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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Kids Must See Captain Marvel

Yeah, but [90s movies] were all bad:

Captain Marvel may not, as one especially hysterical bit of fanboy outrage puts it, “castrate” Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, but the movie does take a shot—literally—at another action-movie icon. When Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers crashes to Earth in the mid-1990s, she lands in a Blockbuster Video, and the first thing she sees is a cardboard stand-up for the movie True Lies, featuring a tuxedoed Arnold Schwarzenegger with an admiring Jamie Lee Curtis draped over his shoulder. Still groggy from the intergalactic trip and rattled by her unfamiliar surroundings, Carol reads the gun-wielding figure as a threat and fires a photon blast in his direction, leaving a smoking hole where Arnold’s head used to be.

I admit that as a young man I enjoyed True Lies and even owned it on VHS (just one of many things from that epocha that will seem fantastically archaic to Sadie and Sam).  As an evolved old man I see it for the misogynistic crap it was, and am happy that not only did Carol blast Arnie's head off, but that Cameron will likely never let the movie be released on modern media.

Anywayz, we loved Wonder Woman--Sadie especially did--and I'd really like the kids to see yet another female superhero kick ass on screen and at the box office.

ntodd

March 13, 2019 in Family Life, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Child Abuse

That's what anti-vaxxers commit, and not just in our neighbor to the north, but in our very own Orygun.  So once more with feeling: fuck those people.

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March 11, 2019 in Conscience, Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Za Chlebem

Currently working on some Garstka history with Samuel.  First wave immigration from Galicia (Polish Austria) is fascinating, not to mention a bit frustrating since official records and family lore are not always in agreement.  Where was Hollerith when you needed him?

ntodd

March 10, 2019 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

G-d Giv [sic] Back Peaches


We had a hamster tragedy this week.  Sadie made a drawing to memorialize Peaches, as well as a plea to He Who Reigns On High.  Lemon, her new long-haired Syrian is settling in nicely.

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March 5, 2019 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (2)

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Eleventy Years Already?

Many aeons ago--or 11 years--life changed dramatically for the better.  Some Random Chick from Oregon emailed me out of the blue to talk about politics and activism.

Yaddah yaddah yaddah, Ericka moved all the way across the country.  A nice start to our lives together was it happened in the blissful epoch of hope and change that was just beginning:


Outside the LIttleton, NH, headquarters after a long night celebrating an historic event.

After the Bush Interregnum, what relief!  Now we find ourselves in another precarious epoch.  Family sustains.

Yes, our kids bring light into our collective lives. But for me most of all, the Love of my Life.  Who took a risk to relocate to the Other Coast.  Who didn't run away upon discovering my domestic...quirks.  Who worked so hard to provide for her family.  Who taught me the need for organization and joy of making a bed.  Who has stuck around at times when I really didn't deserve it.  Who makes me laugh because she's funny as fuck.  Who is the most thoughtful and smartest person I've ever known.

And she brought us back where we belong in the Pacific Time Zone


Life's different in this point in space at this time in history, but in some ways not.

It's been a great ride.  I love and adore you Ericka.

ntodd

February 18, 2019 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (2)

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

#TBT


Not really missing Vermont snow all that much.

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February 7, 2019 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

#TBW

Going through old posts and photos, came across this:

Naturally, it reminded me of this:

Because that's how we roll.

ntodd

February 6, 2019 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.


Happy birthday, Buzz, on Sadie Buzzina Pritsky's half birthday!

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January 20, 2019 in Family Life, Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Future InfoSec Professionals of America

I'm so proud:

Of course, this is the kid who had already engaged in successful social engineering and bricking phones by age 7, so it's not overly surprising (even if he clearly doesn't know as much as Barron Trump).

ntodd

January 16, 2019 in Family Life, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

A Momentous Date

Three years ago, in the History Rhymes Category, big changes at the Bog Road Compound really started happening.  Still don't know what I was waitin' for...

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January 13, 2019 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

After These Messages, We'll Be Right Back

Having experienced a major right-wing boycott of all our sponsors we went off the air for a while, as 3.5 people might have noticed.  But we're under new management, working on rebranding our branding, and expanding our infrastructure in exciting, innovative ways that would put Elon Musk to shame.  We will be back online very soon with erudite analysis of Trump's Wall's moral and legal morass, elucidation of the chinook salmon's breeding cycle, and probably some fart jokes.

In related news, our family has been through significant changes over the last couple years, some of which has been obliquely presented via social media, much of which has been less transparent than has been typical in this blog's extraordinarily long life.  The good, the bad, and the ugly will be revealed in tasty installments.  If all of you tell 3.5 friends, we'll get the readership up to historic levels--YUGE, even.

In the meantime, meet Luciana Vega, America's awesomest astronaut:

Luci's friend, Sadie, has requested a trip to Space Camp for her 7th birthday.  Tighter schedule than Kennedy's, but we'll make it happen by 7/20/2019.

ntodd

January 10, 2019 in Family Life, Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (4)

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Xmas Past and Present


2012.


2018
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December 1, 2018 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (3)

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Skating With Gigi


DJ at Gresham Skate Park played a fair amount of tunes from my childhood skating days a few decades ago.  Not this track, though, but it was in my head as I staggered around the rink today with my kids...

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September 23, 2018 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What A Trip


This came up a few times on Pandora, literally and figuratively in real experiences, during the Third Epic Journey Across The Country And No More Times Please God I Fucking Beg You.

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August 29, 2018 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

So, Did We Miss Anything?

Got back from a Birfday Camping Trip with our newly-minted 6yo.  With the exception of a brief period with network access, we've been blissfully aware of 45's twittergasms, etc.  Happy to see Team Corvette did great in CT as soon as we got in wireless range.  Unpacking vehicle, removing woodsy grime, catching up, bloggy stuff to come.

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July 22, 2018 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (2)

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pacific Fur Is Murder

Speaking of John Jacob Astor's founding of Pacific Fur Company on this date, we were recently in Astoria:

We love lots of movies filmed in the area.  I'll particularly note that Carver Cafe is a lovely place down the road that we enjoy, and Leverage also was shot there.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

It was all so different then

I still have two kidneys, but I was totes gonna give one to my mom.  Sure, I argued with her a lot, like my whole life.  That's what family is all about.

Used to live there.  Now we live here.  And life carries on.

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June 15, 2018 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Long Time Ago, But Not So Very Far Away

Some throwback from June, 2014:


Little botanists picking flowers for Mommy.


I've been waiting for you.


Looking for good fern specimens.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

there were planes to catch and bills to pay


Had a nice Facetime chat with Sadie this PM, but still feeling a little Cat's in the Cradle...

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Age In Which We Live

Excerpt of an email from the kids' school district:

Our staff and administrators have proactive trainings, drills, and emergency routines that are practiced regularly and taken very seriously. We do drills to ensure that if a crisis occurs, our students and staff have the resources and knowledge to act safely.

We are also working to create a culture of kindness, support, and inclusivity in each of our buildings. Our students are supported by counselors, who are also making themselves available for students to discuss this recent event. If you have questions on how to have these dicussions with your children, please contact your child's school, or read more here, and here. We have an anonymous tip line available to students at http://safeoregon.com/report-a-tip/ that is monitored daily. Please take this opportunity to talk with your children about the importance of speaking up if they become aware of a possible threat that could impact students. Telling a trusted adult could save lives.

I'm so tired of all the winning...

ntodd

February 15, 2018 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (1)