When Good Things Happen To A Heck Of A Guy
in accordance with the Law of Large Numbers, there have indeed been those shining moments in DrHGuy’s life when things have unaccountably – and certainly unexpectedly – gone right.
One such example, notable for its spectacularly serendipitous timing, took place on the occasion of DrHGuy’s (or, more accurately, then MedStudenHGuy’s) Internal Medicine final exam. While DrHGuy, it is important to note, was confident that he had passed the test by a comfortable margin, he was to discover that almost every one of the answers of which he was less than certain turned out, in fact, to be correct, resulting in a score so aberrantly high that the medical school faculty revised their previous (and absolutely appropriate) assessment of DrHGuy as a competent but less than outstanding performer in that discipline to an evaluation that was tinged with something akin to the adulation of the Magi for the just born Messiah. Happily for the future of healthcare and DrHGuy’s psychiatry career, sanity and logic returned shortly, albeit not before DrHGuy was awarded Honors for the course.
And what can we learn from this parable?
Well, no one said it has said it more clearly than Tom Peters,1
Not a fucking thing,
except it’s really great to be lucky
To which I can only add the DrHGuy Corollary to the Tom Peters Principle follows:
It’s infuckingcredibly2 great
to be lucky on the final exam in Internal Medicine
Getting Lucky With Heck Of A House
As it came to pass, the designing and building of Heck Of A House included more and perhaps way, way more than its statistical share of instances when the results of plans and projects were as good as or better than the hoped-for outcomes.3
The Miraculous Vision: A Hallway With A View
(And a semi-miraculous shift to first person)
During one of our weekend visitations to the Heck Of A House building site, Julie and I were walking through the second story interior hallway of what would become my office when we noticed that, because the walls of the pool area abutting the office then consisted only of framing, that we had a gorgeous view of our yard and an adjacent field. After a brief discussion with our talented and empathic builder, an asymmetric window had been added to the plans for wall between the office hallway and the pool.
And, in defiance of the odds, the window placement worked perfectly, framing the view we had seen that day during the construction.
Consequently, every time I walk to the stairway from my office, I encounter the window pictured in the preceding graphic and, especially in the spring and summer, exterior views that are sometimes, without exaggeration, magnificent. That this experience rarely occurs without my recalling the episode when Julie and I first encountered this scene is a non-trivial bonus.
It is really great to be lucky.
Snapping photos of Heck Of A House for insurance documentation this past summer, I followed my typical protocol, taking large quantities of pictures in hopes of producing one or two of decent quality.
One group of photos that resulted from that session shows the crossbeams of the pool area set against the view of the trees outside the house, and I’ve convinced myself that some of these pictures rate high enough on the artsy-fartsy scale4 to warrant presenting them in this post.
The sequence of nine photos, all taken within a few minutes of one another, begins with the view seen in the graphic atop this post and ends with a more prosaic, insurer-requested snapshot that shows part of the pool itself, the ceiling fans, etc. as well as the beams and trees. The seven images in the middle more interesting. Each of those is similar with details and angles that vary only minutely, but in ways that are, to me at least, intriguing. Because I took these photos for non-aesthetic reasons, the sizes vary and the lighting and focus are, well, let’s call them charmingly imperfect. My only manipulation of these pictures has been cropping some such that they all portray more or less the same area.
This gallery can be found at ~Media: Crosses And Windows~
- See Hewlett-Packard, Tom, and I Were All Lucky – OK, HP and Tom were REALLY lucky, but still … [↩]
- “Infuckingcredibly” is, of course, an example of tmesis, a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is interjected between parts of a compound word or between syllables of a word. It is also an expletive infixation, a figure of speech in which an expletive or profanity is inserted into a word. An expletive infixation may, as in this case, also be a tmesis, but if the word attached to the explicative is not a compound, that instance of expletive infixation would not meet the criterion for a tmesis. In this case, I chose the term, “infuckingcredibly” to echo the “fucking” in the quote from Tom Peters. Also, it provides me a rationale to make a reference to the formal names of figures of speech, one of those “scholastic trifles” essential to my signature formula for making each post a challenge for readers (see 12 Ways To Minimize The Popularity Of A Well-written Blog) [↩]
- DrHGuy did put the odds in his favor by cleverly making every mistake possible in designing and building the predecessor of Heck Of A House [↩]
- If the reader will be kind enough to tentatively buy into my artsy-fartsy self-evaluation, I will be kind enough to forgo writing one of those interminably long paragraphs describing these photos with terms like “evocative of a contemporary cathedral, albeit one that is atypically suffused in unfiltered sunlight,” “contrast between man’s well-crafted artifice and nature’s unrestricted beauty,” “play of shadow and light,” and “subtle, nuanced modulations” [↩]