December 26, 2012

If you had told me...

My son finished the last classes for his Bachelor's degree in mid-December.  Found out yesterday (after he got his final set of straight A's) he graduated summa cum laude.  (at least according to his GPA). 

Had you told me this would happen back when he was in elementary thru high school, I would have asked what drugs you were taking and could I have some too...

We are very proud of him!

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December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hope everyone is having a lovely day.  We are slightly white here.


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December 22, 2012

Okay so the world didn't end

I suppose tomorrow I will do my Christmas cards.  I was kinda hoping to get out of it this year.  Oh well.

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December 20, 2012


Now why in the world would this particular song have popped into my head? 

No idea at all.

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December 19, 2012

Idle thoughts

Just had to turn on the lights in my office room. It's 3:50pm and it's dark in here.  Three more days and the days start to get longer. 

Watching my twitter feed while @NEFirebuff tweets out a high speed pursuit by the Massachusetts State Police. I guess I am living vicariously through someone else who lives vicariously.   It is interesting though.


TSA wants to know if airport body scanners are nuking you

I think someone there might have finally realized that TSA workers stand around that stuff all day... passengers just pass through once and are on the way.  What could possibly go wrong?   I guess they didn't think it through too well before deploying, even though they say they are worried about passengers.  heh.

While I've been typing the above, this tweet was posted on the big chase:

Lynn MA: Update-Suspect just carjacked a silver minivan-owner thrown to the ground. EMS being requested.

This would be why I always lock my doors when driving. 


Okayfine... it looks like twitter will be letting people download an archive of all their tweets since they joined. 

All I can say is... why would anyone want to do that? People are clamoring for this?  Really? Wow.


And let's finish up here, yes, the great chase finished while I was typing the rest of the post.  The carjacker caused a 5 car accident, dumped the jacked car in a driveway, and fled on foot.  They were bringing in the dogs, but the cops found him hiding in a backyard.  He is in custody.


How's that for a good dose of excitement. 

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Feeling like an old fogey

Saw this headline from Wired today:

Speed Bumps Can Help Diagnose Appendicitis, Study Shows

Okay, I guess it's not "the thing" to listen to old country doctor types.  Not in the slick new world of medicine today with all the pretty machines and computery stuff. 

Don't get me wrong... I love all the slick machines and computery stuff. But it doesn't always get you the answers you need now does it.

I do remember a doctor showing me (many moons ago) that one test for appendicitis was to take the leg (right leg since that's the side the appendix is on), hold it up off the bed, and give the heel of the foot a goodly thump. The reaction to this along with the blood tests and temp will go a good long way to diagnose appendicitis. 

Oh yeah, and you don't even need a car.

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December 16, 2012

Your holiday travel interlude

We just got back from a visit with the kids in Chicago.  Fun was had by all.  And so it's time for the airport notes.

This was a fairly quiet trip all things considered.  We need some real wackos to make these a bit more interesting I think... Oh well, here goes anyway. 

Why do airports insist on piping in such hideous music? Tinny, screechy, high pitched voices.  Grates on the nerves.

Problem with mid day travel. When do you eat lunch?  No "good" time to eat means I'm starving on arrival wherever I'm going.

Why bother with long pants if you're going to wear them with the knees totally ripped out?  

How long has it been since non-ticketed passengers could go beyond the security checkpoint?  Years. So why do they announce this restriction every 5 minutes?

Once again. ESPN at the airports please!!!!  I do not want news. No matter who is doing it.

There is nothing more fun than an airplane taking off. So far they haven't been able to ruin that.

Southwest allows free wifi flight tracking. Excellent!

Except the flight tracker is telling me I'm heading TO Providence.  This causes a moment of surreal double checking… however, the plane on the graphic is headed to Chicago so all is well.

I have never seen anyone sleep like that on a plane. Head completely off to the side on his shoulder. Leaning out into the aisle. Wow.

Couldn't figure out why our flight would be getting in half an hour late when we left on time. Um. Yeah. Time change!  D'oh. We'll be getting in half an hour early.

Midway TSA outpost. Schlepped to the supposedly less crowded station. Unfortunately it's the one where all the wheelchair riders are processed. Elderly people who can't understand why they have to take off their shoes just to ride on a plane. 

This is why I leave early for airports.

The Atlanta/NY game on at the Chicago airport?  Really?  What about the Bears game? They are playing just down the street. Oh yeah, brought to us by CNN - Atlanta. 

Nice! Southwest gate agent gives public congrats to one of our military traveling on the flight. Round of applause from the passengers. 

Hmmmm…. all boarded, just sitting here. 

Note to self… stop ordering cranberry juice to drink.  Then maybe there won't be any flight turbulence to try and dump it in your lap.

This flight tracker thing is mesmerizing.  Interestingly they say there is "heavy snow" in Providence but it's 36 degrees. 

And about 20 minutes prior to landing, the "heavy snow" changes to "light rain". 

That's about it for this trip. I guess the best thing is we won't be traveling on Christmas when everything is closed.  Yes, that is a good thing.

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December 04, 2012

Giggle of the Evening

My email from the WSJ (which still comes to me even though I haven't had a subscription for a few years now) had this most excellent subject line:

WSJ NEWS ALERT: Big Lots Chief Executive Probed by SEC

(I'd link it but it's behind their pay wall and I can't read it anyway)

Yes, sometimes it's best to get emails for their amusement factor alone.  I sometimes wonder... Who do they pay to create these headlines? and then... Does anyone proof read? 

Yes, these are the things that keep me looking around online.  You never know...

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