Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Summing the last 10 years

The New York Times reports that a firefighter who suffered brain damage when a burning roof collapsed in 1995 and who had been virtually silent until suddenly asked for his wife and was surprised to learn that it was now 10 years later. Compared to what happened with Terri Schiavo, his story is a heartwarming one, including the moment when the nurse told him that his son was on the phone and he said that couldn't be beacuse the son was just a baby.

I once heard about a movie about an East German woman who went into a coma and awoke after the fall of the Berlin Wall and her family did not want to upset her so they pretended there was still an East Germany. This has me wondering how the firefighter's family can possibly try to explain what happened in the last ten years, how we got from Clinton to Bush and what happened on September 11 and how that led to Iraq. How the Yankees won the World Series for the first time in 18 years and then how the Red Sox won for the first time in 86 years.

And somehow, it seems that those things are all that one really needs to know to be fully up to date . . .

10 Comments:

Blogger Ha ha hit him again said...

yea somebody in coma starting in 1989 asking how Bush could be president the whole time

What is it, Nixon, Dole or Bush on GOP ticket every cycle since 1952 with one exception

5/03/2005 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger putonyourspecs said...

What about that scene in Back to the Future where the 1955 Doc Brown scoffs when he learns that Reagan is president in 1985.

5/03/2005 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And who's vice-president in 1985? Jerry Lewis?! And I suppose Jane Wyman is First Lady."


- As Told to Marty McFly

5/03/2005 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Ha ha hit him again said...

Yea Arnold as Governor of California

5/03/2005 09:25:00 PM  
Blogger putonyourspecs said...

Perhaps send Arnold back to 1955 to refresh his memory about the location of Soviet troops in Austria?

5/03/2005 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Ha ha hit him again said...

yea JRB already back in 1890

5/03/2005 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha hit him again. Put on your specs. Ha ha hit him again. Put on your specs. Ha ha hit him again. Put on your specs. Ha ha hit him again. Put on your specs. Ha ha hit him again.

Hmm, how did Lincoln and Douglas ever get to debate with all the crowd heckling?


- Sic Semper Tyranus

5/04/2005 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this NY Times article,

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/05/nyregion/05coma.html

it reads:

"Dr. Ahmed said Mr. Herbert thought that it had been only a couple of months since the accident, not a decade - in which a president was tried for impeachment; e-mail and cellphones became popular; and his hometown football team, the Buffalo Bills, made the playoffs four times."

Didn't the Bills make their four straight losing Super Bowl trips prior to 1995?


- Inconsistent Vegetable

5/05/2005 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger putonyourspecs said...

Yes, but apparently they made the playoffs an additional four times since. Perhaps telling him about the Miracle in Music City would put him out for good?

5/05/2005 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

what is wrong with you? how do you put a sports anything as one of the first few things he should be aware of? besides, he is a firefighter. firefighters are notorious mets fans.

5/09/2005 03:37:00 PM  

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