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I’ve been reading about my ancestors from the Driggers side who were in Florida before it became a state in 1845. One such history book is called Gators, Skeeters, and Malary, by Judge E. C. May. The book reminds me about a joke about this elderly man who had lost most of his hearing. He finally decided to go see a specialist, who fitted him with state-of-the-art hearing aids. They worked great, and he could hear everything again. After a few weeks, the man came back to the doctor for a follow up visit, and the doctor noted that the hearing aids were working perfectly. He said, “Everything looks good, I’m glad your hearing has improved so much. Your family must be thrilled that you can hear again.” “Oh no,” the man answered, “I haven’t told any of them about the hearing aids. I just sit quietly, listening to everything they say. I’ve changed my will four times.” I wish I could tell you where that came from originally to give proper attribution, but I can tell you that I did not come up with it even though it cracks me up. I can laugh at this now that I have received an offer from AARP to become a member (I am still thinking about it).