You meet some odd people in life. I was reading a great blog about the planet Uranus when it reminded me of an old Physics teacher at school. He kept his lunchbox in the science fume cupboard. He was permanently covered in dust. His grey and permanently creased suit was about 5 sizes too big for him. He could take 6 spaces before his suit would move. He employed a simple marking system. Work was crossed out if wrong. Nothing for a correct answer. If he added any comments they were limited to wrong or so wrong. A really poor answer received an illegible squiggle. His class discipline involved him growling ‘You boy’. He even shouted that at the girls. But his coup de grace to effective teaching was his approach to the solar system. He had issues with two planets. He viewed Pluto as a silly cartoon name for a planet. So he just ignored the planet. He had real issues with Uranus. He viewed it as a vulgar name which ‘snotty kids’ could not be trusted with. Any kid found saying it’s name would get detention. It had to be called the Seventh Planet. No wonder I never became an Astronomer.
I guess many of us will struggle to meet many people (odd or not) over the next few weeks. The new life motto is Social Distancing. I wonder if that gives me licence to go out running and go shopping in just my underpants. Very liberating and almost certainly guaranteed to maximise my Social Distancing.
Social Distancing is something which the WordPress support team have been practicing with me recently. I have been trying to renew my subscription for weeks now. I keep getting a system error when I try to hit the renew button. The support team gave me one fix which didn’t work and now they have gone missing. Well my subs run out in 16 hours with currently no way to renew. If my site does go bang then I promise it will return. Maybe this time I will have it as a tribute. Maybe call it Myanus. As a tribute to the seventh planet or a reminder it’s good to meet characters. People we still remember after all these years. And yes the old Physics Teacher was right, snotty boys cannot be trusted with a word like Uranus.