Basic math I can do but some things are beyond me. Really an odd thing given my proclivities. Truth is that I could do better in a wider range of math had I the education but, for now, I know what I know and I understand my limits. (CFD has a program for a reason.) Recently I hit that limit unexpectedly.
I had a chance to go by Girly-girl’s school and do some work before school let out. Enjoy volunteering there. Some bake cookies, I plan the layout for the addition, fix lights and give proposals for various projects. I do the things that I know how to do and they need. Like a lot of my life in recent years, there’s a gender gap. Being the only guy around doesn’t really bother me insomuch as I’m not bothered by that fact. Matter of fact I learned a lot about women over the years in those types of settings. The two genders really are different in a lot of ways both big and small.
Language is a good example. Women tend to be far, far more vulgar than men. They will discuss things that are very inappropriate for the environment in a very coarse way. It often shocks me to hear some of what is said. The downside of working quietly and consistently is that you disappear. The conversation turns foul and, since you haven’t spoken in 15 minutes, you don’t exist. Sometimes it isn’t foul, it’s just odd. Such a thing transpired recently. As I sat there working a mom came into the office with a large bag. Plopping it down, she looked at the women in the room and said “Ok, who wants some?” Here, let’s listen along to the conversation.
M1- Ok, who wants some?
M2- What is it?
M3- Are those clothes?
M1- Yep, they were my sister’s.
M3- Why is she giving them away?
M1- Divorce Diet! (Laughter all around)
S1- What is a divorce diet?
M2- It’s when your husband leaves your fat a## and you lose weight so you can get someone else to pay the rent!
M1- Yeah, she’s lost 50lbs in four months. She’d like to lose a 100, I told her to go for 150 so she would be the size she was when they got married.
(Losing weight at that rate is neither healthy or sustainable.)
S2- I didn’t know they had split up.
M1- Yeah, she said he just lost interest in her. He apparently told her it was unhealthy to eat all day and never do much. She was tired of hearing it anyway. She says she wants to start looking for someone in the spring after she finishes losing weight. I’ll have more clothes after Christmas.
I got up and quietly eased out. Given my limits with math I knew that I could never get the situation to add up. Better to realize my own ignorance and go do good I figured.