I love finding out the inner working of “things.” Anything – everything. I’m just naturally inquisitive. Call it “nosy.” I won’t be offended. I’m convinced that knowing more will save me time, effort and, maybe, save the lives of those around me.
Given that background, it is no wonder I was considered a “professional student,” and that my advisor gave me a cartoon (gotta find it, scan it and post it here!) showing a student sitting in a professor’s office with the professor saying, “You HAVE to graduate. We don’t grant tenure to students.” That was a real belly laugh for both of us, and got me off my tookus to finish my dissertation.
It’s no wonder I surf the net for information – not for just “doodly-squat,” but real information. Here’s one of my fun (can you hear my daughter rolling her eyes?) websites:
It has a little of everything from “Animals” to “Travel.” At this point, I’m particularly interested in “How many words do dogs understand?” Not surprising because I’m trying to be prepared for getting a mobility service dog sometime in the next couple of years.
Now, none of the articles are particularly in depth, but they give me a beginning, and usually a number of additional links to find more in-depth information.
Since I work as a Legal Nurse Consultant, I am constantly surfing the internet, researching diseases, anatomy, medications, medication effects, surgery procedures and complications. The things you can find on the internet are amazing!
So, I am nosy, and I’m interested in how stuff works! I remember when I was a kid, my grandmother kept a dictionary and an almanac beside her chair. When a radio or TV newscaster said a word she questioned either the meaning or pronunciation of, she would reach for the dictionary. If they were talking about something new to her, she reached for the almanac. Pretty minimal considering our current resources, but she was “nosy,” too! She was nosy right up to the day she was taking out of her house and put in the nursing home with Momma. They shared a room, but she didn’t have her beloved dictionary and almanac. She sickened and died within a year! Now, I’m not saying she would have lived if she had not had her favorite books taken away from her, but these were the way she kept her mind active. Maybe, just maybe, her mind would have stayed active if we had thought to keep her two favorite books by her. And maybe she would have been happier.
How stuff works – you can take my laptop and internet connection from me by prying them from my cold dead hands!! That is how I keep my mind active!! Finding out How Stuff Works!