Thursday, March 31, 2005

All parents should know this!

This story was on our local tv station last night (WHAM TV). It deals with one of our local high schools that is in danger of loosing federal funding money. Why you migh ask? It turns out the the "No Child Left Behind Act" requires, yes REQUIRES, that high schools provide contact information for ALL students to the Department of Defense for recruiting purposes.

You have absolutely no idea how outraged I was. The school was trying to protect their students privacy and subitting contact information only for those students interested in joining the armed forces. My oldest son is only in 3rd grade but I don't want the DOD to have his contact information for any reason, especially to try to recruit him.

Mind you, I'm ex-Navy, so I've served in the armed forces. I have nothing against the armed forces or recruiters. However, even though I spent time in the military, I don't want my sons to join. If they really want to, I won't stop them, but I will encourage them to look at other options. I certainly don't want a recruiter calling my sons unsolicted, which they are doing. One thing I do know about recruiters, they will say anything and promise you whatever you want to hear to get you to sign up to meet their quota. Any recruiter that tells you different is lying.

I'm going to be writing my senators and congressman about this issue, that's how strongly I feel. At a minimum, parents should have the option of removing their children's name from the list provided to the DOD. That whole Law was a bad idea and the more I learn about it the worse it is. I encourage every parent out there to contact thier congressional representatives and complain about this law. Because if we don't, it won't ever go away. It's an unwarrented invasion of our children's privacy and worse than any telemarketer. At least a telemarketer won't encourage you to get a job that might get you killed.


Say a prayer

I said a quick prayer for Terry Shiavo today. I saw that she had died. Hopefully she and her family are at peace now since its finally over. Politics aside, this was a sad sad case.


Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Pet Peeve

Let me begin by saying that again, I've been getting so busy at work I can't get my personal stuff done. I hate that! I barely have time to read a blog let alone write. As it is now I'm pushing aside work I should be doing during my lunch and goofing off instead. Yeah, right, goofing off on my time.

Anway, my real pet peeve has to do with telemarketers. Not just them in genereal. Usually if a telemarketer calls and asks for me or my wife I tell them we're not available. Most don't believe me, I think, but are polite enough to go away. I understand they're doing their job so I at least try to politely reject them.

Last night, a telemarketer called me and started speaking to me directly in Spanish. Now, mind you, I do have a Spanish sounding last name. However, I find it rude and presumptuous to assume that I'm Latino and speak Spanish simply because my last name could be Spanish. I'm actually full-blooded Italian. My parents are off the boat from the same small town near Naples, and I was conceived in Italy. They don't get more Italian without being born there (which I nearly was). Maybe I'm being a little sensitive but I find it offensive and an insult to my heritage for someone I don't know from Adam start speaking a foriegn language at me. It's right up there with bank tellers calling my by my first name instead of addressing me as Mr. Franco. It assumes a closeness that doesn't exist and isn't professional. And I'm all about professionalism, baby!

Top it off last night, I was tired from work and in a crabby mood (I'm sure my wife will confirm). So I did something I don't normally do, I hung up on the person while they were talking. They're lucky I was too annoyed already to cuss them out and then hang up.

Anyway, I better get back to work. I've wasted half my lunch our on myself instead of being a good little corporate guy and devoting my entire day to business.


Monday, March 28, 2005

Hard being a Catholic Sometimes

I've seen this story before, but it still annoys me. Here's the link. The story is about a 9 year old girl with a rare disorder that prevents her from eating anything made out of wheat, even a small amount. She wants to recieve Communion, but cannot since the Host is made out of wheat flour. She had her first communion using a wafer made from rice, which she can eat. When Church officials found out, they invalidated her first communion. It turns out there's a Church rule that the bread must be made from wheat. Any other type of communion wafer is not considered to be able to be transformed into the body of Christ.

I'm afraid I have to agree with the parents on this one. You're telling me that a person cannot celebrate in a Sacrement because of an arbitrary rule the Church made up who knows how long ago. While, technically, she could simply drink the wine (taking of either the wafer or wine at Communion is considered fully partaking in the Body and Blood of Christ), that isn't the point. Christ said to break bread and share wine in memory of him. He didn't say break bread made out of wheat otherwise you cannont commune with Me. Sometimes we Catholics give ourselves a bad name over stupid stuff like this. We could potentially loose another family from the faith over a rule that probably has more to do with tradition than sound theology. The Church in America is loosing enough of the youth by not being able to meet their spiritual needs. Now we're going to tell them they have a choice of either not recieving one of the most important Sacrements in the Church or risk your heath doing so. Somehow I don't think Jesus cares what we use to celebrate the Mass for bread, simply that we do it and mean it.

Some days I just want to shake my head and say what the fuck is wrong with us.


He is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

Happy Easter everyone! The above is thanks to our Pastor's homily yesterday. He mentioned a Greek tradition on Easter where someone shouts to his neighbor across the way He is Risen! The neighbor then shouts back He is Risen indeed! Our pastor then had one section in the church stand and shout the He is risen, another section stand and shout He is risen indeed, and a third section stand and shout Alleluia. It was great!

Hope everyone out there had a happy Easter. We spent Good Friday at my mom's doing the traditional Italian seafood thing. More shrimp than you could shake a stick at. I think we emptied the Atlantic ocean on our dinner table. Linguine with red clam sauce (mussels actually). At, a small slice of heaven. We spent Easter at my aunt's and feasted on lamb. Very enjoyable. The weather was perfect this weekend. We all got out on Saturday to get some exercise. Spring is finally breaking here in New York. The boys rode their bikes/scooters. I got on my rollerblades for the first time this season. I definitely missed them over the winter. I got hooked on blading about 2 years ago. Some days I could blade until by legs give out.

Today at work is meeting day. I had about 2 hours this morning and about 45 minutes for lunch otherwise it's been all meetings today. Maybe later this week I'll actually get some work done. I also need to put some music time in this week. I've got 4 weeks to go before my new music group actually has to play at a Mass and we need more rehearsal time and had to scrap some songs. Now we need to come up with new ones. Also, I've got studio time booked this Saturday and need to work on some guitar leads for my songs. It's going to be a musical weekend so I'll probably be in the doghouse a little with the wife. Still, she's been very understanding.

My wife and I got some nice autism related merchandise last week. We got some wrist bands similar to the Live Strong ones everyone's wearing that say Think Autism, Think Cure. I wear mine as a reminder to be patient with my younger guy. We also got nice Autism ribbon lapel pins and my wife got one of those magnetic ribbons for her car. I'll post the link to the site later this week.


Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The good old days


My and my crew, Halloween 2002.

I was looking at some pictures from a while back and reminiscing about my former co-workers. The above picture was taken at my last job and is myself (on the left), my two co-supervisors (the two babes), my boss (middle), and one of our team leads (who is now dating the babe on the left, which is another story). Anyway, this picture represents one of the last times working there was fun. The supervisory team got along really great and we worked together well. This feeling of unity and comraderie lasted until Christmas that year. By the week after New Years 2003, it was all over. There's a story to go with it, but I'll leave that for another time. By July 2003, I had left that job for my current one. I left on good terms with the company, but I saw the handwriting on the wall and made a move while I could.

I was reminiscing about how friends loose touch. I was rather close with one of the two ladies in the picture while I worked there. We talked all the time, had lunch often, that sort of thing. She was kind of like my big sister. We told each other our problems, vented to each other, you name it. It's been almost 2 years since I left there and we barely see each other any more. We've had lunch a few times since I left. Recently I've tried to get together but the last couple of lunch dates were cancelled. She was too busy. Now I know this happens, but isn't it sad when friends just sort of drift away from each other? We didn't have any kind of falling out or anything. Our lives went in different directions and we simply lost touch. I had the same experience with my best friend from high school. We were inseperable until I got out of college and entered the Navy. He moved to Alabama and we just don't contact each other any more. I saw him once when he was in town over a year ago. We vowed to stay in touch but my emails went unanswered. Again, no big thing but quite sad.

To end this post on a brighter note, there's a little story to go with the above picture. The other babe (The Blonde One, as I still refer to her) supervised a particulary difficult account. High volume call center type of thing with lots of stress. She was always saying the account was hell. So for Halloween, they decorated their area as Hell. It was awesome! They had flames and smoke, and everyone wore horns and tails. The Blonde One had the high heels going and was swinging her tail around. It was great. The only disappointment was she didn't wear the fishnet stockings with the outfit. That would have made it totally hot.


Southern Hospitality

I happened to be checking out CNN.com and came across this article. Now, I'm not going to get deep into the creation vs evolution thing (unless you guys want me to). I personally believe that evolution was the process that God put in place to create everything as we know it. Catholic Church teaching (as defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church) supports this. However, this is not the trust of this post.

I'm suprised that fundamentalist Southern Christians are so insecure in their beliefs. The article states that IMAX theaters in the south will not show a movie about volcanoes because of some references to evolution in the film. They say that since their movie viewers are conservative Christians that believe in creationism, no one will see the film. Ok, I can buy that to a certain extent. However, it strikes me that it is a little closed minded to say that evolution is so offensive to people that they should be protected from any information that might have a hint of evolution in it. Or that, God forbid, your kid might hear about this thing called evolution and then suddenly become some kind of atheist hethen. It seems to me that if you faith cannot stand the test of criticism, perhaps your faith isn't that strong.

Now, I don't want to give the impression that I've got a thing against Southerners. I don't have a thing against an group in general. I have things against people I've met and talked to. I've also lived in the South (Florida and Virginia). I can definately say I was happy to move back up North. There were many factors but one was certainly the culture and values I encountered down there. I found the New York to be more tolerant, at least on the surface, than the South. That and the fact that I enjoyed the diversity of cultures you find in New York State that seemed to be lacking in the places I lived.

Anyway, the big thing is that this move smacks of censorship and censorship pisses me off. I don't like the idea of theater owners, or school boards, or whomever, telling me what I should be exposed to and what isn't appropriate for me. I'm a big boy. I think I can figure out for myself what I and my children should see, thanks.


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Kids say the darndest things

I don't have much time to write today so a quick little story from yesterday.

I dropped the kids off at day care in the morning and my younger son (6) says, "Dad, I wish it was Saturday." I asked him why. He replies, "so I can be with you and mom all day."

Such a nice feel good moment when you kid say something like that out of the blue. Of course, when he's 16 I'm sure he won't be able to leave the house fast enough to get as far from us as possible. However, I'll enjoy the adulation now while I can.


Monday, March 21, 2005

Equal Opportunity

I came across an amusing item. Here's the link from ABC News. Most of you have heard the numerous stories of images of Mary and/or Jesus in ordinary things such as grilled cheese sandwiches, clouds, dirt, etc. Well it appears that at turtle, the only animal to survive a pet store fire, now has an image of Satan burned on to his back. Not the NHL player for the Buffalo Sabres mind you, but the Prince of Darkness. It's good to know that the good guys aren't the only ones getting all the press. I figure old Beelezebub must have been getting jealous of all the attention our Saviour was getting.


Friday, March 18, 2005

Second Rant of the Day

Today must be some kind of record or something. There's way too many news articles pissing me off today. Check out this insanity from ABC News. It's an article about the "swinging" lifestyle. I won't go on too much about it because it should be fairly obvious. These couples are saying having sex with other people outside of their marriage is good for their relationships. Ok, quick question then. If this is such a good thing and they're not ashamed of it, why won't anyone give their last name? Also, to show how lame these people are, check out this quote:

Chris, who participates in the lifestyle with his wife, Lavonne, said, "I don't want to be 85 years old, looking back on my life, like, 'Man, I didn't have enough sex in my life.' "

I'm sorry but that has to be the absolute worst reason I've ever heard out of a married person. There's much more to a relationship than sex. If that's the main reason for your relationship, you are in it for the absolute wrong reason. Mind you, I may not be 85 yet and I certainly have some regrets in my life up to now, but not enough sex hasn't even entered into my mind as one of the possibilities. I certainly wouldn't mind more sex but I'm not regretting the fact I don't have sex every day or something.

I'm sorry but all I can say is what a bunch of losers. It may sound harsh but I'm in a harsh kind of mood. Maybe I need to stop reading ABC News.


Rant of the Day

Ok,

Congress is really getting in my nerves today. Here's a link to ABC News with the article that's getting my dander up. Some of you may have heard of the Terry Schiavo case. She's been in a vegetative state since about 1990 with no hope of recovery. Her husband says she would not have wanted to live this way and wants to remove the feeding tube that is keeping her alive. Her family disagrees. All of the courts have said her husband has the right to make these decisions for her. Now the latest thing is that Congress has issued subpoenas to halt him from removing the feeding tube today. Not only that, the Senate has required the woman appear before them. Hello! What's she going to tell you! She hasn't talked in over a decade!

Everything is just delaying tactics. Now, before I rant on, let me state that as a Christian I can't condone the taking of a life. However, if I were in the same situation, I would hope my wife wouldn't leave me in that kind of state until I died of old age. My big problem is that Congress is wasting time on this. By this I mean that Congressman are going to take time to have meetings, ask stupid questions, and posture in front of the media. With all the major issues plagueing our nation today, health insurance, war, poverty, education, etc. What good is it going to do to intervene in this case? The courts have made their rulings. Even the Supreme Court declined to get involved. It's over, people.

Now, I feel bad for the woman's family. They keep holding on to hope, but the reality is they need to let go. They're not going to get their daughter back. I don't want to sound cold hearted or anything but what is this accomplishing for them? The other big issue here is spousal rights. I love my parents very much but let's face it. My wife knows me far better than they do. I've told her things I would never tell my parents in a million years. I wouldn't want some court to tell my wife she couldn't speak for me if I were unable to. That's kind of the point of marriage.

My other big problem is that this whole process is just prolonging the suffering for everyone involved. I'm fairly confident that in the end, the husband will prevail and the feeding tube will be removed. How devestated will this family be because they've drawn this thing out for so long. There's really no winners here. And Congress should keep it's nose out of this thing and stop the circus it's become.


Teo Torriatte

Let us be together as the years go by
Oh my love, my love
In the quiet of the night let our candle always burn
Let us never lose the lessons we have learned

I've decided that today is Wife Appreciation Day. Why you may ask? Just because. I'm a firm believer in doing things for your significant other for absolutely no reason. Anyone can send roses on Valentine's Day. It's almost expected. However, send your wife flowers on a Tuesday at work just because you're thinking about her. Now there's a true measure of your feelings. I was thinking of the lady today and decided to do something special. And no, I'm not trying to suck up or get some. We've been married long enough that those tricks don't work anymore. No, this is simply words from the heart.

I've posted an picture of us from our "Navy" days. She hasn't changed a bit since then. Still the babe she's always been. I also thought it would be nice to have a picture of Mrs. Vince on the site. BTW, if you can figure out the above song quote, you get bonus points. Googling the lyrics doesn't count so no cheating.


LT and Mrs. Franco


This is only a test

Ok,

I wanted to play with getting pictures on my blog so please ignore the man behind the curtain. If this works right, you should see a shot of my second favorite guitar, a pink (yes I said PINK) Ibanez RG 550 with customized pickups. I break it out when I'm in those Eddie Van Halen moods where I need to make all kinds of wild dive bomb sounds with the double locking tremelo. And if you understand what I'm talking about, you too are a guitar geek. Welcome to my world.


My Pink (yeah PINK BABY!) Ibanez RG-550


Thursday, March 17, 2005

You take my breath away

Look into my eyes and you'll see I'm the only one
You've captured my love stolen my heart
Changed my life
Every time you make a move you destroy my mind
And the way you touch
I lose control and shiver deep inside
You take my breath away

I wanted to begin with a little lyric from a Queen song dedicated to the little lady.

Interesting thing happened last night. While getting the kids ready for bed, we had a typical little fight/get angry at each other kind of moment. One of the boys
asked for something and I thought there wasn’t enough time for that kind of snack/drink, whatever. My wife, however, decided that it was ok for him to have it. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? I, however, felt this was undermining my authority as a parent and got annoyed. My way of dealing with this sort of thing lately is to get pissed off and go off somewhere and sulk and let her deal with the kids. Real mature, I know, but hey, that was how I dealt with it.

Anyway, while tucking in the boys, the wife says she doesn’t understand me and why I was pushing to get the boys to bed then didn’t help, making it take longer. I quickly mentioned the undermining my authority thing and an amazing thing happened: THE ANGER MELTED AWAY!

After tucking in the boys, we talked about it for a few minutes and I think both of us understood where the other was coming from, and it was all better. I guess the lesson here is to work on my communication skills with the little lady. It’s funny because I don’t have any issues with communication in my professional life but I have trouble talking to a woman I’ve know and been with for over 20 years. Isn’t that strange? So my mission now is to get better at talking with the wife to avoid these silly fights we seem to have where we get pissed at each other and then glare for a few hours without saying anything.

Oh, and even with all that, Queen did say it best for me. I’m still totally crazy about her after all this time. She’s just a hottie and the only woman I want or need. Love you lady!



Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Not so Super after all

Don't know if there's any fans of the "Nanny" reality shows. There's two out there. Super Nanny and Nanny 911. I must say that Nanny 911 kicks Super Nanny's ass. I can sum up any Super Nanny show for you very quickly: Super Nanny comes into the house and sets up a schedule for the entire household. She then teaches parent the proper use of the "naughty chair" time out method. Domestic bliss ensues!

Nanny 911, on the other hand, has Nanny's that customize their approach based on the family. For example, last night they had a family with 3 sets of twins. Makes me want to never have sex again just thinking about having that many kids. Anyway, the major problem was that Mom was always screaming at the kids, who were running wild. Dad worked out of his home office and his idea of helping was to scream at his wife to keep the kids quiet. The nanny did set up some rules (no hitting, whining, etc). However, the big problem was communication. So she spent most of the show getting the kids to talk to the parents about what they were feeling instead of hitting and crying, and getting the parents to talk to each other. The dad always criticized the mom who then shut down and wouldn't talk any more. In any event, very entertaining and enlightening.

The reason I like the show is two-fold. First, it always makes you feel better to know that there are children out there much more rotten then your own. Doesn't make you feel like you're doing to bad a job if your kids act better than some of the ones you see on the show. More importantly, however, it does provide some good ideas on how to deal with your kids. It's hard to believe that a household could go from kids running wild to everyone sitting quietly at dinner in just a week, but they had a kid that would whine for like 20 minutes get calmed down by the Nanny in just a minute by talking to the kid and listening to them.

I will admit, there are times I think I'm doing a good job as a parent and other times I think I'm the worst parent there is. Not that our children are as out of control as some that are shown on these shows, but it would be nice to have a professional of some sort come in and give my wife and I tips on ways to better handle the kids. Having one kid with ADHD and another with PDD is not easy. It also doesn't help that my wife and I aren't always on the same page. I need to work on that. We should probably communicate better but it's tough sometimes. By the time we can actually sit down and have a conversation, it's late and we're usually tired. Not an excuse, just a reality. And I won't even get into the anger issues. I could rant for a while about that but I don't think it would be productive.

Anyway, I'm taking some steps to work on the parenting skills. We're both starting to reach out to find additional support mechanisms to help us. So wish us luck and send prayers our way. Every little bit helps.


Monday, March 14, 2005

Weight finally lifted

This weekend was our annual Cub Scout Blue and Gold Dinner. We commemorate the birth of Cub Scouting with a nice dinner, a few ceremonies, and entertainment for the kids. This year's has been a huge source of stress for me. For those that remember one of my early posts, a major blowup occurred back in October time frame on the planning of this event. We had many adults yelling at each other and resorting to childish antics which resulted in me firing off a diatribe putting my foot down and squashing all further discussion on the event. For those that know my management style, being heavy handed and micromanaging are not in my vocabulary (unless I'm forced into it). I hated doing it but it needed to be done. The down side was that I couldn't wait to get rid of the job.

Well, the Blue and Gold dinner went fabulously! I made sure to pat the organizers on the back several times throughout the evening. However, on my end, that was the last major function I had to worry about as Cubmaster. I will be turning over the job in April and have only to plan some ceremonies for the final meeting of the year. Yeah! I took the job only because no one else would do it and I didn't want the pack to fold, which it would have without a cubmaster. However, I never liked the job. And because of that, I didn't do it as well as I could have which was a dis-service to the boys. I'm definately looking forward to being a parent again.

On another note, my wife found an interesting autism site that has what appears to be a good message board. I checked it briefly but need to dig into it further. For those interested, the URL is www.autism-pdd.net. We're still looking for a good support group. We're going to give the local one another try as perhaps they don't always go like the one I attended. You can read my earlier rant for details on that one. One encouraging thing I read from a Newsweek article is that ADHD kids can grow up to be very successful if they manage their "disorder". It spoke of turning it into a strength. There are many CEOs, doctors, etc with ADHD. They say that the things that make thier attention move between different things helps them think out of the box. ADHD kids also tend to be more creative (I know my boys are WAY more creative than I or my wife). These are skills they can use to be successful.


Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Some Christian Humor

I usually don't post stuff like this, but some of these had me almost crying. I especially like 10, 12, 16, 19, 24, and most especially 25. Sorry about the all caps thing but I copied and pasted from the email I recieved. I was to lazy to convert everything to normal type. Enjoy!

PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE WORDING AND SPELLING. IF YOU KNOW THE BIBLE EVEN A LITTLE, YOU'LL FIND THIS HILARIOUS!

IT COMES FROM A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEST. KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED NOR CORRECTED.
INCORRECT SPELLING HAS BEEN LEFT IN.

1. IN THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, GUINESSIS. GOD GOT TIRED OF CREATING THE WORLD SO HE TOOK THE SABBATH OFF.

2. ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED FROM AN APPLE TREE. NOAH'S WIFE WAS JOAN OF ARK. NOAH BUILT AN ARK AND THE ANIMALS CAME ON IN PEARS.

3. LOTS WIFE WAS A PILLAR OF SALT DURING THE DAY, BUT A BALL OF FIRE DURING THE NIGHT.

4. THE JEWS WERE A PROUD PEOPLE AND THROUGHOUT HISTORY THEY HAD TROUBLE WITH UNSYMPATHETIC GENITALS.

5. SAMPSON WAS A STRONGMAN WHO LET HIMSELF BE LED ASTRAY BY A JEZEBEL LIKE DELILAH.

6. SAMSON SLAYED THE PHILISTINES WITH THE AXE OF THE APOSTLES.

7. MOSES LED THE JEWS TO THE RED SEA WHERE THEY MADE UNLEAVENED BREAD WHICH IS BREAD WITHOUT ANY INGREDIENTS.

8. THE EGYPTIANS WERE ALL DROWNED IN THE DESSERT. AFTERWARDS, MOSES WENT UP TO MOUNT CYANIDE TO GET THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

9. THE FIRST COMMANDMENTS WAS WHEN EVE TOLD ADAM TO EAT THE APPLE.

10. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT IS THOU SHALT NOT ADMIT ADULTERY.

11. MOSES DIED BEFORE HE EVER REACHED CANADA. THEN JOSHUA LED THE HEBREWS IN THE BATTLE OF GERITOL.

12. THE GREATEST MIRICLE IN THE BIBLE IS WHEN JOSHUA TOLD HIS SON TO STAND STILL AND HE OBEYED HIM.

13. DAVID WAS A HEBREW KING WHO WAS SKILLED AT PLAYING THE LIAR. HE FOUGHT THE FINKELSTEINS, A RACE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN BIBLICAL TIMES.

14. SOLOMON, ONE OF DAVIDS SONS, HAD 300 WIVES AND 700 PORCUPINES.

15. WHEN MARY HEARD SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF JESUS, SHE SANG THE MAGNA CARTA.

16. WHEN THE THREE WISE GUYS FROM THE EAST SIDE ARRIVED THEY FOUND JESUS IN THE MANAGER.

17. JESUS WAS BORN BECAUSE MARY HAD AN IMMACULATE CONTRAPTION.

18. ST. JOHN THE BLACKSMITH DUMPED WATER ON HIS HEAD.

19. JESUS ENUNCIATED THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH SAYS TO DO UNTO OTHERS BEFORE THEY DO ONE TO YOU. HE ALSO EXPLAINED A MAN DOTH NOT LIVE BY SWEAT ALONE.

20. IT WAS A MIRICLE WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND MANAGED TO GET THE TOMBSTONE OFF THE ENTRANCE.

21. THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED THE LORD WERE CALLED THE 12 DECIBELS.

22. THE EPISTELS WERE THE WIVES OF THE APOSTLES.

23. ONE OF THE OPPOSSUMS WAS ST. MATTHEW WHO WAS ALSO A TAXIMAN.

24. ST. PAUL CAVORTED TO CHRISTIANITY, HE PREACHED HOLY ACRIMONY WHICH IS ANOTHER NAME FOR MARRAIGE.

25. CHRISTIANS HAVE ONLY ONE SPOUSE. THIS IS CALLED MONOTONY.


Monday, March 07, 2005

Some support group

All right, I'm calm now but I was FUMING earlier. Per my wife's suggestion, I went to this Asperger's/Autism support group meeting. I was actually looking forward to it. Mind you, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I assumed it would be some sort of discussion group where parents could share experiences or discuss some sort of topic or some such thing.

What I got was a lecture. Not only a lecture, but a lecture on how to tell if your child as Autism, history of diagnoses, types of tests used to determime whether or not your child as ADHD, Aspergers, Autism and not something else, and possible causes of the disorders. People, IT WAS A TOTAL FUCKING WASTE OF MY TIME! I had carved 2 hours plus the time to get there and back out of my schedule to be told stuff I already know. I would have preferred to spend that time with my wife and kids. Both boys have already been diagnosed and the last thing I needed to know is how to figure out whether my kids have the things THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN DIAGNOSED AS HAVING!

There were a few people that bailed out of there pretty early. I managed to tough it out for 1.5 hours of the 2 hour alloted time before I couldn't stand it any more. And the survey they passed out at the beginning had questions about whether or not the information provided would help in advocacy to get community services or inform us on community services. That kind of information would have been helpful. I so blasted them on the survey. My wife is going to attend next month to see if this gets better. I'm not hopeful. At the beginning of the lecture, the speaker said he couldn't cover all the material in 2 hours so he would probably finish it up the following month. The guy mostly read from his powerpoint presentation. He was really killing me.

Let me tell you, I left that place with my jaw clenched and my hands practically shaking with anger. I was really worked up. I don't know why I got so spun up about it except for the huge disappointment of the whole thing. I know I have a tough time dealing with the fact that both my boys have difficulties that other children do not face. I also have a tough time dealing with the kids on top of anger issues of my own. I was hoping for something that could help me in the struggle with all of this and baby, THIS WASN'T IT!. Maybe that's why I was so pissed.

I'm going to keep looking for something out there that is perhaps a real support group. You know, something interactive where you can talk to people that understand what you're going through.

Anyway, enough for now. I got spun up on this just talking to my wife about it and I don't need to get all wound up again before going to bed. I'm going to go read and chill out. Good night kiddies and pleasant dreams.


Cool weekend

I took the family to the local auto show this weekend. We had a blast. We got to look at and sit in some very expensive cars, including a new Hummer and an Audi A8 worth $75,000. I was smitten with the Volvo S40. It had great styling and a 5 speed transmission. It looked like a fun car. They even had the new Ford GT there, though you couldn't sit in it. At something like $150,000, I'm not surprised. The big disappointment is that all the Mercedes Benz cars were locked up! I managed to check out BMW's, a Corvette, Audi, Land Rover, Lexus, Infinity, all kinds of high end cars. But I guess Mercedes are just too classy for us casual plebians to sully thier interiors. Fuck them too.

On another note, I'm going to be attending a peer/support group for parents of children with Aspergers/PDD. My younger son was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) which is the broad category for Autism. I asked my wife if we were going to get a babysitter and both go and she said no, but was hoping I would go. I think she's trying to tell me something, thought she didn't come out and say it. I'll see how it goes and perhaps post an update.

Public thanks to Julie for the Freddie Mercury CD. I haven't had a chance to listen to the whole thing yet but it sounds great. Hope she's getting equal enjoyment out of the CD's I sent.


Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Well, duh!

I took the following quiz thanks to The Hot Librarian: Random Object Quiz. The results are below:


You are a guitar.



You are a musical genius... congratulations. Most people think you are a little obsessed with music, but that's okay. You don't care what other people think. You are independent, and would rather have a few good (and weird) friends than a lot of not-so-good ones. You may feel that people run down your eccentricity, but that's only because they're jealous. You will most likely become very successful with your musical talent. \m/ Rock on!

Most compatible with: Drumstick.


Click here -- What Random Object Represents Your Inner Self?



As the title states: Duh!! Playing guitar could only consume my life if I let it. If you ask my wife it probably already has. At least the quiz is accurate.


Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Post about nothing

I need a little winding down so I figured I would just do some writing. Nothing really much to say. Today has been one of those kind of days. We got about 3 inches of snow today, which means I had to get up early to clean the driveway. Not too big a deal. Then the older kid didn't want to get up so instead of getting out of the house a little early, I got out a little late. Plus traffic was crawling due to the weather so I got to work late. I'm on salary so it's not like I punch in or anything but I've got this thing where I just cannot stand to be late. So I got to work today very irritated. I lasted pretty much the whole morning but I was cool by lunchtime and was fine by the time I got home. Of course, I took a little while to get home, again due to weather related traffic. I get home for about 45 minutes then I have to run off to take the older boy to cub scouts. It's something I like to do with him so it's not a chore or anything. But of course, once I get back home, it's quick get the kids to bed, make lunches for the next day, get some correspondence out I couldn't do at work, collect all the trash to go to the curb since it's trash night. I finally got done with all of that about 5 minutes ago at around 9:10. And now I'm blogging. I'm wiped out. The only thing I'm looking forward to tonight is the series finale of NYPD Blue. Hopefully it won't suck.

I'm really tired. I'll probably have to get up early again tomorrow as they're calling for more snow. Truthfully I'd like nothing better than to curl up in bed with the little lady, but it's a weeknight and she's not the affectionate type during the week. Don't ask, it's a long sordid story. Ok, not so sordid but a story for perhaps another time. Suffice it to say she'll probably fall asleep in her chair and I'll go to bed and not wait up.

Anyway, faithful reader, I'm going to tuck you all in now with the proverbial glass of water and kiss on the head and wish you a good night and pleasant dreams. Make sure you have your favorite cuddly think to hug during the night and sleep tight. I've going to veg and do the same soon.