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Monday, October 31, 2011

I think they had it right

I wanna go to how they do it in "The Giver." They assign you a spouse whom you'd be comparable with. No breaking up. No getting your heart broken, or worst, breaking someone heart.

I hate that I had to break baileys heart, but I knew the spirit was telling me to do it, and I know why.

I hate knowing this was sudden for her, and that she's hurting.

I hate this.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Impromptu music lesson

I never knew it was possible to get an injury playing cards. Jammed fingers= illegitimate suckage.

Today was the primary presentation at church. My 3rd as a teacher. This is also the 2nd time I've played my guitar in sacrament meeting. This happened as a result of me opening my big mouth (in a not-mean way) when the pianist kept messing up a simple song a few months back. So I got to play a solo at the end of the primary presentation.

I showed up early
I set up the mic
I tuned my guitar
Tested the mic
Tuned my guitar
Set my guitar down
Tuned my guitar

Solo time comes up. All I can hear is a flat E string.

After church, Richard and Jefferson, who both play piano very well (concert level well) Bri (who doesn't know squat about music) and I were hanging out in the Young Women's room. (The only one with a piano that wasn't being used.) Bri asked me how I know where to press down on the strings.

Her mistake

Rich and I bombarded her with scales, semi-tones, frets, white and black keys, key signatures, note names, ect. I looked over to see her mouth open, eyes wide.

So, we made a diagram of a keyboard on paper, and made a way for her to memorize the keys and treble clef. We then helped her learn "Praise to the Man" (same song i did my solo to.)

We didn't leave until almost 3

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The end of hurricane season

is next Monday. We've had two close storms. (One wasn't a tropical system, but it did a lot of damage.) I finally got around to uploading the vids from my camera. I'm gunna edit them together and post it on here when I'm done.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

5 movies my future wife must also love

catchy title, no?

1) Regiletto: This a beautiful movie. It is one of the many movies Melinda's family exposed me to. This one, however, is far above the rest.

2) The Ultimate Gift: I'm man enough to admit I cried during this movie. So incredibly powerful.

3) Secondhand Lions: This movie showed much of what I wanna be like when I'm old.

4) The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King:   Yes, I loved this movie. I have yet to read the books, but the movie was very-well made. It's one of the few movies to come out in the past 10 years that didn't suck in some way, except for the 12 endings.

5) Father Goose: Old-school comedy. Clean. Intelligent. Just like it should be.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Political rants/thoughs because I can't sleep.

Why is it if it's hard working, patriotic, or christian, it must needs be conservative?

Today, I told a lady (a very liberal lady) that my dad used to be a lobbyist. She made a sour face. When I told her he was a democrat and lobbied for the teamster union, she said that was great. Why difference does it make which side you're lobbying for? if it's wrong for one side, it's wrong for all sides.

Is Fox "News" aware that the cold war ended a while ago...

Just because I want taxes to be done fairly, doesn't mean I wan't to redistribute the wealth. Whatever that means.

Name-calling is really quite childish.

So is arguing and yelling. 

We need a "1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice" voting system. Elections just might turn out very different. 

The Founding Fathers didn't agree any more than we do today; they just knew how to COMPROMISE! (Oh no, not the C word!!!)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Put your kid on Ritalin, already!

I am getting tired of these hippy, hipster, organic, home-grown, local only moron parents who think ADHD was invented by drug companies to sell pseudo-scientific poison. I'm not talking about overall bad parents, either. After working in a grocery store for 2+ years, I could write a million rants about all the things I see parents do that makes me want to strangle them. (And, from time to time, the kids too.) I'm talking about these "informed" parents who think ADHD is over-diagnosed and over-medicated. True, ADHD and ADD are over-diagnosed in SOME age groups, it is severely under-diagnosed in adolescents, teens, and adults. Yes, 3 year-old kids are squirrels. That's how it is supposed to be. As you get older you calm down and focus better. That's why old people are crabby and young kids are happy: Kids can't focus on the bad; old people can't stop focusing. But at a certain age, a child should be able to pay attention to a 5-minute presentation.

There is a kid I know, his parents are good friends of mine. He is 8. He is an extremely intelligent kid. I like him.
But I am scared to death of having him in my primary class next year.
I am not kidding or exaggerating when I say he has a shorter attention span than the sunbeams. He cannot sit still and quiet for more than 5 seconds.

He has ADD. Not ADHD, but ADD

I don't why he isn't on medication. I don't really know how I could even bring it up.

Part of the problem, is that people don't know what ADD and ADHD are and are not.

ADD is the inablilty to concentrate. No matter how hard someone with ADD tries, they can't stay focused on something that they aren't deeply interested in for long periods of time. I know. I have ADD. NO matter how hard I try, I can't concentrate on lectures at school, how-to tutorials, or long-winded speakers. But man I can play music, listen to music, and watch music all day. It's called hyper-focusing. It's part of ADD.

ADHD is ADD, with the added ingredient of hyperactivity. This is why it is over-diagnosed in small kids.

ADD/ADHD is NOT becoming distracted by something random.

ADD Thought process are actually VERY detailed, and VERY logical. It doesn't make sense to some people because they cannot connect the dots. (It also doesn't help that these processes take less time than it takes to read this sentence.)

I personally believe that this extra-special ability to connect loosely-related ideas enhances creativity. It is said that the most brilliant minds in arts and sciences are believed to be/ are confirmed to have some form of attention deficit.

I hate the idea that ADD diagnosis's are so misused and mistrusted. Think of how many people would be able to succeed if they could actually focus. It changed my world in Elementary school. I wish I stayed on my meds all of my years in school. My 8th grade teachers thought I was lazy. When they found out I had ADD, they knew I wasn't and were able to help me so that I could succeed in class.

well, I had more to say, but MY inner squirrel just ran off with it.