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.

The Four Seasons Revisited

Ithaca isn’t actually awful all of the time.  And we do really have fall and spring.  [Of course, shortly after I wrote that, we had a day of temperatures in the high 70s (in Fahrenheit) immediately followed by a day that started out with rain that turned into hail/sleet that turned into snow. . . . Incidentally, that sounds a lot like post-winter.]

Anyway, I’m going to pretend it’s not 23°F outside and that it’s not snowing and that the weather is occasionally not terrible.

In fact, sometimes it’s even nice enough to do things like go hiking (though I would like to try winter hiking some time).  The following picture from last fall proves that the leaves on the deciduous trees in Ithaca do lose their chlorophyll* around October and that is indeed sun in the upper right corner.

Hiking at Buttermilk Falls

I know I’ve already posted the next picture (and, actually, the one above . . . multiple times), but last semester there were a couple of the best sunsets I have ever seen.  Here’s one of them:

And I looked for a picture of spring in Ithaca, but all my pictures from this semester either have 1) snow, 2) a grey sky, or 3) both, so I had to find a picture from last year.  AAIV (the Christian fellowship I participate in) had an event at a nearby state park and the weather was fantastic.  In fact, some people may even have thought it was too hot.  But seriously, I would take too hot over the snow that’s currently flying past my window.

Treman State Park

To finish this post, my freshman year, I would frequently walk past the lake on North Campus to get to class.  I decided to create a series of photos that can be appropriately called “The Four Seasons.”

*The loss of chlorophyll, a green pigment, allows the red/orange/yellow pigments, which are present in lesser amounts than chlorophyll, to be seen during fall.  This is the phenomenon known colloquially as the leaves “changing colors,” i.e., normal people don’t usually see yellow leaves and think “chlorophyll loss.”

The Four Seasons

Now that Ithaca finally seems to be moving past winter, I thought I would celebrate by doing a photographic representation of the four seasons of Cornell.

When the academic year starts, Cornell is experiencing the season known as pre-winter.  Pre-winter is characterized by grey skies and rain.  Somewhere in the middle of pre-winter there will be a week of nonstop rain.


As fall semester winds down, the next season, winter, approaches.  In winter, temperatures at Cornell drop well below freezing, with windchills in the negative region of the Fahrenheit temperature scale.  There is also snow, accumulation of which can range from dustings to over a foot, and the sky is grey in winter.


After returning from winter break, Cornell students endure more winter until about early/mid-March, when post-winter begins.  Post-winter can be recognized by its grey skies and absurd weather, which includes rain that turns into sleet that turns into hail that turns into snow, all within four hours or so.


The last season, summer, arrives shortly after spring semester finals end.  Summer lasts until shortly before fall semester starts.  I seem to be unable to locate a picture of this elusive season.