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Love and Hate

I have a love-hate relationship with engineers

While it may not be politically correct to talk about this anymore, in the past, it was projected that 80 percent of engineers had Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome is now considered to be on the autism spectrum, so it may be considered a disability. Its symptoms are extreme focus and the inability to reconcile others’ ideas with one’s own; in other words, I’m right and you’re wrong.

On one hand, if I’m driving across a bridge that is both long and a good distance from the water, I want it to have been designed by somebody who put 100 percent of their focus on designing that bridge. I want that person to be so focused that everyone else’s opinion was not a distraction. Their focus—regardless of its source—is a wonderful attribute.

On the other hand, interacting with engineers, either at work or socially can be less satisfying. They are apt to say factually correct, but awkward (for the listener) statements like:
“You sure have aged.”
“How much weight have you gained?

Ya gotta lovem.

And hatem, too.

Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

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This is aimed at only those of us who are old enough to remember the Beatles. Not a retrospective.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away we talked about these – sex, drugs and rock and roll.

We also pledged to “Never trust anyone over 30.”

My, how times change.

Drugs? Oh yeah, man, I’m into all kinds of drugs these days. Blood pressure meds, sleep aids, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines and something to help my memory – I forget what it is. I do them all, man. (Eat your heart out, Tommy Chong!)

Sex? I’m happily married. If you are also happily married you understand. If you’re not happily married, there’s no way I can explain that you would understand.

Rock & Roll? Yes, I still love the “oldies.” The best part is that I can pick and choose the very best of all of the songs I’ve heard. I can fondly remember the best of all the great groups and conveniently forget the duds. (Okay, yes, I do still remember “Hocus Pocus” by Focus and “Clones” by Alice Cooper) I figure, my fond memory of past music is about 10% of everything that occurred in that time.

So as far I’m concerned, BOC, ELO, the Doobie Brothers, the Eagles, and a few others were all that existed.

I’m over 30 twice over. I now know a little bit about life. I trust my peers twice as much as I did before I was 30.

On one hand, I’m more realistic.

On the other hand, I still like (and embrace) the attitude of my youth.

So, in summation:

Pick good – believe in great ideals.

Stick to them.

Try to make the world a better place.

Enjoy the blessings along the way.