Conned by a 16 Month old

Roan turned 16 months old today.

Tonight, we were going through our normal bedtime routine. Read a gazillion books, say goodnight to all the objects in the room, lights out, in the crib to sleep. I have to sit by the crib and wait for him to drift off, lest he get upset.

So this time, he did his usual flopping around, trying to find a comfortable position. But then he stands up, looks over the edge of the crib in a Kilroy-like manner, and says “water.”

“Would you like some water?” says I, slowly walking towards the spider’s web.

“waterwaterwaterwaterwater,” he cunningly replies.

“Okay. No problem.” I lift him out of the crib and we walk to the kitchen. He repeats “waterwaterwater” over and over while I’m preparing it, getting more and more excited the closer I get to the point of handing it to him.

I give it to him, he screams “WATERWATERWATER!” I think, what a good father, providing for his needs like that. A lot of fathers might have taken the hardline, saying it’s bedtime, no fooling around. Not me, I’m Understanding and Open Minded.

Just then, without haven taken so much as a sip, Roan drops the water and sprints for the playroom, and proceeds to push buttons on all the electronic toys and dance around to the multitudes of technopop that passes for kid toy noises these days.

Meanwhile, I stand in the kitchen, staring at the sippy cup, and wondering when I got to be stupider than a 16 month old with a 10 word vocabulary.

stolen from pepperbug, who’s seen a lot of movies

Top 250 films as rated by IMDB
Asterisk those you’ve watched

Godfather, The (1972)
*Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Shichinin no samurai (1954)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
*Casablanca (1942)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
*Star Wars (1977)
*Citizen Kane (1941)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
*Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
*Rear Window (1954)
*Pulp Fiction (1994)
*Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
*Usual Suspects, The (1995)
*Memento (2000)
North by Northwest (1959)
Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Psycho (1960)
*Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)
*It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
*Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
Goodfellas (1990)
Cidade de Deus (2002)
*American Beauty (1999)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Vertigo (1958)
C’era una volta il West (1968)
*Matrix, The (1999)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
*To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Pianist, The (2002)
Third Man, The (1949)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Fight Club (1999)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
*Some Like It Hot (1959)
Double Indemnity (1944)
*Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Boot, Das (1981)
*Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Chinatown (1974)
*L.A. Confidential (1997)
M (1931)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
*All About Eve (1950)
Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
Se7en (1995)
*Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Rashômon (1950)
*Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Raging Bull (1980)
*Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
*Alien (1979)
American History X (1998)
Sting, The (1973)
Léon (1994)
*Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Vita è bella, La (1997)
*Finding Nemo (2003)
*Reservoir Dogs (1992)
*2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
*Modern Times (1936)
Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
Great Escape, The (1963)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
*Amadeus (1984)
Ran (1985)
On the Waterfront (1954)
*Annie Hall (1977)
Wo hu cang long (2000)
*Apartment, The (1960)
Jaws (1975)
Braveheart (1995)
High Noon (1952)
Metropolis (1927)
*Fargo (1996)
*Aliens (1986)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
*Shining, The (1980)
*Blade Runner (1982)
City Lights (1931)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Great Dictator, The (1940)
Duck Soup (1933)
Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)
General, The (1927)
Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1989)
*Princess Bride, The (1987)
Mononoke-hime (1997)
Rebecca (1940)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Notorious (1946)
Yojimbo (1961)
Dogville (2003)
Best Years of Our Lives, The (1946)
Big Sleep, The (1946)
Lola rennt (1998)
*Toy Story 2 (1999)
Ladri di biciclette (1948)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Patton (1970)
*Graduate, The (1967)
It Happened One Night (1934)
*Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Deer Hunter, The (1978)
*Forrest Gump (1994)
*Manhattan (1979)
Mystic River (2003)
Glory (1989)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
*Cool Hand Luke (1967)
*Philadelphia Story, The (1940)
Searchers, The (1956)
African Queen, The (1951)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Unforgiven (1992)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Green Mile, The (1999)
*Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Hable con ella (2002)
*Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Elephant Man, The (1980)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Grapes of Wrath, The (1940)
*Shrek (2001)
*Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Night of the Hunter, The (1955)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Smultronstället (1957)
*Wild Bunch, The (1969)
*Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
*Christmas Story, A (1983)
Straight Story, The (1999)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
*Back to the Future (1985)
Platoon (1986)
Amores perros (2000)
Hustler, The (1961)
*Young Frankenstein (1974)
*Lost in Translation (2003)
Gold Rush, The (1925)
Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)
His Girl Friday (1940)
*Die Hard (1988)
*Monsters, Inc. (2001)
*Life of Brian (1979)
Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925)
Grande illusion, La (1937)
Quatre cents coups, Les (1959)
Spartacus (1960)
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962)
Charade (1963)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Ying xiong (2002)
Festen (1998)
Gladiator (2000)
Conversation, The (1974)
*Sling Blade (1996)
Roman Holiday (1953)
*Almost Famous (2000)
*Toy Story (1995)
Magnolia (1999)
Night at the Opera, A (1935)
Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951)
Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994)
*Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
*Brazil (1985)
*All the President’s Men (1976)
*Ed Wood (1994)
Insider, The (1999)
Killing, The (1956)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Hotaru no haka (1988)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
*Being John Malkovich (1999)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Exorcist, The (1973)
*Harvey (1950)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
*Stand by Me (1986)
*Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Gandhi (1982)
21 Grams (2003)
*Terminator, The (1984)
Big Fish (2003)
*Lion in Winter, The (1968)
*Trainspotting (1996)
*Groundhog Day (1993)
Ikiru (1952)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
*This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Strada, La (1954)
Whale Rider (2002)
*Right Stuff, The (1983)
8½ (1963)
Network (1976)
*Rain Man (1988)
Laura (1944)
Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, La (1928)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Adaptation. (2002)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
39 Steps, The (1935)
Stagecoach (1939)
*King Kong (1933)
In America (2002)
Snatch. (2000)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
X2 (2003)
*Big Lebowski, The (1998)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Thin Man, The (1934)
*Untouchables, The (1987)
Others, The (2001)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
*Planet of the Apes (1968)
Red River (1948)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
*Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
*Traffic (2000)
*Minority Report (2002)
Die xue shuang xiong (1989)
Sleuth (1972)
Being There (1979)
Fantasia (1940)
*Good Will Hunting (1997)
Henry V (1989)
Persona (1966)
Enfants du paradis, Les (1945)
Heat (1995)
Todo sobre mi madre (1999)
Quiet Man, The (1952)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

I have a lot of movies to watch.

Technological Irony

It embarrasses me that it took this long to discover this correlation.

You know how one of the great advantages to having DSL is that you can talk on the phone without going offline?

It turns out that our cordless phone interferes with our wireless network, so I lose internet connection when I’m talking on the phone.


OCD moments

So I’m driving to pick up ‘s laptop, which just had a fan so clogged with dust that it wouldn’t spin.

I’m sitting at a red light behind a big SUV which has dried mud-dust on it. But on the rear hatch, amidst the caked mud, there is a clean spot in the perfect shape of a heart. It looks like there was a heart shaped bumper sticker or something on the car, it got dirty, and then someone pulled off the sticker.

And my question is… why?

Why did someone choose to remove this heart shaped sticker?
Why was it there in the first place, if they didn’t want it?
If they were trying to make the car look nicer, why didn’t they clean off the mud?
Or are they driving to a car wash to get the mud off?
Did the kids stick it on, against the parents’ wishes?
Did some anti-SUVer stick a “love mother earth” sticker on the SUV?
Perhaps the mud was there before the sticker, and the mud prevented the sticker from staying on, but pulled the mud off when it fell?

It bothered me all the way to CompUSA.

This morning as I was taking a shower I tried to sort out a jumble of scenes in my head and attribute them to either Scout’s Honor or On The Right Track, both Gary Coleman movies from the early 80s, both about a plucky orphaned black kid who turns some white people’s worlds on their ears.

Back to reality…

From the Fool Boards…

Posted by jammerh, and lifted without permission:

There’s an old adage,

“He who dies with the most toys wins”.

It doesn’t speak much for the ideal of human aspiration.

To make your life count for something you might want to consider leaving something to a worthwhile cause. Try to make this world a little better place for your having been here. Yes, I know most of us don’t intend to check out any time soon, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

I had an elderly friend who was quite frugal. Now I’m frugal myself – some might say to the point of excess, but occasionally, I tried to encourage this friend to spend a little money with well-worn expressions like,

“Go spend a little on yourself; you know you’re not going to live forever.”

To which he would respond, “Well, I’m goanna try.”

Despite my friend’s gallant effort and attitude he’s gone now after suffering a stroke recently, and I’m left wondering where did all those efforts in a lifetime of strict frugality really get him?

I guess I can say that if nothing else it gave him a challenge, and perhaps a sense of direction in life. Probably it gave him some sense of security in knowing the money was there if he needed it for something, and hopefully in this respect at least it was some comfort.

Of course each of us is going to draw the line in a slightly different gradiant on the scale of stinginess versus spendthrift, but regardless of where you come in on it life is too short to spend it begrudging yourself every possible pleasure in life.

I’ve posted many times in the past about the value of saving – not just for the potential comfort it might afford you in your future years, but also for the wonderful sense of security, and the ability to dream that a healthy pile of savings and investments can provide, however, yet I think there are times too, when what you get in return for the amount of money spent is worthwhile.

A few examples? For me, some of my most treasured investments were in things that endure the test of time such as, gifts for a loved one; a toy for a child; a bicycle to get me places quietly, with a little exercise, and very little pollution; care for a beloved pet – returned many times over in terms of companionship and loyalty; and endless hours of challenge and relaxation that a musical instrument can provide.

You’re the only one who can decide when, where, and which things you treasure most, but whatever they are don’t those are the rare instances when you should wince and loosen the purse strings. They’re rare in life, but you’ll know them when you see them. When you do, don’t let them pass you by.

I do Impressions

My impression of the news lately:

blah blah blah Ronald Reagan blah blah blah lying in state blah blah blah Morning in America blah blah blah blah Cold War blah blah blah Iran Contra blah blah blah Nancy Reagan blah blah blah deficits blah blah blah Great Communicator blah blah blah