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Back from Maine [Aug. 26th, 2010|08:13 pm]
Edward Stanford
Highlight of the trip: 55 consecutive whale breaches.  That's where they jump entirely out of the water, rather than just showing a fin or a tail.

A single breach occurs on about one cruise in twenty.  55 on one tour ran the captain out of patter.
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Childhood fantasies [Jun. 28th, 2010|11:23 am]
Edward Stanford
Since May 26, 1977, I have on many occasions strode boldly across a large open space, in front of cheering thousands, while the strains of John William's "Throne Room and End Title" played in the background.  That this happened upon a stage of my imagination is both true and unkind.

On June 26, 2010, it happened to me in real life.

To be sure, I, DS, and a thousand other Cub Scouts were marching around the infield at a Frederick Keys game.  I had somehow skipped the Defeat of the Reticulan Invasion, the Invention of the WonderWidget, the Humiliation of the Evil Genius, the Rescue of Millions, or any of the other tasks I had previously considered necessary precursors to this scene. 

And to be honest, it would have been a different kind of triumph if I had done one or more of those things first.

But it was nonetheless AWESOME.

Plus, we won the game, the fireworks weren't at all bad, and how much more American can you get than camping in the outfield of a baseball stadium with the other Cub Scouts?
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It's all in the motivation [Jun. 22nd, 2010|10:29 am]
Edward Stanford
DS is not the most athletic child imaginable (He certainly comes by that honestly). 

As a result, he has been a reluctant student of bike riding at best, although we have been nominally working on it for some years.  It has been somewhat frustrating to see the neighborhood 5 and 6 year olds whizzing by while not being able to get him interested.  Still, we have been making good progress this year, and were fairly close to a breakthrough.

Then DD's favorite playmate (who is 4 years younger than DS) rode up while we were practicing last night, and made a superior comment or two  (not nasty, but young boys are not tactful at the best of times).

Problem solved :-)

Now as soon as DD is over the hump, we can go riding together!
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Sadness [Apr. 16th, 2010|08:50 pm]
Edward Stanford
[mood |sadsad]

I know the word is already passing via the grapevine, but for those of you haven't heard, my mother passed away this morning at 11:30 after a long battle with dementia.  The final illness was heart failure, and played out over two days.
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(no subject) [Mar. 15th, 2010|04:41 pm]
Edward Stanford
While we're talking axecop.com/, consider that I asked DD "If you could ride a dinosaur, what would it be?"

"It would be a unicorn-dinosaur-pegasus without teeth, so it couldn't bite me.  And the horn would be not very sharp.  And it'd have a rope so I wouldn't fall off when we flew.  And a mud back so it wouldn't hurt when I fell.  And it'd be all rainbow powered."
She's not too old for the question yet (unlike DS), but she surely does think chick.
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Snowpocalypse [Feb. 6th, 2010|05:00 pm]
Edward Stanford
32" by our unofficial front yard count.  30" in the backyard, but that's a steeper slope.  Power stayed on, so we're quite cozy, DS has had friends over since yesterday.  DD is agerly awaiting same when G.'s mom awakes.

Glad I picked up a snow thrower on an Xmas sale two years ago.  I can't get out of the neighborhood, but I could get out of my driveway!
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With DS at Klondike Derby [Jan. 30th, 2010|10:31 pm]
Edward Stanford
Boy, can the Cub Scouts pick weather or what?
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A Five Year Romance . . . [Jan. 29th, 2010|09:14 am]
Edward Stanford
DD has now gone where many fanfics have gone before.

Amongst her boyfriends are both Spock AND Kirk.
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The Spock Chronicles, cont'd [Jan. 5th, 2010|09:39 pm]
Edward Stanford
As my DW was persuading DD to leave the mall, the following snippet occurred
DD: "We can't go outside yet!  Spock doesn't have his jacket on".
DW (frazzled): "Honey, Spock doesn't need a jacket.  He's a Vulcan."
DD: "MOM.  He's half human.  That's why he had to wear a jacket in the movie."
DW (Conceeds)
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New Year's Resolution [Jan. 1st, 2010|08:14 am]
Edward Stanford
Post more often :-)
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