Friday, May 23, 2008

Back from the far Pacific...

Well, I apologize for the layoff in posting new content to the blog, but my family and I were spending a wonderful time in Hawaii over the last week and a half or so. We had a great time, although traveling with two little boys is just about as hard as we imagined. But they both (and we all) had a great time anyway, and enjoyed the trip. It was a little bizarre returning back to Utah with temperatures here higher than they were in Hawaii, but the weather quickly righted itself, and we've been treated to some extra rain over the last few days which has been wonderful. I'll have to post some pictures from our trip eventually, so you have evidence that we truly did enjoy our trip.

I only suffered one embarrassing incident, too, which I think is a new record for me on a vacation! I'm not a great swimmer (never have been...the asthma makes it especially hard), but we did some snorkeling anyway the day before we left. Well, of course, I got myself high-centered and cut up a tiny bit on a coral reef, and that, coupled with my difficulty in breathing through a snorkel served to panic me pretty good. Luckily, Laura is a better swimmer than I, and managed to get me off the reef and back to the shore. I thought I did OK getting back to shore, but we were met there by a lifeguard who asked me how I was doing...he must have noticed my distress off in the bay from the shore. I told him I was alright, and he just told me to go have a hit off my inhaler. Sure, nobody noticed our discussion, but it was still a little disconcerting that the lifeguard was watching me and apparently was deciding whether he'd actually have to get off his tower to go rescue some idiot who couldn't tell where the reef began. Oh, well. I have no shame (something Laura reminds me is not exactly a good thing to be proud of), but I enjoy poking fun at myself. If you can't laugh at yourself, you're taking yourself far too seriously. We all do stupid things...it's only right that someone else should be able to laugh at them!

I also came back off the trip to find that there were two new referrals to my patent business, so I've got lots of work to do over the next couple of weeks, in addition to my regular day job. It's exciting to have been having some success with the side business, which is really just a hobby for me that happens to provide our family with a little extra money (once we pay off the initial investment, which should happen by the end of this month), but it's been a lot of fun, too. I love seeing what people are able to come up with. I am not very ingenious, so it's cool to be around people who are. I think it's the part of the job I like the most.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Hot Rich Exciting

So, there I am, minding my own business, when my wife shows me a children's book she picked up from the library for Zach, our youngest. Turns out it's called "Windows to Color," written by Julie Aigner-Clark as part of her "Baby Einstein" series. Normally, we have nothing against "Baby Einstein"...in fact, we rather like it.

So, imagine my surprise when my wife shows me the picture associated with the color red in the book. It's a Georgia O'Keeffe painting entitled "Red Canna." Now, if you know anything about Georgia O'Keeffe, one of those things is that her works have been noted to contain images that bring to mind certain parts of the human female's body. I'll just leave it at that...there's an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" which deals with the same kind of thing with a sculpture that Marie brings home from her art class...you can do the searching on your own.

Anyway, I'm not terribly offended by O'Keeffe paintings, or even by having this one in a children's book. What I found hilarious/offensive, though, were the words that were next to the painting to describe the color red in the painting: "Hot, Rich, Exciting." Yes, that's right. We've just introduced hot, rich, exciting sex to the preschool crowd. Whether Ms. Aigner-Clark realized the import behind O'Keeffe's paintings or not, I'll never know, but I did find it funny, and mildly offensive the more I think about it. Just shows what you get for being somewhat educated in art appreciation.

I also noted one review on Amazon.com for the book that says that the "red" pages in the book contain adult themes. Well, at least my wife and I weren't the only ones who noticed...