A running commentary on things going on. Inspired by the need to show family the house but not wanting to deal with the complexity of Flickr.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Stopping for food first
Massively sleep deprived, we've resorted to telling them what they want to hear and we also gave up the secret location of the diaper "archives" (under the sink, in the corner).
Don't call us today. We are sleepy. The times of opportunity are randomly scattered and we could get sleep almost without notice. A single phone call will send us into a psychosis.
We'll call you.,. I promise
Do 5 Day Olds Dream?
So entertaining moments aside, apparently Cisco had a dream where he was being chased by formula bottles and a huge Simulac monster. I say this because he was sleeping soundly then wakes from a dead sleep and screams like a lunatic for just long enough for Barb and I to look at each other and think, "Oh hell. Here we go." As those thoughts are being formed and read on each other's faces, he sighs and is right back to dream land. That was unexpected. Granted, there are a lot of things people don't tell you or can't possibly describe when it comes to having a newborn. You would think that this would be a great misery-loves-company moment someone would pass on. As in "Oh yeah, wait till he has a 5 second nightmare on his 4th day of life."
OK, that's not true, this is just what he looks like when he's not having a nightmare.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
We've been here since Monday night. It will be two days tonight. Seems like a week and a half.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The Little Guy
Monday, May 17, 2010
Also the shoe covers are odd.
Headband update. The headband is actually a Punisher scarf, not just a regular skull scarf.
"Yeah that doesn't matter now."
"Because I'm having it today."
"Oh, is there a problem?"
"Do they not tell you what you're here for? My water broke."
"Ohm. No they just tell me where to go."
The look on Barb's face was great.
She had ultrasound scheduled today to check the amniotic fluid. There was a concern it might be low and they would have to do a C-section. So she doesn't eat in the morning and goes in this afternoon. Fluid level good everyone good and no need for emergency C-section.
So she leaves around three and is so hungry she stops at Arbys and gets a Beef N Cheddar. C-section scheduled for friday.
Now that there will be a C-section, they want to wait until 8 hours have passed.
So now I've got at least two hours before anything happens.
Arizona Immigration Law
Yes, there are bad people in all fields but the overwhelming majority of police, Sherriff’s officers, border patrol, FBI and so on, are decent regular people who will not use this as an excuse to attack Hispanics.
If you believe law enforcement is so corrupt then you should be opposed to just about any law as they can all be used unlawfully against illegal aliens, rednecks, teens, women, Asians, the sinistral, or dentists.
The hyperbolic concern with the "bad cop" who violates the law is unwarranted. Address the issue. The answer is not to object to laws that can be misused. Objecting to the law on the grounds of possible abuse is like objecting to hot dogs because someone could choke on them.
Laws are only good as far as they restrict infringement. Laws do not keep people safe, moral, healthy, or free. They punish those who endanger others, punish those who commit acts which society in general agrees are unacceptable, and punish those who endanger our health or liberty (intentionally or otherwise).
Laws are not constructive. They are punitive vehicles. Occasionally acting as a deterrent and mostly providing a way for society to rid themselves of undesirable elements whether they are child molesters, murders, chemical waste or illegal immigrants. I'm OK with that.
If you don't believe it should be illegal to enter the United States without the current processing steps, I'm OK with that as well. Get the votes. Change the law. The current Arizona law does not make it more illegal to be an illegal immigrant. It allows the state to take an active role in the enforcement of the Federal Laws that exist already. Change those laws if you like. Just stop whining about it in the meantime.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
It's Time My Friends... Monaco
Last race was interesting for two reasons.
The Brawn Team redesigned their car to better fit his driving style and he out qualified his team mate for the first time this year and finished 4th.
Secondly, the combined psychic power of the spanish people forced Lewis Hamilton off the track and nearly exploded Vettel's brakes, giving Alonso second place.
Mark Webber wins. Alonso comes second with a wounded Vettel third. Racing goodness.
Absolutely one of my favorite tracks. Not so much for the racing, as there is little passing and actual racing going on.
But for lack of a better word, the event itself. They (who wrote the book of "it")** refer to the Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco as the Crown Jewel of Formula One. A rather insightful metaphor as, much like any remaining monarchy, the track is fat with anachronism.
- It's a street race. Bumpy and dirty with oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid and any other number of things that might leak or be thrown out of a car.
- It's narrow. So narrow that most passess will be done in the pits.
- It has the tightest radius corner of any race in the sesason. So small that the teams build special suspensions just for this race to allow the front wheels to turn farther than normal.
- It is technically demanding. The cars are set with a much higher downforce than normal (some are at maximum) so they can negotiate the almost constant turning. Drivers require 100% focus at all times.
- Tall concrete barriers make this a lot like a torpedo run on a Death Star. The main difference is that those guys only had to run in a straight line. Well, that and nobody is shooting at the drivers. Still it's pretty dangerous. Did I mention it was narrow?
- It's incredible demanding. Retirements come from going slightly off course or brakes failing.
- It's an excuse for extravagance and pagentry that would normally irritate me with the attempt at significance. Somehow they manage to make it cool. Here is a perfect example. (Thanks Tim for the link)
The only driver to have won this race 6 times, Ayrton Senna.
The first turn of the first lap is always a good time.
We're watching it today. I know this is short notice but sometimes that's just how it works out.
** Atributed to Mike Gilbert expressing disdain for those who argue with only talking-point knowledge of the subject instead of actual knowledge. At least that's my interpretation.