Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

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home again, safe and sound

September 11, 2006 ·

So, I had an excellent trip to Boise this weekend.  No one likes that we come together for sad events, but it was so good to see so much of the family, and to be there for Grandma.  Spent a lot of time with Dad and Rubye, which was very nice, and got to hang out with Tom and Linda and Sean and Jenny, too, as well as Grandma.  Grandpa scripted his own memorial service from start to finish, including creating a CD of music and his own words to fill in between the script he wrote for his best friend, Bob, to read aloud.  Very moving ceremony, and very much Gus.  Was tough for all of us at the end to hear the recordings of him singing (from 1953, where the set pieces were part of his dissertation work) and then the final admonitions and the Big Joke which he had recorded himself saying at the very end.  Brought it all home pretty squarely to hear him, especially for Gert. 

Got to meet a few more family members I didn't know, so that was cool, too.  Mary Fisher was up from Southern CA, Gus and Gert's neice, and it was very neat to get to know her a bit.  Also met Linda's oldest, Adam, although I didn't really get a chance to get to know him well, spending most of my time with Reid and Tom and Gert.

Travel was rough, too, especially the home stretch, with a run to Denver, then to Charlotte (nearly 3 hours), and then a slight delay before the quick up-and-over to Cinci (about 1 hour of flight time).  I'm grateful, though, that all the storms predicted across the Midwest resulted in little more than 3 or 4 minutes of rough flying as we descended into the Ohio River Valley.  I praise God for safe travels, for the ability to be part of my Dad's family when it was needed and appropriate, and for knowing that there are a bunch of really cool people out there that I'm related to!

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planning a trip

August 30, 2006 ·

So, I really want to go to Grandpa's memorial service in Boise, which is weekend after next.  Planning a trip that tight is really a pain, especially in the wallet.  $646 is about the best I can find without spending 12 hours in the air each way or driving 2-3 hours on each end.  Even then the return trip will be 3-stage (Boise, Charlotte, Cinci).  Bleah.  Nonetheless, I think it's the right thing to do, so I'll probably take a half-day from work and spend most of the weekend in airports.  It will be good to see the family, though, and to pay my respect to Gus' memory, and to be a support for Dad and Grandma.

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August 29, 2006 ·

My Grandpa, Charles "Gus" Fisher, died Sunday night at his home in Boise, and I'm so sad.  He was a wonderful man, loving and concerned with every person he met.  He truly modelled a Christlike concern for those he met, and will be a model for me the rest of my life.  Although I did not get to see him often over the years, he was very dear to me and I will miss him greatly.  My Grandma Shirley, "Gert", is still doing well and my father and his two brothers will be there for her as we all adjust, so that's good.

I find so much solace knowing that Gus is with the Lord in Heaven now ... I can't even express how thankful I am to God for his good promisses to us.  Yay, God!

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fam's in NY

August 16, 2006 ·

Wow, I really miss Sue and the kids when they're away.  They've been in NY since last Thursday, and the house is just too dang quiet.  Sleep always seems to elude me, too, when they're gone.  Seem to stay up watching bad TV too late every night.  Then last night Holstein must have been hiding upstairs or in Andrew's room, since he came jumping up on the bed about 1:30 and I was too beat to get up throw him out.  About 5:00 he started to knock crap off the nightstand, as is his wont, until I threw him across the room and yelled at him ... after that he let me sleep till the alarm ;)

Over the weekend I got a new exhaust fan installed in the bathroom, completely rewired the switch and hooked up the fan to the roof vent, so that was cool.  Only now, though, am I recovering from the crunch of working up under the eaves in those horrible conditions ... hot, dusty, and very cramped.  Sore muscles from top to bottom, but getting better.  Hope to start some prep on the little paint projects that are also awaiting attention.

Meh, stuff.

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Another Birthday

July 09, 2002 ·

So another birthday has passed. Another day, like any other except more stressful. Not because it was a birthday, though. I gotta say that 34 doesn't have a whole lot of impact ... whatever, as my generation likes to say. Sue's folks are out from NY and I had the 4th and 5th off, so that's been fun. We went to the pool and to the lake, Sue and I went out to dinner and a movie (Men In Black II, I highly recommend it), and Sue's folks took us out to the local Irish pub last night, so we're having a good time ... around my birthday, which is fine with me.

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Long Time Coming

June 11, 2002 ·

So, I haven't written in awhile. I guess even I get sick of thinking all the time <grin>. Basically, we're doing all right, although it was a stressful year last year, and the spring and summer have let up only in spurts. Sue and the kids were sick from Christmas through most of March, for the most part, and I joined in the fun during a good bit of February. In general, we've stayed pretty healthy for the past month or so, which has been a very nice change. Grandma and Grandpa Fisher (Gert and Gus) visited Cincy for a day last month, on their way to Harrisburg, PA. Their visit was awesome. The kids had fun, they had fun, Sue and I enjoyed having them here, and we got to expose them to at least one of Cincy's trademarks: dinner at Montgomery Inn, their treat ... sweeties.

Other than that, we're trying to keep up with stresses at work, church, and home, like most other American families, I suppose. Andrew is out of school, which frees up Sue's days a bit more, but then, of course, Andrew's going nuts most of the time with so much less to do. So it goes. Ian, as one might expect, takes more energy every day as his abilities allow him to directly impact new areas of our lives every week.

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Ian update

December 07, 2001 ·

What can I say about Ian? He's the one that keeps us running at this point. He didn't start walking as early as Andrew (thankfully), but now that he is, he walks everywhere. Climbing's a big one for him as well, and he's already climbing up onto the living room couch and diving off headfirst (at least 1 solid crash to date). He talks all the time, and a pretty amazing amount of it is discernible English, and Andrew actually catches more of that we do. We still haven't cut his hair, mostly because he's so squirmy, but also because he's just so darn cute! His bangs are starting to get caught in his eyebrows though, so I think a cut is due sometime soon.

Sue and I still can't believe that he's 1 already ... his birthday was nice, and involved several parties, of course. Bob and Barabara and Liz all made it into town, which was cool, so we had a nice day with them on Ian's actual day, and then had a crowd in with other infants the day before. Little tyke made out like a bandit, of course, but he's playing with all his stuff, which is cool. Unlike his older brother, Ian has a distinct interest in music, so we directed a number of his gifts that direction. So far so good ... he loves the stuff.

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Andrew update

December 07, 2001 ·

Well, Andrew's loving kindergarten. He goes mornings every day, and the 3 hours or so is definitely enough. A couple of times he's been known to check himself in for a nap after lunch. Definitely ready for school every day, but I don't think he'd do well if it was all day at this point. They send home lots of homework, which Sue has to check and sign off on every night; seems excessive, but I guess that's the new millenium, right? He still pals with his buddy Evan whenever he can, and the two of them have a little "clique" at school with two other boys, so he's got his own world going, too. Reading is coming along, although his interest has waned a bit. He still gets a long story every night, but is happier again to let us do the reading. We've now gotten through about 8 or 10 of the Roald Dahl books, from the little stuff, such as Esio Trot, to the larger works, such as Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I think James and the Giant Peach may be the only one that's still on the "unread" shelf.

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Summer's gone ...

December 07, 2001 ·

And, yet, here I am, only posting new content for the first time in nearly 7 months. Lame, huh? How are the Fishers in Cinci, anyway, you ask? Well, we're hanging in there. Sue is working on her 3rd sinus infection in a month, which is a lot even for her, and the kids have had the sniffles off and on, but other than that we're doing pretty well. Things have been hectic, of course. Finally settled with State Farm over the accident from last March, on the personal injury stuff, none of which they gave us any trouble on, which was very cool. I'm just trying to get caught up at work ... seems like an ongoing task. Sue is just trying to get caught up at home ... in addition to keeping up with the kids. It's work all the way around, especially as Ian gets older ... and more mobile.

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No new photos

May 17, 2001 ·

Well, Ian is really growing, of course; 5 months now and chubsy-ubsy. He can mostly sit up if you prop him pretty well. He's fishing about as though ready to crawl. He's eating solids like a truck-driver. Basically, sounds like his older brother at this age. In general, Ian is much happier than Andrew was, but I think probably louder. What a set of lungs. Dotes on his older brother, who really likes him as well, and that's nice to see. Ian still nurses a few times a day, but he desperately looks forward to his rice cereal, applesauce, and pears for breakfast and dinner. He'll eat several large bowls of rice cereal (made with formula) in addition to 1.5 to 2 jars of the fruit, so he makes quite a dent. The downside is that it takes a full hour+ just to get him fed; has put quite a dent in some of our other schedules.

He's a sweetie!

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