Monthly Archives: January 2008

Well done CVES first and fifth graders!

I enjoyed a fine evening entertained by Snoqualmie Ridge’s Cascade View Elementary School’s fifth and first graders. First, the fifth grade band, which immediately made me thankful for my parents making it through me and my sister’s band years. Second, the first grades did a great job singing songs, reciting books, acting out the songs, and playing xylophones and other related instruments. Nice to see Spencer improvising at his young age. And the music teacher did a fantastic job putting this together.

Lots of fun, and probably the best part was the first graders, despite being in the same spot for an hour, were remarkably well behaved. Very impressive. Perhaps a couple teachers at Mount Si can learn a lesson! I’m referring to their disturbance of a school assembly about Dr. Martin Luther King that made local news around here. At least the school apologied to Rev. Hutchinson.

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More from the Neuheisel era…

Another front page story.

I think Rick pissed off the Seattle Times big time. Either that or they don’t like UCLA. Why is all this stuff coming out now?

How can Neuheisel get a job?

I wondered this when UCLA announced the hiring of Rick Neuheisel. This guy left a trail of controversy at Colorado and Washington, neither of which have recovered from the messes he created, and UCLA (supposedly an elite academic institution) decides to give him a chance.

Now today’s Seattle Times has a front-page story about Jeramy Stevens and his run-ins with the law, including allegations of rape while he was a football player for the Huskies.

Three questions:

  1. How can the University let something like this go on? Universities should financially be above that; that is, the negative publicity from criminals on campus should be a bigger detriment to financial contributions. As one of the commenters to the article said “is this really the type of person we want our sons and daughters to rub shoulders with?” Amen.
  2. Just how many chances does one get with our justice system? What the hell? I’m all for sympathy for the rare bad choice, but there becomes a time where the line is crossed. Jeramy crossed that before 2000. Maybe we need to hold our judicial system accountable. Clearly they are not deterring a known entity’s behavior.
  3. At what point does our society use capitalism in a positive way to align rewards and punishment for ethics? My wife and I cancelled our Purdue athletic club donations after having some trepidations with head football coach Joe Tiller. Why don’t more people do the same?

At least UW is standing behind Ty Willingham as he tries to clean up the Neuheisel mess. All indications are that the character of the program is leaps and bounds ahead of what Neuheisel created.

I wonder…

In 100 years will the term “carbon offsets” replace “snake oil” in our lexicon? Will people see references and laugh at “hey look at this ‘carbon offset’ thing from the early 21st century?

I have become one of them

I bought gas at Costco today for the first time. I have become one of “those people.” I feel so ashamed. I wonder when I get my “Costco mafia” membership card and talking points for the unwashed?

Thank you stock market

Now that the market is down I can send in my 2007 Roth IRA contribution (and maybe my 2008 one too!). BOO YA!

Corrections are a GOOD thing.

If the Detroit Lions are smart…

…and from looking at their moves over the last few decades I would say “smart” is hardly an adjective I’d use for the Ford family and football, they should hire Mike Holmgrem as GM of the Lions. See ya Millen.