Monday, December 10, 2007

On Being Monday

Took an online IQ test today and rediscovered why I used to create random patterns on fill in the bubble standardize tests during school. According to the results, I have no brain.

"So much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens"

William Carlos Williams

My father went back to live with my sister today. He left me with a card that said, "Thank you. Can't count the times I've counted on you. Love Dad." Our little family is really all he has.

The high tomorrow is suppose to be 82 degrees.

A great friend sent me a book to read, "The Way of The Superior Man."

I am officially the father of a teenager!

We find out this week how much progress my mother has made in beating the cancer in her body. I'm optimistic- and more importantly, so is she.

I've been thinking lately that all that exists seems so very fragile... but thrives anyway.

If Mike Huckabee becomes the next president, I'm moving to New Zealand.

8 Comments:

Blogger Trev Diesel said...

A couple comments...

1.) WCW - that's one of my favorite poems of all time.

2.) Your family has been gracious and loving to your pop, I'm sure he appreciates it.

3.) Glad to hear your mom's optimistic... we're all praying for good results.

4.) Oh, man. Huckabee. I'll buy your ticket and one for myself. Rolling Stone had a good article on him. I'm so, so sick of Religion and God-talk being the only reason people are getting (or not getting) votes.

10:02 AM  
Blogger gratefulbear said...

The bold letters in your blogpost spell TSMTAIWII.

"Where is hope to be found? Right where it has always been: between faith and love."
~ Nancy Pelosi, Sojourners Pentecost gathering, June 6, 2007

9:22 PM  
Blogger anonymous julie said...

Sorry about the test. I routinely score pretty high on them.

Mike Huckabee is you, too.

Wish your son a happy birthday from me.

Wish me some warm weather.

I wish both your parents well.

Convince me the book's worth reading.

It's fragile and tenacious. Easily damaged, not so easily stopped.

Mike Huckabee is you, too. Nonetheless, I don't like his politics, as I'm opposed to higher taxes and bigger government. The depiction of his character - enforcing beliefs on a grander scale while ignoring them on a smaller one - is far from reassuring, though I wonder if other politicians are much different. I could have done without the intermittent name-calling in the article.

Play with this: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/select_a_candidate/poll.php?race_id=13

10:54 AM  
Blogger isaiah said...

Trev,

WCW- cool stuff.

Darrell,

Like the quote AND, Thanks for your ear the other night.

Julie,

The test- I'm not worried, used to be but- that's a long story. The short of it is I'm some what dyslexic with a tendency to transpose letters and numbers, which frustrates me and makes me lose patience with tests (thank dog for spell check- which I sometimes don't use...which is usually after a couple of glasses of wine and a who give a shit attitude). I must really, really take my time with my business and double check numbers and correspondences/ materials & proposals but every now and then something does slip and, well, shit happens.

My head is actually filled with all sorts of useless trivia; I recall things quickly as as I've said before, "a head filled with useless trivia is better than a head filled with nothing."

Please take this warm weather... I want COLD & SNOW & BLIZZARD conditions... snow-in!!

The book- yes it (just the first few chapters) makes sense to me... the sexes really don't understand each other that well, we say we do but we really don't... we think we hear one thing and it's actually, most often, means something entirely different than what was actually said.

It is fragile-

will check out the site more... thanks for the link.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

I think your father is lucky to have a son like you.
82 degress, yep that's what we had...no wait, make that 28 degrees. And that's the warmest it's been in a couple weeks.
That book looked interesting enough to try. Let me know how it goes.
Father of a teenager, I think those were the hardest years for my parents. Good luck.
Glad your mom's upbeat.
Ditto with Julie on the name calling, the practice usually detracts from an article.
Fragile but thriving, well said.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

It's late and I can't respond in a point-for-point.

Suffice it to say: Divine Order. Even the things that don't seem that way.

(now where did I get that from?)

12:39 AM  
Blogger Celeste said...

So sorry to hear about your mom. There are so many I am hearing about recently with cancer. A friend of mine, her DH has it. Second round of chemo. Tonight I was talking to a former roommate, her sister has it. Does not look good. MIL had it and survived. Too many people.

IQ test: I'm a psychotherapist and had to learn a lot about testing. Did you know, the IQ test was specifically developed to measure the likelihood of your success in SCHOOL? That's ALL. Not the likelihood of success in Life, but in SCHOOL. I don't know about the rest of you, but my life bears little resemblance to grade school. The test was developed for use in schools, and doesn't measure how smart you are really. It's also measuring your test taking ability. So what. I don't think it's really describing you.

8:48 PM  
Blogger julieunplugged said...

Congrats on the teen! It's an adventure. I'll bet you'll enjoy it.

11:27 AM  

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