Friday, January 6, 2012

Beach Musing

It’s 25 degrees outside, and 53 inside (the big old boiler in the basement conked out about 1 a.m.) and I’m waiting for the repairman.  It’s hard to type with gloves on, and my fingers freeze up and fumble on the keys when I take them off, so I’m going to turn this frosty Friday blog post over to the professionals.  Travel writer and big thinker Bill Bryson gives us food for thought this morning: 

“Among the many thousands of things that I have never been able to understand, one in particular stands out. That is the question of who was the first person who stood by a pile of sand and said, ‘You know, I bet if we took some of this and mixed it with a little potash and heated it, we could make a material that would be solid and yet transparent. We could call it glass.’ Call me obtuse, but you could stand me on a beach till the end of time and never would it occur to me to try to make it into windows.”

3 comments:

Jennette Marie Powell said...

LOL I think about stuff like this too. Yay for melted sand! Hope you get your heat back soon!

Patricia said...

Jayne, you have a point there! I often wonder about the many things that surround us that we take for granted and how they came to be! Glass is SO amazing and yet why would anyone think to do what is necessary to create it? My mind doesn't work that way, that's for sure. As Jennette said, melted sand....
Patti

Jayne Ormerod... said...

Thanks Jeanette and Patti for stopping by!

Good news--the heat is back on (or at least I know how to push the reset butting when it goes out.) But it's 50 degrees iniere in New England in January!

I think I'm going to do a little more research on the invention of glass. Stay tuned to a blog post...