A Slushy, Snowy Hodgepodge

Greetings from the snowpocalypse center of the universe, Virginia.  Forecasts for today have gone from 8-12″, to rain only, to 5″, to slush, to 2″, to the fact that it is pouring rain at my house in the morning, yet three inches of snow less than five miles west of me.  School closings all around.  Good time to go to the hodgepodge!

1. 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?
As someone who worked in restaurants for 15-20 years, it depends.  Comments card almost always, receipt survey rarely unless I get free food out of it.  Comment cards get back to the individual store, receipt surveys are data collected by corporate so it rarely goes back to the location.  And I fill them out for good and for bad, for I feel compliments are needed just as much as constructive criticism.

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?
If you are a woman who wants to serve in the military, then you should also have the right to serve at the front lines. 

3.  In looking back at all the blog posts you’ve written, what’s your favorite post title?
As I scroll through 15 pages of titles, I realize I’m not that creative or consistent with titling.  You know how every episode of friends was “the one . . . .”?  I have friends that blog title that way.  Or ones that blog title from songs titles.  I’m not so creative.  I did, however, love this one:  Wow. Just, well, wow! because of the emotions that the memories of that night bring.  But for title alone?  I guess it would be How you know when a Southern gal has a juicy story to tell:

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’m not a parent, yet I helped raised a few children.  Either in my own family or in someone else’s.  And I think there is an argument for balance.  My father was overly permissive in that he was only concerned with three things–I don’t get pregnant before I get married, I don’t get married before I graduate from college, and I’m home before he gets up for work the next morning.  With that much leniency, it’s so easy to get in trouble.  The contrast was life with my mother, where leaving your toothbrush on the counter instead of the holder was two weeks grounding.  You’re too afraid to breathe because it will upset the balance.

5.  Candlelight-moonlight-firelight-bright lights in the big city…which one’s your favorite?
Firelight.  Nothing beats it.  From bonfires to beach fires to fireplaces and fire pits.  Best thing ever.

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.
Books were everything when I was growing up.  My favorite children’s book I discovered as an adult–The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.  I escaped into books all the time.  I still do.  There was a series of books called Sweet Pickles that were about a bunch of animals, I loved them as a small child.  But what I remember most about my childhood is Anne Shirley, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden.

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.
I actually blogged about it recently.  Lou Holtz, who I think is a nitwit on good days, cracked me up with this comment:  “He wasn’t particularly fast, as a matter of fact if he got in a race with a pregnant mother he’d come in third, but he could throw the ball very very well.”

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
When I got to work today, I was met in the parking lot with someone who said “office is closed, go home”.  My born-in-South-Dakota boss had other ideas though, and I had to work all day.  There were FIVE of us in the office. Out of 120.  FIVE.  And I was one of them.  I want my snow day!!!