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Friday, December 31, 2010

One Minute To Go..


It's New Year's Eve with one minute to go.
The Ball in Times Square is starting to drop.
The year 2010 is coming to a close. 2011 will be here shortly.
Other parts of the world welcomed 2011 hours ago.
I am hoping for a more positive change for this new year. 2010 was a particularly rough year both professionally and personally. I hope I am able to keep all off my New Year's resolution.
Well, the year 2010 is about to end. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas

Luke 2:1-20
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 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 favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

It's almost here. The preparation is almost over. The shopping should be done.

Christmas Eve seems to come faster each year I get older. This was a very hectic year for myself and for most of you. Busy work schedules, the economy, and high unemployment have been on the minds of many. I hope you can take time to relax and forget your problems through the Christmas Season.

My family tries to keep some of the same Christmas Eve traditions that my grandparents and great-parents (and their grand parents) kept many years ago.

Christmas Eve celebrations starts with a meatless dinner starting no earlier then 6PM. The main menu items are fish and pierogi and delicious desserts such as nutroll and poppyseed.

However, some of the traditions have disappeared over the years. Christmas gifts are now exchanged on Christmas Day and going to Midnight Mass is not the "norm." anymore.

Whatever your Holiday traditions are, I want to wish you all A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Feel free to pretend to warm yourself by the fire. Please do not disturb the dog and cat.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Already Sick of Christmas Music

Suppose to be "The Beatles"

Thanksgiving just ended and with that comes the ever earlier Christmas Season. Shopping, wrapping gifts and Christmas music. Lots and lots of Christmas music.

It's not even December yet and some FM stations have gone to an all Christmas music format. What is the rush? Why so early with the Christmas music?

It's only November and I am already sick of Christmas music.

At this point, I do not care...

... what kind of Christmas Bing Crosby is dreaming about.

... if your bells jingle. (that's bells).

... if the little drummer boy breaks one of his drum sticks.

... if your halls have holly on them.

... if you want to wish me a Merry Christmas in English or Spanish.

Don't get me started on that Christmas song by "Wham."

Why can't department stores and radio stations hold off on playing Christmas music until at least December. Better yet, wait about two weeks until Christmas. Then maybe I won't be so sick of it.

Maybe next year. I won't hold my breath, just have to plug my ears.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday: 1AM Wake Up Call

For all you die hard shoppers. This is your 1AM wake up call.

Black Friday is here once again. Most stores are opening at 3AM, 4AM or 5AM and offering deals in order to get you into their stores.

I for one do not understand why someone would go shopping in the middle of the night?

Most people have the day after Thanksgiving off. Why would you want to get up early when you do not have to? Most people have to get up early everyday for work. Weekdays off of work are rare and should not be wasted by shopping at an obscene hour.

I know what you die hard shoppers are going to say.

Neil, what are you doing up at 1AM offering us a wake up call if you think Black Friday shopping is a waste of time?

Good question. The answer is simple. I am not up on this Black Friday morning at 1AM. I am sound asleep. I set this post to be published at this time. I do not plan to be on my feet until hours after the sun comes up.

Well for those who will be going out to shop in the overnight hours:

1. Be safe

2. Be courteous

3. Do not wake up any sane members of your family who prefer sleep then shopping.

Also, below is a clip of Black Friday shopping. Crazy.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

The evening after...

My servant "Jeeves" hastily washing the dishes


It's the evening after Thanksgiving.

The dinner has been eaten and the beverages have been consumed.

All of my guests have left. Overall, it was a great Thanksgiving.

Now it time to watch another football game. My servant "jeeves" is washing the dishes.

Happy Thanksgiving


Whether you are staying home, traveling across town, across the state, or across the country to be with family and friends.

Please remember to give "Thanks" this Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles


I was looking through TV guide looking for any good movies on this Thanksgiving week.

To my dismay, I noticed the Christmas movie season has already started. The movie "Elf" was twice on Sunday. I won't even mention the "made for TV movies" on Lifetime and Hallmark."

Are there no Thanksgiving movies that people want to watch?

There is one movie: "Planes, Train's & Automoblies"

The movie is about ad advertising executive and a shower curtain ring salesman try to get back to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving and have many misadventures. A Classic with the great Steve Martin and the late great John Candy.

Take a guess on how many times this movie will be on Thanksgiving weekend? None!

The movie "Groundhog Day" is on many times in early February. "Christmas Story" has a 24 hour marathon on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and yet no television station could bother to air "Planes, Train's & Automobiles even once this Thanksgiving.

I will have to compose an e-mail to my cable company and Steve Martin. Hopefully, this oversight will be corrected for next year. Guess I will just have to settle for clips from Youtube.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Most Annoying Commercial

I believe this is the most annoying commercial that has ever aired on television.

Agree or Disagree?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day


Please take time out of your busy schedule today (and everyday) to remember those individuals who serve and have served honorably in the military.

Thank you.

Military.com has an excellent article about the history of Veterans Day in the United States. Click here to read.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Management Convention


The "key" executives, at my place of employment, recently posed for this picture at one of their many useless Management conventions.

My place of employment is not technically a circus, but is run like one.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day

"If, I'm elected, the first thing...."

"Can I count on your vote?"

"Vote for me because I'm better then my opponent."

"Can I put a sign on your lawn?"


This Election season is almost over. In less then ten minutes, the polls will open and hopefully many people will cast their votes for the best candidate. (or the lesser of two evils.)

I am sure the politicians will be out in full force at the polling places trying to persuade that still undecided voter.

I will not miss the constant phone messages left on my answering machine, nor the countless commercials.

It seems every year these election campaigns are more cut throat, dirty, and slanderous.

Well, I encourage you all who registered to get out there and vote. If you don't like either candidate you can always write in another name.

Like my name: Neil Bytes. Maybe for Governor.

If I'm elected, my first order of business will be to reduce the work week from five days to two days!!

I'm Neil Bytes and I approve this message.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween

Guess which ghost is me??

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween. I will be out in the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

It's really cold out there.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11

Today is the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Never Forget.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day

I woke up early, on my day off of work, to wish you all a:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Back to School

It's the end of August, which means if your a college student:

It's the First Day of School.

Classes start today for most Colleges and Universities.

I saw many college students dressed in shorts and T-shirts rushing to class this afternoon. It seems like the dress code for college students seems to get more relaxed every five or ten years.

I remember when I was in college in the 1990's. I don't remember anyone wearing shorts, even during the summer session.

Below is a clip from the movie "Back to School" starring Rodney Dangerfield. Note that back in the 1980's, college students wore sport jackets to class, some wore ties.

How times have changed.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sort of Guilty


The jury in the Rod Blagojevich trial finally came back with a verdict today of (drum roll please) guilty one one count of lying. The other twenty three counts the verdict was ..... nothing... a hung jury.

The jury could not decide guilty or not guilty on the the other twenty three counts Blagojevich was on trial for The judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial.

I did not follow the day to day proceedings of the trial. I thought the taped conversations that sounded liked Blagojevich were damning, however I was not in the courtroom.

The jury apparently had a tough time with the evidence presented and could not reach a verdict after two weeks.

The government says it will seek another trial. Hope they do a better job this time around.

I assume Blagojevich will appeal his one count conviction.

The wheel of justice spins round and round.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tribute to a Great Explorer

Photo of Barry and his dog Linsday: courtsey of his blog : Anexplorer's View of Life
I was saddened to learn about the death of a fellow blogger and tweeter Barry Fraser earlier this week.

Barry was the owner and author of the blog : Anexplorer's View of Life.

I first came to "know" Barry in January 2009 when his blog became a "Blog of Note."
I looked forward to reading his daily blog entries, especially about his dog Lindsay.

Barry was a talented writer. His blog had hundreds of followers. It was not uncommon for one of his blog entries t0 have fifty to one hundred comments.

Barry was diagnosed with cancer in early 2009. His subsequent blog entries demonstrated his courage and optimism in treating the cancer.

I never met Barry in person nor ever heard his voice. I did have the opportunity to communicate with him through Twitter. I concluded that Barry was a kind and loving man who was loved and respected by his family, friends. and hundreds of his followers.

I encourage you all to go to his blog and read his many entries to honor his memory. Click here.

Rest in Peace Barry. I know you are truly missed.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of July Fireworks

Enjoy some Independence Day Fireworks without leaving your computer!

Happy 4th of July!


Two hundred, thirty four years ago today. America declared it's Independence from Great Britain by ratifying the Declaration of Independence. (Click here to read the entire text.)

Wishing you Safe and Happy Independence Day this 4th of July!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

It could be worse.

I have heard many complaints this week that it has been to hot and humid. Temperatures where I live have been in the mid to upper 80's all week.

Well, it could be worse. Snow was falling six months ago and will probably be falling six months from now. Let's enjoy this 80 plus degree temperatures while we can.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Please remember today (and everyday) those service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


Please click here to visit the History channel website for the history of Memorial Day celebrated in the United States.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Pac Man

I forgot to buy a birthday card.

Pac Man turned thirty today. Where does the time go?

Pac Man was already a few years old by the time I learned how to play video games.

You were still somewhat popular then but you were fading fast.

The powers that be introduced your wife Ms. Pac Man who many at the arcade "played" with for awhile until they became tired of her as well.

Then there was the Pac Man cartoon show that did not last to long.

I don't remember hearing to much about Pac Man after that.

Like anything else, fads come and fads go.
I wonder if Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man are still married?

Happy Birthday Pac Man.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bad Bosses

Bill Lumbergh From the movie "Office Space"

This is a post I wanted to do for a long time.
Bad Bosses!
I am Neil Bytes and I have a Bad Boss.

What makes a bad boss?

1.) A boss who is quick to blame and reluctant to give praise.

2.) A boss who states every day that you can be replaced.

3.) A boss who expects you to do the work of two or three people.

4.) A boss who gossips about you behind your back.

5.) A boss who says you do good work verbally but "trashes" you in your yearly review.

6.) A boss who asks you to do illegal or unethical deeds.

7.) A boss who screams at you in front of other people in the office.

So, what else makes a bad boss? Feel free to comment.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

VE Day

Today commemorates Victory in Europe Day. (VE Day)
This is the day when Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Forces effectively ending World War II in Europe.

For nearly six years, nearly all of Europe was in engaged in intense fighting, costing millions of soldiers and civilians their lives. Air raids, machine gun fire, and vast destruction were constant in every day European life.

I have talked to many World War II veterans over the years. The sacrifices these soldiers made in defense of our country, as well as, liberating Europe from tyranny need to be told. Now more then ever.

Each passing year, The number of Word War II veterans are decreasing. The average age of a WWII Veteran is between eighty and eight five.

I believe more documentaries and programs about World War II need to be shown on television, such as the History channel.

I have to say that I was angry that there was nothing on the History Channel to commemorate VE Day. There was an "Ax Men" marathon on for most of the day. Now there something on about Aliens? Aliens!?

There is no excuse for this. World War II programs / documentaries about VE Day should have been on the History Channel today.

I hope this oversight is corrected for next year.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Russian St. Patrick's Day


I would like to wish everyone who follows the Julian Calendar an early
"Happy Russian St. Patrick's Day!"

For those who did not know, Russian St. Patrick's Day is observed and "celebrated" on March 30th.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thats are Vice President

Oh that Joe Biden. What will he do next?

You have probably heard by now of VP Joe Biden latest gaffe of dropping an F bomb during the signing of the health care bill into law.
Some people were shocked, while others were not.

As a member of the workforce these many years, I have heard plenty of F bombs from Co-workers, Managers, Corporate Vice Presidents, even the CEO.

Most of the time it's not directed at anybody particular, just a reaction to a stressful situation.

I remember the first time I accidentally let out an F Bomb during a staff meeting. First silence, then laughter. It was like a 'right of passage.'

The Vice President of my department gave me this advice, "say it sparingly, discreetly, and whatever you do, make sure the mute button light is on during a conference call."

Some advice for VP Biden when he reads this. I believe he visits my blog now and then.

Well it's time for me to f&$#!ng go. Oh sh_ _!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Why "We Are the World 25" Failed

Dan Aykroyd (wearing a tie) sings at the original "We Are the World"
It has been over a week since the opening of the Winter Olympics and the
debut of "We Are the World 25." I waited over a week to blog about this so I can be as objective as possible.
I can not argue that it was for a good cause.The country of Haiti needs all the help it could get.

However, most agree that "We are the World 25" was commercially unsuccessful and has received negative reviews. Others have called it an outright failure.

I believe it was a failure for one reason:

Dan Aykroyd was not invited to come back and sing. All you Canadians should be upset about this. The Winter Olympics are being held in Canada, right??

Dan Aykroyd was in the original 1985 version and stole the show with his performance. The glasses, the tie, and the jacket. That voice. When people are asked what they remember about the original version, they answer "Dan Aykroyd of course."

Also, the man was on "Saturday Night Live" and movies such as "Trading Places", "Ghostbusters" and some other movies.

"We Are the World 25" could have been a hit if Dan Aykroyd was invited back. Alas, we will never know.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Merry New Year

"Merry New Year!"

"Happy New Year! In this country we say Happy New Year. HAAAAAAAA!" (quote from the movie " Trading Places")