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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Slow Saturday

Photos of the Day

We took this picture whilst on a walk along Sioux City's Riverfront. On Veterans' Day, November 11, it was a rather startling 73 degrees...


Dagmar took this picture of Fruitloop. It's a cool effect - you put your finger over the flash and things look red.


Slow Saturday Indeed!

We woke up this morning, cleaned the house, mopped, swept, vacuumed, dusted, straightened, put things away and even washed things. Then we took a nap; the whole family crashed on the couch in a big pile and snoozed for a while in the most comfortable manner imaginable. After a nice lunch involving roast beef (cooked European style of course), noodles, corn, veggies for Dagmar, and little mouse-flavored kibble for Fruitloop kitty, my beloved Viennese bride started fiddling with her makeup.

"Hey, where are you going?" I asked.

"I'm goink to Mamma's class," she replied. "I told you dis yesterday."

"Oh," I said. Dagmar and her mother are awfully close; they came to America together and have stuck beside each other ever since. It's kind of touching. "What's she teaching today?"

"Women in the Bible. I told you dis yesterday." Fruitloop looked at me and nodded.

"Oh," I said. "Is it okay if I stay home and take a nap?"

Dagmar agreed that a nap would be the most harmless thing I could do whilst she was off learning things, so Fruity and I headed back to the couch. Within minutes we were both snoring.

So now the house is clean, the wife is educated, the cat is still happily snoozing, and I'm all relaxed. Life just doesn't get any better... I even have popcorn!


But They Look So Normal...

I've been to Kansas. They have regular paved roads and road signs and, gosh, everything seems so normal... But their school system is STILL mucking about with mysticism. I guess the school board there wants to include "intelligent design" in the curriculum, or at least have a statement read in each science class regarding alternatives to the "theory" of evolution. source

Evolution is a theory in the same manner that gravity is a theory. Trust me on that. But for me, the big issue is simple - parents need to take responsibility for teaching religion to their children and NOT expect the state to do so. The state is already hard-pressed to teach readin', ritin' and 'rithmatic.

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