Tuesday, March 31, 2009

That Funny Obama Administration

Parody is usually pretty humorous. This morning while driving to the office I heard this hilarious parody on the radio. They talked about the president changing the way his administration refers to the War on Terror to Overseas Contingency Operation. (Oh, my side....wait...ok...let me catch my breath.) Imaging if that was really the case, wow. The story went on to describe our soldiers as "contingency operators"! That good stuff...

I also heard some great material on a non-military force as strong as the military who all wear brown uniforms. Some "You-tuber" even made a video that look striking realistic, check this out.



Man that's good. This comic relief is great. With all the bad news today it's great to know our news outlets have a sense of humor. It's also comforting to have a president who can laugh in the face of adversity. That's change I can believe in.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spikieitis - There is a Cure!

Stuffed animals suffer quietly from many diseases. Today our team, Craig, Skippy, Firstborn and Pinkerbelle, look at one of the more common conditions affecting our fuzzy friends, Spikieitis. And we are excited to announce a cure (see video below), but first lets explore the disease.

The Cause
The main factor in Spikieitis is the combination of dog saliva and stuffed animal fur or fuzz. (see illustrations below)

When the dog attacks a stuffie, saliva is transferred to the stuffed animal, dries and hardens the fur. The stiff fur, Spikieitis, in the past was considered terminal. (Special thanks to Pinkerbelle for making the lines on the photos)

Other Diseases
There are other conditions that need to be discussed, Ripaphobia and Flat Foot. Ripaphobia - a ripping wound exposing internal material - is very traumatic and often fatal. Flat foot on the other hand is not fatal and can be caused from a displacement of stuffing from the paw rendering it floppy and flat. For a complete list of stuffed animal diseases see the dictionary compiled by Firstborn at the end of this post.


This stuffed bear also has flat foot. A less common condition but very debilitating. The stuffie will often need surgery or a orthopedic device to assist in walking.

The Cure



Firstborn will describe each step of the process to cure Spikieitis.
  1. Wet down the infected area with a damp cloth, towel, or even a shirt. Don't soak it, but don't just moisten it. It has to be just right.
  2. Comb the fur. Don't start combing one direction and then start combing an other, comb in one direction, preferably toward the rear.
  3. Dry the stuffie. Let it sit by a fan for three days and three nights. Actually, the length of time depends on the stuffie. My Webkinz Bigkinz Frog only took about three hours. The unicorn seen above took about a week, and still isn't fully cured.
Dictionary of Diseases that Affect Stuffies (by Firstborn)
  • Bandaiditisphobia [bahn▪dayd▪iy▪tihs▪fow▪bee▪uh] n. disease in which stuffie has leftover band-aid scraps stuck to skin and are impossible to remove.
  • Boboflamicphobia [bow▪bow▪flah▪mik▪fow▪bee▪uh] n. disease in which B-B sized germs enter stuffie's body and start fevers, stomach aches, light-headedness, and fainting. It is very contagious and comes from beanbags or hackysacks.
  • Doesnthaveahipitis [duh▪zint▪hahv▪uh▪hip▪iy▪tis] n. disease in which stuffie has no hip bones and is unable to sit up straight.
  • Fatalbloodlossitis [fay▪tuhl▪bluhd▪lohs▪iy▪tis] n. disease in which stuffie looses great amounts of beans, fluff, or guts.
  • Flatfoot [flaht▪fuht] n. disease in which stuffie has an abnormal angle of the paw at 180˚.
  • Ripaphobia [rihp▪uh▪fow▪bee▪uh] n. disease in which stuffie has an oversized rip in the skin.
  • Roboflamicphobia [row▪bow▪flah▪mik▪fow▪bee▪uh] n. disease that is a more advanced species of Boboflamicphobia that blend in with carpet, making it more difficult to detect and prevent. They are immune to Boboflamicphobia's cure, and the symptoms are more severe.
  • Spikeyitis OR Spikieitis [spiy▪kee▪iy▪tis] n. disease in which the Great Dog chews up stuffie and leaves saliva in stuffie's fur. Over time the saliva dries resulting in crusty fur.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Leaving a Legacy

Sometimes I get introspective and do a little deep thinking. So this Fatherhood Friday I'm asking myself the question, "what the heck are we doing as fathers?"

Since I'm not much of a wordsmith let me bottom-line it for us fathers with this question -- What kind of legacy are you leaving for your children? Long after you have left this world, how are your kids going to remember your life? In asking myself this question here are some first thoughts in no particular order:
  • Dad smiled a lot.
  • He was able to make the tough decisions.
  • He was forgiving.
  • He could clap loud.
  • He trusted God completely.
  • He loved mom with all he had.
  • He thought he was cool.
One way I'm trying to stay connect is our weekly Bageling. If you do something similar I'd love to hear about it.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Out of Money? Loan Yourself Some.

You may have recently heard the term, "monetize the debt". Basically we are buying money from ourselves and giving ourselves an I-Owe-You. You may be thinking that this is some kind of joke. It's not. This week the Federal Reserve is buying a bunch of long-term treasury bills. This always creates inflation, raising the cost of milk and making the dollar worth less.

In the real world, my house, if we run out of money we have three options:
  1. Borrow some money from someone else.
  2. Spend less.
  3. Work more to earn more.
The option we do not have is borrow money from ourselves. This is what our government is doing now. In the real world, why can't I borrow money from myself if I have no money? Humm, I don't know, maybe because I have no money.

The only way to get "money" from myself when I have no money is to make my own. There is a little word for this, counterfeit. That story would end with me in the slammer.

So what are we to do? Let's look at the options as outlined above:
  1. Borrow from someone else. The creditworthiness of our country is sagging. China wants to move away from the dollar and the world in general is very nervous about our situation. Not the best option.
  2. Spend Less. We are doing this in our households but not as a nation. Our government is actually spending more. Ya, that makes sense.
  3. Work More. Since the government does not produce anything this is not an option. The closest the government can do is tax our work making us work more. Unfortunately this seems to be a real option.
It can be depressing looking at all this stuff. Fortunately we are a strong country made up of strong families with strong values. It's time to get back to basics. Live on less than you make and thank God for the great blessings he gives us everyday. Remember, God is bigger than any problem we will face as a nation or as individuals.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

VIDEO: Why Girls Love Horses.

As a follow up to the Fatherhood Friday post yesterday I asked Pinkerbelle one question, "Why Do Girls Love Horses". The following takes place between 8:55am and 8:56am, the events happen in real time.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Why do Girls Love Horses?

My daughter loves horses. Not sure why that is. They are really neat to look at but a horse is a hundred times bigger than Pinkerbelle I would expect her to be more afraid of such a large beast.

We have a friend who owns a horse and has offered Pinkerbelle to come out and ride. We did it once and now Pink asks me most nights before she goes to bed. "Can we go ride Bella tomorrow?" During the winter I told her it was too cold. Now that the Spring is here that excuse doesn't work any more.

So why do girls love horses? Let me try to put myself in my daughters shoes and answer the question from Pinkerbelle point of view:
  1. They are nice
  2. You can brush them
  3. They look pretty
  4. You can wash them
  5. They are strong
  6. They are pretty
  7. Fun to ride
  8. They look pretty
  9. They are neat
  10. They are pretty looking.
This weekend I will interview Pinkerbelle and see how close I came with my 10 reasons. Stay tuned...

UPDATE: See Pinkerbelle's video response

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Reading Through the Bible in a Year - NOT!

Every year for as long as I can remember I start reading through the Bible. January 1st, Genesis 1:1. My intention to read 15 minutes a day and end on December 13st with Revelation 22:21. This fantasy has never happened. I get busy, miss a few days, try to make up a little and then just stop the plan -- you know what, that's ok.

I came close one year where I read the "through the Bible" plan for about 6 months, then stopped for 12 months, then picked up the next year where I left off and finished it. Not bad.

I think it's a worthy undertaking but the bigger picture is to simply get God's message into your mind regularly. It doesn't need to be a huge plan, start small. Hear are some ideas.
  1. Read a Proverb. There are 31 so read the one that matches the day of the month, pretty simple.
  2. Use a Chronological order "read through the Bible " plan but don't worry about the days, just go in order and if it takes you 7 years, no problem.
  3. Read a single book in the Bible. Maybe a small book like James. Read slow and simply digest, ask God to make it real for you.
If you aren't into the Bible give it a try there's some good stuff in there.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Man With No Knowledge of NCAA Tourney Makes His Picks

I could not tell you a single solitary player on any team playing in the NCAA tournament, but I like March Madness so I'm in.

Here is how I came up with Missouri taking it all. I carefully read the teams playing each other, then apply the following parameters to my decision: (click on the bracket image to see how it all plays out)
  1. Have I ever heard the name of one of the teams playing. If yes --they win.
  2. If I have heard of both teams, I lean a little towards their ranking unless they are in the middle then I pick upset.
  3. Teams that are geographically closer to me -- then win.
  4. If I cant pronounce the team name, sorry they loose.
  5. If the team sounds like some guys name, Robert Morris, sorry that doesn't fly with me.
  6. Shorter team names tend to win more.
There you have it, a little inside-basketball for you. I'm looking forward to watching some basketball whoever they are.

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's the weekend, let's Geocache!


We have had fun geocaching (geo-cash-ing). Essentially you go around with a GPS and find caches that have little trinkets in them to trade out. By visiting geocaching.com and searching around your house or a nearby park, you can find a bunch of little caches hidden in trees, pipes or under rocks.

The kids enjoy it and it gives us a change to get out of the house. With the end of a long winter and with finances being a little tight, geocaching is a fun free way to get some good family time in.



Here is a picture of Pinkerbelle and Skippy finding a cache hidden under that street light box. This type of cache is a micro-cache. This this kind you just sign your name to a little roll of paper.




There are hundreds of thousands of caches around the world. Take a look at their website and sign up for a free account to start hunting. It's a great way to get outside and have some fun with the kids.

You can learn more at geocaching.com.

We Surround Them! It begins today.

Set your DVR's for Fox News today (Friday, 3/13/09) at 6pm Eastern. If you agree with these principals it's time to act. (the following was clipped from glennbeck.com).

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Poor Mans GPS Training

For those of you who like to train for races, training with a GPS unit is great. Obviously it will track your route and give you lots of data to play with. But you don't need a GPS receiver to get all the same benefits. Here are a few free tools.
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The first step is to map out your workout. A GPS will work, or you can do it manually then download. This site, veloroutes.org is a nice site to make maps on. Click on your route and it will automatically plot it for you along the roads. This makes the map clean and accurate.

Mapmyrun.com is a nice site that will let you kep track of your workouts, make and share maps as well as a good collection of running resources.
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This is my favorite site for tracking workouts. Since I like doing triathlons I use this site almost daily. It has a good mapping feature, nutrition tacking, and swim, bike and run data. Basic use is free but I would suggest the $25 upgrade, it has better route tracking and other little features. You can upload data from your GPS unit or upload a veloroute.org map.
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You need a good place to find races. Active.com is becoming the place to look. Lots of races will use Active to register participants. If you haven't yet you will need to register for a free account to get the most out of it.

I'm using this Spring season to get out of the house and get moving again. It feels great!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Michael Jackson: A Man's Man

6/26/09 UPDATE
Micheal Jackson passed on yesterday. He was a great artist. I still break out the moonwalk from time to time.

Origonal Post 3/10/09
Great to see that Michael Jackson is going to do one last concert. Maybe we'll never hear from him ever again...that would be great. Don't get me wrong, I like(d) MJ. He's just a little too freaky for me these days.

Sitting here watching the kids over at American Idol (a small talent show for those who may not have seen the show) performing his greatest hits made me reflect back to when Michael was great.

I remember back in high school Michael was awesome. He could moonwalk and put on a great show. Sure he was a little weird but not freakshow-plastic-face kind of weird.

I have a couple questions for the current day Michael...
  1. Why do you have to be so weird?
  2. Why is the right side of your chin bigger than the other?
  3. Why didn't you just retire about 20 years ago and not scar the world with your neverland ranch stuff?
  4. Where does it end with the face? Are you trying to look like a corpse in your Thriller video?
  5. Have you had surgery on any other body parts (no, scrap that question, I don't want to know).
  6. Here's the bottom line with you Michael -- Man, What are you thinking!
BTW, The chair is not my son.

Obama's Strongly Disapprove Rating Soars to 30%

It will be interesting to see if the disapproval numbers top the approval numbers...stay tuned.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Pray for Your Kids

On this Fatherhood Friday I though it would be good to remind myself to pray for my children. It's the most important thing I do for them yet it so often slips my mind.

I'm getting a little reflective here so bear with me. I remember how amazing it was to hold each of them just after they were born. Perfect little people with all the potential in the world. I remember how small the pinky toes were when they were babies and how it looked like they could pop right off...These kids are so cool and such a blessing.

Back to prayer... There is a lot of good in the world but there is also evil. This is why we need to pray, asking that God will protect our children from evil and give us wisdom we need to be the parent He wants us to be.

God,

Thank you for blessing me with three great kids. I pray that their lives will glorify you. Protect them as they grow. Give me the wisdom to train them, teach them and love them and your Son loves us. Help me keep it all in perspective and not over react to the little stuff. Keep them in your protection today, In Jesus...

Amen.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Counting Wrinkles

My kids are great at pointing out how I am aging.

Yesterday after dinner the kids had a "count the wrinkles on daddy's face session". They never made it to a final count but the number was up there.

As an added bonus they were hunting for gray hair which is getting pretty easy to see. Thankfully gray hair means you are distinguished, right.

Here is a snapshot of my facebook picture 40 years from now...Looking good.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nobody is Happy with all this Amazing Stuff

I remember in high school we learned that in the future ("the year 2000") we were going to have so much free time we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves. It didn't work out that way, we are just cramming more stuff into our lives.

Conan had a comedian on his show, Louis CK. He talks about living in our amazing world with great technology, cell phones, internet, and satellites. Even with all this technology people are unhappy.

A couple verses come to mind. Psalms 127:2 works for me today because I have a pile of work to do, it says"It is useless to get up early and stay up late in order to earn a living. God takes care of his own, even while they sleep."

Philippians 4:6goes on to say "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

So will all the stuff crammed into life, I need to remember to keep God in the center. Too bad God doesn't' have a Twitter account...

Monday, March 2, 2009

Nobama Enabled TiVo

Whether democrat or a republican you got to admit, there's too much Obama in the media. Announcing the first Nobama enabled DVR.

Get back to enjoying the news without the hope and change. Remember when you could watch TV and not have your blood pressure rise or that vein in your head start throbbing, well now there's hope. The Nobama enabled DVR.

Retails for $129. (Back Order)
If you make under $250,000 a year you qualify for a rebate check of $229. That $100 in your pocket for doing nothing...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Search YCCTAB Blog and Twitter with "The Cloud"

This is a pretty cool search tool. Just hover over the word below and you can browse the cloud of posts and twitter updates.

For the Love of the Sea Kittens!

I sorry to be the first to tell you this --the sea kittens are in trouble! Yes, I know, you have never heard about these lovable kittens of the sea but you know what, you are killing them.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Mythical Animals (PETMA) needs your help with the sweater wearing kittens of the sea. Consider the appeal on their website.
"Given the drastic situation for this country's sea kittens—who are often the victims of many major threats to their welfare and ways of life—it's high time that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) stop allowing our little sea kitten friends to be tortured and killed. Who'd want to hurt a sea kitten anyway?!"
The details are still sketchy but I understand that the kittens are being water-boarded. Oh the horror of it all. Help wont you...

For more information (or to simply see that I'm not making this up) visit the Save The Kittens Website.

If you would like to help real animals have a look at Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation.

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