Sunday, September 19, 2004

Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow

We did it. We finally took in a movie as a family. Well sort of. We caught the 12:10 showing of Sky Captain, the review seemed like something the kids (Drew especially) would enjoy. It turns out he did enjoy it as did Susan and I. We don't know about Luke since he slept through most of the movie, waking up with about 20 minutes left. It amazes me how these kids can sleep with nothing short of a wild air warfare bombing sequence screaming from the theater speakers. But Luke did just that.

Now that we've done it, I'm sure we'll be taking in more flicks as a family. At least until the new little lady arrives!!

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Beslan Massacre

I was just reading an article about this horrible ordeal that took place last week in Beslan, Russia. Terrorists stormed a school and held over 1000 people hostage for over three days. Russian forces eventually acted to end the standoff but it didn't go off well and, as of today, over 350 people, many children, were killed.

This brings me to the point of this post. I am increasingly of the belief that the current war on terror generally will culminate, sooner rather than later, in a nuclear event. Here's my thinking. While the framers of our Contstitution and founders of our country were of the mind that we should not get entangled in foreign wars and that our sole concern should be protecting our land and borders, too much has changed over the last 200+ years to make this a plausible policy stance today. My one and only illustration of this would be the ability of an enemy to launch a nuclear warhead from half a world away aimed at our soil. Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton didn't have to contend with that.

But the Soviet Union had that ability too some may say. Yes, but they also knew if they started something our heavy metal would be on top of them about 5 minutes later. Nobody wins. The current enemy is nowhere and everywhere at once. Who would we counterattack if an attack was launched against us. Where would we attack. It is too difficult to conjure up a plan in this situation.

More importantly, the current enemy continues to display its complete lack of the faintest trace of humanity. The Beslan situation points this up perfectly. These animals are completely devoid of any sort of moral compass. The may say they are commiting these acts in the name of their god but their actions belie this assertion.

There is going to come a point, after some future terroist attack, when the law abiding citizenry of the vicitms' homeland rise up and say enough is enough. We can't continue to live our freedom loving ways under this cloak of fear. To this end, some country, likely us, will put forth a message that we will no longer live amongst terrorist. We will indicate that certain areas of the world that are nothing more than safe harbors for terrorists and we will act decisively through heavy metal. It will likely be a multifocused attack potentially ushering in what some may say is WWIII. But it will be short lived war. The terrorists will have nowhere left to run to.

It's a depressing thought but I don't see how current events can continue to play out indefinetly. Some time in the near future bold action will be called for and I believe the call will be answered. It almost makes the Cold War seem quaint.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Labor Day '04

Headed to LI for the long weekend. Saturday was a great day spent on the beach with our tribe, the Clementis and Byrds. Kids really enjoyed the Sound. Maria and Phil lined up a babysitter for that evening so the six of us could go to dinner. Drew wasn't exactly "down" with the idea. He got really upset. Fortunately he was so wiped out from the day he went up to be at about 8:20 pm and nodded off quickly. So the babysitter was moot point. Luke did his best to make us late but Susan finally got him in.

Met Maria, Phil, Kara & Chris at Jonathan's and had a wonderful time. Great conversation among the brothers/in-laws and sisters/in-laws. Emily, Kara's little sister, waited on us. It wasn't too crowded so she got to really take care of us. For dessert she brought one of everything on the menu. Holy button buster batman! They were all great but I paid afterwards. The kicker to the dinner was that George and Sha secretly picked up the tab as Chis and Kara's anniversary present, which just so happened to fall on that day. Thanks guys!

Sunday was a bit overcast and really cool. So we spend the day at George's and Sha's house. The kids rode bikes and scooters. We played football, ran races etc. Had a great dinner and then celebrated Luke's 2nd with a big cake. It was delicious. I'll tag a picture here when I get it developed (note to self, it's time for a digital camera).

Monday morning the kids played out back doing Robbie Knievel jumps with a big wheel over one of Kiki's skateboard ramps. We left before noon and had an easy ride. Spent the balance of the day around the house with waterballoons, Luke's new pitching machine etc. We also lied around the house watching some tube and dozing off now and then. We were all beat. It was a great weekend.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A Princess Appears

It's a girl!!!!!!! Susan found out this morning. We're ecstatic. Wow, this is going to be amazing. The boys are going to have their own little doll. She doesn't know how lucky she is to have brothers like that. Can't wait till February. Gotta go wipe the tears off my keyboard.