Spring Fever

It seems to me…

Have you ever noticed that men and women define “spring fever” differently?  When the weather turns warm, men think of grabbing a beer and relaxing outside in a comfortable lounge chair and taking a nap.  The most exerting undertaking might be a barbeque or pickup game of baseball.

Women, on the other hand, become hyperactive wanting to start cleaning everything (most of which doesn’t really need it).  Next it is rearranging the comfortably laid out house.  “Why don’t we see how the sofa looks over against that wall and the chair over here?”  “We really need some new lights for this room” (ignoring the perfectly functional lights stored in the garage, basement or attic).  “And while we are at it, let’s push out the bathroom and move the bedroom over to the other side of the house.”

The outside yard doesn’t escape spring unscathed.  “We need some new bushes along side the garage.”  “Don’t you think that 40-foot tree would look better over against the back fence?”

I’ve never really understood the motivation for all of this (but then I won’t pretend to understand women).  Maybe it is something similar to allergies that always come around the same time each year.

Oh well, got to get busy.  There is some furniture to move.  And sorry but I forgot that I need to run down to the hardware store for something.  I’ll be right back…

That’s what I think, what about you?

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About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.
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