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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 10 August 2016

1.     Are you watching the Olympics? Your favorite summer Olympic event? I read recently a list of the most iconic Olympic moments in history...what stands out in your mind as a great moment from some past summer Olympic games?

Nope, not following the games at all.  Part of my lack of this is that we don’t have a television service like cable television, Direct TV, etc.  The other part of this stems from when I spent a good bit of my summer in a diabetic coma. 

    When I came out of ICU which had no television, I was put in a semi-
private room with no television for weeks.  I had nothing to do.  Then, after weeks on that floor, I was moved to a semi-private room.  All the other inhabitant did was watch the Olympics.  I wanted to see real television.

As far as the games themselves, no stellar moment stands out.  I have always liked watching the figure skating; I always thought it looked like fun.  I also like the diving and swimming.  I never wanted to be an Olympic swimmer, but I did swim a lot back in my younger days.

2. Have you ever been to Rio? How about the place that started it all-Greece? Have you ever been to any of the Olympic Games in person? Is that something you'd like to do? Have you ever met an Olympian in person?

I have never been off the continent of North America. However, I do have a cute story about when my father went to Rio.

I have never been to the Olympic Games in person.  However, they were held in Atlanta once.  That was not too far from where we lived.  I have no desire to go ANYWHERE where there are going to be a lot of people.  I have no desire to stand in line for anything.  To my knowledge the closest I ever got to an Olympic athlete was when I walked past a box of Wheaties in a grocery store once. 

3. The ball's in their court (tennis), cross the finish line (track and field), on target (archery), make a splash (diving), on a roll (gymnastics), out of one's depth (swimming)...which Olympic-related idiom best applies to your life right now? Explain.

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None of these really applies to me right now.  I often use, “The ball’s in your court.”  I used to use this when I was a bill collector.  I would say to the person I was collecting from.  “This will be placed on your credit on (whatever date). If it is paid before then, it will not go on your credit report.  The ball is in your court.”

I have never heard out of one’s depth, but I have heard out of your league or out of my league. 

4. What have you earned a 'gold medal' in recently?

Nothing.  But, if there was a gold medal for shooting the bull, I’m in.  Around here people say, “We’re just sittin’ around bull-corning.” 

5. What is it (or who is it) that motivates you to eat right, exercise, and do what you can to be healthy?

Two things.   My child-bride Suzanne takes care of what I eat and when I eat.  I don’t get hungry since the strokes.  Whenever I see our cat Callie, she reminds me of when I looked up from the concrete floor of the carport and thought, “I ain’t going out like this.”  

I keep some raisins on the desk so that I have something to munch on that is healthy when I do bored eating.   I keep my hand exercisers on my desk so that I can use them throughout the day.  They remind me that I was kicked out of the hospital because of them.   This old redneck had been challenged by all sorts of rednecks who tried to intimidate one another with strong handshakes.   

The doctor said, “Squeeze my hands as hard as you can.”  I did exactly that.  It hurt him.  He left the room and had another doctor discharge me.  He won’t see me anymore.

6. Are you young at heart or an old soul? Explain.

In my mind, I am still 19.  Sometimes I act as if I were still in junior high school.   I can’t walk anymore but, by golly, in my mind I can go where I want and do what I want anytime I want, as long as it is in this chair.

7. It's National
S'mores Day (August 10th)...are you a fan? Will you celebrate with a s'more today?

I remember eating s’mores back with my Girl Scout troop. Really.  I was a junior and, later a cadet, in the Girl Scouts.  I sold the second highest amount of Girl Scout cookies of anyone in our troop.  I earned every badge offered by the Girl Scouts at that time.  They just could not award them to me.  My mother was a Girl Scout Troop leader.

I like s’mores.  I don’t know if we will make any or not.  If we do, it will have to be in the stove.  There is a burn ban here.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am glad our daughters are home for a little while.  It is too darn hot right now. This coming Sunday it is supposed to rain.  They predict that if it does rain, we may be able to cool down to 100 degrees F.

We try to sleep during the day because it is so hot that the A/C/ can’t keep
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up.  We are never successful on this because the girls usually have something we have to go out for.

Now I know why birds fly north for the summer.  You guys thought it was the other way around.

Please pray for our son, the Marine. We can’t say why, but he and his shipmates need your prayers. 

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  1. Walking past a box of Wheaties .... LOL!! That's about as close as I've ever come to meeting an Olympian as well. :)

    It's been a long time since I saw a box of Wheaties. Do they still make them?

    Prayers for your son.

    1. I am not sure but, I think so. Thank you for commenting. A big thank you for the prayers for Davey.

  2. I enjoyed your post this morning. I got a chuckle out of the poor doctor whose hands you crushed. Hope you get some relief from the heat.

    1. Never, under any circumstance, tell a redneck to squeeze anything as hard as he can. That is a challenge. If you see the bar scene in the movie Quiet Man you will see two Irishmen behaving the same way rednecks do. I am both. The doc won't even come in the same room with me now. LOL. Thank you for commenting.

  3. Our servicemen and women are in my prayers regularly. I will certainly add your son to the list. God bless hi for his service. I like the way you talk about your wife. Sounds like you won the gold medal in the choosing : )

    1. Thank you. Suzanne is my Zing (From Hotel Transylvania 2.). Thank you for the prayers for our two sons. One is in the Marines. He is a high expert on the rifle. This means he can hit a target the size of a quarter from over 500 yards away. Our other son is in his eleventh year in the Submarine Corps. The Submarine Corps is called the Silent Service. Whenever you see an aircraft carrier, there is at least one fast attack submarine nearby. You won’t see it, or them, but it, or they, are there.

  4. It was a little confusing as I read your achievements in Girl Scouts, but you did explain! May the Lord protect your son and his fellow Marines as they serve our country. May His angels guard them on every side. Both my nephews are in the army. I understand the need for the prayer and not being able to say what is going on.

    1. Thank you for your prayers for our sons. Yes, I was a Girl Scout, but was not officially registered. You can read the details here:

  5. I will be praying for your son, and of course, I will pray for you and your wife. I don't watch the Olympics because I have zero athletic skills so I am jealous of anyone that has them. I know that isn't very nice, but at least I am honest.

    1. Everyone one has a certain talent. When I was in little league, my talent was sitting the bench. I was good at it, too. In all the years I was in little league, we never once had a bench blow away. Thanks for the prayers.

  6. Praying right now for your Marine. We have a son-in-law who is a Marine and served two deployments in Afghanistan. May God bless him and keep him safe. Protect these young men and this ship from evil dear Lord.

  7. Adding your son to my prayer list...
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

    1. Thank you. We sent him a message to let him know.


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