The Reveal

I know you’ve all been waiting eagerly for it, so here are the answers, with some commentary, to my Two Truths and a Lie post.  [If you didn’t get a chance to guess the lies and you want to, go here first.]

 

1a) I have been playing the clarinet for more than half my life.

1b) I never learned to play all twelve major scales on the clarinet.

1c) I have been the only clarinetist at a pep band event before.

I started clarinet in fourth grade, so I’ve been playing for ten and a half years now, which is indeed more than half my life.  It is also true that I have been the only clarinet player at pep band events before.  Not that you can usually hear the clarinets (except for this one part in “Call Me”), but it’s the principle of the matter.  It is not true that I never learned all my major scales.  In fact, I not only had to learn the major scales, but also the scale in thirds, scale in fours, variations of arpeggiated scales, and the chromatic scale.  It was totally my favorite part of clarinet lessons. <— That’s a lie.

 

2a) Although I’ve gone to over 30 hockey games in Lynah Rink with the pep band, I have not gone ice skating at Lynah.

2b) I have never pulled an all nighter (to do homework or for fun).

2c) I have never been to the top of the clock tower to see a chimes concert.

I don’t know how to ice skate, so I haven’t tried ice skating at Lynah yet.  I also have yet to pull an all nighter.  I’m more of a morning person than a night person, though this semester may have necessitated otherwise.  However, I have most definitely been to the top of the clock tower and have seen a chimes concert.

 

3a) The hardest class of my first semester at Cornell was Honors General Chemistry.

3b) I have the first 43 elements of the periodic table memorized.

3c) When I came to Cornell I was deciding between majoring in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering.

I do have the first 43 elements of the periodic table memorized.   This is mostly unintentional, like how I know the molar masses of a lot of the common elements, and is due to the past five years of chemistry.  It is also true that I was considering both ChemE and MechE when I came to Cornell.  Intro to ChemE fit nicely into my four-lectures-in-a-row-on-Monday,-Wednesday,-and-Friday schedule, so I took it, enjoyed it, and affiliated two semesters later.  It is not true that Honors Gen Chem was my hardest class my first semester.  That honor would go to none other than Intro to ChemE.

 

4a) When I took Basic Rock Climbing last spring, it was the first time I’d been rock climbing.

4b) I joined Asian American InterVarsity because they were the only Christian fellowship to give me a quartercard.

4c) I played coed intramural soccer last fall and my team made the playoffs.

When I came to Cornell, I was looking for a Christian fellowship, and out of all the fellowship groups on campus, AAIV was indeed the only one to give me a quartercard.  I went to one of their large group meetings and enjoyed it, so I stayed.  The first time I went rock climbing was actually in middle school during a project adventure unit.  The middle school I went to had a rock wall on one side of the gym, and I got to climb it once (the only time I’ve ever seen the rock wall used).  Last fall after a five year break I made my return to competitive soccer and played for my dorm’s coed-intramural team.  To make the playoffs, we had to win more than half our games, but we lost a couple games into the playoffs.

 

5a) I have been known to wear shorts with a long sleeved shirt and two jackets.

5b) At dinner today, I ate cookies and cream ice cream with curly fries.

5c) Umbrellas are my favorite accessory and I always carry one in my backpack in case it rains.

My only comment is that I don’t like umbrellas and I don’t own one.  The other two are true.

 

To summarize: the lies are 1b), 2c), 3a), 4a), and 5c).

Two Truths and a Lie

Out of all the icebreakers I’ve had to endure, Two Truths and a Lie is one of the ones that I dislike least.  To play, you come up with three things about yourself, two of which are true and one of which is a lie.  The goal is for everyone else to figure out which of your three things is a lie.  I know most of my readers don’t know me personally, but I thought for fun I’d post some sets of Two Truths and a Lie and see if people can guess the lies based on what they think of me from reading my blog.  Not that the answers are directly on the blog, but if you know that I’m a chemical engineer and one of my things is “Math is my least favorite subject,” that’s probably a lie . . . or is it?

While you’re thinking about that one, here are some sets of Two Truths and a Lie.  They’re (somewhat) themed to make things (a little) less random.  Enjoy!

 

1a) I have been playing the clarinet for more than half my life.

1b) I never learned to play all twelve major scales on the clarinet.

1c) I have been the only clarinetist at a pep band event before.

 

2a) Although I’ve gone to over 30 hockey games in Lynah Rink with the pep band, I have not gone ice skating at Lynah.

2b) I have never pulled an all nighter (to do homework or for fun).

2c) I have never been to the top of the clock tower to see a chimes concert.

 

3a) The hardest class of my first semester at Cornell was Honors General Chemistry.

3b) I have the first 43 elements of the periodic table memorized.

3c) When I came to Cornell I was deciding between majoring in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering.

 

4a) When I took Basic Rock Climbing last spring, it was the first time I’d been rock climbing.

4b) I joined Asian American InterVarsity because they were the only Christian fellowship to give me a quartercard.

4c) I played coed intramural soccer last fall and my team made the playoffs.

 

5a) I have been known to wear shorts with a long sleeved shirt and two jackets.

5b) At dinner today, I ate cookies and cream ice cream with curly fries.

5c) Umbrellas are my favorite accessory and I always carry one in my backpack in case it rains.

 

Leave your best guesses in the comments and I’ll reveal the answers in a few days.

Busy

Buzzword around these parts is busy (which completely explains why I have played 1871 1873 games of Minesweeper*).  This isn’t an advanced case of procrastinitis** speaking; I generally only procrastinate on anything involving reading or writing with more words than numbers.  In the case of my writing seminars last year, I would do math homework due the next week to avoid writing essays.  This year I may or may not have turned in an essay fifteen minutes before it was due.  In my defense, that week I also had a prelim, math and physical chemistry problem sets, and I worked for Cornell Productions the night before the essay and p-chem homework were due.

The last part might have been my fault, but I scheduled work before I knew I’d have both the p-chem homework and essay to do that night.  Besides, there are only so many hours in a row you can yell at Mathematica (the program we use to do our p-chem homework).  On the plus side, my newfound familiarity with the Greek alphabet is helping me to differentiate between all the fraternities on campus.

So for me, a typical week at Cornell goes like this: classes every day from nine to one, afternoon classes a couple days, an afternoon/evening break, then other activities.  I have pep band rehearsal once a week, and now that hockey season has started, games on Friday and Saturday nights.  AAIV meets twice a week, once for small group (like a Bible study) and once for large group (singing/prayer/a speaker).  Depending on the week, I may also have a Cornell Productions shift.  This semester, to cap things off, I have a prelim just about every single week.

On the weekends, I’ve been having hiking on Saturdays, but now that that’s ended, I’ll have more time to go to pep band events.  Which is to say, I’m probably not going to have any more time than I did while I had hiking for seven hours every Saturday.  Sunday mornings I go to church, and in the afternoons I’ve been playing soccer for my house (dorm) team.

A question concerned parents and/or students may now have is, when do I do my homework?  The answer is never at midnight on the day before assignments are due during the afternoons and evenings while I efficiently manage my time, in between saving the world from intergalactic space aliens and curing life-threatening diseases.  Seriously, though, this semester has managed to eclipse the insanity level of anything I experienced last year.  Either that or it was so traumatic I blocked it out of my memory.  Anyway, I do work between classes when I have longer (at least an hour) breaks, in the afternoons after class, or yes, late at night.

That’s when you become very glad you live near friends taking the same classes, because you can bond over shared experiences of hard work, perseverance, and determination suffer together.

*On a related note, someone messed with the Minesweeper algorithm somewhere between Windows Vista and Windows 7.  The whole point of Minesweeper as a logic game is that after a few clicks, you can definitively determine the location of every single mine.  Which means you should never end up with this (look along the left side of the picture):

I mean, come on.

**Not an official medical diagnosis