Pow! Sock! Blam! Zappo!

It’s interesting the way the mind turns, discovering odd quirks in the world at unexpected times.  For instance, I knew that sickle cell anemia existed, and that it was a disease prevalent in certain populations.  I didn’t realize that it developped (independantly in at least four different places) as a genetic mutation to combat malaria.  I knew that wormwood was something used in absinthe.  I didn’t realize it was also originally the main flavor additive for vermouth, or that certain kinds were used as a fever cure in Ancient China and as a potential cancer treatment today.  I didn’t realize that wormwood types were closely related to tarragon.  Blammo to the brain, right there.

Outside of sudden revelations of odd knowledge, there are more shocking – but happy – truths.  One of them involves big money going where it’s supposed to – in this case a former Bill Gates employee striking out on his own to create malaria prevention mosquito-zapping laser tools.  I have no idea how these are going to be financed or distributed, but if they actually work as advertised, I’m impressed and quite possibly, electrified.  Power of ten thousand suns, here I come.

Instant Voice

I am the type of person that prefers email communication.  It’s quick, it’s easy to recall at need, and it takes advantage of my skills as a writer.  In some cases, it may be faster to arrange a meeting or set up travel plans over the phone, but I still consider email the best means of long-distance correspondence.  But perhaps my judgment is just skewed.

In the realm of the business world, my judgment is definitely a little off – email has led me to expect near instant contact.  I expect that once someone reads an email, they will turn around and shoot one back to me, and generally that happens.  I also expect that if I do call, and am forced to leave a voicemail, someone will be back to me shortly.  When an hour or more goes by, I start counting minutes.

Take my current scheduling situation.  I left a voicemail at 8;47 am, which may be early for some offices.  So what time can I expect a return phone call?  Will the recipient of the voicemail arrive at 9 am?  10?  How long does it take to listen to messages?  Does it happen on arrival, or does email get opened and breakfast get eaten first?  Do people even notice anymore if they have new voicemails?  Is the voice mail recipient out all day?  All week?  How do I know?  At what point does it become permissible to call back?  How soon is a call back just really annoying?  Should I be worried that I worry about this stuff?

As usual, the morning has allowed me to dig myself into a questioning morass of self-doubt.  Hooray!