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  1. I Think Getting Back to work this week, was the best thing for my Marriage.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife.  But after taking the week of Christmas off, I’m ready for some normal sanity in my day-to-day life.  What’s up with all the stress that comes with Christmas for some people?  The minute one activity ends, we need to start cleaning and “gearing up” for the next influx of relatives who are coming over to spoil my kids.
    Can’t we all just relax and not worry about it?  Apparently…………No. So I’m back at work today, before my wife decides to stuff me in a Christmas Stocking. 
     
  2. Why is it that so many people are upset with Health Care Reform, but nobody knows what it includes?  I’m all for Universal Health Care, but………shouldn’t Obama clearly tell us what it entails?  I think our dear President needs to take a lesson from former President Reagan.  Remember all those corny graphs and charts he showed the American people during his public addresses from the White House?  They were corny, but at least I knew what the hell he was talking about.
     
  3. Have I ever mentioned that my 10 year old son plays Select Soccer?  I was a very proud father, when I learned that he made the “A” team as the starting Striker (that’s a “Forward”, for non-soccer geeks).  I think my level of enthusiasm has been greatly damaged, with the knowledge that I have now received the honor of paying $2,100.00 for my son to play on this team. 
     
    I Think the amount of money parents have to pay for our kids to play sports has gotten way out of hand.  Granted, his team starts practice in January with the season not ending until November. But $2,100 for a 10 year old to play soccer?I Think I am going to need a second job, if the cost goes up every year.
     
  4. Our little girl recently joined the Girl Scouts.  She is about as happy as a 7 year old can be, because she gets to spend time with all her girlfriends.   Not having a sister, I knew nothing about the Girl Scouts. She going to be in a parade later this spring, and has spent time planting little trees at the park.  In other words, lot’s of fun stuff for 1st graders to do.
     
    Much to my surprise, I recently learned that I get to be involved as well.  As it turns out, there is a Daddy and Daughter Dance in January.  Never heard of such a thing, until now.
     
    I Think I am going to take this opportunity to teach my little girl how she is supposed to be treated by  a young man.  Call it my first step in teaching her what to look for in a nice guy.  
     
    I plan on wearing a suit, taking her out for a nice (and fun) dinner, and fully participating in all the dancing that is required.
     
  5. I finally joined Facebook.  The result has been an absolute blast, due to all the old High School and College friends I’m finding.  The funny part is, I found my old Collage sweet heart. I tried for several years to convince her to marry me while in school — with no luck. 
    Although I am much better off (and happier) for marrying Peg, I always wondered why it never worked out with my old sweetie.  Why wouldn’t she want to marry such a wonderful guy as me? 
     
    Thanks to Facebook, I finally found out why.  Turns out……….. she’s gay.
     
    It’s embarrassing to admit, but I Think I am strangely relieved to find out she’s gay and has a long term partner.
     
  6. I stumbled upon a blog recently, that you have to check out.  It’s written by a very cleaver Nun in California.  I’m not Catholic by any stretch of the imagination, but I find her wit to be a lot of fun to read.  Check her out at:  http://asksistermarymartha.blogspot.com/
     
  7. Are you as tired of the Tiger Woods news as I am?  Or are you revealing in his poor judgment? 
     
    I Think that it doesn’t matter how much fame you have, how rich or how poor your are………there is no discriminating when it comes to a persons lack of good judgment and common sense.

 That’s all for this addition, of Seven Things I Think I Think. 

Have fun celebrating the New Year!

 -Al

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1.      I think that the things I learn about other people never stop to surprise me.  Case in point?  Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer served as a sniper in Israel during the 1940’s.  As a teenager, she was a member of the Israeli underground, and was considered an expert marksman and grenade thrower.
 

I wonder how she made the jump from this to sex therapist?  She must have had one heck of a career councilor.

 

2.      I think that having a family is a little like having a bowling alley in your head.  It doesn’t matter if the ball goes into the gutter, or hits all of the pins; each is associated with some degree of noise.


I never realized how loud a little girl could scream.  I didn’t have sister, so when Kelley was born I had a steep learning curve (which I’m still going through).  My 6 year old screams when she’s playing with her friends out of joy, she screams when she doesn’t get her way, and she screams just to scream at times (but she is growing out of that phase).
 

As I tell my friends, she has no OFF button. She’s always going 100 miles an hour, and usually the leader of the pack – for better or worse.  Her poor older brother doesn’t stand a chance when she is in room.  She always demands all the attention, and if allowed, will chatter on forever with relatives or family friends. 

           And I thought the boy would be the loud one…….

 

Despite the noise, I think having a daughter is an experience I wouldn’t have traded in for the world. It’s so much different that having a son.  I never thought that anyone could get me to play “tea” or dress up a doll until she came into the world.

 

So despite the noise and accompanying headaches, I think I bowled a strike. 


 

3.      The month of March marks the 10th anniversary of the tanker accident involving the Exxon Valdez, in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.  It is also the 20th anniversary of the partial core meltdown of a reactor at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant. 


I think I’m a little concerned about what horrific event will occur this March, to keep this trend going. Will it be a total meltdown of the financial markets, the bankruptcy of 1 or 2 of the American auto manufactures, or will the site Dad.Blogs go down again?


 

4.      This month also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Barbie Doll. To Celebrate, Delegate Jeff Eldridge wants to ban the sale of Barbie Dolls in the state of West Virginia.  Why? Because Barbie’s influence girls to place undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual or emotional development (his words – not mine). The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.  http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=8458
 

Now…….. I’m not a big fan of Barbie Dolls. I do get his point to a certain degree. However, I think this is another case of our state representatives not staying focused on what’s important right now.  Did the residents of West Virginia elect this guy to worry about Barbie Dolls, or the state’s financial issues?

 

 

5.      To spank, or not so Spank. In a Research Paper by Burton White (PhD in Child Behavior), he states that in “The First Three Years of Life, There is no evidence that children who have been spanked when they are young become either aggressive older children or abusive parents”.      An article, found at   http://www.crosswalk.com/parenting/11599466/ , outlines this research and conflicting data as well.

 

I was raised by a fairly heavy handed father.  Both my brother and I grew up unscathed and as relatively normal adults.  Therefore, I have first had knowledge of one end of the spectrum. 

 

As you would guess, my wife grew up on the other end.  Our approach has been heavily tilted toward “time-outs” and taking away privileges.  When all else fails, a spanking is the next and last line of discipline.  And, as much as some of you may not like it, it works with our kids.

 

I think I would be interested to know what side of the spanking fence our bloggers fall on.

 

 

6.      They say that marriages are made in heaven.  Well, so is Thunder and Lightning.
 

I think I am very fortunate to have found a woman who shares my values, and continues to work to make our marriage strong.  That said, we run into rough patches like everyone else.
 

I think that after 12 years of marriage, I almost get it.  You enter marriage not for what you can get, but for what you can give.  That’s the meaning of real love in a relationship. 

 

I am not her husband so I can fix her problems, but so I can support her. This allows us to raise our children as a team.   It took me a long time to get that.

 

 I think that Peggy is definitely the Lightning which sets off my Thunder.


 

7.      You may have noticed that I really enjoy reading the blogs of people who are different than me.  I may not always agree, but it is endlessly interesting to me.  I came across a post this week, which really slapped me upside the head – — as in, I had no idea that this was an issue. 
 

I think you should take a moment today, and go to:  http://www.makesmewannaholler.com/2009/03/my-piano-keys-her-mom-is-not-white.html

 

I got an education from reading this, and the blog “Makes Me Wanna Holler” got a new fan. 

 

 

 

In think that’s it, for this volume of Seven Things I Think I Think.

 

 

 

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1)  I think that I couldn’t help but smile a little bit, when I read that nearly 75% of ex-Bush officials are unemployed. That’s right. Of the nearly 3000 former members of the Bush administration, almost three-fourths haven’t found another job.

In Wall Street Journal Article, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123518630430139343.html , former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez stated that this “is not a great time for anyone to be job hunting”. 

Really?!?  And, who’s fault is that?

2)  I was recently asked if I ever lie to my children. Of course I said no, but then I started to think about it.

Does Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and the fact that my daughter thinks that she was given to us by a Stork,  count?

I then started to do mental gymnastics – like only a wacko such as myself would do.  What’s the difference between a “white lie” and a “real lie”?  When do I need to tell my son that Santa Clause was invented by the Coke a Cola Company (true!). Do I ever use White Lies to get out of a conversation or to avoid a temper tantrum from my kids?  Why do we use the term “white lie”?  Why isn’t it called a “yellow” or  “red” lie?

I think that this was the point that I decided to start drinking Scotch again.  I haven’t figured out where the line is crossed between a White Lie and a Real lie, but I’m sleeping better at night since I changed my evening beverage.

 3)  I think I under estimated the cost of parking my new Tent Camper at a storage facility. Our neighborhood is a little uptight about things like campers parked out in front of the house. So I started looking for a place to park it.

The quotes, for indoor garage parking, start at $199 a month and top off at $305 a month.  Who in there right mind would pay $305 a month to park their camper indoors?

 As much as I don’t like it, I will be parking the new camper in an outside parking facility —for the monthly cost of $80.00 a month.  I think I should have put that in the budget, when we decided to make this camper purchase.
 

4)  Every five or six months, I think we get another one of these stories. This time it is a Teacher in West Virginia having an affair with a 15 year old. Keep in mind, often these stories are about female teachers and young boys. Why we have seen so many of these stories in the last few years, I have no idea.

On this occasion, the boy was missing for seven days and was finally found in a hotel room with his girl…….I mean Teacher. http://snafu-ed.blogspot.com/2009/02/teacher-15-year-old-student-found-in-w.html

But seriously, what is the deal with these  transgressions?  Are there no morals anymore? Forget that she’s a teacher for a moment, doesn’t’ the fact that the boy is a minor tell you that this is so very wrong?  
 
I guess I just can’t wrap my head around these stories.  What are these grown adults thinking, and what’s the attraction? 
I think that my little girl isn’t the only child I have to keep an eye on, regarding predators and mentally confused adults. 
 

5)    I think that I have discovered the one thing in life, that is almost as bad as having two sick kids. What is it?  Having a sick wife.

I got the call at about 2:30 this afternoon.  In a very raspy, weak voice, was my wife on the other end of the  line. She finally caught the bug all the kids at school had been passing around. My kids got it a few weeks ago, and now, apparently, it was her turn. 

So out of the office door and into my car I went.  I got to the elementary school by 3:30, just in time to pick up Bud and Kelley.  From there, I think you all know the drill.  Take care of the wife, fit in a Teleconference call in between helping the kids with homework, laundry, dinner, showers and finally…..put the kids to bed. 

This doesn’t happen very often.  But when it does, it just reaffirms that I don’t want Peggy’s job.  I appreciate her so much when I have to step into her shoes for a day or two.   Dealing with the Short People (i.e. my kids) can be a real drain, no matter how much I love them.

6)  I think that seriously, I have had enough of the OctuMom . From all the TV shows (Dr. Phil, 20/20, Oprah, Larry King Live, etc) talking about her, to the absolutely insane guy who announced to the press this week that he might be the father of all 14 kids. Even the Grandfather has shown up on TV this week (Oprah show).  Octu-Grandfather

To top it off, OctuMom is behind $23,000 in back payments for her mortgage.  The house will go on the auction block in a little over a month if she doesn’t make the payments.

And you know – this story isn’t ever going to die.  Child Services in California is going to be watching this very closely.  Lord help us, if she can’t handle all the kids on her own and Child Services step in.  It will be another 2 month of relentless bashing of OctuMom on the air waves.

Is there any chance that all of us in the Blog World can start boycotting shows that won’t drop this story?
 

7)  I think I’m heading down the path of having a very interesting discussion with my 9 year old son. Our dog, Buck, will be going to the Vet on Monday. Can you say “snip, snip”?
 

My son keeps asking why our dog has to have a minor operation.  He is getting very concerned about the furry member of our family.   The answer that we give him, that we don’t want Buck to become a Daddy, isn’t going to satisfy him.  You can see the wheels turning in his head, every time the subject comes up.

At what age is it time for the birds and the bees talk?  I think it would be very interesting to get comments / opinions on the right time for the big talk  with our children.  Is now the time, or do I wait until he is older?

 

 

That’s the Seven Things I Think I Think, for this week.

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1) I think the cost of professional tutoring for young children is out of line.  My 3rd grade son is in the bottom forth of his class in grammar and vocabulary.  I made the decision to have him tested at Sylvan and the C2 Learning Center.  The test results from both learning centers, which use different testing methods, basically told us the same thing —he needs a little help to get caught up.  For two visits a week (2 hours each visit), for a period of 5 months, I received quotes of over $3,500  from both learning centers! 

I don’t know about you, but that’s an awful lot of money for my wife and I.   I think, for my son’s sake, we are just going to have to find a way to pay for it.   

2) I think congratulations needs to go out to the “New Dad”.  After months of blogging about his wife’s pregnancy, little Reagan Ann came into the world on February 13th.  Who says only bad things happen on Friday the 13th?  I think I’m really looking forward to reading how he and his wife deal with diapers, sleepless nights and all the fun a newborn brings to your life.  http://new-dad-blog.com/

3) The old rhyme “Monkey see, monkey do” appears to be true as U.S. researchers say teens are 40 percent more likely to drink soda if their parents do.  According to the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Teens are 16 percent more likely to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day if their parents do. 

So…..let me see if I get this right.  This means, that as parents, we are roll models.  How we behave, and what we do (including what we eat) has a direct impact on the behavior of our children – right?  I think our government didn’t need to give the University of California a grant to tell us this.  See the article at http://www.wilm.com/cc-common/news/sections/lifestylearticle.html?feed=104679&article=5019101

4) I think that Symantec Corporation is on to something.  They recently announced beta software for “Norton Online Family”.  It’s a different approach to connecting to our kids on-line lives, and protecting them from unwanted material and individuals.  It’s unique, in that it is supposed to guide dialog between the parents and kids about content they attempted to access but were denied. 

I think that this software is worth checking out.  If you’ve seen the beta, let me know what you think.   https://onlinefamily.norton.com

5)  I think I don’t know WHO to believe anymore, about the link between Autism and the vaccines for Measles / Mumps / Rubella.  Eleven years ago, a study was released that tied these injections to Autism.  In the last week, the London Times has issued investigative articles stating that the testing performed 11 years ago contained “altered data”.  As a result, the test results are unfounded and untrue. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/parenting/2009/02/the_original_vaccineautism_stu.html?hpid=topnews

In addition, a special court in Washington ruled on 2/11/09 that evidence presented in three cases by parents of children with autism did not prove a link between autism and certain early childhood vaccines (see story at http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/11/autism.vaccines/index.html?iref=newssearch). The court ruling went on to state that there is no link between Autism and these medications.

Now we are being told in editorials at CNN and the USA Today, that their is NO excuse for the kids not to get vaccinated.  So, what are we to believe? Do the have it right this time, or is there still some uncertainty about this? And, are we willing to risk our kids health on these vaccinations? 

As a family, we haven’t had our kids vaccinated due to the Autism scare. I think I’d like to know if you have, and if you feel its reasonable to do so.

6) I think I’m still learning how to handle those evenings, when I come home from work and my wife is having a small melt down regarding the kids.  Today my son came home with a note from the school, which said that he forgot to turn in some homework (again).  We have spoken to our 9 year old about turning in his home work on time, I’ve grounded him in the past, and taken away certain privileges.  So far, we haven’t gotten through to him about the importance of doings his homework on time and in the best way he can. 

To top it off, our kindergartner who never has issues at school, got into trouble for the first time.  She lied to the teacher, refused to apologize and lost her recesses for the next day (which is a huge deal for a 6 year old). The best part is, my wife was in the class room when this occurred (she volunteers a few days a week at the school). 

And if this wasn’t enough, my wife and son had a little spat about his Wii privileges.  Needless to say, my wife was having a full Conniption Fit by the time I came home.

I don’t know about other Dad’s, but I find it hard to stay calm when confronted with all these issues the minute I come in the door.  I’ve gotten much better during the last year – but there is still that little voice inside of me that wants to send everyone to their rooms for the next 5 days as a punishment – just so I can have some low-stress time at home.

Like I said before, I don’t know how stay-at-home Mom’s and Dad’s do it.  I ‘m sure I would be frustrated and upset, just like my wife, if I was having a bad day with the Short People in the house.

7) I think I am really enjoying the community of people I am meeting on-line through blogging.  There is a whole set of people with similar, and many with Dis-similar backgrounds and value systems out there.  In the last week, I’ve read blogs from a Mormon Dad, a new Dad, a single dad, a gay dad and several dad’s like myself (i.e. boring dads – straight, married, and somewhat religiously based). 

Through Dad.Blogs, I found another “new dad type” blog that I really like.   “Life of a new Dad” is about a father and his new born son – Branden.  He also writes about things that hit close to home for me, but for some reason I never thought about writing on;  such as the furry members of the house & how they have to adjust to the new baby, and his love for baseball (he’s a Cardinal’s fan, which isn’t so bad when you consider that I’m stuck with the Seattle Mariners).

I think what I like most about his blog, is that he is exactly the same age as I was when we had our first child.  I can really relate to where he is right now.  Check him out at:  http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com/

 

I think I’ve run out of time today—so that’s it for volume 5 of Seven Thinks I Think I Think.

 

 

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1) I think this weeks news has been rather —-strange.  First we have Michael Phelps and his Bong Binge (does this guy really think that having his picture taken while sucking on a bong, isn’t going to show up on the web and totally embarrass him?), followed by A-Rod admiting to steriod use, and finally the continuing drama with the Octuplets Mom.  Did you read where she plans on supporting her 14 children with her student loans?  She has no job, no husband, no apparent prospects and is on Food Stamps.

This just goes to show you, that it doesn’t matter how much fame you have, how rich or how poor your are……………there is no discriminating when it comes to a persons lack of Common Sense.  

2) I think that there is nothing that wipes out my wife more than sick kids.  Yesterday both of my kids were home from school.  Kelley, my 6 year old girl, has Pink Eye.  The doctor seems to believe that her lack of eye lashes is a contributing factor (see the post:  My Girl is Turning Into an Albino).  Bud missed school due to the head cold running ramped in his 3rd grade class.  My poor wife was playing nurse maid to both of them – which tends to test her nerves and patience.  It’s lots of fun coming home to sick kids and a worn our wife – as many of you know.
I have to give her, and the stay at home Dad’s, lots of credit. I don’t think I would want to deal with that all day.

3) I think I am having a tough time justifying the current trend of laws, aimed at people who smoke in their car when children are present.  Virginia is the latest state to put a new law into effect, which would fine adults $100.00 if they smoke in their car when kids are with them. 

I appreciate the intent of the state governments to protect our children from unhealthy circumstances.  However, I am struggling with our government trying to legislate how we raise our children.    

Again, this seems to fall under common sense.  Don’t smoke when your children are at risk of inhaling your second hand smoke (easy for a non-smoker to say, I know).  Do we really need a law to mandate this? How many more laws will be put into place which dictate the environment and methods we use to raise our children?  I think that as much as I appreciate the intent, these laws are sending us down the wrong path by restricting individual freedoms.

I would appreciate seeing your comments / opinion on this subject.

4) I think that there are few things in life I enjoy more, than having a friend or co-worker become a new Dad.   Sure, I’m happy that they have become a new parent.  But my sick sense of humor gets a huge kick out of the tired look on their faces, and stories of late night feedings & messy diaper changes (been there, done that).  Do I need professional help, because I get so much joy out of their pain and suffering?

5) Are you open minded, and ready to try out another Dad type Blog?  Go visit Phat Freddy http://www.phatphreddy.blogspot.com/ for a different point of view on fatherhood.  How this guy is able to post as much as he does is beyond me.  Freddy is an openly gay Father of a four year old son. His posts cover a long list of subjects, including his immediate family. If nothing else, you will have to admit that  he never holds back on his opinions.  If homosexuality makes you uneasy, I challenge you to give this long time blogger a read anyhow.  I always get a laugh or a bit of an education from reading his stuff.  I think its worth your time to check out Phat Freddy. After all, there is nothing worse than a closed mind.

6) I think Valentines day has a whole different meaning when you have kids.  My kids are anxiously awaiting each of their class parties this Friday.  They have been busy getting their two-faced valentines cards ready for their classmates, and looking forward to getting cards and candy hearts from their friends. 

My wife is busy baking Valentine cookies for the kids, and arranging for a small present for each of them.  Dinner on February 14th will be a family event, as opposed to a hot date with my wife. 

It’s definitely become more of a kid centric holiday in my home.  And that’s just fine by me.

7)  I think that this will be my last comment about (the lack of) common sense.  A man in South Florida faces charges after he called 911 to complain that a fast-food restaurant ran out of his favorite drink.   Boynton Beach police said 66-year-old Jean Fortune was at a Burger King Friday, when a cashier told him they didn’t have any lemonade.

Fortune said the cashier also told him he would have to wait 15 minutes for his food, because the food wasn’t ready. That’s when he called 911.

Operator: “You cannot dial 911 because you’re unhappy with your burger OK? Have you given them any money?”

Fortune: “No.”

Operator: “No? Have they given you any food?”

Fortune: “No.”

Operator: “No? Ok then you can drive away sir.”

Fortune is being charged for abusing 911 communications.  I hope the fine is huge.  I think that you can’t put a price tag on people doing stupid things.

 

Finally, I think it would be good common sense to conclude this weekly posting of  “Seven Things I Think I Think”.

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  1. Were you aware that Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin where born on the same day?  February 12th marks the 200th birthday for these men.   I think this is a very intriguing coincidence.  Although they both had a huge impact on our world, they couldn’t be more different as individuals.  Lincoln was the second of three children, and born into poverty.  Darwin was the fifth of six children, and was born to a very wealthy family .  To learn more about these two mean, I suggest you read an article on the Smithsonian Magazine website.  Link:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Darwin-Lincoln-Twin-Peaks.html
  2. I think my wife is starting to go overboard with “couple” classes.  This Friday evening, we are attending a seminar called  “Fireproof your Marriage”.  It comes complete with a 90 minute movie.  In March, we are going to an all day seminar taught by Les and Leslie Parrot (Marriage Experts / authors) at my old University. 
    I should be very thankful that my wife wishes to continually improve our marriage.  But,  am I the only guy that finds these seminars very painful to sit through?
  3. I think the Octuplets Mother (Nadya Suleman) is walking the fine line between being a parent and exploiting her children.  She has hired a public relations company (Killeen Furtney Group) to manage her potential book deals and other business offers.  Just like many others, I have concerns about a single mother raising 14 children, all under the age of 7.  I think there is some valid concerns about this mothers motivation and judgment.
  4. I think you need to check out dad-blogs.com, if you haven’t already (see link to the right, under my “Daily Stops”).  It’s been up and running for almost 4 weeks now, and is a forum for Dad Bloggers to connect and network with other fathers.  Membership is growing quickly.  Check it out!
  5. I think that it is fantastic, that the Children’s Health Care Bill finally got through Congress. The $32.8 Billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program was signed into law by President Obama this week. This bill provides health care for millions of uninsured children in America. It took two years and a Democratic controlled Congress to finally get this completed.
  6. I think that some remote level of sanity is returning to my household, after my wife agreed to start making peanut butter sandwiches for Kelly’s school lunch again.  As I mentioned previously, Kelly will only eat peanut butter sandwiches.  The ban on peanut products, led my wife to throw out anything containing peanut butter in our house.  It’s been a tough 2 weeks of whining and uneaten lunches by my 6 year old.
  7. I think my ego is taking a terrible beating, by the number of times my nine year old son is beating me on his Wii games (Sports Golf and FIFA Soccer).  I’m not what you would call a heavy gamer. But still…….I no longer find it “cute”, to watch my son dance around the family room after every win.  It’s time to get a little more serious about my gaming skills, in order to keep some small level of my dignity intact.

 

I think that is it, for this weeks Seven Things I Think I Think.

 

 

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These are my random thoughts for this week:

1) Did you see the news report, that Ty Inc has released 12 inch plush dolls modeled after Sasha and Malia Obama? Are you kidding me? I think the toy manufacturer is crossing the line, and is taking advantage of these children.  It doesn’t matter who their parents are, this is ethically wrong.  Needless to say, the First Lady is not pleased.

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2) I think that President Obama has made an interesting point.  In his inaugural speech, he stated that Parenting is a Public Service.  If I correctly understand him, he’s saying good parenting is essential for the health of our country.  This is a concept that intrigues me. Why? I never thought of parenting as a public service, rather a very personal one.  Is his statement similar, or in support of, Hilary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village” book / concept?  Or is there another point he is trying to make?
I think he needs to clarify this further in the near future.

3) I think that the Monster Truck Deaths which have occurred in the last month are inexcusable.  Did you read where a 6 year old boy died in Tacoma Washington, from debris that came off one of the trucks? Last weekend, a promoter was run over by one of the trucks in Wisconsin during an event.  What is the point of having these events in the first place?  Is it because I don’t live in a trailer park, that I don’t get it?
I think Monster Truck events need to be banned, or heavily regulated by the government.

4) I think that parents can now give themselves permission to say “no” to there children, and stop spoiling them (me included). In the back of all our minds, we all know that overindulging children can cause behavioral issue in the future.  But, it is sooooooooo hard to tell your pleading 6 year old girl that she can’t have the Sasha Obama doll she just walked by in the store.  I believe that its time to stop sheltering our children, and let them know that money’s tight right now.  It’s the right thing to do, for your finances and your children.

5) I think you need to check out the “New-Dad-Blog” (see link under Blogs I Visit), if you haven’t already.  Even if you aren’t a “new” Dad, this Blog will take you back to what it was like.  He and his wife are slowly coming up on the Big Day.  Check it out, its worth a read.  

6) This week, Caterpiller, Pfizer, Sprint, Home Depot and GM announced layoffs.  I think our Congress needs to stop bickering, put in some overtime, and get a stimulus bill to the President asap.  The longer they waffle, the worse its going to get.

7) I think this guy needs to be locked away for a long, long time:  Jeramey Sheeler of Vaughn Montana faces charges of leaving his 4 year old daughter in his car for hours in 14 degree weather.  The worst part is, that he was inside a house, with a 13 year old girl until 2am (alone) while his 4 year old was outside in the car. He was  charged with feloney criminal indangerment AND a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernal (yes, to top it off he is into drugs). Link –

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20081223/NEWS01/812230310

 

I think that’s it for this addition of “Seven Things I Think I Think”

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