This was not one of Lex’s posts, but on his original web site. For those of you who are just discovering him, here is a brief bio of him in his own words. I have added his title bar logos below.
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Tue – October 14, 2003
Or why it’s important to be technical.
My son takes AP calculus and physics at Torrey Pines High School in North County, San Diego. It’s hard, he sometimes struggles, and I’m very, very proud of him.
For my own part, I was never a scholar in maths. Somewhere around fourth or fifth grade, we were introduced to negative integers. I rebelled. If you had four pencils, and took away five, you’d find that after you’d taken away four, there were no more pencils to take, I reasoned – you’d have to stop. The theoretical, potential fifth pencil my teacher tried to sell me on seemed so much more adult blather, comforting to say aloud perhaps, like the rosary, but ultimately senseless. I was querulous, she was harassed, I was told to get on board. I stayed in the station, awaiting better logic.
Jan 29, 2006
Took the clan(-) to Pipes, a local surfer breakfast establishment in Cardiff up the coast road this morning after church. Was dressed in my grey flannel, wasn’t I? And I didn’t care who knew it. Sat down to dine on a breakfast sandwich with the rest of us and noticed a poster behind me showing a surfer coming down the face of a 52 foot wave. It looked… terrifying.
And on that poster these words were printed:
“What if your dreams and fears existed in the same place?
What if to get to heaven you had to brave hell?
What if everything you’d ever wanted would cost you everything you’ve ever achieved?
Would you still go there?”
I’m not a surfer. But these are pretty good questions.
One of the Lexicans found this post of Lex’s while surfing the wayback machine. It was not in our archives. I am putting it in our Wayback Archives. It brings points worth pondering, and H/T to Old AF Sarge.