Sunday, October 28, 2007

Take 'Em Down!

Dear Redskins:

Intimidating? Yes. Unbeatable? No. We can beat New England. We've done it in 6 out of 7 meetings. I still say NE is overrated. They are in a division with incredibly sucky teams. That gives them a lot of breathing room and far less pressure during the regular season. Since they play the 3 other teams in their division 2 times each...that's pretty much a 6 win guarantee right there. The rest is a piece of cake. They barely have to show up to make it to the post-season. That means we have more at stake, more to lose. I think we want it more...and hopefully that will count for something.

~Mom on the Edge

Friday, October 26, 2007

BK...Basic Training Video?

Dear Burger King:

Does your company not provide a basic training video? I remember in my very first retail job, at Thom McAn Shoes, I had to sit through about 3 hours of training videos. Have you considered anything like that for your employees? Maybe you should. And here's the first lesson you could teach them...

When it's breakfast time and you run out of biscuits....MAKE MORE! Don't just send hungry customers away.

~Mom on the Edge

I really wanted that sausage biscuit!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Kick Some Cardinal Ass!

Dear Redskins:

Well last week was very disappointing. I think I may be partly to blame. It appears you guys only play well if I'm actually watching. I admit, I cut out early last week to take the kids to a party at the pumpkin patch. And today could be a problem as well. I will be watching most of the game, but will likely miss the end of the 4th quarter. So, please start off big and leave them no chance to catch up, ok? That'd be great.

As for tips...Alex is out. She really dropped the ball last week, so to speak. Silly superstitions. So what advice can I give this week? Let's start with the defense...we have one of the better defenses out there this season. We've allowed fewer points than all but 2 teams. That's huge! The defense is GOOD. Last week was tough. Green Bay is tough. Brett Favre is a great QB (playing for 800 years gives you lots of experience to fall back on). But this week is a new game. Arizona is no Green Bay. Arizona already has their starting QB out and last week, lost their backup QB to injury as well. So, the QB is a definite weakness (he threw 3 interceptions and fumbled twice last week). Arizona has allowed nearly twice the points we have. So take advantage of their weaknesses and WIN WIN WIN! A loss at this point seriously could end the season. This is a must win game!

Don't let us down.

~Mom on the Edge

p.s. Sorry no cool Redskins pic...blogger is having uploading issues right now.

EDITED TO ADD: Crap, the Cardinals are playing Warner. Still...same advice applies.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Me, too! Me, too!

Dear Alex:

Since Sam got his picture posted, I guess you're right. It is only fair if you get one posted as well.

Behold... Alvin and the Chipmunks Spooky Halloween Night, by Alex


EEK! A scary pumpkin!

Dear Sam:

Thanks for my picture. You did such a good job on it. And you're getting so good with your name!


Vicious Attention Whore

Dear Ann Coulter:
What does it feel like to be the actual incarnation of evil? I mean, it's a powerful thing to be able to enrage and alienate an entire group of people in one fell swoop. Amazing. Actually what's amazing to me is that anyone still cares what you have to say. Your hate-speech has, I suppose, been your vessel to infamy. So perhaps it serves you well. Let's review just a few of your gems of wisdom...

" When we were fighting communism, OK, they had mass murderers and gulags, but they were white men and they were sane. Now we're up against absolutely insane savages."

How to respond here? As usual, I think your words speak for themselves. I'm not sure that you really have the credibility to be labeling others as "sane" and "insane" though.

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

Now, actually this would be the perfect answer to the problem...if we were a Christian nation, which we aren't (thankfully). America is not in the business of converting other countries to Christianity, at least we shouldn't be. Freedom of Religion doesn't simply mean the freedom to practice Christianity. That freedom is guaranteed to all. I'm sure this makes you sad. But really it's a founding principle of this country.

"No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. ... That's what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws. ...That is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to live up to all the laws. What Christians believe -- this is just a statement of what the New Testament is -- is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament."

I know a lot of people, Jewish and not, were pretty offended by these statements you recently made. My gut reaction to your remarks was much the same. I thought it was hateful and anti-semitic. But when I thought on it more, I guess I realized that you weren't totally off base in describing your religious beliefs. Many Christians clearly believe they are a step ahead of the Jews. Being an atheist myself, I have to say that I completely disagree with your assessment though (big surprise). But I think that your statement, while not said in a very nice way, is in keeping with the beliefs of many (if not most) Christians. My problem with the statement is more that you are using your religious beliefs and the religious beliefs of others to gather more publicity and airtime for yourself, being the vicious attention whore that you are. And that, in my opinion, is very wrong.

"If I'm going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."

Nice. I'm sure his small children appreciate the sentiment.

"I think [women] should be armed but should not vote...women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend's always more money on education, more money on child care, more money on day care."

You're a credit to the gender, Ann.

"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."

So, all Arabs should be suspect? Where do we draw that line? How about Casey Kasem? There always was something very suspicious about that Shaggy Rogers character.

The venom you spew frightens me. What frightens me even more is the number of Americans who agree with you. That is terrifying. But the great thing about this country is that you have every right to pollute the nation with your extremist views. And I have every right to disagree....and to call you a dangerous, right-wing, hate-speaking, attention seeking, racist lunatic.

~Mom on the Edge

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Week 6...If it works, stick with it

Dear Redskins:
Since Alex's advice worked so well for you last week my superstitious side feels the need to test her abilities again. So, once again this week's advice is from my daughter...
"To get more points than the other team you need to throw the ball REALLY far. And, of course, catch it. Try to always make the other team fall down. Then they can't score points. You still need your Redskins shirts because they're lucky. And crossing your fingers is always lucky, too. Sing the Redskins song when you play...and, ummm, that's all I got!"

I predict a win at Lambeau for the 'Skins. Let's see how close I can get....I'm guessing Redskins 24, Packers 17.

We'll see...

~Mom on the Edge

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Offensive Player of the Week!!!

Dear Jason Campbell:

I *heart* you. :)

~Mom on the Edge

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Happy (belated) birthday to my little princess!

Dear Alex:

Six years have gone by in a flash. Suddenly you're this bright, beautiful, sarcastic, wonderful girl. You are so intelligent, so kind to others (with the exception of your little brother) and so eager to learn. Your favorite subject these days seems to be science, especially entomology and astronomy. You're definitely Daddy's little girl.

You have grown to be a fantastic daughter, sister, student, friend,'re just so interested in the welfare of others. You're always looking for ways to make someone's day brighter. I'm so proud of the person you're becoming.

It amazes me every day how smart you are. You're reading Level 2 readers. You can solve basic addition problems in your head. You have an incredible grasp on science. I sometimes think you know more about space and nature than I do. It all seems to come so easy to you. None of this has been taught in school yet. It's all been a matter of you wanting to learn. I hope you keep that thirst for knowledge. It's incredible.

You are a special little girl. Always remember that. I love you so much. Just keep being you. Happy birthday, baby.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Birthday wishes to follow soon...

Dear Alex:

Today was your 6th birthday and we had a really fun day. There is so much that I want to say to wish you a happy birthday, but right now I'm a little overwhelmed realizing that my own mom has now missed as many of your birthdays as she was here to share. Somehow that feels like a big thing to me tonight. She loved you so much and so wanted to watch you grow up. She loved your birthdays, too. She would take you to Toys R US and buy you every toy you pointed to. This has been such an exciting time for you...starting kindergarten, turning 6, you have 4 loose teeth! Sometimes it just hits me kind of hard that she's not here for it. So, forgive me for not writing your birthday message tonight. I want to be able to give it the focus it deserves. I love you so much, my big girl. Sweet dreams.


Game Day

Dear Redskins:

My only advice this week is JUST WIN! It's Detroit. You better win. Plus, it's my little girl's birthday. Don't ruin it by putting her mom and dad in a foul mood. The fate of her 6th birthday rests on your shoulders. Remember that!

And in honor of her 6th birthday, Alex has some advice as well, "Remember to wear Redskins shirts. That's important. And cross your fingers, but not while you're playing. And yell 'GO REDSKINS! GO REDSKINS!' while you play. Then you'll win."
Sound advice.

~Mom on the Edge

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Little Blonde Girl, Revisited

Dear anyone with the right answer:

Apparently Alex recently told Little Blonde Girl that it's not nice to leave people out because of the color of their skin (yay Alex!). Alex told the girl that she wanted to play with those other two girls and she didn't care what they looked like. So now this child has decided to try to convince Alex that she shouldn't play with them because "they're mean." When I asked Alex if she thought they were mean, she immediately said that they are not mean, but very nice and a lot of fun. I happened to see Alex playing with one of those little girls the other morning when I dropped her off and they seemed to be having so much fun. :)

So now my dilemma is this: Do I continue to let Alex handle the situation since she appears to be doing a great job of it, or do I speak with the teacher about the situation? My concern is that I know Alex is not the only one Little Blonde Girl is trying to influence. I'm not sure they all will handle things like Alex has. The situation is so unfair to those two little girls (and according to Alex, the three minority boys in the class as who is black, one who is Korean and one who is bi-racial) that I feel it needs to be monitored at the very least.

Maybe I could send a note to the teacher about the things Alex has told me. I could even offer to come and read a book to the class about diversity or something. I don't know what to do. The whole situation makes me so mad.

Any words of wisdom out there?

~Mom on the Edge