It’s been a while since I’ve done this one…
- Parents: What’s the most important thing you learned from your parents that you hope to pass along to your children or young people you mentor? You, too, can be a grown-up. There is a time to stand on your own two feet, and when that time comes, you will be capable. When I think about what my parents did differently from other people’s, what stands out is that we were expected to grow up and be on our own, self-sufficient. They weren’t shoving us out the door on our 18th birthdays, but there weren’t plans of moving back home after college, either. I really appreciate that, since many parents seem to coddle their kids and never prepare them for adulthood (like not teaching them how to do laundry).
- Traffic: Have you ever diverted your route because of something you heard on a radio or television traffic report? No, I haven’t. But I don’t drive that much, and my commute is only three miles of highway in the morning, and local roads only at night.
- Groceries: Do you make a grocery shopping list as you run out of items or notice you’re running low, or do you make a list right before leaving to go to the grocery store? We keep a list on the fridge (just like we did growing up) of the week’s menu, and there’s a big spot for a shopping list. Of course, this is only for groceries. When it’s time for a Target run, I usually make the list right before leaving the house, often just in my mind, and then totally fail to get what I need. The grocery shopping system is clearly much more efficient.
- Dinner: What did you have for dinner last night and was it fulfilling? If not fulfilling did it at least hold some nutritional value? made Lloyd’s pulled pork, so I had that on a bun, and then a lovely iceberg lettuce salad with some Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. I was pretty much starving when I got home, and could definitely have eaten more, but I restrained myself. I ate some chocolate later when I got hungry (so I guess it wasn’t all that fulfilling).
Editor’s note: This meme is posted so late in the day on Fridays that I have already left work by the time it pops up on Google Reader, which is darned annoying, seeing as how I almost never check my Reader at home, and definitely not on Friday nights. So… look forward to Four for Fridays on Mondays.
- Homeownership: Burden or Joy? Joy. First of all, I’d love to own a different home, so clearly that’d be a joy to me. But really, I love making home improvements and all that stuff ( is groaning as he reads this). I grew up watching my parents continually make improvements on the homes we lived in (at one point, the moved an entire wall five feet to make the kitchen bigger), and it just seems natural to me. I like the feeling of satisfaction at the end of a project, and the continued joy after the fact of getting to use/enjoy that project (like our pantry), or even just the end of an annoyance. I know they’re a lot of work, especially the work we don’t have to do right now because the Association takes care of it, but I think the trade-off is worthwhile. But, as ke again in 5 years. I may feel differently.
- School Year: Make it longer to boost students’ academic achievements or shorter or the same so kids can be kids? I’m undecided on this. I suppose as a future teacher I should have an opinion, but I don’t. I know lots of teachers like having summer break off, and we’d have to pay teachers more if they were working more. But, 3 months might be too long. Maybe a two month summer vacation? June isn’t that bad of a month to still be in school (but August, when it’s boiling outside, in a school without air-conditioning, is just cruel).
- Weekend: Saturday morning or Sunday morning? Saturday, because then I know there’s still another morning to sleep in.
- Quickly: Instant Messaging or Texting? Neither, really. I do a bit of both, mostly with , but not to any great extent.
- Bonus Question: Newspaper: Hardcopy or Online edition? Online. The only newspaper worth getting in paper is the Sunday version, because of the coupons and sales fliers in the middle. I like reading the online version of five different newspapers, though, and like that I can pick and choose the articles I want to read (without out the waste of all that paper for all the articles, like the entire Sports section, that I don’t want).
- Your Job: What’s the best thing about your job? If you do not have a job, what’s the best thing about not working? Ah, I had to make a list of the best things about my job this week to prevent myself from quitting on Tuesday. The good things about my job: will let me have a flexible schedule so I can go to school, my health insurance is good and affordable, and because we’re union I make a wage that is better than I’d get elsewhere (sometimes, at least).
- Health Insurance: Whirlpool Corporation’s refrigerator plant in Indiana has suspended nearly 40 production workers suspected by the company of continuing to smoke despite claiming on health insurance forms they were nonsmokers. Additionally, the company charges smokers an extra fee for health insurance. Do you think companies should be allowed to deduct higher amounts of money from employees paychecks for health insurance if the employee smokes cigarettes? I’m tempted to say yes, but I know that it could quickly go from the mentioned situation to charging people more because they have risky sexual behaviors, or very expensive (and through no fault of their own) medical conditions, and I think that would be not cool. I work with a lot of people who have medical conditions, as well as the situation and find themselves in regarding health insurance, and it makes me believe more firmly (however implausible it may seem) that affordable health care should be a basic human right (notice I said affordable, not free or government-provided; the details can be worked out by someone else).
- Borders: In its quest to secure the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has embarked on a construction project to build a 15- to 18-foot high wall along large swaths of the territory. But a lot of south Texans are mad about the plan. The proposed path of the fence cuts directly through some residents’ backyards and even a local golf course. Do you think the United States should be erecting such a wall? I think a wall is probably the stupidest idea I have ever heard. Seriously. And wasteful of money. And, did I mention stupid?
- Deterrence: A wall-mounted gadget designed to drive away loiterers with a shrill, piercing noise audible only to teens and young adults is infuriating civil liberties groups and tormenting young people. Nearly 1,000 units of the device, called the “Mosquito,” have been sold in the United States and Canada, which according to its manufacturer, is a completely harmless solution to the problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping malls, around shops and anywhere else they are causing problems. Background: it seems that there is a very real medical phenomenon known as “presbycusis” or age-related hearing loss which, according to The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, “begins after the age of 20…” It first affects the highest frequencies (18 to 20 kHz ) notably in those who have turned 20 years of age or older, which means, there’s real science to this Mosquito gizmo. How would you feel about the Mosquito’s use in areas you or children frequent? I think this is a bad (and potentially hazardous or dangerous) idea. People need to get over the idea that groups of teenagers are inherently evil and that they’ll do bad things. Kids need a place to hang out. It’d be better for them to be at the mall than unsupervised in a someone’s basement having unprotected sex and doing drugs, right? Get a grip on yourselves, people.
Wow. Seems I’m opinionated today.
- Back Seat Driver: When sitting in the back seat of a car, do you have a preference of which side–passenger or driver–you sit on? What if you were the only passenger sitting in the back… would you have a preference then? Related question: As the driver, do you have a preference of which side a lone back seat passenger sits? Driver’s side. Because throughout my entire youth, that was the side I sat on, and sat on the passenger’s side. I think we switched once. It was weird. But in all honesty, it’s usually better for me to sit on the passenger’s side, because I have long legs, and have a better chance at leg room on the passenger’s side.
I don’t have good answers for any of the rest of those questions.