Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sigh

I finally have a reason to blog again. Unfortunately it's for a bad reason. I got a call at work today from my dad. He told me that they took my grandpa off of all the machines that he was connected to. So now, it's just a matter of waiting. It sucks to lose a loved one, and it's harder because he's not gone yet. He's still there, struggling, alive, but not really. Going to the hospital is rough, everyone's just...waiting. Every now and then he'll get congested and start to half-cough/weeze/gurgle and we get paniced because...we're not ready. It's hard to see a man who has been such an integral part of my life go through this. Grandma and him put me on the bus everyday. He took me back to the woods. He made bad jokes. He got his facts all wrong when retelling a story. Just last week I played Euchre with him. At least he won't be in pain anymore. I don't even know if he is in pain now. I just know it hurts to see him like this. I've never lost anyone this close to me before. My other grandpa was a more distant figure. I was younger when he died, and never got as close, and it was quick. This is hard. My poor mom.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I'm back

I meant to blog sooner, but things got crazy. I took a hiatus when Rachael's grandfather died, because I couldn't blog in Pennsylvania, and then fell out of the habit. Anyway, a lot has happened since I've been away from the fort. I've moved, discovered the joys of playing guitar on the playstation, seen friends who've moved away. Life's been good. Anyway, sorry for the hiatus. When I'm feeling up to it I'll do a post on immigration, because suddenly it's really important that something be done, and that means that Congress will work together to find a way to pass a measure that will please no one. The joys of compromise. Anyways, later days.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bleh Days

It looks like I'm going to take off of work on Friday and head up to Pennsylvania. I wish it was for something good, but unfortunatly Rachael's grandpa died, so I'm going to go to his funeral. So it'll be slow posting for a couple of days at least. Until then, this story about a random road trip, to of all places Iraqi Kurdistan is pretty neat.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Whoo Hoo!

Hurrah! I have figured out how to put a title onto my blog posts. Now if I could only start a blog roll with links to all my favorite blogs. Someday...someday. Well, I have nothing else of note to say, but I can give you a link to something amusing. Here is a funny debate about whether a childs blue hat can be called a "boys hat." Or something like that. It sort of reminds me of when people hit reply all to an e-mail that was sent to everyone at my place of buisness asking to be removed from the universal list. Oh world, you do make me laugh.
A SHORT MESSAGE TO CAMPUS POLICE: Dear Campus Police officer on duty 3:30 Sunday afternoon, you really don't have to be such a jerk. This whole year I've been getting a visitor pass until Monday morning, and have had no problems from anyone. Don't tell me "you don't need one" I know I need one, because I've needed one every Sunday-Monday. You made the whole process unnecessicarly difficult, just to be an ass. You succeeded. But really, stop being a jerk on a power trip. Ok, now I have to drive to work...

Sunday, April 09, 2006

IMMIGRATION: I have been hesitating dipping into the big nasty issues, but I guess I have to start sometime. I'm fairly conflicted about the immigration debate in some respects. I'm certainly no immigration restrictionist. My adoptive cousins are all technically immigrants, hailing from a wide range of countries, and I love them dearly. I love America and I think it should be fairly easy to get here and to stay here. But then again, I want people who come here to come here legally, even if it is frustrating and messy. Anyways, Mark Steyn has a good take in the Chicago Sun Times, and it can be found here.
RANDOM THOUGHTS AFTER WATCHING THE BBC: How come the Brit awards feature such notables as Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West and Jack Johnson? Sure they're hyping Coldplay, Gorillaz and James Blunt, fine English bands/muscians, but the rest? Kelly Clarkson is an American idol. Kanye hates George Bush sure, but I'd bet he isn't a Blair man either, and besides, there's no denying he's an American. Jack Johnson is a Hawaiian beach bum. Lenny Kravitz, also American (although I did have to look that up...I could have believed he was English, there's just something about him). It just seems sort of ridiculous, especially after the commercial states "Nobody rocks like the Brits, so watch the Brit awards featuring [previous list]. Have you no sense of irony BBC? And that brings me to Madonna...oh Madonna...I know you've moved to England. I know your very happy with Guy Ritchie who is actually British. But let me be frank with you, if you're reading this Madonna (and I know you're not)...nobody, and I mean nobody buys the accent. It just makes you kind of foolish. Consider this an intervention. Also, assuming you're still reading this (if you ever were)...give my kudos to Guy Ritchie, Lock Stock was very good, and Snatch was excellent.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

I was going to post something on the Gospel of Judas, which I find fascinating from a historical perspective. But David Kopel of the Volokh Conspiracy who is certainly more intelligent and well informed than I am has written a good post on it here. When I was in college my roommate and I would have heresy days where we would believe in various heresies. Gnosticism was interesting, if not exactly loads of fun to be for a day. It was certainly not hard to accept (if only for a day), that Jesus asked Judas to betray him. It's easier to believe that the canonical version. Why would a friend of Jesus have him killed? I mean, it's Jesus. There's too many hard questions there. But the gnostic version is easy, fewer questions. Anyways, read Kopel's piece if anyone out there is interested in that sort of thing.

Friday, April 07, 2006

I know what you're thinking...a third post! It's pretty crazy around here. In this post I hope to give a preview of topics to come. To people who know me know I love politics first and foremost, and a good debate secondmost. So in the near future I hope to do some political blogging and maybe someone will comment and have something thought provoking to say or something. Maybe they'll just call me something foul anonymously. Either way, then I would know I wasn't just talking to myself. Anyways, future topics will include: immigration, the Senate and its mind numbingly stupid procedural rules, philosophical determinism, the Gospel of Judas and gnosticism, and a controversial issue to be named later. Oh, and maybe a good funny video clip or something. I like to be entertained. Anyway, thanks for reading my new blog. It already has 2 more comments than all my old blogs combined! I think I have a keeper.
Alright, a second post...that's almost a new record! Today at lunch, Burb came up with (what I believe to be) a new word: Bligamist. It's a good word to describe a person with multiple blogs. He is surely a bligimist, but he coined it because of me. I have to say, having thought far too hard about the idea of bligamy, I don't think I am. I have had many blogs, but they've all been one night stand sort of things. Never two blogs or more blogs at the same time. So what does that make me? A blut? Obviously I'm not as awesomely creative as Burb. But if anyone cares to coin a new word for someone who creates and then discards blogs with relish let me know in the comments.

...oh, and does anyone know how I get a title to my posts? I am too dumb to figure it out...