Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner? – oh I wish!

13 Feb

Brad Pitt—who cares? Tom Cruise—I don’t think so. Mel Gipson—Nope. George Clooney or Johnny Depp—well, maybe but still not quite. If I had to choose a man or two to have dinner with, yes dinner I said!, it would not be some Hollywood entertainer, but instead, give me a physicist. Oh! The Physicist! And waiting for my physicists to come to dinner, I’d flutter nervously about while lighting candles and worrying over the sauce and just the right wine and what do I wear—I don’t want to over do, you know. I want to be as beautiful as planet Saturn, as hot as the sun, as mysterious as the moon, as bright as the stars!


My first two physicist guests would have to be, ka-thump ka-thump goes my heart: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku. Tyson, who has degrees in physics and astrophysics (oh my!), has interests that “are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.” (Oh!) And Kaku, a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, co-founder of string filed theory, is  “a popularizer of science,” and “continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.” (Pant Pant!)


Both Tyson and Kaku have a way of looking out of the TV screen that says, “I love what I do, and I love it so much I am sending that love out to you…I want you to see what I see, feel what I feel, know what I know, and I am going to show and tell you in such a beautiful and interesting way that you cannot fail to be one with me—come with me now as we explore, together.” And I do. I am there with them, and I understand—well, most of it anyway. I want to be where they are. I want to walk with them as they point to this and that and there and here, while they tell me all the wonders of our world and of the universe. Their gentle voices, their wise faces, their very intelligence, but more, their curiosity of all things—all things! makes me long to have them here, in my house, at my table, where all the mysteries of the universe swirl about as we lift our forks to our mouths, as we sip wine, as our molecules and synaptic electrical firings off make protons and electrons and whatevertrons explode, as the warmth from human contact and interested energies swirl about the room. Oh, gratitude for the physicists and scientists and theorists and all manner of ists! But mostly, to my Kaku and my Tyson, whom if one day I met face to face, I would surely blush and giggle like a silly old schoolgirl.


(This was taken from the YOG – YOG is lying dormant now, but is still up for perusal – stop by sometimes, we still read comments)


10 Responses to “Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner? – oh I wish!”

  1. Ann February 13, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Hmmm. Maybe not my choices. LOL

  2. Connie February 13, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    You are too funny. I want eye candy. I would take Fabio. Then I would ask him to look at me like he looks on the cover of those romance novels and have our picture taken. I woud ask him to feed me strawberries dipped in chocolate. I would also like Ewan Mcgregor because I love the way he sings, like in Moulon Rouge. I would ask him to sing to me while we go on a sail boat ride.

  3. Kathryn February 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    Oh, when you said Fabio – I thought you meant Fabio from Top Chef –he\’s something else! And Ewan McGregor – he should have sang that song to ME – not ms pasty pants *laughing*

  4. Kathryn February 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    what are you saying nanci? *laughing!*

  5. Gumbo February 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    Thought I\’d had a mini-stroke. Kept saying to self, "Self, this looks familiar." :) I wouldn\’t eat with big brainiacs, me. Afraid they\’d make me feel even stoopider than I already do.

  6. Kathryn February 15, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    Pah! You ain\’t stoooopid in any way shape or form Miss Angie! :)

  7. caroline February 16, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    Thank you. Someone who also appreciates intelligent and amusing conversation. That\’s a real turn-on for me too. My personal favorites for dinner guests would be Yo Yo Ma (I\’d make him play his cello before dinner) and John Williams, the composer; my son, a conductor/composer, and my nephew who has his PhD in theoretical astrophysics. I would also have Alvin Ailey, the choreographer/dancer (he\’s deceased, alas), George Skibine, and Maria Tallchief. Also dancers. I would like the conversation to go where it will. How fascinating would that be? Why a physicist? Math, music, and dance are all interconnected in the most logical and creative way.Thanks for this lovely post.Caroline

  8. Kathryn February 16, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    So true, Carolina Chickadee! – I love watching Nova Science Now, the Discovery Channel, etc…

  9. Stephen Craig February 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    Dear Kathryn, Thank you! Love everything you sent. As ever be well

  10. Kathryn February 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    Stephen! :)

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