The recent snow storms have left us with lots of the cold white stuff.

For kids on holiday break from school that means snowball fights, building snowmen, snow/ice forts, and sledding.

For the dad/child recreation director charged with entertaining kids on holiday break that means full days of being pelted with snowballs, the endless process of gathering snow for snowmen, pulling grade schoolers on snow tubes, and constructing forts that provide adequate hide-and-seek spots.

So, please ignore the whining and moaning you might hear from up this way--I understand that school will start again.  When it does, I'll look into hibernation options.

Wait.. Darn work always getting in the way of things.

Happy New Year to all.

Looking forward to Cruises and Ginsu Knives

Perhaps recently you received an email or heard someone say something similar to this:

Remember: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.

Reminder:  All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.

.... You will be charged for these calls...

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.

It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years.

You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

Help others by passing this along...

As usual Snopes.com offers correct information to dispel the above rumor about telemarketers and cell phones.

But wait...

Now that I think about it, the only calls that I get on my cell are either mundane and work-related or family ones that add to my always endless "Daddy's To-Do List."

Maybe getting calls announcing that I won a Caribbean trip or that I qualify for a free set of Ginsu Knives if I act now on a new low loan rate might not be such a bad thing to spice up the day...

Somewhat Autistic

As the nation mourns for the victims of the tragic school shooting yesterday in Connecticut, I look for a backlash targeting those with autism after multiple media reports (citing information allegedly obtained from his brother) described accused shooter Adam Lanza as "somewhat autistic."

Unfortunately, this will give the uninformed their opportunity to blame the one in eighty-eight US children battling this medical condition for school violence in general.

It will simply add to the stigma and difficulties that these children already face.


In general, I thought the coverage of yesterday's school shooting was disturbing.

Identifying the wrong shooter and then plastering his photo everywhere?

Multiple reports of misinformation about the shooter's connection to the school.

Interviewing eight-year-old girls who just a few hours before lost dozens of classmates, with questions like: "What did you think when you heard the gunshots?"

It is obvious to me that the welfare of the surviving little victims is not the priority of those reporting the news.