Inflatable Insanity

Today is my weekly trip to Inflatable Insanity with my son, Morgan. This is a business with those inflatable slides, jump houses and obstacle courses you see at fairs. They have them inside a big room, and rent them out for parties. An awesome idea, if you ask me.

Since Morgan has autism, I can’t take him to a regular place without watching him like a hawk, and probably having to explain to the other parents that he has autism, has problems with social situations, has no concept of personal space or how to interact with others, etc. It’s OK the first couple of times, but just gets tiring after a while. especially when people give you “The Look”, i.e. why did you bring your son out in public, why can’t you control him, and all that other bullshit.

Anyway, Inflatable Insanity has an hour set aside for “Special” kids, so I can take him and everyone else has a kid with some sort of problem, be it autism or something else. No need for explanations, no wierd looks, etc. The kids have loads of fun, too. Best of all, it’s free because the owners have a child with autism in need of some playmates.

Everyone wins all around, but Morgan wins most so I will drag my sorry ass there every Sunday no matter what.

Buy vs. Rent?

Ok, I don’t get the deal with renting songs vs. buying them on iTunes. If I spend a year renting songs, I have access to a huge number of songs, its true, but when I stop using the service the songs are gone.

For the sake of illustration, lets say I pay $10 a month to rent songs. I just pulled that number out of thin air, btw. That’s $120 for year of access to any song I want to hear. Now, what happens after a year if your music service goes out of business or you decide you don’t like it any more? You’re stuck with nothing.

If you spend that $120 on iTunes, you now have 12 albums, or 120 individual songs. They are yours to keep, even if you never visit iTunes again!

I just can’t see spending the money. But what the hell do I know, I live in an apartment.

What the heck happened to TSS?

The Screen Savers used to be my favorite show. I never missed it. When I got my Tivo, I really never missed it. Now, it seems like a pale shadow of what it was. After Megan left, it was going downhill, but Patrick and Leo still managed to keep it going. Then, after that stupid merger with G4 TV, everything went to hell. I liked the show because it had adults on it, talking about adult topics. This is probably why G4 got rid of everyone over 20 on the show, though.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against 20 year olds. I was a 20 year old once. They are nice, and their belief that they can still change the world keeps me feeling that maybe they’re right. However, when it comes to The ScreenSavers, their interests are not my interests.

Just thought I’d lament something that I used to look forward to. I’m going to try and catch an episode in the near future to see if it has settled down into something watchable, but I don’t hold out much hope.


Who Cares?

I recently read a news story that some celebrities may be giving to the Tsumani relief funds to advance their fame, rather than out of a desire to help. Is the reason they donate all that important? Tsunami victims get money, so why does it matter? Next thing they’ll be complaining about people who gave old money that was wrinkled instead of crisp new bills.

Get a life people.

Beware the Blog of Doom!

A fitting start to a blog, because today I’m sick with a cold my son brought home from school. I started feeling it yesterday and it really hit me last night. Now I’m just moping around feeling sick and generally icky. My son isn’t feeling well either, but he’s still full of energy and raring to go.

He has tomorrow off, although I don’t. I’ll probably take it off anyway if I still feel sick, but I suspect I’ll be going in to work. I have a possible meeting with someone about a job today. He’s flying in from Corporate HQ this week and wants to talk to me.

That makes a total of three jobs I’m being considered for. Two are internal and one is from another company that contacted me. Not bad. It’s nice to be in demand, especially in a relatively obscure discipline.