Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hodgepodge Time Again

Hodgepodge Time once again. Several questions this week that really get the old wheels a turning. Here are my answers:

1. The popular saying, 'All is fair in love and war' is originally credited to English writer John Lyly. Is he right? 

While war may be more of a "no rules" situation, love should not be. At least in my opinion, love should have boundaries. One should not be deceptive in love.    

2. Are you a cereal eater? What's your favorite kind?

I am not a regular cereal eater. My brothers both loved cereal and most mornings before school that was their breakfast choice. Things like Boo Berry, Frankenberry, Count Chocula, Lucky Charms,etc... 
I was more of a Poptart, Toast or Fruit fan. 
I am lactose intolerant, so I stay away from milk, but occasionally I will have a craving for cereal and if I do, I tend to gravitate to Corn Flakes (with a sliced banana in it), Honey Bunches of Oats (Strawberry), or Captain Crunch.  

3. A five year old in Pennsylvania was recently given a ten day school suspension for talking with a friend about shooting one another with a Hello Kitty Bubble gun (the gun blows bubbles). She did not have the gun with her at school.

A psychological evaluation was also ordered and the incident was recorded on her permanent record. The suspension was later reduced to two days and her parents are suing to have the incident removed from her file. Your thoughts? (If you missed the story click here for details). 

I had not heard about this story. I do think that the incident should be removed from her record. This child is five years old. I understand that the subject of guns is a very sensitive subject right now, especially in our schools. But, this was in no way a harmful act.  

4. Whatever happened to_____________________________?

Oh wow, so many things could fill that blank... Baby Jane, Randolph Scott, The Caped Crusader, Common Courtesy, are but a few that come to mind.

5. January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, billed as a day to reacquaint yourself with a pen and pencil. Do you like your handwriting? Do you prefer to print or write in cursive? This date was chosen because its the birth date of John Hancock. What's the last thing you signed your name to?

I do not like my handwritting. It is legible, but not pretty. My daughter has beautiful handwriting. 

I take a lot of messages at work and usually print them because I can do that much faster than I can write them in cursive.  

I sign my name many times a week. Most of the receipts at the office are signed by me and many documents that we deal with require the signatures to be notarized. I am the one that does that too.

6. Speaking of John Hancock...ever been to Philadelphia? Do you have any desire to visit the city of Brotherly Love? 

I have never been to Philadelphia but think it would be a great place to visit. So much history in that town, would have to be interesting.

7. Share something funny you've heard a child say. 

A few years ago my niece was at my house when my ex-husband came to pick up my daughter for visitation. My niece was a baby when I divorced and is not familiar with my ex. She was confused by the situation. My son and I tried to explain to her that this man was my their Daddy. In her mind, my husband lives in the house so should be the daddy. We tried to explain it to her.  She walked out with my daughter and I and looked at my ex for a moment. When we came back into the house and into the room where my son was she said, "Well he don't take care of you".  We still laugh about that.

There was also the day that my niece was ready to leave and as she was about to walk out the door said, "Bye, I hope you have good problems".  

Gotta Love Kids.....
8. Insert your own random thought here.

I spend a lot of my time at work on the phone. Taking messages and screening calls for my husband.  Most of our current clients I am at least somewhat familiar with their case and recognize their name when they call. A few I recognize their voice. 
But, it drives me crazy when someone calls and only says this is (Mark) can I speak to Mr. Bratcher? I ask Mark who, as we have four clients with the first name of Mark. They get upset with me because I ask their name every time that they call. And then there are the ones that call and do not want to tell me even their first name. Do they really think that I am going to give the call to my husband if they can't even tell me who they are?  One guy has called several times in the past week and never wants to tell me who he is or what he is calling about. He usually hangs up on me. Today he called again and proceeded to tell me that he would just call my husband's cell phone. He did just that. What he didn't know was that we forward the calls from the office to my husband's cell phone anytime we are not in the office. So we always receive any call that comes in to the office. (Even when we went to Florida a few weeks ago the calls were forwarded). When he called today we were at lunch and I answered the call from the cell phone. A few moments later he calls the cell phone directly and I answer again. We have the same exact conversation and he hangs up. Later this evening as we were leaving the office he calls once again but this time I recognize the number and my husband answers the phone. The guy was calling about one of our clients and merely needed to know if this case had been filed yet and if we had a case number. ALL information I could have given him a week ago!!   

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  1. I don't think a lot of people like their handwriting. Since when do we have time to write neatly these days?!

    Those cereal boxes look catchy!

  2. I hope you have good problems-ha! I hope that too : )

  3. Your caller should learn some telephone manners. I answer most of our calls as well since hubby doesn't like to talk on the phone.

  4. I understand about the caller. We have calls that ask 'how is my mom today' they can get plum hateful if we don't know who mom is. Half to all 12 can be someone's mom!

  5. I am right there with you on the caller situation. Happens to me here too. I am on the phone all day. And some of the young, fresh-out-of-college kids that are in the office when they call me and say "I saw you called". Well yes, I did. But it either wasn't important enough to leave you a message, I sent you an email, or found someone else that could answer the question. I swear they spend half of the day just scrolling through caller ID. And to make it worse, if I'm on the phone when they call back (to say "I saw you called"), they KEEP CALLING OVER AND OVER until I answer!!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

  6. I actually prefer calling someone, the phone constantly ringing would annoy me. Especially when i'm half asleep on the couch and i get up to find out it's a telemarketer. :o
    Anyway kids are too funny aren't they? My niece has said a bunch of funny things, some quite sassy!
    Wasn't "baby Jane" a movie?

  7. A psychiatric examination for a five year old talking about a bubble gun is ridiculous! The pendulum is swinging to far here.

  8. I live near Philly and have to tell you the historic district is fabulous! The Constitution Center, Liberty Bell, Library of Congress.. I could go on…

  9. I am lactose intolerant as well, so cereal has not been a part of my diet for a long time.

    Had to chuckle at your random thought. I used to be an administrative secretary, so I totally understood what you were talking about!! Grrr. Just give me your name please! Sheesh!

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