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The Semi-True Tale of Shelly and Allen

May 14th

Allen,

 I thank you for your kind words tonight at the Olympus Centre of the Arts. It’s not very often I get a standing ovation, and I believe it is solely due to you.

 Ever since we first met, last night, I’ve felt a strong connection to you, and this indeed fills me with great happiness.

 Again, I thank you for you continued help and guidance,

Shelly

 

May 16th

Shelly,

 It was indeed my pleasure to be there on the 14th, but I fear that I cannot take credit for the, well deserved, standing ovation.

 Please call on me if you need anything at all,

Allen

 

May 17th

Allen,

 You are far too humble. Had it not been for you, the night would not have gone the way it had.

 I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Shelly

 

May 20th

Shelly,

 I fear humbleness has little to do with it. The part I played was naught compared to what you have brought to those present.

Allen

 

May 21st

Allen,

 You are like an innocent little boy sometimes, my dear Allen.

 You really did do more than you take credit for, and you know that quite well.

Shelly

 

June 21st

Allen,

 Can I really call upon you at any time Allen? I always appreciate your help, as I hope that you know.

 I await your word,

Shelly

 

June 22nd

Shelly,

 Of course I will always lend a hand when able. Do you have something on your mind? Can I assist in any way?

Allen

 

June 23rd

Allen,

 I longed to hear those words from you.

 I love you Allen, and must have you.

 Be mine forever Allen,

Shelly

 

June 27th

Shelly,

 You know that I would help if I could. Please tell me if you need anything.

Allen

 

June 28th

Oh Allen, it is you that I need!

Shelly, the one who will always love you.

 

July 15th

Shelly,

 As I said before, I would assist if I could. Is there nothing else you need?

Allen

 

July 16th

 Oh Allen, are you truly blind? It is you need that I need and love, like the animals and birds love and need the water and air!

 Would not the mosquito die if it were not for the blood of the cow and ox, or some other, similarly blooded, animal?

 Oh Allen, tell me that you love me!

Your forever love (?),

Shelly

 

August 29th

Shelly,

 I fear your last communication just reached me now, and was quite blurred. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Allen

 

August 30th

Allen! Can you not see that I would kill myself like the fruit fly kills itself after a late autumn gorging?

The animals, like the monkey, would cry out your name, if only they knew it, my Allen, my sweet.

You are the Adam, and I want to be the Eve - can you not see!?

Come to me, soon, my Allen, my forever Allen,

Shelly

 

September 1st

Allen! Are you quite well?

Shelly

 

September 1st

Allen? I have not heard from you in so many days. Please, please, let me know that you are well!

Shelly

 

September 2nd

Do you do this to see if I will come back? I, like the canary, will fly back into the cage. If you let me go, I will go back, even if I must bend the bars like Mobes of Galand.

Call upon me soon, my Allen.

Shelly

 

September 10th

Allen! I am starving without you! I can only live so long, in this state of perpetual death! Come to me!

 

September 11th

Allen,

 I have before me a knife, and it is covered in red, like the colour of blood.

Shelly

 

September 11th

Allen,

 I am killing myself right now, as I write to you.

Shelly

 

September 18th

Did my response not elicit a single response from you?

There’s always George, I suppose.

Farewell, you fool. You have truly let a fantastic woman out of your grasp.

Cordially,

Shelly

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What can the birth places of the United States Presidents tell us?

There is an old saying that says something to the effect of “if you try hard enough, you can become anything, even president” (the President of the United States is usually implied, but the general idea is the ruler of a country/government). I was thinking one day that there must be certain states in which certain individuals have little chance of actually becoming President of the United States, so I undertook to find out what states Presidents have come from, and look at what states Presidents have not come from.

Luckily, a number of sites had the information that was I was looking for. The official White House site, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ has this information, and so too does http://www.mapsofworld.com/us-presidents/us-president-data.html. Luckily, the latter had the listing in an easy to use format (while the former lacked any kind of tabular information), so I was able to secure the information fairly quickly.

The hard part would be determining which of the 50 states was the most popular, and which the least. This would be difficult because the United States did not start out with 50 states, but instead grew into 50 from the original handfuls. Naturally, those states that became part of the U.S. in the last hundred years - like Hawaii and Alaska - have had a lower chance of turning out a president than those that have always been a part of the U.S. - like Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Because of this, it’s little surprise that Virginia, one of the original 13 colonies, should have had eight of the forty-three Presidents to come from it. Of course, Hawaii and Alaska are both fairly out of the standard area of the other forty-eight states, so it’s little surprise that this should also have an impact upon whether someone from one of these two states should someday become President. In a similar vein, if Cuba were eventually to become the 51st state, it is highly unlikely that a Cuban would become President, due to the distance between the ‘core’ forty-eight states.

That said, below you’ll find a couple of tables. In the first table I’ve included a listing of states, sorted by the number of Presidents born in that state. In the second table I’ve listed those states that have not had a President born in them, and are not neighbours of one of the states from the first table. This second table will show if any particular areas are devoid of ‘Presidential-birth’.

Since I plan on leaving you with the two, above-mentioned, tables, I’ll make my conclusions here.

Does someone born in one of the states listed in the second table have little chance of becoming President? If the old saying is true, then anyone, no matter where they are born, has an equal chance as anyone else at becoming President. Of course, what I don’t detail here is where Presidents were living before they became President of the United States, something that is not as easy to determine as one would like (for example, George W. Bush was born in Connecticut, although he was living in Texas before becoming President). I bring this point up because birth place is not as important as where an individual ends up living, for, after all, someone could be born in one state, but be moved out of that state a number of months later - at least, that’s what I think.

Until I can determine whether this last point is true, I can only leave you with the following tables, and the following assessment of the data. It’s interesting that the east coast should be fairly complete (in that a good deal of the states on that coast have had at least one President born in that state), but not too surprising when you consider what I said above regarding statehood.

It’s also interesting that the north-west should be fairly devoid of President’s birthplaces, and, if it were not for California, the entire west coast would be this devoid (point for Richard Nixon).

Table 1: States where Presidents were born

Virginia

1 state

8 Presidents

Ohio

1 state

7 Presidents

Massachusetts, New York

2 states

4 Presidents

New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont

4 states

2 Presidents

Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

12 states

1 President

 

20 states

43 Presidents

Table 2: States that do not share a border with at least one state from Table 1

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington

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