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Dream a Little Dream

January 18, 2015

I usually don’t remember all the details when I have a dream, but a few days ago was an exception. I was in a rural part of Missouri, on my way to a wedding near a lake. I couldn’t tell you the name of the lake, but I do know that I was sitting in the backseat of a car. An elderly woman was the driver, and her husband was sitting in the passenger seat. I was sitting behind the husband, and my iPhone was next to me.

Once we arrived to the wedding’s site, I remember the lady parked the car very close to the lake. It was at this point that the car fell into the lake. I don’t know why, but two of my coworkers were there at the wedding already. One of them dove into the lake and rescued me and my iPhone. I don’t know what happened to the elderly couple. I can only assume they escaped somehow because I was the only person in the car. Once I was safe, my other coworker provided me with the number of someone who could fix the water damage to my phone. It was at this point that I woke up from the dream.

I don’t know the dream’s significance. I could sit here all day and throw out all kinds of theories behind the why I was in MO or why I was on my way to a wedding. I’m sure everything has meaning at the sub-conscious level that I could spend weeks with an expert analyzing.

Head of the Class

January 7, 2015

I promised a new entry several weeks ago, and as promised, here it is.

Recently, I completed an online class at one of the local schools in San Diego. The class’s name is unimportant because what I would like to discuss in this entry is my experience with an online class.

It wasn’t my first foray into the world of online classes. I had taken two previous classes for credit and didn’t seem to have an issue with those classes.

Although I passed the class with an A, I wasn’t satisfied with my experience this time. I think had I been required to attend the class in person, it would have been a better experience because there would have been better student/teacher interaction. The instructor did her best to make the class interactive by requiring students to post replies to weekly topics, but it isn’t the same as discussing the subject in person.

The teacher did her best to insert an anecdote here and there, but she kept to reading directly from the PowerPoint slides. Was I happy with the class? Over all, I would say I was dissatisfied with it, but I enjoyed the subject matter because it has been one of my interests for quite some time.

Absentee Writer

November 30, 2014

Wow! It has been quite some time since my last blog entry. I can’t explain why I have neglected the blog, but tonight a good friend reminded me that I do have a blog. I do plan to post something in the near future, but it will have to wait because I need a series of events to transpire first. In the meantime, enjoy this video clip.

Parking Prices, Assemble!

July 19, 2013

Having crawled out from under my rock, I learned that Comic Con started yesterday in San Diego. I have never attended this grassroots event turned media circus due to my lack of interest and my hatred for dealing with crowds. However, I happened to catch a quick news story, which you can watch here, about the parking situation.

Comic Con might be a boon for the event itself, hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, taxis and so forth, but it’s having a negative effect on residents who live and work in downtown San Diego.

Parking prices have escalated as there is more demand with so many people attending this annual event. The increased demand has meant that residents/workers used to paying $5 to $7 are seeing prices ranging from $20 and even as high as $50 to $60. The result of Comic Con has a negative, albeit short-term, consequence for these people who are experiencing price gouging for an event in which they do not even attend–let’s not forget the increase in traffic and heavy crowds.

7 up

June 9, 2013

One of the features I would like for Apple to include in iOS 7 is the ability to delete–or at least hide–the first-party apps. For me, the list includes: Newsstand, Calculator, Game Center, Compass, Voice Memos, Stocks, Weather, Passbook, Videos, Clock, Reminders, Maps and Safari.

I know it’s wishful thinking, but the truth is I don’t use any of these apps nor do I ever plan to use any of them. I know I can put them in a folder or hide them through this trick, but it would be nice to have a built-in feature that’s more permanent and won’t be undone in the event I ever need to reboot my iOS device.

Reigning Cats and Dogs

April 1, 2013

There are rumors that some members of Congress are considering pushing a bill that would make it illegal for dogs and cats to live together in the US.

Supporters of this bill are claiming that cats and dogs living together attack the moral fabric of society. One person, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity, said the idea of dogs and cats who cohabitate is essentially an attack on family values and sets a bad example for children.

Opponents of the bill argue that it violates cats and dogs’ constitutional rights. Many others believe dogs and cats should enjoy the same rights that are given to other animals such as pigs, ducks and zebras. Organizers have already began to rally people to protest this bill before it can become law. Some have started obtaining petitions, while others have taken to the streets to set up peaceful demonstrations.

It is unlikely this bill will receive ample to support, but there are still many concerned families who currently own both cats and dogs. These families fear that if this bill does become a law, it will cause a split between family members on which animal to keep.

We’ll keep you posted as this story develops. Up next, we’ll have an indepth look at how space planners are preparing mankind on colonizing Mars within the next 2 years.

The Value of Weddings

December 7, 2012

I have been wanting to write this blog entry for quite some time, but I haven’t had the opportunity to give it proper attention until now.

A few months ago, I attended two weddings within a few weeks of one another. As I observed both weddings, I began to think about how weddings themselves hold no instrumental value. Rather, they have ceremonial value.

Marriages often involve some type of a celebratory ceremony where friends and family gather to witness two people commit themselves to each other for the rest of their lives. These ceremonies have different ranges and can be anywhere from extravagant and lavish to simplistic and intimate. Traditionally, a licensed official performs the ceremony in front of all the witnesses followed by a reception where everyone celebrates the new chapter in the couple’s lives.

Weddings are a celebration. They add no additional value to two people’s love for one another nor do they provide any instrumental enhancement for a marriage. A couple who have an extravagant wedding do not love each other more than a couple who have a simple wedding–rather, the former couple are participating in conspicuous consumption. And a couple who decide to be married at a courthouse are still married in the eyes of the government. The recognition of their marriage is no less meaningful than a couple who have a sunset beach wedding.

Weddings may not have any instrumental value–only ceremonial value–but they do create economic value. If we examine closely what is involved when it comes to planning a wedding, there is a lot of economic activity involved; however, that economic activity varies based on the couple and their budget.

I did some research and found this information here from the Library of Congress (LOC). The LOC identifies some available services when it comes to a wedding: dresses, consultants, food, videography, disc jockey, favors/bridesmaids gifts and destination weddings. The demand for these services creates jobs for individuals. After all, we need bakers to make the cake, cooking staff to prepare the meals, waiters and waitresses to serve the food, tailors to fit the clothes and so forth.

There is demand for other services such as travel, hospitality, decorations, rental of banquet hall for reception, etc. Depending on the complexity of the wedding, the list of services could go on and on.

I couldn’t find official statistics on weddings, but I did stumble across the following website here. It provides some statistics for weddings in 2011 (I can’t assure the accuracy of these numbers). As you can see, the average amount of money spent on a wedding is quite high.

Weddings are a celebration of a lifetime commitment of love. While they may have only ceremonial value, there are certainly economic benefits from them.

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