I got a nice stack of thank-you notes from the students in the IT Fundamentals class. The teacher seems to be really on the ball.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I preordered jazz guitar virtuoso Mike Moreno's new album several months ago and was eagerly looking forward to receiving it this weekend after seeing that it was shipped on Tuesday.
My wife, daughter and I excitedly walked to the mailbox as we saw the postal truck pull up. As our friendly postal carrier handed me the Amazon envelope, I began to wonder why it was so narrow and thick, unlike other CD envelopes I have received from Amazon. I am sure that you can imagine my surprise when I discovered, upon tearing open the envelope, that it contained a package of Mimijumi replacement nipples. I struggle to conceive of a stranger or more embarrassing unrequested product you could have sent to me. The Mimijumi pacakge, with it's cheerful, smiling droplet of breastmilk emblazoned on the side brings what I suspect is an inappropriate sadness to my heart. I have been looking forward to Mike Moreno's new CD for several months, and the notion that my enjoyment of his music has been delayed for at least several days by an unsought and unwanted set of artificial nipples sadly degrades my opinion of Amazon's otherwise excellent service.
Please let me know what I need to do to receive my requested CD as soon as possible. I also suggest that you may want to reship order #105-8967681-XXXXXXX to whomever requested it, as there is undoubtedly someone in this great country of ours who is in desperate need of what appear to be some very expensive simulated nipples.
Brother 1 Lastname
Saturday, May 28, 2011
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Son's IT Fundamentals teacher indicated that she'd be interested in seeing the arcade machine Son and I assembled, so I arranged with her to bring it in for a show and tell. In order to make the trip a little more productive, I also offered to do a career day presentation about my specific experience in IT as well as related careers.
A couple of observations...
- There was a strong gender divide in response when I would ask, "Who wants to play an old-time video game?"
- High school sophomores generally, but not universally, do not have an idea what they want to do when they grow up.
- Some of the more interesting kids (who might be my subjects in my role as king of the nerds) are actually interested in learning how to tie a bow tie.
- Teachers who stand in front of a class and lecture for six hours a day have WAY more stamina than I do right now. I thought I had bruised my feet and come down with strep, but I suspect a night's sleep will correct the issue.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I took Son to the doctor to review his ADHD medication's effectiveness. Son is reporting that he's having a little trouble focusing at school sometimes, and he thinks a new medication may be in order.
The doctor's diagnosis (almost verbatim): "You are fine, and your medication is fine. Sometimes school is just boring. Suck it up."
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Son: If I get a job at McDonalds, I can make about $7.50 an hour.
GDad: After taxes, you can probably count on about $5 an hour.
Son: So if I work a year, I can make about $15,000.
GDad: Assuming you work 40 hours a week, that's your gross, but you'd bring home about $10,000. Working at McDonald's. Full time. More likely, you'd work about one weekend day and one evening. That would be about 12 hours a week, or about $60.
Son: I need about $3,000 for my project.
GDad: Then it would take you a year, assuming no expenses. But wouldn't it be a wiser use of your money if you saved it for college rather than spending it on an arcade machine?
I hate that my father is speaking words through my lips.
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Tomorrow we get to go off site and learn about our Personalysis. This is very distinct from our Strength Finder results, which are very different from our Myers-Briggs results, which are very different from our....
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Another example of Mega Corporation One underlining the important bits.
For our international readers, this does not refer to a woman (or programming language) named Ada, but rather the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.).