Steelers Lost…. watch how you say that!

I was Christmas shopping in a department store and was checking out, being assisted by an older woman. Her appearance made me think she might be Pentecostal, I mean, she had the PHD, the glasses, the outfit etc.... not that it matters, I am just trying to set the scene. She was sharing the register with a much younger woman, hip, well dressed etc... who had just gotten off the phone. She turned to the older woman and said, 'Steelers lost.' The older woman got this kind of confused look on her face Read more [...]

What’s in a name? Maybe a smile….

When we were traveling last week we stopped at a Bojangles in Kentucky for a quick meal. We walked in and this young lady asked if she could help us. Reading her name tag, I said something like, 'you sure can Gloria' and with the words barely out of my mouth I noticed this large grin on her face. Gloria looked at me and said, 'no one ever uses my name, its always girl or hey you.' I always try to use a name if I see it, and her response made me realize this wasn't the first time I had gotten such Read more [...]

NKR (not quite right) v.1.0

While I was mobilized I spent 3 weeks in Malaysia which a Navy colleague refered to as the 'Land of NKR (not quite right)'. I actually thought it was fine but his title did inspire me start gathering my own NKR moments. Here is the first installment of things I noticed on my recent vacation to Florida over the Thanksgiving break: Its just not the same... Walking in a Winter Wonderland really looses its meaning when played on steel kettledrums at the beach. Words on the butt... We have all seen those Read more [...]

Out of the mouths of Babes…

Having me as a father gives the children an early education on the fine art of sarcasm, but Hannah hasn't grasped all the nuances quite yet. Last night on the ride home from dance class, an NPR correspondent was talking about trying to book a hotel room for the upcoming inauguration and said; "If you want to get depressed, Google Washington D.C., hotels and inauguration." My beautiful half-full child responded, "why would you WANT to get depressed?" If she can see that, why can't NPR? :) Read more [...]

Kids Say, v.11.0… a twofer (maybe 3)

For some reason, the kids have just been funny the last few days, for example: Last night while on the way to Grandma's house I was scanning the new Sirius lineup in my truck. I landed on a French station and just for fun, I asked the kids what language they were speaking. Hannah piped up right up, I mean within a second and said "French!" followed closely by a "huahn, huahn, hauhn..." That's probably not spelled right but picture a snooty Frenchman laughing, very funny stuff. Well tonight, we Read more [...]

Kids Say, v.10.0

Had a few this week: We had no power for three days due to a wind storm last Sunday. After two and a half days we had to empty the fridge because of spoilage and we put a candle in the fridge so we could see since it was dark outside. Hannah said, is it safe to put a candle in the fridge and I said 'don't worry honey, it goes out when you close the door'. I know thats not a kids say but the look on her face was priceless. When the power returned it was dark and the people across the street had Read more [...]