Strange Things – 04.07.01

Quote of the Day:
“This music would work better with women in bikinis shakin’ all over the place. I guess that’s true of any music, actually.”
“MST 3K”, “Diabolik” – aired 03.31.01 on the Sci-Fi Channel

Strange things have been happening in the past few days. I have always maintained that people should think before they speak and I have two cases from this week that support that notion. My sisters say the funniest things when they are drunk. On Thursday night I woke up at 2 AM to the sounds of two sisters talking to one of my suitemates through our bathroom window. When I went to shush them they looked into the bathroom and saw who was telling them to shut up. Of course my gesture of my finger over my lips didn’t register to them because they immediately started talking about me. They said my name explicitly so I knew this to be the case. They thought I had gone back into my room but somehow that doesn’t justify this conversation. One of the girls said that I was “pretty but scary.” I would have laughed out loud if I didn’t care about them knowing I was listening. I couldn’t care less about the “scary” part because anyone who really knows me can attest that I am anything but. The “pretty” part I take as a great compliment because it came from a sister who I do not believe has a good impression of me. So her comment made me feel pretty good but that doesn’t diminish the strangeness of the episode.

On Friday I was telling my IPPD group about the developments in regards to my co-op. The longer I think about what has happened the more upset it makes me. I am not going to be able to work in the area I am interested in and I won’t be able to start working when I get there because my top secret clearance won’t be granted by then. Anyway, I am not too happy about the situation. So as I was talking about this with the guys Melissa chimes in with, “Beggars can’t be choosers!” The only possible response to this remark was an open mouthed, “What?” I was stunned and didn’t know what to say. I was thinking, when did I become a beggar? The cliche just didn’t seem to fit and I was rather hurt at the implications it made about me. I certainly wasn’t scrounging for a job and then complaining about the only one I could find. Under the circumstances I think I am entitled to a little disappointment because budget cuts have all but ruined my chance of getting the experiences I needed before choosing a concentration for graduate school. If Melissa’s objective was to shut me up she was successful because I always get very self-conscious when people criticize something I say but she also insulted me. That was unwarranted, I believe. Think before you speak!

UF hosted the fifth annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) competition today and I was supposed to volunteer in the morning with set-up. The contest site is located about fifteen miles outside Gainesville and maps were given out to direct us there. Anyone who knows me will not be surprised to know that I got lost. My ability to misinterpret maps and driving directions is legendary. It doesn’t matter how clear they are – I will find a way to make sure that they are not followed correctly. I am convinced that you cannot acquire this malady but you must have been born with it. I was supposed to be at the field at 7 AM but due to a few wrong turns I arrived at 8 AM – too late to be of any help. I stayed long enough to watch the UF team make its winning reconnaissance run with a seven-inch wingspan plane. The purpose of the flight was to send a plane 600 meters away, take a picture of a target, and be able to identify what letter of the alphabet was written on it. This happened on the first attempt for UF. In the end no other school could accomplish the goal with a smaller plane. I left at 11 AM because I thought I had been in the sun too long. I got lost on the way back to Gainesville. At this point this shouldn’t surprise you. I thought I was going back exactly the way I had come but by the time I got to High Springs (a town north of Gainesville) I was sure that my route was severely flawed. After turning back I turned on the first road I knew would get me back into the city. Too bad it goes right past the football stadium and I picked my time to drive pass just as the Orange and Blue game was about to start. Let’s just say I was very glad to get home after all that. Congratulations to the UF MAV team on their win. I was glad I got a chance to see how it happened.

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