Though the needs prompting my retention as a blog editor were not to extend beyond the scope of a simple, "look ma" video post, I find this to be a unique opportunity to plant a "naughty word" (or two), embarrass "the hell" out of my mother, and write a brief "mother's day" note (which is necessarily belated on account of an infeasible schedule).
Janet K. Jensen is a thief. She quietly embezzled family funds to support my technology habit; for the rest of her life, she must reconcile that, in part, she enabled my furious pursuit of a masters in electrical engineering from Berkeley. Many circuit boards have melted as a direct result of her actions.
As I writer, I encourage her to be more indulgent, even edgier, though it may not agree with social norms. I have little doubt that she will find success, as long as she continues to take the necessary risks.
As a mother, I encourage her to send more oatmeal cookies by mail.
As a person, I encourage her to laugh as often as possible, even if she is the only one laughing, because every once in a while, she'll get ya. You should ask her about how she met my father at Woodstock. (She will exaggerate, however, on the duration for which I was confused.)
Oh, yeah, the "look ma" moment that prompted this whole discussion:
I once poked at Miles that he should join me for my next endeavor, to which he replied that Janet would be a more likely candidate. I could only agree, though only from a standpoint of probability, and not expectation. Of course, Janet is flattered by those who read her blog, and I suspect that, especially in light of Geroge H. Bush's willingness to plunge into the air on several occasions, Janet may be swayed by the masses. She will need a little nudging from her devoted readers. I suggest a friendly e-mail encouraging her to take to the blue skies.
I love you Mom, and happy Mother's Day!