Cognitively, we all have mental patterns that we’ve formed in the connections of our neurons that help us to quickly make sense of the world. And Amelia has cute new shoes that shoes show how wacky, I think, some people’s neuron patterns can be.
Look at them. What do you think they are? The answer is instantly clear to me, and instantly confusing to other men (Wyatt excluded) who Amelia encountered today.
Anyway, Amelia, our vivacious 1-year-old granddaughter (note to parents of my other grandchildren: the commas make this a nonessential phrase which means the description can apply to other granddaughters, too), has a new outfit. Audrey saw a cute pink dress and matching shoes in Omaha, and, of course, got them for Amelia.
Anyway, while I napped (I was worn out from a hot bike ride today), Audrey, who was babysitting Amelia, took her to a pet store just so she could see the animals. During that stop and a little other shopping, Amelia was a hit among the masses, as she often is. Both men and women greeted her, but the men who came up and had to introduce themselves all said something along the lines of: “Oh what a cute little girl, and what cute ________ shoes she has.”
Fill in the blank with an animal species.
OK, according to my mental patterns, the answer is obvious and immediate. According to other men in Cedar Rapids, however, the shoes are not ____________ shoes, they are ____________ shoes.
Not only did 100 percent get it wrong, they gave the same wacky wrong answer. Hmmm.
CONTEST: Fill in the blanks in the next-to-previous paragraph above. What are the shoes, really, according to Joe, and what are the shoes, really, according to random male shoppers in Cedar Rapids stores?
Leave your answer as a comment. First one with the correct answer gets the first Gold Ribbon reply. But kudos and extra points for creative answers.
The perception problem is being played out in our politics, of course. Right now many on the right are really, really angry at John Roberts, chief justice of the United States. As a pinko commie leftist, I’m not as upset with him—but, honestly, folks, get a grip. He didn’t betray anything, he made a technical legal finding based on his understanding of the law—which is exactly what judges are supposed to do.
I think this blogger has it right.
But, that’s just my perception. Perception is a funny thing.
Just who is John Roberts? Just what are those shoes?