Growing up, whenever someone asked where the name Itzoe came from, the general response was "It's French. It used to be spelled Itzoet and pronounced Ee-sway" but the reality is no one really knew. Back in the Nineties my brother started doing geneological research. He was able to trace family back to Europe, but not to specific locations. However, a couple years ago, we found the town of Itzehoe, Germany. Having heard stories of non-English-speaking turn-of-the-century immigrants from Europe being assigned new names based on either their native land or whatever word the immigration official picked out from their native tongue, Itzehoe seems the best (and at this point only) candidate thus far. Summary: we're probably German. To boot, much of my wife's family is also German.
Posted November 22, 2009 at 10:11 PM by Michael Read More
There's really no delicate way to put any of this, but it's a major medical development in my life, so I felt it bears exploiting explaining. Yes, I've had chronic diarrhea for quite some time, and I finally got around to doing something about it.
Posted October 3, 2009 at 9:10 PM by Michael Read More
What with the Labor Day weekend and all, we had the oh-so-original notion to take the kids on one last road trip to herald the end of summer. Wanting to travel relatively close to home, Cancun, Hawaii and Disney World were all out. Fortunately, we live within a couple-hour drive of some of the most exciting world-class tourist destinations in the, um, world.
Posted September 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM by Michael Read More
News today (actually, kinda old news) is that the Democrats want to revive the Fairness Doctrine, an old FCC regulation that stipulates broadcast companies must offer opposing views on political material. In particular, liberals are gunning for talk radio, which is dominated by conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. This is a bad idea all around.
Posted February 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM by Michael Read More
Whew, that was a nice vacation. What month is it, anyway? I guess I shouldn't be surprised with myself for not posting in a while, but I still feel something resembling either shame or regret. I always mean to do it, then don't.
Posted January 5, 2009 at 11:01 PM by Michael Read More
Whoops, looks like I've fallen asleep at the wheel yet again. Must've been all that turkey (claims to the contrary notwithstanding). On the whole Thanksgiving went well, despite the minor gravy disaster, but a few turkey sandwiches later and I find I really didn't care. Actually, the turkey was gone by Monday, and who needed gravy anyway?
Posted December 8, 2008 at 11:12 AM by Michael Read More
It's with perhaps a bit of irony that my Internet reading today went from Starfleet vessels to the possibility of finding life on Mars. One makes the argument for space exploration and colonization, and the other, for some, against.
Posted May 13, 2008 at 3:05 PM by Michael Read More
When I was a kid, my dad was pretty big on the yard when it came to my grandfather. Not a holiday went by that my grandfather didn't drive through the grass and my dad didn't fume and fuss. The irony is that my grandfather was no different with his yard, and not a visit there went by where the grandchildren (and son-in-laws) weren't put to work doing anything from picking up sticks to mowing, trimming and raking.
Posted May 11, 2008 at 3:05 PM by Michael Read More