Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bastille Day 2010

Got to enjoy  Bastille Day in Carcassonne way back in 1991 during my LDS mission. The fireworks on La Cite were spectacular. I put "do this again with my wife" on the bucket list. Still haven't got it done yet. Good to have those goals still out in front of me. Maybe next year?

3 years ago I also lost 2 friends, contractors who worked at the training center I was directing out in southern Iraq. JJ & Hurstie, RIP.

Sports stuff- Carell makes me laugh

I actually watched more of this than I did of "The Decision", which I actually didn't watch at all- had some other things going on. But I did watch at least 30 seconds of it on video.

Carell is taking his appetite...

I laughed out loud.

I'm glad LeBron's headed to Miami personally, Wade is a human highlight film, and it only looks to get better down there with them together.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jerome E. Singer, Professor and Chairman

A memorial service was held for Dr. Singer on June 16 at USUHS in Bethesda, MD and I was able to make the long drive up to DC. Spent the night before at Bubba Ross's and then a morning session at the DC temple. Psychology students may recognize his name as he is the "Singer" in the Schachter-Singer 2 factor theory of emotion.

The memorial service was nicely done, and lots of folks shared positive experiences and feelings about a wonderful man. I like memorial services and other related events because they tend to bring out the best memories and positive comments. People generally behave themselves better than they otherwise would. I was able to reconnect with various friends and faculty during what was perhaps my first trip back to campus since I completed my work there back in 2002.

I didn't know his family well, but they participated fully in the service and I was able to send them a letter afterwards sharing some of my best memories of Dr. Singer, from his time as one of my instructors, as a member of my dissertation committee, and as the chair for the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at USUHS.

A comment that I've made frequently is that I enjoy spending time and working with smart people and good people. If I have to choose between those two groups, I'll pick the good people, but the best is when I get to work with people who are both good and smart. Jerry, you are one of those and I appreciate the opportunity I had to know you and learn from you. It was an honor.