I just didn't fit in very well at the molecular quantum black hole big bang theory forum so here I is!!
I went to a party with a Lady friend, a bunch of people she worked with from Honeywell. As were getting out of the car she tells me I cant wear my hat. I'm like "excuse me", well she made a fuss that these are all people she works with and hats make me look hillbilly (she would laugh knowin I moved to Arky eh), etc., and gentleman that I am/was, I left the hat in the car and away we went.
So we get up to the house and there are the usual 125 odd guests, mostly business casual etc., and mostly odd, but over there in the corner is true Hillbilly Man. T shirt with sleeves torn off, jeans, tennis shoes, dirty hat with a worn bill, scruffy beard. He looked CRAZY. And horror or horrors, he was drinkin beer. From a CAN. While all the rest were drinking drinks in glasses and looking "oh so respectable". But curiousity got the best and I went over to chat with Hillbilly Man, and all I really wanted was a beer..... Your gonna laugh...
The man was a nuclear physicist. He worked a mile underground up in Sudan Minn, in an old iron mine. Down in that mine they had put tanks of water, which were nutrino collectors. A nutrino was at the time, the dark matter physicists postulated could make up the missing mass of the universe. 700 miles away, just west of Chicago, is a place called Fermilab, a nuclear accelerator, or atom smasher. The idea was they would fire high energy particles at the sudan mine, under lake Superior. If Nutrinos could be detected it would help prove the theory of dark matter.
We had a fun chat. While I dont have any physics degree, I could more or less keep up and found it all fascinating. I'm the only person I know who has toured Fermilab, so that helped. But the look on my friends face was unbelievable, and we laughed all the way home. Just goes to show, the people who look the most hillbilly might not be, and those who look the least often times really are.
So keep smilin, and dont forget to always wear you best raggy hat, it keeps em guessing.
As to buying buses and engines and going to auctions and all that. Do ya laugh when you look in the mirror? I'm in a car lot trying to fire up this MC5. The seller and his cohort are car guys. But somehow getting this Bus running, or even trying, is completely beyond them. There is just something evil that something that big dont have a key. Time to go put my old hat on and play diesel physicist. HAHAHAHA