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Code of the Wood: Princess Bride references

Geoff Wood

I realized this morning after seeing what is likely the best depiction of a beloved movie cast reunion ever(1) that anytime The Princess Bride is mentioned the immediate thought that enters my mind is the scene on the boat where Fezzik and Inigo Montoya are responding to each other in rhyme. Vizzini tires of it and yells to them "Stop it, I meant it!" and Fezzik responds "Anybody want a peanut?" Best. rhyme. ever.

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Code of the Wood: New Year’s Resolutions and Independence Day

Geoff Wood

A couple of years ago I thought I would use this blog to document some of the trivial beliefs and things I do somewhat routinely in my life and tag each one as the “Code of the Wood”. However, I never got past Item One.

A couple of things have come up in the office recently that I thought qualify for "the Code" and, as such, I’ll document them here:

2. New Year’s Resolutions are those goals that people resolve as they look forward to the start of a new year. They do not, however, have to be a goal for the entire year or for the rest of your life. For instance, one of my resolutions for New Year 2009 is to not drink soda for the month of January. I caught some grief at the office this week for stating that I’m going to have a Coke Zero tomorrow (February 1) but I will and that will be a resolution that I’ll consider successfully met.

3. This one is less seasonal but came up in the same conversation highlighted above: Independence Day is the name of the holiday that commemorates the act of declaring our independence from Great Britain. The date that said declaration was made was July 4th. It seems that almost every reference in modern society is to the holiday July 4th. July 4th is merely the date, not the name of the holiday. I can’t think of another holiday that suffers the same misnamed fate. Is it because it’s a fixed date rather than a day that floats? Perhaps, but Christmas is a fixed date and does not endure such affliction. Perhaps it’s merely holiday hangover from Cinco de Mayo (which, of course, is not Mexican Independence Day).

I live by a code

Geoff Wood

I know that title's a bit of a cliche but on the drive to Ohio this weekend I decided it's true for me.

I don't recall the specifics of what brought it to my attention but with 48 hours of reflection off and on I think it starts with this item:

1. Anytime I'm in a public bathroom, I check the valve on top of the urinal. In all my life, I've found each one is made by one of two companies: Zurn and Sloan(1). It's an obscure peice of Americana that ties the states together. As far as I can remember, I've only discussed this two times in my life. The impetus for this tenant of the code was a discussion with a high school friend, Tom, (2) who if memory serves likely made the discovery. The second time was with a pledge brother, Ryan, who really took to the idea and I know will check the urinal cap from time to time on his own.

(1) If I understood how to invest in individual stocks and not just mutual funds and the like, I think I'd invest in these two companies - they appear to have a stranglehold an industry that is needed everywhere. (2)I haven't seen or thought about Tom in years, last I knew he was studying law at UVA