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: May 2001

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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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T-Ball and 2-wheelers

May 17, 2001 ·

Andrew has turned 5, and it's finally sinking in that he's going to kindergarten next year. Sue just finished the registration this week and got it submitted to the school, in fact. He'll go to one of the public elementaries here in town - it's literally 3.5 blocks from the house, so that's pretty cool. Plus, he'll be carpooling with his best buddy from preschool, Evan, who only lives about 8 blocks away as well. He and Sue have been doing reading exercises, and he picks it up quickly and really enjoys it. He has also started to play T-Ball, although I think we're going to miss the first game, since we're planning a trip to Minnesota, having missed Ben's graduation.

Meanwhile, he's suddenly developed a real fear of thunderstorms. Not the best combo in Cincinnati in the spring, but I'm sure we'll work through it. On a more fun note, Andrew got his first 2-wheeler for his birthday, and he absolutely loves it! He's already exploring his freedom up and down the block (love living on a cul-de-sac!), and learning to deal with the frustration of not being able to do everything he wants to on it. I think he wants to do it badly enough that he's more willing to work through his own frustrations, so that's cool.

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The Fisher household

May 17, 2001 ·

Well, my apologies for delays in posting. Seems like life is awfully full. Praise to God that my injuries from the accident were minor, and I recovered most of the pain very, very quickly. The bump on my head, the one that caused the concussion, I suppose, stopped hurting in about 3 days. My middle back was in pretty bad shape even after a week, but I started going to a chiropractor about 10 days after the accident. I only missed 2 days of work, so I can't complain. State Farm totalled out the car almost immediately, and we were able to find a replacement within about 2 weeks. We settled for an Escort, which is no Corolla, but it's a 1999 with only 11,000 miles on it, so it really is quite a trade-up. Because the total on the wagon was good, it only cost us $125 out of pocket, in addition to all the relicensing, which we'll probably try to recoup in the final settlement.

Meanwhile, work is going very well. Seems like we're running at a pretty intense pace, but we don't seem to be running at a burn-out pace, so that's cool. We've got a bunch more programmers coming in as well, so that will help. We just continue to grow, which is a great feeling when we keep seeing so many local and national web firms struggling or even capitulating.

Sue keeps hopping, too. More on her life in the kids' updates! In addition to our small group from church, we've got Andrew's activities, and we've joined Turner Farm again, so we're busy day and evening, it seems. Turner Farm, for those who don't know, is a Community Supported Farm (CSA), structured somewhat like my folks'. A set number of "shares" pay a share of the costs for running the farm up front, in the spring. Then, as the season goes on, the farm produce is split among the shareholders; if the season is good, everyone gets more than they can eat, if the season is poor, the shareholders get less (although still something) but the farmer doesn't go into debt on the year. That guaranteed support is what makes the whole thing work; essentially, the community commits to share in the farmer's risk. Very cool. Our farm, unlike the Fisher-Merritt Food Farm, also requires 2 hours a week of work at the farm, weeding or whatever. It's good: gets us out of the house once a week to do some "dirty work" and break out of the daily, ya know?

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