“You’ve never heard that before?” I’m asked by an almost 11-year-old boy waiting for his father to make baseball helmet decals at the fab lab. The boy is making Donald Duck noises as the adults discuss navy deployment strategies.

I pause. “I have the ability to be continually surprised and delighted by things I’ve seen and heard many times.”

He considers this, then replies, “Weird.”

“Indeed,” I agree.

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