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Impossible to see, the future is July 16, 2008

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Anna and I went to a “Q & A” meeting last night regarding the Berea City School District’s plan to renovate and/or replace five of seven elementary schools and to close the remaining two elementary schools.  Enrollment in the district has declined about 7% over the past 10 years, and it is expected to fall another 8% in the next 10 years.  In addition, operational costs for these seven 40+ year old schools continue to rise due to their less energy efficient structures as well as increasing energy prices.

Closing two of the elementary schools (one of which Rosie attends) is a very emotional issue.  They are at the heart of two communties where our children are growing and learning everyday.  No one wants their school to be closed.  We don’t want to lose our teachers, principals, custodians, and our connectedness with them.  In an ideal world, there would not be these difficult situations.

The real world (and all that goes with it) is where most of us live, and it requires us to make tough choices and decisions.  Anna and I have seen this with our congregation’s recent vote to accept Baldwin-Wallace’s proposal to buy First Church.  Although the sale is contingent on approval from the City of Berea, it does look as though the sale will proceed.  There is much uncertainty on what will happen next because there are a number of options that our church has been investigating.

As Yoda once said, “Always in motion the future is.”  That’s one of the problems with the future.  We haven’t figured out how to predict it yet.  And that ambiguity can be scary because many times our thoughts gravitate to the worst possible outcomes.  In actuality, those very rarely come to pass, and often we are surprised with what does happen as well as how we respond to it.

Happy Birthday, Rosie! June 20, 2008

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Our girl Rosie turned seven years old today!  It’s hard to believe that she will be starting 2nd grade in a little over two months.  She’s enjoying swim team this summer with three 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish in four starts.  Also, Rosie’s entering into the wonderful world of Nintendo DS  as she decided that’s what she wanted over a party with friends.  Game on!

To celebrate, here’s a little Lucky Seven Sampson:

Kids & Computers February 14, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Future, Parenting, Personal, Technology.
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LilyMouseWhen I was a kid, who could’ve predicted all of the amazing technological advances that have come in the past few years?  My family got an Atari 2600 when I was 9 and a Commodore 64 about two or three years later.  I remember being excited when we bought our first modem (300 Baud) and were able to use Quantum Link, the precursor to American Online.  Fast forward 20+ years…

Both Rosie and Lily were born in the 21st century, and they’ve been exposed to computers and technology from an early age (well before either Anna or me).  After seeing us use a digital camera for so long, Rosie didn’t understand at first why you couldn’t see the picture right away on a film camera.  She also frequently wants to upload videos we make to YouTube, so she can see herself online.  The other day, she searched for the iChat icon and added it to her dock under her Mac user name!  I watched her do it, and I’m still trying to figure out how she did it so quickly!  Lily doesn’t have a user account on our computer (yet), but she will pick up one of our cell phones, hold it to her ear, and say “bye-bye.”

I guess once kids today are born and the cord is cut, they’ll be Wi-Fi for the rest of their lives.  “Hang on lady, we go for ride!!!”

Toblogganing December 23, 2007

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Tobloggan

On Friday night, Rosie, Anna, and I went tobogganing at The Chalet located in the Cleveland Metroparks. Lily stayed with Grammy and Grampy while we hauled heavy wooden toboggans up what seemed like the stairs of an ancient Mayan temple. Then, we experienced three thrilling rides down the 1000-foot long ice chutes. I prefer spinning rides not ones that drop like that, but I finally rode in the front of the toboggan for the third trip. That was actually not too bad for my fluttery stomach, however riding in the back allows you to lie almost horizontal in a supine position for a unique luge-like journey. We all had a great time and hope to make it back at least one more time this winter. Click here for more pictures on our Flickr page, or watch the below video from the Cleveland Metroparks.

Swingin’ Lily November 23, 2007

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Here’s a video of Lily swinging at the park near my parents’ house this afternoon. Brrrr! It was cold!

Rosie tells some jokes November 18, 2007

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Alright, Anna was out last night, so the girls and I (mostly me) signed up for a YouTube account. Now, they’re internet sensations, and I get to practice adding video into a blog post. Here’s my NaBloPoMo submission for today:

Crazy Eights November 12, 2007

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EightsBy starting to blog this year and participating in NaBloPoMo, I’ve met a lot of interesting people and have learned some new terms to add to my lexicon. Thanks to the witty Sandy at Momisodes, I’m doing my first meme. Enjoy!

8 things I’m passionate about:

  • My daughters (Rosie & Lily) / Being a good father
  • My wife (Anna) / Being a good husband
  • Science especially chemistry – so much so that I got my B.S. and M.S. in it.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – I was born and raised (for three months) in the Steel City of the Three Rivers.
  • Creating peace – I imperfectly try to hammer swords into plowshares as in Micah 4:3 and transform arrows into flowers like Siddhartha did while under the Bodhi tree.
  • Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars!
  • Argyle socks – I love ‘em!
  • Reducing, reusing, and recycling – Remember the law of conservation of mass/matter that says matter cannot be created/destroyed, but it may be rearranged.

8 things I want to do before I die:

  • Go into space.
  • Visit Stonehenge (before spellcheck it was Stonehedge).
  • Decide how to use my body for science after I die (stay tuned for future blog post).
  • May be have another kid. And, by “have” I mean Anna carrying the baby for nine months and delivering the child. Seriously, I’m okay with the two girls, but who knows what the future holds.
  • Live another 64 years. Just realized the “numbers” involved…36 + 64 = 100 or using perfect squares 62 + 82 = 102. Spooky!
  • See humans land on Mars and return to safely.
  • Visit this statue.
  • Finish this list.

8 things I say often:

  • “Ro-SIE!” – It’s the Dad voice.
  • “Good job, Rosie!”
  • “Not for Lily / not for babies.”
  • “Hello, Bumbo!” – how I greet Lily.
  • “I love you.”
  • A G-rated expletive such as my current favorites of “Dagnabbit!” and “Mother Superior!”
  • “Have you seen my slippers?”
  • “It’s possible, pig.” – Potential response to any question asked in our house. A reference to The Princess Bride for those who don’t know.

8 books I’ve read recently:

8 songs I could listen to over and over:

  • The Star Wars Main Theme by John Williams – I get chills down my spine every time I hear it and sometimes when I just think about it.
  • Anything by “Weird Al” Yankovic – Yep, it’s out there now.
  • A Mighty Wind soundtrack
  • Ana Ng” by They Might Be Giants – The ringtone on my cell phone for when Anna calls.
  • “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix – The ringtone for when everyone else calls.
  • Anything by Baron von Stinglehoffer, the Stingasaurus, or the Stinganator.
  • In Da Club” by Assassin – This was a free song download from iTunes, otherwise I would have never heard it.
  • “Spybreak” by Propellerheads – Music played in the lobby scene when Neo and Trinity go to rescue Morpheus in The Matrix.

8 things that attract me to my best friends:

  • Sense of humor & laughing at / with me
  • Activism
  • Love of monkeys
  • Playing games (board, card, video, RPG, etc.)
  • Support
  • Keepin’ it real / honesty
  • Some other seventh thing
  • Begrudgingly agreeing to participate in this Crazy Eights meme

8 people I think should do Crazy Eights:

Now, you know more about me than I do. It was a lot of fun and knocked off one post for NaBloPoMo.

Lily turns One! November 11, 2007

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Lily

Yum! Yum! Lily’s One! Too tired will blog more later.

Rosie becomes a Brownie November 10, 2007

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Candles

Last night, Rosie’s scout troop had their Investiture Ceremony to welcome new scouts and to reaffirm their commitment to Girl Scouting as Brownies. This means she will be selling Girl Scout Cookies for the first time this year! In addition, the troop will be going to a dance with a DJ who will be playing music from High School Musical and High School Musical 2. Have you ever hear 16 six-year old girls scream in a frequency that would give Banshee a run for his money? I am scared. I am very scared of what lies ahead for me as a father to two young girls!

This is Halloween November 6, 2007

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Halloween

Here’s the girls from this Halloween with Lily as a witch and Rosie as her black cat. It was a great night for Trick-or-Treating before it turned COLD COLD COLD this week. Rosie met up with some friends from school and screamed like a winning game show contestant when she saw them. Lily fell asleep in the stroller about half way through, and we never made it back to our house in time to hand out candy. As a result, I’m working on some added insulation for myself this season!