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Punk-A$$ Kids Suck!

This weekend, Anina, came down for a visit. Beth and I wanted to give her an early birthday present and she decided to come down to see Beth's show as well as claim her gift. The weekend ended with Anina, Beth, and I making a trip to the police station on 2nd and Lincoln.

Lemme back up a bit. Beth and I don't really make any money off of the rental unit in our duplex. We've pretty much always lived in the lower and used the upper as a safe-haven for people who've needed it. So far this has included an artist getting evicted from her apartment, two friends getting away from emotionally abusive boyfriends (well, one of them lived upstairs, the other lived in our spare bedroom), a sister getting away from an unhappy marriage, and another sister who was doing the same but has somehow ended up worse off than before(worse being pregnant and jobless in Missouri). Basically we let people stay at our place for reduced rent until they can get their feet under themselves.

Perspective



A student from a class I taught last quarter sent the following series of images to me in an e-mail. Freddie is a really good kid, one of the ones I think will really take advantage of the degree that he's earning at ITT and better his life and that of his family.

Not all of my students are like that, unfortunately. There are those few that really don't get it. They don't want to work to get ahead. They blame everyone else for their mistakes. They take what little they have for granted and are bitter that they aren't given more.

It is these students who could benefit from the message in the e-mail Freddie forwarded along to me.

The Chronicles Of Narnia - AKA "I'm A Geek!"

Yesterday, some sad news was passed to me, via e-mail, by a friend. Westown Cinema is closing. Our dear friend, The Ultrascreen, a full one hundred feet of cinematic goodness will be no more. The litany of movies I've seen there is long and distinguished, ranging from The Matrix Trilogy, to The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, to Star Wars: Episodes I-III, and most recently The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.

Vexed At Rex

A buddy of mine who suffered through three Denver Bronco Super Bowl losses in the late Eighties once told me that when your team loses, you almost wish they hadn't even made it that far. He said that to make it that far and fall short is just like that nauseous feeling you get after a solid shot to the testicles.

I'm an angrier person than Jon, apparently. I get nailed in the nads and I feel like breaking someone, not nausea. Last night watching my Chicago Bears lose 29-17 to the Indianapolis Colts was an exercise in anger management. As the game progressed from that incredible emotional high of Devin Hester's 92 yard TD return of the opening kick-off and Chris Harris picking off a Peyton Manning pass on Indy's opening drive, to that sinking, anxiety-ridden feeling whenever Chicago's offense was on the field, my ire solidified and settled on a single point: Rex Grossman.

I'm Not A Believer

Kathy, as a side effect of recently posting I'm a believer to her blog, has pointed out to me that I never finished my blog entry on Neo-Atheism and only got as far as posting a link to the article, The Church of the Non-Believers, in Wired magazine.

In re-reading that one-sentence, unfinished blog entry, I realized that in its current state, I come across as sympathetic to the Neo-Atheists and their particular world views and philosophy. I titled the entry A Case For Atheism and then provided a link to an article about atheism; not really a leap to say, "hey, Pugs is an atheist and supports the Neo-Atheists talked about in this article. In and of itself I don't have a particularly difficult time with being associated with their philosophy 'cause, if we're honest about it, I am very much an atheist and pretty much agree with them. My problem, then, with the impression of support that my truncated entry provides, is that while I agree with their beliefs, this agreement does not necessarily extend to their attitudes and approach.

A Case For Atheism

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The most recent edition of Wired magazine contains an article titled, "The Church Of Non-Believers".

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The Separation Of Church And State

A few nights ago, Beth came home to find me engrossed in Logan's Run, a 1976 sci-fi film set in a dystopian future. Having missed the first half of the film, she fired up her laptop and looked it up on Wikipedia. As is the nature of Wikipedia, the article on Logan's Run led her to an article on dystopian fiction; which in turn led her to an article with a list of works of dystopian fiction; which in turn led to many articles about those works of dystopian fiction. As is the nature of Beth, she would occasionally read out loud to me snippets from the summaries of these works of dystopian fiction. As is the nature of me, I listened with half an ear to the snippets that she read.

Voting NO, With Logic, Reason, & Integrity

In a couple of weeks, on 7 November 2006, we as the constituency and residents of Wisconsin have an opportunity to stand for or against an issue that threatens the civil rights of heterosexual couples, the civil rights of homosexual couples, and threatens the integrity of The Constitution Of The United States Of America.

On the ballot for Wisconsin will be a proposed amendment to The Wisconsin State Constitution.

The language we will see on the ballot reads as follows:

"Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?"

26 October + Holiday Music = A Rant From Pugs

This morning, I made my usual stop at Einstein Bros. Bagels to grab my breakfast and coffee on the way to work. It's the one on 27th and Oklahoma down the street from my house and I'm a regular there. I generally don't even have to place my order; they just start making it when I walk in.

Last year it was a week before Thanksgiving before they started in on it and that's WAY too early, but this morning, 26 October, I walked in to be assailed by Christmas music.

Let me say that again: It's 26 October and I walked in to hear CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!

We haven't even hit Halloween yet! Thanksgiving's still a freakin' month away!

Picture Gallery's Up And Running!

Woo! Hoo! I've finally managed to get Drupal and Gallery2 talking to each other and integrated properly!

The first album added to the new picture gallery contains pictures of my little sister's wedding.

WARNING: My server is old and decrepit - IT RUNS SLOWLY - so be patient as pictures load

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