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  • Jalapeno pickles make excellent football food.
  • Things you never thought you’d have to say – “Son, please don’t dig holes in the lawn directly over the gas line.”
  • Does it help my geek cred when I believe that it would be fitting for any coordinated European effort to deal with the ‘refugee’ crisis to be named “Operation Martellus“?
  • Girlie Bear came back from her trip to visit her university and meet the ROTC staff with a sunburn as red as a wild rose.  We had a little conversation about personal responsibility and how to treat 2nd degree burns.
  • Boo learned that coaches do not like it when you talk after being told to stop.  In related news, it is rather traumatic for a young boy to be told that if he can’t behave, he can’t warm up with his team. The coach did, however, come up and talk with him before they took off running, and Boo made sure to do as he was told the rest of practice.
  • Signs that we have Boo in with a good crowd – The cross country team ran 5 kilometers last night, which is approximately 3 laps around the park.  Boo had never run more than 2 before, and after his second lap, decided he’d done enough.  So did most of the younger kids.  The older boys ran a fast 5k, then noticed that Boo had stopped.  They convinced him to finish the run, and ran along with him on an extra lap to encourage him and so that he wouldn’t be alone.
  • Boo pulled out a loose tooth while doing homework tonight.  Going to have to send a note to teacher about why his English worksheet has blood spatter on it.
  • It’s a good thing when you look around your living room and think “You know, we need more bookshelves.”


  1. Given my ancestry, I’m a little reluctant to confess I’d go for “Operation Verden .
    Note I never claimed to be a nice guy.

  2. Bookshelves are good! 🙂

  3. And, yes, “Operation Martellus” is also a good choice. More apropos, I suppose, than my choice.

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