That other memorable episode of Dexter

July 23rd, 2010

No, not that Dexter, it’s Dexter’s Laboratory from Cartoon Network.

I have three words for you, “omelette du fromage”.

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That other way to help the rain forest

July 1st, 2010

According to my daughter, “eat goldfish crackers or cheezits or cheetos… each time you do, it’s good for the rain forest.”

To quote Hannah Montana, “something something something say what?”

She spent the day at the Philadelphia Zoo, and said that’s where she learned that little tidbit. I have no idea what the real origin of that factoid is. Maybe an exhibit sponsored by Frito Lay? Perhaps they were saying some brands do not care about the impact they have on the environment while others do. I have no idea. But, that’s one wacky piece of information I’ll have to deprogram out of her.

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That other nuclear imaging scan thingy

June 30th, 2010

Well, it was a stress-filled couple of weeks… and judging from the site data about visits to this blog – people were worried about me… or morbidly curious. I’ll admit, I was too (worried, not curious).

So, let me say without any further delay… I’m fine.

Haha, well, as fine as you can be when your blood work says you need to go for an ultrasound which finds something that requires going to get nuclear scans, and in between that you have to get a root canal and a crown because you broke your tooth on a banana chip, but the good news is that the testing is done for the next couple of months. I’ll be reevaluated in the fall, but the scan thingy appears to be the last test I’ll be needing for now.

So, breathe a sigh of relief (as we did… you can even get a little misty eyed if you want to) and go make sure your “affairs are in order” (I spent the last three weeks wishing I had done it, and now I need to go get that taken care of asap), and make sure you recognize something to be happy about in what you did today… and every day.

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That other viewer mail segment

June 30th, 2010

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That other chipped tooth

June 20th, 2010

That other chipped tooth? Oh, that would be mine. I tried eating healthy, and I lost one fourth of one of my molars. Of course, saving the tooth will require a root canal. Woo hoo!

Add that into my busy 7 day stretch of bloodwork, ultrasounds, and nuclear imagings, and I suspect I’ll be spending more time at doctor’s offices than I will at home.

As they say … “when it rains, it pours.”

And, at the moment, I feel like I’m living in a flood plain.

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That other Iron Man movie

June 8th, 2010

Jay and I went to see Iron Man 2 last Friday.

It was okay… good, really. I liked how true the first one was to the origins of Iron Man, where Iron Man 2 seemed to skip a lot of Iron Man mythology to jump to introducing War Machine (like there should have been an Iron Man 1.5).

Overall, it was enjoyable… and Jay liked it better than the first movie; however, I’m waiting for this sequel to be developed.

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That other letter to Philip Rivers

May 20th, 2010

Written by my 4th grade son and mailed this morning.  (The spelling and punctuation are exactly as he wrote it.)

Dear Mr. Philip Rivers,

Hi! My name is Jay. I am nine years old and I am just finishing up fourth grade. The San Diego Chargers are my favorite  football team. I also think you are the best quarterback in the NFL.

I really enjoy watching you and the rest of the Chargers on TV. I think it’s really cool when you throw your sixty yard pass down the feild for a touchdown. I think you always do great when I watch you play.

I had some questions I wanted to ask you and I was wondering if you could answer them. What is it like playing in the NFL with the Chargers? Which of your teammates is your favorite and least favorite? What are the best and worst things about playing the NFL? Which teams in the NFL are your favorite and least favorite, other than the Chargers? Do you have any kids? If so, How many? I would really enjoy it if you could write back to me when you get a chance. Thanks!

Pretty cool. I’d been telling him for months that he could write a letter if he wanted to, and then all of a sudden he banged that out. Rough draft and all. So, we’re mailing it this morning with a picture of Jay in his Philip Rivers jersey.

We didn’t want to send him anything to sign… we just wanted to say “hi.” I found it interesting what questions Jay chose to ask – the personal stuff he can find out from the Chargers bio pages (we talked about it a bit afterward and he thought it was so cool the Rivers family is quite large compared to ours) and the favorite/least favorite questions are typical 4th grader thinking. It was cool.

Jay’s a fiercely loyal Charger fan… the kid bleeds powder blue.  And I couldn’t be happier with his choice of sports idol.

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That other mini-play

May 19th, 2010

My morning – a play by Scott Copperman  (based on a true story)

Pants: you know, this is a good day to get some exercise. Let’s go.
Knees: eh, I don’t think so.
Pants: come on, you used to be all about this stuff.
Knees: that was then, this is now.
Pants: Dudes, I don’t want to end up buried in the corner like those 34s over there. Come on, we can jog/walk, it doesn’t have to be a “run” per se.
Knees: maybe later.
Pants: that’s what you said in November…. and December… and last week… and…
Back: Hey beltless, they said “no!” Now go eat a cookie or something.

*sigh*  at least the cookie was Chocolate Chip.

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That other new running back

May 13th, 2010

Welcome to the San Diego Chargers, Mr. Ryan Mathews. I hope you have a long and productive career for the bolts.

You have some big shoes to fill, but I have a feeling you’re going to have a good year. You have the benefit of a talented and respected passing game already in place, so you should get some room to run. And, your own talent seems legit. I’m not expecting 1500 yards from you this year, I just hope to see you be able to get a good number of 6 or 7 yard rushes off and to be able to hit the holes with a burst that we haven’t seen in San Diego for a year or two.

LT was great, and I was one of those who believed last year was going to be a big year for the man with lots to prove – but it just didn’t turn out that way. I hope no one puts the pressure on you to be “the next LT” we don’t need that. It’d be nice for everyone if you were able to duplicate his 2006 season at some point, but what we need is reliable, consistent, effective play… and I’m hoping you’ll make a name for yourself with your own style and accomplishments.

Welcome to San Diego, Mr. Mathews. My son will wear your #24 proudly.

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That other so-what statistic

April 30th, 2010

Going into the start of the 2010 NHL Playoffs, the home team had won 80 out of 129 (62%) Game 7s.

So what?

Let’s think about that for a moment…

The very fact the series went to a game seven suggests the two teams are somewhat evenly matched. Add in the fact that by design, the team with home court advantage for game 7 is the team which had a more successful regular season (in theory a better team). And you get the home team winning a little more often than they lose, but not overwhelmingly.

So what?

There’s nothing in that statistic that is counter intuitive. And yet ESPN, Versus, NBC, and the USA Today kept throwing it out there prior to the Detroit/Phoenix game. And, there’s nothing about the number that would make either team winning a “shock.”

I say again, “so what?” Show me a stat that runs against what you’d expect and then maybe I’ll say “oh, that’s what.”

Contributed by: Scott Copperman