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Quick post before I crash.

I signed up for a Kendo/Japanese Swordsmanship class at UTEP yesterday. It starts in a couple of months. I'm very excited about the prospect of learning more about how to play with sharp pointy weapons (even if the class it taught using fake non sharp non pointy ones).

Today was a long long long day. I had to be in major business mode most of the day and that left me drained. I am sooooooo ready for bed right now.

My furnace is working again and the new valve is making it work better than ever. The house is actually very comfortable without having the thermostat set to some unreasonable level. Before it would be somewhat cold at times (the valve had begun to fail slowly, probably since I bought the house). The bill for the work was relatively small so this is good.

I heard from the HLC folks earlier. I talked to the administrative guy and he gave me some good suggestions. He also pointed out that the HLC has never won a case when it goes before the city council. So pretty much anytime they deny something, if you take it to the council you win. I don't want to get too cocky about that, but it's nice to know that there is a good chance I can do what I please with my house. I have to jump through more hoops than I'd like to, but I'll chalk it up to being good for me and teaching me valuable skills like how to confront people without giving in to the urge to smack them upside the head if they prove to be particularly dense or un-cooperative ;).

Mr. Rogers died today. That sucks, but I'm not to broken up about it. I do find myself morbidly curious about how the kiddy shrinks will try to make a killing on the talk/news show circuit teaching parents how to help their kids cope with the "terrible news." I don't know, but personally, when I was most interested in his show, I wasn't all that up on news. If it had just stopped being shown one day I might have been curious about it, but I doubt it would have distracted me from playing with my Legos for very long. Maybe that's one of the reasons why kids are so different nowadays. We're making them grow up too fast and making them deal with stuff that is somewhat beyond them. The world is a big bad scary place but I think part of what being a parent or watching out for kids is about is shielding them from some of that.

Ignorance isn't bliss, but sometimes it's the only thing that let's us sleep at night"

On that note. Good night gentle readers.


My mother works in an elementary school, and they had opened up the school councilor all day incase kids had problems with his death. Oddly? No one cared. Now, we grew up with mr. rogers, but, we also grew up without cable for some years too. In today's society our kids ARE too old, and they are certainly too wired to everyone and everything. They are just.... distant and jaded. Who would watch mr. rogers when you could watch flashy japanamation?

I think us gen x'ers have the best of both worlds. we were the last generation to have simple childhoods, and get to buy all the cool techie toys now.

Christ, that was a depressing reply..... I think I'll go have lunch.
In today's society our kids ARE too old

This statement is so very true. I work mostly w/ 7th and 8th graders and sometimes I'm downright stunned at the subject matter of their conversations. They are definitely "older" in some respects than I/we were at that age. Heck, in 7th grade, the only WOMEN in my life were The Baroness and Lady J from GI Joe! hehe
It's funny, I wore all black on Thursday (just b/c it was clean), and when I got to work, there were 3 other teachers (all in late 20s to early-30s) who were also wearing all black. When I walked in, the secretary commented, "You're like the billionth person I've seen today wearing black. Who died?" I said, "Mr. Rogers. But I'm wearing black because it's all that was clean today." And she did the "Oh, how sad" sorta schpeal. At this time one another teachers, (sorta hippy looking 28 year old guy) came up next to me and she asked him, "Another one in all black. It's because Mr. Rogers died huh?" He's all, "What? Mr. Rogers died? Wierd. But no, it's because I didn't have anything else that was clean." I wonder if that was the case w/ the other teachers too hahahaha