Aug 31, 2006

Tobacco company's - Always looking out for your welfare

Via Comcast, STEVE LeBLANC from Associated Press writes:

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

This is why you leave the jokes to the pros

Anybody check out the Emmy's last night? I hate seeing the "stars" get up there and try and exchange lame banter between each other. To me, the highlight of the evening was watching two guys who really are funny, and at the top of their game.

Check it here from PistolWimp

Cute overload

From Tanja Askani, a German Photographer

Bambi and Thumper

I am the child

This is one of my favorite bits of writing from the our-kids archives. I am not sure of the original author, but it was contributed to the list by Peter Jones, Oct 17, 1995. A bit of insight into our world:

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
cannot walk.

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

Look out Tiger

Each year the Engineering students up at CU form teams and do a project. Since they have to build something anyway, they have started a program where they reach out to the special needs community and ask what they might need. This last year, they built a putt putt golf adaption for Skyler to use.

Here is their presentation they made for their final.

And here is an "action" photo

Notice Skyler is so sure he made the shot he isn't even looking...

Can you "narrow that down for me" - great stuff!

Ed Helms reports on a restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ with a name that insinuates that you can eat a "box lunch" there. From June 27, 2006 Daily Show.
Via PistolWimp: Check it out

Speeding Hurts

Via DevilDucky, a public service announcement for the Danish Road Safety Council directed by Fredrik Callinggaard. Check it out

Aug 25, 2006

What do you want to bet he walks???


Classified Info Complicates Nacchio Case

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

Desperate Soundbites

The always brilliant Jon Stewert dissects Bush's latest...

It's sophomore year already!?

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

So what the heck am I doing here?

I guess instead of spending all of my time emailing my friends jokes, video clips, pictures, and the occasional update about my life, I would just place it all here!

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...