Zack was cleaning off the Accord today, and there was some ice on the back window, so he decided to take the ice scraper and bang on it to crack the ice. Well, he cracked more than the ice– he shattered the window and put a big hole in it.


I suspect the glass was more brittle than usual– it’s been about 15 degrees for almost two days. But still, hopefully he learned a lesson about banging on icy glass.

Here’s a cool shot of what shattered safety glass looks like up close:



I hate the state of our health insurance system with the fiery passion of a thousand suns.

I just received notice from our insurance provider that the state of Colorado is shutting them down, effective at the end of the year, so we have to shop around for a new provider. Of course we loathe the American health care system in general, and my libertarian mindset has a real problem with the fact that every citizen is forced to purchase health insurance.

So with a heavy sigh, I went to the “marketplace” and did some preliminary shopping, where I found that the absolute cheapest plan available is going to raise our health insurance costs by 39%. Thirty. Nine. Percent. How is this “affordable health care”? Disregard the fact that we never use our insurance policies; in almost twenty years of being a family, we haven’t once asked our insurance providers for money… we’ve paid untold sums of money in premiums (well over $100,000) and never received a dime in services. But to see our rates climb year after year (25% in 2013 and 45% in 2012) is staggeringly frustrating.