Friday, May 20, 2011

The List: Safe driving

Public blogs are not the most appropriate place to reveal faults; however, I think full disclosure is in order: I failed my driver’s license test on two counts, but the examiner “passed” me anyway. My mom told me it was because I had dressed professionally. I think it’s my charisma. (Yes, you’re supposed to laugh at that)

Jocelyn & DanielI also have had a ridiculous number of car accidents and tickets since moving to Virginia. Let’s just say that I’ve lost track at this point. Charisma doesn’t help with collisions (although I am really good at calmly gathering the other driver’s insurance information).

Perhaps it’s not fair for me to include the fact that I would like my spouse to be a safe driver, when I haven’t mastered these skills myself. I have been known to tell people that if a boy can’t keep his temper when he’s driving, how can I expect him to keep his temper when I’m irrationally ridiculous? (Yes, sometimes I’m irrationally ridiculous. It happens.)

So, Daniel meets the safe driving list item and raises the term safe driving to a whole new level. He thinks that I speed like a demon. (Speed limits are merely suggestions.) He thinks that I do not know what the letters STOP mean. (You only need to stop if there’s another car at the intersection). He thinks that I measure 2 seconds traveling distance between cars creatively. (I wouldn’t have to get so close if other drivers used the passing lanes correctly.)

I think he drives like an old man.

Silence

It’s SOL testing season here in Virginia. Which means I have the task of walking groups of children in the hall, silently. I’m not sure how successfully I’m completing this task.

Kids Don't Need Sirens

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Family Culture, part II

 
 
Jocelyn:
 
Are you working 1 or 2 hours extra tonight?
Daniel:
Just one hour today.  I’ll be off at 1730, so should be back home by ~1840.  Soon, [(homeDaniel) == (homeJocelyn)] = TRUE  :)
Jocelyn:
That’s over my head, but I think it means that you love me.
Daniel:
Haha, soon our homes will be the same place: in a matter of months, the conditional statement (homeDaniel) == (homeJocelyn) will evaluate to TRUE  :)
…but it can indeed be condensed to “I love you.”  Because…
I love you, Jocelyn.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The List: Family Culture

Brent and DadDo you see Mom in this picture?Daniel and Jocelyn

Girls make lists of qualities they’d like their future spouses to have. When I was a teenager I noted on my list that my husband would iron his own shirts. I detest ironing.

My list has changed. Now an important element is that my future spouse must fit into my family culture. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the men in my family are a bit…umm…how do you say it…intellectual…computer minded…I’ll just say it: geeky.

Here’s the edited email conversation that transpired this afternoon. I’ll let you decide if Daniel will blend with my family culture.

From: Daniel
To: Jocelyn

Looking at boats to/from Catalina; for what time on 7/29/11 should I reserve our spots?  Check-in at Catalina isn’t until 1500, so thinking either 1400 or 1615 would be our best bets (~1 h port-to-port), depending on how long the post-sealing luncheon runs.

From: Jocelyn
To: Daniel

Hold on let me convert your times into normal times.

From: Daniel
To:  Jocelyn

Haha, a computer program to do it:

Int time 1;

time1 = keyboard.readLine(“%n%n%n%n”);
If(time1 > 1200){
          time1 = time1 - 1200;
          time1 = (String) time1 + “PM”;
}
else{
Time1 = (String) time1 + “a AM”;
}

System.out.println(“The time is actually “, time1, “ if you don’t want to take 1200 away.”);

From: Daniel
To:  Jocelyn

ARGH, it’s not…that should have been a >=, as 1200 is PM (I think).  Had it as such, but removed it…oh well.  I should point out that I’ve not programmed in a while, and it shows!

From: Jocelyn
To: Daniel

How do I use it?

From: Daniel
To:  Jocelyn

What, that?  Well, I’d need to rewrite it in Perl or Java instead of pseudo-code (which isn’t a language per se), as the keyboard.readLine() statement would need to be wrapped in a method in Java or called differently in Perl.  You’d also need access to the command line, as I’m not (and never have been) a big GUI guy.  I’d label that as more of a proof-of-concept…the point is that it’s probably easier to just take away 1200  ;)

Golly, now that I think on it, I’m not even sure if I have a Java development suite on my home PC, although the Linux side would have a built-in Perl interpreter.  I’ll work on that a bit  :)

From: Jocelyn
To:  Daniel

You make me smile. Can I blog this?

From: Daniel
To:  Jocelyn

It’s funny you’d ask, as I was just thinking you might.  My programming is rusty (as I said, it shows), but that’s OK.  Shockingly, I’m not perfect!  You’re welcome to do so, but I think people who do any sort of computer programming might wonder why in the world you’re marrying a guy who’s so slow to realize the difference between “>” and “>=” and who can’t seem to declare/work with variables in a consistent manner  :)

It’s true, Daniel’s not perfect: he doesn’t iron his own shirts. However, he has also taught me that the cleaners do an amazing job with shirts, and I’m pretty sure he’s perfect for me (and my family culture).