Howdy. Steanso still has some difficulties in the work department, but he's battening down the hatches and weathering out the storm.
Steanso had a nice weekend with D.K. and Liz. We went down to Houston to see the Astros lose to the Rangers on Saturday (which made DK and Liz happy) at Minutemaid Field. The Houston baseball stadium is awfully nice, and Steanso probably drank one too many beers while alternately cursing and cheering for the Astros. When the game was over, we went back to Ma and Pa Steanso's house (where we stayed, although they were out of town), and we drank beer and barbecued and floated in the pool. I had a really good time, and I hope DK and Liz did, too. Also, thanks to Mom and Pop, who let us use their house to play in while they were away. I hope that their respective trips were fun as well.
Happy belated birthday to Jennifer "Killer" Kraber, who had her birthday on Saturday. Many happy returns, Jennifer, and I hope this upcoming year brings some really happy surprises for you. Happy birthday to Rosa, too, although her birthday was all the way back on last Thursday. Rosa was out of town on her birthday, so now I'm sending out belated b-day wishes for her as well.
OK, that's it for the thank yous and birthday wishes.
I really didn't read the paper or watch the news this weekend, either, b/c I was too busy drinking beer, eating barbecue, and watching baseball (which probably puts me at the same level of awareness that most Bush supporters are operating on), so I really don't have anything to rant about, either. I'm getting a little tired of the search for that girl in Aruba- not because I wish her ill, but just because I'm not sure why it's a national news story. I hope this doesn't come across as too sexist, but it's probably not a good idea for teenage girls to go out and get drunk and then wander off with strangers in any location. The national news has grabbed on to this story because Natalee Holloway was cute and white and an American in a foreign country. From what I understand, Aruba has a lower crime rate than most of the U.S., but now the press is making it seem like some kind of treacherous hive of crime. Funny how it doesn't make the press nearly as much when foreign nationals come to visit the U.S. and get mugged, robbed, raped, or killed.
My only point is, Americans tend to check their common sense along with their luggage when they go on vacation, and anyone who's gone to Cancun can tell you that Americans get more drunk and do more stupid things on vacation overseas than they would ever consider doing here. To be honest, I'm almost a little surprised that more crimes aren't committed against drunk, wealthy Americans at international party/vacation spots. They just make easy targets. If Americans would stick to using at least the same common sense that they use when they're in this country when they go out on the town, it would be a lot more difficult to take advantage of them. That said, I really wish they would find Natalee o.k. (I'm not out here saying that people who party deserve to get hurt, I'm just saying I wish they'd be more careful), but my hope for a happy ending is definitely fading, and I hate to see the entire nation of Aruba take a P.R. hit over an event that undoubtedly involved only a few individuals.