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Friday, August 29, 2008


Weekend Whatnot

Father and son enjoy a Kalaloch Beach sunset.

An episode of The Munsters was in the player last night, but I accidentally hit the "antenna" button on the remote and up popped Barack Obama's acceptance speech. It was compelling enough that we watched the whole thing. Not once during the 45 minutes did either one of my kids ask me to turn the channel! At the end, my son said, "Daddy, you should vote for Obama." I would explain to him that in Idaho a vote for a Democratic Presidential candidate is an exercise in futility, but he's too young to be jaded, so I'll vote for Obama and hope for the best from the other 49 states.

Sarah Palin is John McCain's choice for Vice President. This is what I hate about the game of politics. Rather than pick the most deserving or best qualified candidate, he picks one that fits a desired demographic and looks good on TV. I was initially excited to hear that Palin would be McCain's running mate, only because she's a University of Idaho grad, like me. And, we were there at the same time. A friend of mine tells me he has silly photos of Palin from his college days, but since he works for the State of Alaska, and is concerned for his job, those pictures won't see the light of day for a very long time.

Our second day of homeschooling was much better than the first. My daughter just had a case of the grumps, but by the next day was a happy little student. Her favorite subjects are math, science, and art. Coincidentally, my least favorite to teach!

There's a new stay-at-home dad in town. Well, not my town. But he's over at the Out With The Kids blog. Wish Jeff good luck as he leaves his job and begins a new adventure caring for his children full-time.

Speaking of stay-at-home dads, I've never actually met another one in real life. I keep hearing about these mythical creatures here and there. They seem to write blogs and books. But are they real? Or are they just figments of my imagination? I've talked with men who used to be stay-at-home dads, and I've met a few who claimed to be work-at-home dads, but it's not quite the concrete proof I require to believe I'm not the only one in the world.

Summer suddenly ended like someone flipped a switch. We went from warm and toasty to chilly and breezy. I was looking forward to one last swim in the lake. Maybe we'll still do that, and bring hot cocoa to warm up afterwards. In North Idaho, you have to enjoy summer while it lasts. I can already feel the snow on its way.


Blogger People in the Sun said...

Sorry about the end of summer and about being the only Democrat in Idaho.

On a brighter note, I'm a stay-at-home-dad.

Unfortunately, I'm also a figment of your imagination.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

My imagination is better at writing blog posts than I am!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I don't think Governor Palin is the only person in the world with pictures of her passed out after drinking in college. In fact, there's probably one of me floating around somewhere. It's good to know she's human, anyway. You sometimes wonder with politicians...

4:41 PM  
Blogger James Austin said...

Now is the time to sell those pictures. They will be worth the most right now since after November they won't be worth squat. Thanks for linking Obama's speech, since I missed most of it.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Katey said...

Phil isn't the only democrat in Idaho, although I do believe he is the only SAHD....which I think is totally cool BTW and my DH is jealous...

8:01 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

It was gorgeous in North Idaho today ... spent the end of summer at the lake ... powerboating and canoeing. I stood up in the bayliner while flying along at about 40 mph and I just could not help but stand up and hold my arms out at my sides like wings. Just one of those amazing days we are blessed with.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

I'm actually an independent. I look at both sides before making a decision, not just blindly following the party line. Unfortunately, Idaho is overwhelmed with voters who have no grasp of the issues and simply pull the lever for the Republican candidates.

When it comes right down to it, this Presidential election has turned into a comedy of epic proportions. There's nothing for me to do but sit back and enjoy the farce.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am a visitor from Notes on a Napkin and am so glad to have stumbled this direction! I am currently sitting outside next to our pool...sweating! Gotta love Texas! Though there is no sign of chilly air for months, we do have the excitement of hurricane Gustav :) Should prove to be an exciting Labor Day weekend.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

Glad your kids enjoyed watching Obama, these are some interesting times and I think history will glorify them to the point that moments like that will never be forgotten.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

It sounds like you ended up watching the Munsters after all and ultimately decided that since your kids like Herman, that would be good enough for you to blindly pull the blue lever. I think an independant mind would watch both conventions with his children, discuss the pro's and con's of both tickets, and then teach your children to make an educated vote. But don't worry, the federal (re-)education camps will soon replace homeschooling when our leaders of hope and change decide that homeschooling only raises xenophobic adults. Enjoy your freedom while you have it, because once it is taken away, it is never given back.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

I think an independant mind would watch both conventions with his children

Do you seriously believe I made up my mind after watching someone give a speech?!

Quite honestly, it really comes down to who I think has the best hair. Obama beats McCain every time on that score. Of course, it's not fair to compare the hair of a man to that of a woman, so other criteria must be put into play for comparing VP picks. I'll have to just go with "alphabetical order" and Biden beats Palin every time.

8:01 PM  
Blogger People in the Sun said...

I have to point out that Biden used to have really bad hair, and that his hair now is very distinguished. Very VP-ish.

Let me find a photo:

Here's a good one. Or even worse hair three years later (1980). Man, I can't wait to have white hair!

11:26 AM  

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