Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Etc...

A few loose items to throw out there on this fine October day:

Cleansing...
Don't know what prompted that last post, but every now and then it feels good to just go ahead and purge what's rattling around in your head, even if it's irrational and completely unfounded. But hey, that's why it's called freedom of speech now isn't it?

Timing is everything...
Every morning I play this little game on the way to work with the school bus that uses the same route as me. By sheer coincidence, we end up meeting at the same intersection every day. However, if I don't get to the corner before he does, I end up right behind him for the next two miles on a little county road while he stops every block to pick up another rider.

Two problems with this...
1. It easily adds an extra 10 minutes to my already-late arrival time at work.
2. I have to suck his diesel fumes the whole way. And the fact that I drive my motorcycle to work makes that an even bigger issue.

And no, I can't leave earlier because I also have to drop off Austin at school on my way and he apparently only has one speed in the morning... late.

October 3rd is...
... my brother Rick's birthday, so I'd like to take this time to wish him a very happy birthday - even though he's an admitted Packers fan (for what reason I don't know). But Rick deserves good wishes because besides being a frequent commenter here, he's also a really nice, helpful, thoughtful, great guy who would come to your rescue at the drop of a hat and not even think twice about it.

So Rick, I hope you know how much we all appreciate everything you do for us and that mom was able to give you a nice cake and make your favorite meal. I've got your present here so I'll bring it with me next time I come up.
(note to self: get present for Rick)

Eye can see clearly now...
Finally, I thought I'd share a cool phenomenon my son Brandon pointed out to me. He was watching Mythbusters one day and saw this episode where they were testing the theory of why pirates wore eye patches. Apparently it wasn't because they got them poked out in sword fights or anything like that, it was because it allowed them to keep one eye dark at all times so if they had to quickly go below deck all they had to do was swing the patch over to the other eye, and the eye that was covered up would already be adjusted to the dark and be able to see.

Then last night, when I got up to go to the bathroom at 3:00 in the morning, I noticed that even though my bedroom was dark - I could still see fairly well throughout the room. So, instead of going into the bright bathroom and then stumbling my way back through my bedroom to my side of the bed like I normally do, I instead decided to test out this myth myself.

This time, I closed my left eye tightly the whole time I was in the bathroom and kept it closed until I had the light turned off and was back in my room. As soon as I entered the room I noticed that the eye that had been exposed to the light couldn't see anything. It was pitch black in the room. Then, when I switched eyes and opened the one that had been closed instead, I COULD SEE PERFECTLY!

Seriously, it works just the way the pirates said it would. How cool is that?

One thing though... I guess if I'm going to continue to do this, I should probably practice the whole peeing with one eye closed thing. I'm just saying.

29 comments:

rick said...

I'm not so much a Packers fan, as I am a Brett Favre fan. He's a football god. Oh yeah, and the Vikings always suck. As for the pirate eye patch thing, I thought it was because the learning curve with a new hook hand was so steep.

Whit said...

you have to pee in the night?

Jenny said...

But if you keep one eye closed your depth perception will be crap.

It doesn't bode well for your toilet aim.

Jeff said...

rick - I do have to admit, Favre is a pretty damn good ball player - there's really no denying that.

whit - Technically I don't have to, but if I don't I end up having weird dreams about waterfalls and garden hoses and such.

jenny - Exactly, that's why I'm proposing I get some practice in. I'll need to get me a patch!

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I have a school bus pull up in front of my house RIGHT before I leave to drive my daughter to preschool in the mornings...they BLOCK my driveway for about 10 min while a woman walks three little kids to a daycare behind my house to a little house...the driveway is an easement, our property, not a public throughway...but this damn bus blocks me in for about 10 minutes. It drives me nuts. Okay, I've vented...thanks...

Heather said...

Interesting about the patch.

I bet Charli is thrilled with your experiment.

Gale said...

arrrrrrr! try not to miss the bowl.

VE said...

Commuting with a motorcyle? That's easy, just take that jogging path and cut out 3 or 4 blocks. Bonus is you get to chase all the exercisers around for bonus points! Win-win!

Diesel said...

How do you explain the peg leg?

Dave2 said...

Everything important in life I've learned from pirates!

Of course, my cannon-shooting and cutlass-fighting skills are rarely put use, but still...

Charli said...

Happy Birthday Rick!! Hope you have a marvelous day, Jeff is right, you are the best at always being there when someone needs you! The last couple months you have proved that more than ever, thanks!

Dad said...

Happy birthday Rick. People keep telling me how much they like our children. I think that is the finest compliment a parent can receive.

rick said...

I was thinking about this all night. Do you mean to tell me that some sailor would walk around all day with a patch over his eye, messing up his depth perception for sword fighting and cannon shooting, on the off chance that he might have to crawl back into some far dark corner of the boat where the light from all the hatches couldn't reach, just so he didn't have to wait three seconds for his pupils to open? Where did you read this? gullible.com?

Jeff said...

rick - Ha, that's funny. I'm just reporting what Mythbusters came up
with. Click here.
Feel free to take it up with them.

They also said it worked the other way as well, so that while they were below deck at night when it was all lit up from their lanterns, they could quickly go up on the dark deck (when they were suddenly being attacked) and be able to see up there. So apparently it worked both ways.

Whatever the case, the physics of how it affects your vision is right. Try it!

btw, it takes nearly 1/2 hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark - not just 3 seconds.

Jeff said...

diesel - The same type of theory applied to their peg legs. They would purposely cut off one leg and wear a peg leg so that if they suddenly had to engage in an emergency game of croquet they would always have a mallet ready to go. They were a very prepared people.

rick said...

So I clicked on Mythbusters at you-tube, and was immediatly distracted over to "Do Pretty Girls Fart?". As it turns out, they do. I never knew.

funspirit said...

You just never know the cool and crazy ideas you'll find when out on the web. Too funny!

Jeff said...

rick - So obviously you worked your way over to the video where they lit his farts. I can't believe he had "performance anxiety." You would have never had that problem.

funspirit - No kidding. It's like an endless supply of useful(?) information.

Mom Thumb said...

I'm thinking the cleaning of the bathroom would be your job from now on. BTW, the Vikings have Adrian Peterson now. With an Oklahoma boy on the team, they might have a chance at that Super Bowl.

wayabetty said...

I hope with one eye closed while doing your business that you better be aiming right, otherwise you might have to wear a permanent patch on the other eye when Charli does some hurting on you!

wayabetty said...

Oh btw, Far-ve as in "Something about Mary" is the man for someone who's supposedly over the hill! What an arm! But Brady is still my man! Not only is he awesome under pressure, cute as a button, but also such nice soft hair! ;-)

Sometimes Emma said...

I didn't know that about why the patches on the eye, but I totally use the one eye closed thing...HAHAHA!

It's Mr. No Depth Perception!

Carla said...

Next time just ask the bus drier if you can strap your bike to the front of the bus....like the bike riders here in Seattle to. One thing though, it's not generally done with a motorcycle.

Ba Doozer said...

how old are you and you're just now realizing the eye thing? those darned pupils...expanding and contracting...

Sandy said...

Me thinks Rick would like an eye patch for his (arrgh!) birthday! Am I right???

yellojkt said...

Practice peeing with both eyes closed. That will really endear you to the missus.

Jess Riley said...

That eyepatch bit of trivia is FANTASTIC. Those clever pirates!!! With their plundering and peg legs and keen vision management skills.

onetallmomma said...

My Darling Jeff,

I just finished reading your last two posts. Several thoughts are rattling around in my head.

1) Don't turn on the lights in the first place on your nocturnal trips to the loo. Then you will not lose you night vision.

2)Write when you have something to say. We will read when we need to laugh and think.

3)Were your ears burning this afternoon? The following conversation occurred on a park bench in Portland ME between my flover and myself:

A: My sister says that before you came along blogging was my fun.

F: You mean you don't read blogs any more? Or write?

A: Not like I used to.

F: You mean to tell me that you don't read Harmonica Man anymore. Really?

A: Jeff is a forgiving man. He knows that I read when I can. Besides, you just like him because he rides a cool motorcycle.

F: Too True.

Men.

Jeff said...

ashley - Thanks for the sweet comment. Regarding going to the "loo" in the dark... I think going with one eye closed is probably messy enough. I doubt going in the dark is going to work out better. Regarding your conversation with your "flover"... You're absolutely right, I am a forgiving man. Very. Especially if it's because you're busy hanging around with a guy who thinks my motorcycle is cool! "Men" indeed!