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Gary Sinise’s Cucumbers

So here’s a case of life imitating art, specifically a Seinfeld episode. My friend Brandon was at this fancy military function last week, and for some reason Gary Sinise (LT Dan) and John Ratzenberger (Cliff from “Cheers”) were there. At dinner, for some random reason, Brandon decides he’s going to eat Gary Sinise’s cucumbers when he’s not looking. Well apparently Gary Sinise had made a big deal about getting extra cucumbers on his plate, and then when they weren’t there, he got very upset and started berating the waitress. If that wasn’t a Seinfeld episode, it should have been.

Elaine: “So you just ate LT Dan’s cucumbers?”
Kramer (gesticulating wildly): “Well, I didn’t know he was gonna FREAK OUT!”
Jerry: “Your life really IS like a box of chocolates, isn’t it?”

Gary SiniseHere’s Gary Sinise leading his “LT Dan Band”. My first year here in the Netherlands, they played a concert in the school cafeteria after school one day. We were having a Club Beyond meeting and there’s this loud rock concert going on under our feet. It was a little odd. “I told them a thousand times, Spinal Tap first and then Puppet Show.”

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Gratitude

“In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice…”
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Jet Lag

Yesterday I flew back from Boston to Brussels with my two oldest sons, Caleb (6) and Joe (4.5). Here’s a quick glimpse at little boy jet lag:
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Enchanted

Monday, while in Albuquerque, we took my brother to a movie. He chose “Enchanted.” I don’t think I would normally have bothered with that particular movie, but it scored so well at rottentomatoes (currently 93%) that I was intrigued.
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Happy New Year!

Well. Here I am on the web. As the first morning of 2008 dawned, I woke up, looked around and realized that what the world needed was one more blog. There just aren’t quite enough people posting whatever is on their mind to whoever in the world feels like reading it. No, there may be millions of those, but it seems that in 2008, what the world needed was one more.
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