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And one more for today

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving, what a thing.  We’re one of two countries that officially celebrates a day of thanksgiving.  Us and Canada, that’s it.  As an aside, if you ask @fakeapstylebook, he’d say, Do not refer to Canada as “America’s hat” as it is offensive, instead use “Gateway to Alaska.”  All kidding aside, it’s really a wonderful thing.

Normally, in a more lucid state, I would be against the idea of an official day to give thanks for what we have.  My question first would be, to whom?  As an avowed atheist I take exception to holidays that focus around religious things.  See Christmas and Easter.  Now, I’m not going to say that I don’t enjoy the holiday season this time of year, but it’s entirely for secular reasons.  I enjoy the company of friends and family, the warmth and togetherness it brings.  But back from the tangent, I do enjoy this holiday, Thanksgiving. 

I think it’s not about prayer, or turkey sacrifices to the Christian god, or the shopping the day after.  What I like is that it is the least commercialized of any of our holidays.  That being said, Black Friday is a whole other story.  Labor Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, President’s Day, shit, even Columbus Day, all the sales and promotions.  Basically, they are congressionally authorized savings events.

It’s the one day of the year when you know everybody but the pharmacy and the hospital is closed for business.  Well, the bars, but we need them!  It’s a chance to relax and unwind before you throw yourself across the table, lunging at your relative who every year disagrees with you. 

Maybe, just maybe, we can remember this at some other holiday, really take a day off.  No sales, no promotions, no really big events.  Just something simple, something pure…

It just hit me, a National Vacation Day, or National *Sick* Day.  A day to whatever the hell you want!  Have fun with your family, enjoy a day with friends.  In my ideal world, as I am King in it, no one would work, except for the Doctors and Nurses and the Pharmacists, they’d get a different day, after we’re sober. 

I don’t know, I just like the calm that comes with Thanksgiving.  It’s the beginning of the end of the year, and for this year, I think we are all glad it will be over soon.

The Real MJ!

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

My friends live near Cincinnati and their kid, MJ, is quite adept at climbing things, including this 10’ tall doorway.  Go MJ!  Take a look!

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Simple Toys, Simple Fun

November 23, 2009 2 comments
 
Samantha, our niece

A stiff upper lip, although not British.

 It was our niece’s first birthday party.  She was so cute!   Andy and I got her one of those walker popper things, that we all had as children and a peek-a-boo toy with different switches and knobs to operate it.  It was a wonderful time.

If  blogs were meant for nothing more than bloviating about our superior intelligence, then I submit the following.  I don’t like childrens’ toys that take batteries.  They take all the expoloration and imagination out of play.  The toys I remember from my childhood weren’t powered, didn’t make beeps or blings, didn’t talk or move animatronically.  They were manual fun toys.  Those like Legos and Tinker Toys.  Justify it all you want, but children need toys that breed imagination and creativity, not simple call and response.   I don’t like them period, the toys with batteries.

I’ve always had a problem with these toys. They really seem to not last long.  After a while it becomes obvious that if button A is pressed, then action 1 occurs.  How much can a child learn from this?  It seems quite limited. 

I’m a fan of the old, but classic toys.  I don’t think I’ll ever change.   Dress-up clothes, building blocks, play-tools, and the like last longer, breed more creativity, and encourage learning.  More so than any battery operated electric toy.

I’ll get to Leap Frog later.

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