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Friday, June 11, 2004

Walking around with my chips

Wednesday felt so much like winning an unbelievable string of poker hands that I decided to get up from the table and walk around with my 'chips' in my pocket for the day. As a result, I didn’t even turn on a computer until very late Thursday evening. It felt good…but now I’m back, and I’ll tell you all about it.

It started out with things going eerily right at home. The big kids got out of bed after only one round of kisses (it usually takes two or three, and then some idle threats) which allowed me to enjoy my first cup of 'jo' at home rather than in the car. Also, the baby was a good egg and cooed contentedly (rather than screaming), as I went about my morning routine.

When I got to the office, the planets and stars all lined up, and a project I've been obsessing over mysteriously turned out they way it was intended to. Leave it alone…don’t anyone touch it… Perfect! I’m still waiting for lightning to strike on that front.

And then Wednesday evening, a speech I was asked to give (in Hebrew), to the teachers and students of a local school came off without any malapropisms (a problem that seems to haunt me in my adopted language).

This is without mentioning (which is why I’m mentioning it now) that throughout the day, somebody kept shaking the Internet tree and all manner of good things kept tumbling my way:

First off, a gmail invite fell out of a clear blue sky from mittengirl, a talented writer who I have been reading for some time. No special reason given… just an extraordinary gesture from an extraordinary person. I have never, to my knowledge, shared my secret, burning desire for a gmail account (her blog entry today not withstanding), but this special person somehow thought it would be a nice gift… and boy did she hit a home run! [heck, as long as I’ve already thrown in a baseball reference, I can point out that she’s even a Red Sox fan! Wicked Good!!!] So naturally, going forward I can be reached by writing to treppenwitz at gmail dot com (obviously, replace the words ‘at’ and ‘dot’ with the things they describe). I feel like I just won lotto!

The next bit of good news to pass me on the Infobahn: A scarily bright guy who I’ve known by reputation for some time (and met only once) sent me an e-mail saying he had been enjoying my blog for a while, and maybe I’d like to stop by and sorta kick the tires on his blog. Yeah right...my mouse left skid marks getting over there! I got so engrossed in his archives that I forgot to eat lunch… he’s THAT good. One of the more memorable things I gleaned from his blog is the phrase, ‘Teaneck Sh’nishba’ (Anyone who needs an explanation as to why this is laugh-out-loud, food-spraying funny, can e-mail me at me new gmail account and I’ll be happy to walk you through the humor). Needless to say, there is a new kid on my Good Readin’ list.

Next, a blog I (regretably) haven’t visited in a while, and which I won’t mention by name because it will attract the search engines and pr0n junkies like moths to a flame (hint: it’s the 7th ‘haunt’ listed on the 12th blog on my Good Readin’ list), seems to have retired from her former um, vocation. This woman is one of the brightest writers I have ever read (although be warned, the blog is more than a little bawdy), and I sometimes spend as much time looking up words as I do actually reading her entries. A word I learned from her on Wednesday: Harridan. Why yes, I’d be happy to tell you what it means… glad you asked, (since I already looked it up):

har·ri·dan (harumi-dn)
n.
A woman regarded as scolding and vicious.*

Now there’s a scrabble word for you! I really hope she's quit her um, job because that book deal, she so richly deserves, has come through.

[Birthday hint: If my friends and family wanted to chip in and get me a subscription to the online OED for the big event coming up on Midsummers Eve, I wouldn't have to constantly rely on these provincial lexicons]

And, Lastly (although chronologically it was the very first unexpected thing to go ‘right’ on Wednesday morning), I found a nice chatty comment from Jennifer on Tuesday’s blog entry. While I always enjoy getting comments (I can’t fathom those monastic ascetics who blog without allowing comments), this one was especially nice since Jennifer was supposed to be on a self-imposed weeklong hiatus from the blogging world. Apparently not! So instead of having that missing tooth in my morning web crawl… I even got a few personalized pearls from Jennifer.

That, my friends, is what I walked around with in my pocket all day today.


* The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Posted by David Bogner on June 11, 2004 | Permalink

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(Visions of Goofy, hands behind his back, bashfully "toeing" the ground in front of him) Oh gorsh! Uh-heyuk! I may have not blogged for a week, but that didn't mean I was going to absent myself from reading my favorites. :)

Sounds like you had a good Wednesday! Tfu, tfu, tfu!

Posted by: jennifer | Jun 11, 2004 9:07:35 AM

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