Free Campaign Commercials

I can’t wait for the mid-term election to be over. It seems like the only commercials airing now are political ones. Since I have seen so many lately, I have a question. A lot of the adds say the opponent is against a woman’s free choice, even in cases of rape and incest. If that is the argument they want to make, fine, but wouldn’t it be better to prevent the rape in the first place? I haven’t heard anyone even mention that. Maybe they should be more worried about preventing the crime than dealing with the consequences.

2 Workers for the price of 1

I have 1 comment and several questions. If a company feels the need to tell their employees that the employees are their number 1 asset and priority, they probably aren’t. If that statement were true, there would be no need to tell the employees: they would already know.

If someone leaves the company and instead of replacing that employee, the company gives all that work to someone else, or several others, what is going through the mind of the company? Do they think the person that left didn’t do anything all day? Do they think the person/people that got that extra work are goofing off half the day? Do they think about this at all, or are they just glad that their bonus will get larger because they are doing the same work with less people?

I wonder if companies that do this tell their employees that they are their number 1 asset?

Memorial Day Poppies

Did you ever wonder why veterans hand out poppies to raise funds during the Memorial Day holiday?  I guess I never thought about it, but now I know.  During WWI, the Germans shelled the trenches in Flanders, Belgium with chlorine gas.  A Canadian army doctor named John McCrae survived the shelling.  He treated he wounded and buried the dead.  He later noticed poppies growing among the graves, which inspired him to write “In Flanders Fields”, which is reproduced below.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead.

Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.


Out of horror, beauty blooms.


Dads are usually thought of as these mythical beings that can fix or do anything.  It seems that there is nothing beyond their ability.  Then, one day, you become a Dad yourself.  That is when you discover the big secret about Dads. There is no book, no manual, no instruction sheet that covers all the situations you are going to have to deal with.  There is only past experiences and common sense.  Things that you swore when you were growing up you would never do to your children…things you swore you would always do.  Then you work all day, come home tired, and are faced with children that don’t understand how tired you are.  They want you to play, or read a book, or do something; anything with them.  Or they misbehave, and you have to decide whether a punishment is deserved, or required.  There is no right answer; only the best answer you can come up with at the time.  And then you pray you are making the right decision, or at least the decision that will do the most good, or the least harm.  And then you realize your Dad went through the same struggles, the same need to come up with answers in a test that has no solutions.  The same need to deal with demanding children when he was tired, or sore.  It is a realization that brings new respect and admiration for all the times he played with you, or read to you, when what he really wanted was to just sit down and relax.

As I said, there are no right answers.  Only answers that you know you will have to live with the rest of your life.

Have your cake and eat it too?

Why do people say this?  Have your cake and eat it too.  They say it to mean something that is not possible.  Don’t you have to have cake before you can eat it?  It seems to me that if you wan to eat cake, first you have to have it.  Maybe we should say “Save your cake and eat it too”.  That would make more sense.  Maybe it’s the consumption part that is confusing the issue.  Let’s try it with money.  Save your money and spend it too.  See, now that is not possible.  Have your money and spend it too.  How can you spend money if you don’t have it first?  Oh, wait…that’s not a good argument because that seems to be the only money congress knows how to spend!


Thanksgiving is a change of pace holiday.  There are no gifts under the tree, no fireworks, no eggs to find.  There is food, and more food, and then some more food.  And there is family.  Brothers and sisters and parents we don’t see often enough.  There is yelling, and teasing, and laughing.  And there is love.  All the things a holiday should be, with none of the distractions.  Some people say you can’t go home again.  For me, it happens every Thanksgiving.


There are some words I like because they are just cool sounding words.  There are some I like because of what they mean, their definition.  One word I like for both reasons is homunculus.  It just sounds cool.  It means a tiny fully formed human.  Some people used to think that a homunculus was involved in conception.  Instead of sperm, a homunculus was injected into the female and just got bigger during pregnancy.  I am assuming they thought they were VERY tiny, or considerable screaming would have ensued.  But my question is this: what is the phrase to express my enjoyment of the definition of a word?  I enjoy it definitionaly?  Nope, not a word.  You would think it would be definitively, but that word is already taken.  Someone should have asked around before just grabbing a good word like definitively and then using it wrong.  I would petition to have it changed, but I think the costs involved in changing all the dictionaries would  be prohibitive.

Speaking about badly defined words, what about figuratively?  I enjoy that woman figuratively?  See what I mean?  Someone has been taking all these good words and screwing them up!

What would happen if?

If everyone in the northern hemisphere jumped up at exactly the same time, should they count to three, then jump when they say jump, or count to three, say jump, THEN jump?  Someone should really figure this out or it could screw up the whole thing.