A few loose items to throw out there on this fine October day:
Don't know what prompted that last post, but every now and then it feels good to just go ahead and purge what's rattling around in your head, even if it's irrational and completely unfounded. But hey, that's why it's called freedom of speech now isn't it?
Timing is everything...
Every morning I play this little game on the way to work with the school bus that uses the same route as me. By sheer coincidence, we end up meeting at the same intersection every day. However, if I don't get to the corner before he does, I end up right behind him for the next two miles on a little county road while he stops every block to pick up another rider.
Two problems with this...
1. It easily adds an extra 10 minutes to my already-late arrival time at work.
2. I have to suck his diesel fumes the whole way. And the fact that I drive my motorcycle to work makes that an even bigger issue.
And no, I can't leave earlier because I also have to drop off Austin at school on my way and he apparently only has one speed in the morning... late.
October 3rd is...
... my brother Rick's birthday, so I'd like to take this time to wish him a very happy birthday - even though he's an admitted Packers fan (for what reason I don't know). But Rick deserves good wishes because besides being a frequent commenter here, he's also a really nice, helpful, thoughtful, great guy who would come to your rescue at the drop of a hat and not even think twice about it.
So Rick, I hope you know how much we all appreciate everything you do for us and that mom was able to give you a nice cake and make your favorite meal. I've got your present here so I'll bring it with me next time I come up.
(note to self: get present for Rick)
Eye can see clearly now...
Finally, I thought I'd share a cool phenomenon my son Brandon pointed out to me. He was watching Mythbusters one day and saw this episode where they were testing the theory of why pirates wore eye patches. Apparently it wasn't because they got them poked out in sword fights or anything like that, it was because it allowed them to keep one eye dark at all times so if they had to quickly go below deck all they had to do was swing the patch over to the other eye, and the eye that was covered up would already be adjusted to the dark and be able to see.
Then last night, when I got up to go to the bathroom at 3:00 in the morning, I noticed that even though my bedroom was dark - I could still see fairly well throughout the room. So, instead of going into the bright bathroom and then stumbling my way back through my bedroom to my side of the bed like I normally do, I instead decided to test out this myth myself.
This time, I closed my left eye tightly the whole time I was in the bathroom and kept it closed until I had the light turned off and was back in my room. As soon as I entered the room I noticed that the eye that had been exposed to the light couldn't see anything. It was pitch black in the room. Then, when I switched eyes and opened the one that had been closed instead, I COULD SEE PERFECTLY!
Seriously, it works just the way the pirates said it would. How cool is that?
One thing though... I guess if I'm going to continue to do this, I should probably practice the whole peeing with one eye closed thing. I'm just saying.