I am angry. The lives of innocents and I mean real innocents will be changed forever. In fact all our lives will be changed from here on out because of the actions of some jerk in Manchester, England. 22 children who attended the Ariana Grande concert have died at the hands of a suicide bomber and at least 60 others have been injured. I am guessing that many more than 60 more have been injured, how do you explain to the most innocent that what happened won’t happen again, or will it. Not only have lives been lost and the innocent no longer innocent but think of the sweeping changes that will be implemented around the world including here in the Unites States now, so that this does not happen here. Or what changes will be made when you travel in and out of large areas of people? This type of terrorism angers me, because what did these young children do? They went to support the arts by enjoying a show.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
I remember as a kid the Greatest Show on Earth. It wasn’t wrestling, a concert or even Disney on Ice it was the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus. My parents took my brothers and I to see the circus a couple of times when we were kids and as a kid seeing all the action there was to see from the trapeze act to the animals and the most colorful characters of the show, the clowns. The crazy antics of the most colorful group of entertainers with the over the top exaggerated makeup acting playfully, and getting paid for it. It truly was the Greatest Show on Earth. Also, you can’t forget about the person who ties it all together with their powerful voice and ability to turn your attention to the center ring. The Ringmaster. I for one will miss the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily Circus, it is sad to see an institution of 146 years close their doors forever.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Two of my four kids have now finished high school. Zak my middle son walked out of high school yesterday for the last time as a student at Central High School. We spent some quality one on one time yesterday talking about the highs and the lows of school and how he felt a little weird walking out after his last class yesterday. I remember my final day at school, and feeling the same feelings that Zakery was feeling yesterday, that, that was probably the last time that he would see or talk to most of those people. And he is right, there are still many that I wonder about 30 years after the fact. The nice thing about social media is that you can reach out to those you want to reach out to and you can get a peek in to what they want you to see. Best of luck to the graduating class of 2017, the world is your to go and take. Remember that working hard won’t kill you, to have fun and not to take yourself to seriously. Life is meant to be lived. Go out and live it to the fullest.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Here is a big shocker that West Ave has more pedestrians and cyclists hit and hurt since the road has been redone. I am not even going to say that I think what the DOT did to West Ave had anything to do with it, I think that reason that West Ave is more dangerous is because people don’t pay attention. I am talking drivers, walkers, bikers none of the group pays attention to anything further than the few feet in front of their faces. Don’t believe me take a few minutes today and just park in a lot that has a clear line to any street with traffic, people are not paying attention, they are futzing with their radio, looking at things around them as they drive by talking on the phone or with the people in the car with them or looking at their damn phone, either texting or Facebook posting. Heck with the storms we have had the last few days I have seen Facebook live videos of people while they are driving. And I have only just touched on the drivers, look at the cyclists and the pedestrians, they are doing the same thing. And everyone is trying to prove a point by claiming the ownership of the road. How about going back to what your mom taught you, be polite and share the road, and if someone lets you in give them the courtesy wave.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Another day another story about kids drinking, this time it is caffeine instead of alcohol. Reports say that A teen chugged a latte, a Mountain Dew and an energy drink. The caffeine binge led to his death. About 75% of all US citizens use caffeine. This is nearly 3 out of 4 reaching for the either pop, tea or my favorite caffeine jolt - coffee. When I was a kid we didn’t have pop around the house except for a special occasion and that was on Mom’s bridge club day and a holiday when the relatives would come over and they would bring it. Funny if you fast forward 30 years that it is more common to see someone drinking a pop than not - not only at a restaurant but for lunch more than about anything else. Back to 75% of the population drinking caffeine, soda is the most common source of caffeine, followed by tea then coffee. Funny how now caffeine is even in foods and other drinks as well. We are seeing it in some jelly beans, marshmallows and some gums too, it is no wonder we have a society of jittery jumpy people. I hope that the amount of caffeine in your daily routine won’t have the same effect as the young man who had enough caffeine to disrupt and ultimately stop his heart.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
There are high school teenagers who drink. They did when I was a kid and they will when I am long gone. Some of the kids who drink are kids who play sports, when you get caught drinking as a high school athlete you sit out some games, and I think you have a mandatory class to take. I don’t see a problem with this, and if it isn’t mandatory it should be. Kids are going to drink that is a given, kids who drink sometime get caught, that is a fact. When you are a kid who drinks and gets caught and you are let’s say on the varsity team, you sit out some games, when you sit out some games kids get called up from the varsity reserve team and from jr varsity, I get that. However what I don’t like fact that when you get caught drinking and you move kids from one team to another that the kids shuffle to make a team pulling kids from vr and jv to come up and populate the team. I think instead of moving kids around for these game that the games should have been forfeit.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Over the weekend the "Wannacry" computer virus crippled hundreds of thousands of computers in countries all around the world. The virus is a ransomware that has the hackers demanding money for people to access their data. The sad thing about this is that it was a malware technique purportedly stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency. Reports say that the average ask for unlocking your computer is $300 dollars. That all adds up. You can protect yourself by running updates, using firewalls and anti-virus software and by being wary when reading emailed messages. Regularly back up your data so you can restore files without having to pay up should you be infected, as there is no guarantee that paying the ransom will result in your files being unlocked.
Friday, May 12, 2017
I always hate when people say that they married their best friend. I didn’t, I married the girl I loved, and as a matter of fact still do. Sure we have our ups and downs and honestly what couple doesn’t what family or what relationship doesn’t? You know something, the good has far out weighed the bad, and here is the thing we still talk, I mean we talk and listen and share our lives, I am not sure if that is the secret of longevity but it has been part of the magic of our relationship. Talking, listening, laughing and having fun seem to be the 4 cornerstones of what makes our relationship work. Today we are celebrating our 27th anniversary, or 3 to the 3rd power (3x3x3), and for us the number 3 has an unplanned common thread between us all, because there is 3 years between us, 30 years between Macia and Hayden our oldest, 30 years between me and Zak our middle son, 3 years between each of the kids and 3 minutes between the twins, here’s hoping for the best year ever.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
I have been spending lots of time and having some heart to hearts with my 18 year old as he gets ready for after graduation. I think he will do just fine, he was named co-technology and engineering student of the year at an awards ceremony. Ever thought about what is the best advice you ever got? Try hard, don’t look back, look to the future, but don’t wish your life away, DREAM. You know as a Dad you can learn a lot by just listening, but sometimes I have a hard time turning off my interview mode from work, where I have to keep conversations going, I sometimes get accused of grilling him and the other kids. My response is if you answered in more than just one word answers or grunts conversations would be just that a conversation. What are some of the gems you got from your parents when they thought you weren’t listening? I always remember don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty cause you can always wash them.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The big news around Facebook last night and I am assuming the coffee machine this morning is that Donald Trump has fired James Comey as FBI director. I guess I thought that the President could fire anyone that he wants. I think that it looks bad that the Comey gets fired when he is looking into Russia’s influence over the election but I also don’t get why a federal agency is looking into this anyway. Here is what I mean don’t you think that a nonpartisan group of people should be looking into these types of things, a group that won’t feel the pinch for their job when they uncover stuff. I think that most of the stuff that is happening in Washington is corrupt, and that there are things that are going on and that have been going on for decades that when uncovered will creep you out.