Marching into the Hodgepodge

1. My real life friends came through with another question this week so thank you real life friends. When you've eaten in a restaurant do you complete their comment card? Do you take online surveys highlighted at the bottom of store receipts? 
If the service and food was exceptionally good (or bad), we'll fill one out.  Sometimes I take the surveys, sometimes not.  I'm more likely to take the time to do it if there's a possibility of winning something.

2. The (US) ban on women in combat was lifted at the end of January. It will probably be next year before specifics are worked out, but its been reported over 200,000 front line positions will eventually open up to women.  Your thoughts? 
My initial thought is:  Hey, if that's what they want to do, then more power to them.  However, I don't think a woman should be put in a man's spot just for the sake of having a woman in that spot.  If she's truly the best person to be there, then put her there.  And, if the women are vying for that spot, they should be held to the same standards as the men.  When CH went to Airborne School, the females had different standards:  no pull-ups were required, and got to do "girls' pushups".  

3.  In looking back at all the blog posts you've written, what's your favorite posttitle
I looked back at my titles and realized how uncreative I am with them.  

4. What's worse-overly permissive parents or overly protective parents?  Did your own parents lean more to the permissive or the protective category?  If you're a parent where do you fall? 
I'll go with overly permissive parents.  Mine leaned more toward the over protective, but not because I thought they were; they were just big on doing the right thing and acting the right way.  That meant having a handle on where we were and what we were doing.  
I think we're somewhere in the middle.  I tried to make sure the boys grew up in a structured environment, but I think it's important to let them have some independence and make their own choices.  I've seen people just go hog-wild once they went to college because their parents had the apron strings so tight.  Then again, I know some people who were strict on their kids only to have them continue to live the straight and narrow once they left home.  I don't know how they did it. I wish kids came with an instruction booklet.

5.  Candlelight-moonlight-firelight-bright lights in the big city...which one's your favorite? 
Moonlight.  When we were in the Keys, there was a full moon a couple of nights, and it lit up the whole campground.  We didn't even have to use any kind of lights to get around.  It was just beautiful.

6. Dr. Seuss's birthday was celebrated on Saturday. What's a favorite book you remember (Seuss or otherwise) from your own childhood?  Did books play an important role in your growing up years? Explain. 
I grew up loving books.  I really liked "The Borrowers", Nancy Drew, and "Flowers in the Attic".

7.  To quote Dr. Seuss...
"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." 
from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Share something funny you've recently read, seen or heard.  
This is kind of long, but it sure had me laughing!  (Warning:  there are a couple of words in there that may be offensive to some)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
No school today!  As of 6:00 a.m., there is just a dusting at my house, but I work for the county.  That includes the entry to the Great Smoky Mountains, so we're always pulling for the roads up that way to be just a little bit icy.  YS has school, but I'm not sure if CH is going to go into work or just work from home today.  I'm looking forward to a day of catching up with everybody out there in blogland, and some reading.  Oh, and maybe a few more episodes of "Cracker".  (If you missed it, I talked about it here toward the end of the post.)  In fact, I think a pajama day is in order!


  1. Enjoy your pajama day!!!! I'm "new" to The Big Bang Theory but ohmygosh, it's sooooo funny!!

  2. Saw you comment at Joyce's. They are showing The Bible Part 1 on Thursday at 1am and several times on Sunday! FYI I love The Big Bang Theory. I'm a moonlight person too.
    Enjoy your day off!

  3. No school for me either-which is a big YAY! too much sickness going around school and in my household so a big YAY!!

  4. Can't go wrong with Big Bang Theory! That show always produces a laugh! :)

    Have a fun jammie day!

  5. That was one of my FAVORITE big bang episodes! You totally just made my day by posting that :) Oh, and I loved the Borrowers as well. Happy Wednesday!

  6. Yay for a pajama day...enjoy it to the max! I'm in complete agreement with your answer to #2...being held to the same standards is only fair. I'm another Nancy Drew fan!

  7. Gotta love any reference to the Big Bang Theory.

  8. Big Bang Theory is always good for a laugh. Enjoy your snow day! We're supposed to get a bunch later today. I'm on my way out with a group of women for the day, so hopefully the bad weather holds off for a bit.

  9. Wait... you're BY the Smokey Mountains??? I'm officially jealous of you. I love that place!!!

    I'm pretty uncreative with blog titles myself.

  10. I looked at all my titles and realized I wasn't too creative unless it related to the Hodgepodge. I had to go back to my first year of blogging to find one.

  11. Yay for a snow day! One of the things I miss most about working was snow days. But considering that we rarely got enough snow to close the University, I have no regrets about being retired. ;-)

    I never read a single Nancy Drew book, although I read every Trixie Belden book.

    Oh how I would love to be in the Keys when there's a full moon. I'll get it was lovely seeing the moon come up on the water. When we were in Hilton Head last year, we went out to the beach to watch the Super Moon rise. Pretty spectacular.

  12. I too so agree that kids need to come with an instruction booklet :)

    Enjoy the day off!! Those are nice ones in the middle of the week :)

    (forgive me, I lost your blog when AOL decided to lose all my favorites; glad you commented so I could save it again in my favorites :)


  13. OH lucky you!!! SNOW DAY!! I want one (well, another one - we've had 2 this year - yeh, I'm ungrateful! LOL)....

  14. A day off AND snow???? LUCKY! We are having early dismissal today. I'll be out of here in less than one hour. I mean, I'm not reading blogs at school. LOL I realized the same thing you did with my own blog titles. And I'm not sure I can change that...I'm not very clever with those. Enjoy your day!

  15. Jealous of your snow day - and I love The Big Bang Theory - the Howard/Sheldon parking space thing made me laugh so much!

    Also love the picture of the moon at the campground - stunning!

  16. My husband and I are total "Big Bang" addicts and that episode was sooo funny. My all time favorite, though, is the one where they try to teach Sheldon to drive. I have it on DVD and every time I watch it I laugh till I can't breathe.

  17. Good answers on #2 & #4. The Big Bang clips are too funny!.

  18. I think a lot of people would agree with you in wanting an instruction manual for raising kids!


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