We all break something now and then
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Comments (10) Visits (1963)
New Yorker piece today about Casino magnate Steve Wynn accidentally poking his elbow through a 40 plus million dollar Picasso, it made me recall a conversation with an electrical engineer friend years ago who spoke about the occasional dropping by R&D lab scientists of new chip wafers worth, well, a lot. I have broken many things in my day, but nothing that comes close to either of the aforementioned.
I do remember biting through a nice wine goblet as a kid (that had ice water in it) while visiting a fancy Los Angeles restaraunt with my family and cousins. I was more worried about what the glass cost than the chunks of glass in my frozen, opened mouth. Then there was the time I sat on my grandmother's quasi-antique marble coffee table and broke off one of the elaborately designed wooden legs. From the look on her face it was the equivalent of a Picaso, and, not knowing any better myself, I cried with her as if a dear friend had just been run over by a street sweeper. But most memorable is the time I broke our new camcorder while shooting some casual footage of the extended family on a camping trip. I was being the comedian, doing sarcastic commentary about each person I interviewed. As I approached the cabin steps and leaned over to interview someone seated there, my feet went out from under me and the camera took flight at the precise instant that I spoke the now immortal words, "And who is this clown?" The answer came swiftly as we all watched the camera crest its 15-foot arc and land squarely on the only rock in the area. Steve Wynn, I feel your pain.