Wednesday, September 27, 2006


In an earlier post I wrote that I thought falling gas prices would be a huge boon to the Republicans in the November elections. I predicted that gas would be as low as $2.55 by election day. Boy was I wrong. And I sure am glad. Gas is already at $2.47 here in California and much lower in other states. WooHoo! My budget and my political hopes are very grateful.

In a related note, 7-11 has dropped CITGO as their gas provider for more than 2,000 of their locations. This is great news as CITGO is closely affiliated with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Chavez is a thug and taking money away from his power base is a good thing.


Monday, September 25, 2006


As the evaluations of President Clinton's ragaholic interview with "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace flood in, I feel compelled to add my two cents. Many criticize Clinton as an inconsequential President. I disagree. I would, to some extent, characterize him more as a Pop Culture President. He played the sax on "The Arsenio Hall Show." He answered the boxers vs. briefs question on MTV. And he strung along a host of women -- Lewinsky, Flowers, Broadrick, Willey -- in a playboy like fashion. It was more important to him to be famous and popular than significant and presidential. Nevertheless, he was indeed a consequential President, it's just that all of the consequences, for him and the nation, were negative.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006


It seems one of my more weird parenting talents is the ability to make up silly songs on the spot and sing them to my four month old son. This is one of his favorites. And his mom likes it, too, even if it is about her penchant for driving in the fast lane.


(sung to the tune of the musical hook in those Six Flags Commercials where the old guy dances around the theme park)

Mama drives a fast car
She should be in NASCAR

She's going to need an attorney
When they take her off on a gurney

She really should slow down
Before someone she mows down

She ain't gonna do it
The road she likes to chew it

She's going to get a ticket
Gas pedal she likes to stick it

Her speed she will not decrease
Even when chased by the police

She treats it like a speedway
Even when not on the freeway

She should drive a pace car
Instead it's like a race car

Me I don't feel the heat
I'm always in my car seat

But daddy's patience getting tested
'Cause she's always getting arrested

Mama drives a fast car
She should be in NASCAR


Sunday, September 17, 2006


Blogging has not been what I expected. At first, I thought it would be a lot like journaling. I would process my thoughts on paper and it would help me deal with anger or anxiety and the like. But journaling is highly personal, and it is written quickly and in shorthand. And it's meant for your eyes only, or perhaps you'll read it to your therapist some day. In order to journal I need to feel like my writing is safe and private. Blogging is much different. It's much more laborious. You have to worry about accuracy, spelling, grammar. More eyes are intended to see it. And because of all of these demands, it has been difficult to blog as often as I journal. It's hard to find the time. Whereas you don't intend for anyone to read your journal or diary, the very purpose of a blog is to share your thoughts with others and hopefully persuade them. You need an audience. But if no one is reading your blog, or it seems no one is reading your blog, that can produce the very feelings that necessitate that you journal. So it is a vicious cycle. And as a result I have found myself blogging in fits and spurts. Consistency has been difficult. Discouragement creeps in all too often. And sometimes it just feels like I have nothing original to say. And then when I do feel like I have nothing to say it feels frustrating if no one is reading it. So there you have it. My cathartic explanation of how difficult and emotional blogging can be. Having said all that, I really don't know that I have answered the question in my post's title. I guess the answer is still a work in progress.


Thursday, September 14, 2006


The Mrs. and I have been enjoying some recent trips to the local Drive-In Theater. Yes, they still have those (only one in the entire Sacramento area, though). It's been a great outlet for entertainment because 1) it's cheaper than paying $10 to visit your local multiplex, 2) you can bring your own goodies so you don't have to get a bank loan to buy popcorn and 3) we can bring our 4-month old son Parker and he falls asleep in the back seat.

Last weekend we saw Invincible, the new Disney underdog sports movie. Disney has dominated this genre of movie the last few years with strong films such as "The Rookie," "Remember the Titans" and "Miracle." "Invincible" is a solid film, starring Mark Wahlberg as a 30 year old bartender who decides to try out for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Greg Kinnear portrays Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil. It's based on the true story of Vince Papale who played three years for the Eagles in the late 1970s. Both of us enjoyed the film. It's Disney-clean, perfect for the whole family. And Vince's success gives you goose bumps and helps you realize the impossible really is possible sometimes. I am hoping Disney continues to mine this underdog sports hero theme because it keeps working for them.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006


It seems much of the nation doesn't even realize we are at war. The President's poll numbers and support for the Iraq War are low. And much of the country is caught up in left-leaning conspiracy theories about how Bush and his cronies caused the 9/11 attacks. This is all absurd. We need to realize we are fighting a mortal enemy who wants nothing more than to kill as many of us as possible. Not just our soldiers, but our every day citizens on our homeland. Here are ten things you can do to help support the war effort and combat the loony Left.

1. Vote in every election for candidates that will treat the US military with respect and support the efforts of the global war on terror.

2. Pray -- for our Commander in Chief, his Cabinet, our military leaders and specifically, by name, for every US military person you know, especially those on the battlefront in Iraq and Afghanistan.

3. Sign up to sponsor a serviceman or servicewoman at Soldiers Angels. The Mrs. and I have sponsored three brave soldiers thus far, all serving in the Middle East.

4. Get your church to honor our country and military by celebrating every patriotic holiday as a congregation, recognizing military families within the membership, sponsoring a military unit, etc.

5. Buy and proudly display an American flag at your home and/or workplace. Our flag is beautiful and it does inspire patriotism. And we need that.

6. Get your news from sources other than the Mainstream Media. The major networks, with the exception of the Fox News Channel, have displayed a vested interest in seeing the Bush Administration and the US military fail in Iraq and elsewhere. The time has come to rely on blogs and other conservative outlets for news you can trust.

7. Blog your beliefs. We can't afford to keep silent while Islamofascists want to kill us and the media and the Democrats want to help them accomplish their mission. Let your patriotic, pro-military, God-fearing voice be heard or words be read.

8. Thank every US military veteran you meet. A simple "thank you for your service" will more than likely warm their heart and put a smile on their face. And it will remind you of their sacrifices on your behalf, and the sacrifices many are still making today in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

9. Support your family members in the military. Most of us have a relative, either in our immediate family, or in the extended version, who is currently serving our country. Write them encouraging notes, send them gift baskets and make your support noticeable in tangible ways.

10. Instill within your children respect for and admiration of the US military. Let them know the military is a great career opportunity. And if your son or daughter decides they want to defend our country, respect their wishes. And let them know how proud you are of their choice.


Monday, September 11, 2006


I know, the title makes this post sound like it is about divorce litigation. I promise, it is not. Instead, it's about the high stakes football game that served as the series premiere for NBC's Sunday Night Football. Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts past his brother Eli's team, the New York Giants. It was a fun game to watch, and the first time in NFL history that two brothers have started opposite each other at quarterback. Personally, I was rooting for Eli to win. Ever since Peyton complained about his offensive line after his lousy game in last year's playoff loss, I've written him off as a whiner. But I have to admit he did have a good game last night. Still, I don't know that he has the chops to win the Big Game. And plus I am getting sick and tired of seeing him in every other commercial on sports programming (Sprint, Directv, GatorAde, etc.). So here's hoping if there is ever a rematch, maybe in a future Super Bowl, that Eli can beat his brother. The world could use a little less Peyton.

Speaking of NBC's Sunday Night Football, I enjoyed the telecast. The pregame and halftime crew were a little rusty. But Al Michaels and John Madden were, as always, in top notch form. Why exactly did ABC decide to boot Monday Night Football to ESPN? Sounds like a lousy move to me. Sure, MNF's ratings dipped a bit. Most shows do in their third decade. Still, it consistently ranked in the top 20. Now you have fewer homes able to tune in because it has been relegated to cable. Sorry, ABC, but that only means it's ratings will dip even further. I don't blame Michaels and Madden for bolting to NBC.


Sunday, September 10, 2006


There's speculation that the Republicans may not do as poorly in this mid-term election cycle as originally predicted. Lots of reasons for the sudden turn in fortune. Some say it is because of the renewed interest in fighting terrorism. Others say it is because the Democrats simply have no credible alternative to offer. I suspect both of these insights are true. But the biggest reason the President and the Republicans will do just fine this November is due to the steady fall of gas prices. I paid $2.69 yesterday in Sacramento. WOOHOO! My budget is loving that. The American people vote with their pocketbook. And falling gas prices are a much needed reminder of how well the overall economy is doing thanks to President Bush's tax cuts. Here's hoping I see $2.55 by election day.

In other news: check out Thirdwavedave for important information on an impending insightful interview. And see the Mrs.' site for an updated picture of Parker. It's a cute photo, but it didn't help his team win in week one.