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Plan A and Plan B

Some people always have excuses for not showing up when they plan to do something with me.  They will promise to be at a place at a certain time, and then not show.  Their excuses are valid, but they always have excuses.  They insist that they want to see me and do things with me, but they rarely do.

I used to get upset because I would set aside my plans, to meet them for whatever we were going to do, and then they didn’t show.  I no longer get upset.  I stopped expecting them to keep their promises of showing up. When these people are my Plan A, I always have a Plan B.

I make another plan when these people plan to see me. If they show up, then okay.  If not, then I carry on with Plan B.  To paraphrase Alexander Pope, those who expect nothing can never be disappointed.

The Trigonometry Excuse


It’s been a week since I have written anything.  I always look for excuses not to write. Trigonometry is a good excuse.

I have mentioned before how I am teaching myself the math I avoided learning in high school. For the past week, I grappled with the basics of Trigonometry.  Even though learning is fun, I still resist learning new things—especially the math I hated in high school.  I wanted to quit because I was not understanding the concepts, but I kept grappling.  And finally, I got it!

Wow! I understood!  I understood!  I understood sines, cosines, and tangents.  I understood cosecants, secants and cotangents.  I understood how the Greek letter Theta (zero with a line through the middle) represents the degrees of an angle.  I understood!

What a natural high finally understanding Trigonometry, and solving Trigonometry problems!  If they ever make Trigonometry illegal, then I’ll get arrested for sure.

I’m like a child who has just learned to walk on his or her hind legs.  I’m stomping around laughing and enjoying my new-found power!

So there’s my excuse for not writing: I was learning Trigonometry.  Deep down, I know that I still could have written while learning Trigonometry.  But please allow me to fool myself into thinking that learning Trigonometry took all my energy, and I had none left to write. Thanks.