Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thought of the day.

Recently I watched a woman get in her Toyota Avalon and twice drive around the parking lot we were in. After watching her do this, it became apparent to me that she could not decide which way she wanted to go. Why is it that seemingly intelligent people lose IQ points after they get behind the wheel? Are we evolving into a new species, Homo Sapience Vehicular, which will be the same size physically but with a smaller brain completely incapable of abstract thinking?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jesus and Mary.

I found these two in the toy section of my local Wal-Mart. According to the packaging, they are fully poseable and can talk. Joseph, however, was nowhere to be found.

No coffee for you.

The fact that Starbucks is closing 600 of its stores is not news. But ever since I heard about this I wondered if the one in downtown Bloomsburg will be among them. And, according to The Huffington Post article listing all 600 stores, it is. I am not surprised by this since the downtown also houses Bloomin' Bagels, a locally owned eatery, and Phillips Emporium, a performance space coupled with a bookstore and a coffee shop.

Both of these places serve coffee of better quality than Starbucks at a lower cost. But fear not, coffee lovers. If you desire a cup of Starbucks coffee you will be able to find it in Bloomsburg atop College Hill, on the first floor of the Bloomsburg University Library. It seems that the twentysomethings who inhabit B.U. can not survive between classes without infusions of overpriced coffee.

But, to quote Lenny Kravitz, what I really want to know is what does a character from the original Battlestar Galactica has to do with coffee?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Slow rider.

Life in a small Pennsylvania town can be very unhurried most of the time. But once in a while something creeps in to town to remind you how rural this place truly is. For example, after I parked my car, but before Lili and I could get out, I saw a combine (second in the on-coming lane) making its way down a busy street with its hazard lights blinking as if to remind people to slow down and enjoy this Summer day.

Midnight cookies.

My wife and I are making cookies for a shindig at her work. She found this recipe in a recipe box that takes up most of our kitchen. It calls for an equal number of X's and O's. The idea, I guess, is to play Tic Tac Toe if the cookies taste bad.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lili in a box.

Lili likes to get her toys out and spread them out in the living room. Today she decided to get into the box that used to contain her toys.

Home Run Derby.

In case you are like me and missed last night's Home Run Derby, here is an MLB blog that was created to keep up with the derby as it happened. I don't know how long it will be up, so check it out now.

Celebrity baseball.

Just in time for the All-Star Game I discovered that Alyssa Milano, the star of both large and small screen, is an L.A. Dodgers' fan. This isn't a particularly interesting fact and neither is the fact that she has dated Dodgers' starting pitcher Brad Penny. But what I did find interesting is that she has a blog called Touch 'em All dedicated to baseball.

I have read a few entries and found that they are well written. The part that made me want to read this blog again was that it is written from a stand point of a fan, a fan with really good season tickets, but a fan nonetheless. While I expected to find the ravings of an armchair GM with a Hollywood sized ego, I found a baseball fan who used to watch the Yankees on her father's lap.

The only thing that surprised me the most about Touch 'em All is the name of its author. But, in large part due to that name, I will add Touch 'em All to my blog list.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Convenience Store Day.

Today is July 11th, sometimes known as Convenience Store Day. In honor of this "holiday", I am posting a picture I found via Google. Here is to all the convenience stores and their clerks out there, you make what passes for civilized living possible.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thought of the day.

If you are going to make mistakes, and chances are you are going to make a few, make them while you are in your twenties. This way, as you get older, you will spend more time remembering them than regretting them.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Coney Island.

After our visit to Coney Island this weekend, I was curious if I can find a video of this piece of American history in its hey day. I got lucky and found one. Here it is, enjoy:

Monday, July 07, 2008

Planet Aid.

A recent addition to the sights I pass on my walk is this container for recycling of clothing and shoes. What I can't figure out is, how is this different from giving your old stuff to the Salvation Army?

Thought of the day.

A year ago, on what was supposed to be the luckiest day ever, an extremely large number of couples took the plunge and got married. I wonder how many of these people are now divorced?

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Parachute jump.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Wonder Wheel.

Original Nathan's.

Coney Island boardwalk.

Mother and daughter.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Independance Day.

We are visiting my mother in Brooklyn. Earlier we stopped at a playground in Sheepshead Bay where I took this picture.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Trade agreement.

John McCain is in Colombia advocating a trade agreement between that country and the US. Doesn't he know that we already have a trade agreement? Colombians send us coffee and cocaine, then we send them currency. However, this trade benefits Colombia more than it benefits us. So a change of terms is in order.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Stroller test drive.

This morning Lili and I took a walk to the bustling Bloomsburg downtown to run some errands and to see some people. We recently purchased a sun stroller to replace her original stroller as the go to conveyance and to take up less space in the trunk. So today, after I assembled the new stroller, Lili and I took to the streets.

A few things became evident right away:
  1. The handles are a little low for my comfort. I am 6 feet 1 inch tall and have to stoop to hold the handles of the stroller comfortably.
  2. When you hang a diaper bag on the handles it tends to become inconvenient. It bumps against the rear wheels and slows the stroller down.
  3. The wheels are small which makes them unsuitable for off-roading or for the uneven sidewalks of Bloomsburg.
  4. The stroller is much smaller than the old one which gives it amazing maneuverability. This is a big bonus since Lili and I frequently enter stores on our journeys.
This concludes my report on the sun stroller test drive.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Summertime and the living.

It is, in case you haven't looked at the calendar, July. Summer is starting to fly by and head for its twilight. And once again I find myself wondering what have I done so far. The answer is as usual - nothing. My daily ritual is not filled with glorious adventures to say the least. I rise from my slumber, go to my part-time (at best) job, and spend the rest of my time trying to wrangle my daughter while doing battle with the apartment.

The battle against my apartment has grown beyond just a mere conflict and into an all out war. Every day, armed only with my wits, I attempt to keep the apartment clean before the three of us mess it up again. I mostly fail in my attempts because chaos rains supreme in this dwelling. The idea that I, without my wife's help, could get this mess under some form of control is as laughable as the new CBS show, Greatest American Dog.