We’ve previously posted on the difference between you’re and your and enjoyed it. A lot.
Now you can enjoy Mac Lethal ripping on all the people out there over 13 who can’t tell the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit. But please use headphones or do it at home, ’cause there’s some bad language.
h/t Geeks are Sexy
On this Mother’s Day Connor’s House is celebrating the moms who go the extra mile. Moms like Daniele, pictured to the right with her son Ryan and husband Kevin.
Ryan was born 28 weeks early and from birth relied on a ventilator to breath, a central line for food and blood products for anemia. But he was dearly loved and cared for by Daniele and his whole family. She spent countless hours reading and cuddling with Ryan, playing with Thomas the Train Engine and Littlest Pet Shoppe Toys.
Ryan did not have a long life, but every day he knew he was loved by his mother. Always loved.
Sadly, Ryan and Danielle are not unique. There are currently two million children in the U.S. who suffer from life-shortening illnesses, nearly 400,000 of which require round-the-clock care. Many of these families face incredible personal, familial and job stresses – and often failures — because there are few, if any, care and support services readily accessible to desperately ill children outside of strict hospital or long-term settings.
Please consider making a tax-deductible Mother’s Day gift in honor of Danielle and Ryan, or any of the other wonderful moms in your life. Your gift will go a long way to helping these families ensure that love, warmth and comfort is there for every day of their children’s lives.
P.S. You can learn more about Danielle and Ryan and many of the other Connor’s House families on our website at http://connorshouse.org. Please stop by and read these heart-warming stories and see how Connor’s House is making a difference in these lives.
The past couple days once again hammered home to me that sexism is not dead, not even a little. For all the coolness of having powerful women like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, my daughter and I still have to deal with Target and McDonalds.
Kendy and I watched the Star Wars movies together, and she loves them. She’s a huge fan of the droids, but also Luke and Leia and Padme and even Darth Vader. So when we walked past the boys’ clothing section in Target and saw a Star Wars t-shirt she asked me to get it. For $7, it was a steal.
That’s her in the shirt, over to the right. The t-shirt with the male Chewbacca, male Luke Skywalker, male Ben Kenobi, male Han Solo, anonymous male stormtrooper, male Darth Vader, male Boba Fett.
Notice any major character from Episodes IV, V and VI?
Yeah, the female Leia Organa. Because Target and StarWars.com apparently think that boys won’t wear a shirt with a giiiiiiiiiiiirl on it, even a smart, powerful and kick-ass girl like Leia who shoots lots of bad guys.
Of course, they don’t have Star Wars shirts for girls, though as you can see to the right the t-shirt only for those children with Y chromosomes fits pretty well on my kid who has two Xs. About the same as it would on the other sex.
And yet they had to excise Leia from the shirt. WTF?
However, my kid really likes Star Wars and wanted a Star Wars t-shirt and there aren’t any Star Wars t-shirts with a girl — even a smart, powerful and kick-ass girl like Leia — so I got her this one. But I wasn’t happy about it, not at all.
Kendy was, though. She’s wearing it to a birthday party today.
On Friday nights we always get take-out. It’s a way of rewarding the kid for eating asparagus, blackened swai and the other grown up stuff we give her during the week. She always asks for McDonalds, and since I am on a diet (almost 40 lbs down!) I always say no. Well, this time I said yes because I was cranky about the t-shirt and we just told her she couldn’t have the puppy we just considered adopting.
So I drop her off at home and head off to Mickey Ds to get a Happy Meal with chicken McNuggets for her and then pick up a vegetarian pizza for my wife and I. (As an aside, the best way to eat only two slices is by piling on onions, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, etc. to fill up your tummy.)
So I order the Happy Meal and the woman in the box says, “Do you want the boy’s toy or the girl’s toy?”
“The spy toy,” I said.
“So you want the boy’s Happy Meal?” said the box.
“No. It’s for a girl, but I want the spy toy.”
“For a girl?”
“Ever heard of Mata Hari? Hedy Lamar?”
“Just put the spy toy in the box.”
“Is that all? One boy’s Happy Meal?”
“Yes,” I said. I know when I’m beat.
I swear, the corporate world is out to pigeon hole my daughter, and I am powerless to stop it.
Before I met my wife I didn’t know there was such a thing as a cover for microwaves. I use it most of the time, but it still feels weird to me.
From the DogHouse