23 June 2009
So are we allowed to be sad NOW, Wim?
Every time I've seen you since you knew that your brain tumour was terminal, you'd say
"Stop looking sad. You'll have plenty of time to be sad later! I'm fine"
and we'd all cheer up and laugh and you'd say "We'll be seeing each other again, anyway"
So your funeral's tomorrow and I've missed you ever since Pim mailed me on Friday and I'll admit to shedding a tear, because you were SUCH a cool guy.
I said to Ria a while back "I think Wim's probably the neatest guy I've ever met" and she said with a big grin "Yep, I'd have to agree with you".
That's probably why she married you.
But we'll be seeing each other again, anyway, so I can tell you then.....
PS Did you know that when Ria told the kids that you might act "a bit strange" after your first seizure and op, they said:
"What? Even stranger than normal...?"
I love that line.....
19 June 2009
I have a friend who's a nuclear physicist.
Just the nicest guy.
But I sometimes come away from his place and think (as far as my cranial constraints allow, that is..) ...."Brainy people think differently"
Yesterday evening, for example.
I read somewhere about the newest and heaviest element having been discovered at the institute from which he's recently retired and quizzed him vis a vis his involvement.
"112?" he says "112? Can't be new - mine's 118. I think"
(Actually, it's 108 and it really is named after him, but that's evidently not a valid reason to memorise its details. Right?)
We're lighting the barbecue and I ask him if he's ever seen the video of the Science Faculty of Purdue University lighting a barbecue with a bucket of liquid oxygen.
"Why on EARTH would anyone want to do that" he asks.
"Well" I venture "To get the barbecue going quickly, probably. I believe alcohol was involved"
"Alcohol? Alcohol? That wouldn't have any measurable effect on the reaction" he says
Like I say - brainy people think differently
Posted by John Burland at 09:38