Confusion on the Radio

Shortly before he died Carl was on a Washington DC radio talk show. A woman named Jennifer, I think, called to ask about women’s challenges in the world of science.

Carl explained that programs that are outside of just hardcore science that might be socially positive are often forgone because the science teams usually “blow their wad” on doing science first.

Jennifer then became irate, stating that this nature of the science world was bad and male-centric, as evidenced by Carl’s use of “blow their wad”.

The host disconnected, and asked Carl for his response. He simply said, “Hmmmm.. I wonder what Jennifer thought I meant by ‘wad’.”

They went to commercial, and I almost drove off the road for laughter.

At least that’s how I remember it. What grace.

Stephen, Woodstown, NJ