A little more of my childhood died today

Evel Knievel, along with Muhammed Ali, was one of the bigger characters of my childhood.   Evel Knievel died today at 69. I remember having the Evel Knievel stunt cycle and annoying my parents to watch him do some crazy stunt on ABC’s Wild World of Sports.   It’s a wonder I didn’t break my neck trying to replicate one of his stunts.

RIP to Evel… as well as to my childhood.

Black people don’t have values (Mitt Romney’s thoughts)

Been watching some of last night’s CNN YouTube Republican Debate in order to confirm my dislike of Republicans; I was not disappointed. An example? Mitt Romney is one of the leading candidates on the Republican side. When asked what should be done to reduce crime he states we need to get back to family values and in the African-American community 68% of children are born out of wedlock.

This is the sort of divisive comment that the Republicans are good for. Two of his three efforts to reduce crime increased family values and increase policing. To reduce crime you need to improve the economy, you need to improve the schools, you need to give poor people options. Romney’s solution is to lock more black men up – that hasn’t worked at all for the past 40 years to reduce crime.

If you want a laugh, watch some of the moronic hicks and their gun control questions.

Perfect strangers

Tomorrow night, twins Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein will be speaking at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. As written about in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, they’ll be talking about growing up as twins which isn’t unique aside from the fact they didn’t know about each other until they were 35 years old. Their mother gave them up for adoption and the agency she worked with decided to separate any twins in an effort to test nature vs. nurture; so the siblings never knew of their brothers and sisters – even the adoptive parents didn’t know. Bernstein and Schein are the first of 5 sets of twins and one group of triplets to learn of their siblings existence. How crazy is it that there are 11 people out there that don’t know they have siblings?

The arrogance of the doctors and the agency that did this is amazing. Yes they were placed with loving parents, but they weren’t allowed to grow up with each other as they should have. To make matters worse, the sole living doctor isn’t remorseful and won’t divulge the results of the test, and those results are sealed until 2066. Talk about playing god. The doctor and the agency excuse themselves by saying it was an accepted practice to separate twins who were being adopted because it was better for their development. Does this mean that allowing twins to grow up with their birth parents is a mistake? Total arrogance.

Bernstein and Schein have written a book titled Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited and are   touring to discuss it.     Their thoughts must be amazing to hear.   There is also a great interview on NPR.

Spencer update

For anyone that cares, I accepted a new position on Monday.   The new job seems like a much better situation – at the very least it’s walking distance from home and pays more – but I’m hoping for a lot more than that.

So the decision to leave my previous position without a job has seemingly worked out.

Wii elbow

One of our wedding gifts was a Nintendo Wii – a very generous gift indeed.   It took a month to get it hooked up, but we finally did so on Friday night.   Well I have to say the Wii can indeed be a pretty good workout.   I awoke yesterday morning a little sore (man I need to work out more).   I was embarrassed to say something until Kristen said the same thing.   From tennis, boxing, to bowling, you’re not just sitting on your ass.

Hmm, maybe this is the solution to childhood obesity.