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Ingenious Aussie Youth

Having previously received one of these, I think this is funny… wrong, but funny (from Dave’s Daily):

Mischievous Aussies


Global Warming is Caused by Daylight Savings Time?

Have you ever wondered about the effect of extending daylight savings time?  Neither have I.  But someone did and assumes it is the cause of global warming.

This has been around for a bit, but I still found it funny.  I wonder if Al Gore is thinking the same way:


Bush Shoe Throw – New Security Measures

This is a follow-up to the recent posting about the shoe throwing incident involving President Bush as a target:


Cootie Alert – A Public Service Announcement

Please be sure your children see this message.  We need to get the word out to kids to BE CAREFUL when interacting with each other:


Snow in Los Angeles (County)

I’m sitting at home today (again) due to snow – along with my kids who are on their second snow day from school.  What is strange about this is that we live in California, in Los Angeles County (less than an hour from downtown).  Now, we have mountains in LA County – but we live in a desert area… with about five inches of snow in our yard and we have the lowest amount in our valley.  Much of our valley has about a foot of snow and the hills around us even more.  All roads (in and out of the valley) are closed.

This is likely of little interest to any of you reading this – particularly those of you who live in areas that normally get lots of snow.  However, I keep thinking that Al Gore must have planned to visit us today because it seems that every time he schedules a global warming event in a city, that city experiences below normal temperatures.

Welcome, Al.  We’re looking forward to your visit.

Here’s the freeway that runs through our city (morning, before most snow):


Here’s a photo of our backyard (early afternoon):



Alternate (funny) Versions of the Bush Shoe Throw

During his surprise visit to the middle east, President Bush learned to duck and weave.  Here are some alternate versions to what you may have seen on the news:

The Austin Powers version:

The Three Stooges version:

The Shoe Throwing World Championships:

Everything including the Kitchen Sink:

Peanutbutter Jelly Time:


Unfortunate Headline

I’m not sure if the editor was trying to be funny or just chose an unfortunate string of words, but this made me laugh:


Southern California is Burning… Again

Living in Southern California is generally laid back.  When we think of preparation for emergencies, we usually prepare for an earthquake.  However, we have been inundated with fires over the past few years and yet we still seem to be surprised and unprepared for these disasters.

The bigger surprises and lack of preparation will become evident in a few weeks when the rain comes (according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this will be a wetter and colder winter than normal – and they are right 86% of the time).  We will then experience mud slides and earth shifts – it happens nearly every winter after any big fires.

The fires in So Cal began three days ago with one along the coast (Santa Barbara area – northwest of LA), one last night in the Newhall Pass (near Magic Mountain and very near to our home – north of LA), and another this morning in the Corona area (east of La) and has spread in two directions; northwest (Yorba Linda) and southwest (Anaheim Hills – near Disneyland).  It is heading for the homes of several of my friends – I recognized the Anaheim Hills neighborhood of one of my friends while watching the news on TV.  Here are some maps (click on it) that currently show the fire areas.  I’ve been watching KNBC 4 (click on it) all day.

The most interesting quotes I’ve heard today – one newscaster, when mentioning that 500 mobile homes had burned in a primarily senior citizen park, said “They don’t own the land, so they have lost everything they own.”  How sad it that?  Another quote that caught my attention was from our Lt. Governor.  When he was asked what these people can do, he replied “Well, they can’t be uninsured.”  That seemed like a typically helpful remark from an elected official.

The smoke is thick and the winds are strong (we call them Santa Ana winds – they blow along the Santa Ana river canyon from east to west, rather than our normal breeze from the ocean).

My son is at a middle school conference and just a few miles from Yorba Linda.  He didn’t take a cell phone, so we are hoping those in charge will use good judgement if the time comes to evacuate.  Thus far, more than 20,000 people have been evacuated from the fire areas.

If you think about those affected by these fires, please pray for their safety and for some kind of peace through these very anxious times.

Several news services are reporting on our current series of fires and have posted photos:

It is being reported by Reuters:

And in Chicago:

And Kansas:

I Am Under 18 – Button Clicked for the First Time in Internet History

The Onion – funny people, funny stuff.  Here is an article that is typical of their humor (and mine):

‘I Am Under 18’ Button Clicked For First Time In History Of Internet
October 15, 2008 | Issue 44•42

CHINO, CA-In an unprecedented and historic event Monday, the “I Am Under 18” button, an Internet security device which if selected restricts access to websites featuring adult content, was clicked for the first time ever. “I knew I could simply claim to be over 18 and continue onto my desired destination, but I also realized that I would have to live with that lie for the rest of my life,” said local resident Garrett Kinley, 17. “I admit, I was curious to see what type of material I would find on http://www.juggworld.com, but that button was clearly placed there for a reason, and let’s face it: 17 and three-quarters is not 18. I plan to return to the site three months from now, when I will be mature enough to handle its content.” Moments later, Kinley’s friend Dave Gerrard, 17, pushed Kinley aside and clicked the “I Am Over 18” button himself, at which point a tactical police unit broke down his bedroom door and arrested him.


The Stick and The Cardboard Box are in the Toy Hall of Fame

Two of my favorite childhood toys are now in the Toy Hall of Fame.  On Thursday (10/6/08), the stick officially joined the cardboard box as Hall of Fame material.

Sticks are such a universal toy.  One of the first things I would do as a kid on a camping trip was find the perfect stick.  Then I’d play with it throughout the weekend.  It transformed into all kinds of magical items from a sword to a machine gun or a walking stick; sometimes it might be a javelin or spear; other times it might become a super key that unlocked a treasure vault or a castle.

A stick is the perfect toy: Free!  And you can turn it into mulch when you are finished playing with it – reducing the amount of waste in a landfill.

I remember one Christmas when my grandfather was overwhelmed by all the toys my sister, cousins, and I were opening.  I heard him say (this is true) “When I was a child, we had sticks to play with – and we liked it.”  All these years later and it finally dawns on me – he was right!

I’m happy to see that the stick is finally getting its due as a Hall of Fame toy.

Here are some excerpts from an article (if you would like to read more):

Toy Hall of Fame points to new addition: the stick

(click on the title to see the entire article)

By BEN DOBBIN (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
November 07, 2008 12:16 AM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A magic wand, a fishing rod or a royal scepter?

The lowly stick, a universal plaything powered by a child’s imagination, landed in the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday along with the Baby Doll and the skateboard.

The three were chosen to join the Strong National Museum of Play’s lineup of 38 classics ranging from the bicycle, the kite and Mr. Potato Head to Crayola crayons, marbles and the Atari 2600 video game system.

Curators said the stick was a special addition in the spirit of a 2005 inductee, the cardboard box. They praised its all-purpose, no-cost, recreational qualities, noting its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed in myriad ways by a child’s creativity.

“It’s very open-ended, all-natural, the perfect price – there aren’t any rules or instructions for its use,” said Christopher Bensch, the museum’s curator of collections. “It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight’s sword, a boat on a stream or a slingshot with a rubber band. … No snowman is complete without a couple of stick arms, and every campfire needs a stick for toasting marshmallows.

“This toy is so fantastic that it’s not just for humans anymore. You can find otters, chimps and dogs – especially dogs – playing with it.”

Longevity is a key criterion for getting into the hall, which the museum acquired in 2002 from A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village in Salem, Ore. Each toy must not only be widely recognized and foster learning, creativity or discovery through play, but also endure in popularity over generations.