Whilst my darling bride was driving me back from the ophthalmologist (which I spelled right the first time, amazingly enough), we were talking about our upcoming income tax refund. I mentioned that President Obama had changed the withholding schedules without actually changing tax rates, so our refund would probably be smaller.
She then said, Why do you call him Obama, as in rhymes with Alabama. His name’s Obama, with the first a sounding like the o in bomb.
So, which of us is pronouncing it correctly?
As for the ophthalmologist, I’ll be having eye surgery soon. I had a cataract removed in 2003, in my right eye, and some scar tissue has formed. On Friday, the ophthalmologist will use a laser to blast away the scat tissue, so I’ll be able to see more clearly out of my right eye.
Then, on Tuesday, 19 January, I’ll be having the cataract which has been developing in my left eye removed. The doctor said that Friday’s treatment was quick and painless, and that I should see better immediately, so I don’t anticipate any hiatus from entertaining everybody with my brilliant mind and powerful prose. The surgery on the nineteenth should leave me able to see just fine that afternoon, but I might take a break for a day or so./