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I am not ready to have a daughter

I've commented before about the problems we have with our son. However, my daughter will probably be the death of me. Earlier she noticed that her shirt was getting to small for her. She started crying her eyes out and said "I'm not pretty!". Later she put on some dress up clothes and said "I'm pretty now!".

I am not ready for this. I was going to post on our Christmas but I no longer remember what happened. I just have nightmares about her as a teenager.

Fixing Detroit

I just wanted to point out that fixing Detroit is easy. The problem is the city is half empty. The solution is to bring the population in line with the size of the city. Normally, cities do one of two things to try and fix this. Appeal to young people who will spend a lot of money at the bars. This ignores the fact that any who have kids will move out for the same reasons they moved into the city. The other is to try and push the residents out and make the city only a commercial center. This reduces the need for people to live there. This ends up giving business an incentive to move to the suburbs. After all, that's where the people are. The real solution is to bring the size of the city in line with the current population.

There are two ways you can do that. One is to limit the size/height of buildings. This has worked in several cities but I think it is too late for Detroit to do that. The only real way to reduce of the size of the city to something the population to support is to consolidate the people in a smaller area. There was talk of doing this in New Orleans. The plan was to take low level areas that had been mostly emptied of residents and convert them to land preserves of various types. This would concentrate the population into a smaller and more affordable area.

Detroit probably won't have a natural disaster to make this easy. However, it does have a man-made one. The housing bubble has made land and housing in Detroit practically worthless. You do not a sell a house in many places, you just abandon it. The city/state could pick a large square block of the city and start acquiring all of the land. The cheap part is getting the land. Seizing property for unpaid taxes, buying near worthless lots, and programs to help move people to other areas of the city would work to empty it. The expensive part would be removing the housing stock, pulling up the roads, and cleaning up pollution. However, long term the land would be valuable. In the short and medium term you benefit from a smaller area to support and fewer empty lots.

If half the houses on your block are empty or full of squatters than its going to be hard to motivate you to improve your home. However, if you can concentrate the people in a smaller area you give neighborhoods a chance to form and improve the area. Police have a smaller area to patrol and can provide better service. Road crews have less road to maintain. Fire departments have less empty buildings to worry about and can focus on helping homeowners who area closer to the department.

The large cleaned up blocks of the city can than be redeveloped in the future when the city needs it. Hopefully, it would be used to give people housing they want versus the current Detroit house which is all to often small and only tolerated.

Landline is nickel and diming itself to death

Why does AT&T still charge for Caller ID? Do any cell phone companies charge for Caller ID? The landline companies could bundle in a bunch of features and it wouldn't cost them very much money. It would, however, gain them some desperately needed good will. They also need to figure out there's a lot of people who don't want an $30 bill for a connection they don't use much. They really need to figure out that $10 from a customer is better than $0. Oh well, they'll figure out eventually. I mean, if the maintenance guys at work have no problem dropping their land line for a cell phone or voip over cable, surely AT&T will figure it out?

Latin Mass's in the area

I read that a second parish in the area is going to start offering the traditional latin mass. I've never been to one so it has always been something that interested me. One of these days I'll have to attend one. There are several around the state but the two around here are:

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Grand Rapids
Every Sunday at 12:30PM

St. Stanislaus Parish in Dorr
Second and Fourth Sundays of each month.

I've read about a few schismastic groups floating around the area that do a latin mass but you are better off if you avoid them. I've had brief exchanges with members of such groups and it is like talking to a record player. You either agree with them or they repeat their position over and over again like an old record that keeps skipping.

Another good day and a day off

Henry had a good day while mommy and daddy had the day off to clean and watch Transporter 3. It wasn't quite the ideal combination for a day off of work but life's like that.

Transporter 3 was pretty good as long as you know what you're getting into. There wasn't nearly as much driving in this one as the other ones. The plot was obviously an after though. However, it really doesn't matter. Jason Statham drives around, gets into fights, and takes his shirt off. Melissa seemed to enjoy the latter. :-)

A good day with greenery

Food coloring stains. Green food coloring stains green. Cupcakes with green frosting on them stain green. Today, Samus discovered that cupcakes with green frosting that are eaten on a Sunday still stain the next day. I'll let you figure out the rest.

Henry had another good day at school. Joy.

Another Weekend With the Family

It was another weekend with the family that started off with a Saturday wedding. Normally we would go to the actual ceremony but it was at noon while the reception was five and a half hours later. There was no way we going to be able to keep the kids happy for that long. We barely made it through the reception as it was. However, the food was good and we got a chance to catch up with some people we do not normally see.

The next day was better. We spent a few hours at the Gross Christmas party. The food was good the kids played nice with the other kids. Sammy even got a mermaid doll to go with her current mermaid obsession.