Friday, March 30, 2007

Alan Hatcher

4208 Chesney Glen Drive
Hermitage, TN

I had to remove the picture of my daughter. I didn't use her name or any specific information about her, but I still got a derogatory comment from this pervert.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rotavirus warning #2

Okay, so I mispelled the virus name. I suppose it's like President Bush (the first one) mis-pronouncing Saddam Hussein's name.
Anyway... baby girl is back home after receiving a weekend of IV. We're just giving her as much fluid as we can. I told my parents we are watching everything that goes in and everything that comes out.
Here's some good information on the rotavirus from the CDC, Merck, and Wikipedia.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Roto warning #1

I haven't done any research, but I wanted to send a warning about the roto virus.
First of all, don't panic... Don't throw away your child's entire toy collection. Don't keep your child in the protective bubble of your own home. Don't make all your guests wash their hands 5 times before sitting in the same room with your children.

My daughter is in the hospital with the Roto virus. There were many other children there with the same thing. Fortunately, my daughter doesn't have a horrible case. She's had a fever (off and on) and she's had diarrhea. Friday she began throwing up so we took her to the pediatrician, and then to the emergency room.
She's been poked and prodded. She's fussy about her IV and bored out of her mind (of course, mommy and daddy are worried and bored, which is a bad combination).

The warning? Wash your child's toys after he/she has had a play date. Wash your child's changing table after EVERY changing. Wash your child's hands, and your own hands after EVERY changing. Use a cover on a public place (like a shopping cart).
DON'T use public changing tables (a nurse told us the floor was cleaner than a public changing table). We usually change our daughter in the car before we go into a public place like the mall or a restaurant. Usually she will last until we come back out to the car before she needs another changing.

I'm left handed, so it's easier for me to put my daughter with her legs to the left when I'm changing her. My wife is right handed, so it's easier for her to put my daughter's legs to the right. We had to stop that... Always change your children in the same direction so their hands and head are never where thier poop and pee used to be. (If I can golf right handed, I can learn to change a little girl facing the other way).

I'm going to do research, and I'll post more information and include links as I find them. Don't panic, but go wash your hands right now.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Jim Cramer hates Walmart (WMT). That's no secret.
I wasn't really listening to why (I had a fussy 10 month old), but the header on the screen said that Cramer didn't like the customer experience.
I'll agree... I hate going to Walmart. But, I hate going because it's always so crowded. I gotta tell ya'... I think having a crowded store is a good problem for a retailer to have.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Luxe Imagery

My co-worker is a professional photographer and took some pictures of my beautiful little girl this past weekend.
If you're in the Dallas area and you need a photographer for portraits or weddings he's your man.
Click here to check out his site. He has more examples of his photography there.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Say it ain't so!

Pete Rose swore that he never bet on baseball, and I admired him.
I saw him in many interviews, and he never looked happy. He looked like he was just there. Then I saw him hitting wiffle balls into the audience on the rosie "I ate my own child" o'donnel show. He was grinning from ear to ear and it made me happy to see Charlie Hustle happy.
Then he admitted that he bet on baseball, but never on the Reds. His game was still pure.
Now, he's tarnished that... and I don't know what to think about his on-field acomplishments.

He claims that he always bet on the Reds to win, but was there a point spread? Did he play poorly near the end of the game in order to keep the run difference to a minimum? Did he manage his players differently, or leave a pitcher in too long?

There are plenty of players tarnishing the game with HGH, but those guys are pansys that can't hit without a little extra juice. Pete Rose was just a damned good player. But, I wonder if he could have been better.

A short note to Michael Young: If we find out that you're tarnishing the game at the Ballpark in Arlington, I swear to God I'm going to climb a bell tower with a rifle.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Chuck Jaffe doesn't read.

Chuck Jaffe recently wrote an article criticizing Suzy Orman for being "out of touch". Among many things, he criticized Suzy Orman for being a lesbian; which - he acknowledges - has little to no effect on her ability to provide financial advice. If "...sexuality plays no role and carries no influence in financial advice", why bring it up? I think Chuck Jaffe is taking every shot he can at Ms. Orman in order to defame her character and make his point seem stronger. This is a weak and pitiful way to write an article.
Jaffe also criticizes Ms. Orman's stock market investments. Orman commented "I have a million dollars in the stock market, because if I lose a million dollars, I don't personally care." Jaffe summarizes that "...the person being trusted as everyone's financial adviser has a portfolio that few people could live with. "
However, Jaffe seems ignorant to the fact that Suze Orman doesn't encourage her audience to invest a million dollars in the stock market. She encourages her audience to make the best decisions for their portfolio. She encourages her audience to pay down expensive debt (and I agree in theory; but have difficulty in practice). Since Orman is worth about $25 million (according to Jaffe's article) she probably doesn't have an overwhelming debt load.
Her audience, however, seems to be middle class and lower income families and singles. I would guess that Suze Orman is the financial planner for people who can't afford financial planners.
If you make enough to own a home, but not pay cash... Suze Orman has good advice.
If you make enough to live paycheck to paycheck, but can't get out from under your credit card and school debt... Suze Orman has good advice.
It doesn't seem that Suze Orman is trying to sell her books to the executive that drives a mercedes, lives in a million dollar home, and paid for all of it with cash.
Suze Orman knows her audience. It doesn't seem that Chuck Jaffe does.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Tag... You're it.

No one's tagged me, but here's a tag anyway. BTW, I'm at work and feeling rather cynical.

The Stupid Thirty-Three

1. Were you named after anyone? Not that I know of
2. When was the last time you cried? I don't cry
3. Why are you so fickle when it comes to women? No one is as beautiful as my wife.
4. What is your favorite lunchmeat? Pastrami.
5. Do you have kids? One beautiful 10 month old girl, and one on the way.
6. If you were another person would you be friends with you? I doubt it, I'm an ass.
7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Of course not.
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yup.
9. Would you bungee jump? Has hell frozen over?
10. What is your favorite cereal? Coffee.
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
12. Do you think you are strong? Yes.
13. What is your favorite ice cream? Yes.
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? I try not to notice people, it leads to conversations.
15. Red or pink? Blue.
16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Nada.
17. Who do you mess with the most? My family.
18. What was the last thing you ate?Bag of Jalepeno chips.
19. What are you listening to right now?Foreigner.
20. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My wife.
21. Why aren't you married? You're not very bright, are you?
22. Last movie you watched? Man of the Year (Don't).
23. What did you dream about last night? I dream of Jeanie.
24. What book are you reading? The Cell by Stephen King.
25. Summer or winter? Summer.
26. Hugs or kisses? I'll never tell.
27. Do you have any special talents?Yes.
28. What are they? Bite me.
29. What did you watch on TV last? Seinfeld.
30. What is your favorite sound? Music
31. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? The Stones.
32. Most likely to respond to this meme? What?
33. Least likely to respond? Huh?

Friday, March 2, 2007

Damned Fair-Weather Fans

If you're such a big damned Bossox fan, get your @$$ over to Massachusetts!

I am a Rangers fan... through thick and thin. I complain about their pitching as loud as the next guy, but I'm still a fan.
I like to go to the Home-Opener. I love taking the day off work and heading out to the Ballpark at Arlington for an afternoon game in the April sun. I enjoy drinking a cold beer and keeping score. So, I was prepared when tickets went on sale this morning at 9:00 AM CST. I started hitting the ticket site about 10 minutes before nine (just in-case my clock was different than the Ranger's). At 9:00 am I was put into a "Virtual Waiting Room" that kept refreshing every 30 seconds. I also tried calling the ticket office every few minutes (it was busy every time).
At 10:15 I was pulled from the "Virtual Waiting Room" and allowed to select a game. Finally, my waiting had paid off! However, the Home Opener was sold out.

This is a city full of fair weather fans. Everyone likes the Rangers now, because they haven't lost a game. How many people at the Home Opener will still give a sh!t in September? I'm certain, very few.
I'm also willing to bet that half the fans in the Ballpark will be rooting for Boston. YOU'RE IN THE WRONG DAMNED CITY! I like Boston, too. I really enjoy it when the Bossox can beat up on the Yanks (of course, I like it when the Angels and the Mariners beat up on the Yanks, too), but you freakin' Boston fans need to get on a G*D D@MNED PLANE!

Thank you for reading my rant. If you have access to tickets for the April 6th game, please, let me know. I'll sit anywhere.

(So, why don't you buy tickets for the next game? The next afternoon home game isn't played until April 22nd. I was really looking forward to an afternoon game).