Daylight Savings Time = NO YUO!!!!
DST was one of the reasons I moved from Michigan back to good 'ole Indiana eight years ago. Now it come back to haunt me.....
Driving to work in the dark again, after looking forward to some morning daylight during the winter, sucks.
Getting dark at 9-10pm sucks.
Having to change all your clocks twice a year sucks.
That is all.
What a weekend: Retreats, Acid, and allergies
I'm glad these weekend come around every once in a while.
Our oldest son (age 14, let's call him 'E') was at a retreat staring Friday morning until late afternoon. The retreat location is approx. 60 miles from our house. My wife and I made the trip back and forth twice, once on Saturday evening then on Sunday for the closing ceremony and to bring him home. Talk about a lot of driving....
Saturday afternoon our youngest son (age 2, let's call him 'L') somehow got the toilet bowl cleaner down off the top shelf in our laundry room, discovered how to open it, the preceeded to squirt it all over the room and himself. He off course started to scream when the burning set in. Rhonda and I quickly got his clothes off and put him the bathtub. I started poring water all over him while she called poison control. L had a section on his lower left leg that was already turning bright red, like a bad sunburn. After about 45 minutes in the bathtub the redness had started to fade and he was no longer crying from the burning. He was lucky none got in his eyes or mouth.
So Sunday morning after church it's off to Lowe's to look for a lockable cabinet. Found a decent one that will do the job.
Where do the allergies come into this? Well last night (Sunday) at about 9pm Rhonda gets hit with a bad allergy attack. She has gotten these before, the symptons include both of her eyes swelling shut, bad itching/hives on her hands, feet and sometime torso, and her throat become constricted, all happening in about 15-30 minutes. This time she was able to use her epi-pen so we avoided a trip to emergency room, but it was touch and go for a little while. Her allergist has ruled out a food based allergy, so it is something airborne, but discovering exactly what it is seems impossible.
So, how was everyone else's weekend?
Story on /. about where you grew up. Wierd
This story: http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/22/0527210 about Kokomo, IN popped up on the /. main page a little while ago.
My Dad was born and raised in Kokomo, although my parents moved out of town when I was about a year old and settled in the rural metropolis of Wawpecong (what, no wikipedia link?), pop 75, about 10 miles north of Kokomo.
Dad worked at the Chrysler transmission plant in Kokomo for 34 years, my Mom at Kokomo's St. Joseph hospital for 35. My sister's family still lives in Kokomo.
I guess it is a little wierd to see a story on /. about a place where you are/were still close to.
I'm just rambling........
Friday meme? I'm on it!
Ocean or Lake? Lake. I'm pretty much a landlubber....
Pizza or Chinese? Chinese, from the 'Everything OK' Chinese restaurant of course.
Mansion or Penthouse? Mansion
Have you been on a Jet Ski? Yes.
Are you afraid of clowns? No, they just make me sad......
How many brothers/sisters do you have? Two younger sisters.
Favorite band/group? Varies, but I'm listening to a fair amount of BNL at the moment.
Baseball or football? Football all the way.
Favorite brand of makeup? N/A
Waffles or pancakes? Waffles
Do you have an iPod? Our oldest son has a shuffle. Does that count?
Bike or scooter? Bike
Ever go in a hot air balloon? No, but would like to try.
How will you celebrate turning 21?I'm already 21, but I remember lots of liquor and a seedy strip club in a college town......
What brand computer do you have? Built my own, so it's a MacBrave. Oh, the wife just got a new Dell laptop.....
How many times have you been to DisneyWorld? Once, when I was 16.
Favorite city? Don't really have a favorite
Ice cream or frozen yogurt? Ice cream.
Do you think you are fat? Yes
Ever throw up in a public place?Maybe, while in college......
Do you have a pool? No
Ever drive a car? Every day.
How many times a month do you go to the movies? Last movie you saw? Watched Van Helsing last night via Netflix. What a pile.......
Who is your hero?My parents.
How old are your parents? Dad is 65 and Mom is 62.
What deceased person would you like to meet? My maternal grandfather since he died when I was like 3.......
Do you chew ice? Yes
Have you been to California?No, and have no desire to visit.
Last book you read? And finished? Oryx and Crake.
Favorite teacher? Mr. David Beal, HS government teacher.
Do you like to go fishing? On occasion.
How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had? One.
How many of those do you regret? None, since I married her!
What is (WAS!!!) your average in school? Graduated from ISU with a 3.04 GPA. Can't remember high school....
Favorite professional team?Chicago Bears
Do you like mohawks? No.
How many pairs of shoes do you own? 5-6
Do you floss? Yes. Every day
Do you have braces? No, don't get me started on that scam.....
Do you bite your nails? Yes, compulsively at times....
What is your last thought before falling asleep? Depends on what happened that day......
Do you fall in love easily? No.
Ever have a crush and they never knew? Yes.
Do you babysit? No
Ever been shot at? Yes, paintball is a fun sport.
Do you work out/exercise? Not enough.
Do you have 6 pack abs? No.
Do you consider yourself nice? Yes
What movie character would you like to be? Han Solo or Indiana Jones.
Do you go to camp for the summer? Have been to a number of Cub Scout/Webelos camps with my sons.
Ever been bit by a snake? No
Have you been on a boat? Yes
Name of friend you have known the longest? Mike
?Do you like jumping on a trampoline? Yes
Ever break a bone? No
Name of favorite Aunt/Uncle? Aunt Mary
What is your ultimate job? Game tester/reviewer.
Do you want to walk on the moon? Sure!
Can you name the seven dwarfs? Yes
Favorite TV show? Battlestar Galatctica and Lost.
Apples or oranges? Oranges
Favorite model of car? Dodge Charger
Favorite flower? Dandelion
Favorite color? Blue
Besides family, ever have someone of the opp sex in your bedroom? ? Yes.....
Ever climb out your bedroom window?No
Do you live in an apartment or house? House.
How many times in the last month have you had the hiccups? Zero.
Ever laugh so hard milk came out your nose? Milk? Nope
How many cousins do you have? Around a dozen I think.....
Do you believe in ghosts? Yes.
If you were a bird, what would you be? An eagle.
Ever get stitches? Yes.
If you could, would you want to know what your future was going to be? No
How many kids do you want to have? Already have four, and that is enough.
If you could change your name, what would it be? Chuck Norris.
Dogs or cats? Dogs, but I like cats as well.
Who do you tell your problems to? God and my wife.
Who can your tell your secrets to and know they won't tell? See above.
Do you believe in love at first sight? No
Do you go to church? yes
Would you marry outside your religon? Yup.
Volleyball or tennis? Tennis
How many people were at your last party? about 15-20.
Ever ride in a limo? Yes
Ever drink champagne? Yes, but really don't care for it....
Favorite dinner? Steak or Brats....
Four things Meme - my take
FOUR JOBS YOU'VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE
Pizza Hut pizza guy
Senior systems analyst
FOUR MOVIES YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER
The Shawshank Redemption
Back To The Future
Saving Private Ryan
ROTK: Return of the King
FOUR CITIES YOU'VE LIVED IN
Terre Haute, Indiana
Canton, Michigan (suburb of Detroit)
FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH
Around the Horn (ESPN)
The McLaughlin Group
FOUR PLACES YOU'VE BEEN ON VACATION
St. Louis Arch
FOUR WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY /.
FOUR OF YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS
German Chocolate cake w/ coconut icing
A good piece of prime rib
FOUR PLACES YOU'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW
Christmas shopping (wierd but true....)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Turn to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
"Be patient; since the process is the same each time, you'll quickly get used to it, especially if you partially automate the process by means of a script file such as the presented in the following section."
From Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages
Hot Dog weekend
This past weekend? I'm dubbing it the 'Hot Dog weekend' because when I look back on it I think every meal we had, except breakfast, contained hot dogs. And get this, our town's High School mascot is the 'Hot Dogs' (no kidding)!
And school starts on Wednesday for the three oldest. E-man starts high school and has his first soccer game later this week. I'm hoping no high drama ensures like three years ago when he entered middle school......
The wife is getting her potty training agenda together for the youngest. She figures it will easier when the older boys are out of the house and she can dedicate all her time to the L-man. But so far he has shown an incredible stubborn streak at times, even for a two year old. Of course the wife blames this stubborness on me while I point the finger at her.
When I got to work this morning the A/C was out. Apparently has been since Thursday evening.
Now it's about 82-85 degrees in here, with the humidity to boot. The only good thing is I work downstairs, the larger office area is in the 2nd floor. I hear it's an unbearable hotbox up there........
Free public education my ass.......
Here in the great state of Indiana primary and secondary public education is supposedly free (i.e. supported by taxpayers), but the families have to pay for textbook rental,unless you earn below a certain income in which case the fees are reduced or free, another sore issue altogether.
Just got the texbook rental fees for our three sons that are in school. The grades are: high school freshman (9th grade), a 5th grade, and 3rd grade. Total textbook rental fee for all three: $299.69
And this is free public education? Tack on top of that the teacher's school supply list that seems to get longer every year and you are spending a sizeable amount of $.
Do any other states out here require families to pay textbook fees as well? I know when we lived in Michigan and our oldest entered first grade (we moved to IN after his 1st grade year) we didn't pay any texbook fees..........
Cub Scout Camp
After reading bethanie's journal entry from 7/14 about summer camp I just had to comment about my recent summer camp experience.
Got back Saturday morning (7/16) from taking my 10-year old son and eight other Webelos scouts to Webelos Adventure camp. Three days of shooting bb-guns, archery, swimming, crafts, water fights, canoeing (rained out however), etc. The weather was blah however, with temps in the mid-80's and about 90-100% humidity the entire time. Everything we brought, and I mean everything, was damp when we got home.
And surprisingly the kids were pretty well behaved. This group had a couple of potential hell raisers in it but they were good until the morning we left, when I had to put a stop to some good-natured pushing that was quickly escalating into a fight.
Another quick comment: I can't believe the amount of medicated kids we have these days. Of the nine boys we took two brought some kind of ADD/ADHD medication (and I found out after camp that a third boy is also ADHD, but his Mom takes him off his meds during the summer. Calls Ritalin a 'school only drug'). When I was checking in I swear the pack in front of me had at least 12 boys with meds. I guess I've been lucky with my four sons so far.......
Absentee ballot opinion
Is is just me, or does absentee ballots (and for that matter, early voting) use seem to be on the upswing?
And what's funny, it seems to be mostly for the wrong reasons. Listening to NPR this morning there was a story where they briefly interviewed about 3 individuals who had applied for absentee ballots. The tone I got from the interviews was that they were voting absentee because 'the polling times were inconveniant' and 'I don't want to stand in line for 2 hours'.
Sorry, but voting is one of those small prices we pay for being a democracy. Having to get up an hour earlier in the morning to go vote, or having to stand in line shouldn't be an issue, it should be something you take pride in as an American.
I know that there are valid reasons why people vote absentee but a lot of people out there seem to be taking advantage of the system and voting absentee not because getting to the polls on election day would be difficult/impossible but because it's simply too inconveniant.
Today is a good day
My wife is heading on over to Sears this morning and buying the gas-powered leaf blower that I've always wanted.
Leaves beware. Should be a fun weekend.........
Gmail invites available, you know what to do.......
email me at macbrave_at_gmail.com if interested....
This got me thinking. For my entire short 37-year life the houses I've lived in have all been 50+ years old. Now this doens't count college dorms or apartment complexes.
I grew up in an approximately 100 year-old house (my parents still live there). For about a year during my college years myself and 3 friend rented a 50+ year-old house. While living in Michigan we lived in aparment complexes or townhouses. We currently own a 75+ year old house.
Of course old houses have their 'challenges' compared to new homes. Stuff like non-level floors and ceiling. Old electrical wiring (recently installed new outlets and switches in our kitchen. Three different types of wiring was found) and plumbing. Big, cast-iron floor registers and fresh-air return in the floor instead of the walls. Old drafty windows. The list can go on and on.
But IMHO the atmosphere, detail, and workmanship showned in many older homes put most newer homes to shame. We simply love the woodwork, hardwood floors, and high ceilings. The leaded glass windows. The french doors. The built-in linen closet upstairs. The quirky 'secret door' in my son's bedroom that leads up to the attic. Again the list can go on and on.....
So, what are your takes on older vs. newer homes?
Trolls + nazi editors strike again
Working in a organization with 2000+ others on the same subnet, with at least 1 troll who ruins it for others, sucks sometimes.
And I've tried emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with no response.
Weeknd update + other stuff
The weekend was a pretty good one:
Friday night went to the drive-in movie. The double-feature was Harry Potter: PoA and Catwoman. We went just to watch Harry Potter and left after it was over.
We are fortunate to have a drive-in only about 10 minutes away. It's not big or fancy, a lot of the speakers don't work (everybody listens on their car radios anyway) but otherwise is well maintained. It's 15$ a carload and most everybody brings lawn chairs, blankets, junk food, drinks, etc. Just a good family evening.
Saturday: In the morning got the oil changed on the new van, then went over to my parents to visit. My sister, who lives in Italy, and her husband (an Italian) were back visiting. They just got married in May so have the big 'newlwed' thing going on. It's always good to see them and we have a good time just playing dominoes (this seems to have become the family game lately, trumping euchre), riding bikes, having squirtgun fights, or just hanging out.
Sunday: Ran the video at the early church service, then helped my wife teach Sunday school. After lunch cut down a big limb in the backyard that was starting to touch the house.
Spent some time playing City of Heroes. This is a pretty good MMOG IMHO. I currently have a 8th level science/tanker named 'Super Froob' (my son's idea) and a 4th level mutation/blaster called 'The Carrot Avenger' (my idea). Yesterday joined the tanker up with a group for the first time. Did pretty well, although did get killed when we bit off more then we can chew. Oh well, live and learn. And I haven't gotten tired of the 'leveling treadmill' as some call it. At least not yet....
Back to Work
To me a 'good vacation' means during the period that you are 'off work' at least 50% of said period should be unplanned time. Nothing on the schedule.
It wasn't so for this last vacation.
June 27th-June 30th: Trip to Holiday World. Holiday World is a great little amusement/water park in southern Indiana. There is an adjoining campground, Lake Rudolph, where we shared a cabin with my sister's family. My parents came as well, but they stayed in their 5th wheel camper.
Even though HW is a great place, boy was it crowded! We went on a Monday hoping to avoid some of the crowds but to no avail. The waterpark is especially busy. The kids and I still manager to ride some pretty cool water slides like Zinga and Junger Racer. Also messed around in the wave pool and lazy river. Then we rode a few rides in the park and headed back to the campground for dinner.
After dinner we headed back for some coaster riding. HW has two of the best wooden roller coasters around in The Raven and The Legend. We rode the Raven right at dusk and although a little short was a great ride. With the park due to close in about 10 minutes we got in line for the Legend. This coaster at night in fantastic! Lots of twists, turns, and airtime.
July 1st: Spent most of the day home relaxing, although did get packed and ready for Cub Scout Camp.
July 2nd-3rd: Went to Cub Scout camp with my 7-year old. Had a good time, but we left Saturday night due to rain getting in our tent.
July 4th: Fireworks, what else? Also celebrated Logan's 1st birthday.
July 5th-6th: Spent more time relaxing, although did a few odd jobs around the house and got packed and ready for Webelos Adventure Camp with my older son.
July 7th-10th: Went to Webelos Adventure Camp with my 9-year-old and five other scouts. Had a great time, although by Saturday morning everyone is ready to come home.
July 10th: Ran the video during church. Marched in the county 4-H fair parade with the scouts. In the afternoon went over to the parents to fix a computer problem.
July 11th: Back to work, and a chance to relax!
Had a pretty good weekend. Here's the highlights:
- Little league baseball game. Trevor's team lost again, but everybody seems to be having fun regardless. His team has really good coaches who continue to coach and encourage the players. Unlike some of the other teams, a couple which are coached by IMO borderline assholes who rant, rave, and criticize even when their team is up by 10+ runs. Yeesh, this is minor league, little league baseball!
Went over to the parents in the morning with three of the boys. We drove (I should say my Dad drove) us around for a while in the new minivan. We visited the resovoir (sp) near their house and watched the torrent of water coming from the spillway due to all the rain we've been having. The older boys thought it was neat, although Logan slept thru most of it.
Got home around 4pm and then at 6pm had some Webelos scouts and their families over to make tie-dyed t-shirts and talk about scout camp coming up in a couple of weeks.
Ran the video announcements at church. Got to see our new pastors in the pulpit for the first time. I think they are going to work out just fine. Our new senior pastor likes to preach barefoot (gasp!) and is a woman to boot (double gasp!). For a UM church this can be pretty radical.....
In the afternoon, took Evan to a band camp south of Indy. He'll be there until Friday, but a lot of his friends are going so he should be fine and have a lot of fun. On the way home ate dinner with friends.
That pretty much sums up the weekend. Now this week we'll be busy with Trevor's baseball tournament, then packing and getting ready for the trip to Holiday World on Sunday. Also count in two scout camps and my two-week vaction starting on the 27th is pretty much booked......
Well, It's ours
We are now the proud owners of a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. Has a lot of bell and whistles, and we like the color as well.
Coupl of pics here
Anybody else looking at new wheels?
Wish us luck - new car
If all goes well, the wife and I should be buying a new car by the end of the day.
We've had our eye on a 2005 Grand Caravan SXT at a local dealer for about a week now. It's a nice van, although I probably won't get to drive it much. That's OK, because I still have the '95 Wrangler. :)