garrett and i went to sushi boats for lunch. all on his own he decided to try the wasabi. he stuck his little fingers in the green paste and popped some in his mouth. two seconds later it hit him in bottom of the eyeballs and he was vigorously scrubbing his tongue trying to get rid of the yuck. of course he still had more wasabi left on his fingers and only succeeded in smearing more on his tongue. the nice thing about wasabi is it goes away completely. not like peppers whose hotness accumulates. the japanese grandparents next to us had a good laugh. he told mom he had yuck for lunch.
i'm in the slow process of shutting down my own personal mail server. today i shut off the pop3 service. next is the barracuda. in addition to being quieter at night, shutting that thing off should cut the electricity bill by about $10 a month. qpopper was awesome. it installed with no problems. it ran for years with no problems. good stuff.
i scored my first goal of the season. game 8. two more left. ah well. some seasons don't produce many goals. we won too. extra bonus. feels good.
reading vanity license plates wrong is funny. my neighbor's is 4MISWTY "am i sweaty?" one road trip we saw ISNOBRD "i snobbered." i don't know what that means. i don't think i want to know either. it sounds kinda personal. and messy.
pee little thrigs
i read a lot of books to the boys. we all know them by heart. so i spice things up by changing things. like gonzo was a good little monkey but was always very curious. sometimes the boys correct me sometimes they go along with the gag. another trick is to swap the first letters of words in a phrase. like the rindercella or back and the jeanstalk. this one got me in trouble at joe's house reading about the fuzzy duckling.
is it just me... or did our commander in chief just declare war on most of the rest of the world?
mmm... black forest cherry cake. mmm! the beautiful and talented alisa sure can cook. it's like 400 calories per piece. more than a slice of frankie johnny and luigi's pizza with everything on it. i can save enough for half a piece a day. mmm! by the time this is published though it'll be long gone. you lose. me win. mmm!
a friend of mine had the greatest diet. eat anything you want. as much as you want. as long as it's celery.
does it really work? press release
. in mcguyver terms: fill your bathtub with soapy water. the richer your soap is in deuterium the better. point your stereo at it. and voila! hot water. pretty cool. if it works.
parenting is the greatest job in the world. unless there's something you'd rather do. then it really really really sucks.
same friend as last post flew so much he knew the preflight briefing given by the crew members by heart. he also watched the crew enter the codes to make announcements so many times that he knew those too. so one flight when no one was paying much attention, he made the announcement. the crew didn't notice until his travel companion couldn't control his giggles and spilled the beans. then they freaked.
a friend of mine really liked to fly. in commercial jets. not my kind of flying. so he flew. often. for his job. it was comfortable, quiet. people brought him food. he could get lots of work done. he accumulated gargantuan numbers of frequent flyer miles. one time he noticed some of said miles were going to expire if he didn't use them to fly somewhere. so he did. he flew to london. first class. and when he got there, he got right on another plane to come back home.
long ago and far away i worked with apple's quickdraw group to add features. one feature they added to pictures was the ability to execute embedded code. the theory was the code could check the time to draw a sun during the day or a moon at night, etc. fortunately this feature got pulled as soon as it was discovered. imagine the consequences. look at this picture. now i own your computer.
lord banauge of tsc
heh. long ago i played a text mud called gemstone. of course i ran a script to run a healer. i babysat it while working on my real job such as it was. eventually they noticed and kicked me off. that was 6 years ago. yesterday i got mail from a friend asking me to heal their character. heh.
the same guy that said "we know they have weapons of mass destruction" now says "social security is headed for bankruptcy". the reality is they didn't. and the best estimate for social security is that it will only be able to pay 75% of the promised benefits in 2050. that's a long way from bankruptcy.
i started spring cleaning very early this year. i have this end goal of moving most of the boys' toys into the boys' room instead of my living room. the number of things that need to be done before that happens is enormous. so i'll just start with little mini goals. like go through garrett's closet and get rid of all the things we don't need any more. so if you want any baby clothes, shoes, and toys send me an email.
i made the mistake of telling my boss that he couldn't build something because it was impossible. later it was tactfully suggested that impossibilities be couched in terms of what the trade offs would be. so i did. i sent mail saying his proposal wasn't really impossible. it would just take 5,000 times longer.
i used to run a mail server for delta tao employees and friends. gawd what a pain. i'm in the process of changing that to be an aliasing service. let someone else deal with the spam. sheehs. anywho, at one point last night i had alisa's admin mail forward to earthlink and earthlink forward to admin. whups! fortunately, that one's been seen before and one of them bailed gracefully before we single handedly brought down the internet.
i think i'll start a well-armed group that allegedly provides protection but really just shakes people down for money. small amounts at a time of course. if they don't pay we'll take them hostage. if they still don't pay we'll take their stuff. of course we won't be bound by any silly laws. not even the constitution. oh wait. traffic court already beat me to it. dang. and it was such a good idea too.
i'm listening to olivia newton john sing lullabies. i laughed when my itunes script randomly picked it. it's in my collection for historical reasons. when i was a stay at home dad it had a dramatic soothing effect on certain individuals. i would not have been able to survive without that beautiful voice singing those soothing melodies. fortunately, my life is not so stressful anymore and i no longer need my 'livia fix.
last month i had the flu. i was cold for week. i don't like feeling cold. i really don't like feeling cold. i'd check the thermostat. 69 degrees. i'd wake up every 40 minutes at night freezing. i knew i was bundled up and there was a warm bodied alisa next to me. still i felt cold. then 3:30 one morning i woke up and something was different. i was warm. toasty warm. so warm i didn't need the covers. it felt so good. i had to throw up. i just didn't want this nice warm feeling to end. it was so nice to be warm for a few minutes.
storm of the century
we stayed in a condo on our last ski trip. a copy of stephen king's storm of the century was on the tv. i read it one day. that's the thing with his books. you gulp them. the biggest snow storm in 10 years was dumping outside. my boys were playing inside. i knew what was going to happen. it was gonna be bad. really bad. still i couldn't put it down. gulp, gulp.
i played football at caltech for several years. each year i got a new locker. they never changed the combinations of the locks. to look cool i'd dial my combination before practice and after practice i'd just yank the lock open. one time there was this guy i didn't know sitting there tying his shoes. let's call him mark. mark looks surprised by the lock trick. it's a gift i say. mark chuckles nervously and says just don't do that to my locker. and of course mark's locker used to be my locker. and i remember the combination. so i sigh. dial it. look at mark. and yank his lock. mark was still trying to tie his shoes when i left for the shower.
there's a handwritten note on the door to bennett's and garrett's room. it says: noboty alloed
one day i went to the grocery store. broccoli was on the list. i didn't eat broccoli before i got married. the store had no broccoli. i stood for a long time at the empty spot in the produce section where the broccoli was supposed to be just wondering what to do. i could tell the truth and say they were out knowing the damage that's going to do to my already shakey credibility. or i could lie and say i forgot. define dilema.
this is one of those stories that i didn't notice happening in real time. it was only during retrospect that i fully appreciated it. as did alisa. who was rolling. anywho, this last skiing trip alisa fed the boys at mcdonald's while i went next door to procure supplies. one of the items was a feminine hygiene product. so that's where i was when this 13 year old girl rounds the corner into the aisle. stops dead. turns around and disappears. a few minutes later i'm still comparison shopping when she casually walks by the dairy section and pauses briefly to discreetly see if the coast is clear. it's not. later still i'm mostly done. but i forgot something on the other side of the store. totally innocently i choose THAT aisle. the girl's there looking at the same things i was looking at. but only briefly. she takes two large sidesteps and grabs whatever happens to now be in front of her. a can of desenex and some odor eaters.