Thursday, September 15, 2016
We came to NC for my seminar concerning implants and that is over. I received 3 hours of good information, it was 'data overload' but I did learn a lot more than I knew. I have not had time to implement a thing, being around here, we are in a busy world.
Still getting ready for the 60th HS reunion for Sherry's class. I have heard so much, and commented so much on HS grads that I might have insulted a friend today. Bob, from up in the great state of Pennsylvania and Stella's other Great Grandpa, stopped by for a visit today. We both have a back ground in computers, repair, programming and operations.
As always, the super computer, the IBM 360 comes up. We both worked with them. In the course of our talk, of course the HS reunions came up and I asked him if he graduated HS. He was sorta shocked, and with a hurt look said, "Jack I graduated from college!"(You can’t tell that?)
Being an old wise acre I said, "And I thought you talked funny just because you lived in Pennsylvania." We both laughed but I could tell I had insulted him. Later I apologized. I bet Bob even knows how to pronounce 'Hyperbole'.
The word has come up on a forum I frequent. I liked the subject. I knew the definition of the word, it is just not a word that comes up in conversation in the circles I have traveled. I have never heard a carpenter, marine, airman or sailor use that word, I traveled among the illiterate.
I try not to make fun of education, I do wish I had paid more attention in school, and yes I do know I would have been helped with a degree. But that is in the past, as a dropout I have been very successful. I also have attended a couple colleges, never enough to graduate.
BUT when I mentioned the forum and the subject, hyperbole, Sherry cracked up (no thought for my feelings) when I murdered the pronunciation, anybody with half a brain would know the word would be pronounced "HIPER_BOWL" like it is spelled. (Yeah I know that sentence to too long but I ain’t fixing it!) Sherry had other ideas, but then she is a High School Graduate, with a class reunion this year to prove it.
My girl in the upper left hand corner of her 1956 annual. The first and only person in her family to graduate HS, as a bonus she was a member of the the Beta Club, a national honor society. They (and I) were proud of her.
Of course I still think she is wrong, but I will leave her with her fantasy. (Although I know the odds are SHE IS CORRECT). I honestly tried to learn the pronunciation, but a minute later I forgot. So I decided to keep from embarrassing myself, I will never use the word again.
PS: Thanks for the helpful hints on tomato plants, Imma try some of that next year.
Studebaker Power hawk 1956 (one of Shirl's cars)