Okay, I’m feeling pretty dumb.
I had challenged myself to write 40 posts in 40 days to cover my Lenten obligation. I wasn’t counting because I just assumed that the day before Easter (tomorrow) I would have 40 posts if I did this right. But for some reason I looked at my post count and saw I was up to 49. This struck me as strange because I had only written five posts before I started my challenge. So that leaves me with four extra posts.
I double checked my calendar and found out there are 46 days in Lent, but Sundays don’t count. DON’T COUNT?!! How many of you knew that and didn’t tell me?!! For years I could have had coffee on Sundays, or I could have sworn at stupid drivers! I didn’t know you get six days off! So I guess this was actually my 46 posts in 46 days challenge (I’m not going to wimp out now that I’m so close!) and I just didn’t know it.
But, that’s just one of a bunch of things I just don’t understand. I could probably have done my whole blog on stuff that I can’t wrap my mind around. I’m not selling my brain short, I wouldn’t say I’m an idiot (no, you don’t get a vote), but there are some things that no matter how hard I try I can’t seem to comprehend.
Sticking with the subject of Lent – what’s up with the meat vs. fish thing? I can’t eat meat on Friday, but I can gorge myself on fish and shrimp and lobster and crabs and any other seafood I want. But why? I get the whole “don’t eat meat” part – but I don’t get the “fish aren’t meat” part. How are fish not meat? They have a face right? Once you take the scales and bones away, what’s left? What do you call the…well…the meaty part of the fish? Is it a cold blooded thing? Can I eat alligators on Fridays? Or is it a lives in water thing? In that case I could eat otters! If fish isn’t meat, tell me, what is it? AND YOU CAN’T SAY FISH! Cow is cow and pig is pig and chicken is chicken but cow, pig, and chicken are all meat. So what’s the deal with fish?
What about babies?
***WAIT! We’re changing subjects! We aren’t debating whether or not babies are meat – they are – you shouldn’t eat them on Friday or ANY day. There’s your Bobbing for Popcorn public service announcement: Don’t Eat Babies***
For the most part, babies are in their mothers’ stomachs for around nine months. Baby is growing, developing, changing, learning stuff, doing stuff. So THEREFORE, on the day the baby is born, why aren’t they considered 9 months old? If they’re growing and developing, doesn’t that mean they’re aging as well? If not, that means from the moment of conception (kids, if you’re reading this, make sure you ask you parents how that works – parents, you’re welcome) until the moment of birth they are the exact same age despite having time advance 9 months for the rest of the world. That makes a woman’s uterus some sort of Doctor Who-like timey wimey black hole where all time stands still. So which is it: does time hit pause in a lady’s belly or are we all 9 months older than we get credit for? And, if you see things my way think about when your birthday is, go back 9 months, and start figuring out who owes you a birthday present because they are way late!
And then there’s the whole thing with colors. Who named colors? How do we know blue is blue? Here’s what really gets me – how do we know that the color I think is blue isn’t the color you think is orange?!! Our eyes could see things completely different! You could look at a stop sign and see what I would call purple, but our parents, Sesame Street, and society in general all pointed at stop signs and told us all “This is red.” So no matter what shade we see, we associate it with the word red! And it’s world wide! Every language has different words for the colors, but whether the person says “red,” “rojo,” “rouge,” “‘ahmar,” or “aka,” we will all point at the stop sign. Mind blown, right?
Fashion blows my mind, too. My wife has not learned this yet. She still comes up to me and asks me if her shirt goes with her pants. I know she wants to know about color, style, and a number of other criteria. But the only thing I can go on is if they meet in the middle. Your arms and head are in the shirt, your legs and butt are in the pants, and the shirt doesn’t stop at your ribs or go to your ankles and your pants follow the same guidelines – yup, they go together. I have well over 100 ties the VAST majority of which have some sort of cartoon character on them. I have five pairs of shoes – three of those pairs are sneakers, the other two are dress shoes that are exactly the same except one pair is black and the other is brown. I have socks with tacos on them. DO I SEEM LIKE THE PERSON TO ASK ABOUT FASHION?! I remember walking with my wife when we were in college and her feet were getting torn up by her “cute” shoes. First of all, shoes aren’t cute – puppies, kittens, babies: cute. Footwear? Not cute. And even if I were to find some sort of cuteness in this article of clothing – the ones she was wearing wouldn’t qualify. I don’t get the “chunky” shoes – I know they’re fashionable and “cute” and I know who shares that opinion: Frankenstein. Anyway, she was in so much pain and her feet were torn to shreds by the time we got back to our dorms and I asked her why she even wore them (because this wasn’t the first time – so she knew they would hurt) and she said she liked them and they went with her outfit. You know what I like best about my shoes? Not bleeding. You know what doesn’t go with my outfit? Ironically, bleeding feet.
Most recently, the biggest thing that confuses me is retirement plans. I really don’t get this whole concept. I work and get a paycheck and part of that paycheck is saved for later (I get it) and my employer gives a chunk for me to use later (I get it) and then someone takes that money and invests it so I may end up with less money (I don’t get it). If I were to come up to you and tell you to give me some of your paycheck so I can bring it to Vegas for you and then come back and tell you, “Well, it was a rough week and you actually lost money,” you’d come at me like a deranged badger on bath salts! But we have a company do it and send us statements and we just keep rolling with it?!! And, it’s my money right? I know it is because I put it in and I get it when I retire. So, when I needed some extra money to fix my roof, I was allowed to borrow some from my retirement (I get it) but I need to put it back before I retire (I get it) and they gave me a really great interest rate (I don’t get it). Wanna hear a great interest rate? 0%!!! THAT is a great rate because I borrowed the money from myself! Why would I charge myself interest?!! Just to be sure, I had a meeting with the borrower (me) and the lender (me) and both parties agreed that there is no need for interest!
The saying goes, ignorance is bliss. But it’s also pretty fun to talk about these things that I’m ignorant about and see the looks I get from other people when they try to figure out how to deal with my way of thinking. I guess I just have a different idea of bliss!
“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” ~ Isaac Asimov