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As we were already on Highway 52 approaching I-15 yesterday afternoon, Skylar, while talking on the mobile phone, informed her mother that she had become bored, "but only since we started seeing lots of cars and houses." That means that she made it all the way from Tucson to El Cajon without feeling the journey to be a chore. But you know what? She didn't watch a single DVD. She didn't even listen to her iPod. For part of the trip, I listened to my iPod Shuffle on headphones while she played with her Groovy Girls. As we were beginning the drive up into the mountains west of El Centro, I plugged it into the car stereo, so that she could listen to the Tartit album with me, because I figured she'd like it. She did. Then we listened to the new Trans Am, which she also seemed to enjoy. Other than that, though, the remaining 2/3 of the trip was whiled away in conversation on all manner of topics. We had a long discussion of the controversies surrounding same-sex unions. We spent an hour on volcanos as we drove through the region on I-8 that is littered with rock shot out by prehistoric eruptions. We practiced division, at her request. And we covered a variety of other topics in between. At dinner last night -- at the Chevy's in Solana Beach -- I was trying to get her to eat something other than salmon. "I wish you'd be more open-minded about food," I finally blurted out in exasperation. "I may not be open-minded about food, dad," she replied, "but I'm open-minded about lots of other things, like what we were discussing earlier. I'm open-minded about gay marriage." Needless to say, that was the last time I attempted to feed her orange rice, sweet corn tamales, or soft pintos.

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From: hipsandquips Date: February 10th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank God for two intelligent people procreating.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 11th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It was a good genetic match, I have to admit!
masoo From: masoo Date: February 10th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Off topic but I really want to know this, and hope someone has the info I need. Is it legal to drive with headphones/earplugs in place? I always thought that wasn't allowed. I'd really like to be wrong, since my car has no stereo (got tired of replacing it every time it got stolen).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 11th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's at least illegal to do anything that would impair your driving. But it's so easy to pull the headphones down in a freeway situation that getting caught would be unlikely. Unless you blatantly didn't hear sirens or a horn. I can hear those fine, though, so it's not an issue. Still, I always remove them when I'm near any vehicle of an official sort, lest they get the wrong idea about my fitness for motoring.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: February 11th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love your child.

By the time it's legal, she should be old enough to officiate at my weddin gto Kevin.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 11th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Let's hope the chance comes sooner, though. . .
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: February 11th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So, if she knows understands the controversies surrounding same sex unions, then she understands the sexual process I assume? Please advise how that talk went since I am wondering when to approach it with Jet in Full Detail and since Skylar is only a year older, any advice appreciated.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 11th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, she understands the mechanics of reproduction in a technical sense. And she understands what "lust" is and how it might be distinguished from "love." But there's an in-between space of which she has not been apprised. In our conversation, we talked of "attraction" and "lust," but didn't go into any details. For her, I think, "lust" connotes Harry Potter-style romance. Once she gets to the extended make-out sessions in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I imagine that more questions will come up.
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: February 12th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
all i can do is smile.

so, here :-D.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 12th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a big smile, the best kind.
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