Thursday, July 31, 2008

Does made in U.S.A. even matter?

Do you shop at Banana Republic, the Gap, Macy’s, Urban Apparel or Victoria’s Secret?

Check out this New York Times article about a factory in Queens which was reportedly, "one of the worst sweatshops that state inspectors have visited in years, sometimes requiring its 100 employees to work seven days a week, sometimes for months in a row."

At least being in the US, this factory will be penalized.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Good dads sometimes make bad decisions.

Taking your 4 year old daughter wakeboarding is a good idea. I can think of no better board sport, to take a young child along for the ride:
Surfing? Maybe, but the ride only lasts for seconds.
Snowboarding? There's a chance it will work, but there is a really good chance that you will fall, or be hit by an out of control skier/snowboarder, or hit a tree.
Skateboarding? Yeah...this would work, if I didn't suck at skateboarding. For reals, I'm really really bad at it.

It was amazing getting to ride with Sage, carving up and down the wake, gaining speed outside the wake while cutting away from the boat. And then it happens, while cutting back and forth the thought emerges, "This is going really well, she is staying on without a problem. If Sage likes this she will really like jumping! After all she really loves jumping the car at Ojai's 'dip'."

In the air it became apparent that this was a bad idea. As Sage slipped right off the wakeboard there was only one place for her to land, (I hadn't thought this out very well at all). Her ear hit the top of the wakeboard just as I caught her and pulled her back up. We had the boat pull us one more time that morning, but I kind of ruined a nice morning.

Fortunately it was only Monday, and we had four more days to build positive wakeboarding memories together...sans jumping.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

We like heads closed.

Sage and Aspen were wrestling on the bed.

Ryan: Be careful not to push Aspen, if she fell her head could crack open.

Aspen: We like heads closed.

(Picture of dirt bike rider, Seth Enslow, after his cracked open skull was stapled back together)
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Bears on the Beach


Here's a bit of our conversation while coming home from the beach on Sunday.

Sage: Well, Aspen, there used to be bears at the beach, but then God wanted people to come to the beach, so he made the bears go into the mountains.

Aspen: No bears on beach.

Sage: There used to be bears at the beach, but then God wanted people to come to the beach, so he made the bears go to the mountains.

Aspen: Ohhhhhh.
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