Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What I look like...

My last photo was not so pretty, so here's a better picture of what I really look like now. The main difference is that this one is taken with my expensive Nikon D40X digital SLR, instead of the tiny camera built into my iMac. But it helps too that I dropped the goofy expression, and picked up a beautiful prop (my guitar).

Some people have told me I look like the guy in the picture below... a certain "Gilligan," who endured a weekly "3-hour cruise" on television for three years in the 60s.
Each week, the weather started turning rough, and the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would have been lost. The ship set ground on the shore of an uncharted desert isle, with Gilligan, the Skipper too, the Millionaire and his wife, the Movie Star, the Professor and Mary Anne, here on Gilligan's Isle.

I can relate to him, since for me too the weather has had its rough moments lately. I am happy to report, however, that due to the diligent work of the Millionaire and his wife (government agencies such as NIH that fund research on brain cancer treatments, and private foundations that do the same), the Movie Star (those who raise public awareness of this potentially-devastating disease), the Professor (scientists and doctors involved in brain cancer research) and Mary Anne (family, friends, and others who provide the all-important emotional support), the castaways on the uncharted desert isle will be rescued, and returned to their lives before the ill-fated three-hour cruise.


Cheryl said...

Both photos are good! I think you may belong on Gilligan's Island.

I'm not sure which character fits you best:

Skipper: The Skipper is the castaway's good-natured leader. He is brave and sure, and is always looking out for them - particularly Gilligan. He continually encourages the castaways to work together toward what he knows will be the eventual rescue.

The Professor: The only rational person on the island, and without his scientific skills and leadership ability it is unlikely that the castaways would ever stand a chance of survival, let alone rescue.

Gilligan: He's won the affection of his fellow castaways, and plus your hat is the same as his.

You never need to feel like you're a castaway on a small island with a few friends and family. There is a whole big world of family and friends thinking about you all the time. You'll be back from your 3-hour tour in no time.


Jeff said...


I was unsuccessful with my first attempt to post a comment, so I'll keep this short. I liked your "goofy look" photo better. BTW, even with a 1 inch by 1.5 inch chunk of your brain missing, you are still smarter then the rest of us old HGTLers. I have long since forget about solutions to hyperbolic PDEs.

Jeff Phillips