Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Playing Cops and Robbers

"Pops and I are playing cops and robbers" reports the Bambino. "I'm one of the tough guys and get to use my handy gun!"


"Pops is really just my ride."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

California Drought is not Changing Everyone

"Gramz, ya know how some mean ol' task-masters make their underlings dig a hole and then have them fill it back up with dirt, just because they can?" asks the Grandkid.

"Well, look what my folks are making me do!  I have to mow the grass in the middle of a drought when there is clearly no lawn!"


"I just don't see how this is good for me, and to be honest, I'm tired of pops telling me about how much grass he had to cut when he was a kid."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shake that Bootie

"Mom, I like your dance moves much better than Gramz's dance moves.  She has me doing the tango and other dancing with the stars moves, but YOU let me just shake my bootie and feel the music!" says Bambino.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Calling His Shot

"Gramz, this looks like a good place for baseball!  Remember that movie, 'Major League?' asks the Grandkid.



"and Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) invoked Babe Ruth and called his shot?"


"Well, I'm going to do that when I grow up."


Monday, October 6, 2014

Ye Old Pumpkin Patch

"So, these are pumpkins?" asks the kiddo. "When do they turn into magical carriages like Cinderella had to take her to the ball?"


"You mean, THIS is our pumpkin carriage?"


"This is not at all what I expected. Don't you guys know any magic?"


Naturally Cool

"What can I say?  This is how I role" says the Bambino. "I can't help that I'm just naturally cool."


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Off Ramp Deceivers

In California, during rush hour, almost every off-ramp has a 'deceiver' holding a sign wanting a handout. They prefer hard cash. It's more of a business rather than a charity. If you come at the end of their 'shift', you may catch them behind a bush or under the bridge, splitting up their newly acquired large stacks of cash with their manager (aka pimp).

Of course, they rotate to other off-ramps as a means of trying to not become too familiar. They don't want to be recognized, but that doesn't always work. In fact, I recognized one of these 'deceivers' in a brand-new large SUV in one of our neighboring towns. That is when I really became disgusted.

Giving cash to someone with your own free will is not illegal. But this off-ramp hand-out is a process usually built on deception and greed. They are pretending to be in need when in fact they are running a tax-free cash only enterprise designed to pull on the heart strings of well-intentioned people.

It's just too bad this scam has ruined my trust in people who hold up cardboard signs. I now only go through agencies or people I trust if I am asked for a donation. Those off ramp charities have become a group I loath and won't support.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dancing with the Stars

"Gramz, I wish you would stop watching the show, 'Dancing with the Stars'.
I'm not up for any more dancing instructions and I don't believe I will be the next Derek Hough!"


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What do you mean, "NO?"

"Gramz, what do you mean when you say, NO!" asks the Grandkid.
"No, this isn't a space ship?"
or
"No, this isn't my new toy chest?"
or
"No, don't play with the garbage?"
or
"No, just walk away and not touch this cool new shiny object?"


"The word, 'No' can mean a lot of different things to me."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Do not settle

Your feelings are your barometer to let you know if you are on the right path or not. If you are unhappy, this is the way you know something is wrong and you are not where you should be. Either you gave up too soon, compromised, shoved your feelings aside, or dare I say it....SETTLED.  

So check your feelings and see if it's time for a change.  


After all, happiness is what makes the whole journey worthwhile.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's That?

"Wait! Did you say there are BEARS in Alaska??" asks the Bambino.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Changing the World Bit by Bit (yes, bits are considered a technical term)

Samantha Quist, Executive Director Technovation
The world is changing in many ways, but one of the most wonderful and positive directions has been where barriers get removed and more women make their presence known in unfamiliar ground.

Technology is one those areas that is still changing the world, and our own Samantha Quist is working to help more young women explore careers in technology.

Samantha has been doing this at Technovation, a company which focuses on inspiring and educating girls and women in technology. This includes an annual competition where young women (age 10-23) throughout the world develop mobile applications and then present (and pitch) their solution to a panel of judges.

You can read more about how this idea is helping to create our next generation of technical entrepreneurs at TechRepublic. Just look where all the participants came from who participated in the 2014 competition! It is pretty impressive.

You can also check out the winners of 2014 and be amazed at some of their ideas and how they are using technology to help solve problems in their own communities. WOW!

Perhaps you would like to help make the world a better place by encouraging more young women to explore opportunities in technology? You can become a volunteer, coach, or mentor of young women in your local area.  Or maybe you know a young lass who would be interested in developing an app to solve a problem she cares deeply about?

It's a new world, and we can help nurture these young girls and their wonderful ideas on how they can build a better community through technology. You can find out more, here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pssst

"Psssst.  I've got a secret!" whispers the Bambino
"It's pretty juicy, too! Want to hear it?"


Poaching eggs in the microwave

I'm on a quest to improve my health via making better choices when it comes to food.  One of those changes includes eating breakfast, which means taking time for either a spinach smoothie, steel cut oatmeal, or an egg on toast.  Recently I bought a new gizmo for cooking eggs...an egg poacher for the microwave. Unfortunately it came with no instructions, but I found a video that was quick, easy to understand, and did the trick.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

I dub thee as the man who can bring me stuff!

The kids have spent some time in the Alaska wilds with the Inuits. No doubt, the Bambino was given special exalted powers while visiting because he was last seen knighting his Pop with some special dispensations.

"I, Bambino, dub thee as the man who can fetch me stuff on demand!"
Then he banged the empty, but official, water container on Pops head.


Time will tell if his wishes really do get granted.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Teaching the Kiddo Qigong Techniques

The Bambino and I like to watch the Matrix movie together, which gives me the opportunity to point out how the movie often uses the subtle energy of Qi (chee) as a way to direct and manipulate events. Some of these techniques are actually part of the foundation of Qigong (chee gung) which is what I use in my medical practice! Needless to say, I THINK Bambino is starting to pick up on some of our discussions.  

For example, Morpheus uses a martial art technique of posture, concentration and movements which are often used in Qigong, too. In this part of the movie, Morpheus is using some Qigong techniques to train the hero, Neo.


And now I will occasionally see the Bambino standing with that same Morpheus type of "look in the eye" concentration, along with "bring it on" stance...


Yep, being a grandparent allows you to not only share your wisdom and experience, but also allows you to interpret whatever you want to see going on with your grandkid.

(I think only another grandparent will understand the amount of weird license and leeway of thoughts that comes from being a grandparent). 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Kiddos First Tuxedo!

The kiddo is now old enough to wear a tux!
He begins the night by checking messages while the rest of the family gets ready for this fancy night out on the cruise ship.


Bambino continues to patiently wait for the family to get ready....


and continues to patiently wait a bit more...


and then FINALLY gets to go and experience the fine dining and dancing experience that all little munchkins look forward to having at some time in their life!


Yep, this kid is really growing up faaaaaast!