Sunday, August 30, 2009


What other name comes to mind when I mention the names Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il? Obviously, Jason. Jason, the former Korean Dictator of Mountain View's Italian Club circa 2001, who narrowly (it may actually have been a landslide) beat out our only authentic Korean (sorry, Dan). Jason, the eater of hot dogs. Jason, the both selfish and generous consumer of popcorn. Jason, the Netflix. Jason, the man who-just-made-it-through-this-week. Jason, my (former) roommate.

He's in Texas now, which is weird. I've lived with him for the past three solid years, starting from the time I bumped into him in the Clyde and he asked, "Do you want to come live in the Glenwood?" Jason's great, and I'll miss him. We had fun in high school (ask to see the movies sometime (the jingle was ... ba, da, da Rob or something like that)), and we've had fun in college. He really is a great guy. May you sweat well in Houston, Jason :)

By far, Jason's greatest quality is his salad, which is what prompted me to write this post. I made his salad today for my family. And they liked it. In fact as my brother, Dan, pointed out, today was the first time we've ever heard the sentence, "Can you pass me more salad?" spoken by my dad.

Which leads me to another thought about which I've been thinking recently: generally speaking, I like heterogeneous things more than homogeneous things. This was not true growing up, specifically with food. I used to prefer my food to be consistent throughout -- no surprises. But now, I think I enjoy a sandwich which has a little more tomato in one bite, and a little more meat in another. A couple weeks ago, I had the Big Apple from Gandolfos on Center Street in Provo (it's the best Gandolfos I've found). That sandwich was awesome! Every bite was a little bit different. Random variety really makes life more exciting, and enjoyable.

Similarly, a heterogeneous mixture of humans is generally superior to a predictable section of society. And a picture of asymmetry is more beautiful than symmetry would be. But, and I haven't thought this all the way through, it's a little more difficult to appreciate the heterogeneous. Just like my younger self, if you're unwilling or unable to appreciate the different things, the brilliant flavors, views and personalities will be lost on you. Or worse, you will detest the difference. (Oh, the reason Jason's salad led me to this thought is that it is very heterogeneous -- forgot to mention that)

That is NOT to say that everything which is different is good, as modern relativists claim. Nor does it mean that any crackpot notion of reality or opinion or persuasion is made good by its crackpottedness. It IS to say that the "good" umbrella is an umbrella, not a raincoat.

This is a picture I took of a flower my mom planted:

And in the words of the skeleton: I sleep now.


Dan said...

That election was rigged. RIGGED!

But I grudgingly echo your best wishes to Jason. May his and your life be filled with heterogeneity, but not heteroskedasticity.

Lin said...

I'm kind of dying to know what is in this salad.

Lacking Productivity said...

Jason is a good kid. I always wished I could have seen more of all ya'll after high school. Perhaps I have always just been a little too heterogeneous for you guys to handle.

Barbaloot said...

I thought you were going to dedicate a post to me, not Magoo. I am the one that gave him that nickname though, so I'll take it as a backhanded dedication.

And maybe I'm not as mature as the rest of you, but I still prefer homogeneous.

anne said...

agreed, matt...

heterogeneous > homogeneous

haha. i miss hearing your view on life. good thing you have a blog.

sincerely, anne holman

ps - i went private a couple of months ago, but i didn't have your email address to invite you. you should email it to me at you'd be proud of me - 8 posts this month, woo hoo!

martha said...

thank goodness you've come back to blogging. it's about time.

Magoo said...

I will make you all a deal. You come see me in Texas. I will not only make you the salad, I will give you the recipe in all its heterogeneity.