If I could remember, I wouldn’t be asking

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Jamming to the 80’s on 8 (got to love Sirius) and rolling through Friday end of week conference calls. Now if I could only remember the last call of the day and who it was supposed to be with.

Last night we had one of those family dinners you have on occasions. Luke couldn’t stop laughing. It was hilarious until the poor boy had laughed so much he almost couldn’t breathe.

I think that is the best part about having family dinner every night we can. Those special nights where everyone laughs and jokes and has a good time. The happy times make up for all the sad times and brings the family a little closer!!!

Now if I could only

remember who I was supposed to talk to today at the end of the day…


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Quietly considering my options




What do we mean by options? Do we mean choices? Do we really have choices? What do we mean by choices? Can I choose to run naked through the park? Yes. Is that the best way to express my choices? No. So what do we mean when we save we have choices, options? What options do we really have?

There are rules that bind us and guide us.

These rules control the options we have. Which means in effect we really don’t have many options.

No options.

Ok so that is easier to “grok.” But much harder to accept.


The sealed envelope (left by your predecessor of course). Blame everything on me.


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Wednesday April 28th 2010

I feel like Captain Kirk (star date 04282010).

Funny how things change over time. I watched the original star trek series and loved it. I was pretty space crazy back then, watching and doing everything sci-fi and NASA related. The first major science merit badge I earned in scouts was astronomy! I still love star gazing, but now it is a lot easier. I have a windows mobile application that reads my gps settings and tells me where I am, and what the night sky should look like. I have a programmable telescope that then turns to the objects I can see. I can then connect my laptop to the telescope via a usb video camera or my digital camera via a mount and take pictures of the night sky. What once was the purview of scientists at big universities I can now do in my backyard. Funny how things change over time.



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The break continues



Update on my two year quest.

1. Blog as often as I can. I am running at around 96% blogging (days to blogs)

2. Walk as often as I can (knees and toes won’t take running as much anymore) averaging a little over a mile walked a day

3. Lose weight (down 30 – 30 more to go)

The funny thing about goals is that once you start towards them, they become more of a force than a goal.


Allergies are really killing me this year anyone else? Maybe its that I walk outside at least 3/4 times a week now and its worse only because I am outside more than I had been in years past.

Last but not least I am not sleeping as well as I have been.

Time to get to work!


It seems a long way to well, fall

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I’ve been listening to audible books for years, but this week have been listening tot he excellent book “How to build a dinosaur.” I used to teach second grade (which some people will tell you is where my maturation process stopped anyway so it was a good fit) where you focused about 1/3 of the science curriculum on the concept of dinosaurs. In this particular book the interesting thing to me is the concept that birds are the last dinosaurs. That in fact dinosaurs never actually became extinct rather they morphed into a smaller form and the bigger ones died off. Hard to sustain dominance of a planet for more than 150 million years anyway.

The book has really stirred my thinking and I recommend it.



A friend asked me this the other day

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If you could only change one thing, what would it be?

The context of the question was we were talking about the past and in particular a project we had been working on back then. It took a long time to come to fruition and we were discussing the concept of could we have done things differently, then we got onto the concept of change.

From there we talked about is there one thing in your life you would change?

I’ve been thinking about that line ever since and frnakly can’t pin down only one thing. Changing the one thing results in so many other vairalbes that I wonder, is it even possible.

But anyway – one thing – what would it be?


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Indiana Toll Road to Increase Toll

The Great Indiana Toll-Road which of course is our best route to Chicago will be raising the tolls this year. Traditionally Indiana has striven to remain away from the Pennsylvania tradition of nearly $20 dollars to cross the state on the toll road. Indiana has set its rate at between 2-4 dollars to make it all the way from border to border. With these new rates our great state becomes much closer to the $20 than the $2 to cross the state. There better be some great draws in the state to make people pay to drive across.

Lost Cat

Mrs. Wilkins of the elementary school reports that her cat, Mr. Paws, has gone missing. Mrs. Wilkins, Principal of the Elementary School brings Mr. Paws with her every day for the children. “He rides in the front seat and wears his seatbelt” she told this reporter. “He has been coming with me for almost 5 years. Every day he rides to school and then sits in the school office and greets the children as they come in for the day.”

A reward has been issued for finding Mr. Paws, the entire school pooled their leftover lunch money coming up with nearly $50 dollars as a reward for the safe return of their school mascot.

Unexplained water

Yesterday local businessman William Solicits reported that the bard yard of his lawn machine business suddenly had a pool of water. The water appeared overnight and was originally thought to be due to a hose or facet that was left on. However a review of all the facilities in the area of the pool found no leaking, open or other known sources of water. The university team called in to examine the sink hole in the center of town stopped by to examine the pool but found no explainable sources of the water.