Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Schooled

Learning never exhausts the mind - Leonardo DaVinci

I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday - Abraham Lincoln

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. - C.S. Lewis

From the comments from these great erudite men, lifelong learning is an invigorating, expansive and humbling prospect. I too feel that the best times in my life have been those times when I was learning new things, being exposed to things previously unknown and gaining new experience. These times may not have been the easiest, but I definitely felt fully awake, challenged and at the end, satisfied by my accomplishments.

In the spirit of "you learn something new everyday", I thought I would share what I have learned this week.

I learned that you lose brain cells by watching "The Real Housewives of DC." I seriously felt dumber after 10 minutes of the show. That's all the time I could stand of it. I think that if I had watched 5 minutes more, someone would have shown up at my front door to rescind my Masters degree. If I had gotten through the whole show, I surely would have lost all rights, privileges and abilities associated with any formal education.

I learned the meaning of the expression "long pole in the tent" and found that you don't want to be the long pole in the tent. I won't go into all the details. But I had never heard this saying before and was confused by the context in which it was used. In my defense, there were a few beers involved and it is not outlandish to think that references to the long pole could conjure up images of circus tent supports.

I learned how to make some kick-ass spicy mango salsa!

I learned that I am slightly gullible in that I almost fell for an 8 year-old hoax. No silly, Mars will not appear as large as the moon in the night sky on August 27. And it won't look like we have double moons. Really?

I learned that Saturday Night Live is good again. Even though we can't possibly stay awake to watch it as it airs, our trusty DVR allows us to enjoy the season during reasonable waking hours. Kristen Wiig is comic brilliance and I could eat Seth Myers up for lunch. And you just have look at Andy Samberg and laugh.

I learned all over again how good it is to laugh with my husband. Thanks SNL!

I bet you learned a little here today. I wonder what nuggets of wisdom await in the days to come?

1 comment:

  1. I think I'll learn from what you have learned and bypass a couple of these programs ... :-)


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