Sunday, July 31, 2005
Funny that. Lots of scouts at mcdonalds
Noah does flag ceremony for the entire camp
Our check out paperwork is lost
On the road
Eating ice cream and cake
Making ice cream.
Hot shower time. Left the jeep windows off last night.
A different child chatters. Water between tent and ground cover.
And the sky opens
Rain stopped so i could check on child. Child misses parents.
Harder rain. A child cries.
If i was smart i would break camp while its dry and sleep in the jeep. Too tired.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Kids wiped. Sleeping.
My sunburn is really letting itself be known right now
Noah seems content to sit by himself. Bothers me but he seems happy.
On 1 hour free time before council fire
Found the secret mens room and had two hot showers. Thats better than i do at home!
Noah building a uniform rack. Determined to use his new knife.
Noah hands for friends body
Cooking tacos for lunch
Noah bored with ham radio
Boys upon settling (resend)
My hotel room
Heavens-above.com tells your when you can look up and see the international space station
Floating finger science
Talking to scouts in california and new jersey
The new boyscouts
The day begins
First bad wetting that i had to deal with. Not noah. Not me.
Friday, July 29, 2005
The judges eat
Book ends wood stain leather project
For the judges
I meant to add that it is 90f 36c
Fire starts. Yes of course that is noah.
Noah takes instruction
Noah working with leather
Snow cone break
Noah and i had our swim tests this morning. Just before the test i ran up hill to the campsite one quarter mile. The test was to swim 75 yards then 25 yards back stroke. Noah did great!
Learning about tulip poplar
Noah looks wiped
Showered and heading to breakfast. Everyone in our camp survived the night.
First hysterical "i cant sleep!" child issue abated.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Apparently i pitched my tent on a slight slope. This should make for some interesting dreams.
Normally i pack energy bars but we brought no snacks. Dont have to fight raccoons but man am i hungry!
Lesson one: should have brought my life jacket
Noahs dinner: a roll and some cake because he refused the bbq and beans. Guess i should have brought snacks.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Reasons to wear a Utilikilt:
Company's Top 10
Customer Top 100
"Utilikilts for Every Occasion...Except Bungee Jumping"
Monday, July 25, 2005
Since I don't host this site I don't have the luxury of having the native logs. What do you use for tracking visitors?
We are all doomed to die. When we get married, men drastically reduce their potential for long life. The cause of death is always the same: the wife. Mine is doing a combination job. Her primarily focus is the "heart attack" and the catalyst will be falling down the stairs. The motive: unknown, I think it's simply in their genes.
We have all heard that married men live longer. This is true simply because single people get to play harder, party harder, take harder drugs and live more dangerously; ergo, they bite the bullet much sooner than married men.
A popular approach is to overstress the simple mind of the man.
Woman (from another room): Honey, could you get my keys from the table?
Man: Yes, dear. I don't see them on the table.
Woman: They are right there.
Man: No they aren't.
Woman: Yes they are. I left them there last night.
Man: Well they must have gone for a drive last night because they aren't here now.
Woman (stomping into room, immediately picks keys up from chair): See, they are right here!
It will take that man several hours and several beers to recover from the incident. He will never understand it.
Another classic man killer is the "correct decision" as exemplified:
Man: Honey, what do you want to do for dinner?
Woman: I don't know.
Man: Do you want to me to cook something or go out to a restaurant?
Woman: You decide.
Man: I'm really indifferent tonight. Let's do something that you want.
Woman: Ok. Let's go to Calhoun's or stay home and cook steaks.
Ah! Notice how the man gets stuck with the decision. Should it turn out well then the woman can take credit for making a good choice. Should it turn out poorly then the man can be thoroughly beat down. Now how could such a similar choice as Calhoun's and steak at home go wrong? For one, if the woman has already made the decision but is simply testing his telepathic ability to read her thoughts then the man is dead meat because we all know that stress scrambles telepathic reception and this poor guy is already on his way to a coronary and that is before we add in the night's cholesterol. Now another way it could go wrong is that if the man chooses to cook at home but makes the horrid mistake of leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen. Of course a third method of diaster awaits at the restaurant in any combination of potential conversation flubs, staring at waitresses, over-reacting to the bill, under tipping and so forth.
The arsenal of psychological man killers that women hold is boundless and grows with each paired trip to the bathroom. The bathroom is the secret communications hub of women by which all psychological warfare originates. Secrets can be whispered there. They are always in pairs to watch each others backs. The mirrors over the sinks convert into large video conferencing screens by which new successful tactics can be transmitted to thousands of bathrooms around the world simultaneously! Men, we cannot fight this. They are too numerous, too organized and far too experienced. Accept your fate. Nuture what you have left.
Women by nature need to seek companionship. Once companionship is achieved they lose focus for that energy. They begin to miss the chase. They become resentful toward the person who took away their ability to "seek companionship" simply by becoming their companion. Due to utter contempt toward this person, the woman begins to subtly create this person's exodus. And this is why men die so much sooner than women.
The Great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race will be a one mile race with approximately 40,000 to 50,000 Rubber Ducks competing for over $40,000 in prizes to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, which serves over 7,800 children in Knox Co., Scott Co., Blount Co., and Loudon Co.Race schedule, pictures from last year, and online adoption form
I have definitely lost some of my redneck status today. On the positive side, I'm not such an embarassment to my family anymore. Now a new rag top and a wash n wax would make the toy seem like brand new!
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Doth I read too much into it?
I love finding allusions to the previous movies and cameos within the remade film.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
When the Apple //c came out it had a cool switch that would alter the keyboard from QWERTY (your standard keyboard...look at the 6 upper-leftmost keys) to a Dvorak layout. The only problem was there was not a reference to what key's function was at that point. Had they given you an overlay, or printed letters on the keys in a different color, or used lights to show different letters on the screen (my thought at the time) I think the Dvorak keyboard would have had a much better chance of becoming mainstream. (Is this Dvorak related to August?) (Interesting read)
Spy Journal Tech Tips now brings us reference to Geektronica's post about the optimus keyboard. It's not shaped like a natural keyboard but I still want one even more than I want das keyboard or the DX1 Input System.
I have some much overdue thanks to give. Three weeks ago, a good friend and reader of this blog came over for an extremely pleasant visit. She brought with her some amazing food which was both timely and better than anything I prepare. The wife and I were very grateful!
She also brought with her some fantastic gifts for which I need to get some pictures uploaded. She really put some time into preparing for her visit and I cannot thank her enough!
This friend has known me longer than nearly anyone else that I can bring to mind. We used to go to the theatre together in college quite frequently. Good memories there! Of course, she has all the ammunition that would keep me out of politics.
My brother and his wife are the best shoppers in the world. Often I have thought that if not for them my children would run around naked. We recently receive a care package with an item of hidden meaning. You can see it pictured on Amy above and Evan to the right. Amy will seek it out and announce, "I'm wearing Eban's(sic) hat!"
They always get such great clothing for the kids. Many thanks! Keep on shopping :)
We found the hat quite amusing. Evan is getting much "hidden meaning" clothing. He also owns a bib that reads, "Little Peanut."
Friday, July 22, 2005
one of the sponsors, said, "The beauty of daylight savings time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier."What drugs are these people on?!
Under the measure, clocks would be turned forward an hour on the second Sunday of March and turned back the first Sunday of November. Currently, daylight saving time runs from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. The extension would become effective one year after the enactment of the energy bill.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
I was feeling fine
And heart ablaze
What ruined me?
What was my downfall?
The need to please.
What brought me to my knees?
And how did I cope?
Monday, July 18, 2005
"cup of hot coffee" -- a euphemism for sexLooks like Joseph Lieberman and Hillary Rodham Clinton are jumping on the censorship bandwagon. What happened to the "inform the parents and let them make decisions for their children" bandwagon? The government really should not be dictating morals for me nor should they be trying to raise my kids.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
I was having a conversation with my brother-in-law when it suddenly dawned on me that I'm growing stupid. See, I used to have a fairly decent grasp of the English language with good spelling skills and proper grammar. In our conversation I accidentally used the word "immigrating" when I meant "emigrating." After enduring the mandatory southern education joke I had the following epiphany:
This also explains why there will always be someone dumber than yourself that you have to deal with unless of course you just happen to be the dumbest person in the universe in which case your best friend is probably a rock.
I blame the kids.
See. I used to spel gooder had decent grammer and what not. But I never realized that when they say "knowledge is gained" that they really meant it. See I thought "knowledge is gained" meant if you study hard you will "learn" but apparently there is a conservation of knowledge in the universe. So as one person gains knowledge, others must give it up. Kids gain knowledge at such a rapid rate that parents come across as babbling idiots. Society blames it on them "being tired" when in reality they have truly become "babbling idiots" which also explains why teenagers feel that they know more than their parents; in all likelihood, they do.
With the number of kids we have at the age ranges and the gross knowledge transfer, Cathy and I are lucky that we are smart enough to get out of bed in the morning.
I woke this morning at 5:30. I was calm and well rested. Then my mind kicked in and realized that I had not intended to sleep. Then it worked up. Instead of rationally getting up and starting my day the panic grew. I had to lie in bed and work through it but it worsened so I hid. My mind retreated to sleep where my panic controlled my dreams. An hour and a half later I woke again with tension still in my chest; my heart feeling like it beats softer; my lungs incapable of taking a full breath.
I have a love/hate of the panic attacks. I have them infrequently now-a-days. I know they are irrational. I know they are counter-productive. I should be able to subdue them. The affect on the mind and body is almost similar to how one would feel after a hard workout or thrill seeking like parachuting or rappelling. I suppose there is an actual adrenaline rush which would explain that feeling.
Time to brew some coffee and try to make up for lost time. Type faster! Faster!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
I just witnessed the funniest thing!
Cathy just finished breast feeding Evan and Evan was staring up at Noah just studying his face. Cathy was watching the two and her breast was still uncovered. Amy had been singing and laughing and jumping on the couch beside Cathy and with an ear to ear grin in that chipper sweet voice cheerily squealed "squuuueeeeze!" and simultaneously grabbed the bare breast.
The look on Cathy's face and the grin on Amy's was priceless!
Too much thinking before coffee. Time to brew!
The only secret kept is the one not spoken.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
I would have not have expected a response. Mike Quinlan responds to my earlier email pointing out that he bought the domain rather than forcefully shutting the site down; however, he continues to say that had the site been one of his customers he would have done the same thing.
Mr. McCaughan,Not yet sure that I want to respond to his email with anything more than a "thank you." I am a little taken back that he missed the point of my email and thinks I called "him" un-American.
Did you have the joy of seeing Mr. Crook's site before you sent this to me? Just in case you didn't here are a couple quotes for you:
Our problem is this: the military is a lifestyle these morons chose. What idiot risks their life for a country? It's what they chose. Forsake our Troops! They must think that if they go to war, they don't need to pay taxes just......just like the rest of us. Let 'em die in combat-- we don't need their ilk!
Number of US soldiers killed in the Iraq War, of their own doing, because they CHOSE to be leeches: 1,574. These scumbags deserved what they got.
Even more entertaining is this photo of a dead US soldier. It's entertaining, because there's something called owning your actions. He chose his path, and now we as a country have to pay his survivors benefits and pay for his burial, not to mention the fact that a chaplain still has to go out and tell the blubbering widow, which is another waste of resources, and that is just disgusting. He chose to join, and because of that, Forsake The Troops strongly feels that he should just be thrown in a ditch somewhere and left to rot. This soldier was not a victim of anything else but his own poor choices. Forsake The Troops spits on him and all other "veterans" who died because of something that they chose to do. No sympathy here.
Mr. Crook, was never a customer of mine (but if he was the outcome would be the same). I purchased the domain name (from him) to remove it.
I have no problem with the pro or anti war crowed as long as they can make there point intelligently which Michael Crook obviously can not.
One final note, I have not spent the last 15 years in the military to listen to the kind of crap he is spewing or to have people like you call me un-American!!
...I find your censorship with such judgmental arrogance to be equally offensive and un-American.My reference being toward a business. This would be akin to the landlords of a shopping center putting chains on Borders' front doors because the landlords felt selling Harry Potter books conflicted with their Christian beliefs. Now, purchasing the domain from Michael Crook and taking the site down is a different matter. Perhaps 3GuysHosting should have better worded their message.
I do think that Michael Crook is a bloody idiot trying to get himself a little "fame."
I mean, we have warnings about smoking but what about religion and other cult group activities? Why not insist that all places of worship carry health warning: Danger, potentially irrational and intolerant thinking ahead! "Don’t follow leaders, watch the parking meters."Read his full post from Tuesday, July 12, 2005.