Focus, Nerd!

Our family has become devoted fans of Aaron Sorkin’s latest work: HBO’s “The Newsroom.” We deem it his best work, so much so that we watch some episodes multiple times just to savor the dialogue.

Indeed, a recent epsisode contains a two word phrase that instantly became a new mantra in our family’s vocabulary:

While talking about Valentine’s Day, Maggie says to Jim:

Focus, Nerd!.

For example, if I wander off in a conversation — as I am wont to do — someone will soon say, “Focus, nerd.”

(I’m sure my readers have often had similar thoughts while reading one of my extended blog posts. Now they can say to themselves, “Dave: Focus, Nerd.”)

PS: My wife just retired after many years teaching at Scarsdale High School. Well-known grads of SHS include Aaron Sorkin, computer pioneer Ivan Sutherland, diplomat/author Richard Holbrooke, journalist Nina Totenberg, filmmaker Barbarda Kopple, reporter and author Thomas Ricks, NY Times journalist Adam Sorkin, physicist Gordon Gould, journalist Robert Kutner, and historian Lizabeth Cohen. (The large number of writer/journalists testifies to the quality of the SHS English Department.)

The NY Times columnist Nicholar Kristoff, while not a graduate of SHS, is a resident of Scarsdale. I’ve heard him speak at the school, and have seen his son getting lunch at Giannoni’s on Garth Road. Giannoni’s makes the world’s *best* eggplant wrap.

I picked up breakfast early this past Saturday morning at Giannoni’s after we had taken daughter Jen to the hospital. Later in the day, while picking up two eggplant wraps to share with Paul — newborn Daniel’s other grandfather — I told Giannoni’s owner Scott, also a graduate of SHS, that he had made the best breakfast ever served in White Plains Hospital.

PPS: While speaking to my sister Mary Ann yesterday about this weekend’s joyous news, she said that she had started reading my blog, but had found many posts hard to follow due to the technical content, so I’m going to try to make future posts on technology more accessible to a wider audience.


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