Once Removed

So, I tried to reinstall Windows and purify my computer but my computer was like, “Uhm, no thank you Mister Man” and I was like, “Is that my computer talking to me?” and it was like, “Shit foo’, you didn’t think I was gonna stay silent fo’ever didja?” Those of you who may have read yesterday’s comments already know that I tried and failed at wiping my computer clean and spent way too much time on it before I gave up. It was really fucking hilarious though and I went to bed with a grin on my face because it was so silly.

When I woke up this morning at some time around 7ish to say goodbye to Stephanie before she went off to class I’d had not even four hours sleep. I said goodbye and then went back to bed. I didn’t wake up again until 9ish.

At that point I decided to finish the cleaning up of my computer that I’d begun the previous evening after I realized I wouldnt’ be reinstalling after all. I organized e-mail, old files, and did sort of a computer Spring Cleaning. One of my most miraculous finds was an old RealAudio file of a song Andy Hicks wrote especially for my senior project. “Hard To See” wasn’t Andy’s best song but looking back on it, it’s pretty special. I guess you could say that nostalgia has colored my opinion.

I spent most of my day cleaning up the computer but eventually I got my shit together and went over to my cousin Kerry‘s graduation party where people asked me about my book and grad school and what the difference between second cousins and first cousins once-removed was. I couldn’t explain that one until I got home, at which point I promptly called my mom with the answer though I’m sure she didn’t really care at that point. She laughed though, understanding that her son is a weirdo.

And then, after a short conversation with Tiff, Stephanie came home and we ate fast food and I played Madden 2003 and then I typed this.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what the difference is between second cousins and first cousins once-removed, it goes like this: The number preceding the word ‘cousin’ indicates how many generations you must go back beyond you and your cousin’s parents in order to find a common grand or great-grandparent. Hence, my first cousin and I share the same grandmother; my second cousin and I share the same great grandmother.

The number that follows the word ‘cousin’ has to do with the generation of the cousin in relationship to you. You can only be a first, second, or third cousin with someone who is of the same generation as you. My first cousin’s child is one generation removed from me, so she would be my first cousin once-removed. My grandmother is a common relative but because of the generational difference (it’s my grandmother and the first cousin once-removed’s great-grandmother) we add the once-removed.

Does that make any sense?