Christmas Tree Fun


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Last year I had a lot of fun making a holiday video with my face in it by using JibJab. Hundreds of you responded with your own JibJab video. I’m hoping you’ll do the same again this year! Let’s see what everyone comes up with!

JibJab is so easy to use, and a lot of fun! A lot of people prefer to “Elf” themselves. You can upload as many as five pictures, and turn those into little elf people who then dance around all crazy. It’s hilarious to watch, and brings a smile to the faces of people you email the dance to!

Whether you create a JibJab of your own or not – I hope you have a happy, safe and healthy holiday season.

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Are You Addicted to the Internet?

There was an interesting post over on Lockergnome today, asking whether you are addicted to the Internet. There’s even a link to a quiz so that you can find out if you are!

I could sit here and crack jokes about how addicted I am to the Internet. In reality, though, it’s not a laughing matter. There is a tremendous difference between spending a lot of time doing what you love – and being utterly and helplessly addicted to it. Internet addiction is a reality, and it’s growing at an alarming rate. People who are addicted to the web are becoming obsessed with what they do there to the point that they ignore their “real” life, their responsibilities, and often their health. Marriages have broken up due to this. People have lost jobs due to this. Kids have been suspended from school because of this. It’s scary, and it’s real.

So, I ask you – are YOU addicted to the Internet? Have you taken the quiz, and read your results? When and where do you draw the line between having fun, and tumbling into an addiction? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.

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Prom Night


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Despite being asked by all the popular girls if I would go to the prom with them, I ultimately decided to take McDuff as my date. Actually, it’s all a lie – I didn’t go to the prom. I stayed home and finished up a LEGO set, instead.

How do you like that hot car I had back then? The license plates were pretty awesome, I know. I should have kept using those same ones all these years. What was I thinking getting rid of them!

My mom was worried during the shooting of this video about my getting dog hair all over my tux. She wasn’t too pleased later in the evening when I changed clothes and she found that the tux was covered in dog hair, after all.

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Too, To and Two


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For the last video in the Grammar Teacher series, I had to discuss the difference between the words too, to and two. Too often, people are either too lazy (or just don’t care) to use these words properly when writing. How hard is it? And by the way – these videos were done at the request of viewers. That must mean they have several people they want to send these to!

Too is an adverb which means in addition to. It can be used in a sentence to indicate more than one thing: I am going to the mall, too..

To is a preposition, used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from. I am going to the mall later today.

Two is a number! It comes after the number one, and before the number three! Some of you write as though you are still two years old.

It’s not rocket science.

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Top Ten Places to Visit in New York City

When I asked all of you to send in your list of places to visit in your area, several of you responded with lists for New York City. As I read through them, I noticed what I call the “old standbys”. We already know we should try to check out the Statue of Liberty and Times Square if we get to NYC. However, I also noticed that most of you listed a couple of “out of the way” places… things that most of us would have never thought to see and do. I compiled the following list of ideas from several different NYC submissions. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to visit some of these places if you ever find yourself in New York. As for me… I want to eat on Mars!!

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum – The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers visitors a fascinating look into the immigrant experience. Interactive exhibits, walking tours and movies reveal the hardships and challenges faced by immigrants passing through Ellis Island.
  • American Museum of Natural History – Since opening to the public in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has evolved and grown. In addition to the Rose Center planetarium and regular exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a revolving series of new exhibits, so there is always something new to see.
  • Madam Tussauds Wax Museum – The wax figures are all of famous actors, actresses, TV show hosts, and other celebrities. They actually look life like, so the art work done is quite impressive.
  • Mars 2112 Restaurant – This is a restaurant with a unique atmosphere. When you walk inside the door, you are still on the planet Earth. You are then told to get inside a simulation ride that brings you to Mars. While you are on Mars (the actual restaurant), you will have an experience unlike any other, including aliens that come and hang out at your table!
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art – This is one of top art museums of the world. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The Museum’s two-million-square-foot building has vast holdings that represent a series of collections, each of which ranks in its category among the finest in the world.
  • Grand Central Terminal – Grand Central Station is obviously very well known – but not well understood. It is the largest train terminal in the world (by number of tracks), and one of the most ornate as well. The main concourse with its ceiling painting of the cosmos is very amazing to look at. There are shops and restaurants located throughout the terminal, as well.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in honor of its founder, is known as much for its building design as it is for its content. Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece of modern architecture is home to the world-renowned Guggenheim collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • The Chrysler Building – This building is itself a sight to behold. At the time it was built, it was the largest building in the United States, and the architecture is beautiful. Inside, you’ll see much of the decor based off of automobile parts, which is unique and fun to take a look at.
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral – The Cathedral is the largest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has been recognized throughout its history as a pre-eminent center of Catholic life in this country. Over five and a half million visitors each year come to visit and pray. The Cathedral has come to represent for so many a place of peace and tranquility. It is an absolutely beautiful place.
  • NY Federal Reserve and Gold Vault – This is likely one of the coolest spots in New York City. You can take a one-hour tour through the building and its gold vault. Be prepared to show up a half an hour early to get yourself through security screening, though.

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted a list for New York City! If you wish to send me a list of top places to visit in your area, make sure you list things that aren’t considered to be “the usual”. You may just see your post here on my blog!