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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Just a few notes and Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

This is staying on top until Saturday, so scroll down for the current post...

Join me on the journey...

I'm heavy in heart today, and feeling a little depressed (no real reason, I just am), so I'm doing a give away to celebrate my blog anniversary to lift my spirits. I refuse to use the other term for it. If you want in, comment and join in. My one year anniversary of blogging is the 21st of this month. I will figure out something kewl to give away for it. Something with appeal to dudes and babes. It's open to anyone. You'll be required to provide me with a mailing address should you win, so if you think I'm a stalker or a psycho and you don't have a mail box at the UPS Store, don't enter. I'm a pretty trustworthy guy, however, and most of the people in my links would vouch for that because they know me well enough.
Keep in mind, if anything I say sounds harsh, I apologize in advance. I don't mean it that way. I'm just a little "foggy" upstairs, so I don't have my full faculties operating. I just didn't catch it and reword it. Sorry.
Re: recent comments on some posts I haven't gotten back to.

Niki: Make a case for owning a TV and then I'll make a case for owning a video game system. I know we already talked about this, but I'm putting this up for the benefit of my other readers. To my point, however, almost everyone owns one. I won't bother to make a case because of that. I think if one must make a case for owning a TV or video game system, one must make a case for fun.
I don't know if there was some confusion on what I said about rules for video games for my kids but I don't think I was understood:

Sexually suggestive is not the same as sexually explicit. Yes, there are elements of that in almost every game, but my children will have to learn to interact with that because it is all over our culture, too. I won't shield them from that in video games. They need to learn to deal with it, and I will be there to help/guide/teach.

I didn't say that I wouldn't let my kid play video games before the age of 12. There are certain games I will prohibit, but not all games. And my kids will be free to play any system we have. I don't care. What I do care is that they get chores and homework done, and that they are getting sufficient out-door recreation. Game time will be limited.
Some people made comments about trying to keep kids from playing with fake swords/guns. I have no intention of doing that, and I honestly don't understand the thought behind it. I'm not saying that to be insulting or knockin' on anyone; I just don't get it. My kids can play cops and robbers and shoot each other all they want. They can play "Scotland vs. England" and whack each others' limbs off too. It's just what they do. I did it, and I turned out fine. I have never physically abused or intimidated my wife or anyone else. Now, if I have an overly aggressive child, I'll have to take that on a case-by-case basis, as no one child has the exact same aggressiveness issues and personality.
I can't believe that no one got "The Guys from the Beach Who Hate Everybody " from Post #84 by inmate #01211981-C. It is a reference to "Ugly Kid Joe." They did a freakin' awesome cover of "Cat's in the Cradle," by Cat Stevens. It is from that same album (released somewhere around '94). It is a line in the song "Hate Everything About You." I thought for certain someone would score that. No bonus prizes or gold stars then.
Well, sign my book and say you want the goods. I'll figure out a nice and impartial way to choose the winner. I want it to be a truly free contest.


The Jackdaw said...

Brilliant blog. Hope you don't mind if I post a link to it.

Looney Mom said...

It's almost your BLOGGIVERSARY??!?? LOL! It is stupid huh, but I used it anyway because saying "anniversary of my blog" was too long... HA HA!

So anyway, I'm with you Bro. My kids sword fight, play video games that some might raise their eyebrows at but HELLO?!?! We send them to school and they learn far worse things from the classmates -- and well, that's one reason why they're homeschooling from now on, but that's a completely different topic. They have time limits and yes we are careful about what types of games they play.

They're going to be exposed to yucky stuff in this life, but we have to always keep the lines of communication open and be there to explain things to them. I think you'll have fun playing with my kids when you come out! We're pretty down to earth and legalism sucks and doesn't exist in our house! We are discerning though, of course!

Dapoppins said...

I want a gold star. I didn't know the other song. I stopped listening to music in 1988. Anything during or before, I might know. Anything after, forgetaboutit. I was spending my money on clothing instead of music.

Dapoppins said...

P.S. Theres a book my husband bought, Raising a Modern Day Kninght...the swords thing made me think of it. We have swords and knives. Actually I find that it is the baseball bats and la crosse sticks that are the most dangerous...

Anonymous said...

thanks for letting us know about kathy, although she had already contacted us... God bless u. emily and trent.

Ba Doozie said...

I don't know what I have to do to win the prize, but I'll gladly dish out a mailing address, I'm not worried about dying, lol. Do you want us to write an essay? perhaps a limerick? Do we have to do anything for this, or just say we want it? I ask too many questions, I know.

Ronni said...

A Limerick

You've been blogging for nearly a year?
Well, let me be perfectly clear:
I found you by chance;
You're a kick in the pants,
And I'll certainly visit back here.

Anne said...

what are the rules again? I'm a little out of it too.

P.S. I have a link up on my side bar to your blog.

R said...

I should win a prize because I nominated you for a Thinking Blogger Award (solely on Green Cathedral), so check it out.

So how is that for some good ol manipulation? He he he.

Ba Doozie should get the prize because she is always giving prizes out! :)

I agree with you about boys playing with guns and swords. I try to keep it more calm because I am not in favor of kids pointing guns at people in a fierce way (I have seen kids place a fake handgun right on the head and pretend they are blowing someone else's head off and I don't like it). I think it is all fine if monitored.

You are right though. It is so important that a child has an involved parent (I know that sounds so modern) because most parents are NOT involved. I am one of them at times and I feel guilty for it. Thankfully we nip things in the bud before they could accumulate into something serious. We as Christian parents need to stand alongside our children and be ready to give a godly answer. Thankfully I have many examples of that in my past when I lived in Idaho so I know what I am doing a little bit now!!!
Ha ha. God is good.

Justin said...

well i am here to.

Michael said...

Jared, where should people leave a comment to enter your giveaway? If this is the place, sign me up.

clumsy ox said...

I should win a prize because I read your blog...

Hmmmm.... not very convincing, is it?

But it would be way cool to actually win a Bloggiversary prize!

Delia said...

My kids play "cops & robbers" and "swordfights" all the time, heck sometimes I even join them.

Happy Blog Anniversary!!!

I want to enter for the give away...so sign me up, puh-puh-puh-lease!