Monday, October 22, 2007

More About Jade

We were all amused last week at the Zits cartoon from October 19, 2007 (Click to see it). As it showed a student with the large backpack who has Jade's same Vietnamese name. Jade's taking AP Calculus and Honors Geometry along with some other subjects. Her backpack is heavy, but not nearly as big as the one in the cartoon. Jade's doing great in school, with all A's on her first 6-week report. She is also participating on the high school swimming team. She loves swimming and the exercise is really good for her.

This past weekend Jade had the opportunity to participate (for the first time ever) in some interesting fall activities. We were invited to join some friends for a softball game on Saturday afternoon. Jade played softball for the very first time. Later we went to Kirk and Amanda's home for a hot dog cook out, popcorn balls, pumpkin carving, candy apples, marshmallow roasting around a bonfire. She brought me two steaming toasted marshmallow on a stick and I ate them gladly. Jade had helped make popcorn balls at Doug and Sue's the night before. We had a wonderful time. Thanks Kirk and Amanda!

I carved one pumpkin-- it was pretty simple. Jade did the next one, and did the complete job by herself, including all the cutting and cleaning our the insides. She put a "J" on the side of the pumpkin. See the first picture. The second one shows Jade finishing up on a candy apple.

Thanks to Lisa for both of the pictures today. Lisa has her own blog. You can check it out here: Every Day Is A New Day

Quotes of the Day

“You can not inspect quality into the product;

it is already there.”

~ W. Edwards Deming

“We should work on our process,

not the outcome of our processes.”

~ W. Edwards Deming

Joke of the Day
A lawyer and two friends--a Rabbi, and a Hindu holy man--had car trouble in the countryside and asked to spend the night with a farmer.

The farmer said, "There might be a problem. You see, I only have room for two to sleep in the house. So one of you must sleep in the barn."

"No problem," chimed the Rabbi. "My people wandered in the desert for forty years. I am humble enough to sleep in the barn for one evening." With that he departed to the barn, and the others bedded down for the night.

Moments later a knock was heard at the door; the farmer opened the door. There stood the Rabbi from the barn. "What's wrong?" asked the farmer. He replied, "I am grateful to you, but I just can't sleep in the barn. There is a pig in the barn, and my faith believes that is an unclean animal." His Hindu friend agrees to swap places with him. But a few minutes later the same scene reoccurs. There is a knock on the door. "What's wrong?" the farmer asks. The Hindu holy man replies, "I, too, am grateful for your helping us out, but there is a cow in the barn. In my country cows are considered sacred and I can't sleep on holy ground!"

That left only the lawyer to make the change. He grumbled and complained, but went out to the barn. Moments later there was another knock on the farmer's door. Frustrated and tired, the farmer opens the door, and there stood the pig and the cow.

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