Monday, December 12, 2005

Meme: Saturday Six -- Episode 87

Saturday Six - Episode 87

By Patrick

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Patrick was heard to utter the following imprecations:


For those who'd like to join in on the fun, playing is simple: you can either answer the questions in this journal or you can answer them in your own blog and leave a link. It is strongly recommended that you answer the journals in your blog and post the link...since several of the people who are playing have relocated away from AOL, it's important that everyone knows where your new (or temporary) blogging homes are, so if you don't mind, leave a first name and your journal's link, just so we can find you easier!

But before the questions, the tradition of the "Saturday Six" is to recognize the first one to play the week before. Tanya, of "Tanya's Tidbits" was the first person to play last week. Congratulations, Tanya.

Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal...but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as "first to play," you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!

1. You're producing a school program for the holidays and you learn that there will be major objections if you include in your musical selections the traditional Christmas hymns that reference the "true meaning of Christmas." Assuming that there are secular tunes (like "Frosty the Snowman") already included in the program, what do you do with the hymns? Do you allow them to go as is, do you use the melody and rewrite the words, do you include as many pieces of music from other religions as possible, or do you remove all but the secular songs?

If it's a publicly-funded school, all religious references would be removed. If it's a private school, then I'd let them stay and deal with the negative feedback. Why? Because it is the public funding of religion, in this case christianity, that is forbidden by a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. I don't think it harmful to have hymns or "christmas" or christian or jewish, or islamic, or buddhist, sufi or Ba'hai or any other religion discussed in an academic comparative religions course. The "founding fathers" didn't provide for promotion of christianity in the schools precisely because they knew the history of the horrendous conflicts the mixing of religion and government could cause.

2. What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done at this point? When do you expect to have it finished if you haven't already finished?

That's difficult to answer. If the wife and I hold to the decision to NOT do presents this year then I am all done. If, as I suspect it will, that decision falls by the wayside in the days leading up to the traditional holiday, then I'm pooched (as in "screwed the pooch").

3. What was your favorite board game to play as a kid? Is it still your favorite now?

Monopoly. I don't know. I haven't played a board game since my kids were young teens. My youngest is now 35 - it's been a while.

4. Take this quiz (if you haven't already!): What famous artist should paint your portrait?
Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali should paint your portrait. You love to think about the world in a different way then everyone else. You are very ambitious, and you like strange things. You are curious about everything and love to learn.

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5. How accurate is this quiz's description of you?

Not very accurate as I am not ambitious. I am curious and I am strange, but I am not of the opinion that my thoughts are different from everyone else's.

6. If you could go back in time and have one more picture taken with a deceased loved one, who would you select and why?

Actually, there are lots of dead folks I'd love to be photographed with. Then I could collect on the Amazing Randi's 1 Million dollar Challenge! Ok, ok. If I had to chose just one, it would be my brother, Rick. There aren't any photos extant of him as an adult with his brothers.

If you have a Reader's Choice question you'd like to see asked (and answered), click the e-mail link on the About Me bar at Patrick's Weekender and send it to me.

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