Posts Tagged ‘google’

Kids say the darndest things…

Posted 08 Apr 2010 — by chad
Category Children, family, Personal

Tonight, my oldest son came down the stairs (after bedtime of course) and the following conversation took place:

(he’s 6 by the way)

Son: “Um…what would be the effects if someone were to swallow a quarter?  Or a token?”
Me: “Uh.  Did you swallow a quarter?”
Son: “No, I swallowed my Chuck E. Cheese Token”
Me: “…”
Son: “How do I get it out?”
Me: “It’ll come out eventually.  It will hurt too.”
Son: “Oh. ”
Me: “Why was it in your mouth?”
Son: “I don’t know.  I’m sorry!”
Me: “You’re not in trouble, I was just curious.”
Son: “Can we get it out?”
Me: “Nope.  You’ll have to do it on your own.”
Son: “OK.  I really liked that token.”

He heads on back up to bed and my wife and I shake our heads and laugh.  How?  Why?  What? Really?

My first thought was to call poison control (after all, it’s a foreign substance), but I turned to Google instead.   Kids seem to swallow all sorts of things.  Google helpfully suggested a quarter, dime, penny, nickel, coin, tooth, etc.  But I saw some that gave me pause.  Marble.  Lego. Battery?  Why would a kid have a battery in his mouth long enough for a parent to need to Google this?  I digress…

A bit of poking around Google results confirmed what I already knew.  As long as he passes it, all is fine.

About 20 minutes after the above conversation, he’s back downstairs again.  (Yes, this is a nightly ritual of playing the bed yo-yo game).  He holds up a coin and says “Wa-da!  I found it under my leg!”  Huh.  OK, good.  Go back to bed.

I don’t think it’s good that I worry this much about my 6 year old. At least he didn’t really swallow the token, he only thought he had.

Digital Identity Crisis

Posted 23 Mar 2010 — by chad
Category Personal, Social Media, Technology

Since my introduction to the Internet (Geocities anyone?), I’ve kept a healthy respect for the necessity of a hard line between real life and digital.  Frankly, in a world of Google, Facebook, and Twitter it’s probably fair to say that most people don’t have much privacy left.  Knowing that everything that goes onto the Internet will eventually leak out to the World Wide Web helps keep a sobering perspective on what exactly is posted.  Read More


Posted 09 Mar 2007 — by chad
Category Livejournal Import, Uncategorized


It’s been ages since I actually updated this thing. Today I just feel the urge to type. Rather than do my job (where’s the fun in that) I thought that instead I could type to the 6 people who read this thing (2 of whom I’m related/married to).

No that wasn’t a pity statement or an asylum request, that was just the fact that I love the anonymity that comes with the web so that I can put my most private thoughts out for all the world to read and know that only 6 people total will probably notice this.

Last Friday I finally got rid of the evil clunker cell phone and traded it in for something usable. Not that having the evil clunker phone wasn’t fun, but I was sick of it.

It’s funny, I decided I was going to sit down and update this, but now that I’m sitting here typing I can’t remember any of what I was going to say.

I feel as though I’ve been in a rut lately. It’s mostly my fault, and I feel this way every year when winter is about to burst into spring. I’m getting a bit stir-crazy, tired of being indoors, tired of being stuck in the cold and the hustle and bustle of traffic while cramped up in my truck. To top it off, the drive feels longer and longer every day. I shouldn’t complain about my 30 minute commute when I know of others who drive for an hour and a half or longer, but dangit, it’s boring!!

Surely something will entertain me on the long drive home. I really should look into Podcasts.

Writing Juice Update. The site is coming along slowly. A lot of waiting for approval before I commit a lot of time to getting things fixed or done. Really need a graphic artist to snazz up the site a bit. Maybe I can learn how to draw in my spare time ~snort~

I had a dream the other night that I was given a time machine and told I could do anything, go anywhere, see and change any time that I chose to. The only rule I was given was this: Once changed, I couldn’t unchange anything. I could only visit a time period/location combination once.

Sounds simple, I thought. My unconscious quickly tapped into all the things I should change, presenting them to me in my dream as though I was trying to choose what to eat from a menu. Quickly I zeroed in on a bonehead move I made in high school that (I thought) totally screwed up my life at the time.

So after going back and stopping the unfortunate incident that ended my brief but brilliant football career (just think, there could have been two Chad Johnson’s in pro football!), I returned to the here and now to see what the results were.

I didn’t know anyone I used to. I had money, I had fame, I was on a Pro team (I never did figure out which one) and life should have been good. Instead, I didn’t know anyone from before, and this made me sad.

The dream then sort of trailed off into the randomness that usually comes with my dreams, leaving me trying to figure out how to convince the monkey to get off the motorcycle so that I could go to the bathroom before the Power Rangers came to mow the lawn.

But if anyone wants to take the above and right a really great story, make sure you list me in the thank yous somewhere, k?

I installed Google Desktop again last week. Then uninstalled it three days later for pretty much the same reason I uninstalled it last time. I didn’t need it. I’ve never understood people’s insatiable need for RSS feeds and constant data input. I have a few sites that I go to, and if they aren’t updated, I find something else to do. Who has time to read even a small percentage of the internet that is created every day? Let alone reading the old stuff that has faded out of people’s thoughts and minds and no longer matter.

I watched The Departed last night. Wow, that was a lot of language. But it was a good movie. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say this: I didn’t expect the ending. Normally I’m good at catching endings before they happened, but in this case I was surprised.

It’s nice to be surprised every now and then.

–Baby Ziggie update–

This kid is growing like a weed. The other day I was sitting at the kitchen table eating dinner with him (I forget where Mommy was). He and I were talking and I realized two things. 1) His conversation has finally moved past the one word sentences (car, car, truck, tv, cow, dog) and is carrying on complex conversations. He has his own wants, needs, desires, etc. and 2) he’s a real person. I know this sounds really dumb to everyone who hasn’t been a parent, but it dawned on me, I think for the first time, that he is his own separate person.

What can I say, I love him.

Long enough? I think so.

Thanks Teri!!

Posted 06 Oct 2005 — by chad
Category Livejournal Import, Uncategorized

Here’s what you do:

Go to and type “(your name) needs”.
Then pick the 5 best ones and post them here.
FOR EXAMPLE if your name is James, you would put this in to the search engine: “James needs” (with the quotes included!)


1. Chad needs a single or two parent home that would encourage him to live.
2. Chad needs a totally kickass high-fivin’ theme to match.
3. Chad needs to extend its communications infrastructure quickly to participate in today’s global economy.
4. Chad needs to pave many roads to open up commercial routes and facilitate access to schools and clinics.
5. Chad needs to let loose, and date a fun girl like Mischa.
Honorable mention: Chad needs a blog.

What makes this fun is that there is a country and a football player with my name. :D