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.

Entries for month: December 2001

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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