April 25th, 2003

14L

on public speaking

I had to give an hour-long talk today on the state of the new network backbone and other new technology things that we've been working on for the past year. It was to a group of a couple hundred campus computer support people. They always look forward to my talks for some reason, and I suppose I'm being self-deprecating when I say I don't understand why. Lisa told me I have a "talent for clearly explaining complicated things" and that "a lot of [my] personality comes through". I've just never been one for long rehearsals or following the standard "rules for effective public speaking." I just try to be myself and convey some of the passion for what I do.

After speaking, my body does this interesting "sick" reaction... I get feverish and achy, exactly as if I'm coming down with a cold. But it goes away after a few hours so I don't know what it is. It did kind of knock me on my ass for the rest of today, however, so all I really did when I got home was walk Ajay, cook and eat a simple dinner, talk to Kate for a while, do a load of laundry, and watch TV.

Tomorrow night I'm supposed to take Ajay to Lisa and Nathan's to play with their dog. That should tire him out, which is good... he's been very mischevious lately and taxing my patience.

Becca told me yesterday that having a really good friend like me has made her really raise the bar for her other relationships, particularly dating ones. It made me feel good to know that I represent something so positive for her.

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