If you can’t be cool, be weird.
Something I learned in High School, way back in the middle third of the last century (i.e. the ‘60s for those who don’t do math) is that if you don’t have what it takes to be cool, you can always be weird. Some people have made careers out of being weird, such as Hunter Thompson and Tiny Tim.
As a non-traditional student at University of Montana, I have made a meteoric career of being weird. I was an incandescent piece of dust in space that lit the firmament for a brief moment. I think I brought joy into students’ lives. If young ladies noticed me at all, they would smile. But it was not my Richard Geer good looks (perhaps I should not use him as an example) that caused their lips to curl in a reverse sneer, but my funny hat.
I was the only adult on campus willing to wear jester hats to class. Sure there were a few dreadlocked Subaruistas, outfitted with large mongrels collared by red farmer handkerchiefs, who wore multi-colored, multi-tailed and be-jingled hats, but they were fortunately few and far between.
I am about to be ejected from the warm saline environment that is the University womb. After another semester (I can’t stretch it to two because I am paying my own way), I shall be tossed on the job market like so many other bright and eager graduates. This is to say like rubbish onto a landfill.
The university asked me to create and update this blog. They, being wiser than I, see blogging as a way for individuals to get their message out to the world. Of course, the university has no control over the content of my blog. Therein lies the fly in the ointment. I am reverting back to my High School epiphany of “It is better to be weird than to be cool.” There is no way I can be cool on campus, hence the funny hats. There is no way I can be cool in blogging (at least not like the pros are), hence the outlandish and outrageous opinions I shall express here.
Being a non-traditional student allows me the freedom to have non-traditional opinions about political and cultural subjects. I am more than happy to share them with you and invite your comments.
Since I am studying Latin as my foreign language, I have become interested in Roman history. We can learn a lot from Rome, especially now that we seem to be coming to the end of the republican form of government. We appear to be on the cusp of entering a new Imperial age led by a new family of Cesars.
Having said that, I want to know—American Gladiator: Where are the swords and tridents? Your thoughts please.