Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hometown Hero

I was discussing the upcoming Fiesta event with Carmen, and she mentioned the sniper from "a few years back". Now I don't generally keep up with local news as well as I should, but I think I would have remembered a sniper during the city's major parade event.

A little research later and I found the story of Ira Attebury, who shot people during the 1979 Fiesta.

Well, recently (the 12th of this year), James Middleton, a police officer at the time of the shooting, was honored for his part in stopping Attebury.


Thank you Mr. Middleton.

"Anybody would have done the same thing. I was just the first one there." -James Middleton, Hero



Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Uncle Jay Explains the News- Welcome!

Finally, I no longer have to try and understand the torrent of news coming from all over the place. Good old Uncle Jay explains it all for us.

Luckily, we can start with a 2007 recap and then stay current from now on.
video

Monday, January 7, 2008

Genetics and Cats

Olivia recently went to a Build-A-Bear thing for a birthday party. She ended up with a stuffed pink cat which she named Gabriella. I mentioned that we already had 2 cats, and Olivia pointed out that Gabriella was a girl cat.
So then came the hypotheticals- what if Julius met Gabriella?

Olivia pointed out they could get married and have baby kittens. Well, since one cat is real and the other is not, I was intrigued by the possibilties, and intrigued by what the 6 year old thinks. So I asked her that if they had four kittens, what would they look like?

"Two would be pink, because Gabriella is pink, and 2 would be grey and white, because Julius is grey and white."

Hmmm. Ok, what if they were 5 kittens?

"Two would be pink, because Gabriella is pink, and 2 would be grey and white, because Julius is grey and white."

I asked bout the last, unmentioned kitten.

"Well, it would be pink on one side, and grey and white on the other. The pink side would be like Gabriella, and the other side would be like Julius."

So, we now finally have the answer to the stuffed cat/ real cat starcrossed lovers dilemma.
Although I was only picturing how half an animal melded into half a stuffed animal would live, live it would.

Boy, I sure love my kids.