‘Imagine’ how pleased John Lennon would be to see this close encounter of very different kinds!
It is Stephen Hawking’s birthday on 8 January. Earlier this year, the day after his birthday, I sent the following e-mail to all my male friends and relatives.
E-mail Subject: You are not alone
No, no, not that MJ song!
In an interview to mark his 70thbirthday this weekend, Stephen Hawking, the former Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, admitted he spent most of the day thinking about women. “They are,” he said “a complete mystery.”
Aww, now I like him even more than I ever did!
So you see, my bloke buds, you are not alone in being bewildered by the gentle(r) gender. You are in top notch company with Stephen Hawking no less, being completely clueless.
You must have read the entire article on your familiar sites or in your local rags, just like I did. Here’s the link to the online version that I read.
Talking about top notch company and clueless, here’s an excerpt of my correspondence with one of those sort, Bestie Boy. This exchange was when I was at Uncle Bill’s and Auntie Matilda’s for a couple of days last month. My text in brown and his in his favourite green.
Warning: I’ve bleeped one word because although I know with guys, cuss words serve as punctuation, I’m too much of a lady to forward it as is.
Me: I have a bone to pick with some of our newspapers here. Uncle Bill gets four of the local ones. In the very first one I picked up this morning, I read an article about signs, but no conclusive proof of Higgs boson. In that one, there was a prof from your uni who worked and commented on it. In the other three newspapers, there was either no mention of any of the researchers or the dude from your uni. That’s why I’m incensed.
What’s my interest in the LHC? Dunno. But I seem to lap up any little bit of info about it ever since they started talking about it a few years ago.
Bestie Boy: I read that Higgs Boson nonsense, but in all honesty, it doesn’t make a s*d of sense to me. Obviously, it’s been splashed all over the University news on our Intranet, because it means something to the shiny-headed, boffin types that bustle around with their white lab coats, but to blue-collar Stevedores such as myself, it means nothing.
Clueless and proudly so. Attaboy!
Back to the wonder of women.
Last week, when chatting with another dude pal amongst you (Hi You Know Who You Are!), I told him, “Women are magic! We make all the difference to your humdrum lives.” Or some such tripe. He laughed in my face.
I’ll go lick my recovering wounds now. But you, my wonderful men friends and relatives, you rest easy now; since you now know that you are not alone in being lost in the irresistible black hole of humanity – the magical woman!
Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!
I promptly heard back from my friend, Nate, one of the many ‘enginerds’ in my life, about the LHC.
Nate: In case you hadn’t seen it yet, you have to check out this website:
K8 + N8 working on our next move (after the conclusion of the conference we attended) with a Lonely Planet guide.
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I will be away on assignment from later this morning to Wednesday, 17 October 2012. I was busy prepping for this trip and could not satisfactorily tie up my (originally scheduled) post for today. Hence, the, um, cheating with an old e-mail of mine. My friends who received it in January thought it was funny. Hope you can crack a smile, too.
I have been too busy, too, to focus on commenting on your posts, Jean, Elvie, Hook and MJ. I read everything until yesterday though!
When I am away, I will have severely limited computer time, so I will not be able to post on 15 September, 1 and 15 October as well.
An extra sliver of that silver lining: I will pass through Big Sis’ city at one point and I have scheduled to spend a whole day (12 hours, really) with her and the family. (WOO BL**DY HOO!) That’s a wonderful bonus because we were to meet only when they came home for Christmas.
I love my vocation and I am keenly looking forward to this upcoming assignment. As I do with my family and friends, I will think of you, too, when I’m having a good time. I will also think of you when things are not hunky dory in the field, as they inevitably tend to be, because I know some of what I’ve learned from your blogs and comments on mine, and some of what I’ve laughed at will help me bounce back, too. Keep spreading your message and I will catch up with all of you via my RSS Feed when I get back to base next month.
It feels a little strange to say this, but it is how I truly feel at the moment – I think I’m going to miss you all, my regular Comment-ers and Liker-s, and those of you whose blogs I read regularly.
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P.S.: Cheerful Monk adds a footnote to every post acknowledging those who comment on her previous post. She also links the commenters’ names back to their own blogs.
I like both these practices of acknowledging the time and effort made to comment, and the free advertising! So I’m doing what I do well – being a copycat!