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Too old to be cool too young to be Retro

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Frankly the title says it all. Let me relate to you all (the three people that read this) my little story of self awareness. There are teenagers alive today who have never heard of the Beetles. Okay, so its not a story. But its the truth. Now I am no classic rock pushing lunatic but come on… the Beetles man… Never even heard of them? I have always figured the Beetles fell into the same category as Shakespeare. You may not have ever read him but you sure as hell know who he is. It nearly as disturbing to me as way back in the nineties when there were 14 year old girls upset that I ruined the ending of titanic for them by telling them the ship sunk.

Not that I am comparing historical ignorance to the knowledge of a rock group but the impact of learning of said ignorance is similar. It may be time for Bowling for Soup to do a follow-up song called 1995. It could be all about me. When DID Nirvana become classic rock? Maybe its the Fatherhood venom rushing through my veins but I have a strange urge to sit Brodie down and tell him about the good old days when Transformers were metal and there was nothing cooler than a talking car with a swooshy light in its grill. There are children out there who think that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a cheap american ripoff of an Anime.

So what’s my point? I guess there is none but damnit I want to be retro! When I tell highschoolers that I saw Nirvana live they ask me where my walker is. I am definately not even close to being old. I think kids have just lost there generational depth. there I’ve said it. Teh inturweb has removed the need for adults to bore their children with tales of days long gone and therefore stopped the flow of wonderful Americana. So here I am protesting this by blogging….. yeah I’m done.

Secondhand Citizens

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

So last week on the 15th, cook county no smoking ordinance went into effect. Now each individual city was allowed to override this ordinance. If the town chooses not to, it bans smoking in all public places, including work environments, restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys. As well as 15 feet of all public entrances.

As a result of this ordinance, the company I work for have installed bus stop size smoking huts. These huts are littered around the outside of the building, and are intended for the smoker to use, so he does not pollute the fresh air with their tobacco smoke. These huts are fully enclosed, and are completely transparent.

It’s a little creeping now, looking outside, seeing the fellow employee’s smoking in confining booths. It’s like they are a separate class of people now. Relegated not even to separate yet equal space. Pretty disturbing.

Of course, they ask society to pay for their lung cancer.

My Dad…

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

My dad passed away a a few Saturdays ago. We had the funeral last weekend. His passing was expected, and came peacefully at home. The pastors that preformed the ceremony asked us to write a down a few of our fond memories of him. I’ve decided to share them here.
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Life goes on…(is that a TV sitcom or something?)

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

The new year of 2007 is a new beginning for most. For some, like myself a recent college grad, it’s a new chapter in my life.  I get to look for a job where I will no doubt, spend the better half of my middle age life. What’s next for me? Who knows? Certainly not Fate, God or even Me. But I do know this. The next few weeks I will spend time reflecting on what matters to me. Loved ones like friends and family are not always going to be around forever. Sometimes you forget that wrapped up in your daily so-called life. So before you skip the next family gathering or even just lunch with your friend, think twice about going. Because Life is just a series of moments. Go out and make one for yourself.

iPods for Peace.

Friday, December 1st, 2006

This week the world came together and banned the sale of Apple’s iPods to North Korea. I never realized how popular they are as a commodity. I know in the US that you are not cool unless you have the stylish white ear buds going into your ears, but who knew this was a world wide thing. There hope is that this move will force the N. Korea to the bargaining table and force them to give up there nuclear program.

Maybe this will work in Iran too? Or maybe Palatine? Iraq? Afghanistan? Imagine a world of peace, with everyone having the white ear buds. We need Bill Gates, Bono, Oprah or someone to set up and implement this plan!

Gypped. Jipped. However it’s spelled, it’s how I feel…

Friday, November 10th, 2006

My recent visit to Silicon Valley has given me two new goals for the coming years:

  1. I want to bring the culture of high technology (back?) to the city of Chicago
  2. I want to open a brewery 🙂

Life altering, huh? I hope to expound on these ideas more, at a later time. Stay tuned…

    Shiny Nickel

    Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

    Today I received a letter from the American Diabetes Association. The letter proudly proclaimed that it contained a nickel and showed the new shiny nickel in the envelopes address window. My first thought was someone should inform the ADA that should not send cash through the mail. Quickly followed by the thought maybe they believe I have diabetes and this is there support they are offering to sufferers of diabetes.

    Upon opening the envelope and reading the accompanying letter, I discovered that a mere nickel is spend on Diabetes research per American per week (Math: .05 * 52 * 300 mil = 780 mil). Apparently the ADA thinks 780 mil is too much, since they are sending out nickels to people. On the other hand, maybe it is some new accounting rule or a way to embezzle money out of the non-for-profit organization (1 nickel at a time!). Either way it is silly. Stop wasting postage on sending a nickel. Keep the nickel in your coffers.

    Now the question is, if I mail back the nickel can I claim the nickel as a tax deductible donation?

    300 Million and Counting

    Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

    The United States passed 300 million people today. So what does this mean?
    To a Senior Citizen it means more people paying into Social Security.
    To a Capitalist it means more people to buy their goods.
    To an Environmentalist it means increased urban sprawl.
    To an Animal it means shrinking habitat.
    To a Politician it means more voters he has to placate.
    To a Priest it means more people to hear him preach.
    To a gamer it means more people to frag.
    To an extravert more people to make friends.

    To me, more people to meet.

    Still seven minutes to midnight.

    Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

    On Columbus Day, N. Korea has proven it is now a member of the “we got nukes” club. Remarkably little has changed. People still went to work (well those who didn’t have holiday), financial markets didn’t crash, and the US still refuses to meet with N. Korea one-on-one. The only change is China now appears open to UN Sanctions against N. Korea. It appears that investors around the world are not fazed by this development. I guess no one fears nuclear annihilation today. Here I was ready to start investing in companies that make fallout shelters in S. Korea, Japan, and San Francisco.

    The only change I foresee is the political rhetoric from each party will focus on this development for the Mid-Term elections.

    Fortune Cookie Problem

    Friday, September 22nd, 2006

    Okay so last weekend we ordered 8 lbs of take-out Chinese.
    We got eight fortune cookies.
    I ate all eight fortune cookies (over the course of 2 days).
    Do all the fortunes apply to me?
    Do they cancel each other out?
    Does anyone have a magic eight ball to answer these pressing questions!?