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


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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.

Fate.

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

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Stretching


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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


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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!

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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.

🙂

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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.

 

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Local Man to Move to Grand Rapids

Local Businessman David Stigler will be packing boxes for the next three weeks as he and his family prepare to move from Indiana to Michigan. “I was hoping for Chicago” David said when this reporter asked him why “Grand Rapids.” “The Company has offices in Chicago and then of course they send people to Grand Rapids as well. Most everyone wants Chicago, and I guess it was just my time.

Grand Rapids Michigan, famous as the home of former President Gerald R. Ford is neither grand, nor since the upstream dam are the rapids much to talk about. David, is taking his Indiana University flag to display hoping that it offsets the many Maize and Blue signs the sad people of Michigan seem to put everywhere.

Cave Discovery Part II

A secondary discovery the boys made while in the “City Hall Cave” has shocked both the town council and this reporter. As if our town hasn’t had enough tragedy in the past few years the discovery of former Mayor, town founder Switches McGee’s body trapped in the cave was shocking. The coroner called the cause of death multiple trauma’s to the cranium. That was a very nice way to say someone had taken a baseball bat to our former mayor killing him and then hiding the body. Our idyllic little town where crime had seemed to take a holiday for a long time, now has two murder trials to consider and mull.

 

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The Screaming Eagle Volume 12, Issue 245

Local Youths Explore our hole, report amazing findings

Five youths entered the Sink Hole by the city hall building yesterday morning trying to discover was it a bigger cave or simply a small cave that collapsed. They entered the cave around 5 in the morning. In talking with the youths after their adventure we found that they were well prepared for the exploration. We discovered that in fact these are the boys who found the long lost Dead Man’s cave.

The boys will write a detailed report for the paper as part of their punishment from Judge Wilson. It appears that in fact it was a bad idea to enter the city property without proper permits.

General Store to no longer carry non-Indiana Popcorn

In a move to show solidarity with our local farming population the General Store downtown location will no longer carry popcorn that was grown in other states. This decision according to General Manager Sly Stings was a “very difficult one. Indiana Popcorn has changed the world, and it was our feeling that it was best for us to only carry the best popcorn on the planet.” The store will have a sale this Saturday only to “get rid” of their lessen popcorn stores.

 

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This year’s corn looks solid

Our Agricultural reporter David Williams has conducted a study of five local farms with heavily corn loads this year. While our area is most famous for its tomatoes (the best in the world) corn has long been a staple of local farms. It is mostly seed corn and we all know the brand! But seed corn is what keeps our pigs and cows happy. David reports that based on his study of the five farms he has reviewed that this year may be the best year in the last five for corn production. Our CornFestival may in fact have its best year ever. The corn report is an annual Screaming Eagle special and we are happy to publish it for the 20th consecutive year!

Corn Queen Scandal

Last year’s corn queen from the Lake Architectless Corn Festival parade left school suddenly this week. Those in the know say Cindy Williams, younger sister of our Ag reporter David, left school due to her soon expansion. Local wags say that Cindy’s father was seen sitting outside the Withers home, waiting to talk to the family about their sudden mutual problem. David filed the annual corn report and then asked for a leave of absence. This reporter will keep his ears to the ground and keep you in the loop regarding this ongoing issue.

 

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