This morning on our way to get our morning dose of caffeine, I was accosted. It is not unusual to run into lost people needing to find something or confused people who don’t yet know that they are lost, however it is unusual to run into someone that comes around the corner and comes straight at you, arms outstretched, saying “HEY!” in a volume that would have been less startling post-caffeine consumption. It was my aunt! and my uncle! I love working where I work. You just never know who you will run into. Just last week we were playing the “Is He an FBI Guy, Or Just Some Guy With a Funny Hearing Aid?” Game.

In other random news, I have rediscovered music. It has been years since I have worried about having music playing in the background. Left on my own, I will almost always choose to have TV or nothing in the background rather than turning music on. We don’t actually have anyplace away from the computers (or iPod) to have music playing at home. I haven’t really missed it. But in the last couple of weeks, I have been neglecting my NPR podcasts and listening to music instead. And now when there isn’t music on, I miss it. Just now Dar Williams’ song Iowa was playing. I love that song. It always makes me think about college (cause I went to Iowa State, not because I listened to it while I was there) and it’s so sweet and sad and fun all at once.

We were talking at lunch about making friends. It is my opinion that Minnesota Nice is a big lie. They may be friendly on the surface, but for the most part they have little interest in getting to know you beyond a surface-y acquaintance-y friendship. Don’t get me wrong, I have some wonderful friends here, and I used to argue vehemently with people who shared this same opinion with me. Now I think they are more right than I was willing to admit. In the 7 years that I have lived here, I have run into too many people who want to add me to a big circle of people to hang out with but don’t want to really get to know me. It is tough to get personal with these people. My lunch buddies (all from other countries) believe that it is an American phenomenon, not a Minnesota phenomenon. One theory that I found interesting was that it is because so many of us tend to move around a lot — we make school friends, then we go to college somewhere and make college friends and then we graduate and go somewhere else and get married and by that time we are tired of making friends. I can sort of buy into that. What do you think?

Anyway. That’s my day. How was yours? What did you think about today?

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2 Responses to Randomness

  1. Julie says:

    I’ve heard that before about MN Nice, and I think it’s true — especially for people who didn’t grow up in the community they live in as adults.

    I’m not sure what causes it, though. Complacency, maybe, or a kind of wacky self-protective thing?

  2. bkail says:

    My day? Wednesday was a good day because work went well. My thoughts at the end of the day culminated with the conclusion that my bipolar internal emotional state is far too heavily influenced by what happens at work. I almost wish that I hated my job more or cared less about what I do. :-).

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