Archive for February, 2006


How many times can you hear that song and not go crazy?
 
I’m putting the answer up around 23… which is my estimate for today.
 
Is it worth $5 to have someone watch you wash your car?
 
It can be.
 
Can you work for hours and leave someone else exhausted?
 
I did.  My son collapsed on the couch after dinner.
 
Steve had a school car wash today for charity (they sponsored a poor school in South Africa).  He’s 10.  His classmates are, too.  They don’t know how to wash cars.  Well, they didn’t but they do now.  And while the raw enthusiasm of a 10-year-old boy is limitless, their lack of focus is equally so.  So, when the teacher came around with her camera, all she could say was, "Can we get the adults away from the car?  I’m going to need some kids in this picture!"  When they came and posed by the car, she teased one with, "Hey Aaron… any closer and you might actually accomplish work!"  He was making little circles with his sponge about an inch away from the car.
 
We had a great time, but it was hilarious.  Every time we would rinse a car down, one of the kids would take that opportunity to put a soapy sponge on it.  By this method, some of our customers got three car washes for that $5!  And every time the hose came out, one of the kids positioned himself in the path of the backspray or overspray off the car.  So we had lots of wet kids, but amazingly every single one "couldn’t help it!"  Note that they said this four octaves above their normal speaking voices.
 
I don’t know how much they raised, but there were four teams, each doing two cars at a time for two and a half hours.   And while I doubt anyone will be paying them to wash cars any time soon without a charity involved, I’m thinking it was a great success.  They really had their hearts in the right place.
Something I’ve noticed in my recent posts is a lack of depth.  I’ve shared elements of my life, good and bad, but there has been so much going on lately that I feel like I’m reporting events more than sharing philosophies or thoughts.  I’ll refer back to two posts that occured over my blogging history…
An Ode To Starbucks – in this entry, I talked about the impact a 5-minute interaction can have on one’s enitre day.
 
De Colores - whether it had any merit or not, I geeked out on a puzzle that’s perplexed me for years and years without explanation.  And while pondering it in text, the answer may have come to me.  I have yet to confirm that.
These two posts are examples of where I planned to take this site.  But, if it went according to plan, I guess I wouldn’t be "EricAtRandom", I’d be "EricOnSchedule", wouldn’t I?  Granted, sharing life events should still go on, but these kinds of posts should be intermixed, too.
 
Well, I am about to take what may appear to be a VERY random turn.  Catholic Mom is aware.  I alluded to it in a comment on EZ‘s blog.  But the fact of the matter is that there are people in the physical world who need to hear it first hand before I can go any further online.  The result of this seemingly random turn, hopefully, is that the blog will become less random, as I’ll have something upon which to focus.
 
Let me clear the air (or avoid it fogging up in the first place):
  • We’re not having another child.
  • I’m not gay and will not be "coming out".
  • You will most likely agree that it’s good news (unless you’re gay and were waiting for me to come out).
  • It doesn’t involve sipping coffee in a cafe and having an idea that could save humanity with no one being nailed to anything.  If that were the case, certainly the Vogons would have struck by now.

 So… at this point, it’s still Any Day Now...

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This is from Kelly. Thanks for the link.. this was fun! 

Any Day Now...
This morning I was informed of the passing of a friend of mine.  Noel and I were not very close friends, but we could have been, time permitting.  We shared jokes and coffee at work.  He was assaulted and shot at the door to his apartment.  He had no money on him.  Just dinner and flowers for his wife of 5 months.  He was in his mid-20′s.
 
 
EDIT: I didn’t think it was respectful to Noel to lash out angrily at criminals and the legal system, so I’m altering the post to be more appropriate.
 
I find it hard to accept it when someone’s life is ended in such a meaningless way.  This was a young man with so much potential… personal and professional.  His life was just falling into place.  He was obviously very much in love with his new wife, and they had found a home in a very nice part of town.
 
He was always helpful at work.
 
I don’t have much more to offer.  I am just devastated to see this happen.  To realize just how many people are out there with no respect for human life whatsoever.  I’ll be praying intently for his wife and both of their families.  I hope they can take this criminal off the streets.
Ok… we came across the escape pod.  So, somewhere on the planet, Arthur, Marvin, Ford, and Zaphod are up to something!
 

C’Mon, guys, show yourselves!  I want a seat on the ship when you head back up!!!
 
(this is the full-size prop from the film on the backlot of the Disney MGM Studios theme park — I have to go back with more than just my camera-phone!)
 
Not 5 minutes ago, I was scouting for pieces to the Lego Star Wars figure and vehicle my 4-year-old is building.  Michelle was sitting with him helping him assemble it.
 
"You’ve assembled the man already?" she asked.
 
"Yes.  This thing is his bubble shooter," he said, pointing to a clear, blue piece at the tip of the gun.
 
"Bubble shooter?" I asked.
 
"Yes.  It shoots bubbles," he replied.
 
I was thinking how cute and innocent it was that he imagined the laser pistol shooting bubbles.
 
"… and makes everybody die." Matthew finished.
 
"Aha.  I understand."  I said.  Mom rolled her eyes and I lost composure (remember, that’s what I do… I’m the dad!).
 
"DAD!  It’s not funny.  It’s cool!"
 
Oh well… no more bubbles for THIS kid!
(WARNING… extreme violence of an extremely cartoonish nature)
This doesn’t surprise me in the least… I’ve always felt Mulder-like. He lived in apartment 42, by the way.
You scored as FBI’s X-Files Division (The X-Files). You are part of a super secret section of the FBI. You also have the very cool status of "Special Agent". You believe in many conspiracies and know the government is covering up way too much. Now if only you could the Cigarette Smoking Man to stop providing you with the second-hand smoke.

FBI’s X-Files Division (The X-Files)

88%

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

88%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

81%

Serenity (Firefly)

81%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

75%

SG-1 (Stargate)

75%

Moya (Farscape)

75%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

69%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

69%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

56%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

50%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

50%

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HOLY COW!!!!

In a single click, this thing nailed me!  I have "weird ways".  I got this link from RandomBeautifulDreamer
 
***Your Personality Profile***
 
You are dependable, popular, and observant. Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness. In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.
 
You are unique, creative, and expressive. You don’t mind waving your freak flag every once and a while. And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!