Friday, June 30, 2006

Learning Something New Every Day

This week's office development was a most welcome change. They finally let all the loud slackers in the other room go. ( Mr. Loafer was not among them as he is in our room now.) Originally, there were twenty people working on this project by day- and another twenty people at night. And now we are four. It's Mr. Loafer, Mr. Africa ( who I have had numerous spiritual discussions with, and loaned Mere Christianity), Miss Quiet, and me. It's much nicer now and we all get along fairly well and work well as a team. The conversation continues to range to the very esoteric, unexpected, and ill-informed, which provides great amusement to Miss Quiet and me.

For instance, the men were talking about Hitler, and how he was possibly in touch with aliens. Ah. Funny, that never came up in any of my classes at Saint A's. And Mr. Loafer maintained that someone named Dubois discovered the Mississippi. I knew that wasn't right, but I couldn't remember the real guy's name...so I text messaged a bunch of friends, and as I sent it, I promptly remembered that it was DeSoto.

We talk about the World Cup, food, cars, politics, world history, genetics, biology, recycling, movies, the difference between the South and other parts of the country, music, crime and punishment, current events, relationships, culture, race, children...it never ends. I'm learning a lot- especially about African history.

Mr. Africa started telling a story about a bush dog. I thought at first that he was referring to a pet belonging to President Bush, but then I realized that he was talking about a rural canine. He proceeded to tell a tale which was a very close facsimile of the country mouse and the city mouse and he said that his mother used to tell him this story. I thought it was fascinating that essentially the same story can be found in different cultures. I told him about the mouse version.

But the crowning anecdote took place yesterday when we were talking about planting flowers, and Mr. Loafer suggested that Mr. Africa should plant some bicentennials. I just about fell on the floor with mirth at the thought of planting flowers that only bloom once every two hundred years.

7 comments:

Amy said...

Wow. I'm going to have to look into some bicentennials for the lanscaping we're doing in the front yard. The future future future future future owners of this house will *love* them!! ;)

I always like hearing about stories from other lands that are so much like our own, but with their own characteristics. Actually, I love hearing about anything from other cultures and what makes them different from ours. :)

Gimli said...

A couple of coworkers were talking today. Apparently one of them got the old "Chimese restaurants serving rats"
email and fell for it hook, line and sinker. There was a picture with the email, and one of them very knowledgeably said "Oh yes, that's the way that you buy them in Asian groceries. They are a great legacy over there."

The whole thing made me want to scream.

Avalanche Cowpoke said...

Bicentennials! Ho Ho Ha Ha Tee Hee... ...maybe I'll plant a flat or two and then get in my Time Machine and travel forward to see them bloom!!! 8~D

Kim said...

hello claire! it was excellent seeing you at Frithas wedding. it had been awhile before that. i am not going to the family convention but i hope to see you someother time soon!
Kimberly

TripleNine said...

At home my mom had some ground she called a garden, but practically nothing ever bloomed. Now I know why. Obviously she was waiting for her bicentennials.

Claire said...

Wes, I read your comment aloud to Brad and we both had a mighty guffaw over it!

Amy said...

Funny you'd mention covering your legs up because of poison ivy. The other day, as I was mowing the back yard, I saw what looked suspiciously like poison ivy by the back fence. I told Russell about it, and we planned to spray it. Now, a few days later, I have it on my toe (of all places). And I managed to spread it to my neck (just a little tiny spot, but it itches like a big one). We sprayed it yesterday. I'm just glad it's only in a couple places rather than up and down my arms and legs. :)