Is there anyone in this world who is NOT familiar with Murphy’s Law? It had reasoned so much of my life that by the time I was a junior in high school, I already had it memorized and recited it frequently in attempts (some would say futile) to keep me sane. In case you are one of the 66/100ths % of the populace who has been heretofore ignorant of that most basic of probability laws, here it is.
Murphy’s Law (Murphy was an optimist!)
- Nothing is as easy as it looks.
- Everything takes longer than you expect, and
- If anything can go wrong, it will–at the worst possible moment.
So I finally do it–I write my “breakthrough” entry: the one that finally opens up the cyber-world outside my circle of close friends, and which blog is it? The one that exhibits my rapier wit? The one that showcases my astute analytical skills? The piéce de resistance that highlights my passion for the subtleties, complexities and beauty of masterfully crafted English? No, it’s the one that exposes just what a dunce in math I am!
“A Better Way to Spend $85 Billion!” has garnered over 1,700 hits just since yesterday–before this, I had never had a blog entry have over 160 hits total. And the whole entry is based on flawed math. The one time I don’t check Snopes before I blog, and THAT entry gets chosen as a “Featured Blog” on WordPress.com (see link to your right) and gets a bazillion hits from everywhere. The late, great Lewis Grizzard (the man who made me want to become a writer) called it “‘buzzard luck’: can’t kill nothin’, can’t find nothin’ dead.”
What to do? The only thing I can–own up to my mistakes (which I’ve done, and for which I have graciously been acknowledged by samjones2–thanks for the sage advice). Having done that, I choose my victories where I can and take advantage of my 15 minutes of fame by showing off a better side of me. Stick around, Sports Fans–there’s more to come!
Dateline: Corvallis, Ore. THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS DEFEATED THE USC TROJANS 27-21 LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!
That’s TWO, player haters! I made a genuine offer of Dawgs and 14 over the Sun Devils last week on two separate occasions to Arizonans (one here), and neither had enough confidence to back their team! Then again, maybe they were just smart–the Dawgs won by 17. It would have been nice for the McCains to only have 12 houses and me have one, but such is life. The other is SWEET VINDICATION for putting that overrated Pac-10 group of brats (I was told that in LA, “USC” stands for the “University of Spoiled Children”) in their place–BELOW THE BULLDOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO YOU HAIRY DAWGS! FLUSH THE CRIMSON TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*we now return to our regularly-scheduled madness*