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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge 29 March 2017 A special plea.

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1. 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'  What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

There are so many good answers to this one.  The first answer is my beautifu
l child bride Suzanne.  Recently, we procured the means to convert some very old VHS tapes to DVD and then put those DVDs into the computer and made edited videos of old ones.  The video of our youngest daughter’s birth is beautiful.  We were also able to recover most of the video of my father’s last Christmas, which was also our son’s first and his cousin’s second Christmas.

Spring wildflowers here in Texas are also very beautiful.

2. Our culture and beauty...your thoughts?

I am not this deep of a person BUT, what our culture now finds beautiful, I see as trashy.  For some reason people think tattoos are beautiful.  I am still of the mind that only sailors and inmates have tattoos. 

Our culture has the idea that it is okay for men to wear earrings.  Our daughter has dated boys who have earrings and I always ask them the same question, “Where is your boat?”   They are always curious about this. I tell them that when I grew up only women and pirates wore earrings.  I say, “I assume you are not a woman, so where is your boat?”  You can imagine the responses I get on that.

I once did this with a gang member who came into one of the stores we were working at.  He thought it was so funny that he had other gang members come in and show me their earrings, as a rite of passage for them. 

He is a still a friend to this day.  He thought that I showed guts telling him such.

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep...which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

I am probably going to get a lot of pushback on this one.   I have never, ever met a so-called beauty queen, over the age of ten, who was not a horrible person.

Every single one of them would act like the sweetest thing in public and would stab all of her friends and associates in the back when she got a chance.

Once a friend of mine was dating a “beauty queen”.  He asked me to go with him to see her in a beauty pageant.

Just before they announced the winners, she tripped back stage.  You could hear the curse words resonate throughout the auditorium.  She got second runner up.

Outside, my friend presented her with a single rose.  This rose cost him all the money he had. 

She threw it on the ground and called him every name in the book.  For some reason, he still held a torch for her, even after he broke up with her.

Throughout the years, we (Suzanne and I) have worked audio where different celebrities would come to our church to sing solos.  Those who were so-called beauty queens were always nasty and condescending.  It was even worse when they, or one of their friends, were getting married.  These so-called beauty queens rewrote the meaning of the word bridezilla.

4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-

alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider. 

Which 'beast' on the list scares you the most? What is the likelihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

We are country folk, even though we live within the town limits of our town now.  We have been within one foot of alligators. We are afraid to go near them now because we are older and slower.  These animals deserve our respect, not so much our fear.

We have coyotes around here all the time.  Some of them around here act more like dogs than beasts.  Our friend Bob, our local Crocodile Dundee, hunts them for our city.  He shoots at least one or two a week.

We have seen black bears along the roads up in the mountains.  Once in boy scout camp, we had two just wander into our camp and lay down.  They did not attack. We did not go near them either.

I have been pooped on by birds.  I am not afraid of them, but I don’t like the predators.  They sometimes carry off cats.

We have seen sharks out at Matagorda bay.  They are nice to look at, but dangerous.  I am not afraid of them, but I am not going to intentionally go near them.

We have had a bat get caught in our windshield wiper once during a rain storm.  I had to rescue it.  I don’t like them so much, but they eat some of the millions of mosquitoes around here.  I wish there were more of them.

Bed bugs are irritating but not scary.  If you get them, sprinkle salt in the bed.  Wash the sheets in hot water.  Take vitamin B.  Fleas, bedbugs, and other nasties don’t like vitamin B.  They love type O blood.

Rats are the big one.  I hate them.  They attack!  They are not afraid of people.  I once caught one in a glue trap.  He was stuck very well, but still tried to fight me.  I hate these things.

I don’t like snakes.  I have held a rattlesnake in a jar.  It was a baby.  It struck at me and hit the side of the jar.  His venom filled the bottom of the jar.  

For some strange reason, I am deathly afraid of King Cobras.  One lives across the street from my mother’s old house.  It made international news when this eight-foot-long cobra got out.  No thanks. 

I have killed copperheads and coral snakes.  We have a chicken snake somewhere here in the house.  I have named him Sir Hiss. I promised our Xerxes that I will kill him. 

Sir Hiss scared Xerxes very much when he was sick and dying.  Sir Hiss is a beautiful snake.  But he must die.  I keep looking for him.

Black widow spiders are scary.  Suzanne is spider bait.  She has been bitten by the brown recluse spiders so many times I half expect her to start spinning webs.  The black widow is bad, too.

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

We live in town.  There are several churches nearby.  Many have bells that ring at different times throughout the week. Usually they are musical.

6. What's your favorite carb?  How's that for random?

The four-barrel one that was on my father’s 1965 Ford Galaxy 500.  I did not know it, but when my brother was using the car, my father had our mechanics disconnect all but one of the barrels.  

When I was driving it, he had our head mechanic secretly hook up all four barrels and adjust it for maximum speed.

My father knew I was racing cars.  He did not let on that he did.  I did not know that he did until the night of mine and Suzanne’s wedding rehearsal.  My father and I were in the Galaxy when another car pulled alongside us at a light and challenged us to a race. 

My father said, “When the light changes, let him get a good lead and smoke him.”  I asked him what he did with the man who used to take my car from me when I drove too fast. 

I beat the other car by a country mile.  As a matter of fact, the only race I did not win was against another Galaxy.  We were running out of four lane road.  I had to either back down or die.  I backed down.  The other driver was a friend of my father’s. He told me he was glad I showed good sense.

As far as the carbs you asked about, I like most of them.  Lorna Doones would be on the list, along with rice and mashed potatoes. You name it.

7. Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

I don’t have a creative bone in my body but here goes.
Maybe April Rain will Change things Here.  Sorry, folks, that is as good as it gets.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday was the debut of the Swan Princess Royally Undercover DVD

This child has been sold a bill of goods where people tell her she can’t sing, or doesn’t have talent, etc.  Please view the YouTube video below and comment to her.  She will see all the positive  comments. 

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  1. I hope that someday this little girl will realize that what other people say doesn't matter. She will go far, that one!

    1. Yes, she will if people stay out of her way.

  2. Suzanne is beautiful in her wedding dress. She looks so happy and excited to begin her life with you! I agree with you about clothing and fashion these days. It is SO difficult to find clothes for teens that are modest; and aren't tight and revealing. Even a lot of women's clothes can be inappropriate. Wish I was capable of sewing and designing clothes for my daughters and me. Sigh.

    You've had quite a few encounters with some scary animals! The snakes - by far - would be the most unnerving for me, especially since the ones you mentioned are venomous.

    Thanks for mentioning church bells! I can only imagine how beautiful it must sound there to hear the bells from a variety of churches. We have a church that's about 1 1/2 miles away from us in town (we live on a farm outside of town). If the wind is blowing in the right direction, we can hear the bells a couple of times a day. It is both comforting and beautiful to hear.

    1. Suzanne is beautiful in her dress. However, she was very nervous at the time. This was a few weeks before the wedding. I was out of town and she and my mother went to have the pictures made. My mother and Suzanne made the dress.

  3. You are so sweet, Suzanne is very lucky to have you.

    1. No, I am lucky to have her. She is my rock.

  4. Your first answer is sooo sweet!
    Wow, you've had a lot of experiences!

    1. Thank you. She is a wonderful wife. It is not that I have had so many experiences as much as that I am old as the hills.

  5. Always nice to learn more about you. I did not know that fleas and bedbugs don't like people that take vitamin B. I hope I don't have nightmares about snakes and rats now.

    1. It is interesting that you can use baking soda or salt to kill fleas and bed bugs. Maybe the alligators will keep the rats and snakes away.

  6. Ha ha! I loved your answer about the carb. I immediately thought of food. Cars didn't even cross my mind. :)

    1. Thanks. I always color outside the lines. Have a nice day.

  7. I've been wanting to transfer our old VHS to DVD for a while, but just never take the time to organize that. Maybe this will be the year! I am not a fan of tattoos either.

    1. We did a review on the system we were finally able to get to do it. It made the process so much easier. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  8. Like Jenny, I loved your answer about the carb. My immediate thought was food-related, as I would never think about cars or their insides. I enjoyed the peek into your world and thoughts in response to our questions.

    Here's wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places...

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Our family used to sell auto parts so, it is natural to think car parts.


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