steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

Occasionally Emergent

I was out of commission for most of the last week with a fever. It's gone now, thanks to antibiotics, but I'm still very much in new-born Bambi mode, and can't take on much without the need to go and have a lie down or stare disinterestedly at a wall. In that sense, the World Cup arrived with impeccable timing.

I'm old enough to have been brought up to think of my normal body temperature as 98.4F. I gather that this is now 98.6F, for reasons unknown, but the UK has in any case long since moved to Celsius, where it's 37C. I don't have much sense of what a high temperature looks like in Celsius, though, so when I saw mine was 39C I didn't know whether to be alarmed or not. More recently I translated it into real money and saw that it was over 102F. No wonder I felt ill.

Anyway, in other news, I've occasionally been tempted by those DNA kits, as you might expect given my extensive family history tag, but have been naturally wary of handing over my DNA to a commercial company. Has any of you ever done it? Was it worth it? What do you see as the pros and cons? All advice gratefully received.

Perhaps because of my weakened state I'm currently tempted again. The Butlers themselves are relatively easy to track back quite a long way, but of course they make up only a small percentage of my genetic portfolio. As far as I know my ancestry is entirely from this island as far back as the late seventeenth century, when Jean René Giberne and Marie Le Mennet came over from France, but of course I don't know much. So, I'm curious (and have one or two pet theories I'd like to test).
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