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September 08, 2003

That's My Boy

I don't live in Columbine. I live in Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

My boy and I went for a long walk this evening, and as is his habit, he tried to wrangle out of me some promises for his next birthday. He's 9 and will be 10 next February. The prospect of him being a decade old is fascinating and he has all kinds of big plans.

He wants a whole load of gadgets from the Edmund Scientific catalog. He already has the big ear, assorted magnets, a fairly beat up optics set, and gyroscope. Now he wants weather prediction gear. He wants Halo2 of course, and he wants a snowboarding trip.

We talked about his future more. He wants to make biomedical devices. OK I'm just saying that he does, but he described to me out of the blue wouldn't it be cool scenarios if you could put special chips in blind people's foreheads that would help them see, or maybe sensors in their hands 'that would send impulses through their nerves up to their brains so they wouldn't walk off a cliff'. He's got my streak of Wile E. Coyote in him, that's for sure.

He's very glad to be back in school, and he's finally reading Danny Dunn. I think every geek dad looks forward to the day that their kids start reading Danny Dunn. So I can tell you I'm proud and all that.

I raised a more somber note which I take as a sign that it's a good thing to live where I live in the company of young men like my son. I told him that September 11th was coming soon and if he thought we should do something special.

He thought about it for a while and finally announced, "We should go bodysurfing." Then asked me how big a seven foot wave is. "Pretty big and scary", I replied. "But I think you'll be able to handle it."

Posted by mbowen at September 8, 2003 09:55 PM

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*nods approvingly* Edmund Scientific's catalog was a big deal for me when I was 9.

Posted by: George at September 10, 2003 04:03 AM