This one is for prosperity.
Listen up, Gedaliah: I’ve realized over the last two months that you’re suffering the fate of all babies-in-the-family. You’re ignored quite a bit. You see, your mother and I don’t mean anything by it, we’re just caught up in the demands of daily life: soothing boo-boos, making dinner, folding laundry, getting to work on time, etc. Your brother and sisters aren’t *more important* than you are, they’re just more difficult to ignore.
That’s why you spend so much time on your own.
I came downstairs earlier this week to find you, by yourself, on your [Gymini](http://store.babycenter.com/product/toys/by_type/arches_and_gyms/2205) in the living room. There was nobody else in the room and you were just lying there, playing happily. Of course, sometimes, you sit and scream for a while until we come and pick you up – again, not because we like hearing you scream, but because, despite your temporary discomfort, we know that you’re safe and sound, so we can take care of some other crisis before we come to comfort you.
Now, I know that, once you’re old enough to talk, you’re going to learn quickly to speak up for yourself. When you’re one of four kids, that’s a talent you are forced to learn, so I’m not worried… you’ll be an effective self-advocate in no time. 🙂
I saw [this post](http://www.wiphey.com/2006/05/15/another-car-accident/trackback/) from [Kristin](http://www.wiphey.com) today, which made me think of [my accident](http://blog.dimbert.net/2006/04/27/accident/). Hers wasn’t her fault, though, and mine was. So I guess I get what I deserve, right?
So, I bought a new car.
As I wrote back in my post about the accident, the insurance company made the entire episode pretty painless. They towed my Saturn to a collision repair shop and got me to Enterprise, where there was a rental car waiting for me. I got the car for up to two weeks (which turned into three when I explained that Pesach would prevent me from shopping for a new car) and, once they declared my car a total loss, they sent me a check for about $1,000 *more* than [Edmunds](www.edmunds.com) said it would cost to replace the Saturn. So, with the insurance check in hand, I set out to find a replacement car.
Let me tell you, buying a car is a pain in the rear… and that’s from a guy who actually *enjoys* doing it!
I just love the way he writes… plus, he and I see eye-to-eye on a *ton* of different things. On his website today, he wrote about the recent announcement that LucasFilm and Twentieth Century Fox are going to release DVDs of the original Star Wars trillogy (episodes IV, V and VI) in response to fan demand.
Gruber had this [to say](http://daringfireball.net/linked/2006/may#thu-04-original_trilogy):
>If they ever diddle with the Han-vs.-Greedo scene again, they ought to have Han shoot George Lucas.
[Kotke](http://www.kottke.org/06/04/movie-literate) has listed and annotated the “102 Movies You Should See Before You Consider Yourself to be Movie Literate.” He has seen 40 of the 102, or 39%. Want to see how I do? (Sure you do!)