(From a few years ago.)

So a patient went in for a snip …

Doctor: Have you ever had major surgery before?
Patient: Nope.
Doctor: I can see that you’re lying to me. You have had major surgery.
Patient: What are you talking about, doc? Seriously, I’ve never had major surgery.
Doctor: You’ve had a circumcision.
Patient: But I didn’t think that was major surgery.
Doctor: Really? I bet you didn’t walk for a year afterward!

Thank you Martin and faculty. I am both honored and happy to be here. And congratulations to the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley graduating class!

As far as I know, I only have one recurring dream. It’s a nightmare that goes like this: It’s senior finals week, and I’ve completely forgotten to attend a couple of classes — I’ve not done the assignments, not taken the tests, and so am not going to graduate. …

(Originally written in 2013)

Promised my dad, who passed away last week (see other post), that I would share his top ten favorite movies:

  • The Big Country
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Broken Arrow
  • Continental Divide
  • The American President
  • Breaking Free
  • The Christmas Card
  • A Holiday Romance
  • Tears in the Rain
  • Broken Lullaby

I also warned him that, since I am a conscientious objector to the genre of Harlequin Romances, he’d have to add some alternates:

  • To Catch a Thief
  • Friendly Persuasion
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Casablanca
  • Roman Holiday
  • Dave

Gratefully, dad’s decline from Alzheimer’s was slow enough that he could enjoy movies, especially his favorites, nearly up to the end. Thanks for sharing that love of cinema dad.

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Scott Dietzen

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