This is a poem recited by Kumar in the movie Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay
I am unsure of the real author.
I’m sure that I will always be
A lonely number like root three
The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine
For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic
I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality
When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three
As quietly co-waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer
We break free from our mortal bonds
With the wave of magic wands
Our square root signs become unglued
Your love for me has been renewed
I found this website when I was looking for an Ilongo translation of a word.
Malcolm Roy Trevena is a global volunteer and is a part of the GVN (Global Volunteer Network). He actually went to the Philippines and volunteered as a teacher on my island (Panay) and very near where I am from, Iloilo. He even went to Ghana and Uganda, both in Africa.
I thought his stories were so fascinating. It brought back a lot of memories to read his stories and see his photos. I wish I could go back home now, but I will have to wait until July. Malcolm even wrote about how he did his farewell speech in Ilongo. Impressive, I thought.
I even learned new information about Philippines…
I learned that locals can hunt and bring dogs to the pound. If no one claims the dog for three days, they place it in a gas chamber. With this post, Malcolm got a lot of negative emails. People were calling him evil and claiming that they would ‘piss on his existence.’ I don’t know if he saw this coming, but he then had to explain that many dogs in the Philippines don’t get their vaccinations, thus transferring rabies to anything/anyone they bite. He couldn’t have said it any better than me: “The aim of the project was to save human lives and if that involves some cruelty to the dogs, then I am all for it.”
I sent him an email to show my gratitude for his efforts in volunteering. I told him I grew up in Iloilo and to see that he volunteered there made me happy.
Thank you to all those that volunteer.