Once again Wednesday has rolled around, and that means that it’s time for some Hodgepodge. Click on the button above if you’d like to join in the fun.
1. What do you think makes a good dad?
"Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy."
A good dad has patience, is willing to discipline when necessary (not leaving it all to mom), leads by example, allows his kids to learn from their mistakes without leaving them unprotected, and above all else loves unconditionally.
2. What's something you learned from your own father?
The love of baseball … particularly Cardinals baseball. I remember when we had to go to Florida when I was in kindergarten (I had pneumonia which wouldn’t clear up, so our doctor recommended that my parents take me somewhere warm). As much as I loved the time out on the beach (and still do), I cried when I couldn’t go with my dad to see the Cardinals spring training game.
3. It's your birthday-what kind of cake will we be having?
I’m not a HUGE cake fan, but I do have a few favorites. A moist white cake is always nice, and so is an angel food cake … not to mention carrot cake. And I do love dump cake … with coconut and pecans on top. Of the cakes I mentioned, only the carrot cake needs frosting … otherwise I prefer my cakes un-iced.
4. When you're faced with a big decision are you more of a go with your gut type of person, or are you someone who reasons it all out, weighing the pros and cons?
I’m an accountant … so I’d say that 95% of the time I weigh pros and cons. There is, however, the 5% of the time when I go with my gut.
5. June is National Dairy Month. What's your favorite dairy item? Most often purchased dairy item?
My favorite dairy item is ice cream. However, it is definitely NOT the most-purchased dairy item! I’d say that the most-purchased dairy item is probably yogurt … I use it for cooking and every once in a while I get on a yogurt-for-eating kick.
6. Explorer Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910....what's something you've recently discovered or something you'd like to explore?
I’d like to explore Alaska … which is why a cruise to Alaska with a glass-domed train ride back to Vancouver is on my bucket list.
7. Are you typical of your generation?
I’m not sure what is typical of my generation now. I certainly wasn’t very typical of my generation growing up. I grew up in a small rural town where everything (fashions, trends, etc.) were a good 10 years behind the large cities. I became an adult during the late 60’s/early 70’s, and I never even had a desire to become part of the hippie movement nor anti-war movement.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Last night was the first meet of the Ts’ summer swim session. It’s at an outdoor pool in a nearby town and quite different than the YMCA meets … rather chaotic with no scoreboards to show who’s swimming, their lane, and their times, but there’s nothing like being able to watch them compete. This is T#3’s first time on the swim team, and he did surprisingly well (finished 2nd in his first event). T#2 finished 1st in one event and 2nd in another, and T#1 rocked his events, finishing 1st 3 times (including an exciting come-from-behind finish in the fly). I know I’m bragging … but I’m just so proud of them.