My neighbor Aaron is a famous MacIntosh Computer Programmer and the Chief Big Nerd at The Big Nerd Ranch.
If you know things about MacIntosh programming you have definitely heard of him.
My blog was acting all crazy today and I called Aaron to ask for help.
(The blog sidebar was showing up at the bottom of the page when viewed in Internet Explorer -- and it may still be doing that -- but I have wasted enough time trying to fix it and no longer care...)
Aaron said he'd be delighted to help me, but neglected to say,
"but I'm leaving for GERMANY for a week in TWO HOURS."
Aaron usually wants to do the good and kind thing.
His wife, my friend Michele, is a big fan of Oprah.
She was particularly excited about the show where Oprah gave each of her guests $1,000 and asked them to do what they could to make the world a better place with the money.
Michele was inspired.
One night at dinner she told Aaron all about the show.
They imagined what they would do for the common good with $1,000.
The next day, Aaron was walking downtown in our small city.
He saw a local street musician in his usual spot, but for the first time in Aaron's almost daily encounter with him, the man was without his instrument.
"Where's your guitar?" Aaron asked him.
The musician told Aaron that he had recently suffered an epileptic seizure while playing on the street.
The paramedics were called, he was taken to the hospital and somewhere in the mix his guitar was stolen.
Spontaneously, Aaron drove to a local music shop, purchased a middle-range, totally respectable acoustic guitar, returned and gave it to the musician.
The musician was awe struck. He was grateful. He took the guitar... and he ran like hell.
Aaron couldn't stop smiling all day.
For Christmas, he gave Michele $1,000 and simply told her to do some good with it.
So even though he is in Germany and can't COME OVER TO MY HOUSE RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND AND FIX MY BLOG, it is o.k. because Aaron is a good egg.
He errs on the side of friendly and agreeable in all human interactions.
Like the time several years ago when he was on a business trip in New York City and, like anyone visiting New York, he got in a taxi cab.
He told the driver where he wanted to go and the cab driver said,
"I've got to mojametize."
Aaron smiled and blinked politely at the man trying with all his mental strength (and he has a lot - remember he's a famous computer nerd) to understand what the man had said.
Aaron continued with the smiling and the blinking.
The cab driver repeated himself,
"I said, I've got to mojametize!!!"
Again, Aaron tried hard to understand.
He decided "MOJAMETIZE" must mean something like "Let's Rock and Roll!!!"
Not knowing what else to do, Aaron raised a fist in solidarity and enthusiastically yelled,
"RIGHT ON, MAN!!! MOJAMETIZE!!"
Now it was the cab driver who blinked and stared.
The cabbie shook his head and tried again, but slowed way down,
"I've. Got. Too. Much. Air. In. My. Tires."
To this day, if you're at Michele and Aaron's house when they are trying to get the whole family out the door, you'll hear them say,
"C'mon boys, it's time for this family to MOJAMATIZE!"
Love, love, love the big nerds. They are the best.