Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wednesday Night Potpourri

I got to work this morning and set up my laptop. I noticed a new Windows update so I ran the install then went to sign in. I came back intent on finishing some work I've been doing for the past two weeks on some procedural documents we're revamping. I've been doing the editing with a Microsoft Word program which came installed on my laptop. After running the updates I noticed that I could no longer access my Word documents. What gives? I tried the right click 'open with' prompt looking for MS Word but it wasn't showing up. A preinstalled Microsoft Office version was trying to open itself but I didn't have a key for it. My Word shortcut was also taking me to the Office software. A friend suggested I try OpenOffice as it would do all that my MS Word program would and it's a free download. He was right.

I'm not sure why but MS Word is functioning once again. I like the new OpenOffice program and think I'll stay with it for a while.

Rachel will be leaving for Seattle in a couple weeks with the youth group from Prince of Peace in Burnsville and of course she can't wait. She was hoping to be able to get together with my brother Bryan and his family while she's out there but that's probably not going to happen with her full schedule. Bryan lives in Portland and it would be a three hour drive for him to get there. I think he'd have a fun time getting photos of the kids doing their thing at Pike Place Fish Market. He's got a gift for photography and it's what he does. Who knows...he may still head that way.

Each year somebody offers to make necklaces for the kids on the trip. Rachel volunteered this year to take the project on. She and Tammy got some 'Pick Jesus' guitar picks at Northwestern Bible Bookstore and went about drilling holes in each of them and stringing them onto some colored ribbon. They turned out nice. I want one.

Rachel is also involved in Hosanna's (our church) youth group and will be going to Guatemala this summer as part of a mission trip. She'll need a passport. She got her passport photos back yesterday but we're quickly running out of time to get her paperwork submitted so she has it back in time.

Speaking of passports...Tammy doesn't have one and mine is expired. Rob, at work, put it in my head that a person has to have a passport just because you never know when an opportunity may present itself and a passport isn't something you can get on short notice. So, I think we'll all do the passport thing this week and we'll all be covered.

You have to admire Dr. Laura for not being afraid to speak her mind no matter how wrong she may be...or do you? Anyway, she made a comment yesterday about how wives are often at fault when their husbands cheat. I personally think a couple should simply divorce if it comes to that. The discussion she was involved in centered around New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and the news that he'd been busted for being with high priced prostitutes. I don't see where any of this is his wife's fault and I don't think Dr. L was saying that but why even bring it up?

In our mail today was a letter from the IRS referencing our 'stimulus payment'. The message I'm getting is that we're supposed to spend our way to prosperity. It's as wrong as thinking we can tax our way to prosperity. Neither approach is worth considering but both Republicans and Democrats came together on this ill conceived idea. Whatever we get will go into the bank so we can give it back to the government when they come looking for the taxes owed on it.

Spending our way to prosperity doesn't seem to be working so well. The number of homes in foreclosure is a bit of a snapshot in that regard. Still, I'm surprised at how well the economy is doing when you consider the ever increasing cost of fuel. It was just a few weeks ago when people were speculating about how long it would be before oil reached $100 a barrel. Oil was briefly at $110 a barrel today. They've sort of got us over one.

There's a new site called Hulu which plays all sorts of television programs and films from recent to way old stuff. Just browsing it quickly and I see some goodies...Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. You can see where my head is at with this. I'll leave you with my favorite episode of The Twilight Zone...enjoy.


Ken said...

I wouldn't rely on MSNBC. Did you actually see the video? The whole video? Did you watch and listen carefully? Dr. Laura was not excusing Spitzer, who is probably a malignant narcissist.

She was talking about "in general" - Dr. Laura says that ***IF*** you choose a GOOD man ***AND*** you treat him right, he will not stray. Nowhere does she excuse men for their decisions to commit adultery. However, she recognizes that if a wife isn't living by her marital vows (which are more than just "forsaking all others"), THEN a man is more likely not to live by his, either.

Kevin said...


I understand she wasn't excusing Spitzer. In fact, I agreed with her that she believed he thought he was above the law. I think there should have been less emphasis from Dr. L on the woman's role in the whole affair and more discussion about what a pig and hypocrite Spitzer was/is.

Do you ever wonder if Dr. Laura and Judge Judy are sisters? I do.