Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Roaring into the Wednesday Hodgepodge-Volume 69

Last week we were leaping, this week we're roaring. I need some new metaphors but welcome anyway to the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer the questions on your own blog and then add your link to the bottom of my post. Once you've done that you're ready to visit around the neighborhood. Enjoy!

1. Did March come in like a lion or was it something less ferocious in your neck of the woods?

Something slightly less ferocious. We had a little bit of snow on the last day of February but everything had melted by the the time March rolled in.

2. Speaking of lions, which one's your film favorite...The Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz), Mufasa (The Lion King), Elsa (Born Free) or Alex (Madagascar). You might notice I left Aslan off the list. Including him would have made this question way too easy for many of you.

I can relate a little bit to the Cowardly Lion who learns that acting in the face of fear is what makes one brave. And I admire the father in Mufasa...'I'm only brave when I have to be.' But if I have to choose a favorite I'm going with Elsa. Mostly because that movie takes me back to my childhood. Made me long for the wide open spaces of Africa and a pet lion cub.

3. What's your favorite spot from which to view the sunrise or sunset?

My front porch~

c. 2009

The water~

c. 2001

4. To what extent is knowledge power and to what extent is truth power? What's the difference?

Wowza, this question requires some unraveling. Having knowledge as opposed to being in the dark certainly arms one with a certain amount of power in certain situations. Raising teenagers springs to mind.

That being said, knowledge may just be a fancy way of saying information. It's really what you do with the knowledge you have that can make you powerful.

As far as truth and power...truth can never be refuted nor does it ever need retracting...the truth is what sets us free and that's powerful.

5. What's something peculiar you've seen recently?

We were in Central Park not long ago and were greeted by this sculpture-

It's 30 feet high and is called 'Tornado'. There was a lengthy explaination posted as to its significance but in the end I saw old rubber tires. Me thinks one man's peculiar is another man's art.

6. Bottled water...your thoughts?

Who else loves the Brita commercial where the lady gives the Eskimo water and tells him it comes from a drinking fountain at the mall like that's something special? So funny.

I don't buy cases of bottled water but I do like to keep some in the frig for convenience sake when we hike. We have filtered water in our frig so its easy to fill up a reusable bottle too. The water in our neck of the woods is super hard and although we have a purifier it doesn't always keep up with the job. I only use filtered water in my coffee maker, otherwise it turns spotty. We could just drink our water right out of the tap and that's true for most of America. I think this is an area where marketing campaigns have ruled the day and successfully convinced us we need bottled water.

7. What's your strongest sense?

Sight. I'm a visual person and of all the senses this is the one I'd miss the most.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The lion question got me to thinking about the movie, Born Free and it seemed appropriate to post this clip here-

The music in that film was so hauntingly beautiful....the lyrics were lovely too. The couple, George and Joy Adamson, who raised Elsa from a tiny cub, sadly died violent deaths. My sister and I loved this movie when we were kids and my own girls loved it too. An African safari is still on my bucket list.


  1. Sculpture...I don't always get it either.
    I have never seen the movie, Born Free. Is that horrible? I should put it on my list.

  2. The sunset pictures are amazing! :) Love the pic with all of you in it :) And yeah - that is a really weird structure. hmmm...

    hope you have a lovely day!

  3. I didn't even think of #7 that way...which sense would you miss the most! That would've changed my answer!

  4. Loved reading how you answered the questions. My brain was not cooperating when I worked on this yesterday. Love the photos and the sculpture is interesting. We do buy bottled water but do not put it in the refrigerater because then it seems to disappear. That is too convenient. We have a great filter on the frig so that is what is used in the house. Our water not filtered from the tap is pretty good. I would definitely miss sight out of all the senses.

  5. This so called sculpture? Looks like a pile of garbage to me. LOL And Born Free music...gotta love it.

  6. OK, am I weird? I actually like that sculpture :) haha! I like when people take weird things & make them into art... forgive me please :)

  7. That is one strange sculpture. Love the sunrise photo from your porch. Love how you answered #7 didn't think of the question that way.

  8. WOW! Talk about gorgeous sunsets! I would have to agree...being on the open water is one of the best places to soak it all in. I just don't get that rubber tire sculpture. Apparently, I'm not artsy enough to see a tornado...just looks like one big blog to me.:)

  9. I don't know how you do it, but you continue to come up with new and interesting, thought-provoking questions each week! One follower told me that she enjoys checking in just to see how I'll answer. LOL Thanks for all that you do.

    As for "Born Free" I loved that movie, too. I was an animal lover way back then, and that movie touched me deeply.

    That tire sculpture is definitely peculiar, in my opinion, but it does resemble a funnel cloud... (Kathy)

  10. Love the sunset pictures....breathtaking! The is really in the eye of the beholder...Ummm not for me! I need to be better at the whole water thing we got into such a routine of buying water in Germany mostly because I like the sparkling water or with gas as they say! Have a wonderful day!

  11. I think I need to watch Born Free... I have not seen it since I was a child, and I don't think my children have ever seen it. My daughter would especially love it. Then she would head off to Africa!
    The sculpture? Yes, peculiar.
    Have a great Wednesday.

  12. This puts a whole new spin on recycling tires! Loved the sun pictures. We are fortunate to have great sunrises and sunsets here. Have a good day.

  13. Love your answer about knowledge and truth.

  14. Joyce, The sunset picture on the water looks like a wonderful memory to have with the family.
    I've been to central park on several occasions. I've never seen the 'tornado' art piece. Not my idea of art, but I am sure some appreciate it.

  15. Oh my goodness! I hadn't thought about that movie in ages. My kids loved it!

  16. I have to admit that when I first looked at that sculpture (before reading your comment about it), the only thing I saw was tires. Very peculiar indeed.

  17. Love the sunset picture on the boat- always some of my favorite memories! I had no idea about George and Joy Adamson- kinda spoils the sweetness of their story. Still LOVE Born Free though.

  18. Oh, wow, what an interesting "piece of art." My, must have been an most peculiar person that created that. :o)

    I'm with you on the sight for sure. I came from a family with a history of MD and I'm just praying that I can escape it. I take lots of eye vitamins and they might be like the bottled water - a lot of hype, but I sure hope not.

    Happy Wednesday, see you when I get back.

  19. Wild animals shouldn't be made to be housepets and then to released. Instinctively these animals are called to return to their roots, but honeslty it seems so cruel, too. I wonder how they will survive when they have been sheltered most, if not all of their lives. Some will adapt and others will perish quickly. That movie fills me with sadness.:(

    Thanks for hosting, Joyce!

  20. Is it called tornado because that's what a tornado would do to a tire store?

  21. I so enjoyed reading this post. Lots of interesting answers. And what's with that sculpture! Amazing, huh.

  22. I think I would end up seeing tires too but it is a good way to use the tires instead of throwing them on the trash heap. We buy bottled water all the time because I do not believe the tap water is safe to drink 24/7 year after year after year. We are spoiled though. Hubs' grandmother owned a spring and we always had water from it. When Breezy was born I bathed her in it! LOL Now that the grandmother has passed and her youngest daughter won't let anyone have the water, we buy spring water. But I do check the lists to see who is actually selling spring water vs who is claiming to sell it.

  23. I appreciate how people can turn 'stuff' into interesting sculpture! Loved it. I am blind as a bat as the saying goes-hate to loose my sense of sight-if I can't see-I can't hear. These two go hand-in-hand for me.

  24. Back in the 90's when I had a good income, I bought reverse osmosis water by the case because it tasted better and I was sold on the idea that bottled water was somehow better for me. Then my dentist told me my teeth were suffering for the need of fluoride. She asked me if I drank water. I said yes. She asked if it was bottled water. I said yes. She told me that was the problem. I wasn't getting the fluoride that city water is enriched with. Who knew?

  25. your picture makes me covet such a view. beautiful!

  26. love the sunset picture! i look forward to joining in next week.

  27. I love the sunrise and sunset pictures! Enjoyed your answer on the truth too :)