Archive for August, 2006

My Saturday

August 20, 2006

I started the day off with a bit of public speaking. I’ve never stood up in front of people for more than a couple of minutes at a time and yesterday I did 20 minutes. What I’d been dreading is now over. Whew.

Returned home and went into cleaning/dealing with the sick kids mode. At some point in the afternoon, cleaning became new floor for the bathroom time. OK. I can dela with that. This became “we should just replace that old toilet” time.

After all was said and done, the wallpaper border was stripped off (good riddance), the new vinyl floor was put in and there is a new toilet installed. Took a few hours and a couple hundred bucks.

Still need to paint.

This World is Sorely Lacking in the Fred Rogers Department

August 17, 2006

Please watch this.

Here’s the backstory:
In 1969 the US Senate had a hearing on funding the newly developed Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The proposed endowment was $20 million, but President Nixon wanted it cut in half because of the spending going on in the Vietnam War. This is an video clip of the exchange between Mr. Rogers and Senator Pastore, head of the hearing. Senator Pastore starts out very abrasive and by the time Mr. Rogers is done talking, Senator Pastore’s inner child has heard Mr. Rogers and agreed with him. Enjoy.

What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong…
And nothing you do seems very right?
What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?
It’s great to be able to stop
When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:
I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman
And a boy can be someday a man.
© 1968 Fred M. Rogers

cease fire agreement does not cease to amaze

August 15, 2006

So here’s another reason I love my MSN Direct Watch; this weekend as the principals in the Middle East conflict were all agreeing to the cease fire, I was getting up to the minute reports “beeped” to me on my watch. To clarify, every time I get a “beep” I assume it’s going to be airliners smashing into buildings or a North Korean nuke going off somewhere in rural Japan. So, the news of the agreement is received as a relief — doubly so.

These, I believe three, messages carried a bit of wonder with them and, dare I say, humor. The first one came in, probably that the Lebenese Parliament had ratified the agreement unanimously. Certainly not “news flash” worthy — it’s like asking the shopowner if he’d like the customers to stop throwing the shopping carts at each other… through his plate glass windows.

The second message was the “Hezbollah message”. I was a bit surprised, but happy to see this. To finish this set of messages, the Israeli response was sure to come. I didn’t have to wait long…

(Editor’s Note – this would be more effective with exact language, but my 2-year old loves to play with the buttons on the watch, and well, the messages have been deleted.)

The Israeli’s are on board too! Excellent!

Wait… What’s this? “The cease fire will begin on Monday.”

“The cease fire will begin on Monday.”

So these idiots (yes, they’re idiots — all of them) are going to keep killing each other for another day and a half? Brilliant. I guess they need to send out all of the scouts on horseback to alert the troops of the change in battle status. Imagine how much better this will be when someone comes up with some sort of telephone or “talk box” that doesn’t need wires.

There’s a market there someone.

energy costs being what they are…

August 13, 2006

I’m going to be moving all of my stuff over to this site at WordPress.com over the next few weeks. This will, of course, allow me to turn off my server at home and save me a couple bucks here and there.