I think it’s time to post some more random thoughts that have been bouncing around in my brain but have been too small to develop into a full article.

It’s amazing how good you feel after some simple exercises. I like seeing that my treadmill regimen is getting progressively harder, and I’m able to handle it.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with chewing gum, but don’t chew it while you are on the phone. The poor person on the other end will get an earful with every chew. And speaking of loud gum chewing, I recently sat about 50 feet away from a kid in a meeting, and I could clearly hear him chomp away. Apparently he hadn’t yet mastered the difficult task of chewing with his mouth closed.

The family reunion is coming up, and it’s a great time to catch up with the folks I just don’t see too often. I prefer the reunions that aren’t too structured. As long as there are enough games and activities to keep the young kids active and happy, I’m content to sit in the shade and gab. I am now officially an old fart.

The lovely and talented wife is two states away taking some college classes. While I miss having her close, I’m glad that she can take these classes. After years of happily-married life, being a bachelor again during these weeks is not fun. Happily, the full five seasons of Babylon 5 on DVD arrived in the mail. I now have 110 episodes to watch to keep myself entertained.

I guess I should do the dishes one of these days.

Since people have crossed a lion with a tiger to create a liger (Napoleon Dynamite would be so proud), has anyone tried crossing humans with chimps or other primates? I’d guess our DNA would be similar enough to create a hybrid, but this would bring up a mess of ethical issues. Is it ethical to monkey with human DNA like that? (Pun most certainly intended.) If a human/chimp cross were successful, would the resulting hybrid be entitled to a measure of “human rights,” since it would be 50% human? Any further breeding of the hybrid with chimps would produce offspring that were 25%, 13%, 6%, and 3% human in subsequent generations. At what point is a living thing “not human enough?” Believe it or not, our society has already wrestled with this question as it pertains to race.

I’ll do the dishes after I watch this next Babylon 5 episode.

Since I’ve been thinking Sci-Fi for a bit now, which do you think would have a greater effect for good or ill on the human race — free and plentiful energy, or instant teleportation? Hmm…

Is there something wrong with pondering “what if” questions? If so, is it doubly wrong to ask “what if” questions about “what if” questions?

So the Watergate icon, “Deep Throat,” has finally been revealed to be the then-#2 man at the FBI, W. Mark Felt. The major media seems practically orgasmic about the critical role a whistleblower can play. Funny how the same media sang a very different tune when Linda Tripp was the whistleblower.

I have no problem with people jumping into their hot tubs. I have no problem with people jumping into their hot tubs between midnight and 4 am. But I do have a problem with people in their hot tubs when they are right next to my bedroom window, and they are very loud. I guess people either don’t know or don’t care that their voices carry much farther in the stillness of the night than they do during the day.

Are people fundamentally different in 2005 from the people of 1505 or 1005? Or are the basic goals of power, fame, and money the same driving forces for all humanity throughout the ages?

If you could see the past or the future with complete clarity, which would you prefer? I think I’d be more interested in viewing the past.

OK, I think I’d better do the dishes now.

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