There are things you’re taught, and there are things you learn. There are things you know, and things you choose not to remember. Sometimes these things come up at the bar.
Here are examples are each:
1) Things you’re taught. I was unaware of the existence of cornmeal bombs, and then one day I was taught not only their purpose, but how they work. Thanks CSI!
2) Things you learn. One of my buddies (Derek) works as a scientist (he says he’s not but by all intents and purposes, I say he is – just like how I refer to my engineering friends as inventors). What his job entails is creating bugs that will get rid of these guys:
How much wood can a woodborer bore if a... wait, it can. So all of it.
What I think is cool (which is highly subject, considering I think it’s cool to be considered a scientist), is that I had no idea he did this now. The last I heard he was categorizing lake muck, no he’s scientist-ing with insects! Also, I had seen signs all around Michigan for years saying not to transplant wood because of the Emerald Ash Borer pictured above, but I had no idea that it looked… like… that. Not to sound stereotypical, but it comes from Asia, and it looks like something that would come from Asia (is that stereotypical sounding?), in that I mean it looks foreign, and regal, and traditional (nice recovery). Anywood, since it’s winter, Derek cuts down trees to put them in heat chambers that fool the little dormant buggers into thinking it’s spring, then he unleashes his (team’s) creations on them! Awesome!
3) Things you know. I haven’t played basketball in over a year, and I know I don’t have the right shoes for it, so I know that I’m going to get a blister or two from speeding running jogging up and down the court.
4) Things you choose not to remember. I haven’t played basketball in over a year, and the chance came up to play last night. I had a soccer game that started late, so I knew I could squeeze in a couple hours of hoops. Then I’d have no problem playing soccer right after…
[INSERT GENERIC IMAGE OF BLISTER ON FOOT, PROVIDED BY YOUR IMAGINATION BECAUSE I’M SUCH A NICE GUY THAT’S NOT GOING TO PUT UP ANY PICTURES LIKE THIS]