Wednesday, September 24, 2008

They were better off not letting her talk!



Right now I could debate Sarah Palin and win. Her inability to form a direct opinion on anything is frightening! Her folksy Fargo-speak can only get her so far.

She was asked at the end of this clip to give an example of Senator McCain's reform.
Her retort: I'll try to find some and bring 'em to ya.

Give me a break.

Kelsey's Quest for Fame


Kelsey has a strong desire to be famous. Here is her 2nd brush with fame:

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Kids say the darndest things - Part One




At church I teach Sunday School to nine and ten-year-olds.

Last Sunday, we were discussing the Beatitudes and got to the verse, Blessed are those that mourn…

I asked the children if they knew what mourn meant, and they didn't. I gave an example of how we had to put our cat down a couple months ago. She was old and sick and even though we loved her, we had to do this. We miss her and wish she were around still, but we know she is in a better place. One girl in the class talked about having to put her dog down.

Then a boy in the back of the class says, "We had to put my grandma down."

I looked over at the co-teacher for help on what to say, but he was already covering his smile up with his hands.

Stunned and not knowing what to say, I replied, "yeah that's a good example." I turned to write something on the board.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tina Fey

Last night after the Emmys, talking about playing Sarah Palin on SNL:

"I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5," she said. "So if anybody can help me be done playing this lady Nov. 5, that would be good for me."

Amen.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tale of a Middle School Racist

Sometimes I am amazed at the depths of idiocy in people nowadays.

We watched a movie recently called Idiocracy. It's a comedy, but parts of it were very sobering. In the beginning of the movie it talks about how intelligent people get together and have a family plan consisting of a couple children, if they have time in their careers. Conversely, dumb people seem to have no problem shacking up with multiple partners and spawning numerous children. It's the baby-daddy effect.

This is contributing to the dumbing down of America.

So Kelsey got home today and told me that her friend was in a fight today. Her friend is Muslim, and for religious reasons wears a head scarf. Apparently, another 7th grade girl took offense to this and demanded that she take it off. When the friend refused, the girl attacked her and was slapped with a two week suspension.

The reason I correlate this to the dumbing down of America is I can almost guarantee you that this attacking girl's parents are of the mindset that Muslims are terrorists and that if you are different there is something wrong with you. This kind of racial and religious hatred starts at home.

I have always tried to preach diversity to my kids, not by pointing out differences in people, but by not making it an issue. I'll never forget when Kelsey was in first grade and was trying to describe a child to me (who was African-American) by saying that he has skin color that is darker than ours. When the subject does come up of someone's differences I explain how we are all different in our own way and skin tone or religion are just a couple of ways we can be different. 

Last year Kelsey's teacher was telling her class that  a few years back, she sold her house to the 9/11 hijackers. She told them that they seemed nervous and they looked Middle-Eastern, you know, like the terrorists. I reminded Kelsey that we are half-Lebanese, and even though we don't look 'Middle Eastern' because somehow we inherited blue eyes and lighter hair, we have a lot in common with these people. I told her that if her teacher ever brings it up again to let me know, so I could have a talk with her. Either the teacher didn't bring it up or Kelsey was afraid I would get hostile with the teacher. 

You know, like the terrorists would.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Suiting Up


With the wedding date now less than a month away, I felt the urge to buy a suit.

I only owned one suit in my life. My grandmother insisted on going with me when I graduated from college to get a nice interview suit. I tried to explain that it isn't necessary in the Graphic Design community, but she wouldn't take no for an answer. I did wear it to my first interview and was told, as I suspected, designers don't wear suits.

This time I took recommendations from a couple people on where to go and what to do to get into a stylish, yet economical suit.

Option #1 from Marian who cuts my hair- go to Banana Republic, and open a credit account. You get 15% off and get a nice stylish suit.

Option #2 from a cooworker- go to Moda Italia downtown. They use the finest materials and make the suits from scratch.

Option #3 from family- Men's Wearhouse


First I went to BR on a lunch break and saw a great suit. I would have bought it then, but wanted to get April's approval.  We went back later that night and she liked, but wanted to see what else was out there.

The next morning we went to Men's Wearhouse. NEVER AGAIN!
That place is where bad salesmen go at the end of their career. It reminded me of Glengarry Glen Ross. There were a bunch of guys sitting around and when we walked in, they pounced. They started measuring and pandering. None of the coats I tried on looked remotely fashionable, and they were fairly expensive.

We then drove downtown to Moda Italia. The vibe there was a complete reversal of MW. It was quiet and peaceful in there. We were surrounded by elegance. A little old man comes out and looks at me and says "42S". He then tried on some amazing coats. They fell on me like they were waiting just for me to pick them and take them home. The only problem was the price. I looked at the first coat's price tag, which was $900. The second was $1,200. The gentle suitmaker was understanding and asked me what I could spend on this suit. I told him $500. He said he wants to make this work, because he liked me and people of our height need to look out for each other. He said for $600 he could make me a nice one from scratch that I would absolutely love. 

Problem is, $500 was actually a bit high for my budget, with wedding costs exceeding what I planned. I told him we would go to lunch and think about it. 

We went to lunch at Trolley Square, which has another Banana Republic  in the mall. We checked in to see if they have the suit in my size, to get another look at it. They had the coat, but not the pants. We were leaving the store, when a worker asked if he could help find my size. He did find it and I tried it on. While in the changing room, apparently April used her charm to become his new friend, and with it being Friends and Family Weekend, that included 40% off my new suit.

I am writing a note to the kind suitmaker at Moda Italia, thanking him for educating me on suits and trying to help me out. 










Monday, September 15, 2008

Good for you, Betts


If you don't watch Mad Men, you haven't been listening to me. It is the most well-written drama on television.

In last night's episode something happened that was a long time coming. Something I wish I had the kahunas to do about two years ago.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Glasses


When I was in 3rd grade, I got my first pair of glasses. This was before they made glasses with spring-back pieces. Within a month, mine were bent out of shape, and busted with tape holding them together.

When Kelsey was in 3rd grade, she got her first pair of glasses.
When Karissa was in 3rd grade, she got her first pair of glasses.

Caleb, once again, is ahead of the curve!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Kindergarten






Big C started Kindergarten today! He was pretty excited. All his daycare pals were there too, so it wasn't so scary. I saw one other boy from our neighborhood, who has been able to stay at home up until this point, and he looked as though he were about to mess his pants.

Caleb is also pretty excited because he gets to ride the big daycare van the two blocks from school to daycare every day.

He got the strict disciplined teacher who comes off a little scary sometimes. I am pretty excited for this. The other teacher's rep is that she kind of sing-songy and lets the kids have fun. If Caleb is going to graduate from med school by age 12, a la Doogie Howser, he better hit the books.