Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Cookout Humor 

Tonight was a cookout night for the newly arrived Liberian family at the church and yours truly was the grill meister. It was loads of fun adn the family seemed much more at ease today than yesterday. While chatting with some parishoners there, I told the story of the Lambda Chi Alpha/Kappa Kappa Gamma Luau pineapple question. At this Luau, held several years ago now, I was making pineapple boats, and one young lady walked up to me, picked up a toothpick with a pineapple attached and asked me, "Is it healthy?" Now, she was a Kappa and so prone to asking such questions, and so I just smiled and said, "Yes, Elizabeth, it's healthy." This story elicited several chuckles from the parishoners and one said, "You missed your golden opportunity to ask the perfect question back! You should have asked in return, "Why? What are you going to do with it?"



"...a Kappa and so prone to asking such questions..." What is that??

The Kappas at Purdue, at the time I was attending, had one of the highest cumulative GPA's of any Greek house on campus. One of my friends there was part of the reason: Kathy graduated with a 6.0, was invited to give the valedictory address at Commencement, and then sailed through Vanderbilt's vet school.

Careful with your generalizations, bro-- your biases are showing.

By Blogger Jane Ellen+, at 10:18 AM  

Maybe it's a lack of formal people training, but I've always wondered why people shouldn't make generalizations or have biases in the abscence of experiences to the contrary. Not to be picky, but Ryan's generalization about the KKG's based on his experience at Wake Forest is just as likely to be the rule as your experience about the KKG's at Purdue. Generalizations rooted in our personal experiences are the only way any of us make it through the world with any kind of effectiveness or sanity - otherwise we'd stick our hands in every fire we saw just because "this one might be different."

By Blogger BrotherBeal, at 11:35 AM  

I remember that cookout... sigh...


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:02 PM  

Ah...I also remember that cookout. And I too, like to tell that story.

As for the Kappas...sadly, the Wake ones were more the norm than the exception. My wife is a KKG from Centre, and she would agree with Ryan's assessment. The Centre ones were like the Purdue ones, apparently...but listening to her speak about the national sorority was like hearing about the Wake chapter.

Fraternities/sororities do have a national identification...there are always exceptions, but they get that rep for a reason. The LXAs at Wake are vastly different from most of the other chapters.

By Blogger Hudd, at 4:38 PM  

You're right Jane, my biases are showing. I'm biased in favor of the Tri-Delts; always have been.

Good to see the boys all chiming in here too!.


By Blogger Ryan, at 6:24 PM  

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