Family, Trivia and Time Travel!
Wednesday December 29th 2010, 1:40 am
Filed under: Family, Friends, Leukemia, Who Knows?

(updated 12-31-10: see end of entry)

Today most of my mom’s family who are in town got together for breakfast to bid my mom’s brother’s family a fond farewell before they flew home to Florida. David, Trish, Lauren and Victoria, we don’t often get a chance to see you, so this was very special for all of us. I personally hope that we take advantage of the tools of our modern age, such as Facebook, to continue keeping in touch. It was great to see you all. Uncle David, I’m sorry we never ended up sitting next to each other and catching up at any of our massive family events, but there will be a next time. In the meantime, there’s always email. What an age we live in!

After breakfast, my mom and I went over all the health issues I’ve been having lately so that we’re prepared for tomorrow, when we will discuss my future with chemotherapy. Depending on how that future looks, I may also get an infusion of vincristine, which, for once, I am actually hoping for. I do not want to be taken off of chemotherapy, however with recent and recently revealed issues like my pain level, my need for more frequent use of my pain-wounding narcotics due to my pain level, my constant need for sleep, my stupid brain, some weird allergies, my paralyzed internal organs and heaps of other stuff, I would not be surprised if I am taken off at least one chemo drug no matter how well I might grimace.

I slept for a few hours in the afternoon.

My folks and I played trivia tonight. We were happy to have our fairly reigular team back together with the reiturn of the Reiparents (Reitriarchs? Reiyal Family? Reifecta? Joyce and Jeff?) to America from the Dominican Reipublic. We won the big monies after a hard fought comeback in the second round. It was a lot of fun.

After trivia, for reasons I will keep private, I wasted a bunch of time using math (mathing?) to arrive at the conclusion that when it is 12:00 AM on January 1, 2011 on Kiritimati, or “Christmas Island” as it is sometimes known, (which is “+14 GMT,” 14 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time), it will be 7:00 AM on December 31, 2010 in Colorado (GMT -7). Furthermore!, I also computed with my brain that when it is 12:00 AM on January 1, 2011 on Kiritimati, it will be 12:00 AM December 31, 2010 in Hawaii. Hawaii will exist exactly one day behind Kiritimati–and I have reason to suspect that it probably does that fairly often–which has enormous time travel ramifications! Think of the practical applications of being able to time travel exactly one day backwards or forwards! Man, this year they’re gonna have to give me the Nobel Prize in Flyness (named after Marty Mc, naturally).

Now the one thing here that might seem strange here is that I mentioned that I used math to figure this whole thing out. I know you must be thinking to yourself, “Self, Reid does not know how to use math correctly. In fact, if he got ahold of it, he might poke his eye out.” Which is a totally reasonable thing to think to yourself.

So what I’ve done is handed over all of my research to a (real) professional mathematician (seriously), who will be doing math at these numbers and determining if I am right or not. If I am wrong, which, honestly, is fairly likely, I will have to start wearing a Medical Math Alert Bracelet that indicates, in big bold letters, that if I have come into contact with math, please seek out immediate assistance. If I am right, you’d better get under your desk and duck and cover… the apocalypse is upon us.

I’ll let you know how that turns out… maybe even from THE FUTURE! Weeeelll… if I’m on Kiritimati and you wouldn’t mind going to Hawaii, that is. I think it would really add to the dramatic effect of this pointless endeavor.

UPDATE (12-31-10): The professional mathematician mathed my numbers, and I scored one right answer and one wrong answer (as they say in the pros, I got 2/3) we can all rest easy now knowing that the end of the world is not nigh. And I’m happy to say that it seems I can still use math as long as I’m wearing a helmet.


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Kiritimati is 14 hours ahead of GMT.
Denver is 7 hours behind GMT.
So Denver is 21 hours behind Kiritimati.
Time travel from Hawaii to Kiritimati: check!
Time in Denver when Kiritimati enters the new year: 3 AM 12/31.


Comment by Professional Mathematician 12.29.10 @ 9:55 am

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