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Well, it’s complete.  Justin’s Eagle project is all ready to be trampled by an enthusiastic set of elementary school students.
As you’ll recall, the project was to create a map of the US on the grounds of local elementary school Famatre.  Justin planned the execution, budgeted it, got funding, prepared a plan and a report, presented it to the county scout officials, and then recruited scouts and Cub scouts to actually do the work.  Took three weekends and a couple of week day sessions. 
We ran into one real snag, mild vandalism.  Local kids apparently liked the slicker painted surface and decided to skid their bikes across the map.  We had to do some cleaning and repainting but everything looked great again.  The last thing we did was an impromptu sealing of the map with Thompson’s – took a couple of hours yesterday. 
Anyway, you’re not really interested in all these words, you want to see pictures, so here they are.  Justin really has a lot to be proud of, as do his mother and I.

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August 29, 2005 at 11:10 pm

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Justin is in Boy Scouts, and is actually approaching the ultimate achievement in scouting; The Eagle.  Part of getting to Eagle is a public service project that the boy has to plan, find funding for, write a project proposal report, stand before an approving board to get permission, and then supervise the execution – he’s not supposed to do the project on his totally on his own, a large part of it is about leadership as he’s expected to supervise and direct other scouts.
Justin’s project is painting a US Map on the playground of a local school.  That’s where we spent most of Saturday.  Of course the hardest thing as parents is to let the kid do it, not to interfere or change their plans or execution.  Man is that hard. 
Anyway, here are some snaps.  The boys put down a template and spray in dots that delineate the states.  Yes folks, it’s all about the vertices. Then they chalk in the lines to make sure things look right, then paint the lines in.  This is just step one.  Step two is filling in the states with color, and then step three is tidying everything up.  And it has to be complete before school starts on the 28th!
Great support from the rest of the scouts, everyone had a good time.  

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August 15, 2005 at 8:22 am

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Yeah, I’m a sucker for a good parody.  At first sight this book had me fearing it was an actual sequel, and then upon closer examination laughing at the cover.  By the time I’d read the inside flaps, I knew it was going home with me.  And like the original, it looks like it’s a two hour read at best. 
Front flap:
Heaven can wait.

In the meantime…why not go to Hell?

Every once in a while a little book comes along that sheds light on our desire for intimacy, our determination to grow spiritually, and our collective yearning to define the boundaries of the soul.

The Five People You Meet in Hell is not that little book.

A sensitive everyman, Edgy works a meaning-less job at a seaside tourist trap. When a freak accident sends him to "the other side," he encounters a series of strangers compelled to explain the meaning of life. Running the gamut from annoying and incoherent to irritating and hard to follow, these individuals all share a basic desire with virtually every other soul in the universe: to make quick money from a made-for-television movie.

The Five People You Meet in Hell is as illuminating as a short-circuited night light and contains all the insight of a chocolate-dipped fortune cookie (with none of the fat). If you’ve ever died, expect to die, know someone who has died, raise alpacas, collect Hummel figurines, breathe air, or enjoy line dancing, you must buy this book. You will never think about thirteen bucks the same way again.

If you experience erections lasting more than four hours, please consult your physician.


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Rich Pablum lives in Idaho, where he covers competitive yawning for the Edison County Courier.  He is researching his next book, Ventriloquism for Dummies.


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August 6, 2005 at 10:09 pm

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Hot Coffee

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Just a test.  You thought it was something more interesting? 

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August 2, 2005 at 10:54 am

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