A lost life…


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He said “I live in the old church, you remember the one we used to play football in the yard of? Its lofts now and I am on the 2nd floor in 1/2 the old gym.”

I paused for a moment, I did remember that church vaguely although I couldn’t place anything except the stone sign in the front of the church that I ran into when I was twelve and cracked my nose. I didn’t remember the insides of the church just that we had sat there many times and that the room was huge. “I do sort of,” I answered leaving the pause in the air between us.

“Cool, haven’t seen you in a long time. How have you been?” He asked.

An innocent question and one that I had heard a million times but I couldn’t answer it anymore this time than the previous million times. What is memory? Certainly my memory was less than others. Not of a lesser God but of lesser memory. How do you tell someone that you vaguely remember that you only vaguely remember them because of what happened to you. That is no reflection on them merely that you no longer remember anything other than small pictures like the frames that used to hang in your parents house. “I had an accident,” I start again leaving a pause not for effect rather because what comes next is difficult to talk about.

“Oh my God, I am so sorry.” he interjected, the painful pause drove him to talk.

“you shouldn’t be sorry. It was a moment, I don’t remember anything that led to up to it, or for that matter a lot of what came after that moment. I do remember waking up in the hospital. I am here now because the doctor’s advised me to go to familiar places. See familiar people. But the memories of my wife and children are to painful to not have. So I came here. To look around again and maybe jog the memories.”

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Scott Andersen

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Clap on, Clap off–come on man seriously who needs a clapper computer…


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There was a horrible TV commercial many years ago (lights on, lights off, The Clapper). I am comparing that to the functionality of the new Microsoft Surface computer on my other blog. Very similar in the sense that if you had a clapper you would use it, but would you go out of your way to install the clapper? Probably not, which is how I feel about the want to be computer, the Microsoft Surface.

Now if only apple had included a Microsd slot in the new ipad available soon.

Riding the Metro I have to say DC has done a great job with that system. It saves between 1 and 2 hours of real time going to downtown DC, and I don’t have to sit in traffic. I love my car don’t get me wrong, but sitting in traffic I do not love.

The app (when it my training coming basically) for the Metro is very nice.

Its going to be 70 degrees in the DC area today – what a wonderful winter. 22 degrees Monday to 70 on Wednesday. I am already under the weather and I hope I don’t catch anything else.

For some reason three songs keep flowing in and out of my head – today its Casey Jones.

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My inner voice…


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It is not what you say but how you say it.

When I was in college I took a lot of creative writing classes. I wanted to be a writer.  Initially a poet but then eventually short stories and novels.  Writing is a journey to find your voice and  the journey you take to get there. Some journey’s take you through dark places, not that the writer is a bad person but that inside their voice is dark.

I’ve been on that quest since college. My voice has come at times (there are some really nice blogs in the past seven years posted here) but at other times I have struggled with my voice.

It is similar to the inner monologue great actors portray on stage, the argument between what is seen and what is unseen. The balance of power within the human mind resulting in both a wonder and a joy. There are times when I hear my voice that I feel like writing like writing anything and everything. There are times when it slips away that I feel like a piece of me is missing.

That inner monologue that drives me, has become a part of me.

Yet still I quest for that inner voice to be with me all the time, not to slip away at times. When it slips away I wonder if it will ever return to me, to comfort me and guide me as I write.

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IU The Indiana University


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My first IU basketball game was watching George McGinnis as a sophomore go well, crazy and score 30+ points. He was an amazing player. My dad took me and that began my love of IU ball.

During the Coach Knight era we as Indiana fans were spoiled. Mostly by winning but also by the fact that the team came and played every night. They also did so under Coach Davis, who in following a legend (like a lot of other coaches who have followed legends) suffered greatly and really in the end not a fair comparison.

I watched the game yesterday. The team has a couple of flaws (half court game still needs work) but it is great to see the young Hoosiers come together. I really love the weave offence that Coach Crean is using. You see vestiges of the motion offence in that. I do however wish that ESPN and CBS would stop brining up the fact the Coach Crean is an in-law of the two Super Bowl coaches.

The flaw that IU has right now is that they are a running team. When you slow them down into a half-court game (Butler, Wisconsin and now Michigan State) they struggle. Yesterday was the first game where they actually kept their poise and won the game in a slowdown. Talent is a wonderful thing and IU is loaded with lots of talent.

Its fun to watch IU basketball again (and it was while they were losing – Coach Crean never lost his cool even though he was dealt a really bad hand for three years).

The other fun part was watching with my dad. He is in Thailand right now so can’t watch games in the middle of the night. But they looked good dad! They looked really good!

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We saw a Raven in Baltimore…


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Over a year in the making – a trip to Edgar Allen Poe’s gravesite and homes. My very first published poem had a line in it “lay the flower and pour the bourbon” because I was and am a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan. His life like many artists was short and mysterious (no one is quite sure how he died – lots of conjecture but no proof).

I am a better technical writer than a fiction writer, but I have over the years published a few works of fiction and poetry. There are a number of writers that have influenced me over the years. Tom Robbins – he is without a doubt one of my very favorites. Hemingway and Steinbeck took hold of me at various times and for different reasons. F Scott Fitzgerald (buried in Rockville MD – just a little South of us) and Edgar Allen Poe (buried a little East of us) have all touched me at various times. We saw a Raven in Baltimore yesterday which was kind of ironic. It was probably 100 yards from the house Poe lived in as he switched from poet to fiction writer.

Anyway it was a great day hanging out with the family and indulging in one of my personal quests. To see the resting place of the person who made my resting place uncomfortable for so many nights.

As a parent the nicest thing you can say it is simply fun to hang out with my children. I am very proud of all three of them.

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Rambling gambling saturday


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Yes my ear is still bugging me. I have another doctor’s appt a week from Wednesday. If it is still bugging me then I am considering a Van Gogh. (if thine eye offends thee – pluck it out) (JOKE)).

Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are – Meatloaf.

Objects in the rear view mirror when you add an inch of snow to Washington Roads may appear to actually be stationary because they actually are stationary.

Sorry today is a series of random close out the week thoughts. They aren’t linear nor are they organized which sadly is the way my brain works most of the time. I can focus for roughly 8 hours any one day. Based on that the vast majority of my focus goes to my kids when I first get home and working. Which means by Saturday I lack focus.

My favorite line from the book and movie trilogy (Lord of the Rings) “Fly you fools.” Gandalf the Gray.

My favorite line from the movie Creator “One day man will peer down his microscope and see God staring back at him. The first one that blinks loses their testicles.”

My favorite line from the TV show Big Bang Theory “I’m not crazy my mother had me tested.”

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and freaking laser beams on the top of it


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Note: (please excuse the whining tone) It feels like the two coasts always make fun of folks in the “Middle” but I wonder, on the East coast people leave when the sun is still hiding and don’t come home until the sun is down. The concept of neighbors is very different here than in the middle. Sure life moves a lot faster on the coast – but you don’t have someone to lean over the fence and talk about it with.

I was addicted to foursquare for awhile. I need to go to an FA meeting. I decided yesterday to stop cold turkey. The next step is deleting the application from my portable devices.  When that happens I know I will be over that addiction.

Long day yesterday riding home on the Metro watching tired people stand in the cold waiting for a train I realized two things, I need a better winter coat then the one I’ve been using and two I hate cold weather. I used to love the concept of snow but right now it just makes me cold. So I started thinking as I was freezing walking to my car after getting off the train what was the perfect winter coat.

First it can’t be the kind mom bought  us when we were eight, remember? Removable liners? the first time you took out the liner was the last time the liner ever fit into the jacket. More than a test of dexterity and patience I have to say. Of course mom got mad at us for not using the liner but who could get the freaking thing back into the jacket, anyway?

The perfect winter coat needs to have lining made for 20 degrees and above with wiring inside the jacket that allows you to turn it on for heat when the temperature gets older. Since we would need batteries (or maybe just the batteries from a 787 they seem to be able to combust at will) we could also charge devices. It needs to be like the way cool Scott-Vest and coats with lots of pockets. Finally, an attached scarf and gloves would be awesome so I don’t forget them.

It isn’t hard people. Oh yeah and with deference to Dr. Evil, it needs to have freaking laser beams on the top of it. Seriously again it isn’t hard people!

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Scott Andersen

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