Thursday, June 18, 2009

Open House - C'mon in!

So you’re new here?

Hi. Thanks for checking in and please, come back often. I try to post new and interesting material as often as I can…which means as often as work and fatherhood will allow!

You’ve probably made it this far because you’re wondering what you can expect to find when you visit so I’m using this post to host an open house of sorts.

On this page I’ve linked to some of my favorite material from the past few months. This is a pretty good representation of the kind of stuff you’ll find here at TMUOTF.

So check it out, kill some time and let me know what you think. There is a “Comments” section at the end of each post so don’t be shy and don’t hold back!


To start off, I’ll ease you into it with a couple of video clips close to my heart. This first clip features Littlefoil during the holidays…

This is JillFoil’s grandmother reciting the Gettysburg Address – a speech she memorized over 80 years ago. (You might have to adjust your volume to hear!)

And this is a pretty funny out-take from Nan’s performance…

I do love posting videos and stories that resonate personally. Among my favorites is this one about my parent’s record collection and how it influenced me as a young boy .

I also like this one about my mom having breakfast with the bass player from Janes Addiction during Lollapalooza.

Vacations make for good stories too like like this trip to Sebago Lake in Maine last year.

Later that same summer, Jillfoil and I spent a quick weekend on Block Island which was so much fun that we're going back this July.

Another favorite of mine was this post about The Marshfield Fair which comes to town every summer.

Speaking of home towns, I like telling people about where we live. It's our corner of the world and I love living here so I can't resist sharing. I've written about the the first snowfall of the season , the changing leaves of autumn , flying kites at the beach and even the wild turkeys that live in our neighborhood.

Like I said, I love the personal stuff but its not all just about me. I also like to share things that other people do and make. In the course of living online I've found and shared some great pictures like these and some cool videos like this one .

And yeah, I like me some science too. Whether its the Large Hadron Collider or the story about a kid from my high school on the International Space Station . I just can't get enough of that stuff.

But its not always pure fun and happiness. I have been known to get up on my high horse too. After California approved the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, I had a few choice words to say about it.

The cratering economy at the end of 2008 and rolling into 2009 coincided with a period of unemployment for me which gave me planty of time to get my dander up. Back in November when the CEO's of the Big Three automakers flew three separate private jets to Washington DC to beg congress for money I went a little bit nuts .

When Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain was arguing that he should receive an additional $10 million bonus for his performance during a year in which his company lost $11.7 billion I took my best shot at him .

And after we all gave Citigroup over $50 billion in TARP money and it became public that they were using some of that money to buy a new, top-of-the-line corporate jet and fund an elaborate retirement package for former CEO Sandy Weill I went after him too.

To be completely honest, I have sometimes crossed the line. But to be fair also, I admit it when I do. In this reflective post I apologized to my readers for some of the vitriol and language that I used during one of my rants.

But man, some days vitriol just seems appropriate. And it feels so good...

So there you have it. Thanks again for visiting. Come back whenever you can and let me know what you think, what you're doing and where you're going.

Like so many things in life, it's more fun when people watch!

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