Christmas Eve

The moon is going to be full or dang near full. The presents are under the tree and I’m doing nothing but watching Christmas movies.

I’m starting with The Bishop’s Wife, the one with Cary Grant.  I’m likely to watch Donovan’s reef and A Christmas Story. before the day is done.

Do you see a theme? Comedies and laughter.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas Eve as well.

Black Friday

no, No, NO!

This is not for me. I have no desire to deal with crowds anymore stomping on my feet as we all trudge to the next so-called bargain.

Crowds are one of those things I just can’t take as I’ve gotten older. Disneyland is a nightmare for me. Enclosed malls during mall wide sales or Black Friday are horrific.

So what little christmas shopping I do, I prefer to do on a weekday with a friend of mine and we’ll turn it into a lunch, drinks, and a completely enjoyable shopping experience because we’re at the shopping center for lunch, not the actual shopping.

I’ve seen images of the crowds wrapping around electronic and toy stores. I can’t help but notice how very desperate the people in line look. Last night the news was showing people waiting to get a 49” TV for $149. All I could think was, “Really?” Do they have any idea about the quality of the image or is it just about the size?

I’ve got a 55” I bought in 2009 and I shopped TVs for a long time before deciding on this one. I can’t imagine just seeing a “deal” and running out to stand in line hoping that I’d be one of the lucky people to grab the TV before they sold out.

Back in ancient times… a.k.a. the ‘80s I remember looking forward to shopping with a group of friends on what has become known as Black Friday. We’d go out, and enjoy wandering the malls together. Back then, it wasn’t as crazy as it is now. The parking wasn’t a demolition derby and walking through a lot wasn’t taking your life in your hands, people were still generally polite and obeyed the rules of the road. I guess those days gone forever.

Ahh, nostalgia.

I did take advantage of one Black Friday deal, I purchased a little bit of software at 1/2 off. I’d been hemming and hawing at it’s normal price but then seeing the price this morning I figured aww what the hell.

I guess that means I’m not completely untainted but at least I wasn’t standing in line with a crowd.

Enjoy your shopping.

You can all thank me for being one less person on the road.

Cash donations gratefully accepted!

Happy Gobble Day!

Turkey

Taking a break in the Thanksgiving preparation.

For many years I’ve headed to friends for the turkey, pie, lots of laughs and great company. This year the cold from hell is kicking my butt and the butt of my other half. 

We decided that it was probably best that we stay home this year.

The reasons were simple. We’re both a bit cranky, we didn’t want to contaminate anyone else, and if we stay home we can stay comfy in our sweats, and drink as much as we want to dull the coughing and pain.

Since I’m the more functional of the two of us, the cooking has fallen to me.

I have a nice album playing quietly in the background, Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi. I think there’s some Mozart a bit later and after that I have no clue. one nice thing about iTunes is the ability to tell it to pick random music within a genre.

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There’s a nice turkey breast in the oven, with sweet potatoes, and I’ll be setting the table for myself and the other half with some rolls, green beans, a nice salad some wine, and yes… there will be pie.

We’ll probably sit on the couch for dinner watching a movie with our feet up, snuggled up in our favorite blankets.

It’s overcast here. There’ve even been a few errant snow flakes but nothing serious and the snow is melting as soon as it hits the ground.

Our Thanksgiving may not be a fancy one, but this year this is what works for us.

I hope you all are having exactly the day that you want.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Happy Veterans Day!

Veterans

Originally the holiday was called Armistice Day and marked the end of World War I.

The armistice with Germany went into effect at the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of 1918. One year later Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day.

In 1947 the meaning of the Armistice Day celebrations was expanded to include all Veterans. Then in 1954, Armistice Day was renamed to Veterans Day 

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Since the day is meant as a day to celebrate everybody who served in the US Armed Forces, give a Vet a hug, buy a Vet a cup of coffee, or lunch, or whatever seems appropriate to make their day.

For those of you married to, sleeping with, dating a Veteran, start their day off with sex, that’s always a great start to a celebration.

To all the Veterans in my life…

Happy Veterans Day, I love you all.

New Years Eve 2014

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Here it is, the end of the year.

It’s strange, It hasn’t felt like too much like the holiday season and sure doesn’t feel like the end already.

I guess that’s just a tribute to the weirdness of the world in general. Ya gotta admit that this year has been a roller-coaster and not a particularly fun one.  For me spending part of Feb and all of March in Florida was nice despite the reason I was there.

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Aside from some of the “odd” driving there, I actually like Florida better than California. That wasn’t always true but now I think Florida is a hands down winner. (Yeah… make of that euphemism what you will.)

I like Kentucky, Tennessee, and most of the Southeast quite a lot. I enjoyed speaking English, and for a change, not having to engage the “Citispeak” filters to understand what was being said to me. I appreciated the accent-less newscasters of the South.

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One of the funniest contrasts for me personally is that FL was settled by the Spanish, has a large Cuban population, and yet not ONE of the newscasters down there broke into Spanish pronunciation when they said “De La Cruz, or Ortiz, or Espinosa.” Even if it was their own name. I found myself wondering what that was about. From a California perspective the utter lack of PC was, well refreshing and for the first time in YEARS I was actually relaxed and at ease.

Interesting when you realize just how much energy constantly second guessing yourself to make sure you don’t offend accidentally takes out of your day. I felt better in Florida emotionally, physically, and spiritually than I have in decades.

I think that is something that bears further investigation in the New Year.


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We’ve had lots of crazy stuff this year.

The Middle East drawdown has been reversed (“There will be no boots on the ground. Well I meant to say except the advisors, but they won’t be in combat roles. Well, they will be in combat roles when necessary.”)

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Obamacare has proven to be a major pain in the ass, and promises to continue to be a hemorrhoid for the foreseeable future. Oh by the way, hemorrhoids are not covered that will be 12,000 dollars please.

  • NewImageClimate Change a fact
  • Climate change not so much a fact
  • Benghazi
  • Obama Vacationing
  • The NSA
  • The IRS
  • Obama Playing Golf
  • Lois Learner emails lost, then found.
  • The CIA
  • Malasia Flight
  • Passenger plane shot down over Ukraine
  • Putin annexing territory
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  • Putin Ignoring Obama
  • Holders’ resignation
  • Obama Playing Golf
  • ISIS ISIL or whatever the hell they’re calling themselves at this moment
  • Palestine attacks Israel
  • Obama Vacationing
  • The lie swallowed by the UN that Israelis are mean and killing innocent Palestinians
  • A torture report that we largely didn’t give a shit about. Wire the towel heads up and kick up the voltage!
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  • Kids flooding the border from Mexico
  • Scandals
  • Ebola
  • More lies
  • A serious butt whooping for the Democrats
  • The betrayal of the American people by the Republicans
  • GamerGate
  • NewImageObama Playing Golf
  • Campus Rape
  • The Fictitious war on women in the western world. Ignoring the factual war on women in the Middle East and Africa.
  • The Hidden war on men
  • Amnesty
  • Obama playing golf
  • Ferguson
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  • Al Sharpton inciting riots then backing away from the chaos HE CAUSED
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  • Can’t Breathe
  • FBI Confirmed North Korea hacked Sony
  • FBI confirmation called into question by REAL computer security analysts
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  • Obama on Vacation, Playing Golf
  • Open season declared ON the police
  • De Blasio tossing the cops under the bus
  • De Blasio ignored by the cops…

All the while the drone of the talking heads on CNN, MSNBC, and other main stream media telling us that everything is getting better in stark counterpoint to what they said before the last commercial break.

And that’s just what I remember…

Really?

This is what we have to show for the year, nothing resolved, our country more divided than I can ever recall, and nothing that begins to look like leadership from our leaders.

Honestly, I’m pretty disgusted. I’ll be glad to put 2014 six feet under.


I look forward to a new year, hopefully a much better year.

I have few resolutions.

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Get back into shape

Keep the “News” to a minimum, and with it dial down the noise in my world. The down side is that my blog posts may become far less frequent.

Decide if its time to jettison Twitter from my life. When something is more of a downer than uplifting, maybe its time. That’s the place I got to with FaceBook. Since getting Facebook out of my life, I haven’t missed it one bit.

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Simplify my existence

Find a decent job

Write my second and third books

In the Immediate future however…

This evening, I’m going to get myself a stiff drink, watch the boob tube, and comfort the dogs when idiots start honking horns, shooting guns, and setting off illegal fireworks.


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What about you?

What do you have planned for 2015?

As always, Be safe.

Don’t drive if you’ve had one too many.

I look forward to blathering at you in the new year.