“Don’t Say I Never Did Nuthin’ For You.”

While this has already been posted to Facebook, I am reposting it here so that I can find it once Facebook has relegated it to the distant past.

This is the most remarkable thing.

Some weeks ago, Garrett was going through some Pokemon cards and came across this guy, Cresselia. Cresselia is described as “Those who sleep holding Cresselia’s feather are assured of joyful dreams.” Garrett read me the description and I said “I need one of those ’cause I don’t always have the most pleasant dreams.”

He took note of this.

This evening, he presented me with Cresselia in a protective plastic cover. He adorned Cresselia with graphics front and back. The back reads “You never did anything for me.”

Some background is in order here. When ever I did a favor for the boys, they’d thank me and I’d say “Don’t say I never did nuthin’ for you.” They’d respond in unison “You never did anything for me.” This became a nearly ten-year running gag between me and the boys. Garrett could not have chosen a more perfect phrase to include on the back. When I first read it, it was all I could do not to shed tears. Happy tears, of course.

Garrett gave me an incredibly thoughtful and personal gift with the perfect message. I am incredibly touched by this lovely gift and it’s going to be framed and placed in my bedroom to help keep my dreams pleasant.

I can’t thank you enough, Garrett.

On The Nineteenth Anniversary of 9/11

Just like last year, I wasn’t sure that I could post this again today. In the last few days, I started to see the 9/11 remembrance posts popup on Facebook. Most of me was convinced that I’d had far more than my share of sadness this year, so I avoided those posts, scrolling past them as fast as I could. Another part of me felt exactly as I described in the first two italicized paragraphs just below this one, written … Continue reading

A Previous Facebook Rant Which Still Applies Today

This is a repost of an earlier post that I made when I was pissed off at everything. Well, tonight, I’m pissed off at everything again, so you get this rerun instead of something original. Deal with it. It’s time for a rant and my rants mean run-on sentences. Grammar police, you might want to look away. I’m not going to single anyone out but yes, I’m going to bitch about something that some of you like to do that just … Continue reading

Reposted: Dan’s Ten Rules for Critical Thinking on the Internet

This was originally written and posted in 2015. It would appear that not much has changed. Feel free to add your own rules in the comments below.   1.  One statistic can never tell the whole story. 2.  A meme does not constitute an argument.  It is an advertisement for a particular point of view. 3.  Do not agree or disagree with anything based solely on Rule 1 or Rule 2. 4.  Always seek and cite multiple original sources. 5.  … Continue reading

A Letter to My Father

I ran across this from nearly ten years ago. Since it’s Father’s Day today, I thought that I’d run this again since I still feel the same way. Dear Dad, A month ago today, when last we spoke, we exchanged handshakes and snappy salutes. I noticed again that afternoon, as I always do, your silver U.S. Army Infantry ring, worn and smooth from the decades of wear, never imagining the next time I saw it, it would be surrendering it … Continue reading

A Facebook Rerun

I posted this in late May on Facebook. I’m reposting it here so that if Facebook loses it I can find it here. Last monday, I got to spend time with Nate and Garrett after a two-week absence. Knowing that I would be leaving again a few days after, I created a poster for them. When I got to the house in Ohio, I sat everyone down and presented these to the boys to post in their rooms, should they … Continue reading

“Road” Trip to Mars!

Back in September of last year, I stumbled across a NASA website describing the new Mars Lander scheduled for launch July 20 at 6:15 a.m. PDT (9:15 a.m. EDT).  NASA offered the chance to send your name aboard the Mars Perseverance Rover etched into a chip placed on the rover.  I thought this was a terrific idea for the family, so I registered the four of us and, lo and behold, we four were among the 1.2 million names that … Continue reading

Ten Better Ways to Discriminate

It’s pretty clear lately that the only way we Americans like to classify people is solely by their politics.  If you pay attention, pretty much ANY behavior from eating pineapple on your pizza to being a proud pedophile all traces back to whether you’re a republican or a democrat.  There are no in-betweens – you’re either all one or all the other.  You can’t be a centrist, a moderate republican or even apolitical.  Sorry, but that just won’t do for … Continue reading