Well these aren’t the greatest, but this summer me and the boys tried to capture a few.
My son Pierson is 10 years old. He is exactly like I was when I was his age – a total animal freak. He loves learning, reading and researching about animals. My favourite book I had as a kid was our family’s illustrated animal encyclopedia. I could spend hours with that thing.
After some very intense urging, I agreed to help Pierson start his own little blog (website to him) that he has called Save Animals Now. He has faithfully posted for the last few days. Actually he does the research, writes his post on paper, and then I help him post it. He’s getting hits, and even some comments. Way to go Pierson!
Well we finally did it. Our kids have been begging for a Wii for months. Shana happened to be walking by HMV and saw they had some in stock.
It got me thinking about my past Nintendo experiences. I bought my first Nintendo from Canadian Tire of all places for $185. Prices have barely changed. My neighbour and I purchased Super Mario Brothers 3 and played it all through the night, finishing it at 7 in the morning. Those were the days. My own kids are limited to 1 hour a day. At some point I’ll have to let them stay up for an all-nighter of their own. Maybe in the summer holidays.
I’ve always been a Nintendo guy. I’ve owned the original NES, the Super, 64, Gamecube and now the Wii. It’s a futuristic looking little thing. Mario, you’ve come a long way, baby.
My youngest son Spencer had a surprise for me when I got home from work today. He ran off to his room and returned with a Ziploc bag. Inside was the tiniest little tooth I’ve ever seen. It was one of his. He’s only 5 and seems pretty little to be losing teeth. He doesn’t believe in the tooth fairy, but his older brothers told him his tooth would be worth something. He’s anxious to find out.
It didn’t really come out naturally. He was trying to pry apart two pieces of Lego – with his teeth – and it became quite loose. There aren’t many firsts for our last little guy to go through…
I learned a few things today. Some that I could have done without, some that inspired me to write, and some that confirmed things I already knew.
It all started with my little guy Spencer wanting a toy from that Bee movie. Well, McDonald’s one of the biggest names on the planet, has done an obviously good job advertising their toys, because my five year old knew he wanted his cheeseburger from there. I got in the car and drove to the nearest McDick’s to get supper. Red Deer is currently facing a worker shortage for any service related job, and therefore the lineups were long, and only one till was running. I decided after seeing the drive-thru line to head to the restaurant downtown.
The Oiler’s game was on the radio, so I didn’t mind a short drive. This franchise appeared less busy, and I got out of the car and into the line. Unfortunately a few people were ahead of me. More unfortunately, the young man running the store front and the woman who was decorating burgers in the back were involved in some kind of argument. Because it took so darn long, I ended up learning a few things:
– Karen, the girl in the EXCO bulldog shirt is going to Fox Creek for Christmas
– The girl with the purple crocs thinks McDonalds is a brainless job and anybody should be able to get a job there, so why should it take so long?
– Public Displays of Affection are a bad idea. And french kissing doesn’t make me hungrier for french fries
– Lots of people use the f-bomb when they’re waiting for a hamburger
– Most people go to McDonalds because of the kids toys
– McDonalds managers apparently have the power to fire the young boys who work the tills and literally “throw them out on the street as soon as I’m done payroll”
– When you’re hand is broken, it hurts when your girlfriend bangs it into the back counter
– Asian-Canadians can get away with hair cuts no Caucasian would dream of
Thanks Mr. Seinfield.
Naming a child is a huge responsibility. A child carries that name, and unless they change it later, will remain that way for their entire life. Many parents spend a good deal of time determining what, exactly, their little people should be called. Back in the day, people were pretty literal. In Bible times, names meant exactly what the person was thinking at the time. How about having an angel appear to tell you exactly what you should call your little guy – that would take the pressure off. Later, names were given to describe position, profession, or relationship to others.
My wife and I feel we did alright with our four boys:
- Avery Christian
- Fischer Nicolaas
- Pierson Jack
- Spencer Jonathon
Not only did we choose names we liked, we managed to also include names that encompassed parents and tradition.
Lately I’ve been thinking about names that just aren’t used very much anymore. As a teacher I see a lot of kids. I also hear some weird and cool names. There are some I think I may never see or hear again.
Cain is a name that started out with promise. He was in born to Eden’s happy couple Adam and Eve. Why not name your first-born after the first ever-born? Well he also happens to be the first murderer, killing his only brother at the time, and severely limiting the Earth’s population in the process. I’ve yet to hear of anyone who’s named their child Cain.
I’ve known a few Jeremys in my time. I played soccer with one, went to school with a few and watched some on TV. In the early 90’s, Pearl Jam, a pretty kickin’ band, wrote a song about the true story of a young boy of the same name who came from a troubled, dysfunctional home and was picked on at school. He then killed himself in front of his classmates. Is it a coincidence that the name is used less, have I just not heard it as often, or was the song so popular that nobody wanted the bad mojo?
How about naming your young son a name that means ‘majestic wolf’. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well that’s what Adolf means. One that has severely lost popularity since the psychotic world-domination strategies of the occult-influenced Hitler. I even found a graph at http://www.thinkbabynames.com/ that shows the name’s demise:
While many Bible names are used, especially those associated with a positive story or, today in the present, there are some like Cain that are just as soon forgotten. One of those names is Jezebel, a name that many Christians have actually associated with an evil spirit of lust, power-hungriness and direct disobedience. I’ve never met a Jezebel and if they were anything like the one in Kings, I wouldn’t want too. I imagine that parents who would name their daughter Jezebel are in a way thumbing their nose at authority, or they’re just ignorant of the original story. Wikipedia has some interesting info about the Queen. Interestingly, a line of lingerie is named Jezebel.
One of my favourite songs a the moment (and one my 5 year old knows all of the words to incidentally) is ‘Hey There Delilah’ by the Plain White T’s. They may have done the previously thought impossible by resurrecting a name that was for a very long time considered, well, brutal. Delilah was the Philistine beauty who seduced the Jewish hero Samson in the book of Judges. Samson of the ‘killing 1000 philistines with the jaw of an ass’, and the guy who killed a lion with his bare hands. Delilah was the girl he married, whose job it was to find the secret to his strength. Well, she found it, and in the end was the strong man’s undoing. The one in the song is nice though.
These are the names that came to my mind when I was thinking of people I’d never heard of for a long while, or names that for whatever reason became hugely unpopular. I’m probably missing many, add to the list if you can think of some…
My little bro Andrew just finished an intense 5 month web design program at RDC. I went to watch the class’ final presentations on Wednesday. Their assignment was to create their own websites advertising their services. Andrew’s was definitely one of the best. For all of your web design needs, see him.
I got extremely pumped about graphic design myself, something I’ve always been interested in. (A Whole New Mind author Dan Pink suggests carrying my little scrap book around and copying down everything I find aesthetically pleasing) Logos especially, are a unique and powerful way to promote a company, idea, etc. There were other good sites in the class. Check them out too:
I’ve been away from my computer for about a week – which has actually been a really nice thing. Our family had a great camping trip to Gull Lake, and the weather was decent. We came home in time to nearly finish our deck (pictures to be updated later) and for our 12th anniversary. Hard to believe! We rented a terrible movie called Catch and Release, which totally sucked.
We did however get a pretty sweet gift for each other. 2GB iPod nanos. They’re awesome! The only thing I don’t like about it, is it is gray, I’d rather have blue. Oh well. My friend Shane is amazed that a thing smaller than a credit card with no moving parts can store and play up to 2000 songs. Very cool
Well, truth be told, I’m totally Canadian, but my ancestry is from the great country of the Netherlands. Today, their U20 team beat England in an incredible shootout. The 32nd shooter won the game for the Oranje. The tying goal in regulation was an incredible bicycle kick. When I looked for it on YouTube, I found it was not yet available (I hope to update later) but I did find this video. It’s Ronaldhino potting a sick bicycle kick, but it’s really worth watching for the comments of the colour guy. Is this dude for real? The only time I’ve heard Beta Max brought up in a soccer game!
I’m the oldest of four boys. It turns out my brothers are quite talented.
Last night my brother Andrew had a ‘reading’ for a play he has just written. After a busy day and a soccer meeting, I arrived 10 minutes late (story of my life) to the Margaret Parson’s theatre at the Red Deer College to hear some fine art students enacting the story of two families connected by a romance, and damaged by an affair. It was excellent stuff. Apparently Andrew entered a contest at the college for aspiring playwrights. I don’t know the title of the play, but I’ll try to come up with a little bit more information.
My youngest brother Dan is screening a movie he’s been working on about Africa, AIDS and orphans on Friday. Again it’s at the Margaret Parson’s theatre. He’s working with David Youngren, an evangelist from California, and they’re very excited about this project.
Matt and his wife Ashlea have been in Thailand for about two months traveling and working with the impoverished. I’m sure in no time he’ll have published a novel or invented a cure for something.
Way to go boys.