Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
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
Monday, November 29, 2010
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 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
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.
Monday, November 22, 2010
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
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Please take time out of your busy schedule today (and everyday) to remember those individuals who serve and have served honorably in the military.
Military.com has an excellent article about the history of Veterans Day in the United States. Click here to read.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
"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
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
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
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 30, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
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
Sunday, June 27, 2010
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
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
It has been over a week since the opening of the Winter Olympics and the