Archive for July, 2008

Scrabble has two B’s.

Fabulous has one B.

The makers of Scrabulous went with one; I used two when I blogged about it recently. Since then, Scrabbulous! has been my most active post and that incorrectly spelled non-word has been my most common search engine hit. So in the hopes of getting even more totally random traffic through the halls of Logomanikos (and maybe a couple more challengers on Facebook), I just thought I’d post this strategically-tagged bit of a nothing post. If you’d like to play, click here or leave a comment if it’s not clear how.


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Next week I’m attending my twentieth high school reunion. I’m interested to see what this event is like for me. I have many good friends from high school whom I’ve kept in close contact with. These are the guys I’m going back to see. Here are some of them at my wedding ten years ago (Aly, Dylan, me, Bruce, my brother J.J., Kerry and Rob):

I’m curious to see what it will be like reconnecting with other people whom I haven’t kept in touch with. Will it feel odd and uncomfortable? Will it be interesting? Will dormant friendships rekindle? Will I remember anyone? Will they remember me? Will it feel real or artificial? Will it feel like now or like I’m back in high school again? These are the questions that are swirling in the back of my mind. Not the front of my mind though; I’ve been too busy to really think about this trip much.

So one of the things we were supposed to do for this reunion was create a biography / memory page. It was quite a project trying to sum up a little over half my life on one 8.5 by 11 page. And as I did it, I also had to reflect a bit on my motivation for spending so much time trying to “get it right” and make it look good. How much is my pride driving this project? Do I just want to make myself look impressive for a bunch of people I don’t really even know anymore? Shannon wisely reminded me as I agonized with formatting pictures and margins and so on, “All the people who really care already know what’s happened in the last 20 years of your life.” Certainly good counsel. On the other hand, I do look forward to seeing other people’s pages, folks I haven’t seen since 1988, and I do hope that many of them took the time to really effectively give me some sense of where life has taken them these past two decades. So I’m at least telling myself that I really did all this work for them, not for me. You can opine for yourself about that rationale. Anyway, here’s what I came up with (if you find any typos, please don’t tell me):

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Logomanikos returns! Monday I made it back home after two and a half weeks in Italy for Club Beyond’s summer camp, “Beach Break.” While I was gone, my family experienced a big lightning storm. We are very grateful that the computer wasn’t fried, but the storm did take out our Internet capability. Thursday we received our new modem, yesterday I successfully navigated the technical help line despite some mild chiding for not speaking any Dutch, and today we are back on line. There’s much to blog about the last few weeks. Perhaps I’ll get around to writing about some of it in the coming days, but for now, here’s a big Happy Birthday to my second son Joseph who turned five yesterday, July 11. Click here to see a few more photos.

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