Thursday, April 2, 2020

Throwback Thursday: WWJS

I can’t think of a better TT game than the one pbird suggested the other day:  WWJS – “What would Jte say about the current Chinese plague. Or anything else…”

Janice was one of us from nearly the start. Sadly, she shuffled off this mortal coil nearly 2 years ago, less than a year after her beloved husband and less than 6 months after her retirement from Los Alamos Labs. Janice was a special kind of uncommon, as indicated by her avatar - “I Fight For the Users” – which can be taken several ways.

Her famous tag line “I drink, I know things and I’m basically not a nice person” was also a mark of her unique world view.

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Regarding her tag line, only the second was true. She didn’t drink, at all, and was essentially one of the nicest people to have inhabited this earth. Perhaps not all the time, but who amongst us is? But boy, she did know things. Which is why, I think, pbird suggested this game.

If you’re relatively new here and don’t know Janice you can get a sense of who she was by reading the comments from her fellow MOTI on her virtual retirement party as well as her memorial post. All you really need to know is that Janice was one of then-candidate Trump’s earliest and most ardent supporters, seeing from the gate why this man was what America needed at this time.

As you may recall things grew quite contentious at times in the run up to the 2016 election, even amongst our normally tolerant selves. Janice remained steadfast and unemotional although argumentative. And while she seldom if ever suggested anyone else go “the corner” she regular relegated herself a timeout there. So we relocated it over next to the hot tub and provided a well stocked bar (of which JtE did not imbibe) in order to make our timeout’s as pleasant and productive as possible. From that point forward it came to be known as “Janice’s corner” and remains so to this day.

So what indeed, would our own mad scientist in residence think about these unsettling times? I don’t know but I think it would be appropriate that we consult her wisdom. Maybe she would think that, like the corner, it was a good opportunity for all of us to set a spell and think about what we’ve done.

Sulawesi, Indonesia.

On the other hand I always suspected that Janice’s compliance with life’s rules was subversive.

What do you think, WWJS about the Wuhan Cooties pandemic?