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Fossil Dad: Musings on recent events

Taso Lagos is program director for Hellenic studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Photo credit: Patrick Luhrs.
Taso Lagos is program director for Hellenic studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Photo credit: Patrick Luhrs.

Middle-aged parent (fossil dad) and Mill Creek resident Taso Lagos blogs about what’s on his mind.

Actor John Stamos recently became a fossil dad with a baby son born last month. Let’s not forget the Prez himself, Donald Trump, is also a fossil dad.

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My father called me on a Saturday in early January to say he was in stomach pain. Within an hour he was at Swedish in Edmonds. Within a couple of hours the doctors told him that he’d had a mild heart-attack. Dye put into his blood stream revealed that most of his heart arteries were plugged, one at 99%. He needed open-heart surgery.

Early the next morning he was taken to Swedish in Seattle. The adventure began. First surgery (heart removed from the body and returned) and then rehab. He recovered, and now walks with a new vigor. The bill came in: $321,000.

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No Nobel Prize in Literature this year because of sex scandals in its committees? Society finally faces the issue but why it took so long?

Many assume sexual harassment is wrapped in “human nature,”and therefore “natural.” The French regard the #Metoo movement as rubbish, claiming that Americans are too prudish. And now Washington Redskins cheerleaders forced to go topless and act as escorts to business people in special events. 

Sexual harassment and assault stain our civilization. I am giving a talk on the subject on Saturday, May 19th,  at 1:00 pm at the Mill Creek University Book Store as part of the launch on my new book, “American Zeus.”

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Our daughter is three-and-a-half. Her cuteness is punctuated by her extraordinary stubbornness. If she’s not happy, she simply stops what she is doing, folds her hands, furrows her brows and does not move. Whether at home, in the mall, or the playground, she’s defiant. With her potty-training in regression, this defiance now comes with the sweet odor of poop. We must resort to bribing her. Stay tuned for more details.

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You may have heard them – the sudden shrill sounds of drills at 6:00 am. Work crews on Seattle Hill building the new road? No, it’s one exuberant woodpecker that drills into house gutters. It loves our house particularly. As I write this it does its machine-gun symphony. I wonder if this is nature getting back to us for all the housing development in the area. Or, maybe it doesn’t like eggheads like us.

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A mercury reading of 122.4 °F was reached in Pakistan last month, the highest April temperature ever recorded.

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