I’m awake and, being the loving mate that I am, I kiss my other half, Brian, good morning, drag myself out of bed and put on a pot of coffee for us. As some of you know, we live in an RV and the bed is about a foot away from the kitchen. As I finish putting the grounds into the percolator and place it on the stove, I hear him roll over and open the blinds. I peek into the bedroom and see him lying on his back, gazing out the window, with a look of concentration on his face. Lost in thought he doesn’t realize that I’ve sat down on the bed next to him, so after a couple of “Ahems”, waving my hand in his face and then “Helloooooo, anybody there?” he glances at me like he’s never seen me before.
After I reintroduce myself, I query “What are you thinking about?” Now, remember that he’s still in bed, hasn’t been awake too long AND hasn’t had his coffee yet. Well he comes back mumbling about burning stuff (apparently he could smell something from outside) and resulting gasses, and possible changes in the mass or density… or something …You know, science stuff. My immediate thought (and I’m sure yours) is What the hell? As I didn’t have MY coffee yet either, I thought perhaps I’d missed something. “Run that by me again, only in a way that a non scientific, non caffeinated person might understand”. And all I hear is “Science stuff, science stuff, science stuff”. Being quick witted (and desperate) I spit out “Um…coffee’s ready …and I need to pee” (Pee is always a good excuse) as I make a hasty retreat. Whew…that was close.
What I don’t get is that he wasn’t even out of bed yet but his mind was doing a scientific exercise. Usually I can’t get him to focus on ANYTHING until he’s had coffee…sheesh. So anyway, when I first wake up and my initial thought of Damn, that dream was just getting good passes, my next thoughts usually run along the lines of I need to pee and Whose turn is it to make coffee? If it’s my turn to linger in bed then I might ponder what I need do that day and perhaps how to get out of doing it. Not once have I pondered science stuff. But that’s just me.
Anyway, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to do find out what others think about while lazing for a few extra moments before dragging their butts out of bed and heading off into the rat race. Well I polled pretty much anyone that would listen to me, including the 7-Eleven cashier, the telemarketer that called, and group of (non English speaking) Japanese tourists waiting in line for a photo opp in front of a wooden Sasquatch. Following days…hours…OK.. minutes of studying the responses, the most frequent answers (after the always popular SEX answer given by both attached and single men…go figure) were:
1 – Wishing for more sleep
2 – Need to pee
3 – Coffee
4 – Oyster Jello (I may have mistranslated the Japanese)
You notice that NOWHERE in the above list do you see anything relating to science.
So what’s all that prove? That….um….Well that perhaps I’m not good at Japanese to English translation. It also got me thinking about how quite a bit of us wake up each day and don’t put much thought into the wonders of this world, how it all came about or how it’s progressing/digressing. How we also take for granted all the scientific inventions that make our lives easier and more comfortable. Isn’t it nice that this world has scientists and other people like Brian who question what stuff is made up of, how it works and how it can be better. I admit that science has never been my strong point (Then again neither has paint by numbers, but that’s another story) but with him patiently by my side I AM learning.
What’s that dear? The thermodynamics of carbon? Well….Um….Oh look, the coffee’s ready…and I need to pee.