Tuesday, May 31, 2005

My summer intern

A comment I left today got me thinking about someone I havn’t heard from in a while. I’ve also been contemplating just how personal I want to be on this blog, as people who know me read it. I’m sure most of you have things that you would love to say or talk about but never will in a public forum. However, here’s a tidbit from my past that is relatively innocent but worth sharing.

Many years ago, in my former life as a chemist, I held a job as Quality Control Manager for a zinc electroplating shop. One summer, I was asked if I could use a chemical engineering student as an intern for the summer. Her mother was a friend of the VP of the company. Of course, I said yes. The intern turned out to be a lovely young lady I will call AD (who now goes by AW). AD and I hit it off right away. She was outgoing and didn’t mind working with the guys. We early on began “flirting” in that there was lots of sexual innuendo in our banter and day to day dealings. At the time, I was 30/31 ish and she was about 21. She didn’t mind that I was a married older guy with a kid, and I didn’t mind that she didn’t mind. As I said, she was a attractive young lady that I got to work with every day. Where’s the down side?

During the course of the 3 months we worked together, I learned much about AD. I learned she liked it when older guys asked her out. She’d usually go out with them for a meal (lunch or dinner), let them pay, then go home. She never once attempted to have a relationship with them, only free food. On her part, she was honest and up front about it, so it’s not like she was taking advantage of them. I learned that she had to wear matching underwear. Bra and panties, same color, same line. I don’t know if this is a big deal with women or not. My wife wears panties from Victoria’s Secret (cotton bikinis) and bras that fit. They’re pretty much all neutral colors but they certainly don’t always match. Pink panties and beige bra? No problem. But I digress.

I also learned that AD was a compulsive neat freak. All her things were folded neatly and placed properly in a drawer. Socks did not go in the underwear drawer. And she alphabetized her Kool-Aid. That’s right people, alphabetical order. I was dying to go to her house and put the Fruit Punch flavor before the Cherry.

My favorite story about AD was the day we had a female customer come to the shop. There was a quality issue with some of the parts we sent them, so she came to our shop. I discovered that the summer “uniform” for this company was khaki shorts and white polo shirts. So, in walks this nice looking gal in shorts above the middle of her thigh and a tight white polo shirt. I stayed professional and we discussed the quality issues. My peer that managed manufacturing made sure to stick his head in to say hi, since he was a lecherous kind of guy. As soon as the woman walked out the door, AD looks at me and says, “What a slut!” I laughed my ass off. Women can be so catty it isn’t funny.

AD and I have kept in touch periodically through the years. She was kind enough to invite my wife and I to her wedding, a nice little fall affair in a quaint 18th century inn. There was a bagpipe guy and the ceremony was in the garden. It was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen. I haven’t spoken to her in a couple of years. I’m planning on touching base again. Next time she’s in town, we need to try to get together and catch up. It’s a shame losing touch with old friends.


There was a bunch of stuff I wanted to write about today from the weekend. However, I walked in this morning to find out our exchange system was not working. For those non-technical types, our email system is down. And not expected to be back up until tomorrow. So I've been running around today assisting as best I can with the fix. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be caught up at work and caught up reading blogs and posting. Wish me luck.

On a sad note, my cousin's wife died over the weekend. She went rather quickly, which was probably a good thing. The funeral is tomorrow. Thanks to those that offered thoughts and prayers. They are appreciated.

I'll be caught up reading all your blogs by the end of the week, I promise.

Friday, May 27, 2005

I'm famous!

I was recently interviewed for the Rochester Business Journal. They quoted me in their article. Below is the part of the article that mentioned me:

"Vincenzo Franco, a former US Navy officer who was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991, is help desk supervisor for ********. "Enlistees returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will need job training as well as help finding jobs," he said. "They will need help with the trasition," Franco said. They are getting out, they are about 20 to 22 and don't know much about the working world."

While this is only a small part of what we talked about, the author quoted me correctly and in the proper context, so I guess it came out the way I wanted. Please do not send accolades. Rather, money is an acceptable method of expressing your adoration. We can make arrangement for you to send it to me via paypal.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

For your consideration

Since the holiday weekend is coming up and I have Friday off (kids are off from school), I won't be on line much. As a result, I'll just throw this out there for everyone. Here's (link) an interesting article from the Waterloo, NY area (north of Syracuse and a short hop from Rochester). A man convicted for "raping" a sixteen year old (felony statutory rape, that is, I won't comment at all on the issue), filled out an application to be a foster parent. He's married with 3 children. On his application he was truthful about his felony conviction. It appears he was supposed to register as a sex offender in NY, of which he was not aware when he moved to NY. He subsequently registered when he recieved a summons to do so. Basically he followed all the rules. He's been removed as a foster parent, the agency is looking into why the application was approved, and the person has left Watertown.

So, without saying anything at all about my thoughts on the matter, what is the concensus out there? I'll check in on comments if I have time.

Oh, and I hope everyone has a fun Memorial Day weekend. We have nothing specific planned but my older son will get to march in the downtown Memorial Day parade with his cub scout pack. I'll try to post pictures Monday if any are good.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Presidential Visit

President Bush visited Rochester yesterday pushing his social security plan. That in and of itself isn't really worth a post as far as I'm concerned. He pretty much stacked the deck at this thing and no one seriously opposed to it was in the room. However, this is not why I'm posting.

While watching news reports of the visit, the station spoke to some of the people protesting the President's policies. They then cut to a woman upset with the protesters. Her comment was essentially (nearly word for word), "If they like America then they should go somewhere else and get out." That really annoyed the hell out of me. If there's one thing I cannot stand, it's this America Love It or Leave It attitude.

Now, I'm not what you would call a big patriot. I'm not one of these flag waving God Bless the USA kind of guys. While I agree this is a great country to live in, I by no means think the US is the best country on the planet or something. There's other great places in the world to live where you can have just as good a quality of life. Sure, it would be different, but not necessarily worse.

Here's the thing, though. For those Love It or Leave It types, I think they have it completely backwards. After all, what kind of person gives up on something because it's broken? The kind that doesn't really care in the first place. If you REALLY love the USA, then if you see something as broken, wrong, or unjust, you should do everything you can to fix it. What it really boils down to is the Love It or Leave It faction doesn't want to bother to think. God forbid someone should have a point of view different than theirs or make them have to evaluate their beleifs. Because we all know it's too much work to actually find information, research a topic, and form an opinion based on what you find. So much easier to let someone else do your thinking for you. After all, the President must know best because he's the President. Or more likely, the President knows best because he's a Republican President who is not a no good fillanderer like Bill Clinton was and is a God fearing Christian so he must be right.

I'm sorry, I prefer not to leave my brain in a jar on the nightstand in my bedroom. A lot of people do not believe in the current administration's policy. They should speak up. After all, if enough people speak up, perhaps someone in Washington will wake up and realize that the People, whom they are supposed to represent, want things to go in a different direction. I personnaly think this social security plan is a bad idea. Bush is saying that having these personal savings accounts are like 401k accounts. How many of you out there got screwed about 2 years ago when the stock market tanked? Everyone's 410k accounts lost half their value in a few months. Has your's recovered yet? Mine haven't. Do we really want Social Security, which is supposed to be a saftey net of sorts, to be suceptible to these fluctuations in the market? Certainly, there are problems with the current social security system. But I don't think Bush has the right answer. And his problem is a large part of the country agrees with him. He's made the mistake of pissing off the AARP. Those people VOTE. The younger audience he's trying to convince doesn't turn out for elections anywhere near as much as the older folk.

To finish off, let's have a new slogan out there, America, Help Fix it or Shut Up.

Prayers requested

I need to be serious for a moment. I found out last night that my cousin's wife is dying of cancer. She's been battling it for several years now. However, it spread to her brain. She was hospitalized a few days ago and it's not likely she'll come home. Her memory is being affected to the point that she can't speak because she can't remember what she was about to say. She's in her mid 40s and has 2 children, one in college and the other a junior in high school. I would ask those of you that do pray to please say prayers for her that she will find peace and relief from her pain.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Winter in May

My boys were playing yesterday and the Wife snapped this picture. They were playing snow. We got a package and the box was filled with styrofoam peanuts. We gave them to the boys for fun. They decided to have a snow storm with them yesterday. It appears they were having a great time. Best of all, they were so busy playing, they never turned on the TV all night. So nice when imagination can rule. Ah, to be young and care free again.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Bad music weekend

Well, as the title suggests, it wasn't a good weekend for me and music. It started by a call Friday night from the studio asking to cancel for Saturday and reschedule. It worked out in a way as then we could go to the Lilac Festival and not have to rush, but I was looking forward to laying down tracks. Then Sunday at Mass, the sound was horrible. We couldn't get any volume out of the microphones for vocals. Imagine if you will trying to play electric guitar, bass, and drums quietly enough so that vocals can be heard without the benefit of mikes. That was pretty close to what we did. Basically it sucked. We're working on the sound system, but like I said, not a good music weekend.

The Lilac Festival was fun. We wandered around for a couple of hours in a nice sunny 70 degree day. Perfect weather. I know there was a request for pictures, but I forgot the digital camera. Instead, I'll add the link to the festival's web site that has flowery type pictures for your enjoyment (link). The boys had fun. We let them get these small wooden tribal type masks that they got to paint. They got a big kick out of that.

I saw the new Star Wars movie Friday night with my two female friends. We had a good time. The movie was cool but kind of disturbing in its darkness. It took a couple of days for it to sink in so I could decide whether I liked it or not. It does pretty much tie up all the plot loose ends. Overall I think I liked it, but I wouldn't rank it up there with the original trilogy. Perhaps about as good as Return of the Jedi overall, but different.

I think my brother learned he should listen to me this weekend. He's a landscaper and was dropping off mulch for the area under our wooden playset in the back yard. I originally told him to bring 5 yards of mulch. He stopped by last week to see how much he would need. He decided 2 yards should do the trick. Guess what? It coverd half of the area. Now he needs to come back on his time and money to deliver the rest of the mulch. When will he learn that older brother knows best?

Friday, May 20, 2005

Weekend plans

Got some neat things in store this weekend. Tonight I'm going to see the new Star Wars movie with two friends from High School. Female friends. Females not that are not my wife. Not to make too big a deal out of it, we all hung out together in high school (they, my wife, and I). My wife wasn't interested in going since she isn't a big fan of this trilogy. She likes the original better. I hear it's pretty cool and I like dark movies so I'm looking forward to it.

Tomorrow I'm hopefully taking the family to the Lilac Festival here in town (it's a big annual event here in the Flower City). We can wander around and check out local art and crafts, maybe pick up some stuff for the house. Then tomorrow night I've got time booked in the studio. If I'm really lucky (which I don't count on), I can finish guitar AND vocal parts, leaving some miscellaneous tracks requiring other musicans and maybe some percussions. Odds are I won't be able to do all the vocals. However, I may be able to get the rest of the tracks recorded in 2 more sessions after this one. I'll be updating my other website next week so check it out for details. I'm still on track for fall release.

Sunday we have a baptism to attend. Our good friend P (who I'm seeing Star Wars with tonight) is baptising their little girl. I've got to play at Mass so I'll only go to the party, but it will be nice none the less.

So anyway, another busy weekend. I swear one of these days (hopefully before I die) I'll have a few weeks where there's nothing on my schedule. My wife commented last night "Remember the days where we'd wake up on Saturday and have to figure out what we were going to do that day?" Those days were long ago indeed.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Who's finding my site

I checked what kind of searches have linked to my site recently and got a few good ones. Here's the last 5:

super nanny abc naughty chair time out (I hate SuperNanny BTW)

isreal*palestine affects (politics and Isreal, don't get me started)

vince de franco (close but no cigar)

the emotional charactaristic of middle adulthood (?)

most signed death warrents (my favorite. I know our President must hold this honor)

Public service announcement

Beware ladies! According to ABC News, a person found a device in a sidewalk grate in New York City with wires sticking out of it and called the police. The bomb squad was called out and determined it was a web cam designed to get "skirt shots". Apparently there are plenty of web sites with photos looking up women's skirts. So if you're walking about this summer, watch where you go. You panties could end up on the web with you in them. Or even worse if you go commando with the nice weather. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

New additions to blog

In case you haven't noticed, I've got a couple new things on the blog. First, thanks to Evil Science Chick for tempting me to create my own South Park character. I think it accurately reflects my personality.

Also thanks to Celti, who I stumbled upon by way of Julie and Brighton, for the link to blow up spammer's machines. I'm adding it to every site I own with an email address on it.

Death to Spammers!

What's wrong with this picture

I read an interesting new item today (Link to article). It seems a man that worked for a Budweiser distributor was fired (according to him anyway) for drinking Coors at a bar. It seems that he ordered a Bud, and the waitress gave him a Coors instead. Instead of sending it back, he decided to drink it. The daughter in law of one of the shareholders in the distributor was there and saw him. She supposedly asked him twice if she could buy him a Bud and he refused. On Monday, he was fired. The distributor isn't talking so their side is not out there.

Now, this guy was out on the town, not in company uniform, not representing the company in any way. While I realize that many states have "at will" employment and can fire whoever they like, but this is just so wrong. Some companies expect you to dedicate yourself to them and their product. The problem is, they don't give you that loyalty in return. They seem to think that giving you a paycheck is reward enough for selling yourself to them. I disagree. A job is a job. You owe the company you work for nothing more that to do the best job you can during your working hours. Once your day is done, they have no hold over you whatsoever. I have no problem with someone working for Bud and hating the product. It's the same as working for GM but buying a Ford because you prefer their product. It's your money and you shouldn't be penalized for going with a competitor if you like.

The days where a company takes care of their employees for life is over. Pensions are a thing of the past, you'll get laid off just so the company can shave a few pennies per unit to lower their cost. This quarter's balance sheet and profits are more important than the people that keep the company going. It's all about the almight dollar. I hope this guy wins his lawsuit and this distributor gets a huge fine. Maybe then they'll get out of their employee's personal lives.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

I'm getting old

As I mentioned in my previous post, I went to take a swim test last night. My older son and I are going to Cub Scout camp this summer and a swim test is required to do water type activities like swimming and boating. On the surface, the test doesn't sound so hard. Jump in the water in the deep end of the pool, do 3 laps either freestyle, breast stroke, or side stoke, on lap back stroke, then float on your back. There's no time limit so you can go slow.

My son (9 years old and under 50 pounds) got 2 laps in before tiring out, classifying him as a beginner. Really good for a little kid. I managed to complete the full test and be qualified as a swimmer. However, when I got out of that pool I thought I was going to die. I was huffing and puffing and felt like I ran a marathon or something. And I went SLOW! I didn't realize I was this out of shape. I really need to start working out again. On the plus side, there were only 2 other parents in our group of about 10 adults that passed it as well, so I didn't feel as bad, but damn, that little bit of work was tiring.

Someone please tell me when I got so old? Thanks.

Where were you?

Perhaps only Julie would appreciate this, but as I was driving home from a swim test last night, the local rock station played a song I don't think I've ever heard on the radio before, The Show Must Go On. For those that don't know, it's the last track on Queen's Innuendo album, the last one released before Freddie Mercury died.

That album has alwasy been bitter sweet for me. I remember the day I heard Freddie died quite distinctly. I was in the Navy at the time and we were at a port visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. I was eating breakfast when the chaplain came in. He asked me if I'd ever heard of Queen. I was like "Duh, Queen freak here. Hello!". He then told me that Freddie Mercury had died of complications from AIDS. It was a very depressing day for me. The worst was that my wife had purchased the Innuendo CD for me, taped it, and sent me the tape just before Freddie died. I recieved it about 2 days after he died.

I listened to the album once or twice and then put it away for a LONG time. Many of the songs are very meloncholy to and for the longest time just screamed at me that Freddie was dead. I don't know why the death of a mucisican I never met affected me so, but so many Queen songs speak to me in so many ways that it was like loosing a friend. I put the CD in my car today and started listening to it again. I havn't played it in maybe a year or two. There's been enough time now that not all the songs sadden me. I can begin to appreciate the songs for themselves. However, The Show Must Go On still kind of chokes me up. I believe Brian May knew Freddie was dying when he wrote it. Still, it's a good CD with great songs.

So, you Queen fans out there, do you remember where you were when Freddie died?

Monday, May 16, 2005

Weekend update

Nothing really new to post so I thought I just hit some highlights from the weekend.

Saturday was a bit frustrating. My brother was supposed to come over to drop off some mulch to go under our playset for the kids. He sprung it on me at 9:30 Friday night, so I scrambled in the morning to get some landscaping plastic to put under the mulch and get it cut and laid out by 9 am so I could get my son to his art lesson on time. Which I managed to do. However, by the time I got home, the stuff had blown all over the place even though I set heavy stuff on the ends to keep it from blowing away. And my brother didn't get the mulch so he didn't end up coming over. In other words, I went crazy for nothing.

Later, I went to my church to practice a song for Pentacost mass with dancers for the Presentation part of the Mass. I went quite well and I came to a nice little realization. I'm standing in there in church playing music and realized that I was home. It was like an affirmation that I'm using my talent in the right way.

The rest of the day was mostly better, though my little guy had an "accident" at the mall. We asked him several times if he needed to use the bathroom and he said no each time. He then announced to me he'd peed while in Casual Corner while my wife was looking at clothes. This sort of thing happens sometime with autistic kids. Also a little frustrating, but it happens.

Yesterday overall was a decent day. We got a Trail-a-Bike that goes on a standard bike to allow our younger one to "ride" on a bike while one of us pulls it along. It's set up like a regular bike that he can pedal but it's attached to our bike. It will let him practice his balance and keeps him under control when we're riding. There's no sidewalks in our town so we have to ride in the street. He's got his own bike but likes to ride in the middle of the street. Not good.

Both boys had trouble sleeping last night. They're usually both asleep by 9:30 or so, but both were up past 10 pm. My older one was a little tired this morning. The younger one is like me and wakes up fully in no time and was fine. My wife was worried they'd be too tired today but I think they're ok. They're young and can bounce back pretty easy.

Hopefully I'll have something interesting to say this week. I noticed The Retropolitan posted a bunch of stuff that looks interesting. When I have a chance to read and digest it all, it may spurn some passioned writing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I don't understand women

Let me preface the following post by saying the below comments are not meant as a critisism on the Wife. I just wonder how her brain works sometimes.

Last night, the Wife and I we talking in bed, and she mentioned how tired she was and that she'd been busting her ass all evening with housework. I agreed that she'd gotten a lot done and told her, as I do many times, that she does too much and needs to relax a little. The thing I found interesting is that she seemed to be waiting for some kind of complaint from me. I'm not sure if she needed a justification for working too hard or what.

It seems that she thought I might complain that I didn't have any work clothes, or that she wasn't doing something, or that the house was too messy, or something. The funny thing is, I usually don't complain about that stuff. If I REALLY need work clothes, I'll wash or iron them myself. I don't mention to her that I did it, I simply get it done. Same thing with dishes. If they're piling up and I think they should be taken care of, I do. There's no judgement involved, it just needs doing. The only thing I might complain about is all the papers on our kitchen island. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine that it gets all covered up with stuff and I can't throw any of it out as it might be important or something. Never mind I set up a spot for them all on the desk in our "quiet room" (dining room used as a den). But hey, we all have our pet peeves.

I seem to have this problem with some women that want to read more into my statements or actions than is really there. I worked with a woman at my last employer where we had to stop talking politics. While not "political", here's a typical exchange: she asks me if during my Navy days, our ships gave out Motrin for every ailment. I responded no since we didn't have any women on board. In my mind, at that time Motrin was used primarily for PMS symptoms. She went practically insane and seemed to think I was some sort of chauvanistic pig because I obviously thought that only women would ask for some sort of pain reliever. Guys were too manly to bother dealing with pain. Or when we discussed capital punishment, when I mentioned I didn't think a Christian could support killing of another human being, she interpreted that to mean I must consider her some sort of immoral athiest sub human since she believed in capital punishment. Did I ever say any of those things? No. But I will admit, it was fun spinning her up sometimes. However, most times we'd just fight and I'd end up pissed off at work. So we stopped for both our sanities.

So ladies, any insight into the complexities of the female mind would be appreciated. And to the Wife, I mean it, you make yourself crazy sometimes trying to get everything done. Relax a little, the world won't end if we don't have clean jeans. And ask for some help sometimes. Remember, I don't read minds. If you have something you really want me to do, say so (except for bringing in the hose, which I remembered but didn't feel like doing last night since it was getting dark). I know, I didn't do the ONE thing she asked me to do yesterday. Sigh, I never win.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Told you so

A little follow up on my post of the other day. Remeber I warned of theocracy and the coming apocolypse? Well, it appears a preacher in North Carolina kicked out some of his members because the voted for Kerry in the last election. Here's the full story if you want to read it. He basically said back in October that only Bush was the true "christian" candidate since he was a "believer" and could recite the date he was saved. Kerry, hethen that he is, was on the wrong side of all the issues. Parishoners should vote for Bush and Kerry supporters should "repent or resign".

That is just so wrong on so many levels. Somehow I wouldn't be using Mr. Bush as an example of a good Christian man. He's personally signed the death warrents of more inmates than anyone in recent history. He started a war that we didn't need to be in resulting in the deaths of thousands of people. And he won't take personal responsibility for his mistakes, only his "accomplishments". Yeah, real good leader and christian.

I'm telling you, pretty soon anyone that values liberty, equality, and tolerance will have to get out of the country and move to Canada or something. Because it's obvious that the Religious Right don't want you hear unless you're willing to subjegate your intelligence and free will and allow them to do the thinking for you. Because we all know what happens when you do dangerous things like read books, research on the internet, and keep an open mind. It will get you labeled a hippy liberal that should get dragged out into the street and stoned to death or put down like a dog.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Happy Orgasm Day!

A town in Brazil has decalred today, May 9, to be Orgasm Day (here's the link). They've created the holiday to help married couples. I say let's all share the wealth and push for world wide adoption of this holiday. So everyone out there make sure you get your orgasm. If you've had yours already, then good job! While the article didn't specify, try to acheive your orgasm with your partner, as going solo just isn't as fun.

Enjoy Orgasm Day!

What's annoying me now

This particular post may ramble a little as there are a couple of things that are kind of irking me but they all relate back to the same thing. There's two main sources of my annoyment. The first are these hearings going on in Kansas that are basically trying to change the rules to allow teaching creationism in public schools, under the guise of "intelligent design". The second was watching Bill Maher on Friday night. Mind you, I like the guy, he's funny, brings liberals and conservatives on his show, and isn't afraid to speak his mind. But I'm getting tired of him bashing "religion" as a bad thing.

To start with the Kansas thing, what annoys the hell out of me is first the whole evolution versus creationism thing. It's bascially science versus religion. The problem is, the "religion"side doesn't seem to realize that they don't need to be mutually exclusive. I happen to believe in "intelligent design" because I believe that God created everything. But that doesn't mean it's how it should be taught in public schools. I will teach my kids faith at home, thanks. What really gets my goat, as a former scientist myself, is that these people seem to forget that science is about facts. It's not about the why of the universe, but about the how. Science can explain how molecules form to make things, measure how fast light travels, and all kinds of other stuff. Science doesn't and can't explain where everything came from and why it's here. At the root of all evolutionary theory, everything was already there and set in motion to get us to where we are now.

The scientific method is pretty simple. You form a hypothesis. You devise tests to prove your hypothesis. Once you start collecting data, you analyze whether the data fits the hypothesis. IF IT DOESN'T, YOU REVISE YOUR HYPOTHESIS. This is where many "creationists" are falling down. There's this "movement" to scientifically prove that the earth is only a few thousand years old. The problem is, they utilize facts that fit their hypothesis, but conveniently ignore facts that do no support thier conclusion. In other words, bad science. Again, evolution is merely the method by which organisms change. It doesn't explain why there no trace of homo sapiens on this earth until a few thousand years ago. Get a grip, people.

That kind of brings me to my next issue. This mistaken notion that if you are "religious", you must be stupid or something. Or, worse still, that you're not really a good Christian unless you are a "conservative" (meaning Republican) Christian. Look, "religion" is a human institution. It's man's attempt to make sense of God's plan. It's an institution run by people and by definition, cannot be perfect because people are not perfect. But that doesn't change one fundamental truth as far as I'm concerned. That is that God exists, and that by following His Son's example, we can make the world a better place. Jesus had a pretty simple message: Love your God as yourself, and love your neighbor as yourself. Sure, we've put a lot more rules in the message in the last 2000 years, committed all kinds of atrocities in the name of God, you name it. But that was never the message. And just because you keep messing something up, doesn't make it not worth trying to achieve.

And I'm so tired of a small group of right wing fanatics trying to tell me what to believe and the direction of our country. I've got nothing against conservatives. Most of them are resonable people with whom I may disagree on some issues. But I'm really getting annoyed with this idea that a small group of people speak for most of the country. The majority of the country thinks abortion should be legal. A majority of the country thinks that we shouldn't teach creation in schools. A majority of the country beleives in an independent judiciary that should be above politics. I'm telling you, there are a few nuts out there that are trying to turn our country into a theocracy, and it's getting scary. Congressman are implying it's ok to kill judges when they make rulings that piss off the "religious right" and that it's actually BAD for a Supreme Court justice to DO HIS OWN RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET. I mean, what kind of an idiot are we talking about here? This is what we're coming to.

I swear to God, we need to get Republicans out of power. We've got too much power concentrated in too small a group of ideologues. Things were never this out of control with a Democratic White House, Republican Congress, or hell, even when the Democrats controlled everything. Like I said, hopefully this makes some sense. I'm just getting so riled lately at the insanity in our society I don't know what to do anymore.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

I'm still here

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been getting over the flu. I spent Sunday to Tuesday aching like crazy and Wednesday curled up on the couch the whole day. My fever final broke today but now my nose is running and I think my voice is going. Pretty much I'm a mess, but I can function. I've had enough energy sproatically to check some of my usual blogs, but not all. Sorry if I missed you. Some items of note (in no particular order):

Tonight was my older son's first school concert. He was in the 3rd grade recorder band. The kids sounded wonderful. I got it all on tape for posterity (and to embarass his girlfriends when he's a teenager. Wait til I break out his naked butt pictures in the tub from age 3). He was quite proud of himself. He's turning into quite the musician. He's considering playing sax next year, though I think he should take up drums. Interestingly enough, without any prompting from me, he's considering the same musical path I took: recorder in 3rd grade, sax from 4th to 10th. It was in high school I picked up a guitar, and the rest, as they say, is history. However, he's a natural at the drums. He was picking it up at 18 months when my band was set up in our basement so I'm going to encourage him to try it out. We shall see.

Many kudos to the Wife for acting as Mom and Dad the last few days. She's had to carry the load while I've been down for the count. Good thing I'm better now, however. She made lunches for everyone last night (my usual job) and out of sheer tiredness, forgot to put the sandwhiches in the fridge. Since they'd been out all night, they couldn't be consumed. I found this out when I heard her screaming this morning and throwing things around. She gets like that sometimes. It's kind of amusing after the fact, but my little lady was not having a good morning today. I made lunches tonight and they are indeed in the fridge.

I discovered again what a wasteland daytime TV is. As I lie on the couch yesterday morning, drifting in and out of sleep, I overheard snippets of the Tony Danza show, the Ellen Show, and The View. The reason I only caught snippets is they all lulled be instantly back to sleep. Good when you're sick, but not if you really wanted to watch anything in the morning.

My brain has been pretty clear today. I've been walking in a fog since sometime Sunday night and barely been able to think straight. However, I think I've taxed my poor gray matter about all it will take today. In about a half hour, I'm going to load my body up with over the counter medications recommended by my doctor and then hopefully fall blissfully into sleep. I haven't gotten a decent nights sleep since Saturday so it would be nice for a change.

Now all of you out there be good or I'll find you, kiss you on the lips, and give you my germs. Guys too! I'm not kidding!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

It's Alive!

This past Sunday we began the new Alive at 5 Mass geared towards young people with more rock oriented music. The response was overwhelmingly positive! The church was packed and the mass was awesome! The priest that performed the mass was vibrant and spoke in terms everyone could relate to. It was a great start to our new venture.

For me, it was an affirmation that I'm in the right place muscially. Even though I wasn't feeling too well (I must thank my little guy for giving me his cold), there was an energy level that took all the pain away. I've had problems with "stage fright" at some of my gigs at clubs when I was in a regular rock band. No of that effected me in the least. The comfort level was unbelievable.

We're going to be playing Sunday evenings in May and June, taking July and August off, then resuming in September. Hopefully we get as good a crowd every week and we can minister to the needs of people that haven't been able to connect with the church up to now. Wish us luck!