Monday, March 9, 2015

The Monkeys

Once upon a time there was a cage full of monkeys. In the middle of the cage was a pole with some bananas on top. After a while a monkey got hungry and walked over to the pole. As soon as he touched the pole, all the monkeys were sprayed with ice water. Clearly, he did not climb the pole. Sometime later another monkey got hungry and walked over to the pole. As soon as he touched the pole, all the monkeys were sprayed with ice water. Clearly he did not climb the pole. Eventually all the monkeys repeated the experience. The bananas remained untouched.

One day, one of the original monkeys left and a new one appeared. And of course, he became hungry. As soon as he started toward the pole all the other monkeys attacked him! No ice water was needed or wanted. One at a time all the original monkeys left and were replaced by new monkeys. One at a time they walked toward the pole. And, one at a time they were attacked!

Finally the cage with the pole with the bananas on top was filled with monkeys, none of whom would go near the pole and none of whom knew WHY. It didn't matter why, they had just always done it that way.

Prepared. | For Life.™

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More Pinewood Derby stuff

YouTuber Frank Howarth gets voluntold to make some derby stands, then shows the right way to build a derby car - you let your boy (or girl) do it.


(If you want to skip the stand building, click ahead to 4:30.)


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Disparities

Last night, my wife asked our son what the YM would be doing this week. My son answered "Duty to God." My daughter, who just turned 12, asked, "is Duty to God like Personal Progress?" I answered, yes, just not as hard.

Prepared. | For Life.™

Friday, January 9, 2015

Arguing

Observed wisdom from riding the bus: Never argue with an idiot, because it's hard to tell who's who.

Prepared. | For Life.™