Monday, February 27, 2006

The Shaun Kruger school of life long learning

Ever have a funny thought come to mind at 6:30 in the morning? It happens to me often enough. In fact this one came Sunday morning...

The Shaun Kruger School of Life Long Learning (SKSL3) is now taking applications for students wishing to get their MRS. Classes start every Friday between 6 and 7 PM. The curriculum includes field trips associated with the following classes:
  • Dinner 1010
  • Dancing 1030
  • Family Parties 2010
  • Road tripping 2040 (elective)
  • Engagement 3060
Preferred classes for all students seeking their MRS include:
  • Church activities 1020
  • Summer recreation 2030
On campus housing is not available to undergraduate students. However, free housing is offered to the graduate who accepts a permanent faculty position at SKSL3.

Ok, So I'm a nerd. A nerd accepting applications...


Tuesday, February 14, 2006


27 (twenty-seven) is the natural number following 26 and preceding 28. Twenty-seven is the smallest positive integer requiring four syllables to name in English

Twenty-seven is also:

~The atomic number of cobalt.
~The total number of books in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
~The number of letters in the Spanish alphabet
~The current number of Amendments to the United States Constitution.
~The age in years at which musicians Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kristen Pfaff, Chris Bell, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain died. Occasionally, this is termed the ideal age to die, and in fact the concept is so famous that it has inspired a brand of clothing, Dead.At.27.
~The code for international direct-dialed phone calls to South Africa.
~"Weird Al" Yankovic hides the number 27 somewhere in many of his songs and videos.
~With the number 37, a key number in comedian Charles Fleischer's concept of moleeds.
~I-27 is the designation for a US interstate highway in Texas.
~US 27 is the designation of a highway from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Miami, Florida.
~The number of completed, numbered piano concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
~As of 12:57 this morning, my age, in years.

(source: Wikipedia for all but the last, which is found here at Wikipedia....)

Yes, folks, today is my birhtday. Annother year has come and gone. I didn't really have a tough time with being annother year older, until about a week ago. I suddenly remembered that one of my favorite teachers, Chip Hopkins, turned 27 while I was his student. He gave us a lecture about all the musicians who died at 27. to a 15/16 year old, 27 is, well, old.

It's not so old, anymore.


Saturday, February 04, 2006

Interested? What's that?

Occasionally I wonder if someone I am talking to is interested in going on a date. I know people like to say things like "Just ask", but lets take a serious look at what goes wrong with this.

First, let me say that it is all too common for people today to equate going a date with having to form some kind of commitment. In fact, Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice near the end of chapter 6 observes "A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment." This is often true for both men and women.

Many of us are constantly sizing everyone else up for whether they would be good husbands or wives and never stopping to consider if we have enough information to even consider the matter. We are also experts on what everyone else should be doing. (I think this is because we don't have to worry about any of the feelings involved in living through others.)

What does it mean to be interested? What does it mean to like someone? How does that become love?

If I knew these answers I would probably be actively dating. The trouble is that I find various women I know attractive and find them enjoyable to talk to. I would dare say these are my two basic criteria for wanting to go on a date. If we consider this seriously how much more can we expect to round down before going on a date? Further investigation is the purpose of a date. Last week I was talking to Bob and I said, "Dating seems to be the process of doing due diligence before selecting a permanent roommate".

Before I go on I would like to offer a slight explanation that would help illustrate where some of my trouble on this and other topics comes from. When I came home early off of my mission it was determined that I had Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not otherwise specified. The best explanation I can offer is that while many people find social interaction something that comes easily I have to make a specific study to figure it out. There was once a time when I couldn't even tell I had done something that bothered others or made them uncomfortable.

By this I will have to assume that "Just Ask" doesn't work because there is still something I'm missing. Then again, I really just see dating as two people trying out for a team. Each one can cut the other at any time. The trick is finding someone who is actually holding try outs.

What's to be done? I am doing pretty well at disregarding whether or not I would like to go on a date with someone. This does two things. I presently ask no one out. I also don't spend any time thinking whether I would like to go on a date with someone while talking to them. In a way this is very liberating and is for now allowing me to have more relaxed easier conversation with the women I know.

I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing and wait for more mysteries to manifest themselves through patient observation. Until then I guess I'll have to go on some dates so I can continue the process of discovery. Besides, it's only dinner, I was hungry anyway.


chick flick redux

(Re-written Monday, February 6)

OK, so on Saturday, I wrote a post. Then when Shaun posted, Mine disappeared for some reason. I don't know why, but I'm poting this back in it's proper slot, in hopes Shaun's doesn't disappear. If it does, I've got a backup.

Well, the post was about how I am a sucker for chick flicks. Yes, I am man enough to admit it. I even admit that I have been known to cry at times.

That being said, some men need to be tricked into seeing chick flicks. So, I found this trailer that maybe you can use to sucker that guy into seeing Sleepless in Seattle.