Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Monday, 28 March 2005

     Today is Adventure Boy's 12th birthday, so I must brag about him a little.    

 

     Yesterday we went to the Como Zoo.  It is a “communist” sort of place…subsidized by taxpayers dollars and free entrance for all.  It will, no doubt, be given to a corporation to run some day, so that it can be “properly managed” for profit.  You may not be able to get in for free, but at least there will be a Starbucks there where you can get over-priced coffee.

 

     But for now, it is a delightful place for families of all income levels to go and enjoy a day of education and recreation in a place that makes you feel that you are part of a wonderful, caring community of people willing to pay taxes to uplift everyone alike and provide a place to exercise and develop those “core values” of family and community that the neocons and Bob Jones conservatives are always talking about.

 

     Oh, don’t worry, I’m sure when things like community zoos and museums and art institutes are gone, forcing children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer will do exactly the same thing.

 

     Anyway, we were had seen the whole zoo, and were walking along, thinking about how when the ground dries out a little, we would bring picnic baskets and blankets and use the wide-open park spaces to play Frisbee and play on the play equipment that is scattered throughout the expansive Como Park…

 

     …when we happened to see another Eden Prairie family walking towards us.  Their son is one of Adventure Boy’s friends.  This kid is really sweet.  He has Aspberger’s Syndrome, so he requires some understanding, but he manages his symptoms very well, and is good at communicating his needs.

 

     Anyway, we stopped and talked to this family, and as the boys were visiting, the father mentioned to me that he will never forget the day that his son was being picked on by some boys, and Adventure Boy went over to them and gave them a thorough talking-to about it.  Evidently, that not only ended the matter at the time, but those children never picked on his kid ever again.

 

     I had never heard about this.  It just made me so proud.  You can’t imagine.

 

     Also today I read the prologue and first two chapters of Adventure Boy’s science fiction novel.  Oh. My. God.  My kid is a genius...a genius who cannot spell his way out of a wet paper bag if given a dictionary...but a genius none the less.

 

     The protagonist is a scientist who designes a colonization process, and is then shut out by the government...only learning years later that his plan and designs were implimented...when something goes horribly wrong and they need his help...naturally.  I'm on pins and needles to find out what happens next.

 

     Suffice it to say, that space travel in Adventure Boy's universe is VERY unsafe.

 

Monday, 28 March 2005 08:50:57 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Monday, 28 March 2005 09:35:51 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Wow...and here I was all excited about finishing my first novel...
The Evil Cub
Monday, 28 March 2005 10:23:25 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Ya know, I cant say Im any too surprised at this. Ive known Adventure Boy for roughly half his life and the majority of adulty Ive met didnt impress me as much as he does. He's a smart, fun kid with good genes that lend themselves towards lethally intelligent creativity and a home life that nurtures, via example both his creative side and what strikes me as his inner Druss. If you dont get the refference, go buy "Legend" by David Gemmel RIGHT FRIKIN NOW. And while you're at it, give A B access to it as well. I think he'd like it and his sticking up for his classmate strikes me as the sorta thing Druss would do, only with a lot less hitting people with his fists, the furniture and a great big sharp axe. Now, do me a favor and make particular sure, he reads the next bit.

A B, this Bob writing, directly to you. Just read Moms LJ braggin on you and she's right to have done so. I've known you a long time kiddo and I consider myself lucky to have you for a friend. Sticking up for that kid who was getting picked on was a very noble and admirable thing to do and I am really proud of you. President Kennedy once said "All that is necassary for evil men to triumph is for good men to do nothing." In other words, when the good guys choose not to get involved the bullies and the scumbags win and the world is a poorer place for it. You went out of your way to make the world a better place on that day and it is a choice many adults would have lacked the courage to make. I'm proud of you guy.

One last thing; Im kinda broke right now because Im going through yet another of my periods of job-related wierdness. However, I want you to do me a favor ok? I want you to get me a list of a few things you'd like for gifts, in the twenty dollar range that your mom WONT maim me for buying you. As soon as Im able, I'll do my best to get you one for your birthday (happy day by the way. The Gods definitely brought their "A" game with em the day They made you) and one for sticking up for your classmate. I know you did it because it was the right thing to do and you're a decent enough person to realise that but I still believe that as nice as a pat on the back can be, more tangible rewards are even nicer. I gotta fly now, but you keep up the good work and give your mom and brother a hug for me ok?
Cheers!
Bob
PS Trees, I know you already know this but that boy is gonna make one HELL of a splash some day
Bob Wagner
Monday, 28 March 2005 12:30:02 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Sadly, I totally forgot to say Happy Birthday Adventure Boy! Is being amazed and in awe of a boy like you a sufficent gift? I couldn't even stick up for MYSELF when I was a kid, much less for other people. I think that puts you in the 98th percentile of the total population already.

Plus, I think the book sounds great, and I'd love to have a chance to read it when it's ready to be shared.
The Evil Cub
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