Three days before the widely anticipated and never truly imitated glow stick lighting celebration that is pumpkin carving in Boulder, Colorado, the apartment was full of pumpkin spice aroma. Joni had a pumpkin spice flavored coffee drink that supposedly tasted like some variation of pumpkin pie, which was surprising, because evidently the pumpkins for pumpkin carving and the pumpkins for making pies are two different kinds of pumpkins. Several days ago, Ben celebrated a seventeenth birthday and was evidently disappointed that the birthday news did not receive prompt and publicly announcement on the internet. Unfortunately, the lack of birthday announcements on the internet must have been a clerical error and the weblog staff is current under extensive review. In other recent, Ben related news reports have surfaced that last week the recipe for Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre went into production in Wichita, Kansas. Over the last few months, few people have ever admitted to testing the Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre recipe, but according to the website statistics, more than a few people have looked at the salsa recipe.
Part of the plans for the wedding next summer require attending a number of pre-wedding festivities, meetings, and of course required constructive learning environments. Sometimes it is hard to imagine how much work actually goes into the wedding planning and preparation process. Life seems to be more about understanding the different dynamics of personal relationships, than understanding society in general. People have to strive to make a difference not only to better understand the world and expand knowledge, but also to improve society in general. Over time, the difference between individual passion about the pursuit of knowledge, and the challenges facing society might blend into one unified challenge, but that possibility continues to become more remote as intellectual fragmentation confounds the active pursuit of knowledge within the forum known as academic discourse. Dialogue is in principle a function of community interaction and communication that requires an exchange of information that promotes the pursuit of some form of knowledge. Broad social interaction only services to allow the linkages of the modern mass media imagery to define different modes of communication within previously existing sets of socially acceptable forums. At some point the free and open exchange of information has to expand beyond social discourse to expand beyond the current forms of knowledge acquisition that relay on the modern mass media to provide a basic shared understanding or history allowing a predetermined knowledge base for communication.
Joni thought it would be good idea to buy a couple of pumpkins and carve them up for Halloween. Oddly enough, the grocery store was running a buy two pumpkins get a free pumpkin spice flavored specialty coffee deal that contributed to the apartment having two pumpkins instead of one. Now specialty flavored coffees have never been enough to compel action beyond staying awake at night or maybe talking faster than usual. During the last year at the University of Kansas, almost every day started and ended with thesis writing inspired cups of coffee. Who knows how many trick or treaters will be out in Boulder, Colorado, on Halloween, but one thing is for sure at least two carved pumpkins will be greeting them as they go door to door. Normally, Joni uses candles to light up the carved pumpkins, but this year the pumpkins will be illuminated by the power of glow sticks. Boulder, Colorado, certainly has a number of different polices that prevent citizens from doing certain things, and given the restrictions on owning barbeque grills in apartments candles lighting pumpkins might be next. Boulder, Colorado, looks at not recycling, owning fireworks, and using barbeque grills outside apartments as punishable offenses actually worthy of creating criminal records for citizens that disobey the laws. Naturally, keeping track of all the legal differences is important, because breaking laws is unacceptable within society.
Over the next few weeks, the dissertation design will take shape and reach a final form that can withstand the approval process. Getting to this point in the academic process has taken more than a few late nights and a fair amount of motivation. Part of the challenge unfolding over the next few months is the development of research and literature reviews that may or may not yield publishable results, which can take some of the fun out of the writing process. When you sit down to write an article that is going out for publication a certain degree of excitement builds throughout the iterative drafting process. One of the lessons that the recent academic blogging discussion on the internet has presented is the importance of publishing high quality work in large quantities. Writers have to be able to truly define the debate around a certain issue or at least provide a significant contribution to developing research. One of the challenges facing a writer that does not have a significant foothold in a specific academic discipline is developing the background research necessary to be able to speak with authority on an issue.
Rational thought is not always enough to make sense out of the world that appears outside the front door in the early hours of the morning. Everyone has a story to tell and that in every story probably involves at least one life lesson. Taking a step backward to see the way of the world unfold is only the first step toward understanding that learning requires exposure to new ideas and new people. Everyday seems to start somewhat different, yet at the same time it is always the same conflict between clarity and confusion. Breakfast turned out to be a brick oven style pizza that just tasted funny. If breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then the funny tasting brick oven style pizza might have caused serious problems. Later today, Joni has agreed to go see the, “Two for the Money,” movie, which will surely involve at least one bag of glorious movie popcorn. For some reason, movie popcorn always tastes better than any other popcorn, except maybe for real outdoor kettle corn. Perhaps movie theaters add some addictive substance to the popcorn, or maybe they just add enough salt mixed with the chemical equivalent of butter to keep customers coming back for overpriced concession stand products.
For the last two months movie prices have been so outrageous that it has been difficult to go to the movie theater. At some point, movie theater executives have to realize that movie tickets come out of disposable income and consumers are price sensitive. When the price of two tickets, soda, and popcorn exceed twenty dollars, which also happens to be the price of a decent dinner for two people at fair number of restaurants then the price of going to a movie is getting to expensive. Secondary to the price effect problem is the reality that most of the movies released over the last year have been less than spectacular. Not every movie has to be a box office record setter, but all of the movies that make it to the big screen should at least be tolerable. Seriously, when customers go to the movie theater and watch a movie that is simply not up to the professional standards expected of the industry it makes it hard to justify taking a chance on another movie. In the end, the price of watching a movie on cable television, renting the movie, or ordering the movie on demand is at least half the price of going to the movie. As the number of movie theater alternatives continues to increase the number of people attending movie theaters will decrease tempting movie theater executives to raise prices.