Go Wildcats!

Go Wildcats!Today was the second round of the playoffs for Jill’s basketball league. Jill scored one basket and made a few rebounds, but Spring Branch lost to Luff 29-7 to end the season with a record of 5-6. Here’s a picture of my dad and mom in the stands at Bridger Middle School.

My Sidekick Sucks

My Sidekick SucksI had spotty to non-existent data service from Danger and T-Mobile on my Sidekick for most of the last week, and now the built-in camera is jacked up too. There appears to be some sort of hardware defect where two cables can touch and short circuit if you put pressure on the wrong part of the bumper. I was testing the camera after getting it to work briefly this afternoon when I took this lovely picture of my messy desk. Obviously my office is in need of a good cleansing.

Posting Via Sidekick Again

Posting via Sidekick again. I’m following Michelle around the grocery store. We’re getting dinner for tonight and meals for tomorrow. I actually get to have pizza rolls and watch Cops and America’s Most Wanted. It’s my guilty pleasure of a way to spend a Saturday evening but I haven’t been able to indulge lately with all the running around we have to do for the kids and other social events.
It looks like we’ll be having deli sandwiches and chips for lunch tomorrow, and venison steak with mashed potatoes and tomato gravy for dinner tomorrow. I wish I could find a better way to post via email. I have to bracket this entry with HTML pre tags because the line breaks created by the email software look funny otherwise.
Just got a call about the spring soccer season. Jacob will be playing in the competitive indoor league at Sports City on Tuesday evenings starting after Easter.
Time to check out. Later.

20:26 Hello. I’m wandering through the grocery store behind michelle. We just left the hospital (research medical center) where we were visiting brandon. He got stabbed twice at a party last night at his girlfriends apartment. He turns 21 next week. His brother scott got stabbed last year at a party out in Blue Springs. These boys trouble avoidance radar needs some fine tuning. Whoa michelle is rushing across the store to get a birthday card for her sister Billie. She turns 38 tomorrow and we’re having dinner in her honor at Bill and Glenda’s (my in-laws) at 3:00, so we’re also here buying pasta salad to take with us. Jill is spending the night at a friend’s house tonight for a birthday slumber party. Jacob is sitting at home whining about being hungry, but he didn’t want to come the hospital with us so he has to wait until we get home for me to make him a Chef Boyardee pizza. Michelle is still perusing the cards. I wonder what kind of message she’s looking to send this year, funny or sappy. Ah, she’s done… Here we go across the store again. They are playing oldies over the speaker system here at the price chopper. Pop stuff from the 50s and 60s. Looks like we’re getting in line to pay. Later.

Howdy y’all. It’s lunch time, and I’m going to be heading out to McDonald’s to get a Cobb salad here in a minute. Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of quarter pounders and I’ve gained 10 pounds in the last month, so it’s time to switch back to salads. I’m sitting here in my newly remodeled kitchen/dining room and enjoying the view of the woods out the back door. It rained this morning and for some reason, that makes me realize that I really need to mow. Everything is still green and growing on this first day of October, but soon enough, everything will turn brown and die. Less than 5 weeks until the election. Michelle and I watched the presidential debate last night. I was pacing around and cleaning house for the whole 90 minutes. I was very nervous that Kerry would foul up somehow and ruin his chances to get elected. I don’t think I could stand another four years of George Bush. It’s not because he’s a Republican. I don’t disagree with everything the Republicans stand for, just as I don’t agree with everything in the Democrat’s platform. My biggest problem with George Bush is religious. We’re at war with Islamic fundamentalists abroad, but here at home, we’ve put the Christian fundamentalists in charge. I don’t want to be a Christian, and I don’t want to be treated like a second-class citizen for holding that particular opinion. I could rant on for hours about my beefs with the fundies, but I’m really starting to get hungry.

Buenos Dias from Fort Osage

Sitting in the dugout at Jacob’s baseball game. We’re winning 1-0 after 1 inning. We haven’t practiced in 2 months since the summer league’s season ended so they are doing better than expected. We left our kitchen remodelers in the house while we came out here. I’m looking forward to having our sink, dishwasher, and icemaker hooked up by the time we get back home. We’ve been eating out for a week since we’ve been sinkless, and I’m surprisingly unphased by it. It’s easier than messing with cooking and cleaning even if it is kind of expensive. However, I am looking forward to being able to indulge in my Saturday guilty pleasure of frozen pizza, an hour of Cops, and an hour of American’s Most Wanted instead of fighting the weekend crowds for table at the Olive Garden. 2 outs, time to get my head back into coaching.

9/11 Commission Report

I’ve been reading the 9/11 commission report over the last couple of weeks, and it has served as a reminder of the problems caused by religious fanaticism. I’ve also been reading some memetic analysis of Christian fundamentalism. For those of you who don’t know what memetics is, it is the study of the transmission and replication of ideas (memes). This has made me wonder what it is about certain ideas/memes that causes them to become viral. Where does one man’s speculation about the nature of the universe and how to act ethically within it turn it a religious movement that forces people to follow silly rules and convert or die? I don’t really have an answer to that, but it is going to be something that I am going to continue thinking about.