Well good golly, I had completely forgotten about my formspring page until I was notified earlier today that someone had asked me a question. And let me just tell you, it’s a doozy. We have to get through several more, however, before that one can have its turn. So let’s start where we left off, shall we?

We all know the moon is not made of green cheese, but what if it was made of spare ribs? Would you eat it then? Heck, I know I would – I’d have seconds and then wash it down with a nice, cool Budweiser.

Well, Harry Caray, it appears as though you’ve forgotten at least one thing about me, and that is that I don’t eat spare ribs. I wouldn’t eat green cheese either, and as I’m sure you are well aware, I don’t like beer. If you were not aware of that, now you are. I also don’t like coffee.

Now let me ask *you* a question. Would you rather be the top scientist in your field or have mad cow disease?

The next “question” isn’t really question at all. In fact, I’m not sure it’s even a complete thought. It just says:

your first

I’ll be honest. I’m not really sure what you’re going for here, and I really don’t remember a lot of my firsts, but I’ll make a list and hope it meets with your approval. Let’s go with alphabetical, yeah?

My first…

- apartment – Junior year of college in an apartment complex called Pirate’s Cove. Becky, Faith and Nicole were my roommates. Ask me how I damaged the coffee table.
- boyfriend – Brandon Inscore. We dated for about a year in high school, and we absolutely were NOT making out at the bottom of the stairs after the prom in ’97 when my mom snarled at us.

- car – A light blue Toyota Corolla named Gloria the Disco Queen. Yes, that was her whole name.
- date – With Brandon. I’m pretty sure we went to Wendy’s and a high school basketball game. Tres romantique!
- email address – besufern@aol.com. Don’t try it. It no longer exists.
- friend – I don’t know. Probably someone at church? There’s a great picture somewhere of me and 3 other kids in our 3-year-old Sunday school class. I went to 2 of their weddings in the past few years, and I go to all of the other one’s concerts when I can.
- gynecologist visit – Don’t worry, guys, I won’t gross you out. I’ll just say that when she asked me what sort of contraception I was using, I told her abstinence. She asked me how long I thought that would last, and I said, “Until I get married.” She laughed at me and said, “Yeah we’ll see about that.”
- hair color experience – I started out with the temporary stuff, back when they still made level 1 color that would wash out in a week. I’ve dyed it so many times now, I don’t remember the first one. But it was probably red, and Jeani was probably involved.
- iPod – I bought it in NYC, in the SoHo Apple Store, just before I ran off to Europe for the first time, in 2004. I just bought my second one last summer.
- job – If babysitting counts, then that’s what it was. But if we’re talking about work for which I was paid and then later received a W-2, then that would be Caswell.
- knitting project – My grandmother taught me to knit when I was a kid. I have no idea how to start or finish a knitting project, but I can actually work those needles. In fact, in middle school, I played Beth in a drama class production of
*Little Women*. In one scene, I sat by the fire, knitting. People were amazed by how real it looked. But alas, I don’t think I’ve ever actually finished a knitting project. - lemonade stand – I think it was with Rebecca Booi. Her house was in a great spot, right at an intersection.

- musical – When I was in maybe 4th grade, my sisters and I got the soundtrack of
*The Phantom of the Opera*on double cassette tape. We LOVED it, and the next year, we all went to New York for Thanksgiving and saw it on Broadway. So to all of you who have been (and will be) subjected to my random musical outbursts, you can thank my parents for getting me hooked early. - NYC apartment – It was graduate housing, which meant a shared studio with a Taiwanese Canadian named Lily Lu. It was in an unbelievably amazing location that made taxi drivers jealous, but I’m still paying for it.
- origami – It might not have been my first, but I made literally hundreds of paper cranes in high school. What? I was the president of the Japanese club.
- pet – I had a fish in high school named Chip. He was more than just decoration to me.
- quadratic equation mnemonic device – It was to the tune of
*FrÃ¨re Jacques*and went like this: Minus b, minus b / plus or minus root, plus or minus root / b squared minus 4 ac, b squared minus 4 ac / over 2 a, over 2 a. BAM. Still got it. I have no idea what you use the quadratic equation for any more, but that’s how it goes. Music, check. Math, not so much. - rifle – No, I’ve never owned a rifle, but I sho nuff did learn to shoot one at Camp Cheerio when I was 10 years old. That was perhaps the unsung verse of the
*Cheerio Girl*song (get me to sing it for you some time). - second language – I have a really vague memory of taking French classes when I was very young. Did I just make that up? Specifically, I remember a “cultural lesson” wherein we were expected to eat escargot, and I almost vomited.
- trip outside of the U.S. and its territories – Honduras, 2002
- UFO sighting – I’ve never actually seen one, but one Christmas at my grandparents’ house, we could have sworn Santa was on the roof with aliens, burping.
- vote – I know several people who will be very upset with me for this, but I had never voted until the most recent presidential election. I plan on voting from now on, though.
- wedding – Not MY first wedding, of course, but the first one I attended. And I have no idea. Someone in the family? An aunt and uncle, perhaps?
- xylophone? – It is very late, and these letters are getting harder. I remember having one of those rolling xylophones as a kid with the mallet underneath that see-sawed as you pulled it, striking the same two bars over and over again. I learned to play “Do-Re-Mi” on that thing.
- YouTube video – Has not yet been made, I told you. Sheesh. Give it a rest already.
- Zumba class – Also has sadly not yet happened. But it will. Oh…it
*will*.

Well that was fun! And exhausting. I’m going to bed. Join me again tomorrow for more blogging fun!

Because I am not an English genius, I didn’t realize you were doing one of each letter until you TOLD US SO at xylophone.

Dos, I believe marathon training should TOTALLY incorporate zumba class.

The end.

The quadratic equation is useful in cases where you can determine the length of two sides of a right triangle but actually need the remaining side. An actual example from my research involves determining the distance between two coordinate pairs. Say you have a point at 2,7 and another at 8,15. The x distance is easy (8-2=6) and so is the y distance (15-7=8), but we actually want the diagonal. Since the diagonal is the hypotenuse of a right triangle formed by the x and y lines of those lengths the distance between the points is 6^2+8^2=100, and 100 is 10 squared. So the distance is 10.

Eric,

I KNOW that was English, but dang. Let’s all just be really happy for society that I stopped teaching that GED class.

Amaris,

Bahahahahaha. Wow. Let’s also be really happy for society that YOU’re not teaching GED either.

I don’t think Eric is describing the quadratic equation. That looks more like the Pythagorean theorem.

The quadratic equation is used to find the factors of a quadratic. A quadratic can be expressed as ax^2 + bx + c = 0″ and then you solve for x by using the quadratic equation.

For a visual understanding of this, picture a parabola (it’s the U-shaped one) on an x/y-axis . Wherever the parabola intersects the x-axis, those are the x-values that will solve the quadratic equation to make it 0. There are always two values that will satisfy the quadratic equation this way because a parabola will always pass through the x-axis at exactly two points.

Example of a quadratic function: x^2 + 3x – 1 = 0. Solution: x = -4 and x = 1.

(-4)^2 + 3(-4) – 4 = 0.

16 + (-12) – 4 = 0.

OR

(1)^2 + 3(1) – 4 = 0.

1 + 3 – 4 = 0.

Amendment- I realize now that I should have said:

“There can be multiple or no x-values that satisfy the equation depending on if a parabola intersects the x-axis.” It just so happened that my example was of a parabola that intersected twice.

I also realize that nobody who reads this blog will possibly care about this correction, but I couldn’t let erroneous information stand.

I’d like to stop being a nerd now. Kthanks.