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September 30, 2001 on 8:04 pm | In Main | No Comments

We had dusty weather today. The hurricane that struck the Baja caused windy weather in Arizona, which kicked up a lot of dust. It seemed like it was cloudy, but it was just all of the dust in the air. We should be getting some cooler weather in the next few days.

Cortney’s mom, Leslie, flew home today. Sean really enjoyed her stay, as he got lots of attention. I’m sure he will miss her.

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September 29, 2001 on 6:28 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was a fun day. I started the morning by washing and waxing my car. This was the first time I had done that since late spring. After I was done, it was like owning a new car again. After the car, I watched Sean so that Cortney and her mom could go shopping. Unfortunately, I only got to play with him for an hour or so until he got tired, so I had to put him down for a nap. In the afternoon, Cortney and I went to the movies. We went to see Planet of the Apes. It wasn’t the best movie I had ever seen, but it was worth seeing. After dinner, Sean and I went swimming. The pool water was chilly, so Sean was only able to stay in for ten minutes or so before he got cold. If it gets any cooler, we may not go swimming again until next year.

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September 28, 2001 on 9:42 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today ends a busy week at work. I’m looking forward to relaxing this weekend.

Whose war is this? Is a surprisingly balanced article by Pat Buchanan. I’m worried that if we strike hard enough to act as an effective deterrent to terrorism, we may inflame enough Muslims to start a true world war. What I don’t like to see being done today is legislation that removes our civil liberties without a declaration of war. I’m sick of all the opinions saying we need to ban encryption. We can’t intercept terrorist messages without the ability of terrorists to intercept our messages, including our financial transitions. One thing is for sure — we live in interesting times.

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September 27, 2001 on 7:33 pm | In Main | No Comments

Leslie, Cortney’s mom, flew in last night, so went out to dinner together today (Thanks, Leslie, for treating). Overall, Sean was on good behavior during the meal, so we all had a good time. Apparently, Sean spent quite a bit of time outdoors today. He practiced walking over steps, and learned to use the slide. He was happy to show off his new skills for me. Cortney actually mentioned this to me earlier, but today, I noticed for the first time that Sean’s eye teeth were poking through his gums. He should have a nice smile after his eye teeth are in.

I enjoyed this satire about today’s pacifists. I don’t think any comment is needed.

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September 26, 2001 on 8:04 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean was full of energy today. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for a pleasant dining experience. He thought it was so funny to drop a bunch of corn kernals on the floor. I had trouble keeping a straight face and pretending I didn’t see it. Since he was doing so well, I kept him up a few minutes later than normal. When I got up to open the gate at the bottom of the stairs, he charged up the stairs. Usually, he takes his time going up because he knows it means bedtime. He’s a great kid.

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September 25, 2001 on 8:58 pm | In Main | No Comments

Tonight was the final night of my Italian class. The last class consisted of presentations and the class survey. My presentation was on Italian Beer. It included a tasting of an Italian Beer called “La Birra Rossa” (the red beer), and went over really well (including the presentation). The instructor for this class was excellent, and I hope I get a chance to take level II.

Sean was starting to outgrow his shoes, so Cortney bought him a new pair. He is now wearing a size seven wide. His feet are so big, that with the bigger shoes, he has to adust to keep from stumbling. I’m looking forward to spending more time with Sean (and Cortney) on Tuesday and Thursday nights, now that my Italian class is finished. I should also have more time to write in this journal.

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September 24, 2001 on 8:06 pm | In Main | No Comments

I finished my Italian project. I was a little stressed at the thought of having to work on the project at the same time things are busy at work, and Cortney is trying to get the house cleaned. But, in the end I feel good about finishing it.

I still can’t get over how much Sean loves to run around. He likes it even better if you run with him. When I was playing with him this evening, I managed to get Sean completely out of breath. After all the exercise he had today, I hope he will sleep well tonight.

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September 23, 2001 on 8:15 pm | In Main | No Comments

Busy day today. I spent the morning doing yardwork. Sean came out for a little while to try and help. Unfortunately, I wanted to trim the hedges, not pick up rocks.

I spent the afternoon working on my project for my Italian class. Tuesday is the last class, and I have to prepare a 10 page report and give a ten minute presentation. My project title is “Birra Italiano”, or Italian beer. I was able to find out a lot of good information on the internet, so hopefully my report will come out ok.

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September 22, 2001 on 9:22 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today is Cortney’s 33rd birthday, and Sean’s 19 month birthday. To celebrate, Cortney got to go out shopping as long as she wanted while I watched Sean. Cortney also chose the restaurant where we went out to dinner. She chose the cheesecake factory. I don’t know why she likes that restaurant, as she doesn’t like cheesecake. But, we all had a good time anyway.

Sean really likes to run. After a fairly long car ride to dinner, and sitting through dinner in a high chair, he was really tired of being restrained. Cortney wanted to go into crate & barrel, which was next door to the cheesecake factory, so we stopped in. We didn’t have the stroller, so I had to carry Sean. When I put Sean down, he charged through the store. He looks really cute when he runs. His feet still shuffle a bit, and he waves his arms around in the air. He managed to run through most of the store, and somehow, I was able to keep him from breaking anything. He slept on the way home.

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September 21, 2001 on 8:21 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean and Cortney were outside when I came home from work. Sean was so happy to give me a rock. He must have been holding on to it for a while, because he was on the sidewalk when I drove towards the house.

I’m wondering if the Taliban is the true enemy they are being led up to be. From what I have read, they are mostly semi-literate and poorly educated. They couldn’t run a country, much less a terrorist organization, without outside help. If we were to merely close off the borders of Afghanistan, they would probably collapse. What I am really worried about is the Pakistan is behind the Taliban and the terrorist attacks. The majority of the people in Pakistan support the Taliban. Even though their leader is siding with the U.S., he may not be in power for very long. I wonder how safe our troops would be to be based in Pakistan. What is even worse is that Pakistan is a nuclear power. At least, it’s something to think about.

Here is something more to think about, six options for dealing with the terrorist attack. Before reading this, I had assumed that a prolonged war against terrorism is the way to go. I hadn’t fully thought out the consequences of that action.

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September 20, 2001 on 9:00 pm | In Main | No Comments

Busy day today. It started off with a dental appointment for a cleaning, and finished off with my next-to-the-last italian class. The high point of the day was Cortney’s spaghetti dinner. She makes a really good sphagetti sauce with ground turkey meatballs. After dinner, Sean had a fun moment. Cortney tied a balloon to his firetruck. His firetruck is about the same size he is. He pulled on the balloon and dragged the firetruck all the way from the family room into the living room. He got all wrapped up in the balloon cord, but was still playing away at the balloon.

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September 19, 2001 on 7:16 pm | In Main | No Comments

The IT department at worked confirmed that we had the nimda virus on our computer servers. This is the virus/worm that was responsible for slowing down most of the internet traffic yesterday. The virus is named after admin spelled backwards, which adequately describes how our IT department is run.

I came up with a new idea today. Instead of declaring war on the terrorists, we should declare war on all fanaticals. The Islamic fundamentalists hardly have a lock in this area. I would include people who would bomb an abortion clinic killing innocent people, or environmentalists who spike trees, injuring lumbermen. Anyone who carries a single idea or set of beliefs to the point where they would kill or injure innocent people should either be jailed or given a one way ticket to the afterlife.

While I’m on the political rant, I also would like to create a new punishment for people who hate America. As far as I can tell, the only thing Americans are guilty of is being less than perfect. Hardly a reason to justify the hate. So, for these people, I would propose they be removed from the country or prohibited from entering, and forbidden from buying any American made products or using any American services. Then, these people can hate us all they want. For people like Rep. Barbara Lee (who was the only dissenting vote for the war act) and Jerry Falwell (who said we deserved the attack), I would give them 30 days to shape up or ship ’em out. For people uncomfortable with the wave of patriotism or dislike the American flag, they can do penance by carrying the flag while reciting the anthem in public, or else leave as well.

Enough of the political stuff. It’s starting to cool off enough that Sean can spend more time outside. The highs are still above 100, but the lows are now into the 70’s. Just in time, because Sean is very active. If he doesn’t have room to run around, he gets very fidgety.

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September 18, 2001 on 9:04 pm | In Main | No Comments

We lost our internet connection at work today. The gateway machine was infected with a worm. There were reports of a nastier version of the code red virus on the internet today, so I wonder if that is what infected the work machine. That’s what we get for running a windows machine as an internet server.

Cortney took Sean to the doctor today. He was very irritable and had a fever. This usually means an ear infection, so that’s why we took him in. The good news is that he doesn’t have an ear infection. The bad news is that he may have something else, and we might have to bring him back in a few days.

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September 17, 2001 on 7:44 pm | In Main | No Comments

When I came home from work, Cortney and Sean were out in the front yard. Sean was a little confused when I drove into the garage, as he as rarely sees me in my car. But, when I got out of the car, he ran over to give me a rock he had carefully selected from the yard.

President Bush may not be the most eloquent speaker, but I thought this was well stated: When I take action, he said, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.

The terrorists have won the first battle, and I am worried we are losing the second. I am talking about our loss of freedom, not from the terrorists, but from our own government. New bills being proposed will ban strong encryption, ignoring the fact that strong encryption is crucial to our finance industry. The FBI and Justice Department are trying to install surveillance systems to read our email. And, in my opinion, the most ridiculous are the new airport restrictions. None of the new restrictions will have the least impact on preventing another terrorist hijacking similar to the previous ones, yet airport travellers are being delayed by hours anyway. Preventing people from bringing scissors, tweezers, and knitting needles will not stop people smuggling ceramic or plastic knives. I recommend either arming the pilots, or stationing an armed marshall on all flights until we can beef up the cockpit door and implement electronic equipment to prevent diverting a plane from its planned route.

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September 16, 2001 on 8:39 pm | In Main | No Comments

We took it easy today. Cortney took Sean out shopping, but otherwise, we didn’t do anything. Sean and I both feel like we are coming down with a cold. At least for me, it wasn’t the nasty virus that completely sapped your energy that I had a month or so ago. It could even by hayfever. Cortney has been buying the paper all week long to keep the headlines as collectibles, so I spent some time reading through the papers. It was also weird going through an entire weekend without watching any sporting events. Hopefully, things will be back to normal next week.

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