Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I have been a parent for 11 years and ever since the eruption of the first baby tooth my wife and I have been brushing teeth. For 4333 days we have been brushing teeth on these little people. I estimate a about 4 years to go…another 1460 days!
We try to brush the 7 and 9 years old, my 11 years old does pretty good on his own. Here is the ideal flow of our teeth brushing time at my house.
The above workflow happens most of the time, except for step 4 which has never happened. Thinking about brushing teeth raises a few questions:
- What did people do 200 years ago, did their teeth just fall out?
- What’s with the flossing scam. I have gone to the dentist many times and they say “looks like you’ve been flossing well, keep it up”. I’m thinking, “sucker…ya I floss regularly… once every 3 months”
- Why do kids hate brushing their teeth? In fact kids detest anything that promotes health and well-being, why? For more on clean kids read “A Clean Summer”
And lastly my sweet daughter. She despises “minty”. About once a month her daddy uses the minty toothpaste and she suffers and screams “It’s too minty” while white foam spews out of her mouth and she runs in place suffering from the intense “mint”. Sorry Pinkerbelle.
There you have it, the Art of Brushing. Happy Fatherhood Friday.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I’m sorry men. I may have my man-card revoked for this one. I’m going to review on a DVD my wife has been watching while I sit next to her called, Pride and Prejudice.
Apparently I have seen this super long “movie” before. (It might have been some kind of mini-series) . It’s a story I am somewhat familiar with. I get it all mixed up with Emma and other movies with all these same actors. Sense and Sensibility seem to be like Pride and Prejudice. For all I know it may be the same movie. Anyway. Here is a guys-guide to Pride and Prejudice.
This is a good movie. I get the characters mixed up so I’ll just describe them as I know them.
The movie centers around this aloof guy named Mr. Darcy. He walks around pouting. It’s an easy acting role, just dont make any facial expression and you can nail it. He uses this aloof-ness to get the ladies to check him out. He apparently likes the main character (pictured to the right), don't recall her name at the moment. I though she was “Jane” but…oh yes, it’s Elizabeth. (70% sure).
Mr. Darcy is some kind of high society guy who doesn't like to talk to people below him. At some point he given a cold shoulder to a guy. He eventually gets the girl in the end but has some mental issue about it. One time Mr. Darcy said he loved the main character against his better judgment or something, you had to see it for yourself, it was good writing.
My favorite character is the dad -- Mr. Bennet (I think that’s his name.) He has the skill to put up with his very obnoxious wife, I guess her name would be Mrs. Bennett. My favorite line is to his wife that goes something like this (from memory, paraphrasing) “I’m sure I don't have the pleasure of understanding a word you are saying”.
He has many lines that are good but because I was reading some news on the internet while watching the movie, I cant remember the exact wording. The bottom line is he knows how to handle his wife and people around him with humor.
The overall story takes place hundreds of years ago. The author, Jane Austin wrote this story in the early 18 hundred, I think. My wife was horrified when I told her I thought Jane Austin was a modern-day writer. I knew the movie was set in the olden-days. But, it was actually written in the olden-days. That little tid-bit didn’t stick when I was in high school English class. I’ll have to check my cliff noted on that one…
What else can I tell you about this story? We are going to watch more of it tonight, I don't remember how it ends or if it ended already. I thought the movie was over when Elizabeth dissed Mr. Darcy. Done. But no, the story went on it was just the end of that DVD. Yes, it’s multiple DVD’s.
I don't want you to leave here thinking I don't like this story. The parts I paid attention to are very good. There is some great humor and a bunch of politicking and groups of girls talking trash about other groups. There are some crazy people who are shunned by other people.
There’s this old lady that this reverend talks about all the time. He is going to inherit some money from, maybe. Or maybe she is a big donor to his church or something?
This reverend is quite funny. He wanted to marry the main character but marries another more homely character. And she puts up with him but doesn't really love him. I guess she is just using him for his money, which he doesn't have.
There is one lady who looks manly (see right). She is like the wicked step sister and always seem to have a problem with the main character. I’m sure there is a reason but I didn’t catch it.
In summary, Pride and Prejudice is a great movie that has been around for a long time written by a great author. There is something for everyone and hours upon hours of dialog. The story lends itself to zoning in and out, maybe taking a nap them getting right back into without feeling like you missed anything. The companion movie Sense and Sensibility seems exactly the same. It’s may be a part 2 movie or a prequel?
UPDATE: Man card revoked!!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Dr. M.L. King
When I was in high school I went to a majority black high school. As a white army brat that was not big deal. Being around the military all my growing up years, race was virtually a non-issue. My roommate and best friend was black. Some of my closest buddies were not white.
That was 20 years ago. As a minority in my school, I remember being harassed by black gangs and being called cracker, spook, honkey, whatever. There was even a few times I was jumped because of my race.
I don't bring this up for you to feel sorry for me or anything. I bring this up to highlight that racism is racism no matter what direction it flows.
In school I memorized big chunks of Dr. king’s “I have a Dream” speech. His message to America was that all me are created equal in the eyes of God -- Black, White, Yellow, Brown, Purple or Orange. He dreamt of the day where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by who they are as a person, their character. Sadly, that day has not yet come.
This week former president Carter made some statements on race. He said, “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African American should not be president." Who is saying that? Didn’t a majority of Americans vote for Obama?
I have only heard democrats saying that “people” are saying this but cant find any record of these “people” who are saying it. I went to one of the first Tea Parties here in St. Louis (lead by a black man) and did not see any shred of racism.
I’m sure there are plenty of racist out there. They need to be quarantined to the deep woods. Unfortunately it seems that there are racists in positions of power.
Van Jones, former Green Jobs Czar for Obama said that the “white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of colored communities.” (see video clip) Isn’t that racist?
Here are some of my thoughts on race in no particular order:
- We attended a church who had an African-American preacher who was white. He was a white man from Africa who immigrated to the US.
- If every president in the history of the Unites States was black, Barack Obama would be the first white president, because his mother was white.
- Why is it only racism is you are a minority being persecuted. What if the minority persecutes the majority because of race, isn’t that racism too?
We need to call racists racist no matter what their race.
Monday, September 7, 2009
We teach our kids to think for themselves and to not fall for slogans, mantras or empty promises.
We teach respect for the office of the President. It’s a tough job and it demands our appreciation and honor. After all the person who is president has to make life and death decision every day and is charged with protecting our land.
The great thing about our country is you can respect the office and the individual in the presidency but you can disagree with everything that individual stands for. That is where I find myself during this presidency.
In December of 2008 my daughter came home with an activity booklet about our new president Barack Obama.
I wanted to take you through some of the her thinking page by page.
Notice the heart with the the line through it. She also made a sad face. She knows our family is not the biggest Obama fans.
Today Obama is going to address the school kids to tell them to stay in school, set goals, do you best, etc. These ideas are all good. I read the transcript of his speech and I don't have a problem with it on the surface.
My question is simply, why does Obama need to tell the kids something they are already being told? Is it to gain influence over them? To be a role model?
Do I want Obama (the person) to be positioned as a role model for my kids to look up to? I have yet to see a policy that I feel is good for this country or my family.
So, do I want this influence piped directly to my kids while they are in school? No thanks, I will pass.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Our family cat, Daisy, is lost. She was discovered missing this morning. We drove around the neighborhood with no success.
Daisy is a repeat offender. This happened a few years ago and she came back on her own in about 48 hours. We live in a different house now…time will tell.
More as this story unfolds.
UPDATE: 8:55am (23 hours after disappearance) no news to report. Still missing. Updating information with humane society. She has a microchip. Kids are sad.
UPDATE: 12:40am Posted on Craigslist and spoke with Humane Society. No cat.
UPDATE: 8:11pm. The national media has not picked up the story, or the plight of our kids. Still no cat.
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