Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mass vs. New Technology: Who wins?

Wow. This video was sobering.

I watched it last night at about 11 p.m., and promptly sent it to my friends Kai and Michael. We've all been talking about car safety a lot recently. Michael introduced us to this very informative "car safety information aggregator" site:, and we all ran out and bought minivans. Geeky, but safe.

Other tests proved more intuitive. On a level playing field, new safety technology might prevail. On an unlevel playing field, well, see for yourself.

I'm a pretty health-conscious guy. My daily commute is about the riskiest thing I do. Fuel economy doesn't mean much if you get squish, just like grape.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of my Dad's marriage to India Chumney.

From our first meeting, she was (and is) as sweet and down to earth as one could be, a loving and kind person, to her family, her kids Lizzie and William, to my father Ron, and to me. And to their dogs and cats!

When she met Dad, he was struggling to get back on his feet, after a perfect storm of a lost job in a new city, a re-broken leg, and a bout with depression. That she was able to see his inner strength in a time of such struggle in his life is a testament to them both, and something for which I'm deeply grateful.

India has been a joy in my life. She's brought me a brother and sister I never had- William and Lizzie- and was a rock to my Dad during their 10 years together. She is probably the most industrious person I have ever met. She's been a source of strength and wisdom for Mary and I, and a wonderful grandma ("Cita") for Danielle.

Dad and India made a great team, evidenced by the success of their marriage, their business, and their kids Lizzie and William, who are both doing very well. I feel proud to be a part of their family, and that they are a part of mine.

My love and sympathies are with India today.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Chef Matt serves it up

We had dinner tonight with our friends Diana and Matt. Matt is a chef at a prominent local downtown Austin restaurant. He got very excited about his new Kitchen-Aide appliance, particularly the bread maker attachment.

This prompted Matt to make us some DEEEEE-LICIOUS homemade pizzas (uh, 5 of them), plus appetizers. And hors d'ouveurs. And alcohol. And guitar-pickin' until 1 a.m.

Yeah. It was a good night.

Danielle and Diana ogled Matt's, um, culinary skills. Yeah, that's it!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Danielle kicking' it at the mall

Danielle's having fun people-watching today while Mommy and Daddy shop.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Kissy Girl

Danielle gives big, wet, sloppy kisses to Daddy.

OH GOD!!! Only 13 more years until she's DATING!!!!! AAAAAGHGH!