This week’s questions are complements of Ribbonr.com.
What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
Cook grits and work retail.
Quick grits just aren’t the same. They say they are the same, but they are not the same. Normal grits just plain taste better. You take grits and bring them to a boil. You turn down the heat and let them cook for at least 20 more minutes. The longer the better.
Back when I was at the University of South Carolina in Spartanburg, I used to put on a pot of grits and let it cook all day. I would occasionally stir it and maybe add water. I could eat all day off a pot of grits.
I have been working in retail off and on since back in the day. That day was when we wrote down what we were selling and hand added it. Later, we got a mechanical cash register. That cash register could work with or without electrical power. If the power went out, we just got out the hand cranks and kept on going.
We were helping a friend a while back when his high-dollar register had to go down to get a program upgrade. He knew what to do; Suzanne and I did as well. His kids were not so sure. Still, here we are.
It always irritates me to see a cashier who cannot make change unless the register tells them what the amount of the change needs to be.
Example: The total of your order will be $2.07. Take out a five-dollar bill and hold it in your hand long enough for the cashier to ring up the $5 tender. Then say, “Oh wait”. Then, hand them a $2 bill, a dime, and two pennies. Often you will see total meltdown.
My brother used to melt down if you handed him a $50 dollar bill for any transaction that was less than $10. Chances were almost 100% that you would get at least two ten dollar bills back in change.
What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?
I am not a big fiction fan. However, I just read a great one called Our Young Guardians: Seven andTwo. We were given the book for review.
The book is targeted towards teen readers. I have to say, as an old redneck, I really enjoyed the book.
The book is about wars going on in another world. There are warriors, wizards, and more. A boy of twelve years old is tasked to fight a war against armies he had never heard of.
There is magic, but it is more like Lord of the Rings magic than those that go more towards summoning demons or the powers of darkness.
This book does not conflict with our ultra conservative Christian viewpoint.
My absolute favorite is non-fiction in the business field. Currently I am rereading Alfred P. Sloan’s MyYears with General Motors.
This is a book that was written by the man who actually founded the notion of professional management. It is a book that is not a how-to book but a how we did it book. This is the third time I have read this book.
He actually wrote it himself. Other books I have read, allegedly by top CEOs, have been written by a ghostwriter or co-author. This one is the real deal.
Anyone who reads this blog knows that Suzanne and I prefer kids’ animated movies like Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2. We do like old classic movies like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Quiet Man.
How often do you people watch?
Not at all anymore. We used to do it all the time. We generally leave the house, get our doings done, and get back home. Out here, it is just too plain hot to stay outside long, even in an air-conditioned car.
However, before we moved out here, we had a web page where we put the pictures of missing children. We noticed that most of the kids listed came from the area of Houston, Texas, and within 100 miles of Houston. We did not know why that is until we moved out here.
We have noticed countless children who were unattended in large venues like stores. No adult for that child would be in sight. Often these kids will just toddle along until they are finally missed, which would give any would be abductor plenty of time to abduct the child.
What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
I can’t really think of anything. It is still too early in Trump’s presidency to make any real judgements. So far, I have not seen or heard of him doing something completely stupid like what happened with our last presidope. He allowed four teenaged pirates to stand off the world’s most powerful navy for days. Then, a few weeks later, the same basic thing happened and Americans lost their lives.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We are grateful that Suzanne was able to see an eye doctor at Houston Eye Associates. The staff was very polite and professional. However, the one assistant entered Suzanne’s allergies wrong in her file.
The doctor told us Suzanne’s cataracts aren’t “ripe” yet. She can delay the surgery a little longer.
Also, our oldest daughter got to spend the weekend with us and her dog. We are taking care of our grand-dogger while mommy finishes her schooling.
This week we are looking forward to a week free from have tos. We have no appointments and nowhere we need to go, to our knowledge, for the foreseeable future.
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