August 21, 2005

The Beauty of E-mail

My folks and siblings are all on e-mail. So it’s not uncommon for one of us to send something absurd that’s been found to the other four and then a flurry of e-mail ensues commenting on the original e-mail.

Sometimes the family itself is the source of the absurdity. Like the time The Great Omnipotent One took Mom to the ER because she was in serious pain (kidney stone). The staff had her on some pain reliever and when she felt better, she ushered him out of the ER to go home and get himself a sweater. Those ERs are cold and although she had blankets at her hospital bed, he was wearing a cotton shirt. My folks live down the street from the hospital, so he quickly drove home, grabbed a sweater, and on his way out decided he would e-mail us three kids that our Mother was in the hospital.

Nice, eh? That is SO something my grandfather would have done if he was alive right now and technically proficient.

So imagine as I’m sitting here blogging and I get this e-mail that pops up saying something along the lines of, “Your Mom’s in the hospital. Stopped by to get a sweater.” It was so short and to the point, it should have been in Morse Code.

Mom in hospital. Stop. Got sweater. Stop. Will be fine. Stop.

Life of the military brat never ends.

Needless to say I received the e-mail and 1/10th of a second later, I was dialing their number, working quickly enough to ensure he did not escape the house between hitting send and grabbing his car keys.

That’s how my life works sometimes. Hey communication is great.

OK, so what this post is really about.... TGOO sends us an e-mail with this link about urine run batteries and a short sentence that said, “Why with my diuretic, I’m a walking fuel supply!!!!” Many e-mails are exchanged. Sometimes with topics like this... it can get pretty gross in our family. This one stayed clean considering, but it may have had something to do with my Mom's joking e-mail of "Not in front of the kids, Dear". I had to laugh.

Can you imagine? Extrapolate this pee battery to eventually running cars. Of course it’s not going to happen, but just think. My life… and that of all mothers… would have such a different twist. Two hours before every long trip we’d be yelling at our offspring, “OK, kids! Drink up! We have a trip to make!” And then before we made our trip, instead of hollering at our herd to ‘use the potty’ before shuffling into the car, we’d have it saved up for the trip… our electric car that was powered by urine.

And Ogre beat me to it the other day. He posted on the same thing. Cracks me up.

Hey. It could happen.

Posted by Boudicca at August 21, 2005 09:35 PM | TrackBack

Hey, I wrote a blip on that battery too. I guess a lot of were thinking the same way. But you know, they laughed at the Wright brothers and the first hand held calculator I ever saw was in 1973 about the size of digital camera now. Urine contains acid and so does a battery-the possibilities are just unlimited! Bud will sell more beer, drinking beer and driving will have to be made legal again so people don't run out of fuel-MADD will out pushing coffee at rest stops-it is just mind boggling. This may well be the most important scientific discovery of my lifetime!

Posted by: GUYK at August 21, 2005 10:42 PM

hope hubba is ok.....I will say a prayer.

a good man never lets an emergency get in the way of chivalry.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at August 22, 2005 01:19 AM

AWTM- This happened about 6 months ago. She's fine now. Thankfully.

GuyK- remember how those caculators, only had 4 basic functions, but cost $100?

Posted by: Bou at August 22, 2005 07:22 AM

I can just see it:

"Hey you! Get out of the bathroom! Don't you DARE go pee before we leave!"

Posted by: Ogre at August 22, 2005 07:54 AM

I seriously thought hubba was in the hospital, after having surgery......just goes to show ya, I should never blog after a couple of drinks after a dinner party.....SHEEESH....


Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at August 22, 2005 10:08 AM

I will NOT be showing that to my hubby. He has too many of those whacky ideas on his own...

Your family is a hoot!

Posted by: Marie at August 22, 2005 10:24 AM

RE: the calculators-teah, sweetthing bout one for me when we were in Germany from the BX and the damn thing cost about a c note. It would add, subtract, muliply and devide. Put out by Bowin or Borin or something like that. Fascinating gadget but I could do everything it did, just not as fast. But look at the PCs today. The first computer I ever dealt with was a USAF Burroughs 3500? name slips my mind. It was nothing but a hugh tape recorder that stored data for somewhat rapid retrieval but you had damn well battter have a paper document for back up because about ten percent of the time data updated as lost in the shuffle somewhere. Worse than!

Posted by: GUYK at August 22, 2005 01:44 PM

AWTM,thanks for your concern. Really it was a blip on the radar screen...nothing much more. What the kids are really afraid of is opening up their e-mails and seeing "your mother's dead".
TGOO's not much for beating around the bush. He's more of the Joe Friday type..."just the facts".

Posted by: Bou's mom at August 22, 2005 05:07 PM

Mom- that is so not right!

TGOO- Don't get any ideas, I do not want to hear about the next relative's passing in an email!

Posted by: Morrigan at August 22, 2005 09:25 PM