I just finished a huge, hulking, beastly project, it's 60 degrees outside, and I'm on the front end of a 4-day weekend. Ah, spring.
What should I blog about today? I have several thoughts knocking around in my head.
- March Madness? My bracket is already busted, and I have Duke in the final. Considering last night's debacle against Belmont, the Dukies have long miles to go.
- I still haven't reshot the Easter pictures. I may do that tonight, or I may go hang out with friends and tell them how I'd planned to reshoot them. That sounds less work-intensive.
Oh, there is one thing. You ever see Arrested Development, and there is that whole plotline about the beautiful girl who he thinks is a spy, but it turns out she's mentally challenged? Something like that happened to me. I was talking to someone who I'd consider a "friend" (although since I don't worry about them reading this post, perhaps they are merely an "acquaintance") and made some mention of the flooding in the midwest, followed by me making some blanket statement about climate change making stories like that more common.
"Oh." he said, "That isn't true."
"What isn't true?"
"Global warming. I don't believe in it."
"My preacher said it wasn't true."
"Have you read anything about it?"
"No, I don't have time."
"So you believe a statement made by someone who is in no way an expert or even degreed in any field of science?"
"Yes, he's my preacher."
"And you believe anything he says? He isn't Jesus Himself, he's just a guy."
"I believe that Jesus told him that global warming was a media conspiracy."
All the things I wanted to say, all the questions I wanted to ask. In just 5 seconds, this guy managed to change my entire opinion of him. I now think that he is stupid, lazy and ignorant, because he willfully chooses on a daily basis not to use his brain. I more subscribe to the "God gave me a brain so I can THINK CRITICALLY AND MAKE DECISIONS" way of looking at the world (but it is admittedly a lot more work than being force-fed your opinions).
I knew the guy was a Republican, but I didn't know that he'd tripped his mental "off" switch. I thought he was more of the "small government and fiscal conservative"-type, not the "Scientists are de debbil, evolution is de debbil, Obama is a radical Muslim (and probably de debbil), so let's go all glass parking lot in the middle east"-type. I just did not see it coming.
I mean, I know certain people who are hardCORE one way or the other. These people are generally hard to carry on normal conversations with, but at least you know what you're getting into. For example, I know a guy in advertising (let's call him "Robert") who thinks Sean Hannity is pure genius, and that Limbaugh is an angel anointed with a dusting of Oxycodone by God himself. But you can just look at Robert and know that he is a purebred dipshit- if they had papers and registration for being a dipshit, this guy could sweep the Eukanuba Tournament of Champions. So you are never surprised when he spouts off some idiotic incendiary junk he read over on Free Republic.
He hates Snopes because it debunks so much of his blabbering- he may be the actual patient zero on all that "muslim Barak" bullshit (I showed him a photo of Barak being sworn in ON A BIBLE, and he told me it was an obvious photoshop).
I don't even know where this post is going. Apparently all the things I know about science are wrong. Perhaps I'll spend the weekend contemplating that and mulling over how much simpler life would be if only I would swallow the blue pill.