Thursday, April 03, 2008


On my way across the parking lot to the closest smoking area on my non-smoking hospital campus, a long-term patient waved to get my attention. Elaine has schizophrenia, and even though she is a little bit of a thing, is seldom out of the hospital long because she smacks people rather unpredictably. She is regarded affectionately by the staff, however, because of the equally unpredictable - and often painfully accurate - things that she says.

"Are you going to the nicoraria?" she hollered.

Nicoraria. I like it.

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