Friday, February 24, 2006

Foam Hand - by Brad

So I looked at the title of our Bjournal and noticed that it says logging the thoughts... of the FAMILY. So far, it has mostly been the thoughts of Brad with the thoughts of Lindsey peppered throughout. So here is a thought from Elliott.

Yesterday, when we were driving home from Target, Elliott said out of the blue, "I want one of those big pointy fingers." We finally figured out that he was talking about one of those giant foam sports-fan hands. So we asked him why. He replied, "I would put it on my hand and I could point where I want my brother to go". That's a true older brother.

On another note... I will be taking a week hiatus from bjournaling, for I am off to see the Bunches!

...or is it Bunchs. Do you modify a proper name to add the "S"? I assume you do, but it seems rude... as if the name isn't good enough to stand on its own. I know I have always assumed there is an "E", but have I been offending? Doh... here I go with my weird thoughts again.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Coupons - part II - by Brad

Well... I had to research the question I posed in my previous post, and this is way to long to stick in the comments.

From what I read online, it has to do with coupon books issued during the depression and businesses taking advantage of the consumer. However, in Washington State, we have a law created in 1907 (well before the depression) that states:

RCW 19.84.020
Any person who shall sell or issue to any person… any… coupon… shall, upon presentation, redeem the same either in goods… or in cash… at the option of the holder thereof, and any number of such… coupons… shall be redeemed… at the value in cents printed upon the face thereof.

It sounds like this is to protect the consumer by allowing the consumer to request the value of the coupon in either goods, or cash. Therefore, if the business does not want to provide the goods at the discount price, they would be legally required to provide the cash value of the coupon. That must why they specifically state a cash value on the coupon.

I am kind of surprised that it states, "at the option of the holder", because this causes me wonder...

If I have a coupon for, "$10 off go-go boots", but it has no cash value stated, I could probably request the $10 cash from the company rather than the go-go boot discount.

Sorry to waste your time reading this, but this is the kind of garbage that goes on in my mind.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Coupons - by Brad

Here is a question that has baffled me since I was a kid. I am sure that there is a reasonable explanation for it, and I could probably easily look up the answer online within a few minutes. But quite frankly, it is more fun to blog about it.

Question: Why do coupons state, "Cash value 1/20 of a cent"?

If I collect 20 Quiznos coupons, will they give me a penny? What if I mix them up? Will Target give me a penny for 20 Quiznos coupons? It doesn't say, "1/20 of a cent AT QUIZNOS". Moreover, will YOU give me a penny if I give you 20 coupons?

There must be some legal explanation for why they have to put a cash value on the coupons... but why just $0.005?

If I ever make a coupon I am going to write, "Cash value 34/5671 of a cent".

I have 20 coupons for the first person to give me the answer to my question... or at least the cash equivalent!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

My Favorite - Auto - by Brad

I have contemplated starting a feature to our blog about my favorites. I am not sure if I am going to keep this up, so don't expect consistency.

This is dedicated to my favorite vehicle... well this is my favorite vehicle within reason. Of course I would rather have a Hummer (the original style), or an Audi TT if someone were to give me one. Maybe I should say this is my favorite vehicle under $5,000. Now, with that said... drum roll please...


A 1975 - 1980 AMC Pacer (minus the lady). I have ogled over this car since my freshman year in college. Lindsey has always been adamant that I will never own one of these. However, I think that I am wearing her down!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Candid - by Brad

Every once in a while, Elliott gets our camera out and tries his hand at photography. Sometimes he is very artistic and gets pictures of the floor, ceiling, or his finger blocking the lens. Here are a couple of pictures of how he probably sees his family.




So from Elliott's vantage point; I am a tired slob, Lindsey is pretty cute, and Wesley is less important than the carpet.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Wes - by Brad

It has been a while since I posted a picture of Wesley. It may be because we haven't been getting very many good pictures of our boys. This was one of my favorites from a series of bath time pictures that Lindsey took last night.

Wesley is getting to a fun age where he is now less work than his older brother. There is a phase in childhood (only for a couple months) where they can do things on their own, start to communicate, but have not yet developed the outright defiance that they gain when they turn two. Wesley is now at this phase. I am savoring it!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Three Things - by Brad

Thing 1:
We had planned on getting to drive to Seattle to visit my newest niece on Saturday, but the pass reports called for some ugly conditions for our drive back. So we had to postpone the visit to Jessie. By the way, here is a picture of her...

Thing 2:
Saturday night, I received a phone call from a friend who purchased UFC 57 on pay-per-view. For those that do not know. UFC stand for Ultimate Fighting Championship. My interest in UFC started out in college, where we watched UFC 1 through 20 (roughly).

The only fighter that I recognized was Randy Couture. He was fighting the returning light-heavyweight champion (who was 12 years younger than him). After a good fight, he ended up losing by knock out. Then, during his post-fight dialogue, he retired. So there passes the last fighter from what I remember as UFC.

I probably shouldn't put a picture of a UFC fighter on the same entry as my niece, but here is Randy Couture anyway...

Thing 3:
Sunday afternoon. My motto this week was “High Hopes, Low Expectations”. My expectations were met.