Friday, February 01, 2008
Egrets, I've Had A Few
One of the many groovy aspects of my new gig is that the campus is a wildlife preserve, so there are lots of nifty critters roaming around. Among the more common are the egrets. Most of them are about 4 feet tall, mostly legs and necks, but as I watch them wander around the lakes looking for nummies I can't help but think of dinosaurs. I don't know if I would have made this connection on my own, but watching the slow, methodical, undulating movements of these sinuous beasties one can definately imagine what it must have been like when their scaly ancestors roamed the Earth.
On a completely unrelated note I have a question. I was listening to a song the other day that is about a guy who cheated on his lady and is trying to explain it away with a chorus of 'I didn't feel a thing. It didn't mean a thing'. That got me thinking, if my wife ever cheated on me I think I would be more upset if it didn't mean a thing. I could more readily understand an affair of overwhelming passion than I could 'hi, you're cute, let's do it'. I have never, to my knowledge anyway, been cheated on, so this is strictly hypothetical, but I'm curious about what you think? Is the classic 'she didn't mean anything to me' line soothing, or exacerbating? Or is this a gross oversimplification?