Jefferson Martin

Jefferson Martin

Musings about old Volvos and the meaning of life.

Two Bits a Shot

Today was CAT Scan Day focusing on my lung areas and I was so excited to engage in that test. Yes, that was sarcasm. Showing my age upon check-in for my CAT-scan, I was informed by the barely-bearded technician that the test is no longer called a CAT-SCAN. No, it’s just a C (pause) T

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Valleys and Wet Shoes

When I was young, I never paid much attention to the etymology of words. I just embraced those words and unknowingly used them in mostly inappropriate ways providing others with a constant and predictable source of amusement, I am sure. I spent most of my life assuming that the word ‘valley’ described the basin of

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The Whole Foods Warehouse

Over the last month I have noticed a change in my Whole Foods shopping experience. Like most folks, when I shopped at Whole Foods I had few complaints other than the cost of the food. The service was good; the employees were cheerful and the coffee wasn’t too bad, either. Shopping there was like going

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Cancer is not a solo endeavor.

Ken Foreman brought up an important, and often overlooked, component of the cancer experience: Compassion Fatigue. A cancer diagnosis is not a personal journey or quest that takes place in a social vacuum. Like the cancer itself, the effects of the diagnosis spread throughout the realm of family and friends who truly want to assist

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Aqualung Rising

I am amazed at the powers of Quantum Entanglement now being observed in the earth-based biota, especially at the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University. (No relation!) https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/2018011_Quantum_entanglement Simply put, organisms are thought to continue to communicate even after physical, logical communication pathways are severed or corrupted. When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2017,

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Change for Change’s Sake

I am typing my first blog note on my newly resto-modded ThinkPad X230. My first ThinkPad was a Model 700 in the early nineties and, like most users, I came to appreciate and love the ThinkPad keyboards. But when ThinkPad followed the herd and switched to ‘island’, or chiclet, keyboards, they lost me. The last

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Source Code

My son and I spent the weekend touring the steel mills along the banks of the Monongahela and Ohio rivers near Pittsburgh, PA. Some of history’s most well known steel mills are now gone, such as the ill-fated Homestead Works, but there remains a vibrant, compact steelmaking capability that represents the unwavering core of an

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Weep and Moan

Some have reported that Led Zeppelin recorded “When the Levee Breaks” on a challenge from the original writer, Memphis Minnie, to do it better and Led Zep was said to have won that bet. But, buried inside that wonderful, iconic track is the hat-tip to Big Mama Thornton with the “weep and moan” lyric taken

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Paradise by the Dashboard Lights

More things that make you go hmmmmm. This odd startup redboard occurs in the morning and goes away once the car is warmed up. I pulled the entire dash and interior last summer to replace the heater coil and failed fan blower motor and was careful not to tug on the wiring harnesses too much.

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