, so I know a little better what is going to happen next.

4. Where and when do you get your best ideas?  Either in the bathroom or in bed. It always seems that the best ideas come to us when it is impossible or difficult to write them down or act on them.

5.  So what have you been watching on TV this summer? Anything good? 

We absolutely do not watch television in that sense.  We do not have a satellite or cable provider.  Our son has a Netfilx account that we can use when we want,  but don’t usually do so.  There is so much free out there, why pay for it?  We do have a television and DVD player.   From time to time we will watch an old movie like The Quiet Man or Darby O’Gill and the Little People.   Recently, though, we bought a DVD of Hotel Transylvania 2.  This is a cute little animated movie.

6. 'Don't swim for an hour after you eat', 'Dog days of summer', 'Knee high by the Fourth of July'...choose a summer saying from the list or share one of your own, then tell us what image or memory comes to mind when you hear it spoken.
It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.  What is funny is that our daughter actually did that the other day.  She fried an egg on the sidewalk and fed it to the cats.  She just wanted to see if she could.  One of my favorite old time Southern expressions is “You ain’t gonna learn no younger.”  

7. In a single sentence, sum up one life lesson you've learned. 

People are strange, 'cept’n chickens and they’ve got feathers.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

We live in a word where police officers have forgotten that they are there to Serve and Protect.  There have been too many instances of police officers shooting unarmed people lately. 

It seems that the police have adopted a belief that it is them against everybody else.  They forget that we are all on the same side.  Most of us are law abiding citizens.  All of us want to make it home safely and be safe in our homes.

It is not a white versus black thing or a white versus other races thing.  It is about all of us working together to make a peaceful world with mutual respect for one another.

Many police officers and judges have developed the mentality of, “I have heard this thousands of times before.”  Perhaps they have, but I have never told it before, so you should listen to me as if this is the first time.

I have been the victim of crimes before and had to tell the story to a bored cop who could not care less.  He only wanted to get the report and go on.

I have been a clerk at a store where an officer received a radio call for a woman who had locked herself on one side of a door while her attacker was beating on the other side of the door.  The officer answered his radio and said he was on his way.  He then bought two more lottery scratch off tickets, scratched them off in the store,  cashed in his $2 winnings, and left.  Where was serve and protect in that?

It isn't a race thing.  In many instances, it is a mentality that officers have that there are two sets of laws, as Gomer Pyle says, "One for the police and one for the ordinary citizens".

We all want a safer world.  Most of us want law and order.  Let’s work together to make today safer.

Hope you have a great week and stay safe.


  1. Winnie the Pooh was a wise old bear : ) Hope you're staying cool and having a good summer.

    1. We are trying to stay inside, but it seems the world wants us to have to go outside. Our "Wind Chill Factor" is 115. I call it the wind chill factor so maybe my sub-conscience will think that is cool.

  2. I've always wondered if you could actually fry an egg on the sidewalk. Now I know.
    Your #1 thoughts are so true, unfortunately.
    Thanks for stopping by today.

    1. I had always just thought that was a saying. It seems that she thought so, too. She had some eggs that were about to expire anyway, so she took it outside and fried it. It is only 103 degrees there, so she thought it might not work. She fried it straight on the sidewalk and did not use a pan. She fed it to a campus cat.

  3. I not sure our pavement (sidewalk) would ever get hot enough to fry an egg. Summer is still proving a bit elusive here. I'm sure the cat appreciated the experiment.

    1. It gets pretty hot here near the Gulf of Mexico. She said the cat liked it. Her school is part of Texas A&M. They actually keep campus pets that are fed and given medical care by the State of Texas University system as part of their veterinary program. Great position for a cat if they can get it.

  4. I'm late visiting, better late than never. You are spot on with #1 and your random thought.

    1. It is never too late to comment. I have commented on some posts years after they were made. I wonder what the blogger thought when that happened. Have a great weekend.


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