August 31, 2006

Beaten

Via "Chris W." (or C-Dubs as I often call him without him knowing) and The Boston Globe, August 29th 2006:

Roxbury MA (AP) - A seven-year-old boy was at the center of a Boston courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Boston Red Sox, whom the boy firmly believes is not capable of beating anyone.

It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about next year...

Posted by jed at 10:40 AM | Comments (1)

August 08, 2006

Anger Management

Poor poor Poopdeck, how you've been neglected so. It's not that I don't want to pay attention to you, it's just that I haven't had the time for you! Now, I know I've made this promise to you in recent past, but I am going to do my best to show you that I do care about you. I care about you a lot. I just needed to wait until I was ready to come back... and I think I found the perfect way to do so.

It came to me the other day, when I was driving home from work... (backstory coming up)

Just for some background, to those who might not know, my brother-in-law and I are basically running our company at the moment. He is very good with math, numbers, overall business, and yelling at people, while I am the moderator, inside sales, customer service, organizer, and general fix-it guy throughout the company. My father, of course, continues to play a major role, but at the present time, my brother-in-law (we'll call him... "Chris") and I are more or less the future of the company as it stands. This is the primary reason why the Poopdeck has experienced such neglect lately.... I've just been crazy busy! I no longer have the time at work to update, and, quite honestly, when I get home I just want to watch TV and relax my brain, maybe meet some friends for dinner, or do something that does not require a computer (or math). This, then, leads to a back-BACK story, even further in the past...

When it (the Poopdeck) began, I was merely an inside sales person at Litco in Connecticut with no direction, and during my down time at work I jumped on the internet and used the Poopdeck to share my thoughts... and believe me, there was a lot of time to think, as Connecticut doesn't really have a lot to offer. The Poopdeck was born at the perfect time... I needed an outlet, and suddenly there it was. It was the perfect thing at the perfect time.
When I moved out to Seattle to live with Chase (or Chris to you Connecticut folk) I finally got to meet Alex, who is *still* gracious enough to let me continue my rambling on his webspace. I had a lot to share in those short few months, and it remains to be one of the best periods of my life. I will never forget the time I spent there, and while I know leaving Seattle was the best decision for me at the time, I will always wonder what it would have been like to stay there, if even for a month longer...
In Japan, the experience continued as I had the most unique and incredible time, and the Poopdeck was the perfect place to share that time with all of my family and friends. I saw things that most everyone I know will never see. I went to places that the majority of my friends have never heard of. I travelled the world, and had the perfect place to share my experiences with everyone, as well as the perfect person to share them with.

(Backstory complete)

So anyway (warning: drastic change of topic coming up), as I was on my way home from another day of work back here in Connecticut, I saw something that really bothered me. It reminded me of a wonderful sub-plot line in the Family Guy movie... "You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?." (If you're not familiar with the Family Guy Movie, then you should watch it right away! But in the meantime, for your information, 'You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?' is a catch phrase that Peter Griffin uses on his Evening News segment in which he discusses the things that really make him angry.) What did I see, you might ask?

Well, one thing that really... we'll say, 'Pee's Me Off', for now... is when people drive in a convertible and don't roll down the windows. I mean, seriously... do you really believe that less wind is hitting you with the windows up? I mean c'mon, the TOP IS DOWN!! What exactly are you preventing?! The only thing you're doing is annoying every single driver who comes near you and wonders the exact same thing! If you are so worried about your hair, or the blowing wind, than why in God's name are you in a car that has no top?!

Seriously, that makes me so mad! I mean really, what is the point! Man that Really Pee's Me Off!!! (For the record, I am not making this up... I get passionately angry at these people)

On the other hand, if it wasn't for that driver, I may never have realized that the one place to vent such absurd anger is right here at the good 'ol Poopdeck... Hmmm...

Godspeed!

Posted by jed at 10:58 PM | Comments (2)