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August 29, 2012

The whole universe was in a hot dense state

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Those who know me best can assess the truth of the statement that I am a little bit obsessive.  A psychiatrist of my acquaintance says, “Of course you are obsessive. You have a PhD.” (I number several psychologist/psychiatrist among my friends; I think they like to study me.) His point is that anyone who spends a lot of time studying about a single topic with such intensity is not “normal” some ways.

In addition to studying math, another way this abnormality has manifested itself is in watching certain television shows over and over.  This is so bad that when I was studying for my doctorate, I gave up television almost entirely.  I only watched Dr. Who at 10 p.m. on KOETA after finishing homework, and then I went to bed to get up at exactly 6 a.m.

I forget when I let myself watch TV again, but I was able to control it until I was introduced to Law and Order by my daughters.  They soon regretted that and attempted an intervention, but then a friend of mine (thanks Sherry) introduced me to NCIS which I obsessed on until I was introduced — again by my daughters — to The Big Bang Theory.

If you do your homework and apply yourself, I believe you can watch TBBT around the clock without having to resort to recording it.

Needless to say, I like the show, and if you do too and you’ve read the article to this point, you no doubt can see that I can identify with some of the characters.  In particular, I can see bits of myself in Sheldon, or maybe to put it better, bits of Sheldon in me.  This is not to say that I by any means have his technical abilities.

Rather, I share some of his obsessive qualities.

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