Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #22

Thirteen Of John's Random Thoughts

1. My hearing isn't very good. Too long working around jet airplanes. But when I was sick recently, my hearing took a real nosedive. But after being on meds to clear me up, I'm happy to report that I'm back up to being merely hard of hearing again!

2. Who were those guys who showed up Monday night in Phoenix in Ohio State University football uniforms? I mean, in all honesty, it didn't matter much to me, I graduated from University of Louisiana - Monroe, and Louisiana Tech, neither of which are in any danger of winning the 1A football crown within my lifetime, but the few times I saw OSU play this year, I was amazed at what a juggernaut they were. Florida showed up to play, and play hard, Ohio State phoned in their perfomance.

3. Related to #2 above. I live and work in Florida. The company I work for hires lots of University of Florida and University of Central Florida engineering graduates. I saw every type of University of Florida shirt imaginable on Tuesday at work. At least the guys (and the few women engineers) I work with are all really great people, otherwise this next year would be hard to take. I feel sorry for the few Ohio State graduates I work with. They still look stunned.

4. Related to #3 above. Now that I mention it, why are there so few women engineers? There are SO many great opportunities for women engineers. Companies are hurting for engineers right now.

5. Related to #4 above. I work with a woman engineer who finished her engineering degree at the age of, get this, seventeen! She wanted to work for the company I work for, and you must be at least 18 because of government contract work we do, so she worked at a minimum wage job for a year until she turned eighteen and they could hire her. Needless to say, she's stinkin' brilliant.

#6 Related to #2 above. Did you know that the University of Central Florida, which most of you have probably never even heard of, is the sixth largest university in the United States? Both University of Florida and University of Central Florida are in the top ten largest universities in America. UCF is in Orlando.

#7 For most of my life, the passing of one year into a new one would make my head spin just to contemplate. All the possibilities, etc. Now, it's just more days. No big whoop, ya know? I kinda miss being pumped about the new year.

#8 Ever have days when everything you type has oodles of mistakes? Today is just such a day for me. I type slow, and usually am very accurate, but I keep putting my hands in the wrong place and end up typing "dyigg ;olr yjod", instead of "stuff like this."

#9 There was a lady on Jeopardy! the other night who talked about her 400 bottle wine collection. I am always intrigued by these people. See, I don't like wine or any other alcoholic beverages. To me they just taste bad. I drink the true "elixir of life", sweetened ice tea, by the gallon. (Dear Lord, I thank Thee for Splenda, without which, I would weigh 500 pounds. Amen.) I mean really, they make beer look so good on the commercials, and do you remember your very first sip of beer? Yuck! Now I'm not cutting her down, or anyone else who likes to drink adult beverages, I just realized while she was talking, how completely different our lives and concerns were. Why doesn't she collect something cool and useful, like Hotwheels? ;)

#10 I'm still riding a bit of a high from our trip to Louisiana a couple of weeks ago. It had been almost six years since we had been there, and you just can't beat real live hugs from your loved ones and some good home cookin'. I just wish I hadn't been so sick the whole time, it makes the whole trip seem like a dream.

#11 You know how, when you complain about your head or something hurting, and someone jokingly offers to stomp on you foot to make you forget about your headache? There's a lot of truth to that. Now that I'm getting over my sickness, my back is hurting like crazy again. Bummer.

#12 I know so many people I would love to help out financially. Like most folks, we live a paycheck to paycheck. I don't play the lottery either. I once had a pop quiz in a college math class, and all we had to do was compute the odds of winning the Powerball Lottery. The way it was set up at the time, it's options have changed some over the years, you had a one in one hundred fifty five million chance of winning. I got the answer right, and consequently no longer buy lottery tickets. Not so much from a moral standpoint, but I could no longer ignore the odds because I computed them myself. That dollar has a bigger impact on my life when I buy an ice cold Coke Zero. I still wish I could financially help family and friends though.

#13 While on our trip to Louisiana, we passed the 3000 photo mark on the Nikon D70s we bought in June. The up-front cost of a good digital camera hurts, but the upside is that you can just shoot, shoot, and shoot, without worrying about the amount of film you have or the cost of developing it. If I average 3000 pics every six months, I'm gonna need a new hard drive. We already have two, a 120GB and a 160GB, that are both almost full. Sigh.

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Raggedy said...

Great list..oops forgot about the hearing.
I am glad you are feeling better.
I enjoy wine on occasion but I never cared for beer.
We are also living check to check and our hardrives are filling up fast. We have 5 computers now and most are 120/160 HD and they are getting full...pathetic eh?
Have a wonderful Thursday
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Chelle Y. said...

The reason why I am not an engineer is that I am so bad at calculus! :) My teacher was an engineer and was always "over my head" when he was explaining stuff to me.

Oh, and I so agree with the wine collector. I never cared to the stuff either, and do not drink any of it today..

Skittles said...

Regarding #2 & 3.. I live in Michigan but am from Florida. The way I see it is.. Ohio was mean and beat Michigan.. so Florida got them back for us :)

#8.. I'm a hunt & peck typist. Backspace and spell check are my friends.

#9.. Hot Wheels are cool.. Legos, too.

#12.. I DO have that donate button ;)

Caylynn said...

You want women engineers? Visit the University of Guelph. :) That's my Alma Matter - I have a B.Sc.Eng. in biological engineering from U of Guelph. About half of the students were female, mainly because Guelph offers biological, environmental, and water resource engineering, which tend to appeal to more women than mechanical or civil engineering.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. :)

Dane Bramage said...

Oh man the Buckeyes stunk on ice! All morning long at work it was
"Did you watch the game?"
"Half of it."
No one could sit through the whole thing. I think the plane with the real team was diverted to Puffedupistan and the 12th string team had to play the game.

Thanks for visiting my Thursday Thirteen #25 The Favorite TV Shows Edition. Have a great Thursday.

(I shouted because of your hearing...)

Angela/SciFiChick said...

I don't think I know any female engineers. I'm wishing I would have studied something a little more stable that Art in college. But hindsight's 20-20.

Chris said...

Brilliant list, No.8 is me all over at the moment. Without the Firefox spell-checker, all of my posts & comments would be like hsdffjf\


Sparky Duck said...

Trust me, most of Ohio is asking who those guys were.

And while I have heard of Central Florida (im a sports nut) I never knew it was that big.

I remember a few women egineers at my alma mater, but who knows where they went

Christine said...

All the female engineers I know are brilliant. They scare me sometimes. :) I'm more of a wine person than beer. There's something yummy about it...

Geggie said...

Hope you had a great trip home to LA, I was there for the holidays too. It was great to be home.