Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Big Bang Theory

I recently found out that one of my friends compares my roommates and I to the guys in The Big Bang Theory.  For those of you that have never seen the show, here is a very simplified summary.  The main characters are four scientists.  Leonard and Sheldon are two physicists working at the California Institute of Technology, and Howard and Rajesh are aerospace engineers.  In contrast to these science nerds, the fifth character, Penny a blonde waitress/aspiring actress, moves in across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon.  The humor comes from these scientists trying to understand how to navigate the social part of life.  As well as for those around them to come to understand their quarks and realize what great guys they really are.

The reason my friend compared us to these guys is because they always have their week planned out.  Every Thursday may be Thai food, at least that is what we used to do.  They are very comfortable in their own little world, and they don't see any reason to have it change.  It works for them, they are enjoying life, and life is good.  They don't realize what they are missing, nor do they care, until their lives get thrown out of orbit by someone so different and challenging to them in a way that is anything but scientific.

My schedule has also become rather predictable lately:
Monday: Basketball
Tuesday: Biggest Loser, then Golds Gym
Wednesday: LDS Conference chat, gym
Thursday: Bowling league, Thursday TV shows.
Friday: Lately it has been an accidental 3-4 hours nap, then not sleeping well that night, and being tired all Saturday.  Then I do it all again the next week.  I also fit in 3-4 Jazz games, and now an RSL game into the mix.  It also was warm enough to disc golf, so we did that on Friday, and will be going more often when we are all done with work.

Like these scientists, I am also very comfortable, it works for me, and I am enjoying life.  I'm not just sitting at home all day, I am getting exercise daily, getting out of the house, and doing things I love and enjoy.  I have never needed someone else to make me happy, or to make me feel complete.  Yet I am very glad that I have a lot of friends that pop in and out of my life.  They always seem to be there at the right times when I need them, and I try to do the same for them.

Maybe my roommates and I really are like these scientists. We may not really stick out in a social setting, but those that get to know us often get a lot of laughs, and an enjoyable evening.  We may say, or do, some funny things, but I don't know of many better guys.  When we see something we want, or that interests us, we go for it. But it has to be obviously worth changing up the good thing we've got going, and we might happily complain along the way for having our routine ruined.

Unfortunately, we have not had our Big Bang moment.  We aren't going to try and force ourselves into any social situations, forcing yourself on us isn't going to work either.  The right people always seem to fit in naturally anyway.

I know that some of you are probably going crazy right now saying, I know someone that is perfect for you, or maybe even, I'm perfect for you.  Well, sometimes I am slow, sometimes I am tired, and sometimes I'm just comfortable.  A little hint is a good thing, but I hate being told what to do.  Even if it's what I want to do, I need it to feel like it is my choice.  We scientists are weird like that, we like discovering things on our own.

Hopefully I will be lucky to find my own Penny.  Someone to help knock me out of this comfortable orbit, and onto a path that turns my good life, into the best life.  A path that is continually moving up, instead of wandering around in circles. I hope she doesn't mind Thai on Thursdays.


Dave said...

For the record I know how to spell quirks, but when I realized I spelled it wrong and that quarks was defined as, "Any of a number of subatomic particles carrying a fractional electric charge, postulated as building blocks of the hadrons." I couldn't help but leave it.

Elisabeth said...

I have to say that this one is my favorite clip. You're right; these guys are awesome once you get to know them.

Also, I like the quark substitution. Quarks are cool.

GrandmaBev said...

I hope you can find that special someone. Marriage to the right person is wonderful.