Since my engagement (really, since a few months before), my fiancé and I have been wending our way through the labyrinth of both the British and American immigrations systems. Visas are a complex business, and the route has been filled with a lot of frustration, a fair amount of surprise, and numerous other emotions. I’ve been documenting the whole process, both for my own records, and hopefully eventually to help others. Also, entertainment, because a lot of it is frankly nonsensical.
I haven’t published anything yet, and I won’t, until this full process is complete. The system is opaque and there are many uncertainties in the world today; I don’t want to find that something has been rejected because I got snarky on the internet. Rest assured, though, there’s a lot of good stories coming out of this.
I told you that in order to tell you this: as of a few days ago, my fianceé visa to visit England has been granted, which means I’m now frantically sorting through things as I pack for a trip two weeks away. International shipping prices are astronomical, and I’m bringing a lot of my possessions in a second checked bag. If it isn’t worth moving to England, it’s getting thrown out (which my mom is thrilled with).
Clearing out childhood and adolescent papers and cards is fascinating. We think that our thoughts and ideas change so much over time, and perhaps they do. However, our manner of thinking appears to stay fairly consistent, and as evidence, I present to you the scribblings I found last night on the back of my AP Physics notes.
“Willy Wonka invents a piece of gum with all the nutritional value and taste of a four-course meal. How long would you have to chew the gum? Generally, you chew gum until the flavour is completely gone and there’s no elasticity left. The flavours switched after just a few seconds in the story, but if you ate an entire four-course meal in twenty seconds, you’d be sick to your stomach- the brain processes fullness much more slowly than the stomach. Second, most meals include a lot of sodium (particularly meals with roast beef and potatoes). However, there’s no drunk included in the gum, so unless you gulped water during those twenty seconds, you’d be instantly dehydrated. The idea of eating a meal in that time simply isn’t plausible. Or, maybe it’s just that the flavour passes in twenty seconds, and you have to chew the gum for much longer to get the full nutritional value. But then, how would you know when the meal was finished? Could you unintentionally starve yourself by spitting out meals before they were done? Assuming that each of the courses flavour disappears after those 5 seconds, what would come after the blueberry pie? Would it be bland and flavourless, or retain a mishmash of a sight hint of each course? Could it be made to taste like coffee? If so, when would that final flavour disappear? What if there were tomatoes in the salad, and somebody was allergic to them? Would that cause an allergic reaction, or would it provide the chance for people to finally taste something they’ve never been able to have? Finally, would it be bad manners to blow bubbles?”
I’d like to make two closing points: First, that I did pass AP Physics with flying colours; second, the other day I got in a discussion with a friend about the feasibility of the plumbing at Hogwarts. Interests change, personalities remain.