I wrote an long autobiography, got as far as "People Don't Know I'm Good At", and hit a wrong key, taking me completely out of this. When I came back, the parts easiest to reproduce were still there and the hardest parts to reproduce joined the angels. Or something. The single most significant detail in my life is I survived severe Wegener's granulomatosis, a rare form of vasculitis. As recently as the 1960's, a diagnosis of WG was a death sentence for most people who devloped it. Now, knowledge of how to treat it is sufficient to save all but a small percentage of people who develop it. In part, it is why I chose to retire about two months before my 61st birthday. Not because I couldn't continue my work, which mostly involved sitting on my butt crunching numbers all day. But because I kissed death on the lips in 2003 and know that WG may limit the length of my life. I felt- and feel- that I have too much to share with others to waste another day crunching numbers no one truly used to any good purpose! Oh yeah, I was a US Army motion picture photographer in Germany in the early 1970's, which was major fun! Everything else is detail.
Baroque operas, most music before 1850, some after. Life.
The joy of volunteerism. Each person has gifts he can share. Each person has an obligation to share those gifts. For example, my mother taught Red Cross Swimming for 60 years. I, because I've experienced near-death and physical and medical vicissitudes because of WG, am good with elderly people and people dealing with that subtle mental adjustment to a state of acceptance- not resignation!- with a "new normal" state that age and disease bring about. The family motto is "Service to others is the price you pay for the space you occupy." Retiring early allows me to take on that challenge before I am, frankly, dead.
Politics mixing with religion to influence science policy or morality based on a narrow reading of scripture.
Blogging, vlogging, and making quirky, humorous collage storybooks for very few good friends.
We'll see what develops.
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