Saturday, July 17, 2004

13,497 words and a bit of Latin

  • BOOK UPDATE: 13,497 words is probably more than I have ever written on a single subject, but it still doesn't seem like a whole heck of a lot. Perhaps I should scrap the word "book" and say that I am writing a pamphlet.
    I started work this week on part two of my four-part pamphlet. I'm anticipating that this will be the most difficult part to write. Presently, it requires a great deal of staring at the ceiling working out the narrative in my head: "No, wait. That won't work because it happens at night, but the sequence before and after take place during the day, on the same day. Dang."

  • A few years ago, in a whim of self indulgence I bought a little scrap of paper that claimed to hold my family crest. Obviously I have no idea if it is accurate. No one in my family bothers to write anything down, so there is little evidence of our existence beyond my great-grandfather. But it's a nice looking crest and I wouldn't mind having it as my own.
    The crest also had what it purported to be my family motto: "Equo adeste animo."
    I have no idea what this means. Anyone have a clue? I assume it's Latin.

  • Flying just got much, much worse. Clearly Satan owns a phone company (that would explain telemarketers), because now the Dark Lord has figured out how to get cell phones --- and the loud, annoying conversations that come with them -- onto an airplane. Not only that, the phone has a one-second delay, which will inevitably create stuttering, stop-start, repetitive conversations:
    "What? I was saying that... What? No, go ahead. Hello? OK. What? OK. I'll go. I was saying that grandma's knee had to be drained of... What? Hello?"
    Imagine that on a seven-hour cross-country trip!

  • I'll bet this guy watches Fox News.

  • "With free admission, it would be a great way for visitors to give something back to the museum."

  • I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but my wife and I are hoping to join the Peace Corps once she's earned her master's degree. I often hope that we'll get sent to someplace like Romania. But I think I'll make a note to get any medical procedures taken care of back home.

  • I've spent most of my day racing badgers.
  • 2 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Came across your family crest motto equo adeste animo while searching for the meaning of it, as it's my family crest's motto also. I found that
    Æquo adeste animo" means "Be ready with constancy". The reference I used was located at http://www.byzantios.net/modar/motto.htm

    Anonymous said...

    Hi everybody

    I just want to say that equo adeste animo is also my family crest´s motto. I was searching the hole day know till I have found your website.

    Thank you for that!

    PS: Our name comes around all over the world .... (I´m from Germany)