Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22719 – 969
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Dear Respected Habitué, Beloved Cronies, little trolls, Regarded Rivals, Clever Clansmen, Terrific Tribesmen, Super-Duper Supporters, and Everyone Else,
I hope this blog post reaches you in the best of health, that it is meet for your mettle and finds you in fine fettle.
Since the schedule at work is beefed up due to inventory coming up and the schedule at home often includes a five-month-old baby I’ve decided to plagiarize some stuff in order to keep up. Longtime readers will know that if I am not forced to maintain some sort of disciplined schedule my blog gets woefully neglected and readership drops while my writing skills also drop because I haven’t been doing it. “But Herb,” I’m sure I heard someone say, “How will plagiarizing help anything, and don’t you know how wrong plagiarism is‽” I’m glad you asked me that question. But do not fear, it is I, myself, whom I plagiarize.
When I helped various children of mine edit papers and things, I had the idea that you ought to be able to get extra mileage out of some things, e.g., if you write a five-paragraph essay for English about a topic that would be equally appropriate for another class, just copy it and change the teacher’s name and whatever other points might need to be adjusted and turn it in. You worked hard on researching an issue to make a speech for a communications class, well a speech is actually structured in a similar fashion to other types of writing. Introduction, tell them what you’re going to tell them; main body, tell them in three or more points developed to whatever degree of detail is required and/or appropriate; and then conclusion, tell them what you’ve told them.
Nope. They run your paper through a computer and it tells if you have plagiarized that piece. No matter that the original piece was written solely by you. This to me is silliness except that it does train you for the real world and the wide and varied bureaucracies you will run into in the government and private sectors.
Anyway, this post is just a list of stuff I like. Since I didn’t do anything special when I turned 62 this year I thought this would be 62 things I like. That’s all. That whole lead-up just for this. I tried not to overlap any of the things from my “About Me” page but I didn’t succeed at that goal. So, here, in no specific order, is
Some Stuff I Like
- Being listed on someone’s “favorite blogs” or “best reads” or even “blog dump.”
- Math people (Really. I’ve never been one, but some of my best friends are).
- Funnies that are.
- Vintage comics, whether serious or funny.
- WWII Vets – Veterans period, really.
- Homemade chocolate chip cookies without nuts. If you want me to be happy, bake me some soft and gooey chocolate chip cookies. Use the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse Chocolate chip package. Double-double points for using real butter. (If you want to show how much you hate me, put nuts in them, especially walnuts, which are of the devil and viler than Brussels Sprouts. If you really, really hate me, make some Brussels Sprouts chip cookies with walnuts.)
- The daughter-in-law who told me I’m the best Father-in-law she has.
- Having a third-grader tell me a joke.
- Telling a joke to a third-grader.
- Boy Scouts of America.
- Kids who are allowed to be kids but not allowed to be rotten little brats.
- Teaching a kid about popping your cheek and wiggling your ears.
- Men or boys of any age who know how to shake hands like a man. A firm but not crushing grip with eye contact and none of this fist-bump hand-jive nonsense.
- Ladies of any age who are.
- Louis L’Amour.
- Robert Heinlein.
- Douglas Adams.
- The Bible.
- Teaching Sunday School.
- Watching one of my Sunday School kids preach a sermon or work a puppet booth or lead a worship service or take charge of a youth group and dozens of other things that don’t spring to mind presently.
- Sunday School teachers.
- School teachers.
- My job.
- Watching clockwork.
- Singing in the shower.
- Making websites and putzing with them.
- Whole Milk – straight from the cow if possible.
- Ice Cream.
- Cheese curds.
- Sundrop Soda.
- Reading blogs.
- Peanut Butter.
- PB & J sandwiches.
- Pastrami or corned beef and swiss on rye.
- People who get and tell puns.
- Clean memes.
- Clean jokes.
- Klondike Solitaire.
- Seeing a kid being nice even though they don’t think anyone’s looking. It could be to their peers or a younger or older person or an animal.
- Some pet rabbits.
- My dog.
- People who understand that a leash law is, in fact, a law.
- Bicyclists who obey ALL the rules of the road.
- Holding hands with my wife.