Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Oooh, Big Shock There...

So, I was bored and took one of those political tests (found it linked over at Not A Desperate Housewife's site). Turns out that I am a Capitalist. Gee, who would have guessed... :)

You are a

Social Conservative
(38% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(90% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Monday, September 26, 2005

What is Race, and Who's a Race Traitor?

The Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter, received a letter calling him a race traitor. This got me thinking about the ridiculousness of some of this "race" crap.

First off, just what race is Jeter? For those that don't follow baseball, Jeter's mom is white, while his dad is black. Derek himself looks like a white guy with a nice tan. In the letter, Jeter is called a "race traitor" for dating white women.

Is he only supposed to date women that are products of other mixed race couples? Clearly the letter writer feels that Jeter should be dating black women. Evidently, having a black father trumps all in terms of race, making Jeter black in the eyes of the letter's author, though logically he is at most half black, and that is assuming his father is of 100% black decent (I don't know if he is or not, and frankly, I don't care).

Obviously, the author of the letter feels that dating outsides one's own race makes one a "race traitor". At least that gives him some common with the Grand Dragon of the local KKK chapter. Namely, that they are both racist dipshits.

If the author of the letter really wants to deal with race traitors, he should send letters to black men who are not taking responsibility for their own children. These are the men who are really hurting their own race. This behavior has resulting in a large "absentee father" problem, which results in more violence and more poverty. While he is at it, maybe he ought to write some letters criticizing the women who are stupid enough to sleep with these sorts of men.

Or maybe he should write letters to all of the gang-bangers and drug dealers who are destroying their "own people", be they white, black, mexican, asian, whatever. There are people out there destroying their own race, whatever that race may be, but it is not those dating outside of the color boundaries that are doing it.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Lisa's Dendrobiums are Blooming

Lisa's Dendrobiums 09-18-05 #1
Originally uploaded by stuffle.
Our orchids are blooming again. More accurately. Lisa's dendrobiums are blooming. She inherited these from her Grandmother, and they have been quite a beautiful blessing.

We also have a phalaenopsis that Lisa got from her mom for Mother's day (I think, or maybe her birthday). For whatever reason, that one has not done as well, and has not bloomed once since we got it. I wish it would bloom again. It was blooming when we got it, and it was very beautiful. Oh well.

The white dendrobium that is in this picture has about 8 more buds that will bloom soon. When those bloom, I will try and get another picture but I wanted to get this picture while all three of the dendrobiums were blooming.

First Day of Class

Last week, I volunteered to teach the nursery Sunday school class. This means that I am teaching 3 year old children. It has been a long time since my daughter was 3 (she is 15 now). Also, this is the first time I have ever taught a class. Please pray for me and for my class. While you are at it, pray for all Sunday School teachers.

Today was the first day of class. Three year olds are shy, and it took a little while before they weren't afraid of me. However, as we did things, I could see that I was starting to gain their trust. For a couple of them, their parents were even able to leave (which actually helped quite a bit). Sometimes it is not really clear who has more separation anxiety, the parents or the students.

Today, after making name tags, we played with Play Dough while I explained how God shaped a formless void into the planets and stars and moons and everything else. I then showed the kids some of God's creations using Ashley's old Beanie Babies, and then read the creation story to them. After that I had them pick out and name some of God's creatures from a picture. Then it was snack time, and time for them to color a collage of God's creations. At the end of the period, we prayed and cleaned up before going down to the sanctuary for "Sing and Celebrate."

Next week we go through the story of Noah and the flood.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Remeber, the Media Isn't Biased...

Hmm. I wonder why I have never really seen anything about exactly which state national guard units are from until now. All of a sudden, articles like this one start highlighting when the troops are from Louisiana.

I really wonder what the actual motivation for that is. What are they trying to hint at? Hmmm....

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Fish Heads, Fish Heads

Roley, Poley Fish Heads...

Tonight we went to some Mexican joint here in Fond du Lac. Lisa and Ashley both had their usual (chicken chimichangas). I, on the other hand, like to pick things I have never had before (I love adventures in eating, though sometimes this backfires on me).

I found some dish I had never heard of before (can't recall what it was), but it was made with tilapia, which I like, so I thought "what the heck". It turned out that this dish included the whole tilapia (minus the guts) deep fried. This allowed me to indulge in a food oddity that has been of my favorites since I was a kid (that being crispy fried fish fins), and to freak out my daughter by mounting the fish head such that it stared at her during dinner (at which point my wife yelled at me for playing with my food).

Anyhow, the quality of this particular place was towards the lower end of the scale. But hey, at least I got to play with a fish head (and indulge in some crispy fins)...

2005 Corn Roast

Originally uploaded by stuffle.
We are up in Fond du Lac, WI for the 34th annual Corn Roast and Car Show. This is about the 10th year that we have been up here. It is basically the one car show that we make it to each year.

Mom and dad couldn't make it for today because they are at a wedding. However, they will be up here tomorrow (Sunday), which is really the big day for the show anyhow.

So far, the weather has been absolutely fabulous, and is supposed to remain sunny and beautiful.

Well, we are off to a Mexican joint for dinner, to talk to you later...