Miscellaneous #socs

The prompt for today is “open book, point, write.” I opened a book and pointed at the word “miscellaneous.”

Miscellaneous stuff. Image by shell_ghostcage from Pixabay

Did you know that various and sundry are synonyms for miscellaneous? I did. (No idea why I found that statement so hilarious, but I’ve been sitting here for several minutes laughing at it.) So miscellaneous items are the same as various items, which in turn are the same as sundry items, and therefore miscellaneous items are the same as sundry items. In math, that’s called the transitive property: if a=b and b=c, then a=c.

Pi to 173 decimal places. Source: aitoff on Pixabay

The other day, I posted this one-liner, which apparently made it sound as though I didn’t think there was much value in taking Algebra 2 (or, if you prefer, Algebra II). Several of you (including my uncle Jack and Dan) pointed out that math classes are great for learning problem solving, which of course they are, and solving problems is a big part of being an adult. My point was that high school prepares a student for adult life as well as for college, so it makes sense that we give them a feel for what they’re up against when they leave school and take their places in the adult world, whether that day comes when they graduate high school or college. I don’t think we do that very well. One of the first things we should talk about is “how do you pick a major in college?”

Now, we lost rock and roll and New Orleans legend Dr. John the other day. In his honor, here he is with the Sunday Night Band (Hiram Bullock and Jeff Healey, guitars; David Sanborn, alto sax; Marcus Miller, bass; Omar Hakim, drums; and a keyboard player I don’t recognize) playing “Iko Iko.”

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word about Listerine antiseptic mouthwash. Some people love it, twice a day.

You can still get the original flavor Listerine, but I think most people prefer the flavored ones these days…