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Author: Gordon Created: 1/3/2007
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See, I told you.
By Gordon on 4/20/2005
We got a call this evening from Aaron's preschool teacher.  Seems Aaron wasn't very interested in having a snack today.  Instead of sitting at the table during snack time, he stood over near the Lego table.  He wasn't playing with the Lego's.  He was just standing there, quiet and still.  After a few minutes,  Ms. Tracy, one of the teacher's assistants, ask Aaron if he was going potty.  Aaron said no and continued to stand there.  A few minutes later, Ms. Tracy asked him again if he was going potty.  Aaron then pulled down his pants, pulled down his pull-up and said, "See I told you I wasn't going potty."
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Where did my baby go?
By Gordon on 4/17/2005

We were at dinner Saturday night and I looked across the table at Aaron and was shocked at what I saw.  There was a little boy sitting there.  Not a baby, not a toddler, but a little boy.  He may be only a 3-year-old boy, but a little boy all the same.  What happened to my baby?  Seems to me it was just last week when I was holding him in my arms, looking at him all wrapped up and swaddled in a blanket.  And it was just the other day when I was watching him begin to crawl across the floor.  But suddenly, he turned into a little boy, running through the house laughing and playing.  It's great having two little boys to play with but I kinda miss having a baby around.  I just hope that Aaron and Jacob stay little boys longer than they stayed babies.  I'm not ready to have two young men living in our house.

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It's Not About Me
By Gordon on 4/5/2005

I was talking to my brother Bob this evening and he made me realize that this site is called Pollokoff.com, not GordonPollokoff.com.  I suppose there should be mention of the rest of the Pollokoff's somewhere in this site. So, who are the rest of the Pollokoff's?

Mom and Dad are Royal and Phyllis.  They live in Baltimore and are enjoying their retirement.  Although for a couple of retired folk, they manage to keep themselves quite busy.  Dad still works (if you can call it that) as a Liquor Inspector for the City of Baltimore.  He puts in a full day (from 10 to 11 am I think).  They are getting ready to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this May.  To celebrate, they are taking the family on a cruise to Bermuda.  We will also be celebrating Mom's 29th birthday for the 47th time.

My brother Bob and his wife Amy live in Owings Mills with their daughters Heidi and Alexa, although Heidi spends most of her time at the University of Pennsylvania ...

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Hard At Work
By Gordon on 3/13/2005

We bought Jacob a desk this weekend.  Nothing fancy, just a little basic desk from IKEA.  He was very excited to have it put together, so he and I worked on it this afternoon while Bonnie and Aaron napped.  It was the standard IKEA project, so after deciphering the illustrated directions, we finally got it built.  Jacob helped, hammering a couple of nails all by himself, using the screwdriver on a couple of screws, and finally, using my drill on one last screw. 

Just as we finished, Aaron woke up and came in the room.  Jacob asked, "Aaron, do you like my new desk?" 

"I love it, Jacob.  I love your new desk."  The two of them can be quite adorable together.  Unfortunately, they can also be quite annoying together, both to us and to each other.  Jacob has learned the pleasures of teasing his little brother and Aaron has learned how to be an annoying little brother.  Sometimes, I just want to laugh when I see Aaron pestering Jacob, ...

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The Beer Ain't So Cold Today
By Gordon on 3/7/2005

Winter is not quite over and yet my thoughts have been on spring for a week or two already as I have already spotted the first bird of spring.  Of course, I refer to the Oriole and not the Robin.  Springtime and baseball evoke powerful memories for me.  Memories of great Oriole teams, pennant races in October, sneaking a radio into Yom Kippur services just to listen to post-season play. (Baseball in November still seems unnatural to me).  One of my favorite baseball related memories is Dad and me sitting in front of my house listening to Oriole games on Dad's transistor radio.  As the old jingle went "It's a father and son having fun together...".  And nothing made that memory more immediate than hearing the sound of Hall of Famer Chuck Thompson's voice.  Chuck Thompson calling Oriole games is as much a part of my early Oriole memories as Brooks diving to his right to snag a liner or Earl turning his cap around to go jaw to jaw with the umpire.  Chuck Thompson passed ...

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