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Impossible to see, the future is July 16, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Berea, Cleveland, Family, Future, Parenting, Personal, Star Wars.
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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.

Pork and Beans June 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Pop Culture, Star Wars, Technology.
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Weezer’s new music video “Pork and Beans” premiered on YouTube on May 23rd and had an astounding 5 million views in just 8 days!  Thanks in great part to its featuring of many YouTube stars and memes like the Numa Numa guy, Chris Crocker (the tearful Britney Spears defender), the Diet Coke and Mentos eruptions, Charlie the Unicorn, and the Star Wars kid.  If you haven’t seen it, then now’s your chance.

Their new album entitled The Red Album was released today in the US.

Star Wars gets Spiked April 3, 2008

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Many of you will be watching the Season 4 premiere of Battlestar Galactica on the Sci-Fi Channel this Friday night as legions of Battle Droids lay waste to many Gungans on Spike TV.  All six Star Wars movies will be shown on Spike TV beginning on April 4th at 8:00 pm with The Phantom Menace, followed by Attack of the Clones on Saturday and the broadcast premiere of Revenge of the Sith on Sunday.  The saga will continue Friday April 11th at 8 pm with Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday, and Return of the Jedi on Sunday.  Do not underestimate the power of the Force.

What if… January 22, 2008

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DarthYoda

…Darth Vader fought Yoda?  Who do you think would win?

Darth Vader (me) & Yoda (Anna) at our nephew’s 4th birthday party.

Death Star (Piñata) Destruction! January 18, 2008

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In case you missed it, the Rebels blew up the third Death Star at my nephew’s birthday party.  We dug out a lot of our Star Wars paraphernalia including the R2-D2 cooler and the full-size cardboard cutouts.  Also, Anna and I volunteered to appear as Yoda and Darth Vader (pictures to follow).  The mostly 4-year old kids were unsure of what to make of us, although they did “duel” with me using their glowsticks and dance with Anna and R2-D2.  But, there was a Force bubble surrounding me during picture time 😉

Look at the size of that piñata! January 16, 2008

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Nephew’s 4th Birthday Party

I am your…Uncle! January 8, 2008

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This Saturday I will be donning Darth Vader’s costume to make an appearance at my nephew’s 4th birthday party, which will be Star Wars themed (I hope he’s not reading this). We have yet to hear back from the Dark Lord of the Sith via Twitter, so I’ll be representing him. Also, I’m working on enlisting some Stormtrooper bodyguards from The 501st Legion Ohio Garrison. Maybe we can drag TK-421 away from his post!

Childhood Crush Confession 101 December 6, 2007

Posted by davegoblog in Blogging, Movies, Personal, Pop Culture, Sports, Star Wars, Television.
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It started one week ago tomorrow. The confessions of your childhood crushes was spawned as an idea by Gedeon Maheux during an exchange on Twitter last Friday. Here’s a list of the participants, so you can see for whom we swooned:

And now, these are my confessions:

Laura Who remembers the Ice Princess? It was said to be the world’s largest uncut diamond. What world was that? The wonderful soap opera world of General Hospital in the early 1980s. With it in his possession, the evil megalomaniac, Dr. Evil Mikkos Cassadine, wished to harness the power of the Ice Princess to control the weather…and the world! Mooohahaha!!! Who would save Port Charles and make my heart skip a beat while doing it? Why none other than Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) and…oh yeah, some guys named Luke (Anthony Geary) and Scorpio (Tristan Rogers).

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FisherFrom Luke & Laura and the Ice Princess to Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. I always wanted to be Luke when playing with my Star Wars action figures as a kid, and my friend (Donnie) would be Han Solo. Prior to Return of the Jedi (1983), both of us would vie for the affections of the young senator from Alderaan. After RotJ, it got a little weird because Luke had a ssssister, a twin sister. However, that no longer mattered as any red-blooded adolescent boy growing up in 1983 had the image of Carrie Fisher dressed in a metal bikini permanently burned into their memory banks. Not even Bail Organa could memory-wipe that from my mind.

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McGladeWhen Gedeon initially proposed this blog idea, one of the first names that popped into my head was Christine “Moose” McGlade from the Canadian imported You Can’t Do That On Television, which ran on Nickelodeon in its early days. I’m not sure why I was attracted to her. Maybe it had something to do with her saying, “I don’t know” and getting slimed in a Flashdance fashion. When did that ever happen? Maybe this falls under the Too Much Information category. Ged, I thought you said this was supposed to a guilt-free chance to share our crushes with the world!

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RettonDuring the summer of 1984, I became infatuated with a certain 4′ 9″ gymnast by the name of Mary Lou Retton. America (and I) had their eyes glued to this energetic, leotard-clad student of Bela Karolyi. She scored a perfect 10 (because she was) in her final vault to give her the gold medal in the individual all-around women’s gymnastic competition. Even though she was 16 and I was 13 at the time, John Williams would have played the “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” at our wedding. Da-Da-Dant! Da-Da-Dant! Dant-Da-Dant-Da-Da! Hey, Anakin was just 9 when he fell in love with the 14-year old Padme.

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ShueThe day after the Games of the XXIII Olympiad ended on August 12, 1984, a short-lived ABC TV show Call to Glory premiered and helped start the career of Elisabeth Shue. She played Jackie Sarnac, the teenage daughter of the fictitious USAF pilot Colonel Raynor Sarnac (Craig T. Nelson) at Edward Air Force Base in the early 1960s. Earlier that year, she captured my heart as well as the heart of Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid. She would later marry Tom Cruise in Cocktail (1988) and become Mrs. Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II (1989). How could I compete with them?

Crazy Eights November 12, 2007

Posted by davegoblog in Blogging, Books, Movies, NaBloPoMo, Parenting, Pop Culture, Sports, Star Wars.
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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.

A Tale of Two Wedges September 25, 2007

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Eric Wedge 

EricWedge

Wedge Antilles 

Wedge

CAREER

CAREER

Cleveland Indians head coach Rogue Squadron pilot
Lead Indians to AL Central title in 2007 Lead attack against second Death Star
From Ft. Wayne, Indiana From Corellia
Red Sox #22 (1991 MLB Season) Red Two (Battle of Yavin)
Red Sox #36 (1992 MLB Season) Red Leader (Battle of Endor)
Belted all 5 Major League HRs in 27 games (1992 MLB Season) Brought down first AT-AT with Wes Janson as gunner (Battle of Hoth)

FAMILY

FAMILY

Parents – Tim & Nina still reside in Ft. Wayne, Indiana Parents – Jagged & Zena killed by pirate Loka Hask
Wife – Kate Wife – Iella Wessiri
Daughter – Ava Catherine Daughters (2) – Syal & Myri