CH 302 Random Musings, Spring 2010, Top of the First (January 25, 2011)
1. For folks new to the class, this is the first of a collection of random musings that I post once a
week to keep you abreast of what is going on in class. Most important, specific questions about
quizzes and exams as well as changes to the syllabus are provided here. Remember, it is your
responsibility to read the musings even if you cannot come to class (they will be posted on the
web.) I take a wearied view of students asking me questions that I previously answered in this
2. About me.
Everybody has a preference for the kind of humanity they hang with—old people,
adults, college students.… for my money nothing beats hanging out with children. I have made
a bunch of them myself, including a few a little older than you who are “adults” and basically
out of my control, but there is a new crop coming along. The oldest of this batch, Sam, is ten
and is named after Sam-I Am, of Green Eggs and Ham fame.
With every day that passes Sam
is more and more dork-like, and is further proof that if you have enough kids, one of them will
become an engineer. Maddie is my eight year old and is named after the Madeline character.
She is proof that if you have enough kids, one will be a girl. I am still learning how to raise
daughters but one thing I know for sure from being around one is she is a better person than me
and lets me know it daily.
For example, she just got an E+ for conduct.
(So now we call her E+
and it drives her crazy.)
The big problem for me right now is she is at an age that she refuses to
go to the father –daughter dance with me.
I will have to bribe her.
My six year old, Nate Dog,
is not named after Nate Dogg, the rapper (who has two gs in his name.) The Nate Dog that is
my son, is a punk, and is proof that if you have enough kids, one of them will make you not
want to have any more—I put him in Taekwondo so he would start hitting things legally.
Except that we did have another one, Andrew, who is 2 and a half years old, doesn’t have a
nickname, and thinks that he should have everything everyone else has--and screams bloody
murder if he doesn’t get it.
Life is a joy right now.