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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2007|12:30 pm]
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Why must humans be such inhumane pieces of shit?

To whoever stole my iPod from my car while I slept:

I hope you're enjoying the 10,000+ songs I painstakingly loaded on there for you. I also hope you enjoyed whatever it was you were doing while I worked my ass off to save the money for said iPod. Here is my wish for you...

Tonight, while you're driving, listening to my music on the FM transmitter that you also stole from me, may my playlist kick out a shitty song. I'll admit it. There were a handful of shitty ones on there. And when that song comes on, may you reach down to skip to the next track. And in that split second when your eyes are no longer on the road, may you crash into a tree and die a slow, miserable death. But please don't completely total your car. Because when the jaws of life comes to pry your pancake shaped husk from the driver's seat, I want my music back.

Fuck you, and have a nice day!
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A good laugh [Jun. 30th, 2007|09:43 pm]
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Today Aidan went to church camp with his grandparents. There are a bunch of churches from around the state that meet up at a campground for a week. I was taking him to grandma's this morning, and I asked him, "Buddy, are you excited to go to camp?"

My jaw literally dropped when he said "Yes. And you know what's going to be there? A bunch of deuce bags!"

Half from shock, and half to just hear it said again, I asked him "A bunch of what?!?"

"You know. A bunch of deuce bags. Like deuce boxes."

It wasn't until that point that I realized he wasn't insulting the fellow campers, but instead trying to tell me in the most innocent of ways that grandma bought him Capri Sun to take along :D
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...Of Pirate Festivals and Funnel Clouds [Jun. 3rd, 2007|05:35 pm]
Today we went to the Pirate festival in Port Washington. I was so excited for this, you can't understand. Last night we went out to Target to buy a bandana, and isntead bought into an entire Jack Sparrow playset that we used to accessorize our old costume. In typical Kraemer fashion, my son was decked out with the best of them. Unfortunately, he was bested in the costume contest by a young musketeer who definitely deserved to win.

The festival was great, even though it ended prematurely to the sound of tornado sirens that sent grown pirates running like bony lasses. There's really nothing that could add more excitement to a pirate festival than a stray tornado. Anyways, here are the pics of what is sure to become an annual tradition in this household...

Further treasures lie ahead...Collapse )
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Way cool! [May. 29th, 2007|08:16 pm]
Two weeks ago there was a day here in Sheboygan where temperatures climbed to a record high of 93 degrees, which is pretty amazing for early May. After work that day, Aidan and I decided we'd head down to the beach and fly a kite. Shortly after we got there, a photographer for the Sheboygan press showed up and took a few pictures of us. The next day there was a nice color photo of the two of us in the paper.

That was cool, but today it got way cooler. My dad called me to let me know that there was a letter at their house addressed to Aidan and I. It was from a U.S. Marine stationed in Afghanistan. It turns out our picture was re-printed in The Stars and Stripes, a daily newspaper that gets distributed to military families. He sent us a copy of the Middle East edition with our photo in it. There is also a European edition, but I don't know if we made it into that one. Definite scrap book material if you ask me.

Aside from that, I realize I've been a stranger once again. I'm about a month into the new job, and it's going very well. I'm loving pretty much everything about it. Our company picnic is coming up next weekend, which is going to be amazing. Brats, burgers, steaks, cotton candy, funnel cakes, Dippin' Dots, micro brews, frozen mixed drinks, a disc golf course for prizes, a ton of games for the kids, a casino for big cash prizes, a petting zoo, pony rides, door prize drawings every hour for $500, and a grand prize drawing for $3,000 cash. I'm bailing out on half of an out-of-town bacehlor party so as not to miss this.

This coming weekend we're going to a Pirate Festival that just sounds awesome. Kind of like a Rennaisance Fair, but Pirate themed. There's a costume contest, so we'll be vamping up Aidan's Halloween costume from last year and donning it once again. They do a re-enactment of a naval battle on Lake Michigan and a pirate invasion of the port. There's a parade, fireworks, entertainment from pirate performers, a marketplace, and pirate food. Yo ho!

This past weekend we went to the Milwaukee Public Museaum. Easily the highlight was when Aidan walked into the dinosaur exhibit, looked at the skeleton of a Triceratops, and said "Whoa! Get a load of that Bonehead!"

I'm out.....
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(no subject) [Apr. 9th, 2007|04:57 pm]

We have a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow. We're projected to get 8 inches of wet snow.

And 2 weeks ago today it was 82 degrees.
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(no subject) [Apr. 8th, 2007|12:42 am]
Somtimes a very snarky side of me likes to show it's face. Take today for example.

I've been doing some reading up on the Crucifixtion of Christ following some articles I read about the Easter celebrations at the Church of the Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where historically, Christians have assumed Christ was entombed.

As some of you may know, this has been a very controversial topic as of late. James Cameron recently released a documentary, claiming to have found the true burial site of Christ, along with his bones, which, if true, would serve a real blow to Christianity.

Now, if there's one thing I hate, it's pointed journalism that uses it's power to land a cheap blow to further the author's own agenda. Take, for example, THIS article posted on Time/CNN's blog site. The author seems pretty confident in himself, and he has a particular wit that he's not afraid to share with the world.

I hope as a journalist he can take a little constructive criticism. I couldn't resist hunting down his e-mail address and sending him the following little note. I can be such a jerk sometimes :)

Hi Tim,

I was reading Saturday's blog post you wrote dealing with the Church of the Sepulcher and Christ's supposed tomb. In it, you reference the Via Dolorosa as "the route of Jesus' Cavalry with the cross". You seem pretty knowledgable in Middle Eastern history, but I've been having a hard time finding any evidence of the fact that Christ rode to the cross on a horse with an army of men, possibly bearing a lance. Has your time in Jerusalem unconvered evidence of this fact as well, or were you simply trying to explain to your estute readers that Christ marched to a PLACE called "Calvary", where he was crucified and put to death? Just wondering, because I'd hate to see the masses mislead by shoddy journalistic reporting.

Take care,

Keith J. Kraemer Jr

UPDATE -- The Cavalry reference is no longer there. I received the following this morning :)

Dear Keith,
You're absolutely right. There was no 'cavalry' riding in to save Him. I'll make sure it's corrected. Again, thanks for spotting this.
Best regards,
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My Son, The Rock Star [Apr. 5th, 2007|09:13 am]
The other day Aidan and his grandma shared this exchange:

Aidan: Who named me Aidan?
Grandma: Your mom and dad did.
Aidan: Well, I don't what to be named Aidan anymore.
Grandma: What do you want your name to be?
Aidan: Coyote

Where that came from, we have no clue. Also, he's going to have some babies of his own, and he's going to name them Mud, Dirt, Nipple, and Grandma Olson. Yeah, he's a celebrity at heart...
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(no subject) [Apr. 4th, 2007|11:35 pm]
The other day I downloaded a Super Nintendo emulator for my PC, along with a whole slew of Super Nintendo games. Now I realize exactly why I gave up video games in middle school. They make me super bitter and pissed off. In the past 3 days I think I've sworn more than I have in the previous three years combined, not to mention how much time I've wasted. Ah..... the pleasant memories of youth....
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MuteMath? [Apr. 4th, 2007|09:20 am]
Have you ever heard of MuteMath? Everyone should be in love with MuteMath. I saw them last night, and they were mind-numbing. Amazing experimental jams, total intensity, and melodies that will ring in your ear for days. Don't beleive me? Check them out...

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Ahhhhh... the sense of humor of children :) [Mar. 22nd, 2007|12:52 pm]
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The other day I told Aidan a joke off of a popsicle stick.

Me: Why did the computer squeak?
Aidan: Why?
Me: Because someone stepped on the mouse...

He laughed hard, but I don't think he knew why he was laughing. Three minutes later he enthusiastically tells me a "joke" of his own.

Aidan: Hey dad! Why did the lamp roar?
Me: I don't know. Why?
Aidan: Because someone stepped on a bear!
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