Merry Christmas



Congrats to Rodrigo

(photo from Washington Post)

Congratulations to K’s bf Rod for being named as a first team all-metropolitan soccer player by the Washington Post (boy’s team no less).  He was also named to the Montgomery Gazette “All Gazette” team.

From the Post:

A superb defender with a knack for attacking from the back line. A four-year starter on the varsity, he scored five goals and had six assists.

Boys’ Soccer | Fall 2007 All-Met | washingtonpost.com

Looks like young K’s first important vote could take place on February 12 in the Maryland presidential primary, assuming, of course, that she registers to vote (I am guessing K comes in a bit high on the procrastination scale). Now, if Maryland would let unaffiliated (Independent) voters vote in the primary, DailyDad would also be able to exercise his civic duty. According the ever helpful Maryland State Board of Elections web site, unregistered voters (like K) have until January 22 to register to vote in the February 12 primary, but already registered, but unaffiliated voters (like DailyDad), must have changed their affiliation by November 19 in order to vote in the primary. One would have had to be a 0 on the procrastination scale to have made that early date.

WASHINGTON – Seventeen-year-olds will be able to vote in Maryland’s Feb. 12 presidential primary.

An opinion Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler issued will require the Maryland State Board of Elections to continue registering 17-year-olds to vote if they are 18 by the time of the General Election.

“Freedom of association in the federal Constitution trumps any state interest in not allowing 17-year-olds to vote; therefore, anybody who is 17 and will be 18 and eligible to vote in the general election can now vote again,” Gansler tells WTOP.

Gansler: 17-Year-Olds Should Vote in Primary

Procrastinate Now!

DailyDad is a moderate procrastinator, according to a survey administered by Piers Steel, a psychologist at the University of Calgary.  Um, about that Christmas tree.  I promise we will get it soon.

Your score is 38 out of a possible 100

Moderate Procrastinator

You rank in the middle 50% in terms of procrastination. That is, when it comes to putting things off, you do so at times even though you know you shouldn’t. Likely, you are about average in conscientiousness and self-discipline. Probably, your work doesn’t consistently engage you or perhaps you are surrounded by a few easily available and more pleasant temptations. These temptations may initially seem rewarding, but in the longer-term, you possibly see a few of them as time-wasters. Though you likely still get your work done, you could probably do it sooner and experience less stress.

Read more background information at the “TierneyLab” blog on the New York Times.  The last paragraph includes a link to the test site.

Procrastinate Now! – TierneyLab – Science – New York Times Blog


K, who never seems to want to eat what M and Dailydad are having for dinner, decides she will prepare a package of Trader Joe’s short ribs (Dailydad would simply instruct K to starve, but M is a bit more indulgent).  The ribs were frozen so M instructs K cover them in water in a baking dish to thaw.  Simple enough.  A few minutes later Dailydad is summoned.  Apparently the ribs don’t fit in the baking dish and K is at a loss.  “That’s a pie tin?”, muses K,  “Then what is a baking dish?”  We believe K took and passed a basic cooking course in high school, but perhaps not.

Traveler IQ

Traveler IQ is a fun geography game virally spreading though the web (primarily via Facebook, I believe). It’s fun, educational, and a bit humbling (really, how many people know were Easter Island is located?). After a few warm-up games, DailyDad advanced half way through, before failing with a total score of 199,857.

Apparently you must play the Facebook version to retain your score, otherwise try it here for some less embarrassing practice runs.



Sometimes you just have to have the right name.

Not Making This Up: The chief operating and development officer of Yum brands, which includes Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut, is named Mr. Hearl. Mr. Hearl is retiring and will be replaced by Mr. Eaton. Seriously. [Wall Street Journal]