"I have a dream; a dream that all people -- human, Jem'Hadar, Ferengi, Cardassians -- will someday stand together in peace... around my Dabo tables." -- Quark
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The latest goings-on
Not a lot, really.
I will start out by saying this, however. Folks, if you work in a job where your primary responsibility is the safety of others around you, it might be a really good idea to remain, oh, I don't know, AWAKE while you're on the clock.
I work nights, and I know it's not easy. I drink coffee at night and I take sleep-aids during the day, but I get through because I love my job, and I want to keep it. Not to mention the fact that falling asleep in a house full of teenagers, some of whom have homicidal/suicidal ideations, doesn't rank very high at all on my list of "Smart things to do. "
The good news here is that their are some new openings at my workplace.
Things are going well on the church front. One of the new Children's Ministry directors sat in on our Sunday school class this week, and she really enjoyed our teaching. For the most part, the kids are really good at listening and taking suggestions. I wish I could say the same for our worship team. I realize that we are not being broadcast to anyone other than the folks in the "family" worship room (screaming baby room) but since I am on the Tech Team (camera ministry) I do like for my work to look good. So, we've asked the singers, musicians, and ministers to follow one simple suggestion. "Please don't wear the same color as the background." Right now, and for the foreseeable future, our background is black. I would say "Don't wear black", but sure enough as soon as I do, they'd change it to blue, and everyone would start wearing blue.
Sunday, a singer, a guitarist, AND the pastor wore black, creating the dreaded "floating head" effect in our camera shots. Monday, the night I run camera, FOUR singers/musicians, including the opening soloist wore black. Is it that hard? I mean, I know it seems like such a silly little thing to pick at, but a good presentation, IMHO, glorifies God, and I thought that was the whole point of doing this.
I, of course, am not without my own faults. I've gotten bad shots, been out of focus, moved the camera while "on", etc. But I do take some pride in my work, and try my best to correct my mistakes when the occur. I certainly follow advice from others when it is given.
This is not something I'm mad about, it's just one of those things that baffle the soul.
On the diet front, oh my have I been struggling. I can't seem to get on that treadmill lately, and my holiday pounds still remain firmly around my waist. Last night, I had an unexplainable and intense craving for egg rolls and won tons. We ordered them, and they were quite good. I'm going to have to make sure I work out today, and at least three times this week.
It appears I have rambled on quite enough for one post. I'll endeavor to post more frequently.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I'm late in doing this, but I've added a new link. I met Jim Kirk just after Christmas at a party being thrown to honor both he and his sister for their graduation.
Jim is a brilliant artist and a fun guy. There is some language on the site, just to let you know. The background on his site is from one of his paintings.
I've added his link to the right, and it is titled "Who reads this crap?"
Well, I do Jim!
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The Ultimate in Gender Discrimination
I sat today watching the Samuel Alito confirmation hearings, waiting and watching for the inevitable question on abortion. It was never specifically mentioned in the testimony I heard, though Senator Joseph Biden did site one abortion case. The anti-Alito ads are running strong here in Little Rock, which is surprising to me, but not totally unexpected.
I tend to remain non-confrontational on a lot of issues here, simply because this is more a forum for family, friends, and curious on-lookers to learn about the goings-on in my daily life. But today, Yahoo! News ran this story that points out a disturbing and growing trend in India. I had heard rumor of this happening in China and some other countries as well where male children are prized over female children. In the case of China, the "one child" rule makes this even more horrific, with some families actually killing daughters after they are born. In India, what is taking place is selective abortion.
"We conservatively estimate that prenatal sex determination and selective abortion accounts for 0.5 million missing girls yearly," said Prabhat Jha of St. Michael's Hospital at the University of Toronto, Canada, on Monday.
What this means is, if a couple has a son first, then a daughter, then the birth ratio of male to female is normal. But, if a daughter is born first, the birth ratio is off by 500,000 yearly. Meaning, over the past 20 years, thanks to pre-natal gender-identification, Indian parents have intentionally terminated TEN MILLION unborn simply because they are female.
I believe that even the vast majority of those who are pro-abortion would find this disturbing. Even those who think abortion for reason of genetic defect is acceptable can't say that being female is a genetic defect.
But what can be done? If both prenatal gender identification and totally unrestricted abortion remain legal in India, then nothing can be legally done to prevent this practice. Where does this end? If through some technology it can be determined how tall your son will be, will parents continue to abort male children until they have a potential NBA prospect? Will parents abort until their child has the right hair and eye color?
The solution could be quite complicated, or it could be simple. Abortion, like any other medical procedure, should be deemed medically necessary before taking place. This of course leaves it up to interpretation of the medical professional involved. The simple solution would be to recognize the unborn child as a human life, and therefore afford that life the respect and dignity he/she deserves.
Then again, this world has a long way to go in affording any human life the respect and dignity we deserve.
As for me and my house...
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Another New Year!
So, here it is 2006 already. Before I set forth my resolutions for the new year, I'm going to review my resolutions from last year:
1: Bite me, Coca-Cola! I've been addicted to your battery acid for too freaking long, and despite my recent purchase of a "Diet Coke" had, pledging my undying devotion to your syrupy product, I will no longer drink the vile bile you've been peddling to me since birth. That's not to say you'll be losing any revenue on me, nind you, as I plan on purchasing lots of Dasani drinking water to fill the void. Got any Dasani hats to sell me?
My soda drinking re-emerged sometime around June, after I was done with the "Arkansas' Biggest Loser" show. I will revisit this in 2006, looking at least a reduction. But now that I work ALL night shifts, my reliance on caffeine is fairly set.
2: Premiere Fitness, take "me" away! If only you folks had been open today, you would have sold a $3000 treadmill to me. But, you'll have to wait to cha-ching that one up until the 3rd now. I'm turning my Price-Is-Right addiction into a healthy one by resolving to spend the Hour of Fantastic Prizes on a new treadmill everytime I watch.
The treadmill was a vital part of my weight loss early in 2005. Sadly, over the last two months I have gained about half that weight back. The treadmill is damaged at the moment, and makes demonic noises when I try to use it. Luckily, it is still under full warranty due to its late arrival last year. I've also broken my addiction to Price is Right and am now back on a Jeopardy fix. I still plan on using the treadmill every day this year once it is fixed, no matter what I'm watching on TV.
3: Triple Word "Score!" To keep my brain healthy as well, I've recently purchased both Scrabble Online, and the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. I hope this will replace other mindless (and possibly blinding) online pursuits.
I'm burned out on Scrabble, mainly due to the fact my best friend keeps beating me everytime we play. I've moved on to crossword puzzles and online poker.
That covers 2005, now for 2006. I believe in the principle of 3's, so here we go:
1: Do things without being asked; I can see when the trashcan is full, the sink is full, or the floor is dirty. It's high time the wife and I stop playing "Hamper Jenga". The fact that I work nights does not totally absolve me from household responsibility. This also applies at work, where I work with one co-worker. We have many duties throughout the night, and my partner usually ends up doing most of it because of his personality. I'm already starting to surprise him by being more proactive at work.
2: Communicate my needs more; Both my spouse and I tend to be rather passive aggressive when seeking to get our needs met. Instead of saying "Please do this", we'll say "Would you like to...?" or "Would you mind...?" These, of course, are open-ended questions that can lend themselves to getting the answer we didn't want to hear. Also, when I'm in a situation I don't like, I need to let her know it. I tend to stifle my emotions for a while, and then explode at the wrong time, over something that seems minor.
3: Be thankful; I don't think it is wrong to want things, but I do think it is wrong to be ungrateful for the things I do have. Just because I anticipate wanting a Nintendo Revolution when it become available, doesn't mean I don't still love my Gamecube. I believe that I've already achieved maximum thankfulness for my job, which I've really grown to appreciate and love over the last year. It's not perfect, no, but I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing right now.
A blessed new year to all my readers!
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