Shark Attack

One of the boys in Hailey’s day care class bit her on the arm because
she would not move. Hailey is going to learn Toddler-Fu!

Computer Outsourcing

If you are a manager or CEO or CIO or in charge of deciding the fate
of your IT infrastructure, and you are considering outsourcing to CSC,
I offer you this service.

I offer to strike you over the head repeatedly with the “Hammer of
Enlightenment” until you come to a more sensible decision.

There is no charge for this service.

Road Trip

We finally went to see Fredd and Roxanne in San Antonio. They took us
to the farmer’s market plaza for lunch. Hailey (and me and Brianna)
really enjoyed the sights, sounds, and food. Fredd took


An old, yet interesting, [article][1] originally published in [The New
Yorker][2] discusses [Judith Harris’s][3] hypothesis and observations
that a child is more influenced more by her peers than she is by her

>…her article was accepted, and in the space below her name, where
authors typically put “Princeton University” or “Yale University” or
“Oxford University,” Harris proudly put “Middletown, New Jersey.”
Harris listed her CompuServe address in a footnote, and soon she was
inundated with E-mail, because what she had to say was so compelling
and so surprising and, in a wholly unexpected way, so sensible that
everyone in the field wanted to know more. Who are you? scholars
asked. Where did you come from? Why have I never heard of you before?

This article was a precursor to her book [The Nurture Assumption][4].

To me, it seems that in order to satisfy this hypothesis and influence
the type of person Hailey becomes when she is older, I would need to
influence the type of children that are in her peer group. The only
problem is that I have always hated the medaling parent who
stereotyped and excluded people based on their looks, family, or last

[1]: (Do Parent’s Matter?)
[2]: (The New Yorker)
[3]: (Judith Harris)
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Hailey's Swag

Now you can buy Hailey gear and merchandise from the exclusive and
private [Shop Dustacio][1] store. No really. Choose the [t-shirt][2]
or the [lunch box][3]. Each is under $20.


Not So Much

Brianna and I took Thursday and Friday off. We wanted to complete the
yard work.

Our plan was to buy the supplies and get most of the work
done before the weekend. Instead, we ended up running errands most of
the day. The pets went to the vet, this required separate cars since
Natasha would make an appetizer of Gizmo. My car was dropped off
twice, once for tires and once for a state inspection. We went by
Lowes and bought plants, we still need more mulch.

While waiting for my car to get its inspection, we stopped by Toys R
Us and bought Hailey a “SwingAlong(TM) Castle.” We had to
select by looking at the box and guessing the maximum size that would
fit in Brianna’s car. I think this is as big a box that can ever go
back there. The box claimed twenty minute assembly, I think it took us
about half an hour. Hailey really loves climbing on this thing. For
her it is always over, not around.

Our Third Year

Three years ago today, on a St. Patrick’s Day that started off foggy
and wet just like today, Brianna and I said I do.