Saturday, April 28, 2007

A three-year-old's attempt at humor

AB: Mommy, do you know who sings "Someday I Suppose"?
APL: Who sings "Someday I Suppose"?
AB: It's not Dicky Barrett--it's the Thundercats.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


It's the number of students from my high school class that went to Virginia Tech--more than any other college or university.

Everyone in this area knows someone who goes to or went to Tech. Every neighborhood has a few cars with VT on the back, a few houses with VT flags out front. And around here, it's usually just "Tech," the "Virginia" being unnecessary.

We're in a state of disbelief. It's surreal. There's really nothing else to say.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Probably how I'd use any superpowers, too

As we were watching the Rex Sox-Angels game today (go Big Papi! go Cap'n Manny Sparrow!) and talking about various baseball teams....

AB: I will shoot ice chunks at the Yankees because I am Iceman!
APL: Wow. Ice chunks?
AB: Big ice chunks. Huge ice chunks. Big, huge ice chunks! I will cover the Yankees.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Taxes are done!

A.M.T., kiss my A.S.S.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Didn't have the heart to tell him about Virginia's constitutional amendment

Yesterday, Angry Boy and I were playing with his Easter fingerpuppets (some cute little bunnies, chicks, rabbits, etc.). Toward the end of the day, he narrowed his interest down to two in particular: a bunny with a yellow sun hat and a pink dress, and a sheep with flowers in her hair and a yellow dress.

AB: They're getting married.
APL: How nice.
AB: Sheep is a mommy, and bunny is a mommy, too. They're two mommies, and they're getting married.

Friday, April 06, 2007


Lest you get the mistaken impression that I hate the Post, here is an article so wonderful that I smiled the entire time I was reading it. (In fact, it's so wonderful, it even makes me forgive the author his hiatus.)

Thursday, April 05, 2007


Big thanks to DC Blogs, who linked to the rant below and helped push me over the 100,000-hits mark today.

Woohoo, DC Blogs!

OK, back to work for me...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Stupid people got no reason, no reason to live...

I swear, I don't have it in for the Washington Post (I've been a faithful reader since I was a kid). I just wish it'd stop giving me so much ammo...

Today's rant is actually partially directed at a Post writer, Laura Sessions Stepp, who often writes about issues and concerns near and dear to the hearts of teens and young adults. This week, Stepp wrote about the HPV vaccine. Today she did an online chat with two doctors. Most of the chat participants wrote thoughtful, intelligent comments or questions. One, however, wrote the following:

Fairfax, Va.: I'm a father of several young children, including a baby girl. Any parent who pushes their girl to get the HPV shot has failed as a parent. While kids are kids and will make their own bad choices, giving shots to children for a totally preventable disease based on immoral behavior is akin to throwing ones hands up and saying "I give up." Have we as a society so given up on notions of chastity and morality that the best we can do for our children is foist a shot on them and say "have at it"?

While I may fail, we parents need to teach, and hold our children to a higher standard. Teaching my little girl to live a chaste life, saving herself until marriage, protecting her God-given gift of her human body, only to say, "Well, since I can't control you, lets go get a shot just in case you slip up on prom night" sets a horrible and contradictory example.

Ours is a sad culture indeed.

*bangs head against the wall*

I hope that if and when this man's little girl is off at college in 18 years, she cares enough about her own health to get her butt over to Student Health Services to get this shot. And I say this regardless of whether she decides (for herself--not in order to keep daddy happy) to remain abstinent until marriage.

What really got me even angrier was Stepp's response in the chat:

Laura Sessions Stepp: Thank you for contributing to the conversation.

*bangs head against the wall some more*

That was the sum total of Stepp's response. Would it really have been so hard for her to say to this guy, "You realize that your daughter can live a chaste life, saving herself for marriage and still contract HPV from her husband? Or, God forbid, your daughter is raped by someone who carries the virus?" Happily, some other chatters kept my head from exploding by chiming in later to say the same thing.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Does this mean I get to hang out with a young Harry Hamlin?

You Are a Pegasus

You are a perfectionist, with an eye for beauty.
You know how to live a good life - and you rarely deviate from your good taste.
While you aren't outgoing, you have excellent social skills.
People both admire you - and feel very comfortable around you.