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June 15, 2007

Various and sundry: June 5 – 15, the “almost two weeks edition”

Filed under: Various and Sundry — Tom @ 1:50 pm

Miss school – miss out You’d think with this much time between, um, “issues,” I guess I’ll call ’em, that I’d have a ton to offer, but it’s just the opposite. Just like missing school, you don’t post, you miss out.

Geek week It’s that time again – Atlantis is in orbit and that means NASA TV is an oft-visited channel at our house. Alissa’s baseball (White Sox and Diamondbacks) compete for airtime with space-related issues, but as there’s something like 6 billion baseball games in the season and only ten days or so of space stuff, I tend to get to see the space stuff. Which has an effect on . . .

My little geekette I have already begun my conquest of turning Amanda into a dork. She knows the shuttle, and, when asked where it is, will go running from her room to the TV, yelling, “Shuddl! Shuddl!” where she taps at the screen because she knows it’s in there, somewhere. It hasn’t topped her fascination with trains and tractors, but I’m working on it. If only the Wiggles did some space-related stuff, I’d have her hooked. Damn that “Fruit Salad.”

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly It’s one of Amanda’s favorite books right now, but you might not realize it’s sort of a true story. It happened to me. So I’m not an old lady, but I did swallow a fly. Drinking a glass of milk, a fly somehow landed right in it just as I took a gulp, and down it went before I could react. This, I should tell you, happened when I was like 8 years old. Lucky for me, as a growing boy I did need the protein.



  1. I don’t know why she swallowed the fly… I guess she’ll die.

    That’s so morbid. Why would she die if she swallowed a fly? Or is it because she’s going to die anyway and these two things really aren’t related? Either way, it’s morbid, and I don’t like it too much.

    Comment by Bekah — June 16, 2007 @ 7:32 am | Reply

  2. For the record, I did not die. I think that story kind of exaggerates the outcome of swallowing flies.

    The funny thing about the book is that the way I remembered it ending was that it said “I know an old lady who swallowed a horse . . . she’s dead, of course!” The book we have says “She’s full, of course!”

    Comment by Tom — June 16, 2007 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

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