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Samsung stinks

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:02:57 -0700

Samsung blames the kids for trying to shove the wrong cable into the USB port. The only problem with that? The kids only have access to the original Samsung cables and chargers and had been warned by me so many times that I would not replace their tablets that they treated both of them better than a blind Manga kitten. (You have to live in my house to understand that one.) Still, what's a good dad do for a son who gets nine-tenths of his daily sunlight requirements from the blue glow of a tablet? I pay to fix it.

10 Years of Looking for Answers

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:50:05 -0700

"Are you finding that being a dad nowadays is pretty rough? Are you working extra hours to pay for your children's future college expenses and then fretting that you're not spending enough time with those kids you care so much about? ... "As far as I'm concerned, it's a tough time to be a father: High housing costs. Low-paying jobs. Too much time on the freeway commuting. Way too much stress. The list goes on toward infinite." I wrote the words above 10 years ago when I began this blog. (Note: I would have posted this on the anniversary of...

Cox killed my Internet
(and hung up on me)

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:17:46 -0700

So Cox sent me a new Internet/phone modem a few weeks ago. I was nervous about installing it because there are always problems with upgrades, but I finally got around to it on Thursday. The five-minute install process became more than an hour because it failed and I was alerted by a message to call Cox. Hold took about 10-15 minutes. Good thing I have unlimited minutes on my cell. My Internet speed is usally around 20 Mbps and the second tech I talked to said it should be closer to 50 Mbps. So 3 is pretty abysmal. Cox operator...

Why Gun Laws Will Not Change

Sun, 16 Dec 2012 08:48:48 -0700

There is a simple reason gun laws are not about to change in this country: Those who are against it do not have the political, organizational or financial strength to fight it. Just read the first two paragraphs of this NYT story to understand. Why would any state approve guns in a school setting? Because is there no group or organization strong enough to STOP them. Sure, school admins and teachers might complain, but they've been oddly disenfranchised throughout our society. Actually, the vast majority of us -- on both sides of the political fence -- have been disenfranchised for...


Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:30:07 -0700

Seth on a very difficult hiking trail. We're using it to train for some backpacking.

Transformer fire

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 09:32:12 -0700

A Phoenix transformer has been burning near the Scottsdale border for 12 hours so far.

So, I'm confused...

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 08:44:55 -0700

Why are those who so ardently defend the Constitution not speaking up when police keep forcibly removing those who are trying to exercise such a clear and simple right? Amendment I Congress shall make no law ... prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Despite quotes to the contrary, I do not see anything in these words that provide for an exception to this right. Full wording: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...

Awesome hiker

Sun, 13 Nov 2011 08:06:51 -0700

Seth and I hiked up Quartz Trail on Saturday.

Oops, better shot

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:34:11 -0700

Glass blower

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:12:00 -0700

A glass blower works his magic in Jerome, Arizona. My wife and I saw same guy back in 1998 when I proposed to her.

Tree knocked down

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 05:59:45 -0700

This tree was knocked down by a fast-moving storm that hit Louisville, Kentucky, over the weekend. Brett Levy

Suspension bridge

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:54:38 -0700

This pedestrian suspension bridge spans Queen Creek at Boyce-Thompson arboretum.

Barbie Sees All

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:52:53 -0700

I did a double take when I noticed where the video camera is located on Barbie. I won't say anything else for my own protection.

Hey There

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:05:15 -0700

Yeah, I know, I haven't been blogging for the last few months. I never planned to stop; life just decided to slap me in the face with work and parenting. The kids are doing great in school and enjoy after school tennis and other activities. I want to get back to writing this blog, but I've been rethinking the content. No conclusions as of yet.

Pyramid, Castle Thing

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:18:55 -0700

It looked better before some kids smashed the top. Seth has been taking Flat Stanley around for a friend. Brett Levy

Poverty Numbers Seem a Bit Low

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:56:15 -0700

While officially four million more Americans – many of them children – found themselves in poverty from 2008 to 2009, the number is probably higher. The official total number of Americans in poverty is now 44 million, reports The New York Times. That 1-in-7 Americans are poor number is based on the federally-determined poverty level. For a family of four, that would be an income of $22,050 or less a year. Now, I know it’s possible to live on that much, but let’s look at the numbers. In my neighborhood, the annual rent runs about $1,800 a month, which totals...

Still Here

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:47:00 -0700

Yes, I'm still around; I just haven't had much time to blog lately. Our kids are just finishing up their second week of school already. Our routines should settle down soon, which hopefully will give me time to blog again. Brett Levy