Wow! The Internet can be a rough place

October 11, 2010 2 comments

When I got the idea that I wanted to write for Internet sites, I had no idea what was out there.  I mean, yeah I knew about the identity theft and porn.  Stuff like that.  I knew there were crazies.  But I didn’t anticipate the hostility. 

I guess my basic outlook on life is one of hoping for the best.  I look for the best in people.  I smile at people I don’t know and perform the occasional random act of kindness that the bumper stickers preach.  One time I was brushing the snow off my car in the parking lot of a hotel where we had spent the night.  I then did five or six other cars just for giggles.  On another occasion an elderly Read more…


Seven-year-olds don’t need no stinking rules

October 6, 2010 3 comments

The alarm went off this morning like the starter’s pistol.  As I dragged the comb through my hair I called out to my kids to get up and ready for school.  Emily, my seven-year-old, graciously declined the invitation.  As time slipped by, I became more and more frustrated.  Bus time was approaching and we were nowhere near ready to go.  My reminders became more and more urgent.  Finally I began to raise my voice threatening to take away dessert if she did not immediately get ready . 

 Emily looked at me and asked, “You know, punishing me doesn’t help.  Why do I have to have rules anyway?”  I told her that everyone has rules to follow that keep them safe and help them have a better life.  She informed me that she didn’t want to follow my rules. ” Everyone needs to respect one another and follow the rules of the house to reap the benefits of being part of the family,” I explained.  Emily inquired what would happen if she didn’t follow the rules.  “Then I don’t make your dinner, do your laundry, help with homework, etc,” I told her.  Emily said, “Well I don’t need any help, so no rules for me!”

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There is very little difference between being 42 and 14

October 3, 2010 Leave a comment

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to grow up.  I’d be free of homework, chores, mandated bedtime, mean kids who tease me, and bad skin.  All the insecurity and self-doubt would melt away.  I would be able to pull out all of my geek-infested roots.

I’m still waiting for that wonderful day to arrive.  I think it turns out that when you grow up you are the same person you were as a kid, only taller.  Let see…

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Facing your worst fear

October 2, 2010 1 comment

At the ripe old age of 42 I have lived long enough to say “When I was your age” to someone who doesn’t still talk about what grade he or she is in.  People who are now adults weren’t even born when I graduated high school. 

A friend and co-worker of mine is 23 years old.  She has been married for a little less than two years, bought a house and now has a baby boy on the way.  Sometimes when I look at her, I think of how I was at that age.  In just about every way she has her act much more together than I did back then. 

Many many years ago when I was twenty-three… (actually the beginning of a song, an inside joke in my family)

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Raising children in a dual faith household

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Religion is such a tricky thing.  Wars are fought over it.  People die in the name of it.  If millions of people of various faiths can’t share a planet in peace, how is it possible to do it in one home?

I was raised Jewish.  Although our parents hailed from Israel and spoke fluent Hebrew, our house was not especially practicing.  We seldom went to synagogue, didn’t keep kosher, and did not observe any but the most signficant holidays.  I’ve heard people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter referred to as “C&E Christians”.  That would make my family “RH&YK Jews”.  We primarily went to temple for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur if we went at all.  In fact, I got Temple Sinai and Temple University mixed up as a kid.  I’ve always had a strong sense of “being a Jew” from a cultural point of view, but not especially from a religious one. 

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Apparently it’s footwear theft day on the second episode of Survivor: Nicaragua

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Another episode of Survivor 21 down.  This one was chock full of crazy!  So many thoughts… so little blog…

What’s up with that Holly chick on the Antique tribe?  How could filling Dan’s shoes with sand seem like a good idea at any time?  I’m not sure what she was trying to prove.  Ok, she was mad.  But vandalism?  How does that win her any friends.  And then there’s the question, “Who brings $1600 shoes on Survivor anyway?”  The best part is when Holly then goes and tells Dan what she did, but instead of being humble, she gets right in his face.  If the Antiques lost, that decision could have cost Holly the game.

And over at the Youngins tribe there was sock theft.  NaOnka could not find her socks.  Deciding that Fabio must have stolen them, she put a pair of his on and ran around the beach.  What is with these people thinking that stealing footwear is the way to win friends and influence people.  If the Youngins lost, that decision could cost NaOnka the game.

At the challenge both tribes had to perform some bizarre muddy-ball-hay-toss thing.  Again the Fossils were faced with the decision of whether or not to use the MEDALLION OF POWER (cue scary music).  The last time they opted to pass and ended up losing the challenge.  That idea cost them Wendie.  All things considered, that seemed like a good decision.  Faced with the same decision, this time for a combo immunity/reward challenge, they invoked THE POWER.  Although they almost snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory, the Antiques managed to prevail. 

With the Pre-schoolers heading off to tribal council, many different names were on the block.  Shannon, whose place in the tribe was hanging on by one tiny little thread, made the decision to pound that last nail in the coffin himself when he began his insane rant covering everything from Evil Chase in the Tree to the revelation that New York is full of gay people.  Apparently they don’t have gays in Louisiana.  That outburst did him in.  Why would he choose that moment to make such inflammatory comments?

It seemed like a good idea at the time…

In his goodbye speech, Shannon said that he should have been on the older tribe.  His logic:  He’s been married for eleven years.  That makes him eleven years older than his tribe mates.  It would seem that marriage ages you exponentially… that’s funny.

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The Season Premier of House: the episode where old skinny men kept taking off their pants

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

House and Cuddy sitting in a tree.  K-I-S-S-I-N-G… 

Talk about big decisions!  That one was six seasons in the making.  Unfortunately for me, I spent the first ten minutes of the show trying to remember why he had stitches on his chest and a gash in his cheek.  Finally I went to IMDB and looked up the episode description from last seasons finale.  Then I remembered the poor chick in the rubble and how Dr. Grinchory House’s heart grew three sizes that day.  A “previously on House” would have helped right about then. 

So now Dr. Cuddy is in love with House, who has driven her bananas for years.  A few thoughts floated through my mind as I watched the episode, although I admit I was playing Uno with my 7-year-old at the time.  But it was Elmo Uno, so it wasn’t that mentally taxing.  Have you paid your mental taxes?

First of all, Cuddy has a daughter.  House had a point when he said he was a bad choice for a woman with a baby.  And where was the baby for the whole day and night anyway?  I didn’t see her call the sitter once!  Sure Cuddy deserved a day off, but don’t you think she’d call even once to check in?  The hospital called every other minute, but not a peep from the babysitter.  It reminded me of Friends when Rachel walked around all the time with a baby monitor but you never saw the kid.

Second, House was already manipulating her.  He intercepted her calls and put the entire hospital at risk with the neurosurgeon issue.  And why was the old guy taking his pants off anyway?  Why doesn’t Chase ever go nuts and strip?  Cuddy and House are both control freaks and it’s anyone’s guess who will end up in the alpha position.

Finally, with emotional and addiction issues galore, is he really a good choice for a woman with a baby?  Oh wait, we covered that one already.

You also have to wonder if finally getting House and Cuddy together after all these years of sexual tension will bring about the disease of Moonlighting-osis, a fatal condition in which a major plot point is resolved, causing the death of the patient.  It’s often very difficult to diagnose until the disease is so advance that the suffer is near death.  It is such a perplexing disease that only someone with diagnostic skills like Dr. House could save the patient… wait a second…

In a way, this predicament is not unlike real life.  You meet someone.  You hit it off.  The chemistry is undeniable. You start a relationship with the person.  But was it a good choice?  Only time will tell.

So why did the writers have Cuddy hook up with House despite all the obvious risks to the show’s life and limb?  Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.  Only as the season unfolds will we be able to tell if it was. 

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