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October 31, 2002 on 8:10 pm | In Main | No Comments

Tonight is Halloween, and of course we had to celebrate. Sean dressed up as Blue, the dog from Blues Clues, and went trick-or-treating for the first time. I thought I would try a house or two to see if he could handle it, but I was surpised to see that he really enjoyed it. I would tell Sean to go ring the door bell, which he would do. Sometimes he would be a little impatient, but once the door opened, he understood walking up to get some candy. I couldn’t get him to say “trick or treat”, but I did get him to say “thank you”. Here is a picture of Sean ready to go trick-or-treating (click to enlarge):




Here is Sean checking out our pumpkin. I try to carve an original design each year. I thought I would try a clawed hand, but it didn’t come out so well:




Ethan didn’t go trick-or-treating, but he was still in the Halloween spirit:


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October 31, 2002 on 8:03 pm | In Main | No Comments

I’ve critized Michael Powell in the past for his strengthening of the monopoly power of telephone and cable companies, but it looks like he has the right idea when it comes to radio spectrum. I think the telephone and cable networks could be obsolete within five years. A cheap electronic receiver/transmitter should be capable of handling all communications needs for households, with very little infrastructure required. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the wireless revolution to take hold.

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October 30, 2002 on 9:22 pm | In Main | No Comments

The group I work for finally ended the mandatory overtime. I haven’t been working much overtime anyway, to help Cortney out at the end of her pregnancy, and certainly to help out with Sean and Ethan. At least now I don’t have to feel guilty about walking out the office door after 8 hours.

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October 30, 2002 on 9:21 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean had his opportunity to go to Jeepers today. They had a special where all of the rides were free. Sean asked to go to Jeepers a few times tonight, but nothing like the barrage last night.

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October 29, 2002 on 8:22 pm | In Main | No Comments

It’s interesting to see how the FBI “profilers” almost botched the sniper case. All the efforts to focus on the “single white male” in the “white van” likely delayed the capture of the real killers. I think the “profilers” in the anthrax case have resulted in a botched investigation for that case as well. This article talks about home many are doubting the “disgruntled scientist” theory.

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October 29, 2002 on 8:14 pm | In Main | No Comments

It looks like the D.C. sniper is being brought up on federal charges. I hope my fellow citizens join me in renouncing this idea. The sniper should be held accountable for the murders he committed, and in my opinion, nothing more. This means he should be tried in a state court. The idea of charging him with something like “extortion interfering with interstate commerce” is just plain stupid. Without rigging either the judge or jury, the sniper could easily be pronounced not guilty of this crime.

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October 29, 2002 on 8:06 pm | In Main | No Comments

Tonight was open house at work. We dragged Sean and Ethan into my office, mainly so Sean could see where his daddy worked. Here is a picture of the future business executive (click to enlarge):




For the most part, Sean was well behaved. He was rewarded for his effort with some cookies in the company cafeteria. Ethan stayed in his car seat, and slept the entire time. Of the few families there I recognized, Ethan was definitely a hit. Cortney thought it was just a trip to another boring office building.

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October 29, 2002 on 8:05 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean told us all night long that he wanted to ride on the horses (carousel) at Jeepers, the nearby kids’ play place. At several utterances per minute, we quickly became tired of hearing it.

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October 28, 2002 on 8:27 pm | In Main | No Comments

The attended care for Sean started today. Christina now comes by between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm to watch Sean. This gives Cortney a break from watching two kids on her own while I am at work. Sean didn’t seem to have any problems getting along with Christina. Christina told us that she previously worked for Todd Stottlemyre as a nanny.

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October 28, 2002 on 8:24 pm | In Main | No Comments

Even though Arizona doesn’t go on daylight savings time, the time change in the other zone still affects us. All of the television and cable programming, with the exception of the local news, shifts by one hour. The Monday night football game used to start at 6:00pm, now it starts at 7:00pm. Since we only watch TV for certain times of the day, this means we will change what we watch.

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October 28, 2002 on 8:22 pm | In Main | No Comments

It was a relatively cool day today, with a high of only 75 degrees. Corky and I took Sean and Ethan to the park right after dinner. Ethan slept the whole time. Sean learned some new tricks today. He climbed onto the duck and turtle all on his own. These are cast iron shapes that rock back and forth on a metal coil. Sean was also able to balance on the curb that surrounds the playground area, walking one foot in front of the other. The walk home was a bit on the chilly side, since it cooled off after the sun had set.

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October 27, 2002 on 9:35 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan has graduated past the 4 oz bottles. We are now using the 8 oz bottles, filled to about 5 oz worth of milk.

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October 27, 2002 on 9:34 pm | In Main | No Comments

I watched the World Series this evening. I figured that game 7 warranted my attention. It turned out to be an uneventful game. I was glad to see Anaheim win, or more correctly, to see the Giants lose.

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October 27, 2002 on 9:32 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was spent cleaning the house. Cortney’s father leaves early Tuesday morning, so it was a good day for cleaning, since we had help watching Sean. One of the jobs I tackled was cleaning the refrigerator. You wouldn’t know that we had glass shelves, they were so dirty. We also had several chemistry experiments going. This is where you put a food item in the refrigerator, and then guess what the resulting substance is several months later. Surprisingly, we now have much more room. Most of the stuff I through out was in the drawers, so this doesn’t explain why the shelves look less crowded.

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October 27, 2002 on 5:29 pm | In Main | No Comments

The first movie of the weekend was Scooby Doo. This was a very light-hearted movie, and enjoyable if you don’t expect too much from it. The actor who played Shaggy did a terrific job, and pretty much stole the movie. In contrast, I didn’t think Freddie Prinze, Jr belonged in this movie, and he did not do a god job as Fred. I rate this movie a B-.


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