On Anecdotes and Other Stories

In my family (yes, I’m digressing from tech-talk again), I notice a very disturbing trend. The elder members, meaning those over the age of 55 or 60, tend to have incredible stories to tell that only come out when there is company around. When it’s just us, the spontaneity is just not there to generate the proper atmosphere for storytelling. That isn’t inherently a bad thing. If we were to tell stories to each other left and right, our supply of anecdotes would begin to run low pretty quickly. But think about the implications of having company around while you’re…

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500 mL of Insulin, Stat!

This digression from technology talk brought to you by root beer, ice cream, and an unidentified bacteria. Last week was not fun. After shopping for three days, my mother started complaining Friday (06/01) that she was feeling “blah”. This condition progressed through Saturday (06/02), with root beer floats and other snacks providing comfort. I missed a couple classes because of this. When my dad got home Saturday night, he was immediately dispatched to pick up chili, Jell-O, and other items from various locations. When he returned with the goods, he noticed that my mom was slurring her speech and was…

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Oh, Such Exquisite Timing…

Picture this: You’re in the car, in a parking lot, about to pull out to go to a theater rehearsal, which starts in five minutes (giving you just enough time to get there). Your mother, who is driving you there, has a conference call with family in a few minutes. She shifts into reverse, begins moving, and the car swings out into the traffic lane of the parking lot. Shift to Drive. Hit the gas, and the car starts to thump. “We have a flat tire.”It may seem hard to believe, but this is what happened to me today. Imagine…

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Music to My Ears

After having a nice Thanksgiving dinner with my nephew, it was (of course) up to me to keep him occupied while the rest of the family talked. We ended up in my room for a while, trying to destroy a model of a train crossing built out of Legos with the train, then went back downstairs. We were then led (in my case, by the little finger) by my younger nephew (1 1/2 y.o.) into our library, where there were Duplos scattered everywhere. There was also a Suzuki Omnichord (electronic instrument that plays rhythms and auto-chords) and a children’s xylophone…

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