Dec 31, 2006
Dec 25, 2006
Can Santa Be Black?
by B.J. Wrights
It happened in the kindergarten class,
Right at the table where they were having snack.
Joanie asked the question and they all sat back.
"Mr. Slater? Can Santa Claus be black?
Poor Mr. Slater didn't know what to say,
Christmas vacation was twenty days away.
There were snowflakes to cut and
Window wreaths to be hung,
Christmas cards to be painted,
And Christmas songs to be sung.
He hadn't time to think
What Christmas was about,
In twenty more days,
School would be out!
Why couldn't they wait
And ask their questions then,
When mommies and daddies
Were home to answer them?
"Mr. Slater? Can Santa be thin?"
"Is Santa Claus always a him?"
Mr. Slater looked at twenty pairs of eyes,
Twenty children of every shape and size.
He ate a bit of cracker and finished his drink.
"Children," he said,
"I'll need some time to think."
As soon as class was over,
He ran down the hall,
Skidded 'round a corner,
Crashed into a wall.
Ran up the steps to the second floor,
Rapped on the window of the principal's door.
"Ms. Frazer, Ms. Frazer, what can I do?
the children asked these questions
That now I ask of you:
"Can Santa Claus be black?"
"Can Santa Claus be thin?"
"Does Santa always have to be a him?'"
"Mr. Slater, it's a difficult task
To find answers the the questions you ask.
I think with these I'll need some assistance,
But I'll get you the answers with a little persistence."
Ms. Frazer turned in her swivel chair,
Picked up the phone and dialed Mr. Dare.
Mr. Dare was the head of the P.T.A.
He called for a meeting the very next day.
"Thank you for coming,"
He began with a greeting.
"I'd like to get right to the point of this meeting.
Mr. Slater, in charge of the kindergarten class,
Needs the answers to some questions
And he needs them real fast."
"'Can Santa be black?'
"'Can Santa be thin?'
"'Does Santa always have to be a him?'"
The parents didn't know what to say,
Christmas vacation was nineteen days away.
There were cookies to bake and lights to string,
Gifts to wrap and carols to sing.
They hadn't time to think
What Christmas was about,
In nineteen more days
School would be out!
Why did children have to ask questions when
Parents had no time to sit and answer them?
Are there any suggestions?
Do we have any answers
To these difficult questions?"
"Who knows best
What Christmas is about?
Let's ask Santa!"
Someone called out in a shout.
The secretary of the P.T.A.
Sent a letter to Santa the very next day.
The reply came back, very, very fast,
Addressed to Mr. Slater
And the kindergarten class.
Dear Mr. Slater, Dear Girls, Dear Boys,
Once a storywriter caught me bringing you toys.
The year he spied me opening my sack,
my skin was white, my boots were black.
You probably know how that story goes...
I laid a finger aside my nose?
All these years, needlessly,
that story worries children who don't have a chimney.
All year long I listen to the news,
read people's thoughts, see people's views.
At the end of the year, when I see what's needed most,
I take that shape like a Christmas ghost.
I can pass through keyholes, windows and locks,
apartment buildings, hospitals, tents, and trailer lots.
One year I used a wheelchair in place of my sleigh,
Once I was blind and had to feel my way.
It's hard to understand when I don't leave a toy,
you can't unwrap a gift like hope, or health or joy.
My skin has been black, white, yellow, red brown;
my eyes have been slanted, crossed, and round.
Sometimes I have been a she:
all these things are a part of me.
You may not believe all this is true,
but that's okay, boys and girls, because...
I believe in you.
Dec 23, 2006
Dec 22, 2006
GETkristiLOVE points out many of the great points of a big snowstorm in her blog.
In response to her question of when was the last time you had to shovel your deck, the answer would be when the snow depth exceeds the height of your dogs ability to poop.
It's at that point you go out and start clearing "zones" for your poochies to do their duty!
Dec 20, 2006
By Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - A woman mistakenly put her 1-month-old grandson through an X-ray machine at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.
A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child on the carry-on baggage screening monitor and immediately pulled him out, the Los Angeles Times reported for a story in Wednesday's editions.
The infant was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined he did not receive a dangerous dose of radiation.
"This was an innocent mistake by an obviously inexperienced traveler," said Paul Haney, deputy executive director of airports and security for the city's airport agency.
The incident happened early Saturday, airport officials said.
Dec 19, 2006
Dec 15, 2006
Everyone could probably guess #1 on the list, yep, Lawn Darts! Who hasn't read about some kid in the E.R. with 6" of cold steel embedded in their skull?
But the one that shocked me was #2...
Dec 14, 2006
Dec 8, 2006
Dec 7, 2006
It was very fun to go through these venues instead of a typical run where you just motor along the streets or through some park.
That's me pushing and my wife in the red beside me!
Nov 26, 2006
One of my recent indulgences has been to read the stories from Iraq and Afghanistan that are posted in The Sandbox. G.B. Trudeau, the writer of Doonsbury has put up a milblog for the folks serving over there to say whatever they want. The stories are fascinating, and you get all angles. From the gung-ho to the support personnel and the front lines just trying to come home with all of their appendages. It's worth a read if you want the real poop from the front...
Nov 17, 2006
I think they should go one step further and use the whole action figure set!
Yeah, yeah, I know... It's the rocket sled to hell for finding this funny...
Nov 15, 2006
Nov 14, 2006
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A man pleaded guilty in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend's four small kittens, which were tossed into a fire pit after the couple argued.
Robert Tomlin, 22, of Smithsburg was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 years in jail for aggravated animal cruelty. Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell suspended the sentence except for the 134 days Tomlin has served since his arrest.
In the plea bargain, charges of assault for allegedly striking former girlfriend Kelli Ann Green and destruction of property were dropped.
"Taking defenseless animals as you have, and destroying them ... there is no excuse for that," McDowell told Tomlin.
Washington County prosecutor Robert Veil said Tomlin had been drinking July 2 and Green left after he hit her, leaving her ear bloody.
"When she returned to the residence, she heard a hissing in the fire," Veil said, and discovered the burning corpses of the kittens. She said Tomlin told her from jail that "he should have finished what he started."
The judge ordered Tomlin to have no contact with Green or her family or with any animals or pets, and to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluation.
Nov 8, 2006
Nov 6, 2006
After surviving countless lay-offs, who knows how many re-orgs, and the new top-heavy organization changes, it was just time to go.
And I am not somebody who moves around or job hops a lot. I was at my first big company for 11 years, the second company for 10, and now Sun for 7. I remember at my interview at Sun, one of the project managers, Neal, asked where the rest of my job history was on my resume. He had never seen anybody with just two companies listed.
So, the only regrets are at leaving friends behind, and I will miss the day to day interaction with you. All the hallway conversations, the jokes, and gossip will have to move to email.
But I live close to the Sun campus, so I will still come up for lunch every now and then to stay in touch, and because, well, ya know, for that great cafeteria food...
Oct 30, 2006
Brian Atene responded with this one, which has become somewhat of a hit out on the net:
Now, due to this notoriety, Brian has come out of hiding with this:
Oct 24, 2006
Oct 23, 2006
Associated Press reports that Seattle has unveiled it's new tourism slogan, and as the photo shows plastered it all over the Space Needle. WTF???
Pike Place Market vendor Kenny Telesco was willing to give it a chance. He practiced saying it with "jazz hands" and asked tourists to "SayWA" as they posed for photos.
"How do you use that in a sentence?" Telesco asked. "'Welcome to Metronatural.' ... It's an airport where you can buy organic bananas."
Seattles Convention and Visitors Bureau spent 200 grand over 16 months coming up with this beauty, boy is that money well spent...
Oct 18, 2006
Oct 13, 2006
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Oct 12, 2006
My favorite part?
"Henslee said her sister, who has a bear tag, loaded her 7mm rifle and waited. The bear was distracted for a moment by something at its feet and it looked down. Using that as her chance, the babysitter slid the door open a foot and shot twice from the hip at the bear just three feet away."
Bring it on Yogi, you want a piece of me!?
Read it here
Oct 9, 2006
NEW YORK - Those people wearing "Stewart/Colbert '08" T-shirts can stop hoping _ Comedy Central's fake news stars have no intention of making a run for the White House.
Jon Stewart said the T-shirts promoting him and Stephen Colbert "are a real sign of how sad people are" with the state of affairs in the country.
"Nothing says 'I am ashamed of you my government' more than 'Stewart/Colbert '08,' Stewart told an audience Sunday at the New Yorker Festival. He was interviewed by the magazine's editor, David Remnick.
Stewart, who recently hosted Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, on "The Daily Show," said he's been trying to get top Bush administration officials to appear. "We have requests in there to everyone including Barney," Stewart said. "Only Barney replies." Barney is the president's Scottish terrier.
Stewart scoffed at suggestions that some people actually get their news from "The Daily Show."
"There's no way you could get the news from us," he said. "I've seen the show. It couldn't happen."
Oct 7, 2006
A model of the Starship Enterprise used in the pilot and title sequences of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" sold for $576,000 Saturday at an auction of costumes, sets and props from 40 years of the "Star Trek" sci-fi franchise.
Now I am as big of a fan as anyone, but come on - over 500 G's for a model of the Enterprise D!?
And over 1000 items sold for over 4.9 Million bucks... Makes me wish I would have hung on to my toy phaser, I could be rich!
Oct 5, 2006
Oct 4, 2006
Man recites PI to 100,000 places.
TOKYO - A Japanese mental health counselor recited pi to 100,000 decimal places from memory on Wednesday, setting what he claims to be a new world record.
Akira Haraguchi, 60, needed more than 16 hours to recite the number to 100,000 decimal places, breaking his personal best of 83,431 digits set in 1995, his office said Wednesday. He made the attempt at a public hall in Kisarazu, just east of Tokyo."What I am aiming at is not just memorizing figures, I am thrilled by seeking a story in pi," Haraguchi said.
Wow! Party on Haraguchi...
Oct 2, 2006
I tried to think back over the years I have been with this group to the number of children that have gone, and I couldn't even count them all - there are just too many. I am lucky that Skyler is healthier than most kids with special needs, and with proper care could see a full life.
People often ask how we do it - take care of Skyler, or tell me they couldn't do it. My answer is always the same, if it was your child you just would. There really isn't any other choice when you are a parent. But it is tough to explain our lives. So, here is a short essay from Emily Kingsley who does a much better job than I...
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.
Sep 29, 2006
That's when we heard about a Border Collie rescue and applied to get a dog from them. We figured we would help out a dog in need. So we made arrangements to meet Jordi (pronounced Yor-dee) at a park and see how the two hit it off.
Well, they got along great, and we came home with a slightly larger version of a pup than what we were thinking of, he is a Border Collie Newfoundland mix! Yeah, that's right, Newfy...
He is 14 months and as big as Hootie, but a real sweetheart of a dog. He had never been on grass, possibly not even indoors, and he is learning the house rules pretty quick.
Here is Jordi and Hootie together in the backyard, with mom holding them for the photo op, Jordi on the right:
Sep 28, 2006
Sep 26, 2006
Iowa Woman Finds Drowned Bat in Tea Mug
By Associated Press
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A western Iowa woman is recovering from the shock of finding a drowned bat in her tea mug _ after she sipped from the cup all day.
The brown bat, about the size of two tea bags, was found a few weeks ago by a 60-year-old Woodbury County woman, said Chuck Cipperley, an environmental director for the Siouxland health office in Sioux City.
"I knew the person, so I knew it was no joke," said Cipperley, who took the call from the woman.
The woman, who declined to identify herself, told Cipperley she found the bat when she was cleaning out the mug at night. She said she put the bat in a plastic bag before alerting the Siouxland health office the next morning.
Cipperley said the bat was sent that day _ Sept. 1 _ to the University Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville. Results showed the bat did not have rabies.
State Epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk said had the bat been rabid, the woman probably would have underwent a series of rabies shots, even though the probability of contracting rabies would be low.
The virus needs a break in the skin to enter the body, said Susan Brockus, state public health veterinarian.
Mike Pentella, program manager at University Hygienic Laboratory, said the bat was a first for the lab.
"We test many, many bats," he said, "but none that have drowned in a cup of tea before."
Sep 22, 2006
It was funny, we never fought and always got along really well. People would ask me about that when conversations came up about not getting along with their siblings. I mean, isn't it a given fact that siblings fight? Well, not really in our case. My sister never gave me any grief in High School when I was one of those pukey freshman and she was a Junior, and I always tried hard not to be the little brother who embarrassed her.
Then all these years later, after our dad had passed away and mom was sick, she and her husband made the sacrifice of moving back in with her and taking care of her until she passed away. She has had her share of grief, and yet always thinks of others, and helps me in more ways than even she understands.
So thanks Sis, I don't know what I did to deserve you, but you are the best!
Sep 21, 2006
From AP via Comcast, now I hear that Fox is running a 30-second television spot with just one static image in an effort to reach viewers who fast forward through ads using digital video recorders like TiVos.
And this is supposed to prevent me from skipping commercials how?
The best part is later in the news item:
Advertisers also have begun experimenting. Earlier this year, KFC Corp. promised coupons at its restaurants to viewers who could identify a secret code only visible when its commercials were replayed in slow motion.
Suuurrreee, like a coupon to a crap place like KFC is enough of an incentive to get me to go SLOW MOTION through their lame commercials.
Check out the rest here if you like...
Sep 20, 2006
signature files from Geeks:
Enter any 11-digit prime number to continue...
Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue.
Error: Sector not found -- search behind couch? (Y/N)
File not found. Should I fake it? (Y/N)
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
Beta testers who lie! Next time on Geraldo!
Finish the project. We'll buy you a new family.
Frequent lock ups are a symptom of not enough memory but only in the way that nosebleeds are a symptom of gunshot wounds to the head.
I thought I had a back-up, but she refused to type it in again.
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce today would cost $100, get a million miles to the gallon, and explode once every few weeks, killing everyone inside.
Life's unfair - but root password helps!
Mac OS X. Because making Unix user-friendly is easier than debugging Windows.
No trees were killed in the creation of this message. However, many electrons were terrible inconvenienced.
Press any key to continue or any other key to quit...
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. - Rich Cook
Students nowadays, complaining they only get 5MBs of disk space! In my day we were lucky if we had one file, and that was /dev/null.
The three most dangerous things are a programmer with a soldering iron, a manager who codes, and a user who gets ideas.
Three things are certain: Death, taxes, and lost data. Guess which has occurred...
Sep 18, 2006
Sep 16, 2006
DDRC Harvest Festival
5 Mile/3 Mile Run Walk
North Jeffco Park, Arvada, CO.
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
DDRC 3 MILE RUN AGE GROUP RESULTS
If you cannot find your results in your age
group please look in the 99-99 category.
********** MALE OVERALL RESULTS ***********
1 BILL SMITHHAM 62 21:38 7:13
2 ZACHARY PETRIE 10 ARVADA CO 22:52 7:38
3 DAVID WYPERD 14 ARVADA CO 25:40 8:34
********** FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS ***********
1 TIFFANY RAVER 32 23:14 7:45
2 LAUREN DENNIS 25 DENVER CO 25:30 8:30
3 KATIE KENNER 32 ARVADA CO 25:45 8:35
************** MALE MASTERS OVERALL RESULTS **************************
1 CHRIS HULL 49 WESTMINSTER CO 27:54 9:18
2 EDWARD MARUNA 78 ARVADA CO 31:08 10:23
3 LONNIE SULLIVAN 45 33:35 11:12
************** FEMALE MASTERS OVERALL RESULTS **************************
1 KATHY HULL 50 WESTMINSTER CO 26:10 8:44
2 DONNA VALORI 49 GOLDEN CO 27:45 9:15
3 LINDA ROEMISH 45 LAKEWOOD CO 28:55 9:39
Sep 15, 2006
From the Denver Post, Raul Gomez-Garcia went to the Salon Ocampo social hall on May 8, 2005, his single purpose was to shoot two Denver police officers in the back. Gomez-Garcia said he only wanted to embarrass the officers, he figured they were wearing vests. After getting booted from a baptismal party at Salon Ocampo social hall, he went home, thought about it, came back with a gun and fired 3 shots at Detective Donnie Young killing him, and his partner Detective Jack Bishop, was hit in the vest by one bullet and survived.
He does all of this because his friends "kept making fun of me, and asking, 'What are you going to do?'"
This is so fucking amazing to me, I just can't believe it! This is his defense? I was made fun of, and I thought they had vests on?!?
I really hope this guy doesn't get the death penalty and has to do time in a cell with some dude named "bubba"...
Sep 13, 2006
Sep 12, 2006
I guess they didn't factor in all of the stupid things we did up there like 4 wheeling while drunk, exploring old mines, and racing side by side on mountain roads...
Here is the story
Sep 11, 2006
Sep 7, 2006
Sep 5, 2006
Sep 4, 2006
1. Indecision is the key to flexibility.
2. You can't tell which way the train went by looking at the track.
3. There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.
4. Happiness is merely the remission of pain.
5. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
6. Sometimes too much to drink is not enough
7. The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.
8. The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.
9. Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world.
10. Things are more like they are today than they ever were before.
11. Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
12. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
13. Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
14. I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.
15. Suicide is the most sincere form of self-criticism.
16. If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody
17. All things being equal, fat people use more soap.
18. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
19. One seventh of your life is spent on Monday.
20. By the time you make ends meet, they move the ends
21. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious
22. The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.
23. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
24. This is as bad as it can get, but don't count on it.
25. Never wrestle a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.
26. The trouble with life is, you're halfway through it before you realize it's a do-it-yourself thing
27. Youth and skill are no match for experience and treachery.
28. No amount of advance planning will ever replace dumb luck
29. Anything you do can get you fired; this includes doing nothing
30. Money can't buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.
Sep 1, 2006
EW YORK (AFP) - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have yet to show their baby daughter off in public, but eager fans were given an unusual preview with the chance to see a bronze cast depicting her first solid stool.
This seems too strange to be real.
Aug 31, 2006
The level of nicotine that smokers typically consume per cigarette has risen about 10 percent in the past six years, making it harder to quit and easier to get hooked, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Health.
The study shows a steady climb in the amount of nicotine delivered to the lungs of smokers regardless of brand, with overall nicotine yields increasing by about 10 percent.
This is particularly despicable in my eyes since cigarettes are primarily responsible for both of my parents deaths.
Aug 30, 2006
Aug 29, 2006
Aug 28, 2006
Check it here from PistolWimp
I am the child who cannot talk. You often pity me, I see it in your eyes.
You wonder how much I am aware of. I see that as well. I am aware of
much ... whether you are happy or sad or fearful, patient or impatient,
full of love and desire, or if you are just doing your duty by me. I marvel
at your frustration, knowing mine to be far greater, for I cannot express
myself or my needs as you do.
You cannot conceive my isolation, so complete it is at times. I do not gift
you with clever conversation, cute remarks to be laughed over and repeated.
I do not give you answers to your everyday questions, responses over my well
being, sharing my needs, or comments about the world about me. I do not give
you rewards as defined by the world's standards.. great strides in development
that you can credit yourself; I do not give you understanding as you know it.
What I give you is so much more valuable... I give you instead opportunities.
Opportunities to discover the depth of your character, not mine; the depth of
your love, your commitment, your patience, your abilities; the opportunity to
explore your spirit more deeply than you imagined possible. I drive you
further than you would ever go on your own, working harder, seeking answers
to your many questions with no answers. I am the child who cannot talk.
I am the child who cannot walk. The world seems to pass me by. You see the
longing in my eyes to get out of this chair, to run and play like other
children. There is much you take for granted. I want the toys on the shelf,
I need to go to the bathroom, oh I've dropped my fork again. I am dependant
on you in these ways. My gift to you is to make you more aware of your great
fortune, your healthy back and legs, your ability to do for yourself.
Sometimes people appear not to notice me; I always notice them. I feel not
so much envy as desire, desire to stand upright, to put one foot in front of
the other, to be independent. I give you awareness. I am the child who
I am the child who is mentally impaired. I don't learn easily, if you judge me
by the world's measuring stick, what I do know is infinite joy in simple
things. I am not burdened as you are with the strifes and conflicts of a more
complicated life. My gift to you is to grant you the freedom to enjoy things
as a child, to teach you how much your arms around me mean, to give you
love. I give you the gift of simplicity. I am the child who is mentally
I am the disabled child. I am your teacher. if you allow me, I will teach you
what is really important in life. I will give you and teach you unconditional
love. I gift you with my innocent trust, my dependency upon you. I teach you
about how precious this life is and about not taking things for granted. I
teach you about forgetting your own needs and desires and dreams. I teach
you giving. Most of all I teach you hope and faith. I am the disabled child.
Aug 26, 2006
Here is their presentation they made for their final.
Aug 25, 2006
Some of my friends from back when I worked at USWest, now Qwest, sat down with with a calculator one day and figured out that while this scumbag was in charge, he averaged 70 people a day that he laid off. I hope he rots in jail!
Aug 24, 2006
Well, another school year started yesterday, and things seemed to go pretty well for Skyler. He was excited to see old friends again, but not really into the whole classroom scene. Mom has been working on trying to get him included with the other kids in the regular curriculum, and doing a great job at it.
One thing that I thought was funny is that for an elective they decided over the summer that Skyler would be in ceramics. That's right, a kid who has pretty much no control over where his right arm is going, and limited control over the left arm is gonna be working that clay and running the Kiln!
Needless to say, we thought something else might work out better...
Aug 23, 2006
But really, what I needed was a place to vent, a place to share, and a place that I could put up pictures of Skyler, what's going on, and whatever else that comes to mind...