Found Words – (hospital)

July 1, 2013

“Do you know what my old attending used to call these kinds of days? Goat-roping days.”

-KG, on the days that are already spinning out of control by 8am


Written Words – Job search

March 23, 2012

As I am finishing up college and trying to find someone who will give me actual money to sing, I have taken a new motto.

If you throw enough eggs at the stove, you are bound to get an omelette eventually.


Written Words – Thesis v. Cousins

May 27, 2011

It is little moments that get me.

So I’m with my cousins in Atlanta. Trying to keep a good face — but I’m more than a little stressed about the thesis, and some other, well, upcoming events I guess.

I’m wrapping up a rough cut of a chapter that has been absolutely brutal to write. Quick side note — now that it’s done, I realize that this chapter, in and of itself, is as long as my entire Master’s thesis. Good grief this doctoral thing is a pain.

But that’s not terribly important for the story. The point is, I’m trying to get this thing out the door, Stressed. Tired. And my cousins come up and ask me if I can go play basketball.

Now, I tend to only see the cousins once or twice a year, and they’ve been exceptionally understanding that I’ve had some work to do. Immediately Nicholas looks at me and says, “don’t worry if you have to keep writing.”

What a kid. I told him I’d try to make it out.

5 minutes later, I decide heck with it, and out of a sort of familial obligation I reluctantly hit the court.

I was walking out to the backyard hoop when I heard them yelling:

“Big Stephen is coming! Big Stephen is coming!”

Wish I could capture that moment in words. Just the pure excitement that I was coming out to play with them. And the thought that all I had to do was come play. Not be good, not be anything exciting. Just coming to play was enough to get them that excited.


Written Words – Journey, not a destination

November 10, 2010

The closer I get to my current goals, the more I realize achieving them doesn’t mean I’ve reached some kind of abstract “destination”, but a pit-stop in a lifelong journey. Cliche? Absolutely, but another lesson in a series of them.
Pass a class? Schedule the next one.
Earn a degree? Find a job
Find a job? Create a plan.
Find a woman? Develop a relationship
Develop a relationship? Get engaged, or break up.
Get engaged or break up? Get married, or develop a new one.
Everything’s really just a step, maybe there’s no “plateau”?

In an admittedly tumultuous point in in life, that’s the reality that sets in.
I’ll be back, term papers await.


Found Words — Coffee

March 31, 2010

“Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.” — Turkish Proverb


“Caffeine is a safe and readily available drug and its ability to stabilize the blood brain barrier means it could have an important part to play in therapies against neurological disorders.” — The BBC


“A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.” — Paul Erdos


1453 – Turkish law makes it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he fails to provide her with her daily coffee quota


“Decaffeinated coffee; invented by the devil and marketed by Mephistopheles, I’ll warrant.” — Robin Bloor


“Coffee is the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions!!”


Found words — Christoph Eschenbach

March 12, 2010

After the NSO performance of Verdi’s Requiem, when asked about how strict he takes tempo markings: “For the Italians, tempo is also weather. So it is always changing.”


Written Words

January 24, 2010

I have trouble having good discussions with people who have fundamentally different premises for their beliefs and opinions than I do, especially those who don’t accept the Principle of Non-Contradiction. How are you supposed to talk with someone who thinks that it is perfectly okay to hold blatantly contradictory views?