Wednesday Hodgepodge – Random this week!

1. When did you last have to interact, either by phone or in person, with someone in a government run agency? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the experience? (10 being fabulous and 1 being pass the Tylenol)

This one is funny to me; I work for the state (granted, at a University) so I speak frequently to a government run agency! The last person I spoke to, one E. Crabtree, was very kind. She is one of the handful of people I know on campus who do their work and know what they’re talking about. On average, I’d say people are here are on the scale of 5-6. The city is another story entirely. I didn’t speak to them but I used their app to report the streetlight that is out by my house. I did it four times before it finally took. Piece of crap.

2. The current governor of Wisconsin is considering a run for President next time around. Walker attended Marquette University but never graduated. In terms ofany candidate running for the office of President (not asking here if you agree or disagree with Scott Walker’s politics) would the lack of a college degree influence your vote or no? Would that be a factor in your support of any candidate running for public office, even a role less weighty than President?

You know, I think by default, I want to think that politicians are educated individuals, but you don’t necessary learn everything in college. Likewise, you don’t just learn book smarts in college; it’s an all-around learning experience. I think I would vote for someone who dropped out of college to pursue other avenues rather than someone who never went at all. Because to me, even if you hated college or didn’t do all that well, you still finished. And that means a lot.
3. When did you last visit a place or site named for George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and what was that place or site?

Hmm, tough one. I am guessing it was the last time I was in a big city. Certainly there was a road or bridge named for one of them.

4. February 16th was President’s Day in the US, but did you know it was also National Almond Day. I didn’t think so : ) Do you like almonds? If so, what’s a food/dish/recipe you enjoy that contains almonds?

LOL I actually did know that! I saw it on some site and then ate some trail mix. I like almonds just fine, mostly in trail mix type things. I do NOT care for almond milk.

5. The television program Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40 anniversary this past weekend. Were/are you a fan of the show? If so what has been your favorite (or one of your favorite) skits, sayings, or characters to come out of the program?

I have managed to miss the 40th anny show but yes, for a long time I was a fan. In college, a bunch of us used to sit around a TV in the lounge and watch Price is Right but then we’d switch over to Comedy Central for 90s SNL reruns. I loved anything Mike Meyers or Dana Carvey did. I wasn’t a huge Adam Sandler fan but that era was really funny. To this day, we do still quote things like “Choppin’ Bro-ca-lee”, “Suck it, Trebek”, and more recently, that Keenan skit, “Ooooh weee, what’s up with that?”

6. Anything purple within ten feet of you? What is it?

Yes, my daily affirmations calendar sheet for today is purple. It says, “Integrity has no need of rules” – Albert Camus

7. Back in December I asked you to submit a question for a future HP as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I grabbed this one from those entries, submitted by Zoanna who blogs over at Penchant for Pens. Thanks Zoanna!

She asks, “How often do you make your bed, and how do you like to make it-pull the covers all the way up over the pillows, tuck the covers in around the pillows, or place all the pillows on top of the covers?”

I simply pull the comforter up to the pillows. I find making the bed is a lesson in futility; I’m going to be back in later! But I pull that up to keep the dogs’ claws from messing with the sheets.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I just spent 45 minutes talking about gaming with a friend. I say I am busy but I still try to make time for some games (Hearthstone mostly) because I have to have some kind of outlet for my brain. When I’m playing, I’m not thinking about the on-going to-do list that tortures my every thought. I don’t worry about money or the future. I can just engage in competition and feel like I’m accomplishing something.


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