Friday, December 25, 2009
"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests." Luke 2:9-12; 13-14
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Hopefully, there will be presents under this tree by Christmas morning.
The heavy lifting is just about over. The shopping is done. All that is left is the food preparation.
Christmas Eve is here. Every year it seems to come faster. Time to enjoy the "fruits" of all the hard labor in preparing for tonight.
Christmas Eve dinner in my family is the bigger and most sacred meal of the Christmas holiday.
A "meatless" supper is observed of fish, pierogi and other ethnic foods are prepared. My grandparents hosted this dinner for years and now my parents are the host ( I was "drafted" to help). God help you if you are late to dinner.
Whatever your holiday traditions are, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Feel free to warm yourself by the fire.
Monday, December 21, 2009
A good way to unwind is to watch one of the many Christmas movies that have been made over the last twenty to sixty years.
Here is a synopsis of some of the more favorite Christmas movies now showing on cable.
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
A man from a rural town who reluctantly takes over his father's failing business and contemplates suicide when times get tough. Believes he meets a guardian angel that shows him what life would be like if he was never born. Does he survive?
A young boy who wants a toy gun for Christmas. Also involves a frozen flag pole, a bunny suite, and and a must be "Italian" lamp.
Many versions of this film (My favorite is the George C. Scott version.) A bitter rich old man that hallucinates on Christmas Eve that he sees the ghost of his dead business partner and three spirits. What "spirits" was he drinking?"
Bing Crosby sings about dreaming of a white Christmas. Danny Kaye tap dances.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Below is a slide show of pictures ,of the aftermath, of the attack with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech to Congress, in the background, asking for a Declaration of War against Japan.
Friday, November 27, 2009
You would think most people would take advantage of this day off to catch up on their sleep, read a book, or just relax.
However, there are some people who are developing a battle plan on what stores to go to at 5AM to get the best bargains. Some of these people literally camp out all night just so they can be near the front of the line when the store opens.
"Black Friday" is once again upon us. This starts the period where stores are suppose to go from being in the "red" and go into the "black."
I am amazed on how many people are willing to go shopping so early in the morning under such crowded conditions. Some go just for the "rush" not caring if they buy anything or not. While others have a clear objective on what they want.
It seems every year the crowds get bigger and more rowdy. I remember last year watching a newscast where a women nearly got knocked over when everyone was rushing into the store. I think a store employee was crushed to death at another store.
The question I have for these shoppers is it worth it to risk serious injury or a fatality to get $100.00 dollars of a television, oven, or a washing machine.
Maybe I just can't relate because I do not like shopping, even in February or March when no one is in the stores.
To all those going out early to shop today. Please be safe and courteous to other shoppers. I will keep you all in my thoughts when I am sound to sleep at 5AM. Happy shopping.
For any first time Black Friday shoppers. Below is a clip of people shopping on this day.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I was waiting to see if the President was going to bow to the turkey like he did to the King of Saudi Arabia or the Emperor of Japan. I lost the bet.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I intend to go back to that format in future posts.
I would like to take this opportunity to write about an adopted member of my family. My dog "Brittany."
I rescued Brittany twelve years ago when she was only a few months old. I knew from the moment she came home with me that she was special. I watched her evolve, through hard work and training, from a mischievous puppy to one of the most loyal and obedient dogs I ever met or owned.
Brittany could walk for hours and loved to play. Almost everyone that met her always said she was one of the most beautiful dogs they ever saw.
Brittany slowed down a little these last few years due to her age, which was considered normal.
However,this past year she started to slow down considerably. I took her to the vet and after running some tests discovered that it was cancer.
The vet stated that there was not anything that really could be done and only gave her a few months. The best advice the vet could give was a to make her as comfortable as I could.
I watched Brittany physically deteriorate these past few months. I was amazed that her spirit was still so strong. The mind and spirit was there but the body was not able.
Two weeks ago the pain became to great and the time had come. I had to make the decision a pet owner never wants to make.
I hated making that decision but knew it was the correct decision. I believe Brittany knew it to.
It's hard to come home every night, knowing she is no longer there to greet me at the door. I still sometimes look for her in the morning when I wake up.
R.I.P. Brittany. You are missed & loved. Thank you for the past twelve years.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I viewed most of them, but the one that actually gave me a chuckle is about a man named Archie Arnold.
Mr. Arnold was said to have been a prankster with a terrific sense of humor. One day he accidentally drove over two parking meters. After paying to have the parking meters replaced, he asked if he could keep the parking meters he damaged.
He then fixed them up welding the coin slot so the parking meters would stay on "EXPIRED."
Mr. Arnold then instructed that after he died that the two meters would be placed on each side of his monument. He was aware his death would be sooner then later as he was suffering from liver disease.
Photo Courtesy of Find A Grave
I never met Mr. Arnold but imagine he would have been allot of fun to be around.
R.I.P. Archie. I am sure you are missed.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.
The female blond mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.
The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit.She gives the Blond mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'
The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly.
She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied .You did an excellent job and I'm very grateful. How much did you spend? To her astonishment, the blond mortician presents her with the blank check. There's no charge,' she says.
'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says. Honestly, ma'am,' the blond says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit.
I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.'
'So I just switched the heads.'
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Some will decide to stay home in what has been dubbed "staycation."
Others will be traveling to celebrate the last weeks of summer.
Most people, including myself, look forward to their final destination. Such as the beach, casino , Disney World, etc.
Most people though dread the road trip to get to your destination. The hundreds of driving miles, road construction, screaming kids, screaming spouse, getting lost. Then you have to make the same trip back when the vacation is over.
There is a certain group of people that truly love the road trip and the destination is secondary.
I discovered a man on YouTube named Freewayjim.
Every year he seems to drive several hundred miles across the Eastern USA traveling through several Metropolitan areas.
Below is a clip he filmed and produced by driving Interstate 76 East through Philadelphia (Schuykill Expressway).
This is the common route to go to the New Jersey shore from Pennsylvania.
Go to YouTube to see FreewayJim's other clips from over the years by clicking here.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Sarah Palin announced this past Friday that she will resign as governor of Alaska effective July 26th.
There is still speculation as for the main reason for Ms. Palin's resignation.I watched her press conference a few times and every time I watch it I have more questions then answers. I have not seen any updates that clarifies the reason for her resignation.
I agree with a fellow blogger I follow that Ms. Palin, if physically able, should serve out her full term as governor. The citizens of Alaska elected her to do a job and she should fulfill her obligation. It's only eighteen more months.
What do you believe is the real reason Sarah Palin resigned? Please take the survey to the right!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
The 4th of July, Independence Day, is on a Saturday this year. Most companies gave their employees today off.
Where I work, it used to be if a holiday fell on a weekend you can take the Friday before or the Monday after. The new CEO put a stop to that.
I think the government should pass a law stating that companies must give employees both Friday & Monday off if a holiday falls on a weekend.
I am going to e-mail my Congressman right now.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
© Robert Capa/Magnum Photos © 2009 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
Today is the 65th anniversary of the D Day invasion of Normandy, France.
Please remember those who served in this Historic Battle.
Below is a link from Encyclopedia Britannica detailing the history of the invasion.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
It looks like the weather forecast is calling for possible thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
I have been fascinated with thunderstorms for as long as I can remember. You can find me tracking these storms on radar and outside when it reaches my home.
I have an interest in all types of weather, however thunderstorms are my favorite. I think the reason is because they normally do not last to long and most thunderstorms only do minor damage.
Well back to watching the radar.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed tonight.
Daylight Savings Time is upon us once again for most of the United States.(Except for Arizona, Hawaii, and some parts of Indiana, why exactly is that?)
All week I have heard people say that we will lose an hour this weekend, or that we lose an hour of sleep.
No one is losing an hour this weekend. There are twenty four hours in one day, everyday, no exceptions. I do not recall any day of the year where there are only twenty three hours.
Secondly, no one is losing an hour hour of sleep. Either go to bed an hour early or sleep in an extra hour. Problem solved.
I believe Daylight Savings Time should be all year. Agree or Disagree?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Will this new stimulus jump start the economy? Who knows.
I heard President Obama wanted to sign the bill on Monday but did not have a pen.
Vice President Joe Biden was notified and flew in from Washington to resolve the issue.
Above: President Obama signs the stimulus bill into law while
Vice President Biden waits to get his pen back. Photo courtesy of MSNBC
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
1. More people would watch and enjoy the game and not have it in the back of their minds that they have work the next day. Super Bowl kickoff is around 6:30 PM and not over until after 11PM.
2. People will have an extra day to recover from their hangovers. Hangovers are not fun.
3. More people would be more productive on the Monday after. Some people can't get the day off.
4. Besides, NFL Playoff games are played on Saturday after the college season is over. Why not the Super Bowl!?
I am going to prepare and send a comment to the NFL. I encourage all those who agree with me to also contact the NFL. Please click on the blog title up above for the NFL website. Please keep your message civil and respectful.
Also, please take a moment to complete the poll on the left. All comments for this topic would be appreciated. Thanks!
Friday, February 6, 2009
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill delaying the "switch" from February 17th to June 12th. The Senate already pass the bill. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation.
The question I have is why is a delay needed? This transition has been in the works since 2005.
If people are not ready by now, there not going to be ready a few months from now.
I wouldn't be surprised if another delay was announced in June.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
( I had a week in the office pool.)
Vice President Joe Biden was unaware that he was to swear in the senior staff at a White House ceremony on Wednesday.
Joe Biden tried to make light of being unprepared by making a joke that his memory was not as good as John Roberts, The Chief Justice of the United States.
It sounded like those in attendance had a good laugh. With the exception of his boss.
The President of the United States.
President Obama was clearly not amused with his Vice President.
When I first saw this on the news, my first inclination was that Obama could not take a joke.
However, I thought more about it and realized that Obama was right not to dignify this "joke" with laughter.
I believe by not condoning Biden's remarks, Obama made a point that this type of behavior will not be tolerated from anyone in his administration.
I can respect Obama's reaction.
Anyone want to bet on when Joe Biden's next gaffe will be?
Below is a clip of the Vice President's gaffe from You Tube.
Saturday Night Live will probably have a field day with this:
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Well, The New Year has come and gone.
The celebration is over. You should be recovered from your hangover.
Back to work. Back to reality.
Something I still do not understand as why so many people go out to Times Square in
New York City to see a ball drop? Huh? I don't get it.
First of all, it's cold outside.
New Year's Eve night it was 10 degrees outside with a 30 mph wind.
Yet people stand out there for hours. People are lucky they did not get frost bite. Losing a finger or a toe is nothing to celebrate.
Secondly, who cleans up all that mess the day after?
More important who pays to clean up this mess? The taxpayers of NYC which most probably don't go down to Times Square.
Lastly, what exactly are we celebrating. There is no historic or major religious connotation with the New Year. It is simply a change of a month on the calendar.
Well, Happy New Year anyway. For anyone like me who went to bed before 10PM on New Years Eve,here is a clip of Times Square for your enjoyment from your warm living rooms.