Wednesday, May 04, 2005
He's on a train somewhere on the East Coast.
After the conversation was over I said, "Have a good train ride."
And his response?
(You guessed it.)
I hung up the phone laughing heartily. See, I was nowhere near a train and he knew that.
I absolutely love the pre-programmed responses we have sometimes. Seems our mouths try diligently to stay one step ahead of our brains - I'm quite guilty of that myself.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
This made me think for a minute about the real sacrifices military families make. We all can conceptualize the months of separations and the dangers of deployment, but I doubt that we really get it. I'm quite sure I don't. A couple of 2 day business trips do me and my wife in - I swear my kids all change in those couple of days. I've heard stuff about 18 month deployments for some troops. And the extent of the danger I face at work is a paper cut or the distant possibility of slipping on a restroom floor after the janitor recently mopped it. I get bugged when I get a bad parking spot. Anyway, I just wanna make the point that we should keep in mind the military wives & kids at home while we watch reports on the news. I guess we should also cherish just being together a bit more than we sometimes do.
We're expecting baby #4 in September, and I'll be lucky enough to be there. Thanks in no small part to military guys roughly my same age, with families a lot like mine, all over the world, making that possible. Empty as the gesture may seem (this is only a rarely read blog), . . . I say thank you.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Turning away from the Middle East to the Americas we cannot help but report the
following statements by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez... the Americas'
closest thing to N. Korea's Kim Jung-Il. Speaking on television recently, Chavez
"Capitalism makes democracy impossible. Capitalism makes social justice
impossible. If we don't change this system, the world is going to end. The
eternal existence of our planet is not guaranteed. Look at other planets. In
Mars there was water. It's possible they will soon find remains of living
beings. Who knows how many years ago there was life on Mars? Mars is very
similar to Earth. It rotates around the sun almost the same as Earth. It's very
likely that there was life on Mars. It's possible that the Martians couldn't
keep life going on their planet.
"Old Karl Marx was right. Capitalism, monopolies, the exploitation of man by
man, Karl Marx's theory was correct. We have to break this model of domination.
I have a lot of friends in Venezuela and I really feel for them. This guy is turning back the clock in a world that has impirically proven over and over that he's dead wrong and that his people's suffering is probably just beginning. No idea where the whole Mars business came from, but wow, that was a tangent if I've ever seen one . . .
Sad business. On a very selfish note - we get tons of oil from Venezuela and he'll probably be turning that off pretty soon, just out of spite for our "capitalist" society. Anyway, I just found this interesting.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Do not operate this dryer with wet hands as this may cause an electrocution hazard
Ok . . .
Had I not seen this warning, my life could've obviously been in jeopardy. Luckily after I wash my hands I completely dried them by blowing on them and waving them wildly before I attempted to use this dangerous piece of equipment. Thank goodness for thoughtful warning labels!
Monday, March 14, 2005
So I left early for some church meetings yesterday (Sunday) and at about noon or so when I got back to my car I checked my cell phone’s voicemail – I had a message from my wife frantically asking me where the toilet plunger was, because there was a, um . . . need. At some point recently we had two toilet plungers, but I believe our 18-month-old daughter has seen fit to cunningly hide these along with several other items in a secret location known only to her and her ever-present sippy cup. As if to show her absolute power, this morning my car keys were also mysteriously missing. I have some ideas of what other items I might find if I knew the top secret location where these things are hidden from the world:
- - The Kansas City Chief’s Defense
- - Bill Clinton’s moral compass & Bill O’Reiley’s humility
- - The US-European
- - BYU Football Pride
- - 5.25” Floppy Discs
- - Bipartisanship
- - My hairbrush
- - Bobby Knight’s softer/rational side
- - Defense in the NBA
- - “Car Phones”
- - Media Objectivity
- - Michael Jackson’s real face
Of course, these are items that may never be heard from again . . .
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
(the main idea here is from a Bryan Regan comedy show, I’ll only take partial credit)
So like most of you I was pretty happy when the election finally ended in the fall. (And I was pleased with the outcome, which shouldn’t surprise any of you, but is not the subject of this post) So I’ve always loved watching how politicians handle questions. SNL does some great skits on this. They get to say stuff like, “I’m not taking questions right now” or “let me answer that by first asking you a question” or “before I answer I’d like to thank you and the university for hosting this great debate which I’m sure will
Wife: Are you ever gonna clean the bathroom like I asked you to last week?!
Husband: Let me answer that by asking you a question . . . do you want to get a babysitter and go out Friday night?
Wife: Ok, that’s fine, but you avoided the question about the bathroom.
Husband: I have no comment at this time.
Wife: Oh, ok, cool.
Policeman: Sir, are you aware of how fast you were going? Will you show me your license and registration?
Guy Driving: Sorry, I’m not taking questions right now, but I should be back in town in a couple of weeks.
Policeman: Fair enough, I’ll look forward to it.
Boss: That report was due yesterday, where is it?!!!!
Cube Dweller: Before I answer I’d like to thank you and the company for providing the warm, loving environment for we employees to learn and grow in . . .
Boss: Huh? (walks away utterly confused but having forgotten about the report)
We should all give these little approaches a try. Some of the most powerful men and women in the world handle questions this way, there must be something to it . . .
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
"No man can know how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find the strength of the German army by figting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never know the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it; and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation really means - the only complete realist."
Monday, March 07, 2005
A friend just pointed out to me that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Minority Leader had recently called Alan Greenspan a “Political Hack.” Nice. This was in response to Greenspan’s recent testimony supporting Social Security reforms. (see my post about News in the News) Reid failed to note that Greenspan has been pretty apolitical in his statements, he’s railed on the administration for the deficits in the past and he supported many of
Geek Alert! - some posts might be funny, others serious, well, this is a Geek Post, so be warned.
- some posts might be funny, others serious, well, this is a Geek Post, so be warned.
(Hat tip to my good friend Jeff who pointed this out to me during lunch today, I just did the little research)
I live in the great state of
(You’ll likely here more of my anti-SUV stuff in the future)
(Ok, so the stats are nationwide, but you get the point. The vehicle death rate in KS is actually higher (19.9 vs 15.4) than the national average, so that makes up for my slight distortion a little. The premise is the same.)
Friday, March 04, 2005
I don't often get to watch the network nightly newscasts, but I was passing by the TV last night and Peter Jennings (ABC) was on and he started talking about Alan Greenspan opening his mouth. I’m a geeky economics guy, so that stopped me for a moment. I had read reports on the internet, but I wanted to hear Peter repeat the news I’d heard. The big headline was that Alan said we gotta fix social security right now and the private accounts are a decent way to do it. He also talked about the nasty deficit, which is one area where I think our government (President, Congress, everybody) has failed us. But the big headline in most news sources was Social Security. But not with our friend Peter Jennings, all he could talk about was the Bush deficits and how huge they are and how they will destroy our country . . . something to that effect. Did he mention the major news about Greenspan publicly commenting on Social Security and Private Accounts? Nope. Nothin’. That really bugged me. You don’t have to say you agree, but Greenspan is kinda important and when he talks about stuff like this it is NEWS, so report it.
Many of you know that I spent 2 years in
A little chunk of most of my days is spent reading blogs. Most of them are popular (political) blogs and newsfeeds. As you've noted, it's been like 2+ months since I posted anything. I had a little flurry of activity at the first of the year and then . . . nada. Let me tell you why - I struggle with putting stuff up here, which is easy but takes some effort, when I am really guessing that literally nobody will ever read it. I know that's not the whole purpose, but it certainly matters. I see that there are millions and millions of blogs out there, and I don't care much that many folks read mine. My kinda audience that I think about is just my friends and family - you know who you are. That’s about it. I’m gonna start putting stuff up here again, so let me know if you’re reading this at all. I’m assuming no one is, and that’s alright. But maybe that’ll change if I put stuff up here worth reading.