Oh, my. Well, as everyone who's ever used a computer knows, these 'time-saving' logic engines of ours have the paradoxical ability to be utter time-sinks. Hours can pass like minutes. Last night, I set out to find a how-to for the seemingly simple functionality of posting blog posts automatically to a Facebook fan page wall, something which there used just a couple of years ago to be any number of easy ways to do...
2. Do you think patience comes to us naturally or is it something you have to learn as you grow? On a scale of 1-10 generally how patient are you (1=I blow up at the drop of a hat and 10= I've got all the time in the world).
3. Share about a time when you felt like you could fly. Or a time you wished you could fly. Or a time you felt like you were flying.
Haha, well... I used to bungee jump. That was a lot like flying. And I've had the pleasure of galloping on a good horse. But what really comes to mind here is dreams. I haven't had a good flying dream in some time, but over the years, I've had my share. It's usually more like swooping around, though. Rarely do I have much in the way of control. The trick of flying of course, as Douglas Adams taught us, is to throw oneself at the ground... and miss.
4. Your favorite song with the word fly in the title or lyrics, or your favorite song that relates to flying in some way?
Well, there are rather a lot of songs to do with flying, aren't there? Hmm... I choose Sugar Ray:
5. What's in your fall picnic basket and where are we picnicking in your neck of the woods this time of year?
Hey Boo Boo! What a nice thought! I'll load us up with Asian pears and firm persimmons, peanut brittle, brie on sourdough, and carrot juice with Bokbunja Ju (Korean wild raspberry wine).
We'll go out past the old fire tower out in the Hoosier National Forest, get off the beaten track and stomp up a ridge overlooking the lake. Maybe even start a little twig-fire up there if we're careful.
6. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping....which skill would you most like to possess and how would you put that skill to use today?
I have always admired the skill it takes to do finishing work in carpentry. I have long been enamored of the thought of putting together my own little cabin - incorporating some raw, local wood... lots of oddly-shaped windows... wouldn't it be nice?
7. What's something you think is too expensive to justify buying lately?
A suit! An honest-to-goodness, full-on business suit. I've been putting this off for a while now. I have only owned two suits in my adult life. One I bought for a funeral, and the other for a ceremony in which I was awarded some money for a play that I wrote. Both are long gone now, and I have a round of job interviews coming up early next year. A suit is in my future, if I can just bite the bullet and go out and get fitted and buy the darn thing,
8. Insert your own random thought here.
It's been a couple of years since I last chimed in on the old Hodgepodge here, and I'd forgotten what an adventure it kind of is. I started out venting about what a time-sink computers can be, and here I've flown around, been on a delicious picnic, built my own cabin, and am now off to buy a pricey suit. Let's see... what's my random thought?
Shall I mention the little giveaway I'm doing or a recent writing prompt I enjoyed? Only in passing, only in passing... not random enough.
I know: since I mentioned Nasrudin earlier, I'll end with a little story about him.
Nasrudin's neighbors found him under a streetlamp looking for something. His house key, he said. They started helping him look, and asked the same old question: "Where did you lose it?"
"In my house," said Nasrudin.
"Then why are you looking out here under the streetlamp?!"
"Because," said Nasrudin, "Out here, there is much more light to see by!"