I seriously cannot believe I have missed out on the last few Hodgepodges. Who knows where my mind has been. Today, we are talking Valentine’s Day, the Beatles, red meat and Abraham Lincoln. I know, crazy topics, huh? So read on to find out how to make love last, my favorite Beatles song (you’ll never guess), how I like my steak, and a funny story about Honest Abe.
Wednesday Hodgepodge Vol. 162
1.What makes love last?
Respect. Silliness. Fun. Trust. Friendship.
2. The Beatles made their US debut fifty years ago this week. Are you a fan? If so, what’s your favorite Beatles tune?
I like some of their stuff. But, my all-time favorite Beatles song is Julia – side B of the White Album. Wonder why.
3. Valentine’s Day-your thoughts? Do you celebrate in any way? Do anything special for the people you love? Expect anything special from the people who love you?
I always liked Valentine’s Day growing up. We did the whole decorate-a-bag-give-cards-thing at school. We used to make construction paper hearts to hang around the house. Mom and dad would give us little boxes of candy. We had a “red” dinner – spaghetti, jello, juice. Don and I have never gone crazy with V-day. Usually, just a card and maybe a little something (ahem, Mac-o-Chee creams from Marie’s would be nice.) I usually make little cards for my friends, but it seems like most people don’t appreciate them, so I am not sure I will do it this year. Don and I are planning on having some delicious pizza from 600 Downtown and watching the latest Fast and Furious.
4. Steak or burger…you have to choose. Now that that’s settled, how do you like it?
Steak. Slapped on the butt and thrown on the plate. (Hey, you asked!)
5. The Hodgepodge lands on the birthdate (February 12th) of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America. Lincoln is quoted as saying,‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test his character give him power.‘ Do you agree? Why or why not?
I definitely agree. You can tell a person’s true worth when they are given power – their true colors come out.
6. Honest Abe’s image is featured on the US penny (1 cent coin) so I’m wondering…what do you do with your pennies (or your country’s equivalent)? It’s been suggested the US stop making the penny, and two bills have been introduced proposing just that, but neither were approved. What say you?
I give them to the kids for their piggy banks. It’s not like you can buy anything with a penny anymore. (Whatever happened to penny candy?!) I could care less if they did away with the penny… however, what will be next at the rate of inflation? The nickel?
7. Do you think pop culture deserves serious study?
Serious study as in a couple of seminars/classes or a complete semester? We did a section on pop culture in history class while in high school. It was really rather enlightening. To see how we have evolved in music, clothes, books, movies, speech from the past to the present. So, I would say pop culture does deserve some study – even if it is just to discover who you are and where you came from.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Well, keeping with the theme today – I am taking a forensic accounting class for my Master’s degree. The textbook we are using is actually really interesting and provides all kinds of examples, stories, and quotes from real-life events. One of the truest facts of human nature is that everyone has a price. It might be a high price, but you have a price. If you are faced with the opportunity to take that price (money) without getting caught, you more than likely will. It’s human nature.
It has been told that Abraham Lincoln threw a man out of his office after the man offered him a bribe. The bribe was a rather substantial sum and Lincoln was very angry. He was mad at the man, but also at himself. He is reputed as saying: “Every man has his price and he was getting close to mine.”
Happy Birthday Mr. President.