Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good thing I didn't mention Ranier Maria Rilke...

I had a colleague show me his iPad. He was very proud of it and showed off all the features. "I call it Maxi," he said.

Keeping my expression bland, as if I didn't catch the reference, I nodded and switched the topic. "Hey, you can download books that you want to read!"

"Yep," he said proudly. "I have lots of sci-fi and fantasy books. You might not be familiar with them."

At last, I thought, we had a chance to reach some common ground in this conversation. "Oh no, I've read a lot of authors in that field. For example, I love reading Terry Pratchett."

"Ah," he paused. "Yes. Well, I haven't gotten around to reading her books yet."

I gave up at that point.

Bizarre link du jour: This is truly bizarre. As a result of a couple of car accidents, this British woman's memory is toast. She wakes up every day thinking it's 1994. Can't imagine living one day over and over again. Wonder if she's ever watched Groundhog Day?

Exercise du jour: Five miles walking.
Sorta done. Well, walking did ensue. But only 1-1/2 miles. But it's still walking, and I don't have a half-star graphic. Not a total fail, anyway.


English Rider said...

Rilke gets my vote, every time.

Amy said...

that's a man who has plastic dragon toys all over his bedroom

Friko said...

I came because I saw the post title on English Rider's blog. Rilke is a great love and I wanted to see if you rubbished him, so that I could rip your head off.

Terri Pratchett's fantasy world is much less up my alley, so anything you want to say about him, is fine with me. Although I think he is enormously brave to publicise his Alzheimer's.

You have a very unusual reason for blogging, being vertically challenged and horizontally enhanced; I've not heard it called that before.

Best of luck.

The Merry said...

Rubbish Rilke? Never!

Theresa said...

Not knowing who Terry Pratchett is and he says he reads sci-fi and fantasy. *shakes head* What is the world coming to?

messymimi said...

I can, to an extent, understand naming inanimate objects (we have named the 22 year old van the Big White Bomb), but when you try to bluff your way through a discussion you know nothing about, you will remain a work colleague and not someone I see in my off time.

Becky said...

If she's seen Groundhog Day she may actually remember it- it came out in February 1993.