There’s a hodgepodge for Sunday Stealing. But first, what is hodgepodge? As far as I can tell, hochepot came from Anglo-Norman French and Old French. So hocher is ‘to shake’ (probably of Low German origin) + pot ‘pot.’
This became hotchpotch in late Middle English, which, besides being an assortment, also means a mutton stew with mixed vegetables. The late Middle English: alteration of hotchpotch is hodgepodge “by association with Hodge (a nickname for the given name Roger ), an archaic British term used as a name for a typical agricultural worker.” Huh! For the record, I’ve never worked in agriculture or in food services.
1. What’s something you’ve recently accomplished solo.
Moving that broken branch.
2. What’s one product you use that never ever fails?
Golden Oreo Cookies never fail to put a smile on a friend of mine.
3. Have you found your place in the world? Where is it?
I think you have to keep reevaluating this, lest you become complacent.
4. Worst movie you ever saw?
I’ll go with Fellini Satyricon (1969), which I saw in college. An IMDB review notes. “Then comes along a movie, teetering on the thin line of questionable success where one can not tell whether there is a plot or not. If, while watching Satyricon, you find yourself wondering whether it is going to wrap up finally into an understandable conclusion, after which you can satisfactorily murmur, “Aahh yes, now I got it’. Well, in the end, there is no such luck.”
Rotten Tomatoes gives it 79% positive reviews from critics and 75% from audiences. But Penelope Houston from the Spectator writes: “Satyricon achieves a curious dual effect. It walks all over the audience with its gross, greasy detail, and at the same time, it is deliberately uninvolved and uninvolving.”
5. What’s the last fun thing you did?
6. What’s your favorite Italian dish?
Eggplant parmigiana. In fact, if I want to compare Italian restaurants, it’s my go-to.
7. Have you ever been to France? Any desire to visit there, and if so, what site or city would you most want to see?
No, yes, and Auray, because I have a friend I have known since 1977 who lives there.
8. Have you ever been to Disney or any of the parks at all? Are you a Disney superfan or something less than that? They’re open right now, so tell us, would you go if you had the time/money/a free trip?
Never been to any Disney park. My feeling about Disney is complicated. I do like a lot of their cartoons, especially the Pixar films. But the company is too big, owning Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, and ABC-TV. Still, I’d take a FREE trip.
9. Your favorite place to go when you want to be quiet as a church mouse? Would those who know you well describe you as more church mouse or perhaps more like Mighty Mouse?
I can be quiet in my living room, taking my blood pressure daily. People who see me in venues where I’m comfortable (church, e.g.) see me as more gregarious than I see myself.
10. Do you bake your own bread? Last time you had hot-out-of-the-oven homemade bread? What’s your favorite kind of bread?
I don’t bake bread, but my wife does, and she made several loaves this past winter using the breadmaker. My favorite was oatmeal bread; she used molasses.
11. What’s something you might say is ‘the greatest thing since sliced bread’?
12. Share with us five little things you’re grateful for today. Small blessings. One catch-they all must start with the letter T.
Tallness, Tylenol, television, telephone, telemedicine.
13. Tell us where you were and something about what life was like when you were 20- 21.
I was in college at New Paltz, NY. I have diaries of the time which I will have to read.
14. What’s on the menu at your house this week?
Spinach lasagna zucchini.
15. Something you recently purchased where a coupon was involved? Do you regularly shop with coupons?
I used to, but haven’t in decades.