Friday, September 19, 2008

2008 Talk like a pirate day

"Aarrr" "Ayeee"

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. I never knew about this event until recently, so I may not be as great at it as others, but it does remind me of how "Captain Cup-Hand" came into being.

Ever since college I have typically had a large plastic cup that I always filled between classes. Sometime in the early 90's I got in the habit of cramming the cup on my hand as I went to the drinking fountain to fill up. Someone noticed and asked me if I was part pirate, to which I quickly replied "Ayeee, Capt'n Cup-Hand here" and proceeded to talk like a pirate whenever I went to refill my cup.

I have always known a smattering of sign-language, and in order to be fair to the deaf community I take the international signs for the letters R and I and use them. In order for them to "sound" appropriate for pirate-speak, I typically hold the letter firmly and shake my hand in the process ("RRRRRRR…", "IIIIIII…").

Feel free to join in the fray (ayeee) and talk like a pirate today.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Traditional Letter Writing

Author's Note: I have decided to rehash this post as a Spin Cycle Post. Be sure to check out other Traditions at Spin Cycle by Sprite's Keeper.

One semester in college I was fortunate enough to have a schedule in which I was done with my classes by Thursday at noon (I did have one class on Friday, but it did not require any homework). Because of this, I could finish my homework before the weekend began. The only unfortunate thing about this schedule is that when Sunday evening rolled around, everybody I knew was doing their homework. Rather than getting lazy and blowing off my homework till Sunday, I chose to write letters instead. What I found when I was writing my letters is that I have a lot of traditions that I always use when writing.

Hand written or typed:
What I found is that I type faster than I write. So, if you get a hand written letter from me it is thus considered more personal than a typed one— mostly because it takes more time to write. Also, with a hand written letter I cannot correct my mistakes as easily as with type written letters. Using that same logic, you could say that an e-mail letter is even less personal because I can easily delete something and there would not be any evidence of my edits.
It used to be clear cut in that if I had a salutation before your name— "Dear Name,"… then it was less personal than if I only had your name— "Name,". However, this only applies to written letters. For e-mail, it depends on if the message is going to a group of people in which case it would not have any salutation at all.
Close line:
I typically have a closing line or sentence which indicates that the letter is ending. My best one is one that I used in undergraduate school which is the following: "Looks like this could be the end… so be sure to tune in next time (same bat-time, same bat channel) for more exciting adventures of… Undergrad!!!" Many other times I just say "Be good and take care" instead.
For my personal letters I use a poem that I wrote which I try to relate to the overall mood of the letter. Sometimes the poem is only a one line quote, while other times it is a several line poem. When I typed my letters I tried to center the overall poem on the page which is when you look at my poetry originals you will see a number which was used to center the poem on the stationery that I used. Also, if you look at a typed or hand-written letter you will see that I use my trademark (C over J) followed by the year the poem was written to sign the poem.
Personal letters will typically have "With love," while more serious letters skip that part and only have my name. However, with casual e-mails I will typically use just my name ":-Chris" since it does not really require a formal signature.
If I hand-write a letter, or even sign a card, I will use the same ink (or pencil) to seal the envelope with my trademark. Even if I type a letter, I will seal the envelope with my trademark. I used to use red ink when signing a card, but nowadays I never have one handy, so that tradition is less strict.

Even though I have progressed from Hand-written, to Typed, to E-mail— I am glad that I still hold on to many of my traditions, otherwise my letters may not have as much personality as I would like.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Trios, Triads, and Triplets 1

So many things seem to appear in three's. My wife and I compiled a list of phrases that appear in threes that we call Trios. Here are ten trios from our list:
  • Coffee, Tea, or Me
  • Hook, Line, and Sinker
  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Lions, and Tigers, and Bears (oh my!)
  • Lock, Stock, and Barrel
  • On your mark, Get set, Go
  • Pick yourself up, Dust yourself off, Start all over again
  • Ready, Aim, Fire
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

If you have others, I encourage you to comment to add to our list.

Trios, Triads, and Triplets 2

A triangle is a closed figure that uses the least amount of sides. My wife and I found that there are several groupings of terms that always seem to come in threes that we call Triads. Here are ten triads from our list:
  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • Executive, Legislative, and Judicial
  • Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
  • Height, Width, Depth
  • Land, Sea, and Sky
  • Red, White, and Blue
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Small, Medium, Large
  • Solid, Liquid, Gas

If you have others, I encourage you to comment to add to our list.

Trios, Triads, and Triplets 3

Three is a magic number. My wife and I discovered that there are a lot of names that appear in threes that we decided to call Triplets. Here are ten triplets from our list:
  • Balthazar, Caspar, and Melchior
  • Chico, Harpo, and Groucho
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash
  • Curly, Larry, and Moe
  • Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe
  • Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
  • Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie
  • Shadrak, Mishak, and Abednego
  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

If you have others, I encourage you to comment to add to our list.

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