Wednesday HodgePodge – Round 22

Another HodgePodge rolls around, as always by clicking the button you can add your own link to join in and check out the other HodgePodge blogger’s answers…

1. My real life friends came through with another question this week so thank you real life friends. When you’ve eaten in a restaurant do you complete their comment card? Do you take online surveys highlighted at the bottom of store receipts?

I think this may be an American thing. I remember filling in a comment card in a restaurant in the USA once, but never in the UK! If restaurants had them in the UK, I would fill them out.

2. The (US) ban on women in combat was lifted at the end of January. It will probably be next year before specifics are worked out, but its been reported over 200,000 front line positions will eventually open up to women.  Your thoughts?

My thoughts are, if women can do the job and they want to, then I don’t have a problem with that.

3.  In looking back at all the blog posts you’ve written, what’s your favorite post title?

Ooh. I have no idea!

4. What’s worse-overly permissive parents or overly protective parents?  Did your own parents lean more to the permissive or the protective category?  If you’re a parent where do you fall?

I think overly protective parents probably frustrate me more, but either category is bad. I feel lucky to have a parent who fell smack dab in the middle! Sometimes I felt like my Mum was overly protective when she didn’t allow me to be out as late or have as much freedom as some of my friends, but my Mum trusted me with quite a lot. She let me have my own key at age 10/11 to the house, I was left home alone for weekends or a week when I was 16. She only did that because I was sensible and never threw crazy parties where my friends trashed her house or left the oven on! Plus our neighbours would have given her the lowdown if I had. I’m not a parent, but when I have kids in my care I hope I fall into the middle. I always make the boundaries clear (no TV at teatime is one of my rules) and rarely back down on them, but I’ll also maybe permit a little bit later bedtimes, jumping on the bed and such like!

5.  Candlelight-moonlight-firelight-bright lights in the big city…which one’s your favorite?

I love camping under the moonlight. But I also love big cities!

6. Dr. Seuss’s birthday was celebrated on Saturday. What’s a favorite book you remember (Seuss or otherwise) from your own childhood?  Did books play an important role in your growing up years? Explain.

A huge part. My favourite books were the Maisie the Cat books by Aileen Paterson. They are unique to Edinburgh and I loved the characters and the fact that familiar bus routes and landmarks appeared in them. Maisie’s friend, Archie is a Hearts fan too. I get very annoyed still when people think I’m talking about a mouse when I mention Maisie (darn that Maisy Mouse!). She was even a Brownie Guide like me. :) Other key books were Roald Dahl (the BFG & Matilda being my favourites), Enid Blyton’s ‘Five Find-Outers’ and The Faraway Tree, The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy (so good to have plain looking underdog heroines!) and the Drina Ballerina series which is what gave me a real travel bug! I loved reading and I loved reading along with storytapes.

7.  To quote Dr. Seuss…

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” 
from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Share something funny you’ve recently read, seen or heard.
Oh man, I’m sure there are things, my brain is still fried from flu. I haven’t read much and even the amusing things on facebook and twitter I haven’t taken in. Can I count this news article that made me smile on Monday about the man dressed as Batman ‘delivering’ his friend to the police?

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Flu is still kicking my butt. My sage wisdom for this week is: avoid flu like it’s the plague (or Norovirus).

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6 thoughts on “Wednesday HodgePodge – Round 22

  1. I’m sorry you’re still feeling bad. I hope you’re better soon! I smiled at the Batman story too : )

  2. The restaurant deal is pretty much an American thing. We are *huge* on customer service, and since waiter staff get tipped over here, it’s even bigger. Companies really frown on bad reviews of any kind, especially if your service was bad.

  3. Reading your list of books takes me right back since I read most of them! I loved Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton so mucy (still do!). I might get those Maisie books for Cohen!

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