### bye-bye baba: play-by-play

part 2- the farewell:
following tuesday'snap, the whole family joined owen in celebrating
as he threw his baba in the rubbish (that's what we hawaiians call
trash). we waved to it and owen said "bye-bye blue baba, yellow
truck (ours are yellow) come take baba away now". we rushed inside
and opened a big-boy toy and sang songs about the accomplishment.

part 3- first bedtime without:
owen was beside himself, so upset at the prospect of going to sleep
without his longtime comfort. after 45 minutes of crying, i brought
him to the rocker and rocked him to sleep just as i did when he was
only a few days old. 3:30 am rolled around and a huge thunderstorm
began. thunder, lightning, and crazy winds had us all awake
for the next two hours. fortunately, once owen fell back asleep -
he slept until nearly 9 am!

part 4 - naptime, wednesday:
after a fun-filled morning with friends, owen was truly tired but struggled
again to settle in. after reading and attempting to get him to lay down for
about 20 minutes, i kissed him goodnight and told him it was okay to play
with his toys quietly, but mommy had work to do. sure enough, after
about 30 minutes of solitary play, he put himself to bed! woohoo!

part 5 - bedtime, wednesday:
2 requests for baba and >3 minutes of crying and he was fast asleep.

right now it feels too good to be true. don't get me wrong, last night
was torture, but if he's really figured this out so quickly, i don't
know why we waited so long!

Anonymous said…
yay Owen! Such a big boy.
mama mia said…
I know it is as hard on you two parents as it is for Owen. Changes seem so challenging when you are wrapped up in the moment, and then once passed/accomplished seem like such small things. Aaah, parenthood. Kudos on the bravery of both the big boy and mommy and daddy, too. Love you guys.
If this play-by-play stuff going to continue with major changes, expect this entry in about 12 years:
Jim - And it's 2nd down and puberty to go for Owen Johnson. He's been sidelined at practice this week with a bad case of acne.

Steve - That's right Jim. Johnson hasn't looked this bad since his rookie season. It's almost like he's overthinking everything out there and not letting the game come to him.

Jim - You said it Steve. That overthinking problem becomes a real issue when you've got three or four hairs growing on your upper lip and you can't keep your hand out of your own jock-strap for five minutes. Owe!!! Looks like he just started journaling... Well, that about wraps up our broadcast. Tune in next week to see Owen Johnson square off against Not-thinking-he's-good-enough-to-ask-that-hot-girl-with-the-skateboard-out. Should be a real struggle.

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe…

### Finding Blissful Clarity by Tuning Out

It's been a minute since I've posted here. My last post was back in April, so it has actually been something like 193,000 minutes, but I like how the kids say "it's been a minute," so I'll stick with that.
As I've said before, I use this space to work out the truths in my life. Writing is a valuable way of taking the non-linear jumble of thoughts in my head and linearizing them by putting them down on the page. In short, writing helps me figure things out. However, logical thinking is not the only way of knowing the world. Another way is to recognize, listen to, and trust one's emotions. Yes, emotions are important for figuring things out.
Back in April, when I last posted here, my emotions were largely characterized by fear, sadness, anger, frustration, confusion and despair. I say largely, because this is what I was feeling on large scales; the world outside of my immediate influence. On smaller scales, where my wife, children and friends reside, I…

### The Force is strong with this one...

Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…