I think we can get bipartisan agreement on this.

Can’t all informed members of the Republic agree that the 42% of the population on the left side of the graph above should be disenfranchised? Disenfranchising them would be really easy since, apparently, these people wouldn’t even be aware of the fact that they had been disenfranchised. They may not even know that they can…

A powerful critique of Seuss’ THE SLEEP BOOK

McKenna expressed her outrage that Seuss thoughtlessly left most of the creatures in the book without a “pillow and a blanket and a house” (in that order). Instead, the characters in the book improbably slept without any of those items. She went on to indicate her skepticism that the sleepwalkers depicted in the book could…

A weekend at the beach. Sort of.

Next on the Odyssey was the annual journey to the Outer Banks with Jason, Jim, Charles, John, Dave, and Jerry. Laura refers to this weekend as “Big Geek Weekend,” but we refer to it more succinctly as “Big Weekend” to emphasize its awesomeness. However, Laura is correct – the weekend is about geekiness of several…

Eating out is never easy

On our last night in Williamsburg, we left the kids with a babysitter at the Lodge and headed out to eat. The first place we looked at, Oceans and Ale, was disqualified for “smelling like french fries.” I’ll have to admit, smelling like french fries is typically a draw for me; in fact, I have…

Great Wolf Lodge

The highlight of the trip: the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. For those of you who don’t know, the Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park (among other things). Thanks to Anne and Carl for making the arrangements. That’s right – Anne voluntarily went to a water park. At least, it was voluntary as…

A Bit of Culture

Before heading to the Great Wolf Lodge, we went to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, for some culture. Needless to say, the cultural improvement didn’t take. While McKenna did find the stairs on the sailing ships fascinating, ultimately she identified the most interesting part of Jamestown: The dirt. I’m sure you…

Other Easter Lessons

Egg Lesson: Somehow, I had forgotten that young children are remarkably efficient at dyeing eggs, mainly due to their attitude that if any color adheres to the egg, then mission accomplished. Did you soak the egg thoroughly in blue dye? Great! Did you then drop the blue egg in the orange dye? That’s awesome too!…