Archive for January 23rd, 2008

by jhwygirl

Jake passed on peacefully yesterday morning. He was family – my brother’s dog.

My brother had rescued Jake about 10 years ago from an in-ground pool, where he found him swimming – tired and desperate – sometime after midnight.

My brother was – still is- friends with Jake’s original owners – but Jake never wanted to leave my brother’s side after that evening. Recognizing where Jake’s loyalties lay, they willingly succumbed to their puppy’s wishes.

You will be missed. Terribly.



A bus koan

by Jay Stevens

Here’s science hard at work on your everyday problems: a study performed by a Harvard University mathematician on late busses, and whether you should stick out a wait, or move on.

The answer, of course, is obvious. You wait it out. If the bus goes by while you’re tramping to another stop, you’ll have to wait even longer for the next bus.

But the study begs some questions. First, why in h*ll would you go to the next stop? It’s not like there’s a reward for going to the next stop. After all, even if you reach it before the bus arrives, you’ll arrive at your destination at the same time you would have had you waited at the first bus stop. And – as anybody knows who’s tried this little trick – the odds of the bus going by while you’re still hoofing it are pretty d*mn good.

So, really, I didn’t find this study very helpful at all.

Here’s a more realistic situation for our Harvard friend. Say you get to the bus stop one minute late and there’s no sign of the bus after a five-minute wait, so you’re not sure it’s late, or you missed it. Say the bus comes only once an hour, and it’s -3 degrees F outside? Wait, there’s more. It’s 8:59am, it takes forty minutes to walk, and you have a 9:30 am conference call?

Do you walk? Or wait? Or go back home for a 40-minute nap?

Just askin’…

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