Good morning, and happy 2019 to us all!
OK, that said, gimme a nap and a slap upside th ehead. Letting a friend use our bathroom for showering for a few mornings. He'll be here at oh-crap-early. Why did I say yes before I thought of my needs? Because. THat's what I do. *headdesk* times ten.
So that means I gotta have things ready and pretty and also not freak out, b/c much as I don't mind, I do mind, and it's been rough lately, so early-morning guests aren't exactly on the Yay-Hurray list!
So, things to do in 2019 if you're still not dead... ? Got a something on the 2019 list? Place to visit, hobby to try, book to read? Me, I'm going to start over on learnign German. My for-idiots book is useless and I can't afford the teaching-in-person, but I refuse to surrender. I'm doing okay on vocabularly, so darn it, I won't surrender till I know how to put the words together and understand those da*n verbs. Seriously, it's always verbs for me... *sigh*
I'd describe magical things if I could, but alas, all I have are ... my cats. Who, btw, are officially bonkers for The Red Dot game again. Dahlia is officially turning into our cuddler-acrobat-cannonball (with scyhtes on her paws). Dixie yesterday officially became The Diva. OMG. Hubby was brushing her and she complained like "Steel Magnolias" and "Sex and the City" combined. Too much chick-flick type reference? Well, let's just say that I'd sooner be stuck next to a drunk on a plane. I had t otake over and do it "properly" before the darn cat quieted down. Diva!
Now for New Facts:
Ever hear of Susumu Tonegawa? What, you haven't?! Kidding! He's a bit of a renaissance scientist. First he won a Nobel for medicine/physiology in 1987 for figuring out the workings of the adaptive immune system --- those darn antibodies! --- and its diversity.
After that, he switched to neuroscience. B/c, y'know. Molecular biology is soooo boring, all that DNA stuff....
Naturally, he was also the winner of the 1987 Lasker Award. Why is that a big deal? Pretty safe bet --- or at least 50-50 odds --- the Lasker winner gets the Nobel. Weird but true. Nobody really hears about the Lasker, but there it is. Nobody really thinks about the Booker Prize, either, onlyt he Pulitzer (at least in the US)...
Tonegawa (yes, Japanese-born) also has been honored with a stamp in Gambia, Africa's smallest mainland nation. Odd but true, if that ever comes up in conversation for some reason beyond all logic...
Most interesting to me, however, i sthat my FIL realllllly wishes he'd gotten the same grant funding at the same time, b/c that would've been useful and he might not have lost his chance at Lasker or Nobel for work that became much more useful in daily life but wasn't as "sexy" to the Nobel nerds. Yeah. I know. My FIL and colleagues were up against a guy who eventually won a *solo* Nobel Prize. He and my FIL are the same age, to boot. I learn weird things at holiday gatherings.
Meanwhile, as my FIL stuck with DNA and molecular biology and pathology, Tonegawa has gone on to discover interesting things about "engrams", which are believed to be (due to his research) a packet of memory cells in the hippocampal region of the brain. Fear responses in mice were how he tracked that, but I don't ask more than that. I have PTSD. I know what it feels like to be programmed by fear. How is irrelevant unless they can fix it, IMO...
Also, Tonegawa's working on how to manipulate memory "engrams", and if that doesn't worry you... Watch more science fiction.
That said, apparently he's a perfectly nice guy (since he moved to neuroscience and left FIL's field).
Of course, if I could forget a few things... would I want to? That's the ethics question under things like memory manipulation. Can it be healing? Possibly. What abou tthe harm? Oooh, that's nasty...
OK, off to face 2019!
Good morning! I am striving to be upbeat and optimistic today, and keep up some sense of strength. Hubby's uncle is past the poitn where he can even cope with a phone call, let alone visits, and all this in the last 2 weeks. By the time Hubby got the okay to take time off work for us to trek from Virginia to Wisconsin (where afreosaid uncle lives)? We were told it's ... Well, the blunt way to put...