strictures and structures

if only we stopped trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time

Month: December, 2013

Dad, on matrimony and women

Dad: Are the people in that photo married?

Jane: I guess so.

Dad: Life would be so much easier if nobody got married. Actually, life would be much easier if everyone were dead.


Jane: Oh, it’s okay, Mom. You needn’t go to such trouble on my behalf. We all know girls are worthless.

Dad: I wouldn’t say “worthless.” You can always marry them off. I just draw the line at slaughtering and eating them.

something I’m grateful for

I have much to be thankful for, this Thanksgiving. My list of blessings is too long to count, so let me confine myself to giving thanks for all the amazing people I know. (Oh, “amazing” doesn’t even begin to cut it.)

To the nanotechnologist from Singapore, to the retired executive who biked across America, to the writer who makes a living out of being slightly evil, to the mechanical engineer writing award-winning poetry, to the other mechanical engineer who through his prodigious rock-climbing and fencing skills resembles nothing more than a real-life Westley from The Princess Bride, to the literal rocket scientist, to the geography bee champion cum algebraic topology student and general Renaissance man, and many others…I feel so lucky to know you all. It’s people like you who push the boundaries of the human condition, and yet affirm it in all its guts and glory. You’re all insane. The kinds of people who make good feature articles in magazines.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so wonderful…

…so I don’t have to. Praise mediocrity! Amen.