from The First Third by Will Kostakis
"and it was him waking up the next morning wondering why he was in bed with a letterbox and me having to explain the events of the night right back to him."
from The Complete Evaporated History of The World Since The Dawn of Time (author unknown)
"Historians can really write about anything. However what they like most is History. History is the story of the Dissent of Man, and in particular of the *large scale, organised Dissenting we call civilisation.
*small scale, disorganised dissenting is called crime and is written up by Police.
I like my phone, my mobile phone, it keeps me in touch with people and will be handy for calling an ambulance if I ever need one. Police too, should that ever be necessary.
But I prefer to use text messaging, it gives me time to formulate an answer if I need that time, and it is easier to understand written words.
I don't like talking on the phone. Holding it to my ear for more than a few minutes makes my ear hurt, which is a good enough reason for not doing so, but as well, I have problems understanding a lot of people on the phone. Particularly if they have an accent. I have some hearing loss which doesn't help.
The biggest problem I have is when I'm setting something up. Phone calls which require exchanges of information on how to (or where and when to) do anything usually take some time and the longer this takes, the more flustered I get.
On top of all that, I have a pre-paid mobile which doesn't carry a lot of credit, (I could put more on, but usually I've spent the money on cat food or something else) and I'm always worried the credit will run out while in the middle of a conversation. Then if I want to or need to text someone, I can't until I can afford to recharge.
Right now, I'm making enquiries about setting up an ADSL account for my computer instead of the prepaid blocks of data allowance I've been used to. I sent the company an email. They replied with a phone number where I can get the answers I need.....if that's preferable.
Well, it isn't, so I replied by email and said so, then asked my questions. Now I'm waiting on another reply.
Hopefully I'll get everything organised and have a monthly payment account for unlimited data allowance.
Last Tuesday night, I watched the newest episode of The Big Bang Theory and straight after that was an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?"
This is a show where celebrities trace their ancestry to find out who they are and where they've come from. This episode featured Jim Parsons, aka Dr Sheldon Cooper, from The Big Bang Theory. He was born and raised in Texas, but had heard the paternal family history was French and there were connections in Louisiana.
He went to New Orleans and discovered a great-great-great grandfather who was a doctor. Back in those days a lot of people claiming to be doctors hadn't actually been to medical school, but this particular Doctor had and was properly qualified and had a paper published in a medical journal. Dr Hacker had lived and worked through the Yellow Fever epidemic of the time and his paper was written about that. He died on a steamboat named Gipsy when the boat caught fire.
Further research had Jim going to Paris France, then on to Versailles, where he discovered a 7 times great grandfather, Louis Trouard, who was a marble supplier to King Louis the 15th and was setting up his son who had studied architecture, to be part of the Royal Architects Association.
(I may have some of the facts a bit wrong, for instance the Royal Architects Association may have been called something else).
Anyway, this great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Louis Francois Trouard, was eventually appointed as Architect to the King.
We saw Jim Parsons meet the researcher who told him this information inside a very lovely, classy, yet simple, church which was the work of this six times great grandfather.
How fabulous is that?
I know nothing of my own paternal history and my maternal history only goes back as far as ancestors in Sweden in 1834.