08:54 – It was 55.4F (13C) when I took Colin out at 0700 this morning, bright and sunny. Barbara just left for the gym. Colin is barking like mad to let me know that the garbage truck just pulled up out front and is stealing our garbage.
We got all the science kit stuff that arrived Saturday checked in, inventoried, and packed away yesterday. Other big orders will be arriving this week and next week. I’m not sure where we’ll put it all. Yesterday, we pulled two cases of 500 15mL and 50mL centrifuge tubes and a case of 1,100 bottles down off the high storage shelves for use in building kits. The space that freed up on the shelves is now full again of the stuff that arrived Saturday.
The first class for the General Class ham radio license is coming up in a couple of weeks. I asked Barbara yesterday if she’d like to come along to meet everyone. She said she would, although I warned her that the class itself would probably not interest her. She pointed out that, in general, women attend such events with their husbands even if they have no interest in them, while husbands seldom attend such events with their wives if they’re not interested. I replied that that’s because women generally are social creatures while men generally are anti-social. That goes back to our hunter-gatherer days, when men were the hunters and women the gatherers. That’s also why men are tightly focused on the job at hand to the exclusion of all else and so don’t notice surrounding superficialities, while women are generally aware of their surrounding environments.
Or at least women used to be, due to genetic adaptations. A successful hunter had to maintain laser focus on finding and killing prey, while a successful gatherer had to be aware of the tiniest details in the area that surrounded her. Nowadays, most women have lost that situational awareness, although most men tend to maintain focus on the job at hand.
Although even men are changing. In times past, the vast majority of men were alphas, genetically, physically, and temperamentally suited to be hunters and warriors. There were a few betas, who became the artists and other wusses. Nowadays, that proportion is reversed. Alpha males are becoming rare, with betas, gammas, and even omegas commonplace. I suspect that very few young men nowadays have ever even thrown or taken a punch. Even our military men are becoming increasingly wussified. All of that has resulted from 50 or 60 years’ worth of female teachers trying to convert little boys into little girls, unfortunately with a great deal of success.
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