June 16, 2005

Free Steven Riddle!

I was tempted to put this blog on hiatus until Mr. Riddle*, who has been crushed by work, begins blogging again. But then I concluded that if I did so the terrorists will have won. Or something like that.

Most of 2001 was a nightmare, work-wise, for me. That was when we tried to do the impossible and largely succeeded due to the preternatural drive, intelligence and skinflintedness of Ham o' Bone. (We are exempts but were paid for overtime for that seemingly crucial project. While this proposition was not attractive to either myself or the other team member (valuing time more than money), it drew Ham like odd people are drawn to Michael Jackson.) I recall that project with horror, a time when even my dreams were filled with work thoughts and approaching deadlines. So Steven has my sympathy and prayers.

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During the work week my thoughts typically go unfertilized by deep reading or Guinness and so they begin to fray and shallow. You say: "well, why blog if you don't have anything to say?" and I say "see my blog title". :-) So in lieu of profundity I'll pass along a link a friend passed along which told me I have a "birth tree":
Your birth tree is

Fig Tree, the Sensibility
Very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a butterfly, good sense of humour, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.
Looking at this a bit more closely....

"Very strong, a bit self-willed, independent..."
Aren't all Americans a bit self-willed and independent? It's part of our cultural legacy. (See Emerson.)

"Does not allow contradiction or arguments"
I would argue with this. Am I not contradicting this birth tree nonsense?

"Loves life, its family, children and animals"
Well only Andy Rooney & Bill Mahrer don't love family, children and animals. So there's a real limb.

"A bit of a butterfly, good sense of humor"
I'm half German, and Germans aren't known for their "butterflyness" or their sense of humor, so if true I credit my Oirish side. Anyway everybody thinks they have a good sense of humor.

"Likes idleness and laziness"
Surely this applies to at least 90% of people who would actually take the time to read about their "birth tree" for heaven's sake.

"Of practical talent and intelligence"
I'm practically flattered.

* - and Bill Luse as well.

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