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A Piece of My Mind
August 25, 2004

The Fix-It Man

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(8):903-904. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.903

My father herded my three sleepy-eyed younger siblings toward the backseat of our blue Olds 98. I followed him to the car, carrying a cooler with one hand and opening the right rear door with the other. "Thank you," he said. "You're a gentleman and a scholar and a man of great learning." We both grinned. He had been feeding me that line since I'd entered high school. It had grown from clever to corny, but we still enjoyed sharing it. "I'll load the ice chest. Why don't you check with your mom and see if she's ready to go?"