Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love to Love: The Weekly Hodgepodge

Want to join the party?  Go on over to From This Side of the Pond  for the Hodgepodge questions.

What makes love last?
I have no idea.  I've never been in a serious relationship, so I wouldn't know.  I don't even know how to make loving friendships and family relationships last.
The Beatles made their US debut fifty years ago this week. Are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite Beatles tune?
I've never been a big Beatles fan (no, I'm not in Al Queda).  The Monkees have always been my favorite.  Better music, better looking band members (Mike is my favorite), and, of course, a great TV show.  Here's a couple of my favorite Monkees songs:

Valentine's Day-your thoughts? Do you celebrate in any way? Do anything special for the people you love? Expect anything special from the people who love you?
Valentine's day is a reminder of another area of my life that isn't good enough; no boyfriend, no husband, not even a classroom full of babies to celebrate with anymore.  I hate it.  I will not be celebrating at all.  I'll probably stay in bed with the shades drawn so I don't have to face another reminder of what I am not.  I might go to Celebrate Recovery and wear something red.
Steak or have to choose. Now that that's settled, how do you like it?
Burger.  I don't know how to pick a good steak; I don't eat them often enough.  The perfect burger has cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, minimal pickles and onions, ketchup and mustard, and a good bun (not a soggy one).  The best burgers are the ones I make myself.  Sonic and Jack's make the best fast food burger, in my opinion.  Man, now I'm hungry for a burger.
The Hodgepodge lands on the birthdate (February 12th) of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America. Lincoln is quoted as saying, 'Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test his character give him power.'  Do you agree? Why or why not?
It's true.  Power, like money and fame, reveals who a person really is.  Power, money, and fame are like a guitar amplifier; they don't create sound, they merely amplify the trueness of the instrument.  Does that mean those things are bad?  Not at all.  It just means it's better for power to be given to people of character.  I think we've seen what power in the wrong hands looks like.
Honest Abe's image is featured on the US penny (1 cent coin) so I'm wondering...what do you do with your pennies (or your country's equivalent)?  It's been suggested the US stop making the penny, and two bills have been introduced proposing just that, but neither were approved. What say you?
I roll my pennies and spend them.  Getting rid of the penny is a stupid idea.  Rounding everything up to the nearest 5 cents is stupid.  Sometimes pennies are the bridge between me and a full tank of gas.
Do you think pop culture deserves serious study?
Yes, it reveals where our society as a whole is going.  Do I think it needs to be a degree program at my favorite universities?  No.
Insert your own random thought here.
This Monkees song describes my Valentine's day plans perfectly:



  1. I think Valentine's Day is hard for many people, and somehow we've allowed expectation to become huge. I hope you feel loved in some way today. I'm happy you participated in the Hodgepodge : )