Posts Tagged ‘commentary’

snow? and a couple of questions

We’re supposed to get 5-11 inches of snow. (That, by the way, strikes me as a ridiculous number. Somewhere between 5 and 11? That’s like saying, “Kind of a lot.”) I will believe it when I see it–although it is true that when we get snow here it is almost always in March.

Anyway, a couple of things have been bugging me that I have seen a lot since we moved to this area–both of them car-related. Well, auto-related.

For some reason, a lot of people here have decals on the backs of their vehicles that say, for example, “In Loving Memory of Papa–June 6, 1944-February 8, 2001.” Or whatever. The point is, the car is supposed to be some kind of a rolling memorial to a loved one. While I guess bereavement is one of those situations where you do whatever floats your boat, I can’t imagine wanting to be remembered via, say, a 1994 GMC van. (I would prefer, just in case anyone wants to get on this while I am still alive to appreciate it, a marble obelisk–possibly with a flame at the top. You know, something classy.)

The other, semi-related thing that has been bothering me is this: Many trucks in this area have religious proclamations across the back. I don’t mean pickup trucks. I mean big trucks. Semis. Dump trucks. Cement mixers. What moves a person to paint or sticker “Jesus Is My Savior and He Can Be Yours Too!” or “God Loves Me” across the back of a dump truck? (The answer to this rhetorical question is obvious, I guess–religious zeal–but seriously, is that what the Almighty is likely to want anyway?)

So far I like WordPress. I’ll like it more if I can figure out how to move/change the “greenepiece” at the top so that it no longer makes me look horribly disfigured.

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cultural observation

So, in my own department building, it is more likely for another woman to hold a door open for me than for a man to do so. (For the record, I hold doors for people often, regardless of their sex.)

In the mathematics and chemistry buildings where I’ve been teaching, most men–almost all–hold the door open for me. I wonder why? Maybe their culture in those departments is just more traditional?

Conor suggests that men in my department are afraid to hold doors open for women, lest they be brained with something heavy for being patriarchal anti-feminists. Possible.