Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the most frequently asked question when I see someone at work that I haven’t seen yet is, “how are you?“.  This is very often followed by, “no, really, how are you?” or, “what actually happened?” but, more frequently, “does everyone ask you that, are you bored of them asking?

I can answer the first immediately and the second very quickly, and though the third question is a longer one-liner, I know what it is.  But the final question I find harder to answer.  Bored? No.  But it does depend on who’s asking as to whether I want to really explain very much.  After all, there is work to be done.

So the brief update… three consecutive days and going into the fourth: how we doing?  Fine, actually.

My walking got rather slower towards the end of the day by yesterday afternoon; I suspect it will slow down again later this afternoon.  I have to remember to remember to slow the walking down.  I know how to walk fast, I’m used to powering around between meetings and to get to places in big, spaced out buildings, and I can, so I do, and then my head reminds me to slow down.  It’s not a race, it’s not even much of an inconvenience, it’s just an odd thing to have to remember before the head reminds me.  There are no consequences, except the feeling that’s like the brain balancing in a head of water if walking fast by the end of the day.

The brain, however, still works.

And so does my mouth.



  1. SteveG says:

    I think I used all four of those on you yesterday, and you were very good not to appear at all bored. I’ll try to be more original next time. Nice of you to use my photo on the blog though 😉

  2. Lori Witham says:

    I had a stroke 2 months ago from high blood pressure. I have just begun to get bored of answering everyone’s “how are you?” with a concerned look. I appreciate their concern, but once in awhile I’d like a “What do you think of the weather?” Or, “what did you do yesterday?” A friend had said to me “don’t let your stroke define you” and now I see that could be easy for people to do.

    • CN says:

      hi lori, thanks for the comments. i hope you’re ok. people do get over it. if i want to move on then i simply move the conversation on to something else by asking them about them. it usually works. the stroke happened, it was a big deal, but soon enough its just going to be something that happened once – just a blip and a story. that makes us blessed because for some it’s the end of everything. for us, i sense, it’s just the beginning of the next season…

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