Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Simplicities of Summer: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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

If you could sit beside and/or jump in any lake in the whole wide world today, which lake would you choose and why?
Forget the lake, I'd just like to go down to the Gulf, feel the breeze on my face, and listen to the waves in peace.
What's your favorite 'fruity' drink? 
Orange juice.
I read a list here of thirteen things to do right now to simply your life. They were:  clean as you go, re-evaluate your relationships (cut toxic ties), unsubscribe (too many blogs and websites), de-clutter, write down your daily goals, reply to emails right away, forget multitasking, create a morning routine, re-evaluate your commitments (which hobbies and responsibilities are most important to you), say no, clean up your computer, and plan your day ahead. Which of the tasks listed do you currently find most helpful in keeping life simple? Which item on the list should you adopt in order to simplify your life this month?
Is there any type of guide to tell you how to have a life worth simplifying?  It's kind of like one of the blogs I read that advertises a book on how to shave 10 hours off your work week.  Hey Buddy, I work for hourly wages.  If I shave 10 hours off my work week, I'll have all the hours of my work week shaved off--by my boss.  
What did you do the summer after you graduated from high school? 
Worked a summer job at the now defunct Abrams Library at Ft. McClellan.  It wasn't my worst job, but it wasn't my best either.  Southerners band camp couldn't come fast enough.
Are you a fan of podcasts? If so what's a favorite?
Yes, I'm a fan of podcasts.  Some of my favorites are This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt and Dave Ramsey's podcast of his daily radio show.  For a couple of years I was a fan of Greg Proops' Smartest Man in the World podcast until it stopped being funny and started being full of nothing but political rants and the "F" word.  Bless his heart.
I'm actually in the process of developing my own podcast.  Scary, huh? 
Do you think today's fathers have it harder, easier, or just different than fathers in the past?
Oh, they have it much easier.  In the past, a lady expected a man to marry her before she would bear his child.  She also expected him to work, provide for the family, lead and discipline his children, and love and cherish his wife.  Shoot.  Now, men are like cords and women are like electrical outlets just willing to be plugged by anything and anybody.  Babies are a burden rather than a blessing, and dear old dad doesn't even have to provide for or raise the child; the government will gladly do it for him while he hunts for the next "outlet."
Tell us one way you're like your father? Or not at all like your father if that's easier?
I look like and am built just like my father.  I inherited my talent for music from daddy.  I have his knack for telling funny stories.  Unfortunately, his propensity for addictions got put on my genetic plate too.  His was alcohol, cigarettes, and food.  So far, my addictive struggle is just with food, but that's enough in itself.
Insert your own random thought here.
Kind of sad that I didn't even remember that Sunday is Father's Day.  The good news is that unlike Mother's Day the pressure is off me Sunday.  Whew!


  1. I'm with you and what you wrote about the Gulf breeze...that sounds pretty good to me, too!

  2. I agree with you completely about the cords and outlet thing! People are just way too free in this regard with no thought at all to the ultimate costs of that plugging in.

    I enjoyed your post. Have a blessed day!

  3. Your comments about cords and outlets was spot on. Too many young men are willing to be a baby daddy, but not a father. There is a good bit of humor in your post. Have a good week.

  4. Love the gulf beach for a relaxing day. I even travel all over the country with my Beach umbrella, "just in case" I get a few hours to enjoy the local beach when I travel. This is my first Hodgepodge, nice getting to know you.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA