Wednesday, July 1, 2015

National Emblem: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American,  feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?
I'm not sure if I'm doing anything special for the 4th.  The Community band is not playing at the city celebration and fireworks display this year and the only other celebration to which I have been invited is too expensive.  I may have a hotdog and some potato salad, but I'm not sure.  My church is having its Independence Day celebration on the 5th.  I'm looking forward to that.
What's something you recently got for free?
Well, a friend bought me lunch Sunday.  I'm not sure if that's what you're talking about.  I don't do couponing or anything and a good bit of the "free stuff" offers on the internet are usually bogus, so I don't get many freebies.
The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why?
I saw the Washington Monument from afar on a band trip to DC, but I've not had the honor of visiting the others.  I'm not sure what my favorite would be, but I would really like to go to New York and see the Statue of Liberty.
When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?
Neither.  I hear enough news to know what's going on, but I'm not going to be constantly pummeled by bad news. The crimes against humanity perpetrated by ISIS are horrible beyond recognition.  I don't care what political or religious beliefs one holds, taking the life of another human for failure to convert is wrong. 
We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.
Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?
O, Holy Night.  Yes, I know it's not the Christmas season yet, but I listen to Mylon Lefevre sing this carol year round.

And, of course, for this season, our national anthem.

Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic.

     J   - Just started summer.
     U -  Unbearably hot.
     N -  No more open windows.
     E -  Elated for fall and football season...Roll Tide.
Insert your own random thought here.
OK, this isn't very deep, but I've been thinking about how in the world people can get up before sunrise, do an intense workout, and still go to work and stay awake all day, every day.  Nearly all of my weekday workouts are in the afternoon or evening.  My only morning workouts are on Saturday (unless you count playing bass guitar on Sunday).  That way, I can load up on the Ibuprofen and take a nap to get ready for the next day.  What's wrong with me?


  1. I don't think there is anything wrong with you -- everyone is different and needs to listen to themselves first. Love that you thought of O Holy Night -- great star song! Hope you have a wonderful fourth!

    1. Thanks, Paige. Have a great holiday weekend.

  2. I'm also looking forward to fall. Summer is my least favorite season. I don't do well with heat.

    1. The humidity is what makes it so oppressive. Oh well. Winter is my least favorite season.

  3. I can't do morning workouts either so nothing wrong with you cos there's nothing wrong with me - just not a get up and go in the morning person. Have fun at your church celebrations.

    1. I can get up and go, but not to that extent. Doing a 5k at 8:00 is one thing; doing a spinning class at 5:30 is something else. I tried that yesterday and ended up sleeping most of the day.