Sunday, January 4, 2009

And the Moral of the Story...

I suppose I should finish my thoughts and story from a couple posts back. To continue with when people totally step on other's enthusiasm and quest for learning....

When I was in university, there was this girl at the same school that got on my nerves almost right from the moment I met her. She was a few years younger than I, and still came across in a bullying type way to everyone that didn't seem to be in her little group. So, I had a part-time on-campus job that also gave me the opportunity to attend a leadership retreat each fall. This quickly became an annual highlight for me. At this particular camp, one of my favorite things to do was to see the phosphorescent algae in the bay water at night. For those of you not familiar with this super cool stuff, it's basically glow-in-the-dark algae that you can see when you stir the water. I've always loved glow-in-the-dark stuff, so this immediately caught my attention. One year, I decided to see if I could get some in a container and take it home. Now, I know due to many, many factors and conditions required to keep this stuff alive, it was a long shot that it would actually still glow when I got it home. But, what the hey? I didn't really have anything to lose. The camp kitchen staff were totally nice enough to give me a bag of ice to insulate the container and keep the water cool. This girl intercepted me before I got on the bus and asked what I was doing. I told her, and she immediately made a face and said, "It's totally not going to work. You're wasting your time." I got on the bus imagining her as a mother someday.... "Gee, Timmy, that picture you're drawing totally doesn't look like our house. You're just wasting your time."

K, so the algae totally didn't work when I got it home, but what did I lose by trying? Nothing. And I got a cool story and experience out of it.

So, again to all those people on the Mythbusters forums and all those naysayers out there who are quick to put down and not acknowledge the beauty of curiosity and just simple trying....I fart in your general direction. And now that I'm pregnant, I can do that with gusto.


  1. Honestly, why was neon & glow and the dark stuff only cool in the eighties? That totally should have been an ongoing fad.

  2. Amen! So freaking cool :-) I had glow in the dark stars all over every one of my rooms until I moved in with Brynn. He's not as big of a fan.