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Wed, Dec 6

» I found this online today and I think it's awesome. I often think today's kids are really missing out on alot of life's simple pleasures of playing outside all day and riding their bikes with the wind in their hair!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1940's, 50's, 60's 70's and 80's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were!

Sun, Oct 8

Hot new Weird Al Yankovic song: "White & Nerdy". It rocks. Check out Seth Green and Donny Osmond in the background...

Mon, Oct 2

Gabriel bought me a new Betta Splendens yesterday and he is so cute! He's a blue Crowntail and we've named him Acting Leftenant Horatio Hornblower after our favorite Ioan Gruffudd character. I don't have a photo of him yet but he looks exactly like this guy:

Tues, Aug 29

From time to time, people say,
"lighten up, it's just a dog," or "that's a lot of money for just a dog."
They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent,
or the costs involved for "just a dog."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog,"
but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog,"
and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog"
gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog,"
then you will probably understand phrases like
" just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
" Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of
friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
" Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience
that make me a better person.
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early,
take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog"
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
" Just a dog" brings out what's good in me
and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog"
but the thing that gives me humanity and
keeps me from being "just another person."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog,"
just smile, because they "just don't understand."

~ Richard Biby

Wed, Aug 23

I LOVE Christoper Walken. Period. So...when anyone does a good impression of him I get really tickled. Here's a video from comedian doing his take on the early audition for Snakes On A Plane, and his Christ Walken is PERFECT!

Thurs, Aug 10

The US band Ok Go shows us what to do with 8 treadmills:

Amazing hooping to a great Fatboy Slim song:

Mon, July 31

Adorable Japanese Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

This guy has a bunch of videos of his beloved Torata. I really like the ones of him eating dinner at the table with chopsticks!

Wed, July 19

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Wed, July 5

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Wed, June 21

» Knitting for Psychopaths





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