|| A chair is a chair. Well, many people would say
so but is that really right? Lets look at a chair a little bit closer, and to make
it more easy, lets take one of these school chairs we spent half our lives in.
The main part of this chair is metal. I would guess that it is
stainless steal, but I am not sure about that. A lot of steal is produced in Chicago. The
coal comes from somewhere on Lake Superior and the ore comes from the Appalachians -- I
learned that in Geography. If the metal wasnt iron but gold, then it most likely
South Africa or from Alaska, even the biggest gold reserves in the world are found in
Russia -- I learned that in Geography, too. My point right here is: I have no point.
Some people dont call chairs chairs. People in
Germany say Stühle (that is the plural, singular would be Stuhl,
but who cares), people in Spain say la silla - I dont know what the
plural is, I didnt learn that yet. Lets just stick with German, this paper
then would sound something like this: Ein Stuhl ist ein Stuhl. Naja, viele Leute
behaupten das, aber ist es wirklich wahr? I guess you didnt understand a word,
so I will drop this. It would become boring anyway when we come to the point were the
translation of the first paragraph starts, would I write that again in German? (The
Germans would already know that part so it makes no sense) Should I write in English
again? No, we already had that in English. So, what about Spanish? I am afraid, that
wont work, I started studying Spanish yesterday, I only know what chair is in
Spanish. La silla. Charlotte could help me and translate this paper to
Swedish. She isnt here now, oh well.
What about the wood part of the chair? This, lets
call it thing even it is supposed to be called desk is annoying. Well, the
only thing I can say is, that I think, that it is annoying. I mean, you cant really
sleep on it because it is too big and you cant really write on it because it is too
small. At least if you are writing the stuff you are supposed to write and a letter at the
same time -- in this case to Germany, in German and without using the word
What if I wanted this paper to be a narration? I could
talk to the chair: "Hello chair." - "Hello Timo." - "How is it
going?" - "Pretty good, thank you." You see, this is not really interesting
and I have not seen any chair talk to anybody. At least, not outside my imagination and it
is only a matter of opinion which is more important, the real world or the one I imagine
in my mind, but this is getting too philosophically.
Remains this yellowish plastic part, where you are
actually sitting in. I cannot say a lot about it, except that it has these three long
holes in it. I always wonder, what these holes are for, but I did not figure it out yet.
They are probably just an old thing you dont need anymore but needed in earlier
times, like the appendix. Otherwise, I never heard of appendicitis together with these
So, lets review what this paper is about: It is
about metal, wood, plastic, translating stuff, retarded people talking to chairs and --
well, thats it. So, what did we learn? A chair is not necessarily just a chair.