Monday, January 29, 2007

"Life is like a box of chocolates…"

Everyone knows what comes next, right?

"...You never know what you're going to get."

Most likely, you even hear it in the voice of that beloved character, Forrest Gump, don't you? How many times have you seen "Forrest Gump"? Just once? Five times? More times than you can count? Not at all? I hadn't ever seen it until this weekend. Am I the last person who was alive and of movie-going age when the movie came out that had still not seen it?

Anyway, it got me thinking. The movie tries to sum up its world view near the end with this statement by Gump: "I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both." That's right up there with Calvin and Nietzsche! Or maybe Calvin and Hobbes...

Personally, I think there is much more truth that can be plumbed from the earlier line about the box of chocolates. I'm still coming up with ways that life really is like a box of chocolates, but here are a few. Please add any you have discovered over the years below in the comments:

Life is like a box of chocolates...

  • ...It looks good on the outside but can be pretty sticky when you get into it.

  • ...It comes with a pretty bow on it but ends up empty and discarded

  • ...If you share it with others, you'll have less to enjoy yourself.

  • ...It's bad for your health.

  • ...It goes straight to your hips.

  • ...It doesn't freeze well.

See what I mean? Now that's philosophy! Got any others?

Friday, January 26, 2007

Cut ‘em up!

Here's an interesting article about hearings going on in the Senate regarding credit cards, fair practices, etc. I'd like to come up with some really witty response, but the whole discussion just makes me want to go home and cut up my credit cards even more than I did before I read this!

Ok, I'll admit it, I've been reading and listening to Dave Ramsey for a while, and making a concerted effort to stop "playing with snakes" and do everything on a cash basis. This just adds fuel to the fire.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Fun in the snow

Amy and I took a vacation last week to Breckenridge, Colorado, while Sydney stayed with grandparents and enjoyed... well, was supposed to enjoy warmer weather. Turns out North Texas was blasted by winter weather, snow, ice, etc. While Breckenridge was still colder, we had blue skies and lots of sun while back home it was cloudy and precipitating in various forms.

But back to what I was saying:

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Savannah, in a nutshell

One of the comics I read frequently is Get Fuzzy. If you haven't ever read it, and you like dogs and/or cats, I highly recommend it. Why? Well, today's strip is a perfect reason. This strip reflects, in a nutshell, the outlook on life taken by Savannah, the younger of our two dogs:

(Editor's Note: The online archive of GetFuzzy only keeps 30 days worth of the old strips. Sorry...)