Archive for April, 2010

Caps Rock

April 20, 2010

When I first learned my letters I remember being fascinated with the capital/lowercase concept.  Two versions of the same letter to use at different times, one clearly more important than the other.  If something merited a capital letter then it was special.  I understood why you capitalized someone’s name, but didn’t quite get why the first word in each sentence was so important (I expressed this a few years ago in a bit more sarcastic approach).  And then I realized if you use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in a sentence it was like shouting, but without speaking.  I was easily impressed back then.  Still am now that I think about it.

Then I got to thinking about numbers.  Numbers are just as important as letters, right?  How come numbers only get one size and shape?  How come the first number in a sequence doesn’t get any special treatment? 

So, at the age of sevenish, I set out to right this injustice by creating the first capital numbers.  As I recall, all I did was just press down really hard with my pencil.  Essentially, I discovered how to bold something before being exposed to Microsoft Word.  So for a while I wrote all my numbers really dark and really big because I didn’t want them to feel left out.

I’m not sure why all that popped in my head this morning, but it was fun going back and thinking about it.  Hope you enjoyed another little glimpse into my mind as a child.

J

Backlog Blog

April 19, 2010

I haven’t been updating much because either I have nothing to say or what’s on my mind hasn’t been fit for general consumption.  I’m emo mysterious like that.

Nothing has really changed, but what can I say?  I miss you guys.

Some highlights:

– I’m officially a New Yorker.  I got my NY driver’s license in the mail last week and it feels really weird.  Like I’m cheating on someone or something.  And as per the requirement of all major forms of  identification, my photo is horrendous.  I swear DMV employees are trained to count to three and take the pic on two. 

– And with the new license, I remembered how much I miss driving.  So I’ve decided to sign up for a Zipcar account.  I’m really excited and wish it hadn’t taken me so long.  To be honest, I’m also a little nervous.  Driving around the city is very intimidating to me.  I’m sure I’ll be fine though.  Last time I helped a friend move I parallel parked a U-Hall van on a narrow one-way street in Queens.  Prior to that, the only time I had attempted to parallel was during my driving test. 

– Next month I’m going to visit D.C. with some friends.  I went through D.C. years ago, but really it was just long enough to drive past a few monuments.  It will be nice to take our time and explore. 

So that’s a very little bit of what’s up.  I really want to start putting actual content up here.  Something of substance or value.  I’m also thinking about breaking my own little unspoken rule and getting *gasp* personal

– J

PS – Try saying that title 5 times fast.