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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

OK, so I am in Target last night looking for a certain item for one of the children for Christmas. The item in question is in the back, but not assembled. I am told that if I call in the morning to confirm that the item in assembled they will hold one for me for 24 hours. So, I call this morning and am told that they can’t put a hold on the item.

Ugh.

One gets the feeling that people just make this stuff up as they go.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

…or is expecting a First Grader to be able to spell the seven continents a bit much?

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Saturday, November 11, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

All six Star Wars flicks in a row + two sick boys = making the best of a bad situation (Eldest Son and Middle Son both have strep throat and the flu-plus the combo is creating asthma probs for Middle Son. Not good all ’round).

And I will say this: 1) the Star Wars movies look good in HD, but 2) HD doesn’t make the writing in the first three any better and may, indeed, make Hayden Christensen’s acting look even worse than it does otherwise.

The number of logical problems with episodes I-III in particular are legion.

I won’t go into them now, but here are my musing on II and III. I also mused on the political ethics of Star Wars here.

I will re-iterate a point that I like to make: Empire Strikes Back is, in my opinion, the best of the six and to me it is no coincidence that that is the one that Lucas didn’t write.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Today was Middle Son’s last soccer game of the season and here are some highlights:



Middle Son (in the middle) getting after the ball.


Guardin’ the goal


The action was fierce


Nothing says “athlete” like some post-game Krispy Kreme.

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

(Context: last night we watched Star Trek III and the kids have also been watching some of TOS)

My two youngest playing:

Youngest son: Let’s play Star Trek!

Middle Son: Ok! I’m Captain Kirk. But not the old one, the young one!

Indeed, my Oldest expressed confusion the other day over the fact that the Kirk in the movies was the same one as the one on TV

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

For the family types out there who might be interested, I have uploaded a set of Florida vacation pics to Flickr.

Click and peruse at your leisure.

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Thursday, July 6, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Another DisneyWorld comment: whoever invented Fastpass is a genius. Also: many thanks to the folks who partied too much on the 4th, and therefore weren’t in the Magic Kingdom on the 5th.

We (meaning two families totally 9 folks) barely waited for rides at all during the trip. Indeed, upon arriving when the park opened we walked onto the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Aladdin’s’ Magic Carpets, Thunder Mountain (thrice in two shifts-no everyone rode) and the Haunted Mansion sans wait (and without Fastpasses).

Indeed, after that via Fastpasses we only really waited for Autopia (or whatever it is called out here), Dumbo and the Rockets.

What I don’t get is all the people who did wait in 45+ minute lines instead of using Fastpass.

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

Children are amazing: they can spend all day at the Magic Kingdom at DisneyWorld and the next day be as hyper as ever, while the parents are still in serious recovery mode.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

I meant to post some of these a while back, but since I have posted several from the sports-playing Taylor child, here are some from the instrument-playing Taylor child:


Singing a duet: Splish-Splash


The guitar recital



The strings recital.

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Friday, May 26, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

From last night:

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