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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Calvin (Part 2) 

  

Fishing is the most boring sport in the world. *** They say once you learn how to ride a bicycle, you never forget. That doesn’t surprise me. It works on the same principle as electroshock therapy.  *** Spaceman Spiff is hit! He’s going down! Fortunately, our hero always buckles up! *** I try to make everyone’s day a little more surreal. *** The world bores you when you’re cool.  *** I’ve got plenty of common sense! I just choose to ignore it. *** That’s the problem with nature. Something’s always stinging you or oozing mucous on you. *** I’m done with my homework! I’m going outside to play! I’ve got my jacket! I’m leaving now! … further bulletins as events warrant! *** Look mom. I put all my clothes for tomorrow on the stairs. Then in the morning I’ll run out in my underwear and slide down at top speed! If I aim good, I go right into my pants while I’m putting on my shirt, and by the bottom, I’m all dressed for school. And if you put my cereal on the stairs too, I won’t have to get up until 30 seconds before the bus comes. *** I asked Dad if Mom was going to have a baby, and he said not that he knew of. Dad said we’d know if mom was having a kid because she’d look like a hippopotamus with a gland problem. … that’s when Mom creamed him with her pillow. Dad says she must be feeling better. *** Knock over one lousy display stand, and pay for it the rest of your life. *** Baby sitters can smell fear in little kids. *** Greetings earth female. Do not be alarmed. Our planet is dying. We need cookies to survive. Do not try to resist or you will be destroyed. *** A homemade gift says more than a store-bought gift. It says you care enough to invest your time and skill in it. It says this is a personal gift, not a generic one. It says you need a bigger allowance. *** Behold the dreaded toboggan: suicide sled. It’s unique design sends a blinding spray of snow on it’s passengers at the slightest bump. Note too, the lack of any steering mechanism. Yes, this sled is truly a hazard to life and limb. Wheee! *** What fun is it being “cool” if you can’t wear a sombrero? *** I don’t like these stories with morals.

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. . . By The Numbers

Picnics Taken: 6
Geocaches found: 9
Number of children (out of 6) who climbed up Cascade Creek from the Lake to the Superior Hiking trail (vertical difference of 240 feet) : 6
Moms who did same: 0 (she was in the hot tub)
Number of bridges crawled under on this hike: 6
Bee stings: 1 (on Dad – I’ll live)
Skinned Knees: 4
Horses Trained by Uncle Joe as we watched: 2
Spots on the Lake where kids threw rocks into the lake: 7
Number of kids who learned how to skip rocks: 4
Television watched: 5 minutes (attempting to wake up napping kids)
Dollar Total Lost because Jamsco noticed an omission on the Resort Bill and decided to point it out: 55
Moose Spotted at “Moose Viewing Deck” on the Gunflint Trail: 0
Mice Spotted in Cabin: At least 1
Total Miles Hiked: 9.8 on many hikes
Miles along Cascade State park Lakeshore traversed: 0.7
Time Returned Home last night:  10:31 (too late)

Life is a Highway (namely highways 35, 61 and perhaps the Gunflint) I want to drive it all day (with several State Park Stops) long.

(Give me, Give me, Give me, Give me, Yes!)

Tomorrow, Our Family, Lake Superior, the Largest Lake in the World (No matter what the Trivial Pursuit Card says!)

One night at my aunt and uncle’s hobby farm, ride horses, good conversation. Then four nights at cozy Cascade Lodge in Scenic Cascade State Park.

Climbing creeks, geocaching, picnicking, wading, exploring, experiencing the Glory of God’s Creation

And of course, time spent in Grand Marais – the Princess of the North Shore.

End at Canal Park in Duluth. A 7 Year Tradition.

So a break from blogging. See you next week.  

It is foolish to begin a sentence with “I could never believe in a God who” unless you end it with “is not like the God who is described in the Bible” 

The best toy, as you know, is one that teaches, one that is reusable, one that enables a child to be creative, one that is different every time, one that promotes story telling.

If you are looking for a toy like with these qualities for kids under 10, especially boys, I recommend Bionicles. For those who haven’t heard of them, they are made by Lego (also an excellent toy with many of these traits) and my boys continue to want to expand their collection.

They are robots (humanoid, monsters, insects) that a child can follow instructions to put together out of small pieces.

There are several different kinds and have a range of prices (say, from 5 dollars to 60) so they work on their own. But they all fit together. Our children have put together four foot tall snake creatures. They have also built very tall robots which stand up.

One possible problem – If you don’t like kids to pretend with weapons, you might have some reason for offense. Our kids love shooting them. I don’t know, have them pretend that instead of missiles, they’re shooting medical equipment to those in need. Also, some of them look a little scary. If this bothers you, encourage your children to give them a pleasant personality – the helpful but misunderstood (because people shun him, you know, like Shrek) ugly big robot.

Another positive trait they have, (and here I am reaching, but I think it true nevertheless) is that they teach a little about Biology. They have ball and socket joints for example. And knees and elbows and such like. And with the insectoids, you can teach them about exoskeletons.

My son Carl is reading this as I type and he wants me to state that the insect kinds are called Vizarak (sp?) He also suggests that I tell you where you can get them. We have found them at Walmart, Target, and at Toy Stores. Anything Else, Carl?

Nope, he says I covered pretty much everything. Go and buy one for the seven year old kid you know for his birthday.

Another college poem. This is a poem is about a dream that I had, a very nice romantic innocent dream about a girl who I wanted to date, but was too afraid to ask out. I was like that, y’know, chicken, uncommitting. I was just reading this for the first time in a while this evening and I was surprised to find that I have forgotten most of these details. 

== 

“Girl of my dreams, I love you” were my thoughts,
But following her around, I would not bring it up,
Until a confrontation:
“So . . .”  (her)
And a confession,
“Yes. . .” (me)
And like the Beatles song,
We took a walk
Smoothly, without steps,
Holding hands.

And then we were on a boat
And great, bright European churches
And I see a friend, and she sees us,
But passing by her out of the range of a voice,
I hoped she
(the friend out of range)
understood,
Because I could not explain.

“Ice Cream?” I asked her,
“I know of a place.”
And we went in,
And a doubt-inducing explanation unheard.

I woke up with a clenched fist. 

===  

The good news is that this dream/story has a happy ending. I eventually did gather the resources to ask her out, and now I am married to her.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned from Calvin 

2 + 7 = ? I cannot answer this question, as it is against my religious principles. *** There’s an inverse relationship between how good something is for you, and how much fun it is.  *** There’s no problem so awful that you can’t add some more guilt to it and make it worse! *** That’s the trouble with weapons technology. It becomes obsolete so quickly.  ***  Ask a simple question, and get all your television privileges revoked.

Oh wait, did you think I meant John Calvin – the great theologian? I’m sorry, I should have been more clear. Here, let me start over again . . . 

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned from Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes – Perhaps One of Many (This one from Circa 1986)

2 + 7 = ? I cannot answer this question, as it is against my religious principles. *** There’s an inverse relationship between how good something is for you, and how much fun it is.  *** There’s no problem so awful that you can’t add some more guilt to it and make it worse! *** That’s the trouble with weapons technology. It becomes obsolete so quickly.  ***  Ask a simple question, and get all your television privileges revoked.  *** Garbage. This show would insult a 6-year-old! And I should know. *** Never argue with a six-year-old who shaves. *** Heck. What’s a little extortion among friends? *** Fifth period – “Studies in contemporary state-sponsored terrorism.” Also known as gym class.  *** That’s great. Perfect. Without question, this is the finest haircut I have ever received. Never criticize a guy with a razor. *** Here comes Moe, the class bully. He’s not smart but he’s streetwise. That means he knows what street he lives on.  *** Cool people wear dark glasses. Mothers on the other hand, sneak up from behind the Pachysandra patch. *** Somewhere in communist Russia I’ll bet there’s a little boy who has never known anything but censorship and oppression. But maybe he’s heard about America, and he dreams of living in this land of freedom and opportunity! Someday, I’d like to meet that little boy … and tell him the awful truth about this place!! *** There’s an inverse relationship between how good something is for you, and how much fun it is.  *** If you can’t win by reason, go for volume.  *** I love Saturday morning cartoons. What classic humor! This is what entertainment is all about … idiots, explosives and falling anvils. *** Who’d want to eat something that eats worms anyway? *** Trusting parents can be hazardous to your health.  *** There’s no problem so awful that you can’t add some more guilt to it and make it worse! *** Either mom’s cooking dinner, or somebody got sick in the furnace duct. *** Really?? We’re having monkey heads! We are not … are those really monkey heads? I’ve never had monkey heads before! I wonder what they’re like. Wow! Monkey heads! Mm … kinda squishy. Oow look, is that a nose? What’s this? Brains? I didn’t think they’d be so rubbery  *** I think the principal is a space alien spy. He’s trying to corrupt our young innocent minds so we’ll be unable to resist when his people invade the Earth! Promise not to tell anyone? *** I love Saturday I get up at six and eat three bows of Crunch Sugar Bombs. Then I watch cartoons till noon, and I’m incoherent and hyperactive the rest of the day. *** It’s an outrage that six-year-olds can’t vote! Here I am, a US citizen, with no voice in our representative government! *** The water’s too cold! Now it’s too hot. Now it’s too cold. Now it’s too deep. *** Flowers are pretty stupid. See, it’s a bright, sunny day out, right? Well, with this watering can, I can make them think it’s raining. It’s fun to mess with their minds. *** If you ask a mom, you get a worse-case scenario. *** I always liked gargoyles.

12 Questions One Might Ask Themselves When They Are Thinking About Buying Something 

(In our consumer culture, we all have plenty of motivations to buy stuff. Here are some checks which have the goal of motivating to decide to not buy it.) 

  1. If it is top of the line, can you get something with 90% of the value at one third the price?
  2. If you make this purchase, will it alienate your friends who don’t have as many resources as you?
  3. If you put off this purchase for a month (or two months, or half a year) will it hurt?
  4. Will this purchase enable you to better glorify God?
  5. It is decent for you to want yourself (or your home or your car) to look reasonably put together, but are you making this purchase to help you look stylish, or ahead of the curve?
  6. If it is replacing something, is the something still functional?
  7. If it is new, could you buy it used?
  8. How much long term joy will this give you?
  9. How much long term utility will this give you?
  10.  Is this purchase likely to bring you into temptation to sin?
  11. If you don’t buy it, do you think it likely that you will regret it?
  12. If you do buy it, do you think it likely that you will regret it?

And now I hear the slightly miffed rejoinder coming back to me –

 Alright, Jamsco. What, now you are a financial adviser? I can buy the idea that you have six kids and thus might have something interesting to say about parenting, but what makes you the expert on spending? 

To this I don’t really have a response, except to say that like so many other things I post, I just want to get it out of my head. You may disregard at will.

I have wanted to point this out for some time, because I find it interesting and I want to get credit for noticing it, not because it is an amazing revelation or something. 

Have you ever noticed that these two phrases mean something different in normal parlance than they do when taken literally?

(A) I’m sure

(B) I guess 

These two pairs of words, at face value, mean quite different things, but the way we uses them when in normal conversation, they mean what the other phrase does when taken literally. 

So taken literally, “I’m sure” means “I am certain” and “I guess” means “I think this is true, but I am not certain” 

But look how they are normally used: “Oh, don’t worry, I’m sure Jerry will be here on time” You see? The speaker is not, in fact, certain that it is true, but thinks and hopes it will be true. 

“Nope, Jerry isn’t going to be here this evening <Jerry walks in> I guess he is” Here, when he says “I guess” the speaker is certain, despite the literal meaning of the words used.  

Isn’t that interesting, nay fascinating? 

Pointing out Linguistic Oddities – yet another function of the Responsible Puppet.

You should read the Bible today. 

Steve over at Careful Thought  has pointed out here (more than once) my inadequacies in spelling the name of followers of the historical foe of Calvinism (or however you want to describe them).  Now Bob (who is currently happy about the most recent Huckabee success, as am I) over at Fundamentally Reformed has sent over a link which gives evidence that my errors are not taken lightly. It’s quite funny.

And have I mentioned that I can schmooze?

Thus Spake Bob: He’s always talking idly and casually in a friendly way. And he’s not out to gain anything either. His blog is interesting and varied, with the occasional attempt at a Calvinist debate. I chat with him at church on Sundays and Wednesdays, and we keep up with each other’s blogs too. I think you’ll find his blog interesting and often useful.  

Not out to gain anything? Well, I guess that depends on your definition of Anything. I also note the judicial usage of the word “attempt”.

Another College Poem – this one a Theological Point Poem

Kingdom Not Yet

Kingdom Power
Kingdom Weakness
Kingdom Life
Kingdom Death
Kingdom Already
Kingdom Not Yet

Just when I thought I understood it all, I find that
Ironies about in the fellowship I read about
I wonder. . . . perhaps I’ll read more

Christ Power
Christ Weakness
Christ Life
Christ Death
Christ Already
Christ Not Yet

Ah, I see. . . . I think.

Everything I ever needed to know I learned from the Book of Titus (Part 2 of 2) 

The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. *** It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. *** Do not let anyone despise you. *** Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. *** At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. ***  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. *** But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. *** He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. *** These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. *** Avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. *** Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. *** Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. *** Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

A friend of mine at work, let’s call him Joe, is giving a presentation at a forum that our thousand person department holds monthly. It’s actually pretty impressive that he got asked. I, being the helpful person that I am, decided that I should do my part and send him some tips to aid him in giving his presentation. And then I thought: Hey, maybe one or more of my readers have a public speaking experience immanent in their future. This might help them, too! 

So here is what I sent him: 

=== 

Joe,

I see that you are giving a presentation at the <our group name> forum next week. Congratulations – this is a great opportunity for you and may give your career the jump start it needs so badly.

Can I offer a few tips?

1. I’ve been in this group for quite awhile (now more than 10 years!) and I think you can take comfort in the fact that of the many strong men and women who have given presentations in this venue, only a few of them have been reduced to tears while trying to answer the harsh and derogatory questions that regularly come from this audience after, and sometimes during the presentations. I think our group has just gotten a bad reputation, that’s all. Just keep repeating the helpful aphorism about Sticks and Stones.

2. I see that you have entitled your presentation: “Parameter Management Update: Loop and Supermarket Calculator (LSC) and CSL Optimizer tools.” Is it too late to change that? It doesn’t have much zing, quite frankly. How about “We got your Optimizer right here” or “Bringin’ the smack down on <whatever these tools are replacing>.” Or maybe a pun with Supermarkets and Groceries or something. I’m at your disposal if you need more suggestions. At the very least, put some exclamation points in it.

3. I would suggest eating lightly (if you eat at all) at our luncheon right before the meeting. I’d hate to see you have to leave in the middle of your presentation due to the combination of public speaking jitters and the greasiness/spiciness of the food.

4. It is theoretically possible for you to still enjoy your weekend despite the full knowledge that this presentation to hundreds is only days away. Try not, for example, to, every time you look at your watch on Saturday, think thoughts such as “Oh, man, in only 67 and a half hours I will be attempting to present my topic coherently to a large group of people, which includes several I know quite well, others who are complete strangers, and still others who in only five months will be considering how much of a contribution I have made to our organization.”

In case you’re curious, I did the math. At two thirty in the afternoon on Saturday the “t-minus” will be exactly 70 hours.

5. Studies show that people forget most of what they hear in three years or less. So at the worst, if your presentation goes terribly, you can look forward to people not retaining that knowledge as soon as the summer of 2010. Unless it goes catastrophically bad. Which really is pretty unlikely, you have to admit.

In short — I say, try to enjoy the process. Have fun with it! A good presentation isn’t a destination, it’s the journey.

===

Update: He responded today –

<Jamsco>, 

Thanks for the pep talk. Based on your advice, I have:

1. Changed the title to “Kwik E Marts are to Supermarkets as Kenny G is to Led Zeppelin”

2. Cancelled my lunch reservations at Old Country Buffet

3. Modified all weekend plans to include heavy drinking (yes, even church)

4. Purchased some Depends undergarments for the occasion

5. Drafted my resignation letter to be delivered to <my boss> Tuesday afternoon

Talk w/ you later,

…. AND GET TO WORK!

I have found that it is wise to consider trusting an idea that comes from two relatively non-connected sources. My wife and my Mom, for example, don’t always agree, so when I am undecided on a decision we are trying to make, and both of them have an opinion, and they agree with each other, I am relieved. Because if they agree with each other, it’s a pretty good bet that they are right.

Another example of this is when Debbie and I were newly married, within a few weeks two former roommates of mine (both who knew me well but didn’t really know each other) both commented that I was a person who rarely complained. (This was 12 years ago, mind you.) Sometimes a person is unsure whether to trust a compliment. This time, because it came from two sources, I trusted it. So did my wife and I was grateful for their words.*

The flip side of this is when two disparate sources think you are wrong. This means it’s time to reconsider and it happened to me on Monday after my post about less important activities.

Marie, generally a thoughtful person, commented, cordially, but her message was clear: I was mistaken. Okay. Hmmm. I wrote a quick rebuttal and hoped it would help me stop wondering if I had written an unwise post. Nope.

So I walked over and showed the post and the comments to BlaChr, who never has any qualms about stating that I am crazy and nor did he, in this case, show any hesitancy to state that this was a wrong-minded post. (He took especially exception to the personal hygiene items on the list, to wit: “Why you gotta hate on being clean?”) (And he suggested one that I had missed: Video Games)

Hmmm.

So I brought it home and showed it to my wife who was, I state with zero pride, somewhat angered by my post. She would like me to make it clear, for example, that she has our kids dust once a week, and she does iron and we do vacuum more than once every half year. Indeed, now that I think about it, I vacuumed on Saturday.

I’d like to hide behind the idea that I was intentionally overt exaggerating (like you do) and that the astute reader would know this, but (at least) three usually astute readers didn’t enjoy the post’s subtle humor. To say the least.

So . . . what to do now? I think I can say that my main point is still valid: There are things that people do that keep them from doing more important things. But maybe I was a bit overzealous.

So, how’s this for a new list?:

6 Time-users which, if you do one of them, (in Jamsco’s Opinion, but he in no way thinks this list is universal, complete or decisive) (and he readily admits that he wastes his time regularly (and perhaps if anyone reading this would care to comment with some additions to the list, maybe he, too, would be forced to rethink his priorities a little)) should, perhaps, cause you to pause and wonder if doing the thing less will enable you to glorify God in a more real way:

1. You play video games, like, a lot.
2. You wash your car more than once a week (with an exemption if you live in a really dusty environment)
3. You watch more than, say . . . 5 hours of TV a week.
4. You golf.
5. You read fame magazines.
6.  You dust more than once every half day.

But I don’t know. Is 6 enough to make a list worth reading?

* Guys, if you want to do a friend a favor, make nice comments about him within earshot of the girl he is trying to impress.

To be taken physically and/or figuratively: If it itches once (or maybe twice), scratch it. If it itches more than that (or if it is the kind that will most likely itch more than once), don’t. It will probably damage you.

10 Ways to Know If You Have Too Much Time On Your Hands*

  1. You weed-wack.
  2. You wash your car.
  3. You watch more than, say . . . 5 hours of TV a week.
  4. You golf. 
  5. You dust more than once every half year.
  6. You vacuum more than once every half year.
  7. You read fame magazines.
  8. You iron your clothes.
  9. You take a shower every day.
  10. You give your kid a bath more than twice a week.

Any suggestions? Do you think I should put fishing here? Things I should take off this list?

 If you discover, using this handy list, that you do indeed have too much time on your hands, consider helping out people with fewer resources, or at your church. Or consider adopting or going on a short term missions trip. 

* and no, I’m not going to put anything about blogging here. Too obvious, too self-deprecating and I don’t really agree.

 

* and no, I didn’t try to make #4 appear to stand out like it does there. Just one of the many random formatting changes made randomly by this blogging software, at random.

Another College Poem. And another poem that doesn’t really apply to me today. I don’t run into people like this very much any more.

 The Testers 

The 2, 3 or 4 decorated, go

To corrupt, to pervert simple things we know

And they say if we stay we will understand

And accept unless we are but simple men.

 

If you laugh or ignore then you are not wise

And you must think again, open up your eyes

And though you didn’t know you were in a test,

And you failed, try again, they were unimpressed

 

Our Christ Said:

 

            ‘Do not judge, lest you be judged’

 

This is true, more than once,

Perhaps more than once more than the Savior meant.

 

And besides being judged by our Father above,

If we judge, we are judged by these men without love.

 

So watch out and attempt to score well on the test.

If you don’t, if you laugh, they’ll inform all the rest.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned from Titus

(Part 1 of 2)

For the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time *** At his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior  *** Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. *** An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.  *** Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. *** He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. *** There are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers *** They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. *** Rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith  *** To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. *** You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine *** Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. *** Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. ***  Train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. *** Encourage the young men to be self-controlled. *** In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. *** Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.

A few comments regarding Yesterday’s Twin Cities Bridge Collapse:

1. While I don’t drive on this bridge everyday (like many do, and I used to) I drove over this bridge on Sunday, and Friday our family looked at this bridge from the geocache picnic I mentioned in yesterday’s blog.
2. Newscasters be aware:  Even if person has been an actual witness to the big event, he may still be someone you don’t want to put on camera. It is ridiculous that a bridge that has a hundred thousand customers a day would just fall into the river. And the average person, talking without preparation, finds it very difficult to talk meaningfully about the ridiculous.
3. God can still be glorified when very tragic things like this happen. That, among many other important requests, should be a part of every Christian’s prayer
4. People who witness a tragedy jump at the chance to help those they can. This is a good thing.
5. I wish I could have been there to help.
6. This happened about a half mile from the main campus of my church. Just a hop over the fence and you could walk there on the deserted interstate in under five minutes. Here is my pastor’s response.
7. From the way my cat responded as I was watching TV (aggressively trying to get me to pet her) you would almost think that she didn’t care that an eight lane interstate major-artery-of-the-twin-cities has collapsed.
8. Don’t trust death counts.  3 . . 1 . . . 4,5,6,7 . . .4 . . .
9. They are saying that this isn’t terrorism. This makes sense to me, a complete non-expert. Wouldn’t there have been an audible explosion if it was a bomb or something? Still, the excitable, twitchy part of me would have been hesitant if I were in, say St. Louis, to cross the Main River Crossing bridge there this morning.

Jamsco, reporting to you live, 20 miles from the scene, for the Responsible Puppet.  Ralph? Kirsten?

Ralph: Jamsco, this is Ralph, can you hear me okay?

Jamsco: Yes, you’re coming in fine.

Ralph: We’ve have viewers phoning in wondering why you, who have not actually seen the sight of the crash, nor spoken to any who have, feel the need to share insights that could be gleaned from any news outlet world wide.

Jamsco: Yes. I was concerned about this as well, so I spoke to local U of M –Vadnais Journalism Professor Dr.  Berrance Nournalism and asked him about it. He reminded me that I am not, in fact, a journalist. Rather, he pointed out, I am a blogger. And that’s what bloggers do.

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