Bob's Marbles

Monday, June 26, 2006

Another Daddy/Daughter Day

Yesterday, we were scheduled to attend a birthday party. But, due to Dad's screw up, we missed it. So, instead, we went to the National Trolley Museum in Colesville, Maryland. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. You get to ride on genuine old trolleys and the motorman gives you a brief history as well. Aja loved it. She got more of a kick riding and handing the motorman her ticket: very grown up. They even have a working model of a trolley system that I got a kick out of! But, be warned. If you come with your kids, be prepared to spend, LOL. They have a gift shop where kids will want something as a keepsake. Tickets for riding the trolleys, however, are priced quite modestly.

Today, after we got home, Aja and I made home made playdough! After reading the recipe, I was skeptical that this concoction would actually result in anything even resembling what I played with as a kid. But, sure enough, it did. It was just as soft and pliable as the commercial stuff.

Traditional Play Dough

* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup warm water
* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

* 1 teaspoon oil
* 1/4 cup salt
* food coloring

Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.

After we played with the playdough a bit, we got into some circus hijinx. This girl is tough!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Daddy Daughter Day

Ahhh, this is one of life's rewarding moments: a date with my daughter Aja. We took a Sabbath afternoon jaunt to DC. She takes after her old man in that we can't stand being indoors all day. We walked the Mall until we needed a potty. That's when we took in this underground eatery and had this photo taken.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Delay of the Voting Rights Act (Revisited)

Here we go again people. It's too bad Hastert can't just grow a pair and stand up for what's right. Oh, well. I guess a spine is too much to ask for in our elected officials. All this nonsense is so historically refreshing. I've had (on-line) arguments/debates with people who basically believe that if you look for it, you can see racism and bigotry any and everywhere. As if it's just a figment of our collective imaginations. Well, to those who think that way, what are we to make of the latest Confederate State (and wannabe) shenanigans? Check out the article by Eugene Robinson

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Delay of the Voting Rights Act

Hmmm. It seems the good ole boys are up to their old tricks: "President Bush called for renewing the Voting Rights Act in December and reiterated that stance three weeks ago, calling the act "a very important part of the civil rights legislation. Everybody ought to be encouraged to vote." Yeah, right George Dubbya. Like they were in 2000 and 2004?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My First Post

Ah, my first post. For that matter, this is my very first blog. I know, I know. I'm very late to the party. Let's just say I'm fashionably late. I have a lot to share. But, so little time. I'm a husband, father and eternal student. With gradschool beginning in the fall, I hope I'll be able to juggle these lofty endeavors. This blog will be my attempt at logging my efforts. Wish me luck!!