Human Being or Insect?

With the weekend just a few hours away, I feel the need to lighten up a bit. A meme might be fun. Lynn over at Reflections in d minor said she’d like to see a lot of people do the Heinlein human being or insect meme dreamt up by Eric.
(She was tagged by John L of Texas Best Grok.) Glad to oblige.

Instructions: Of the items listed in the following quote from Robert Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love” identify all those that you have done.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

  • change a diaper – limited experience as I do not have children, but I did spend a summer working as a mother’s helper; I was in my teens and that was before pampers and pull-ups!
  • plan an invasion
  • butcher a hog
  • conn a ship – yes, if sailboats and rowboats are ships
  • design a building – yes, if building a city out of blocks counts – we even ran electricity – I was 7
  • write a sonnet – albeit unpublishable
  • balance accounts – I’ll assume that we’re talking about financial accounts, and I do balance those, but I also must balance the accounts as in stories I am told when doing research…two people see the same thing and tell very different tales
  • build a wall – both figurative and literal
  • set a bone
  • comfort the dying – many times
  • take orders – yes, but I’m not very good at it
  • give orders – too often, in the minds of some
  • cooperate – can do
  • act alone – usually
  • solve equations – I was good at algebra; geometry was another story
  • analyze a new problem – incessantly
  • pitch manure – cows and horses, lots of times, lots of places
  • program a computer – PCs and mainframes; I was a geek in the 1970s
  • cook a tasty meal – friends will vouch for me
  • fight efficiently – I don’t like to fight, but I’m nothing if not efficient
  • die gallantly
  • Of the four things I’ve never done, you can be sure that butchering a hog is something I will never ever do, setting a bone could happen, planning an invasion is not something I would put past me, and as for a gallant death only time will tell.

    Because I was not “officially” tagged, I’ll not tag you, but feel free to take it on.