Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Sweet little Maile

Today for bed time stories I was having the bears play with a train. The little bear got in front of the train. And Maile pipped up and said "Little Bear, you be good or I am going to take off your meat!"

That was a bit morbid, so while trying not to laugh I attempted to encourage her to use polite words.

The next phrase was "Little bear, you be good or I am going to pull out all your soft". Then she looked at me and said "soft, like fur."

I lost it at that point and had to record this moment.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

gun laws

"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"

-- Patrick Henry [3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836]

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Why I love Carlsbad

So, I've been thinking about building shelves for one of our closets because I know Anna would really like them. It will require 2 sheets of plywood and roughly 5 2x4s. Today I was talking to my neighbor Ivan and mentioned the idea and he said, "Hey, Megan has some wood over there you should see if she would let you have it." So I asked and sure enough, they said I could have it, that they were happy to be rid of it. That haul provided me with 2 of the shelves and the 2 x 4s. So I thought to ask Ivan if he had a saw (he has everything). So, I'm sitting there for about 10 minutes getting the wood together and double checking my measurements and he comes out and gets a mitre saw out for cutting the 2x4's then a circular saw for the plywood. Then a pencil, a square, safety googles, and various drill bits for handling the screws. (He is a construction framer by trade).

I'm somewhat overwhelmed at his willingness to help out (but he is one of the most friendly people in the world.) Then he asks if I like spicy food. I say "Yeah, usually, as long as it doesn't burn me up!"). And then I start cutting the wood. By the time I am done with the first one he has brought a plate of chicken tacos and beans and a soda. How can you not love a neighbor like that!

Then we were talking about cars and things (he is rebuilding his datsun 510-and I mean completely rebuilding) and he offered to help us change our oil on our cars. (He spent an hour doing the brakes today).

Yes, yes, I do know how to change oil, I just don't have most of the tools for it. (Oil pan, something to lift up the car). Anyway, he has all that, so next Saturday, we will plan to fix the car.

Everyone needs a neighbor like Ivan. Everyone should be a neighbor like Ivan.

Going on ... our kids get along wonderfully (his are 14, 12, and 9). Also all our other neighbors are all great. Today there was about 8 kids just playing between the houses and it was just so fun. A little piece of heaven on earth. What wonderful neighbors we have.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Shall we believe science?

Why we should not put all of our belief in scientists. You gotta love it. This study goes back 13 years and has caused enough debate and lost resources that were just wated. Funny thing, when you combine greed with science or religion you get chaos.

I'll take two of the non-greedy science and religion please.