If you have a child that will soon be in high school, I have a very important tip for you.
Before you fill out any paperwork, create an email address that isn't yours or your child's. Use this email when filling out paperwork for your student. (except for official school paperwork, like emergency contact forms)
Reason being: You will immediately get added to every single college email list in the country. I receive 5-10 emails a DAY from every institution of higher learning asking my son to consider their college. They all use the same email marketing company. I know this because every email is structured exactly the same. In fact, most of them are exactly the same. I click unsubscribe. but more and more come every single day.
Also, letters have started showing up too. Now, I will say that my son (10th grader) made a very high score on his PSAT, which might contribute to the avalanche of communication. But, for your sake, better to be safe than sorry. Have your child put this email address down as their email, and have it forwarded to your email if you think that is better. Create a filter to get rid of it...because you will be getting a LOT of it.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I realize this post will come off as a bit hypocritical, but I really needed to get this off of my chest.
Also, this post is NOT directed at any one person. One look at my timeline and you will understand.
Why, oh why, do people feel the need to air their personal political and religious views? Why do people spend time and energy telling others who they are going to vote for and why?
Why do people feel like their political view is going to make me change mine?
If you go back to your Facebook posts from 4 years ago, you will probably see the exact same crap that is floating around as there is now. How this person is the antichrist and this person is the savior...How God wants this person to be President, and Satan wants this person to be President.
If baffles me to think that anyone gives a flying shit. The only people who are going to respond to you are the people you are calling batshit crazy yourself! Do you REALLY think that the person in charge of this country should have upstanding christian values? Last time I checked, we have about 100+ different religions in this country, and the President has to represent them all.
This is what really gets me: Has ONE person, in the history of time, ever changed their political view because someone else told them to? Do people who stand on the proverbial rooftops EVER sway another person?
If you fill my timeline with neverending swill, all that will do is make me want to listen to you LESS.
Ok, rant over. My point is that politics and religion are PERSONAL and should be kept so. The louder you are about those views, the less normal people are going to listen. Please continue calling Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity....I don't have to listen to them. All I want to be is left alone when it comes to politics and religion.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Flashback to 1990, if you will. I believe I was a sophomore in high school. The Stars hadn't moved to Dallas yet, so I hadn't started my hockey phase...so my friends and I had other things to do to occupy our time. ONe of our past times was to make sketch comedy videos. We thought we were hilarious. Sometimes we were, most of the time, we were not.
One of the reasons we wanted to do sketch comedy so bad was because we had discovered, deep in the night on HBO, this obsecure Canadian troupe called Kids in the Hall. I am sure that there are some of you out there who have heard of them, but I am still surprised that people have no idea who they are. It was a group of 5 guys who started being funny, and didn't stop. Probably the most well known of the group would be Dave Foley, who starred in the sitcom NewsRadio and was the main ant in Pixar's A Bug's Life.
We LOVED these guys. Watching KITH was a can't miss opportunity, even if it came on at midnight on Saturday. They epitomized everything we wanted to be as a sketch comedy group. I have fond memories of gathering around my friend's TV (he was the only one with HBO) and breathlessly waiting for our Kids to make us laugh.
Flash forward to 2012. With the new onset of digital streaming devices, we now have a Logitech Revue with GoogleTV in the bedroom. This allows me to watch Netflix streaming, which gives access to an endless amount of entertainment. This includes access to every single Kids in the Hall episode made. So, as the days go by, I have been progressing at a clip about one episode per day. I just started season 3.
I still have my favorites:
You Need a Mortician!
Having said that, I do need to get to the overall point of this post: There were some PHENOMENALLY bad sketches mixed in. Stuff that would make you scratch your head and wonder how an idea like that ever got legs, let alone make it on the show. It wasn't just unfunny...it was uncomfortable with how bad it was. Weird thing is, I don't remember it at all. The good sketches tend to stick with you, and I guess you just forget about the bad ones. If you have Netflix, watch pretty much any episode from Season 2 and you will see what I am talking about. The shows were downright terrible. I guess they can't all be hits, but I was surprised at how bad most of the sketches were. I think it gets better...maybe they just had a sophomore slump they had to break out of. Writing and performing a weekly sketch comedy show can be incredibly taxing, and maybe that just caught up with them.
And if you were wondering, my favorite has always been Kevin McDonald. I wish he had gone on to do better things. I loved him.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ok, this kind of stuff makes my head hurt. Not because it is hard to understand, but because the scale of the universe is beyond what any person can comprehend.
I have this great discussion point I like to bring up with people because it gives me insight into their thought processes, so I will present it to you.
Imagine that the Earth was exactly the same. Same weather, same development, same continents, same everything...but it was the size of Jupiter. Would we have ever discovered other continents? How many satellites would it take to communicate around the world? How long would it take to fly to London? Weeks? Months? Would Columbus have ever even left land?
I love hypotheticals like this, because it really makes you think about scenarios and how things could be. Our Earth is SO huge, yet it is cosmically tiny. How could there not be life out there?
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
This just makes me sad. These people do not realize that the whole world is making fun of them by being on this show. This poor girl has no idea how this video will haunt her for the rest of her life.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
This really made me laugh. There is one I would have to disagree with...
The "mmm...Captain D's". I say that ALL THE TIME. I love Captain D's. I used to look forward to going to the dentist because there was a Captain D's next door. I grew up down the street from a Captain D's, and it was the best. There are only a couple left in the metroplex, but I take advantage of being around them as much as possible.