Friday Hodgepodge

Friday, April 21, 2017

Three Things

1. Part of the reason I was away from here last week was a great family vacation. Comparing notes with Mrs. Van Horn, I realized that we both came back feeling unusually energized. She thought we just really needed the break, and I agreed. But we'd traveled plenty of times before without feeling this refreshed. And I think I know why this time was different: The kids have passed a threshold. Yes, they are still toddlers, but Pumpkin was more mature and Little Man much more independent on this trip. Two things stood out: First, they were much better at entertaining themselves without getting hurt or breaking things; and second, playing with them was much more about having fun with them than being vigilant.

Caring for infants and young toddlers has its moments, but it is hard work, and parents are always on call. I am glad I got to be as involved as I have been, but I won't mince words: I feel as if I've had my first real vacation in nearly six years.

2. This guide, "How to Survive the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017," is geared for the curious, not the superstitious. That said, the anticipated "hurricane evacuation-like traffic" -- Scroll down to "Day 2" -- is worth factoring in, if it doesn't outright make you want to stay put.

3. Save a life, get razzed for your painted toenails:

Paramedics were getting the officers out of their ice-cold clothing to warm them up when they noticed something funny.

Officer Gadwell had gold toenails.

Gadwell said, "They're looking at me funny and I'm like, 'This is what happens when you have daughters at home."

"I get to the hospital and everyone is making fun of me. They're laughing at me and they go, 'Hey, just so you know, your partner's toes are done too."
My toenails remain unpainted ... so far.

Weekend Reading

"People will not change without first arriving at the deeply held conviction that change must take place." -- Michael Hurd, in "We Change Only if We Want To" at The Delaware Wave

"The [value judgment behind the] emotional state of students 'diagnosed' with now-being-debunked 'attention deficit disorder' is, 'Schooling is not important.'" -- Michael Hurd, in "How to Unlock Your Motivation" at The Delaware Coast Press

"If we are to truly learn the lessons of Communism's history, it is the moral premise of collectivism that [Ayn] Rand asks us to question and reject." -- Yaron Brook, in foreword to "Our Alleged Competitor (PDF)," by Ayn Rand (1962) at The Conservative

-- CAV


Dinwar said...

Regarding #3: I was injured pretty badly about ten years ago. I in a re-enactment event and got hit wrong, and was 2 mm away from a compound fracture. The medics and the folks with me were doting on me, asking if I was comfortable and if I needed anything and whatnot. My wife--at the time girlfriend--was in another part of the site. Her reaction? "I can't leave you for five minutes without you breaking yourself, can I?!" :D The good-natured ribbing made me go from Mountain Dew green to human colored instantly! I bet the cop involved appreciated being picked on more than we'll ever know. It makes you feel human.

Gus Van Horn said...

I agree. Millions of snowflakes to the contrary, ribbing is a sign of respect.