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Reflections on Fatherhood.

There are many things in life that I am learning not only by being a father but just by virtue of getting older. None of these are new to anybody but me yet they still have a profound impact on me. It's a strange thing that I was a more jaded cyincal man when I was younger. Perhaps it was some sort of defense mechanism or a misguided attempt at being mature or worldly. Maybe both. I used to think that people with any sort of sentiment were rubes and yokels who didn't really understand how the real world worked. Some sort of Hobbsian nightmare. To some extent I chalk that up to spending a lot of time in New York City. It's a hard place to live. You need to be a competitor not just a participant to keep your head above water. Getting on and off the subway during rush hour is a lesson in assertiveness. You need to muscle past those getting on when you're getting off. You need to be on guard all the time. It's not easy to keep yo…
It's amazing to me how sometimes that are things in my brain that sit idle for so long. Something will trigger a memory and it's like being ambushed. I know it's going to sound trite and perhaps even stupid but there are still times that memories of September 11th put a lump in my throat. Example: When driving home, I typically listen to local talk radio as a nice debrief from my day and helps me change gears from Professional Me to Dad. I have about 40 minutes to shake off the office and get ready to wrestle and roll around on the floor and sing songs and the like. Most days the host is engaging, witty, and has a few topics that grab my interest. On the other hand, there are days like yesterday. He was out for some reason and another local guy was filling in so I tuned out. I hit the CD player and Bruce Springsteen's The Rising was in the deck. Song #2 comes up. Into The Fire. The opening verse reads:

The sky was falling and streaked with blood
I heard you…
Two good ones that have been aging in my inbox. I take no credit for them and don't know the authors otherwise I'd credit them accordingly. Enjoy.

Plan for the US:

1) The US will apologize to the world for our "interference" in their affairs, past &present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini and the rest of them 'good old boys'. We will never "interfere" again.
2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany, South Korea and the Philippines. They don't want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No more sneaking through holes in the fence.
3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave. We'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of who or where they are. France would welcome them.
4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit. No one from a …
You are Morpheus, from "The Matrix." You
have strong faith in yourself and those around
you. A true leader, you are relentless in your

What Matrix Persona Are You?
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Ok, so I'm Morpheus. What does that mean? In RELOADED he's portrayed as a believer in that which merits no belief. Is he a dupe? A rube? A fool? Or just that one madman who will be proven right in the end? I'm guessing the last. It is said that every oak tree is a nut that stood it's ground. Perhaps I am that nut.