Ah, showbiz

As I mentioned last week, I will be spending a portion of my spring break on the set of an indie film, and I have been given a job, of sorts. A majority of the film takes place in a retirement home and they need a plethora of drawings by children to adorn the walls. Well, Brian called me and asked if I had some drawings lying around (about 1,000) since I am in possession of a 7-year-old. So, my daughter and I spent a portion of the weekend drawing pictures. Ah, life in show business IS glamorous.

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Drop the cheeseburger!

Sometimes I hate living in California. It’s not because of home prices, the freeways, or the smog. It is because I know what the rest of the country thinks of us.

Some lady called 911 from Burger King because they didn’t make her the correct burger. Have a listen.

This is why we have a system of checks and balances.

Just because politicians disagree with the Florida court system doesn’t make them right.
Congress and the Senate have passed a law, which the President signed, that turned the Schiavo case over to the federal courts. The Federal Courts said no thanks.

Judicial Branch –1
Legislative and Executive Branch – 0

And speaking of the Executive Branch, get a sticker or shirt to show how you feel. Thanks to Brain’s Blog for the link.

Rituals

Every night I check the lock on her bedroom window. Every night. I usually do it after the girls are asleep; my wife and my daughter. I have always been a perimeter checker, before bed I check all of the doors. But now, that she is here, I check windows too.

There are stories, out there. Bad ones. Parents get up in the morning and their child is gone. I can’t remember if I checked her window as religiously before these stories became so prolific. I’d like to think so. These parents, did they do a perimeter check? Did they check windows? I am not asking because I feel that they are at blame. I am asking because I want to know if there is something else I need to do, something that I am not thinking of.

Did our parents have it this bad? We have all seen the movies and commercials where the doting parents look in upon their sleeping child through a partially open door by the light in the hallway. I guess at one time this was enough, just knowing that your kids were in bed.

But in today’s world where monsters live next door, I don’t know if anything can be enough.

Well, I never intended for this blog to get political but . . .

The recent developments in Florida have been bothering me. As a parent, I will raise my daughter to the best of my ability. I will live by example and try to instill those values that I live by. That being said, I already realize that my 7 year old daughter is a living, breathing, thinking person. But even at this tender age she is already developing her own ideas and values based on her life spent away from us. And, someday she will leave the nest and further develop her individual values and ideals.

I am sure that Terri Schiavo’s parents tried to instill values in their daughter, but she is not a cookie cutter mold of them. I truly believe that Terri told her husband that if anything ever happened she would not want to live like that.

My parents are very religious, my wife and I are not. I do not want a church burial; I want to be cremated and my ashes scattered. I also do not want to live in a vegetative state. My wife knows my wishes and has promised to carry them out. My parents have different values and ideals and would probably disagree with me. I say probably because I have not discussed it with them, as I am sure that Terri did not discuss her wishes with her parents. She made a pact with her husband and that was good enough for her.

People are arguing that if those were her wishes then why didn’t she put it in writing. Why should she have to? The laws of her state say that her husband has the final say. She believed that her husband would be able to carry out her wishes because the law says he could.

But, that is not the case, now is it? Governor Bush, Congress, and President Bush are now trying to override the very law that protected Terri. And, according to today’s news, they are taking the cowards’ way out. Knowing that they will not have the unanimous vote needed to create a new law, they have decided to have the vote at 12:01 a.m. when the law states that a unanimous vote is note required. Cowards.

I will leave you with a final question before I sign off: Why is Michael Schiavo so willing to end his wife’s life?

Before you answer, remember Terri’s parents have told Michael that he can walk away and they will care for her. He has also been offered $1,000,000 by a San Diego businessman to walk away. Still, he refuses. Why? Because he knows that Terri would not, does not, want to live her life this way.