Random thought diary: earlier this week I was lying captive in the dentist chair having the bi-annual teeth cleaning procedure. That machine that sucks out your saliva is magical. It reminded me of a vacuum cleaner. Then I started to think how nice if there was a machine to "take it all away" anytime a mess happened. A virtual machine to suck away the ills of life. My favorite word in Spanish is aspiradora and in the mid-1980's I witnessed my mother trying to explain to the Spanish speaking house cleaner that the vacuum cleaner was broken. "No pick-up" she said as she did her best to pantomime the action of not being able to suck dirt. My mom's Spanish vocabulary was limited to say the least. Aspirate that crap out of here.