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.
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
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.
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.