I love reading Dooce. She is an awesome (and shockingly direct) writer. If you haven't read or heard of her before, she is an ex-mormon, living in Utah (after being fired from her job because she was blogging about her job) and being her own non-mormon self, to the appalled-ment[?] of her parents.
Anyway, for anybody who ever had to endure or had to deal with a 4-5 yr old asking "why":

Dear Leta,

A couple of days ago you turned fifty-four months old. I'm sure that if you were sitting here right now and I told you this you'd ask me why. And I'd say because when you add up all the months you've been alive it totals fifty-four. And then you'd go, why? And I'd say, because that's how math works. And you'd go, but why? And then I'd walk over to the silverware drawer, grab a kebab skewer and shove it through my frontal lobe. Some days there aren't enough sharp objects in the house to help me cope with the multitude of your whys, maybe because there is no answer that will satisfy you, even when that answer is read to you directly from a science textbook. I'm beginning to feel like you're not asking because you genuinely care about the answer but because you're secretly hoping that if you ask it enough times the answer to why? will be "you can have this candy if you will just shut up."

Quoted from here


Note: Surprisingly enough, Karin has not (yet?) gone through this stage. Alex, however, did. I remember a drive from Boston to NJ (6+ hrs) where we literally had to tell him that there was a limit of one (1!) question per minute.
babble, babble, <lots of generic babble>
and I will listen *very* well and
after school I will do all my homework and then
I will marry Alex
and James
and live happily ever after!
John: "Let's pick a movie to watch together"
Karin: "I want to pick too."
John: "How about this one? Or this?"
Karin: "No, no, no! I want the one with Gandalf!"

Quotes are paraphrased, I don't remember the exact wording. Other than the last sentence, of course
A win win win situation:

Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border,
Use the dirt to raise the levies in New Orleans
Put the Florida alligators in the moat.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today?
If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito!

--African proverb
Just a peek into our usual daily life:

(excerpt from aim window)

J: Just took squeaky tongue bird away from Tijgetje.
M: Sigh. Anything left of it?
J: Yes, I got to it early.
J: I just took Karin to the bathroom to use the toilet. She brought along Woofy, whom I placed on the edge of the sink right in front of her. A moment later she said "Waar is Woofy?" [EN: "Where is Woofy"] and I told her "Woofy is ver ver weg gegaan... heh heh heh." [EN: "Woofy has gone far far away...heh heh heh."] She looked at me, looked at Woofy, looked back at me, drew herself up to her full height of less than one meter, and, in her most adult voice, exclaimed: "Jooooooohhhhn: NIET DOEN!" [EN: "Jooooooohhhhn: DON'T DO THAT"]
( to read in a very exasperated, "oh my god, how can you even *think* that" sort of tone):

"No mommy, that's not a monster. It's a rainbow".
(About the recent find of more pieces off the hull of the titanic, leading to new theories of how it sank)

Explorer Robert Ballard found the bulk of the wreck in 1985, at a depth of 13,000 feet and about 380 miles southeast of Newfoundland. [He] was not impressed with the expedition's find.
"They found a fragment, big deal," Ballard said. "Am I surprised? No. When you go down there, there's stuff all over the place. It hit an iceberg and it sank. Get over it."

Heh.
The Setting:
Cold, wet, dark, rainy, icky day. Upon crossing the river, we noticed a boat training for the Head Of The Charles regatta (this coming weekend)

The Quote:
"Row, row, bail; row, row, bail...."

"Other than telling us how to live, think, marry, pray, vote, invest, educate our children and, now, die, I think the Republicans have done a fine job of getting government out of our personal lives."

--Craig Carter
The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change.

-- FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers

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