Wednesday, August 26, 2009


On Monday (8/24/2009), the kids entered the stock market.

EJP bought 5 shares of PetSmart (PETM) at $20.18 each.  He likes to go see the animals.
SKGP bought 2 shares of Kohl's (KSS) at $52.33 each.  She likes to shop for clothes.

For future comparison purposes, the major indices closed on Monday at:
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average -- 9,509.28
  • Nasdaq -- 2,017.98
  • S&P 500 -- 1,025.57

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Scenes from life: The girl - "Isn't he Hillary Clinton's husband?". And the boy labeled his leftovers "Fish" so I wouldn't eat them.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Today, RCP made us all go outside.

Once we forgave her, the kids spent a little time with their bikes.  We took off the training wheels, because it is time for them to learn how to ride.  EJP made some progress, but gave up pretty quickly.  SKGP was a bit more focused, and pretty quickly she could roll when pushed.  After a few more ups and downs, a few tears and frustrated storm-offs, she could get herself going and keep going, and now she is excited to keep practicing.

Next up, she has to ride up and down the hill to the end of the cul-de-sac.  After she survives this, she'll be a real bike rider, and perhaps she can have a real bike.

Windows XP SP2+ Movie Maker 2.1 Crash - RESOLVED

Whenever I launch Windows Movie Maker 2.1 on my Windows XP SP3 system with Internet Explorer 7 or 8, it crashed.  The Windows error message indicates the problem is with qedit.dll. Search Engines find lots of reports of the problem, but few solutions.  I stumbled on a Microsoft fix for some other Movie Maker problem that seems to have resolved the problems for me.  Check out, and install that patch.

Good luck, future Googlers.  I hope this helps you.