Category Archives: Grab Bag

Catching Up

MASH-flyerSo, I should probably have posted about M*A*S*H before, you know, the show opened. At least I posted it while it still has three performances to go… not that I expect this site will generate audience for the show.

Anyway, I directed M*A*S*H and have a wonderfully talented cast and crew. It’s been a fantastic experience and I will be sad when it is over.

In other news, we’re having the BIG tree in our back yard taken down today. It has rot visible high up at the site of where an old branch was removed years ago and we were thinking its was local to that spot until a piece of bark right at the ground level blew off in a wind storm two weeks ago and we could see the rot underneath. So, rather than wait for it to call on our house, we called the tree peeps to take it down. This makes me incredibly sad as this was a huge, beautiful tree, a swamp maple, and losing it means a lot less shade in our yard. A lot less.

We’ll plant some new trees to make up for it but it will be years before they give us real shade in the summer.

And that’s all the news to report today.

Something is Wrong with This…

In August, I ordered my son’s books for school. His school uses an online bookstore and he wanted digital versions where possible so he didn’t have to carry around a heavy bag. So, I ordered what I could digitally and the rest on paper. After about the first week of school was over, he came to me and said that his history teacher said that he really needed the current textbook (he had been using a loaner of last year’s version). I told him that I’d ordered it and thought the teacher would have the online license code to grant him access because I had gotten an email to that effect. Turns out, that was for his science book.

So, I checked the online bookstore (Follett) and found the order was incomplete and that one item was backordered and would ship when available. You guessed it, the license code for his history book from Pearson. I wrote to Follett and said that I’d never heard of license codes being back ordered. It takes a second to generate a new code and email it to someone. They gave me a polite brush-off reply that, indeed, codes can be backordered and they would ship when available.

Last week I got an email that his license codes had shipped. Via FedEx. And would arrive late the following week. Again, I boggled that license codes had to be shipped.

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Then they arrived yesterday. They came in a ridiculously large, flat package. Inside where two sets of codes (for two years of access). I felt like redirecting the package to the school just to complete the absurdity of the whole thing but texted him the code for the first year instead.

In 2014 unlock codes for digital books have to be mailed in a package via conventional shipping. The mind boggles.

I haven’t been to a White Castle since high school.

Come to think of it… I am not sure I’ve ever been to one… I remember there being one near high school and we always talked about it. But I don’t think I ever went.

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Don’t reach for either of these too fast. Easy to get wrong with disasterous results.

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Magic Launch Event Spoils

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Bear Cubs receiving their bear badges

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Cub Scouts sing Happy Birthday to Scouting at the Blue & Gold Banquet

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What is up with socks in Montana and Vermont?

We are easily amused. Falling neatly into that category is the “Everybody Votes” channel on our Wii. For the un-Wii among you, this is a feature of the Wii where random questions appear every week or so which ask a two-choice question. All Wii users get the same question and the votes are tabulated and results presented showing overall percentages and results by state or country (if national or world-wide in scope). Recently, the following question appeared:

 

 

“If you are missing a sock, where is it likely to be found?” and the choices were, “The dryer ate it” and “It’s under the bed.”

The majority of people said that it was under the bed. But when you view the results by state, something very interesting happens:

 

 

Every state in the Union (especially New York which is darkest green) says that the missing socks are under the bed. But if you look closely, Montana and Vermont, and only those two states, trend more towards the drier eating socks. I just think this is really funny and had to share.

 

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Obligatory Catch-Up Post

I’m finally getting better. About a week after I turned 40 I felt an all-too-familiar pain. Back in 2006 I had a kidney stone and for one day, I was in agony. When I felt it again I knew immediately what it was. And I got very upset, not because of the pain, but because it was Jack’s 8th birthday and I didn’t want to take away from it with all that I knew I would go through over the day. So, I put on a smile and dealt with it as I got him off to school. Afterwards I turned to Ann and told her what was going on and we began our day-long trip to the doctor’s office, to the pharmacy, to the place to get a CT scan. At 5 to 9 at night, we even managed to make it to the polls to vote in our primary before I had Ann drop me at the Emergency Room (on my doctor’s recommendation) where I spent the night on a morphine drip.

I spent the next two weeks in varying states of pain and finally the stone passed last night (though it hasn’t hurt in over a week — it had left the confines of my ureter and entered my bladder) and it only hurt for a very brief, very intense moment as it came out.

Of course, now I have a wicked bad cold which is annoying. But aside from that I finally feel life returning to my otherwise battered body. I had no idea how constant pain can just wear you down (which is probably why I caught the cold in the first place — I usually have a rock-solid immune system). So, long story short: kidney stone bad but I see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

In other news, I have the following items to share:

  • Endless Ocean for Wii rocks. Jack and I both love the zen-simplicity of just swimming around and checking out the gorgeous scenary.
  • Easter’s been fun so far. Mr. Bunny left Jack a nice clue-trail around the house leading to a basket and some toys in the dryer. We also went to church and then to a friend’s house where, among other things, we got to watch three little boys dance to Kraftwerk’s “The Robots”
  • I’m going to be presenting at a conference this summer, I’ll have a real post about this soon. But the short version is that it’s about podcasting so I have to get off my butt and get back to podcasting so I have some practical and current experience. I’ve decided to take my game to the next level and will be investing in some real equipment. More on this later.
  • A friend gave Jack “Heroscape” for his birthday. I’m really enjoying it. Not sure how much Jack likes it yet. He’s far more obsessed with his Bakugan ball things (which appear to be THE hot toy right now. He bought some on Thursday with his birthday money and when I… I mean, the Easter Bunny… went to get some yesterday, they were all sold out. I must admit, they are pretty cool.
  • I’m very sad about Arthur C. Clarke. I just re-read 2001 and am now re-reating 2010. I will then re-read 2061 and maybe even buy a copy of 3001 and read that.
  • My friend Jon gifted me in iTunes MIKA, Life in Cartoon Motion and it is in heavy rotation now. My God I love it. It’s the second coming of Freddy Mercury.

I think that’s enough for now. I want to get back to my book…

Separated at Birth

Courtesy of elspeth comes this gem. Separated at birth! Syndrome and Jonathan Papelbon!

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