August 18th, 2008


Ten random things: August 18

Ten countries whose total medal count in all Olympics Games is less than that of Michael Phelps this year, and that end in the letter A:

  1. Bermuda (20 Games, 1 medal)
  2. Syria (11 Games, 3 medals)
  3. Sri Lanka (15 Games, 2 medals)
  4. Panama (12 Games, 2 medals)
  5. Moldova (8 Games, 4 medals)
  6. Tunisia (12 Games, 7 medals)
  7. Malaysia (13 Games, 4 medals)
  8. Costa Rica (18 Games, 4 medals)
  9. Tonga (6 Games, 1 medal)
  10. Uganda (13 Games, 6 medals)

At first this was going to be nothing more than another Michael Phelps-related list, but when I noted that six of the countries I'd chosen ended in A, I figured I'd just go whole-hog. Luckily, many countries end in A. The medal count is current through the time of posting this morning.

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A conversation with a kid

I just returned from the grocery store, where I bought, among other things, an onion. I typically store my onions wrapped in newspaper, but as I looked around the kitchen I remembered that today is trash day and that all our old newspapers had been put out with the recycling. Woe! But then I remembered having seen a freebie paper sitting outside earlier, so I went out to grab it, not bothering to put on my shoes. Whereupon I had the following conversation with the little girl who lives two doors down.

Girl: Hello!
Me: Hi! How are you today?
Girl: Why aren't you wearing any shoes?
Me: Well, I was just coming out to grab that newspaper over there and I didn't think I'd need any shoes since I wasn't going very far.
Girl: I'll get it!
Me: Oh, thank you! You didn't have to do that, but it was very nice of you.
Girl: You're welcome!
Me: And next time I come out I promise I'll put on my shoes.
Girl: You should probably put on new socks too.
Me: OK, I'll do that.

Now, to my way of thinking, the odd thing about my trip outside was not that I was not wearing shoes, but that I still had the onion in my hand. But to her, apparently, carrying around an onion is perfectly normal, or at least less worthy of comment than going outside sans shoes.

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