Life is like Dr. Mario

Friday evening we were playing Dr. Mario. I’m not very good and some times I get backed up so bad I’m only solving one problem at time. As things build up my objective gets focused on what to do with the next pill, then the stack’s up too high and I loose.

Some days life reminds me of Dr. Mario. I’ve spent entire days solving little problems while large projects wait. Then I’m playing catch up on large projects just to keeping them moving forward. The trick is to keep small projects and problems from overtaking important projects.

Phil Cooke suggested voice and e-mail be checked one hour before quitting time. His theory is this would prioritize small problems and fires keeping important projects moving. I’m going to try this. I have larger projects I want to keep moving or I’ll never get them done. I’ll keep you informed of how this works.

If you have any tips or tricks let me know.

Seven Tricker Treaters

Annually at the end of October we stock up on candy for the tricker treaters. We live just outside Berrien Springs village limits in a small subdivision. Hoping for lots of kids, we filled a bowl with different candies, turned the lights on and waited for the little ankle biters to haul it all away. As the first pair of siblings timidly knocked on the door Katy and I quickly retrieved the bowl of candy. They each took a piece, as we admired their costumes. (Side Note: Don’t take your parents tricker treating. Parents have a way of limiting the amount of candy you get.) The next was a group of four kids who retrieved their candy from Katy. Last, a boy dressed in a bathrobe with a belt and sword. I’m not sure what he was trying to be, but the effort was there.

A grand total of seven little goblins and creatures visited our house. We could have given each of them a bag of candy and still come away with extra. (Ok not really) It was an improvement on last year when we had two scary creatures, and their grandmothers. (It was raining/snowing)

What’s this world coming to? Where are the kids dressing up in bed sheets passing them off as ghost costumes with the sole intents of making a killing in the candy market? Has this really become a satanic holiday and people are not interested? Or has candy become so cheap even a child can afford to buy it instead of beg for it? Is Christmas pushing its way back to Halloween?

Let me know what you think.

Childhood Kite Memories

There is a spot along the Shore Parkway just before you get on the Verrazano, where kite flyers gather. Saturday mornings, from the time I was seven years old, I would gaze out the car window entranced by the beautiful colors bobbing in the wind. The Hudson Bay beyond was a pretty background for the kiters who were joined by fishermen, in-line skaters, and dog walkers.

My love of kites probably started when my older brother decided to build a box kite out of newspaper and wooden dowels. Soon after I was spending my nickels and dimes on small kites that I would hastily entangle in a tree.

Now I have grown old and complain about how the price of kites has gone up.

Do you have childhood kite memories?

An Old Radio, New GPS, and a Solution

Recently I stumbled on IO Gears GBS301 Bluetooth Wireless Adapter for RS232 Equipment. I hope this will enable me to connect an i. Treck M3 Bluetooth GPS to my Kenwood TM-D700A. Currently I use a Magellen 315 over a wired RS232 connection to supply position information to my Kenwood. On road trips I like to run an APRS beacon as a warning we’re coming (:

The other day my father, who gave me the M3, asked why I was still using the Magellen 315. I explained to him I didn’t have a way to transfer data from it to my radio. The M3 works extremely well with my Dell Axim X50v using Street Atlas and is allot of fun to play with in that capacity. I am hoping I can use IO Gears device to connect the GPS to my radio for APRS.

If you have any experience with this product let me know what you thing.

The Biggest Pacifier Ever

In a group there’s always a person who complains so much people give in to what he or she wants. Is it worth it? Does this person really get what they want or has he or she just made a fool of themselves? People who use complaining and badgering, instead of reason and logic, build a bad name. When finally getting their way it becomes a joke among others in the group; the world’s largest pacifier put in place to stop the flow of complaints.

Can you relate?

How You Know You Can Trust a Volunteer

In the past few years I’ve seen volunteers grow into positions and others not. A key question I always wonder when I meet a volunteer is “can I trust this person?” It’s not my nature to assume just because I’ve been introduced to a volunteer at church I can trust them. Here are several things that I look for.

1) Is this person on time?
2) Is this person reliable?
3) Does this person come prepared?
4) What are others recommendations about this person?
5) How does this person conduct himself or herself while working?
6) Does this person make professional decisions?
7) Is this person eager to improve their skills?

All these are discovered over time and involve trusting someone a little more each time. Nine times out of ten this works and I get a good volunteer that is willing to go the extra mile for the ministry.

An Idea I’d Like to See Work

Today Vickie came to talk with me about a video production program WYGN was offering. She was sent to me because I'm a an active volunteer. I also know most of the production resources in the area.

Several years ago WYGN, a local low power 3ABN affiliate, offered camera and editing resources to local producers, free of charge, to create local programing. While running the program only a couple of producers used the resources, and those that did never completed their projects.

Vickie remembered the program and came to see me about an idea for a pilot. As local producers go she had her ideas planned out more than anybody and was ready to get started. I'm wondering what the possibilities of getting the program back are.

Parent criticizes book ‘Fahrenheit 451’

This was just too ironic--I had to post a link to this story. Click here for the news story. Mike Daisey 's post first brought my attention to it. Mike says:

Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and
content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore,
came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book
because of its language.

"The book had a bunch of very bad language
in it," Diana Verm said. "It shouldn't be in there because it's
offending people. ... If they can't find a book that uses clean words,
they shouldn't have a book at all."Alton Verm filed a "Request for
Reconsideration of Instructional Materials" Thursday with the district
regarding "Fahrenheit 451," written by Ray Bradbury and published in
1953. He wants the district to remove the book from the curriculum.

"It's
just all kinds of filth," said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read
"Fahrenheit 451." "The words don't need to be brought out in class. I
want to get the book taken out of the class."

He looked through the
book and found the following things wrong with the book: discussion of
being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, "dirty talk," references to
the Bible and using God's name in vain. He said the book's material
goes against their religions beliefs. The Verms go to Grand Parkway
Church in Porter.