Before last weekend I thought that one upping was just something en vogue because of SNL's Penelope skit, but I realized it may be hereditary. Last Friday night I was kicking it at G & G Campbell's house (Gma Campbell is pictured below but don't tell her I took this picture or she would disown me- she hates pictures). As usual I was trying to secure my position as favorite grandchild and win grandma's affection. My current strategy was offering her an orange that I had brought her all the way from Utah. What do you think grandma did when I showed it to her but say something about it's small size and runs to get an orange twice the size of the one I was offering. That was a clear one-upper.
I am quite sure that my grandma has never seen SNL. As such I think that one one upping habits are not merely the miming of a popular TV show but a hereditary trait passed down from my grandma to my mom to me.
Doesn't grandma look happy. My favorite part is the bright orange shoelace she has used as a head band.
Oranges: mine is pictured on the left, grandma's on the right. In case you couldn't tell which was bigger.
P.S. The day this life changing story happened I was on a computer fast so I couldn't type the entry. Instead, like a true writer I wrote it on a napkin. My evidence in pictured above.
A little over a year ago I started bragging about how long it has been since I was sick. I mean actually sick. We all know that I have chronic health problems, from which I suffer silently, such as chronic congestion disorder, degenerative hip disease and periodic insanity, but today I am sick with a virus. While I am think it's some sort of rhinovirus I can't be sure because Web MD does not do very good job at diagnosing the cold/flu.
The point to this rant-other than the much anticipated comments along the lines of "get well soon"- is that is has been more than 2 1/2 years since I have been sick like this. A pretty significant feat when you consider that in that time I was substitute teacher in Cheyenne, and I lived in a bastion of disease last year with one of my room mates being sick pretty much all of the time. The last time I had a cold/flu was right after I got the Cambodia in May 2006 for an internship. Sadly, my long reign of health is over and the bragging rights that came along with it.
I am just glad that my disease weakened fingers found enough strength to type this blog entry and wish everyone good health and a Merry Christmas.
A picture of me in healthier times. Although doing things like kissing the glass of an aquarium in a sketchy Chinese restaurant probably only heightens my chances of becoming ill.