Thursday, 30 October 2014

A 50/50 Chance? I don't think so.

 
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In this department I am convinced the dice have always been loaded against me, although this is not scientifically proven, it's just a subjective feeling I have and a tenuous theory. Examples: we had two adjacent identical light switches in the main passage in our old house - one for the bathroom and the other for the passage light.  In 22 years, I could never remember which was which and I am pretty sure I pressed the wrong one about 80% of the time.  Ditto with my oven:  two choices as to which dial to turn to operate the front burner,  despite the little picture, I choose the wrong one about 80% of the time. Every time I have to turn the faucets off for my washing machine - I turn them the wrong way. However, after many years it has finally occurred to me to devise a mneunomic for this -  'CLosed, CLockwise',  'Open, Anticlockwise'  (two vowel sounds). Note: South Africans open and close faucets whereas in England we turn them on and off. It's taken me a long time to get used to that.  (37 years). I think it is all about whether you are left or right brain-dominant.  Or something like that. 

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  1. I had identical looking drawer keys and overhead shelf keys for my desk when I still working. I would put the wrong key selection at higher than 90%. I marked them with magic marker and it would soon wear off. I do the same with outside lights and the stove burners. The wipers are on the right side stalk on my steering wheel, on the previous car on the left. Even though I have had the car for 7 years, I still more often than not use the wrong stalk. I also reach for the window crank to wind down the windows. All that stuff is my doing. Why do I have about a 80 to 90 percent chance of turning a green traffic light red? I seldom make it through a green light.

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    1. I am so glad to have company. Maybe for us the glass is always half-empty?

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    2. If you were a girl you would use nail polish on your keys like I did. Then I couldn't remember which lock was for the nail polish.

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    3. See that, you can add coatings and logical sets to your list of polymath skills. "The set of keys with finger nail polish on them < than the set of of keys."

      Did I not explain that to a process engineer the glass being half full or half empty depends on the process taking place? If one is filling the glass, it is half full. If one is draining the glass, it is half empty. If one has an automated liquid level system on the glass and the set point is 50 percent, then you have system stability. Boring is a good thing in process engineering.

      Think about filling you car's gas tank during a cold rain in a self serve place with no canopy. Half full is somewhat depressing. That example is from my early employment in the petrol retail business, which was long before they had self serve places with a canopy. I took on a lot of water waiting for half full tanks to fill up...at least we didn't have to clean the windshields. That was so long ago that the price of regular was 24.9 cents per US gallon.

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    4. Yeh, I worked one day at a gas station (dressed in a short mini for some reason) . I had to keep running after the cars because I forgot to put the petrol caps back. This was in England of course.

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    5. I was spared the mini-skirt, but left my share of caps off, purchased quite a few in my three years of filling station duty. Bought a lot of gas too. Most unprofitable line of work I was ever involved in.

      BTW my crappy proof reading...the above was to be the set of all keys. How you can read something three times and still screw it up is beyond me.

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    6. Oh no I get that. Take measuring stuff for instance. My husband is devastated that he misjudged the 'up' measurements for the cupboards he is now building in our living room. We have to have 5 cupboard door re-made. This, in spite of checking many times. He forgot about the height of the valance the cupboards stand on.

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    7. Well you know what they say measure twice, cut once. Me? I measure 50 times, gets a different value each time, take the average of 50, cut so that it is too long, cut again, cut again, cut again until it is too short. Start on a new piece repeat above, get pissed off and go read a book. I can' poor piss out of a boot with the directions written on the heel, but I can write a pretty good set of directions.

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    8. I am also pretty good at directions: so sucks to the "Men are from Mars" business.

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    9. Well men from Mars, women from Venus sounds good in theory, but it takes two to tango here on Earth and these alien life forms ended up evolving in response to the dictates of the opposite gender. We are what we are because our ancestors found those traits useful, if not, we would be something else.

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