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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Four Horsemen

Ok, so *gum snap* my husband is totally smart. Please enjoy The Jet Set's first ever guest blog courtesy of my Other Half.




So I’m finishing up my family science requirement and I kind of feel as though I can look down my nose at the curriculum because of my contextual background. The examples in the assigned text refer to forms of dysfunctional families; for instance having a man berating his wife, or a couple not allowing their kids to develop independence.

In my quest to make the bad textbook (that actually came with the disclaimer that it is an under-researched field without much knowledge content) stop, I came across the chapter on communication wherein the group of the most detrimental styles of expression was referred to as

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of Communication.

Right. Because when I argue with Azúcar and overly defend myself, it just might trigger the destruction of the wicked tares of wheat and the Savior’s return.

How am I supposed to want to get a MS or PhD someday when some jackass made me drop $120 on a textbook that can’t discern between “stonewalling” and a plague floating around killing kids?

There’s no excuse for defining or labeling something that does not need a quick way to refer to it. For example, it’s too cumbersome to constantly say “that thing where you take two numbers and then figure out how they come together as one.” So in my classes, we called that addition.

That’s why this family science class is a load of crap: the whole course is someone deciding what they want to call things that regular people can talk about without family science trying to carve out a place for itself.

Besides, this course is just a case example of calculus and group theory anyways, dumbed down for family science majors. I’d embellish to make my point but I’d hate to put your food storage to the test against the rider of the black horse.

Sorry to those of you who constantly refer to things in your daily life in apocalyptic terms (e.g., "This is the The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of Grocery Checkout Lines!") If you want to quibble with Other Half, or ask him a question, feel free.

15 comments:

~j. said...

OH,
Math's hard.
Should I go to the mall?

c jane said...
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c jane said...

Joe which Horseman of Communication carries the frustrating Flag of Husband is Hard of Hearing wherein I have to repeat myself over and over and over until I scream and hurt his feelings?

I will shoot that Horseman some day.

P.S. Nice blogging skillz and welcome to high school (again.)

April said...

Sounds like you need to hold onto Azucar's Heart of the Ocean necklace while reading your assigned text.

goober said...

What on earth is family science???? That doesn't even make sense.

Anonymous said...

Your husband isn't ignoring you; he's trying to help you build your independent problem-solving skills.

He's sending you these subtle 'do no disturb' messages because he loves you and wants to see you grow.

Do what will make you both happy and take care of the issue quietly so he can focus more on being a better spiritual leader for you.

Yours truly,

Bob, Horseman of the Apocalypse of Communication, Criticism Division.

Anonymous said...

*gag*

Em said...

Wait a minute - is this textbook somehow equating the experience of learning calculus with Famine, Pestilence, and Death? Because I could totally get behind that.

Emily said...

HA! You two (Other Half and Azucar) just might be the most hilariously clever duo I know...er...that I don't know, but pretend to know through association in the blogoshpere.

Jessa said...

The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse of Communication?? Oh behold, all the things that higher education has to offer. Good luck in the class!

miggy said...

I'm totally stealing your *gum snap* line. . .

Lucky Red Hen said...

Is it sad that I don't understand a word Mr. Azucar said? I'm dumb like that.

The Scooter Lounge said...

I got tired of buying the books. Especially the ones the professors wrote. They always lecture that crap ad nauseam anyway.

I say, bring something to the lecture that isn't in the book. Then it might be worth attending class. Or better yet, come up with something you haven't been rehearsing for the last 49 semesters. That would be nice.

I think sometimes they put books on the list they haven't even read, just so they look smart and their classes appear rigorous. Then they just regurgitate the same old lectures anyway.

Laquina said...

Other half....blah blah blah. My real comment is about your comment to me. The thing that REALLY freaks me out is that you said "..the other day at RC Willey" like its something you do on a regular basis. Who are you? What have you done with my sister? The last time I remember you going to RC Willey was when you had to come supervise us monsters at the free hot dogs/soda stand provided by the scouts.......
You are so old - gross

Mrs. Bryant said...

Agree. Agree. Agree.

I loathe that book because it's incredibly useless to me during the times when I acutally may need to use its contents. When I am upset with my husband, I usually can't think clearly about what I'm feeling and much less begin to reason with myself using words like stonewalling. Totally agree with you dude.