Thursday, February 01, 2007

10 Things I’ve Learned at School (so far)

1. There is no truth.

2. One great piece of literature can change the world.

3. Truth doesn’t matter, that is of course unless it applies to fiction.

4. Bush is quite possibly the antichrist. Not an antichrist, but possibly The antichrist.

5. Never admit you are in the military unless you do not want to be taken seriously again.

6. It’s better not to think on your own. Just follow what your teacher tells you.

7. Driving sucks when the only possible thing that might blow up on you is some 18-year-old girl you almost hit because she stepped into the street while talking on her cell phone, while arguing with her parents that her bank account is low, while being 20 minutes late to class, while wearing really ugly snow boots, and all the while wearing jogging pants that would have been appropriate for the weather but have long ceased to hold any functionality since they have been cut off just below the knee.

8. Terrorists would all lay their weapons down if they just understood how to read fiction sophisticatedly.

9. If you don’t read the New York Times you cannot have an accurate grasp on what’s going on in the world.

10. The single greatest tragedy to happen in the United States in the past 37 years was the Kent State shootings on May 4th 1970.

There is still much for me to learn but I think this list is a good start. Oh and just incase you are wondering there is no possible way I could come up with these on my own, I am not that creative.

30 comments:

bd said...

Tim, I think this is the highlight of my day thus far.

"Driving sucks when the only possible thing that might blow up on you is some 18-year-old girl you almost hit because she stepped into the street while talking on her cell phone, while arguing with her parents that her bank account is low, while being 20 minutes late to class, while wearing really ugly snow boots, and all the while wearing jogging pants that would have been appropriate for the weather have long ceased to hold any functionality since they have been cut off just below the knee."

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Tim! Bet you can't wait until Spring Break! Sometimes reality is funnier than fiction ...which we all know can change hearts and minds. Great blog!!!!
Annie

Anonymous said...

Tim,
Am I the only one who tries to make words out of the word verification letters. Can't help it I am working on my Phd which is pronounced..Pa-Hud-da
Neatie

Anonymous said...

Tim,
Am I the only one who tries to make words out of the word verification letters. Can't help it I am working on my Phd which is pronounced..Pa-Hud-da
Neatie

t.h. snure said...

Tim,
I really want to know the rest of the story on #7. You can't just leave us hanging like this!

Todd

Anonymous said...

I agree TH Snure! Could this be the future Mrs. Boggs? She certainly did make an impression on you Tim.

T. F. Boggs said...

Ha! I could use 7 as a metaphor for all the girls here. Well not all but most. I just couldn't wait to get back home to see some real girls but unfortunately I am still looking. Rest assured though that I won't stop until I find them;) I won't give up that easy.

Anonymous said...

Student Boggs....You can't fool us, Timothy...we know your heart still belongs to....yes...your heart still belongs to Elizabeth..doesn't it.
Faithul readers of the Boggsy

Morpheus said...

In English last semester, our prof had us bring in songs that 'were narratives of stories,' and someone brought in the song by Crosby, Stills, and Nash about the 'Kent State Massacre' (I didn't get it, because usually a massacre involves more than four people. but I digress.) Our prof then gave a teary sniveling story about the 'murders' at Kent State all those years ago. She left out the part when the hippies and some faculty members (are they indistinguishable?) torched an ROTC building and threatened National Guardsmen.
But oh well. details are just details.

jordan said...

ahh... good old OU!

Jungle Mom said...

It only shows the innocence of the merican people. We are like "babes". Our problems, terrorism, war, seems so far and insignificant in the daily lives of these people, they use their grey brain matter on nonsense NEVER even realizing it is because of George Bush and guys like you, that they muddle around in sweet ignorance of the true evil of this world. Makes for some head scratching!!

Raulito said...

I love this post! I attended university while still in the USAF using the bootstrap program to my advantage. I, like you, found that university life is markedly different from reality and decidedly more narrow-minded than I thought was possible. I took a number of computer science courses and yet still could not escape from the silliness and illogicy of the professors. Keep your eyes on the prize at the end of it, brother. It is what got me through...

Bag Blog said...

My father always said that he sent me to college to learn to say "fantastic!" rather than "Bullshit". I guess by the time you wade through all of the bullshit, you become use to it and become more sophisticated - whatever. I think college is all about learning to stand in line, but since you probably learned that in the military, you should do quite well.

I keep telling you you are looking in the wrong place for "real girls". A&N will support me on this.

Anonymous said...

You got it Bag Blog! Maybe we should provide Boggsy with maps.:)
A&N

Pam said...

I just want to take some time here and say "Thank You"! May God bless our military men and women. I am so thankful for my many freedoms and I don't take it lightly that good guys are losing their lives for my family and I to enjoy our way of life. I get so frustrated with folks who can't see the big picture.

MissBirdlegs in AL said...

Funny, Tim - but so danged sad!

t.h. snure said...

Tim'
I still think you should come down and meet chickpilot. I might even let her take you for a ride in my plane.

Todd

p.s. Annie I was trying to use your idea of making words out of the word verification I'm kind stuck on ltusmkrs????

T. F. Boggs said...

Ha!

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, student Boggs. We fear we have all turned your comments page into a match making thingy for you! :) So we have a challenge for you. Can you list 10 possitive things that you have learned this semester in college that will actually be a benefit to you in life and in your future work and productivity?
And Todd ...another fun challenge..go to the "Engagements Section" of your newspaper and read the last names of the lovely couples together. Funny, Tod. Like in Tims case it could be Boggs/ Downy or Fish/Boggs. Boggs has a lot of potential come to think of it. Oh, sorry Tim. I'm doing it again..aren't I. Looking forward to you answer to above, serious, question.
Annie

gypsy said...

Gaahhh how do you stand it t.f.? Well you'll get through it somehow I know but I swear I'd lose it if I had to put up with some of the idiocy in the universities these days.

T. F. Boggs said...

I am sure chicpilot has many fans out there herself and doesn't need a groundpounder like me. Chicpilot are you reading this?

I think I will come up with a list of 10 positive things I've learned in school so far but don't hold your breath cause those things don't exactly roll off the tongue.

I get through college by having an excellent personality, sense of humor, openmind, patience, a house off of campus, and a ready supply of Scotch.

DayKay said...

You can also get through college with the innate - and somewhat smug - knowledge that you *know* truth and you *are* right, and that while "they" only pontificate from tenure-encrusted ivy-covered towers, you have experienced life, in all it's good, bad, ugly, beautiful, hopeful, and seemingly hopeless reality.

Jen Eureka said...

"I get through college by having an excellent personality, sense of humor, openmind, patience, a house off of campus, and a ready supply of Scotch."


dont forget your weekly social hour with jen!!! haha

Anonymous said...

If you want to see what moderate muslims have to say check out Bucks latest post comments.

T. F. Boggs said...

Yes Jen, that too. Of course!

chicpilot said...

Oh yes, I'm reading, just took me awhile. I never turn away readers, especially when I don't have nearly as many as you, T.F. I would be happy to give you a ride (so to speak!), but do you think you could handle it?

T. F. Boggs said...

Ha! I doubt it. Thanks chicpilot, let the S--t talking begin!

Agnieszka said...

Hey Tim, you made me smile! Sense of humor is going to save you...
It's kind of sad that you have to go through it to get "education"...
Well, maybe I need to mail you a six pack of Polish beer for happy times :-)?
As to girls...hmm...I'm not an expert, but maybe try bookstores "under" the history/military section? lol

Daniel Sauerwein said...

Tim,

Glad you are home and THANK YOU for your honorable service to our nation. I love this post as I am a grad. student in History and definately know the list, especially the driving one. That is one reason why striking a pedestrian should not automatically be the driver's fault. Where do you attend and what are you studying? Finally, if you are interested, I would love to have you be a contributor to my blog "Military History Blog" and share your knowledge. My dad (a 24 year Army veteran) and I team blog it now, but I am looking for new people. Again, great post and thanks for your service to the nation. You'll get through college just fine, just imagine the profs. as terrorist supporters (they most likely are) :)

Daniel
Creator
Military History Blog
http://militaryhistoryblog.blogspot.com

joeblough said...

Young Boggs,

You may have done this already, but if you haven't read a lot of Ayn Rand while you're at school. and keep your eye peeled for Rand fans.

This will accomplish a few things:

1) It will refresh your mind after overexposure to BS fumes.

2) It will explain some of the nature of the BS you're exposed to.

3) Objectivism (the philosophy of Ayn Rand, implicit in the novels) is the only body of philosophy I've ever seen, or even heard of, that is fully consistent with the findings of current science -- both in the traditional hard science and the newer computing/cognitive sciences.

4) It will give you a common point with the few Rand fans on campus, who are likely to be, of all the non-military people there, the ones who will appreciate you the most for being military.

BTW: Check out,
The Ayn Rand Institute

Capitalism Magazine

The Intellectual Activist

I think you'll like them.