Monday, December 28, 2009

A Wiseass for a Daughter

A little over a week ago, my 12 year old daughter and I were driving in the car to her flute lesson. She asked me, "Dad, what's your new years resolution?". I said, without really thinking, "To be less of an asshole". Absolutely deadpan, my daughter says, "Dad, what's your realistic resolution?".

My wife thinks she gets being a wiseass from matter where she gets it she is a master.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Many thanks to the various Santa Clauses that made the above pile of loot possible! I've got a lot of reading to do...but I've already got a head start. I began Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett on Christmas night, and although I'm only a few pages in, it is very enjoyable! A nice combination of silly and strange. I began A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd on Christmas Eve and read the first (and only Christmas based) story of the 5 in the book. It is very similar to the outstanding movie (in fact, the best Christmas movie ever made in my opinion). And finally, I couldn't resist starting Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders. Dr. Sanders is the medical advisor to House, M.D., and this book is a list of patient case studies that discuss how doctor's solved the case and the various mistakes they make along the way and why they make them. I'm 45 or so pages in and loving it. To help me keep up with all of these books, I got a great bookmark made by my son, Gray, that's sticking out of Small Gods and some very cool page markers (in front of the books) to mark my pages and reduce my habit of dog-earing pages. I've also got a gift card or two to some very cool bookstores that I can't wait to get to. Only a week until it's back to the salt mine, so I'd better get my reading done while I still can. Thanks to my many Santa Clauses. You've made a little boy very happy this Christmas season!