Surely You’re Joking
These past few days have been mostly a blur. Studying late in to the night, getting a quick bit of sleep, and then waking up to take whatever final I might have. Only to repeat the same schedule, irrespective of the time. This has lead to some serious issues for my biological clock, thusly I really don’t have a natural idea of what day or what time it is.
And so it was just past midnight, in my somewhat futile attempt to study physics that I decided to go look up a book I’ve been meaning to read for some time now: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
I read the first few pages and then returned to my studies. However, I decided to take the book with me so that I could finish it off at a later point.
Well, 3am rolls around. I’ve been laying in bed for a good while now, to no avail. I pick up from where I left off.
It’s now just past 4. I’ve been reading for an hour straight. This is simply one of the best books I’ve ever read. I really wish I could have met him.
The little lady came back again and said, “Mr. Feynman, Mrs. Eisenhart would like to see you.”
“OK, OK!” and I go over to Mrs. Eisenhart, who’s pouring tea.
“Would you like to have some coffee or tea, Mr. Feynman?”
“Mrs. So-and-so says you wanted to talk to me.”
“Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh. Would you like to have coffee, or tea, Mr. Feynman?”
“Tea,” I said, “thank you.”
A few moments later Mrs. Eisenhart’s daughter and a schoolmate came over, and we were introduced to each other. The whole idea of this “heh-heh-heh” was: Mrs. Eisenhart didn’t want to talk to me, she wanted me over there getting tea when her daughter and friend came over, so they would have someone to talk to. That’s the way it worked. By that time I knew what to do when I heard “Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh.” I didn’t say, “What do you mean, ‘Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh’?”; I knew the “heh-heh-heh” meant “error,” and I’d better get it straightened out.
In writing this post, I stumbled upon http://www.gorgorat.com/, which appears to have the complete text of the book online. I would still recommend checking it out from the library though.1