KABOOM! Part 2.

January 31, 2004

Cleaning up…

*sniff* I just laughed so hard I almost wet myself. I got the above link from the comments of this page of life’s lessons learned.

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Kaboom!

January 29, 2004

MSNBC – Thar she blows! Dead whale explodes

If you are at all squeamish, don’t go to the above link. Apparently, researchers were transporting a dead whale through the streets of Tainan when gases inside the whale built up and, um, exploded.

I keep picturing the scene in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life where the obese man explodes after a ‘wafer thin mint’…

Real Journalism?

January 27, 2004

I missed Dennis Miller’s inaugural show and the DishPVR didn’t record it for some reason. Quite annoyed.

However, I did get the second show, Tuesday, January 27th. Off the top, I noticed something that surprised me… journalism.

Don’t get me wrong; I think that there are fine journalists in the world. However, they are outnumbered by the future-anchor-wannabes that go out, ask a couple of questions and then ‘report live’ from the scene as if that gives them credibility.

Less than a minute into the show and Dennis’s first guest/reporter/whatever is live from New Hampshire and she can’t hear Dennis’s question in her ear. In almost every other time that I’ve seen this happen in live news the anchor/host/whatever cuts to a commercial, goes to a different story, anything to avoid a moment’s dead air. I can understand that from an entertainment perspective but news isn’t about entertaining it is about informing.

Much to my delight and my surprise, the guest/reporter/whatever Gloria Borger decides that although she can’t hear what Dennis is asking her, she’s going to report what she knows anyway. In other words, this isn’t inside edition or entertainment tonight, this is news.

I loved it. Now, I’m going to watch the rest of the show. Hope it’s good…

Summer in the Theater

January 22, 2004

Spidey, Harry and Shrek Lead Movie Lineup

Hooooo boy! Looks like I’m going to have a movie filled summer. Here are the highlights I’m planning on seeing in the theater this summer (in no particular order):

My son rode the school bus yesterday for the first time. By himself.

Now, I know that many millions of kids ride the bus every day. It shouldn’t be a big deal.

But, it is. He is only three and I could tell that he was a little nervous – but he said goodbye and climbed up. The driver made sure he was in his seat and I waved as they drove away, all choked up.

He was fine, had the time of his life. Me, I’m going to try to make this one more milestone on the path of his life. Still…

[Update Thursday, January 22, 2004]
Now he’s an old pro at riding the bus. Gets on, gets off all by himself and today he even did the seatbelt by himself.

Last Thursday, however, when he got home he was covered in blood. Seems he was looking out the window on the way home with his face pressed up against the glass when the driver hit a pothole. His nose bonked the glass and gave him a bleeder. No real damage, just scared him a bit.