Monthly Archives: December 2007

A Nice Quiet Christmas

We had a nice, low key Christmas this year.  It’s the first Christmas in the new house.  We did a small amount of decorating, nothing very elaborate.  Michael got a good amount of presents.  Last year he got the PS3 and Wii, so this year I was at a loss for what to get him.

We ended up getting him Guitar Hero 3, which he doesn’t really want.  We also got him Assassins Creed for the PS3, the Wii gun with Link’s Crossbow game, some Yu-Gi-Oh and Chaotic cards, some comic books, and of course the usual boring clothing gifts.  I also got him all the Smallville seasons on DVD, so I have condemned myself to weeks of nightly Smallville marathons.  Continue reading

Thoughts on New Jersey Banning the Death Penalty

I spent a lot of my years with fairly conservative views, at least when it came to financial and international affairs. But I have always had two core beliefs that kept me distanced from the title of right wing. First, I’m pro-choice. I, like I imagine most people, would not vote for someone I knew was going to attempt to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Second, I’m anti-death penalty. This belief has gotten me into the most passionate of arguments. People often think that when one doesn’t believe in the death penalty, that they also don’t believe some people deserve to die. That is simply not true. In fact I think there are crimes that people should die for that are not even legally considered capitol offenses. Continue reading

Drunk Driving Prevention Laws

I decided to add a politics category to my blog, which I’m certain no one cares about, but it was something I have stayed clear of in the past. If nothing else, I would like to add my own 2 cents to the world. And maybe it will spark some interesting debate.

Today I was giving some thought to drunk driving. Drunk driving is either up or down, depending on which publication you reference. But I think if you look at the overall stats, you’ll see that it’s still a significant problem. And I think we can all agree that DUI’s are not taken as seriously as they should be. Why should one individual have the right to endanger myself and my family because they are too self-absorbed to avoid driving after they have been drinking? I’m not a saint in this either. I can think of a couple times in my youth when I probably shouldn’t have been driving. But that ended before I turned 18. I also have friends that have been arrested for DUI, and to be honest, I’m not certain they really learned the lesson they needed. So how do we stop paying this a lot of lip-service, and start doing things that would actually have an impact? Continue reading

Saddleback Leather Company Briefcase Review

After my trip to Costa Rica, I realized that I needed a new laptop bag.  I was using the Booq bag, which is a great bag (especially for a MacBook Pro), but it just screamed “laptop”, and was not really very versatile.  It meant that everywhere I went with my laptop, I needed two bags.  So I started looking for the perfect bag.

I knew I wanted a leather bag if possible, and something that would perform more duties than just hold my laptop, although it had to do that well since it was the primary purpose.  I looked on sites like, and checked out more high-end places like Tumi and Louis Vuitton.  But in the end I just couldn’t find what I was looking for.  Then one day I stumbled across a site that looked like it sold the perfect bag…Saddleback Leather. Continue reading