A Bowlful of Cherries

Celebrating Matty and Noah

Archive for May 2004

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Written by Michael

28 May 2004 at 754am

Posted in Misc.


I wasn’t quite right — the national average for gas hit $2/gallon by Memorial Day, not $3/gallon. But you’ve probably seen the political ad blasting Senator John Kerry for his support of a tax of $0.50 on a gallon of gas. Gregg Easterbrook points out:

When the Bush campaign broadcast an ad highlighting Mr. Kerry’s 1994 gas tax position, the Kerry campaign was quick to point out that one of those who had promoted the idea of a higher gasoline tax, offset by reductions in other taxes, was N. Gregory Mankiw, now chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. In 1999, Mr. Mankiw proposed that the federal gasoline tax be increased by 50 cents per gallon, with income taxes reduced an equivalent amount. “Cutting income taxes while increasing gasoline taxes would lead to more rapid economic growth, less traffic congestion, safer roads, and reduced risk of global warming,” Mr. Mankiw wrote.

(Emphasis mine)

It’s a fabulous idea. There shouldn’t be a knee-jerk reaction to higher taxes, especially if the government lowers income and payroll taxes for the poor and middle class. Besides, wouldn’t you rather send money to Washington rather than Riyadh?

Written by Michael

27 May 2004 at 639am

Posted in Misc.

Juggling Act

From: MCM-Lottery@doitsports.com
To: mike
Subject: 2004 Marine Corps Marathon Lottery Results: Congratulations!

Dear Michael,

Congratulations. You have been successfully drawn in the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon Lottery. You are now officially registered to run in the 29th Marine Corps Marathon to be held on Sunday, October 31, 2004 in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

As a result of this drawing, your credit card has been charged in the amount of $85.

All entry fees are non-refundable.

Is it possible to train while raising a newborn?

Guess I’ll find out.

Written by Michael

27 May 2004 at 616am

Posted in Misc.


Why are babies born every minute? ‘Cause they know how to perpetuate the species. Matty is a perfect angel when Grandma and great-Grandma are here — sleeps all day and feeds without a fuss. He fools us into thinking that maybe, just maybe, he’ll sleep tonight, and we can get our own blessed sleep. But nah … the minute they leave, he fusses and screams. Babies being quiet when non-parents are around has obvious selective advantages: It makes people who haven’t had their own children yet think that babies are cute and easy, fooling them into breeding themselves, padding population statistics worldwide. Suckers.

What Matty doesn’t know is that Grandma had 3 kids and great-Grandma had 8. Sucker.

In other news, he’s still doing well. Grandma got him a Magical Mobile Swing. The swing helps somewhat — when we put him into it, Matty usually, when he’s calm and fed, will fall asleep right away. When we try to bribe him into falling asleep, so mommy and daddy can rest, he doesn’t fall for it. (So maybe he’s not such a sucker.) He’s well otherwise, eating lots, can roll over with a little prodding, and no Poo Bombs just yet.

From The Story about the Baby:

I am now convinced that the rest of our child’s infancy will go by completely easily and without incident, and there will be no colic or other difficulties. And I will not get any sort of ironic comeuppance.

Written by Michael

26 May 2004 at 1256am

Posted in Misc.

Innovative State

California has always taken the initiative in enacting environmentally-progressive regulations, the most famous being its emission requirements for automobilies. The state has a few more ideas. One would mandate, starting in 2006, that an as-yet-undetermined percentage of new single-family homes built in developments of 25 homes or more be equipped with solar panels. Some argue that the solar panels will increase the cost of housing, but you’ll save that money on your electric bills for the life of your home.

Another bill would require that decals affixed to new cars show the amount of greenhouse gases the cars would produce, giving buyers info on the relative eco-friendliness of various models.

New Jersey is doing good stuff. So is Pennsylvania: Governor Ed Rendell proposed a green holiday during which consumers can purchase energy-efficient products free of the state’s sales tax. It won’t save you a whole lot of money, but it’s a start.

Written by Michael

25 May 2004 at 1156pm

Posted in Misc.

Got what it takes?

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don’t have to.
   ~Walter Linn

Written by Michael

25 May 2004 at 1040pm

Posted in Misc.

New Growth

Matty has gained back all of the weight he lost and has packed on a few more ounces. He’s up to 9 lbs, 9.3 oz, which placed him in the 95th percentile of all babies his age. His head size, which Donna remembers fondly, was also measured in the 95th percentile. That means he’s heavier and his head is bigger than 95% of all other babies his age. Is his brain so big it requires extra storage space? (He’s probably remembering all the times Donna and I laugh at him. Seriously, his farts are exactly the sound you hear in cartoons. Pbbbbt. Poot. … I’ll stop.) And he’s 21″ now, a full 0.5″ longer!

It’s too bad we both hate basketball.

Written by Michael

21 May 2004 at 844pm

Posted in Misc.