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Reading to Small Children April 22, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Parenting/Children.
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Yesterday, I saw a mother reading a story from children’s book to her young son. This reminded me of the hours I spent (and a few I didn’t) reading to my sons.

There are many fond memories I have of my sons’ childhoods. Reading to them is near the top of that list. (more…)

Ten Things I’ve Done That You Probably Haven’t February 15, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Memes.
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I stole this from Gentiana over at .:Headfile:.

  1. Successfully recovered from forgetting the words to a singing telegram midway through the delivery
  2. Experienced not one, but two significant wardrobe malfunctions during theatrical performances in Baptist churches
  3. Suffered a compression break of the distal phalange (the tip bone) of my left thumb
  4. Had surgery to repair the orbit behind my right eye
  5. Suffered a partial tear of my left medial collateral ligament (MCL) from trying to piggy-back two of my best friends
  6. Been mistaken, on multiple occasions, for Troy Aikman (former Dallas Cowboys quarterback)
  7. Ate dinner with Bjarne Stroustrup, Bruce Eckel, Dan Saks, Scott Meyers, Marco Cantu, and Chuck Allison
  8. Hung upside down by my seatbelt in a car
  9. Memorized, while on-stage, a series of 12 one-page monologues
  10. Seen the Aurora Borealis from just outside of Louisville, KY

Special Explanatory Notes:

  1. This was before a packed, Friday night crowd in a Mexican restaurant, wearing a Superman costume. I forgot the words in the middle of the first verse, but I was able to convince the audience that it was part of the act. I promptly experienced a minor mental breakdown afterward in the car.
  2. In both cases, the fly was not just open, but was completely broken.
  3. This happened during a flawed attempt to pop a balloon while auditioning for the singing telegram job in #1. The doctor taking the x-rays said he had never seen or heard of this bone being broken in this manner, in his entire life. In spite of the injury, I got the job.
  4. It was broken by a left-hook from a teenage friend, responding to my metaphorical comparison between him and a private area of the female anatomy. We were having an argument over my limited view of existentialism, and it went downhill quickly.
  5. They were both relatively small, and I would have been successful, had it not been for the surprisingly slippery surface underneath my left foot.
  6. The first time was at a restaurant in Tyler, Texas, the night before the Cowboys were scheduled to play a home game in Dallas. For reasons that I cannot fully explain, I passed on the opportunity to translate the mistaken identity into a free meal.
  7. If you’re not a Delphi or C++ programmer, ignore this item, since me explaining its significance won’t help.
  8. This was the position my best friend and I found ourselves in after we rolled his Datsun 240Z while racing down a twisty backroad
  9. The monologues were part of a Fourth of July presentation, where there was a thankfully long song between each of the monologues. The monologues were just short enough, and the songs were just long enough, for me to lay down the script just before getting up to speak. My wife was the only one who knew that prior to arriving for the performance, I had not read any of the monologues.
  10. I had a paper route when I was a teenager, and noticed some incredible lights to the north. Not believing that the “Northern Lights” would be visible so far south, I called the weatherman at the local radio station who confirmed that what I had seen was, in fact, the Aurora Borealis, and that freak atmospheric conditions had made them visible.