Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Dog Doo Robber

The headline of this article on yahoo caught my attention: Thief Steals Poop From Woman Walking Dog. A thief grabbed a bag of poop from a woman walking her dog and then tried to shoot the dog(!) but his gun wouldn't fire so he fled empty handed. This is someone who should think about another line of work. There is nothing but a long prison sentence in this guy's future.

The title of this blog entry, by the way, is stolen from the URL of the article.

Know Your Rights - Or - Living with a pre-teen

My daughter likes to listen to music when she goes to sleep. She normally listens to a CD she made from songs she bought off iTunes. I am the first one up in the house in the morning. The ironing board is in the empty bedroom next to Beth's room so every morning I hear the song, "Know Your Rights" by the Clash which is a song Beth likes because it is sort of funny ("... a public service announcement with guitar.") For those of you who are unaware, the Clash have determined that we have exactly three rights. First, you have the right not to be killed. Second, you have the right to food money. Finally, you have the right to free speech. Of course, each of these rights have caveats that are explained in the song.

Mikey has been watching the movie, Elmo in Grouchland a lot recently. In the movie, there is a scene where the Sesame Street gang is arrested by the Grouchland police and informed of their grouchie rights. This led to the following conversation with Beth:

Me: Beth, did you know that the Clash forgot one of the most important rights?

Beth: No, which right is that?

Me: The right to scream your head off!

Beth: (rolling her eyes) I am going to forget we ever had this conversation.

A CEO who cares

I returned to work this past Monday. I still haven't completely caught up with the backlog of work. I had ignored my voice mail while I was home so there were a few calls waiting for me. One of them was from the President and CEO of Symbol, Bill Nuti. He was calling to check to make sure I was OK and to let me know that I was in his thoughts and prayers and that if there was anything that he or the company could do for me to let him know. Last year after Bill did a presentation to everyone about the future of the company, I told my wife that I thought he was a great leader and had a great vision for the future of Symbol. Something like this shows that he is also a good person.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Syncopal Episode

Ouch!If you recall, back in April of last year I had a syncopal episode (I passed out). It happened again yesterday. This time I landed face first on my desk and and had to get stiches. Neurocardiogenic syncope (or vasovagal syncope) is the likely diagnosis. I knew I was going to pass out because there is a certain feeling that I get just before it happens. I tried to get down on the floor and raise my feet but I was too slow. One of the problems is that your brain is shutting down because of a lack of blood supply so you don't always think clearly.

Anyway, the next thing I remember is being put on a stretcher and heading to the hospital. I don't recommend Stony Brook University Hospital. The nurse forgot to check my IV and it infiltrated swelling up my arm. The doctor didn't even think of getting an X-Ray in spite of the bad bruise on my eye. The Plastic Surgeon was very nice although I had to insist on a Plastic Surgeon. They were going to have a regular doctor stich up my face. So it will be a few days before I go back to work. I think it might have been too much stress that led to this.

Michel is at her hearing for her Worker's Compensation and later she has to go see the Oncologist. Mikey wouldn't get on the bus and since I don't have a car I couldn't get him to school. Later, Michel has to take me to the cardiologist so there is no rest for the weary. Tommorow, Michel is back to work. I know she is nervous but excited. I wonder if she will wake me up at 5AM!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Conference Day

Today is the day of Beth's special conference. I think it was finally dawning on her how special it is that she is 1 of only 16 girls (out of almost 500) that were chosen to attend this conference. She woke up at 5 AM this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. And this is a girl who normally gets up at 7:50 to catch a bus at 8:10. She came into our room at 5:00 AM and woke me up:

5:00 AM
Beth: I woke up and I can't fall back asleep.
Me: Well, lie down and you'll go back to sleep.

5:06 AM
Beth: I still can't fall asleep.
Me: You have to give it more than 5 minutes. Go back to bed.

5:13 AM
Beth: My stomach feels funny.
Me: I'll get you something. (Trudge downstairs and find something to settle her stomach. Back into bed at 5:25).

5:32 AM
Beth: I feel shaky.
Me: Are you sick or just excited?
Beth: I think I'm too excited!
Me: OK, try lying down and listen to some music.

5:45 AM
Beth: I'm too awake.
Me: OK, let's get up.

So we were up at 5:45 and she needed to be to school at 7:30. This is most definitely a first!

Update: Got the word about the conference... "it was great!"

Monday, March 14, 2005

You ordered cherry pi!

As Michel pointed out to me, today is March 14th (3/14), which is pi (3.14) day. I'm not sure what the proper way to celebrate pi day is, but we had fajitas for supper (fajitas are round). So how did you celebrate pi day?

Saturday, March 12, 2005

A visitor from out west

Tina and MichelMichel's cousin, Tina, was in New York City on business and was able to come out and spend the day with us before she had to head back to Phoenix. Tina is very popular in our house. Beth thinks she is a very cool aunt and Mikey loves her, too. I am sure Tina's kids will be surprised to find out how cool their mom is!

Tina's works for a bank that just merged with Chase which is based here in New York so Tina may have to take trips to our neck of the woods every once in awhile. This was the first time we had seen her in almost two years. Those long telephone conversations don't make up for not getting to see her. I can't remember the last time we saw her husband, Chris, and her kids but we miss them all.

I know Tina's mom check's out the blog so I took this picture of Tina and Michel.

Friday, March 04, 2005

My little girl

Beth and MikeyI can not say enough how proud I am of Beth. Beth had a potentialy tough transition moving from a private school to public school. She was moving into the 7th grade which is the middle grade in the school at an age when developing new friendships is not always easy. And yet she has made friends with a great group of girls and has had an outstanding year so far. We got Beth's report card and she got straight A's and made the high honor roll. Last night we found out that (based on the recommendations of her teachers) Beth has been invited to a special conference at the State University of NY at Stony Brook called "Today's Girls, Tomorrow's Leaders". Only eight girls in the 7th grade were invited to attend. Way to go Beth!!!

The picture shows Mikey asleep on his sister. This shows what a great sister/brother relationship they have and what a good big sister Beth is to Mikey.