Thursday, July 31, 2008

Does everyone know what time it is??

No, not Tool Time, it's


(now if I can only get Debbie Dunning to a reprise her role!)

Should be a good day....

UPDATE: well, it went pretty well.

Predictably, there's no talk about the percentage bump in salary. That'll be decided by upper management which means the Group Manager will get a pot of money that he'll have to divide up accordingly. We'll wait and see how well that goes.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Randy Pausch's Distributed Funeral

Let's get a few things out of the way quickly:

  • I've known of , the Carnegie Melon University professor who died this week, since his famous speech became a viral video on YouTube.
  • I have seen the speech. Several times, including once last week, in fact.
  • His death is, indeed, a major loss for his family, his friends and colleagues, and for the many fans who have been inspired by his work and words.
I am having trouble with how so many people seemed so moved, some even to tears, about a speech (and, by extension, a man) who while combating a disease that would eventually take his life, extolled the virtues of perseverance.

There, I said it. I've struggled with this post for some time, originally starting it in January, and picking it up again after Mr. Pausch's death. I recognize a lot of people are going to find problems with my opening statement, and I hope to present my position in a rational manner.

I believe it is wonderful that so many people would gain encouragement, indeed strength, from Randy's speech. What shocked me, however, was reading how many people were moved to tears over it. I saw it, I identified with the messages of living your dreams and never giving up, but that did not leave me in an emotional state. How could it? I don't know the man beyond a 70-some odd minute speech. What kind of emotional attachment could I make in what WIRED magazine best described as interact[ing] with Randy through a little box embedded in a webpage. Yes, the man had gift for speaking, for teaching, for making the listeners perceive he was speaking only to them, but that doesn't mean he was!

WIRED's piece goes on to discuss a phenomenon of a distributed funeral wherein it is common for people post comments in the first-person to the family of the deceased, as in this comment speaking to Randy's wife:
I am real sorry for your loss Jai.
Who is to say if the poster of this personal sympathy knew Mrs. Pausch? I'll wager she didn't, as the sheer number of people touched by Randy's message made him a sensation. Be that as it may, what inspires people to speak in this manner as if they are long-time acquaintances, as has been done in dozens of other places, to a complete stranger? Is it something missing in their life?

I mean no malice to Mr. Pausch or his family; a person dieing of a chronic, debilitating disease is nothing anyone wishes.

I am just having problem understanding how so many people find it normal to get emotional over the death of someone they never met.

To be moved so much emotionally in this sort of instance strikes me as odd, as if these people have never suffered any loss or severe distress ever before in their own lives, they believe they have to act a certain way when things happened to others.

This was discussed around the office, in fact, and people couldn't understand how I could not comprehend their vivid sadness over Mr. Pausch's death.

It isn't that I could not comprehend it, but perhaps I believe that in spite of his passing, ending a career of a very intelligent, witty, and caring man, I see the benefit to his family; they have lived with his death sentence for almost a year, and have witnessed their hero slowly dying.

I know and understand well, for example, the emotional and physical struggles people who live with parents in declining health go through. My MBH and her sister experienced this, and as a child I saw my father go through it with his mother. Perhaps it is because I've had these experiences in my life that I am somehow comparatively unfazed by the deaths of stars. Maybe I can't relate to the people I don't know, because I've done so with the people I do know.

Even as a kid growing up in NYC, I could not fathom why thousands stood outside of the Dakota on the news of 's murder, any more than I could comprehend people standing in line for other celebrities. What is the point?

This is probably not a popular position, and I am inclined to believe I may get flamed for it.

Life is too short, in my mind, to spend time wringing your hands in such a manner. Be saddened when people you admire or love die, but be sure your response is appropriate in comparison to how close you were with the deceased.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Sorrow about neglect (well, not really)

I haven't really been posting much in recent weeks.  It is part of the work related data issues I mentioned, and part because my home schedule is a mess also.    As such, my draft posts number a few less than the draft e-mails I have to write friends and pals.

Really, is there a need to have 5 hours sleep?  Couldn't I do with less?

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Challenge: end of week one

Last Friday I posted about a 6 week challenge I would undertake.

So far, I am doing very well. Following the chart provided for Week 1, I am hitting all the marks:

Week 1 of

Since I started out being able to 30 perfect push-ups at the beginning of the program, I am in the third column of the above chart. On day 1 I did 10/10/8/6/30 push-ups. Day 2 (Wednesday) I did 12/12/10/10/25 (I was tired that morning). Today I hit 15/13/10/10/27. Whereas the program provided 120 seconds of rest in between sets today, I did each set with a lot less break in between.

By this time next week, the sets will be up to 15/15/12/12/at least 15. I am not at all winded after these, and I remain optimistic that I will be able to hit the target of 100 perfect push-ups by 31-Aug.

Note I should mention that I am doing these push-ups on my knuckles, not on my palms. A lot of people I have spoken to say the only thing better than knuckle push-up are finger-tip push-ups, but I am not able to do more than 5 of those.... maybe that'll be the next goal in September... regardless, knuckle push-ups are the minimum in my TKD class.

It's not too late: you, too, can join in this challenge. See my original post for more details. Mark and Bill are in it with me: I am willing to bet someone reading this - right now - thinks they can best the three of us. Why not step up now?

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reader Poll: Blog feeds, summary or full posts

Here's a poll for all of you readers who have your own blog:

Do you publish full feeds or only summaries?

Now I completely understand why folks use summaries. If you like what you're reading, click-through and improve the hit count. Maybe read other posts, click on ads, whatever.

But on the other hand: time is always short... do you think I will always click through, or is there a chance I am so busy I'll just skip over your post, and eventually, drop your feed entirely?

The poll is at the top of the right side-bar, and will be visible for a week. I'll paste an image in this post when it's closed. I am curious what my readers think about this issue.

UPDATE: Well the poll is closed now; I had hoped for a little more participation from the readers (which has been on a particularly high up-tick lately, thank-you-all-very-much), but from those who participated it is clear where the preference lies:

Poll Results: Preference of full posts wins 8-3

Now I am inclined to state I will unsubscribe from any feeds that do not offer full-posts, however I am aware of one or two whom I would never unsubscribe from because, well, they are special blog pals. Otherwise, if they can't be bothered to give me the full post, I will likely not be bothered to read them at all.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hand signals

Summer time is a big time for motorcycles, and for obvious reasons. I saw no fewer than 10 on my way home tonight, during which two separate thoughts related to motorcycles came to mind. At the outset, let me state that I've never owned a motorcycle, and while I've been a passenger on them a few times, I've never driven one, so I am ignorant to any basic rules or customs related to them.

Hand signals are very common between drivers. I'm not talking the required hand signals every driver should know, but the ones shared between cycle drivers.

OK, an open palm, pointing toward the road on an 45° angle makes enough sense. But some drivers put down a fist. Some put down an extended index finger. Sometimes two fingers, as in the classic peace sign, again pointing down. Still others extend the index and pinky (as so many rockers do).

It can't be so random that these individual signs have no unique meaning. Do any of my readers have any idea what they mean?

The other thought was of a specific bike I followed a few weeks ago, and neglected to mention here.
3 on a bike
These 3 rode past me and I was pleasantly astonished at the second passenger on this bike. How fortunate for me that I eventually caught up with them, and only now remembered to post the pics:

Who is in the middle?

The pup was calm the entire ride, obviously used to being in the middle. I love the goggles the dog gets to wear!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Getting a good grip is important!

While going through drills of grappling and other take-down skills, I was one of the 4 who was tasked to be the heavy and walk up to our female Karate students and attack them.

For this drill, I was to slap the gal in the head.  It may as well have been in the face, but as no one was wearing headgear, I had to be careful in case my opponents block was inaccurate or too slow.

So I take a swing at this gal and she deftly blocks the attack.  Next she is to take-me-down, which she also does with great speed.

So fast, I didn't realize she got more than my jacket top when she grabbed me:

This doesn't look nearly as bad as it did when it bled, but in interest of full-disclosure, I was in the middle of a work-out, so my heart was already beating pretty fast.  The blood had no trouble staining my jacket.

The gal asked me Are you sure I did that?

Me: Let's let CSI scrape your fingernails for a DNA comparison to be sure.

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Easy first day of push-up challenge; why not join me?

As promised, today is the first day of the one hundred push-up challenge. The challenge lasts 6 weeks, and promises at the end that I should be able to pump out 100 push-ups.

Up until now, I could muster out 2 sets of 25 push-ups without too much sweat, so much so I sporadically did them first thing, in the office, before others showed up. Following the program's description, I did a set of 10 push-ups (for me, at least, easy), rested for 60 seconds, 10 more, 8 more, 6 more and then the maximum I could do reasonably; today I pumped out 35 more (the last 3 somewhat wobbly).

On day 2 of the first week (Wednesday), I am supposed to 2 sets of 12, 2 sets of 10, followed by the maximum I can do (minimum 10). On Friday I am to do sets of 15 and 13, 2 sets of 10 again, followed by the max (min: 15). As the program progresses, so do the minimums. I'll update my progress weekly.

In the meantime, you can join me!! Follow the link above to my original post, and check out One Hundred Push-Ups for the training chart that is tailored to your ability.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

How many can you do? A challenge to readers

So it is no surprise to readers that I am studying Tae Kwon Do; heaven knows I've whined posted about my aches and pains related to it often enough.

One of the core exercises we do is push-ups. Properly performed, a push-up strengthens not only your arms, but your chest, neck, back and abs as well (Probably legs and calves, too). No matter who you are, you probably could stand a little muscle-toning in these areas.

Speaking for myself, I need a greater duration ability. I can do 25-35 properly formed push-ups without a rest. I'd like to do more.

Derek Semmeler is offering some inspiration. He's discovered one hundred push-ups, a website that offers a training program that will lead the users to reaching 100 consecutive push-ups, with only 30 minutes of training each of 6 weeks.

Derek is offering a drawing for prizes, ranging from t-shirts to cash (and who couldn't use a little extra cash?). I've already committed to the challenge; I hope to do 100 consecutive, properly formed push-ups by 31-Aug-08.

So I challenge you, the reader, to join in with me at Derek's site. I am not in the position to offer swag, but if you comment about your progress I'll provide promotion to you in future posts.

And you know what? Before anyone says only guys can enter, you're wrong; I know a woman who can do 100 consecutive push-ups, and in no way does her arms look massive or the like. So this is open to all.

What to do: Leave a comment or track back here if you are joining me in the challenge to reach 100 push-ups by 31-Aug. If you wish to be eligible to win the prizes, you must notify Derek and link accordingly.

Who is with me?

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Quote of the Day: Happiness

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue
happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” - Benjamin Franklin

Too often people think they ought to be handed what they want, what they need, to be happy. It is my right, they say, to be happy.

Let me tell them, life doesn't work that way. Too often, it is fair to say, people are held back unfairly, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't keep trying: trying to overcome their obstacles, trying to achieve victory over them.

Because the rewards in life are worth the sweat and pains to get them.

h/t to ZenHabits, as seen in Lisa Sabin's shared Google Reader list

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Flowers are red

Last night I got home after my work-out and my youngest son wanted to show me what he made that day. It was a PlayDoh frame where you're to place the colored clay and overlay a screen to make the image appear, in this case a turtle.

Hastily I shot his work with my cell phone (I need to work on taking better pics):

He proudly told me that he decided to change the colors from what the instructions told him, because he thought his colors looked better.

And I smiled and said Flowers are red, which was immediately lost on the 5 year old, but it brought back memories of an old song. I found it on YouTube, but its not permitted to be embedded, so here's the link.

The video starts off with Harry speaking about his secretary complaining (and rightly so!) about the report card her 2nd grader brought home, which included the following comment:

Your son marches to the beat of a different drummer. But don't worry, We'll have him joining the parade by the end of the term.

Harry went on to write a song in honor of that narrow-minded teacher, and the equally narrow-minded teaching style:

The little boy went first day of school
He got some crayons and started to draw
He put colors all over the paper
For colors was what he saw
And the teacher said.. What you doin' young man
I'm paintin' flowers he said
She said... It's not the time for art young man
And anyway flowers are green and red
There's a time for everything young man
And a way it should be done
You've got to show concern for everyone else
For you're not the only one

And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

Well the teacher said.. You're sassy
There's ways that things should be
And you'll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat after me.....

And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than they way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and
I see every one

The teacher put him in a corner
She said.. It's for your own good..
And you won't come out 'til you get it right
And are responding like you should
Well finally he got lonely
Frightened thoughts filled his head
And he went up to the teacher
And this is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

Time went by like it always does
And they moved to another town
And the little boy went to another school
And this is what he found
The teacher there was smilin'
She said...Painting should be fun
And there are so many colors in a flower
So let's use every one

But that little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked him why
This is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen.

But there still must be a way to have our children say ...

There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

So today I dedicate this song to my youngest, and to Harry Chapin, whom I was fortunate enough to see in concert in 1981 before his death. And it's dedicated to all the kids - big and small - who see all the colors in the rainbow.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hey, have you noticed...?

Have you noticed the level of anger at is down considerably these days?

With the rising cost of fuel, people are counting their pennies even more today than a year ago.  Maybe that's why the media isn't beating up on them like they used to do.

Just a thought.

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Cookies? Cooool!

I've mentioned in the past how much I enjoy Girl Scout Cookies, and while this story should in no way impact negatively against the GSA or their treats, it is still worthy of mention:

FOX NEWS: Police found thousands of marijuana plants being grown in a remote part of a camp, according to court documents and a scout official.

Officials at Camp Ella J. Logan (WARSAW, Ind.) were dismayed when they found out what had happened, said Sherri Weidman, chief executive of the Limberlost Girl Scout Council.

Police found the hidden marijuana farm with plants in various stages of cultivation in a wooded swampy area of Kosciusko County, according to documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in South Bend. Some of the plants were growing on land belonging to a local resident, while the bulk — about 5,000 plants — were growing on camp land.

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Talk about distracted driving!

I've railed against useless and abusive legislation passed that restricts the use of cell phones by drivers (here and here) ...

I've seen women farding, men shaving, parents slapping children, adults kissing dogs, reading the NY Times, and eating a bowl of cereal ALL WHILE DRIVING. Every one of those instances fall under distracted driving; so instead of having laws for those, too, lets just cover them under the existing laws.

But today I saw something being done that should be specifically excluded by law.

This morning, on my ride to work, some guy in the car next to me was using what looked like -- at least I hope I am right -- a rotary nasal hair trimmer.

This has to be the most absurd thing I've seen in a while (and, heaven knows, I've seen a lot!). In NJ (where I was travelling at the time), had I pulled out my cell phone to snap a photo, I would have liable for a moving violation (fine plus points), but this yahoo -- who was apparently enjoying the experience a little too much, based on how long he was doing it -- was apparently perfectly legal! And he checked his proboscis out in the mirror once while I was watching, so I can only assume he was grooming himself (as opposed, perhaps, to enjoying it too much).

First off, based on my own experience, it shouldn't take terribly long to ensure you are nasally groomed. Secondly, unless your sinus-hair is the long enough to braid, I believe it could wait until you were at least stopped in traffic someplace (and if you can braid it, you have more problems than I can address here).

I paced this guy for about a mile and half and had to pull ahead, both out of respect for the other drivers and for my own peace of mind!

And yet I am at risk for daring to hold my cell phone to my head? Sheesh. Like I've said: stregnthen and enforse distracted driving laws, and leave the able, legally driving cell phone users alone!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tony Snow

After being indoctrinated to Sunday morning political talk shows by , captured my appointment TV watching (fortunately, they never were on opposite each other).

I have written about Tony Snow more than once over the years, even recognizing that I had been a fan of his written work before he was even on TV.    I never saw him at a loss for words or completely befuddled in any interview.   His treatment of politicians of all stripes was even handed and fair, and his analytical skills were among the best.

Like Russert, Tony Snow is being admired by his colleagues and friends as the kind of man I hope to be one day, a kind I really ought to strive to be

His passing comes, again, far too soon for a man of his years, and while he hasn't been on air for some time, he will be missed.  

I confess I am getting tired of too many people, too young, who have died.  There's nothing I can say or do about it, of course.  I am reaching middle age, and the number of people whom I've followed are, generally speaking, older than I am, so it is inevitable they will die before I do.   

It's just so damn frustrating that they are dying so young, which only reminds me of my own mortality.

One more bourbon and then off to bed with me.

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Friday, July 11, 2008


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

I'll drink to that!

[A]lcohol, although it is a poison, and an addictive one, became, especially in beer, a driver of a species-strengthening selection process.

So says George Will, and he is so correct. Read More

h/t Katie Harbath via Twitter

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President Bush wins. Again.

I know: there have been times in the last 7 years I've had my differences with , but by far I've agreed with him and his decision far more than I've disagreed (I still shake my head as his growth of government programs, his failed amnesty bill, signing Campaign Finance Reform, among others).

But then there are these pieces that remind me of his steadfast decision making, the courage of his principles, and his defense of our nation against those that would harm us:

Getting to be really old hat:
The Senate easily approved legislation to overhaul government eavesdropping rules in terrorism and espionage cases and effectively granted immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in a secret domestic spying program, ending a contentious debate that has raged for more than two years.
The vote was 69 to 28; not even close. And, as I’m sure everyone knows, even Desperately-Seeking-Triangulation Obama voted in favor. Each time we get to one of these major issues the Democrats shout about how they’ve finally got President Bush where they want ‘im…only to fold like a house of cards when push comes to shove. This is, I think, simply because President Bush doesn’t back down when vital issues are at stake and, additionally, he’s just a much better politician than the Democrats are.
When the dust settles and the history books are written, I predict the verdict on the Bush presidency will reflect more on his accomplishments than the MSM will have you believe.

h/t Blogs for Victory

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Of nuances and flip-flops

Much ado about the changing positions of the presumptive Democrat nominee, .

In recent weeks, he's become a true candidate of change as he changed his own stated positions:

And if the criticisms I've linked to above weren't enough, the venerable NY Times editorial board has taken Obama to task on his changed views.

Sen. Obama wants to win, and as such he is trying his best to reach out to the Right. That is all well and good: the old rule is to run to your base in the Primaries, run the Center in the General (election). The difference is that candidates who do move to the Center generally do so in a sort of compromise of your positions, not a reversal.

Any one or two of the positions above could be forgiven by his base, but Sen. Obama is beginning to worry his supporters. This is largely because ran so far to the Left, Obama had no choice but to go even further to the Left, thus making any move to the Center appear like a huge swing.

The big problem with all of this is simple: if he says whatever he has to in order to win, then the candidate of change, the new kind of candidate is, in fact nothing more than a shill, a charlatan that will capitalize on any buzz word to secure power. How proud would anyone on the Left be to elect a person of that character?

If he does mean what he says when he endorses these largely-Right-wing positions, what does his base say when he stands by his word even after being elected? Remember how many pundits were surprised President Bush kept his promises to cut taxes, etc. even after being elected? Compare that, say, to the number of promises made by and which have yet to be fulfilled (say, why haven't we heard much from the Congressional leaders, huh?).

As Lionel spake this morning, if Obama begins to court Pro-Life Supporters, that may well cause a number of his supporters to bail.

And if that did happen... you just know Hilary is waiting in the wings....

h/t Reality Hammer

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Monday, July 07, 2008

I saw a werewolf coyote drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's / And his hair was perfect.

Since late Saturday afternoon, I've had this tune running through my head.... the late, great Warren Zevon:

Noticed a flier stuck in my roadside mailbox, hours after collecting the mail:click to enlarge

Now the two things that struck me about this was
  • June 19th? I found this July 5th.
  • Coyotes? In Pennsylvania???

I knew fox lived in the Commonwealth, but admittedly had to check about coyote, and learned they, too, live here. Good thing our feline that he has always been a house-cat, so that's one less worry.

Still that date is weird...

And, yeah, the music reference isn't quite right, but I couldn't think of a coyote-related tune.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

America's Birthday

ITEM:  AAA expects a decline in drivers this holiday weekend, down 1.3% over last year.  Source: Google News

With all due respect to AAA, I'll take their predictions as accurate.

So what?

Look, I've long documented my own personal headache with fuel costs on my commute, so I know what the deal is.   But to make headlines out of a mere 1.3% drop?   What of the increase in local business and tourist attractions because of it?   More barbecues.   More backyard and park picnics.   What about a proportionate decline in motor vehicle deaths?  Doesn't that count?

Whatever your plans this weekend, have fun, be safe, and be certain to fly your flag.  Remind youngsters (and yourselves) the significance of the date, not that it's just hot dogs and sun screen, but that people pledged their honor, their fortunes and their very lives to make this nation come into being.  And no matter how many people will try to talk it down, there is no greater country, with greater freedoms on this planet.

Celebrate, and remember!

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Quick Hits

  • In light of my recent conflicts with my employer (who, after all, pays me to do a variety of things other than blogging-related), I may be doing more Quick Hits and limit commentary on other blogs to short notes attached to feeds in my Google Reader Shared list.
  • I've noticed a lot fewer fireworks tents along the Pennsylvania border this year. In the Commonwealth, it is legal to sell a variety of classes of fireworks, to any adult over 21, but only Class C may be sold to PA residents. Class C are any in a variety of sparklers, sizzlers, and things that are basically pretty but don't go 'bang'. There are poppers and the like, but those things can go off in your palm and you wouldn't feel it. The good stuff are available for sale to adults who can provide legal ID from another state. In NJ, our next door neighbor, possession and use of any fireworks is illegal, yet many have/will cross the border today to buy with abandon. People from New York State, part of whom are also our neighbor, will pump dollars into our tax coffers as well, in spite of the illegality.

    While even as a child I couldn't understand the notion of handing any child a sparkler, I think the laws banning the use of most fireworks to be overkill. As for my house, I've spent some of my gas money from Friday's holiday to purchase some colorful (legal) stuff.
    Hey, I am guy after all!
  • Gas prices have seem to flatten, in spite of the recent futures pricing rising. I've not detected an increase in more than 2 weeks, and in parts of NJ you can still buy regular unleaded for under $3.999/gal. Knowing that the futures spot price is always a few weeks ahead of the price changes, however, means I shouldn't get the slightest bit happy at this temporary plateau.
  • This Sunday, of the weather holds, the fam will be attending an Allentown Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA-league) baseball game. For those who aren't in the know (and unless you follow AAA-ball, or live near Allentown -- why would you?) the Iron Pigs had some controversy over their mascot's name last year. I hope to elucidate on this later...
  • Heading home early... remember to fly your flag tomorrow (it is the original National Holiday, don't forget), stay safe, and have fun.

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Talk about speedy delivery

Forwarded e-mail from MBH:

Sent: 7/3/2008 6:47:14 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subject: FW: We've received: Night at the Museum

I mailed this last night, 8:30 mailbox pick up. don't know how they get
is so fast.

I'll have to pay attention to the mailing address the next time we return a video...

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Department of Redundancy Department

Heard on local TV:

...Turning to local baseball, in the Triple-A League, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will host the Buffalo Bisons tonight...
Buffalo Bisons?   Isn't that redundant?

Yanks win: box score.

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On Men Becomming Wimps: GROOM SHOWERS

Apparently, Groom Showers (or Man Showers) are an up and coming social event for grooms-to-be. Showers geared to grooms are a growing trend in the wedding industry, said the entertainment expert for the web site Men who have grown accustomed to attending coed showers with their wives and girlfriends in recent years now find guys-only parties an acceptable rite of passage, she added.

I am soooo glad I missed this nuance...

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Stars and Stripes FOREVER

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