Wednesday, May 14, 2014

History in the Hodgepodge

It's a rainy Wednesday here in the 'burg, but that won't stop us from gathering for a little Hodgepodge. Thanks to Joyce, our hostess, who faithfully provides us with great food for thought. Click on the button to hop over for a visit with her!
Here are her questions and my answers:

1. It's still May, right? When were you last in the middle of something that might be described as mayhem?

Our football tailgating might be described as mayhem. Fun and spirited mayhem, but mayhem just the same. Love our tailgaters!

2. When did you last feel dismayed?

I felt dismayed when I learned that our pastor would be moving. I understand that moving pastors is the way of our denomination, but it always makes me sad when it happens before we are ready. I will miss him, and wish God's blessings on their sweet family as they make the move to a new congregation.

3. What's a food combination you like, but other people may find strange?

I don't really eat strange things, individually or in combination. I like peanut butter on bananas, but lots of people eat that. I stick to combining things that are meant to go together: chocolate and peppermint, peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, blueberries and pancakes. Boring, I know.

4. "It is never too late to be what you might have been." Do you think that's true? Why or why not?

True. And not true. Well, it depends. I do believe that we shouldn't give up on our dreams, especially those that we feel in our cores. Determination and dedication can allow us to be all we can be! (or was that the Army?)
A great example of this is my sister-in-law, Jenny, who followed her dream of going to law school. So proud of her!

5. US News and World Report listed the best historic destinations in the US as follows-Washington D.C, Philadelphia PA, Williamsburg VA, Charleston SC, Boston MA, Richmond VA, Savannah, GA, Santa Fe NM, Yellowstone, San Antonio TX, San Francisco CA, New Orleans LA, and Charlottesville VA.

Of those listed how many have you seen in person? Which two sites on the list would you most like to see in person?

Thankfully, I have seen several of the listed historic destinations. We (I?) love history trips! :)
We visited Washington D.C. in 1997.
I visited Philadelphia as a child, and made another trip there in 1991 with Jennifer, my mom, and my grandma, to see my friend Ann's newborn baby. We stopped by to see the Liberty Bell while we were there.
I have been to Williamsburg a few times. I went on a day trip with my mom and my grandma at Christmas time on an Ambassadair trip. That means we flew out that morning, spent the day in Williamsburg, and flew home the same evening. It was quick, but so much fun to see the historic buildings all dressed up for Christmas. Another time, I went with some high school friends after attending the wedding of our friend Jan and her husband Steve. Imagine our (and their) surprise when we ran into them in Williamsburg (on their honeymoon!).

I have been to Charleston, but just passing through for a quick visit.

My family visited Boston in 1975 when I was 15. I planned the trip as my driver's education project. This photo was taken in front of the Mayflower II, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, not in Boston, but it was the same trip. Who wears short shorts?
I was in Richmond, VA for the above mentioned wedding of Jan and Steve, but not for historical touring.

Our family went to California on the train when I was in first grade, and we visited the sights in San Francisco while we were there.

You must know that I have visited New Orleans. Lots of history made there! Who Dat!
We visited Charlottesville, Virginia in 1997 on our way to D.C. We had the privilege of taking a tour of UVA given by our friend Chris, a Greensburg boy who was a student there. He had coached our kids in speech and swimming, and was a wonderful host and tour guide during our visit.
The two (thanks for allowing two, Joyce) that I would like to see in person, are Charleston and Savannah. Yes, I have been to Charleston, but not long enough to know the city. There is definitely lots of history in those two southern cities. And it's just so much fun to spend time in the South.
(Sorry for getting a little carried away with my answer.)

6. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you had to participate in a single fitness activity for the next half hour, which activity would you choose?

Does walking count? That's it, then, I would choose walking. Preferably on a beach. :)

7. What did you like best about the city, town, or neighborhood where you grew up?

The things I liked best, are the things I like best, since I still live in the town where I grew up. I like the people, of course, and the schools, the farms, the downtown, our little parade on the Fourth of July, basketball games, the county fair, and our pretty courthouse with the tree growing from the tower. (Even better with grandson Matthew posing in front of it.)
I also like that when you can't find your keys after lunch in a downtown restaurant, they're right where you left them. Along with your vehicle. True story.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Just this:


Joyce said...

I love that verse and try to live it. I have been in a volunteer role this year where it has been put to the test! Ugh. I dislike conflict so much. It has been a real learning experience.

Cathy said...

I loved Williamsburg and Washington DC and so much want to go back to both!

Terri D. said...

Another great Hodgepodge! So glad you participate! I grew up in a small town, where you could leave the front door unlocked and keys in the car, too. Great way to grow up. Nice that you are still there.