[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VI-30] Proven cuckoo

This song will indeed be proven cuckoo, because it will seem to go from one topic to another—all through the lens of a song.

That song is “All For You” by Sister Hazel.

When I heard this song a few weeks ago, it brought back plenty of memories, not of when it first came out in 1997, but rather a few years later: 9th grade.

When I was in ninth grade, I had just finished with a summer camp at the University of Kansas for a year of geometry in three weeks. I was burnt out by the new experiences, and I was also befuddled by all the PROOFS that we had to do—given that was my first experience with mathematical proofs… learning that math is more than calculations.

Early in Mrs. Christiansen’s (z”l) English class, we had read Les Miserables, and in the beginning of the book, it mentions some places that are blanked out (such as D—— or M—— sur M——-). Her explanation, after explaining the actual names of those places (Digne and Montreuil-sur-Mer), was that those authors tried to create anonymity to the places.

Well, it acted like a censor in those times, and it gave me the idea to apply the censor to non-curse words that I didn’t like.

I was so tempted to say, in the American national anthem, (perhaps as some sort of protest against geometry, though I never actually did this?): “…the bombs bursting in air, gave (BLEEP) through the night that our flag was still there…”

Or, in the Sister Hazel song, I sang to myself, “Words can say, I can’t do enough to (cuckoo) it’s all for you!”

(The cuckoo censor came from “Pyramid,” where it’s used as a “You just gave away one of the words!”)

We had a research project in English later in the year, and in my planner, I often censored the word “research” by saying “R——” in my planner. It’s not as bad as that “other R-word” which I will not print.

Right now, though, my word of choice to censor is the G-word which I better get back to so as not to be up until midnight again tonight!


Today is the thirtieth day of the sixth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R. That makes four weeks and two days.

Green Bay/St. Norbert: 4 days

Minneapolis: 11 days

Lincoln: 54 days

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