Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Futurama: The Weekly Hodgepodge

Want to join the party?  Go on over to From This Side of the Pond  for the Hodgepodge link-up!

There almost was no hodgepodge today.  I was nearly done with it and trying to position a photograph when everything on the screen disappeared and I lost all my work.  Thanks a lot, Blogger!
October 21, 2015 is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie? The sequels? In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?
I saw one of the movies more than 20 years ago but didn't care for it.  I never watched any of the others.  I just couldn't get into it.
In the fall of 1985 I was 13 and in the 8th grade.  Life was not very pleasant at that point, so let's just leave it at that.
If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? The past?
If I could retain the knowledge I have now, I would like to travel back to biblical times.  I would love to see with my own eyes Jesus healing the sick, raising the dead, and preaching to the crowds.
We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015-flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3-D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass).  Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands? Do you think the Internet does more harm than good?
The problem is not with the internet itself, but how people use the it.  Like money, the World Wide Web is an inanimate object devoid of any moral value.  It being good or bad depends on whose hands it's in.  Like money, I think the internet reveals the character of the user. 
Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker? Your favorite fast food?
Other than soup, my favorite slow cooker recipe so far is this one:
Photo via Pinterest
Crockpot Italian Chicken: 4 chicken breasts, 1 packet Zesty Italian dressing seasoning, one 8 ounce block cream cheese (softened), 2 cans cream of chicken soup; Cook on low for 4 hours. If sauce is too thick, add a little milk. Serve over pasta.
Just a hint:  I would mix the ingredients for the sauce ahead of time to see if the mixture is too thick.  Waiting until it's cooked to determine thickness could result in a burnt rim around your slow cooker (ask me how I know).
My favorite fast food:  French fries
No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time...which timely saying most relates to your life right now?
Down time.  I am in desperate need of some real rest.  I've worked several extra shifts at work, which is wonderful, but my down time isn't garnering me any rest.  I go to bed tired and wake up just as tired.  Being sick and not in a good frame of mind so much doesn't help either.  I looked into booking a king deluxe room (for the whirlpool tub) at Cheaha State Park and having a mini retreat, but at more than $100 a night with a 2 to 3 night minimum stay, I can't swing that right now.  I've got to find some restful, quiet alone time...and find it quick.
Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else. How does that make you feel?
My old high school is no longer there.  As horrible as school was at times, I have some great memories of football games and marching band in those old brick buildings behind Paul Snow Stadium (now Burgess-Snow Stadium).  The new location of Jacksonville High School is fine, but it's not the same.  They are moving our elementary school too.  Yes, I know that things must change, but I feel like a part of my childhood is lost.  I know it sounds like a Hallmark movie cliché.

 JHS Fight Song
The old Eastwood Community Center of my childhood is gone.  Having that hellhole off the map makes me quite happy indeed.
Describe your comfort zone.
I'm not sure of the context of the question, so I'll not answer for fear of answering it wrong. 
Insert your own random thought here.
Not sure what to share so I'll share my favorite picture from my bike ride this weekend.


  1. Your chicken recipe sounds good! And your photo is lovely! Hoping there is rest in the weekend for you : )