School for my kids

My kids are getting to the age where we need to do some serious homework on where to send them to school. We live in one of the worst states for public education, so we knew even before we had kids that we’d have to be sending them to a private school.

Most of the private schools around here are catholic, which we are not, but that’s not a problem since I went to all catholic schools and turned out just fine. (no, really). So that brings us to option 1: my grade school alma mater. It’s a really good school, reasonably priced and it feels “like home” to me since I spent 7 years there. However,

Now on to option 2 (through n). My daughter is currently in a Montessori pre-school and will be in Kindergarten there next year. I really like the Montessori method. It has made a tremendous difference in my daughter’s self confidence and I think the method results in skills that are going to be much more useful in the workplace of the 21st century: self reliance, discipline and self-motivation. There are an amazing number of Montessori options in our area. Which leads to a problem of an over-abundance of choices…and price ranges.

We’ll be making some visits over the next few months. We’ll look for all the usuals, but in the end it will come down to how it feels. I guess I’m appropriately worried about this, but it seems like one of the most important decisions I’ll ever have to make fir someone else…I really don’t want to screw it up!

Happy B-day to me

Happy B-day to me. Turned the calendar another year today. Doesn’t seem like I’m much older, but my kids sure do. Spent the weekend in Lexington at Keeneland horse track. Lost some money (that’s what it’s there for, after all), but had a great time. Hope 31 is as good as 30 was.

Stuff

There’s alot of things I “need”:

  • GPS: I had one these a while ago, but Ebayed it because it didn’t work the way I thought it should. I think some of the new ones they have now, with the integrated maps, would come closer to what I need.
  • Telescope: and not one of those cheap department store models either. I’ve been into Home Theater and Automation for a while, and I think this would be another “math-based” hobby that I could really get in to. I’d really like a nice >100mm Cas-Mak compact scope that I could lug with me on vacation. That would be sweet.
  • iPod: I know I must be the only geek on the planet without one of these, and Apple just made it harder on me with the introduction of the mini. Do you think they ever considered what the new one would do to people that can’t make up their minds?
  • AMD64 machine: this kills my friends at Intel, but I’m really itching to build one of those new Athlon64 machines. I’m not sure what I’d do with it, but it would be nice to have something killer fast.

That’s all I can think of for now, but I’m sure there’s more where that came from.

Howard Stern

I don’t get into to politics too much (there seems to be enough blogs about that), but this one really irks me. As many of you probably have heard, Howard Stern is under fire again, and I must admit it’s mostly deserved and probably not completely unwanted by Howard himself (no such thing as bad press).

However, the fact that the government can decide for me what’s decent and what’s not, seems like a trivialization of my freedom to choose. Freedom has to work both ways for it to work at all. Just as I have to have the freedom to listen to, watch, and buy what I want, everyone else has to have the freedom to not do those same things. This is the thing that strikes me as odd: for an administration that seems 100% committed to free trade, they won’t let the market decide if Howard should stay on the air. If they truly beleived in free market policies, they would let him stay as long as it was commercially viable…not until they got the 1 millionth complaint from some little old lady in Omaha (or the 1 millionth copy of the same complaint!)

Wine Festival

Went to the local wine festival this evening. Was a pretty good time. Had some good new wines, but really had a hard time obeying the rule about avoiding the wines you already know you like.

What impressed me the most this time (having been once before) is the vatiety of people that really seem to be into wine. There were those there dressed to the nines that could obviously afford any wine they chose and those in t-shirts and jeans, who if not for the setting, would definately be picked out as beer drinkers (not that there’s anything wrong with that ;-).

It’s good to see that such a wide variety of people can all be interested in the same thing. Makes you appreciate the similarities in the different.

What car to buy?

I hate buying new cars, but I LOVE new car shopping! Its been a couple years since I was last in the market for a new car, but my wife’s car of the last 5 years is starting to give out. Not to the point that I need to buy something right away, but it’s still got me looking. The question is what to buy?

With the increased competition in the car market, all of the car makers seem to have taken on this idea of segmentation seriously. There seems to be cars designed specifically for 40-42 year old single moms who date regularly, 18-21 year old males with vision problems and 26-31 year old families with 6 kids and 2 pets.

This is great, until you try to figure out what category you’re in. If you pick the wrong car, someone might think you’re in a catefory you’re not (like that dating single mom category that I don’t want anyone thinking my wife is in!). This diversity of choice, while mostly a good thing, causes me (just a little bit) to wish for the days when you could have it in any color you wanted as long as it was black. At least then, there wasn’t so much worl to do to buy a new car.

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This is easy so far…installed well and up and running in about 15 minutes. Only wish was that it integrated with the plone site I have better, but maybe later.