Monday, June 19, 2006

No joke

I love oddball expressions, especially with all the of non-native English speakers I work with. A couple of favorites are "busier than a one-armed paperhanger with the seven year itch", or "busier than a peg-legged man in an ass-kicking contest".

And then I saw Discovery Health channel's segment on Barbara Guerra. The segment is "Life with no arms", but that actually understates things - she has kids too.

She's been armless since she was 2 in 1979, when she wandered off and got her hands in an electrical transformer. She was so badly burned that they thought they'd lose her altogether, but instead she just lost both arms. There's not even a joint on her left side, and on the right there's a very short stump.

Think about that the next time things aren't going your way. It has a way of making most problems look like chickenshit.

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