Posted on | January 2, 2013 | Comments Off
This week is my second week of vacation and even though I didn’t go out of town I have enjoyed the time off to be home and enjoy the holidays. Today it is warm enough outside to pull on a jacket and do some yard work. Who would have thought that i could be raking leaves in January?
We didn’t have a white Christmas, but it has snowed three or four times since Christmas, never really amounting to much. My problem has been with the cold temperatures. I don’t like being outside in the cold air. It makes my glasses fog up so I can’t see, it makes my nose run, and when my feet get cold my whole body feels cold. I’m just not a fan of cold weather at all and if it never went below 50 degrees I would be perfectly happy.
So today it is pushing 60 degrees and the sun is shining, so I’m heading out with the rake and a barrel to get up the burr balls that have been dropping off these fucking gum trees in my neighbor’s yard. I already hate raking up the fucking sticky balls from my own trees in my backyard, but it really bites my ass to rake up all the balls in the front yard from her fucking trees, too.
Posted on | December 31, 2012 | Comments Off
Around here we have a big celebration downtown on New Year’s Eve. they call it the “Bash on Broadway,” because the party is public and out on the main street downtown, which is Broadway. The Hard Rock Cafe is on the corner of Broadway and Second Avenue, and is the unofficial New Year’s Eve party headquarters.
All the bars and restaurants downtown have big party plans and specials, and the City organizes a stage with live bands and a country music related ball drop of our own. In previous years they tried to drop a huge guitar from a tower erected just for the official event, but every year there was a technical problem and the guitar did not drop like it was supposed to. Fucking redneck engineering couldn’t pull it off – to the embarrassment of us all, as CNN was broadcasting it live and the whole watched as the guitar got hung up on its way down and failed.
This year they replaced the guitar with a new, lightweight, lighted musical note. So we will have a musical not drop at the stroke of midnight. Let’s see how that works out. If they used the same redneck engineers to put it together, I don’t have much hope that it will drop like its supposed to this year, either. But I think we’ll head down there and watch it – just to have something to do and be part of the party.
Posted on | December 22, 2012 | Comments Off
Someone asked on Facebook to comment on their wall with the name of their favorite Christmas song. It’s just an informal poll and not going to make the news. I am sure there are organizations that really care about that kind of poll results, but in this case it is being posed by a radio DJ and most of the people who are his friends happen to be musicians or in the radio broadcast industry. So I though that the answers from these people would be more in-depth and reasoned than if you asked just anyone on the street.
My own answer is “Little Drummer Boy.” I don’t know why I like that song so much, although I did learn to sing that particular song in Sunday School when I was really young, like around 3 or 4 years old, and had to stand on stage with the rest of my Sunday School class to sing it for our Church’s Christmas pageant. I remember learning other songs in school and at home, and I still remember the words to every verse of many of those songs. But I have a soft spot in my heart for Little Drummer Boy – and i think it has more to do with the message of the lyrics and the way it describes the real reason for the season – the birth of Jesus.
Posted on | December 1, 2012 | Comments Off
World Aids Day is always observed in December. I don’t know why they picked this month. I think it tends to get overlooked and buried under all the Christmas crap and doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
This being World AIDS Day does not mean we celebrate the day or the disease. We are observing the date with advocacy and information to raise awareness and help prevent the spread. The official theme for World AIDS Day this year is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation,” which means we are focusing on preventing the spread and working toward a new generation that does not have to deal with being born to AIDS infected mothers or being born with AIDS because their parents have it.
AIDS is not the only serious disease that is transmitted by unsafe sexual activities. If we can get more people to use protection and be more careful with their choice of sexual partners, we can not only help defeat AIDS but also Hepatitis and lots of other STDs. I don’t want to be a Debby Downer, but this is your life we are talking about, kiddos. Be safe out there.
Posted on | November 19, 2012 | Comments Off
So the old man is having a big birthday today. He turns fifty. He looks pretty good for an old fucker. Still has most of his hair, only about a quarter of it is grey. Looking at him and knowing that I have the same genes, it is a little reassuring to see that white hair and balding is not a big family trait.
Also glad to see that neither of parents ever got fat. When I hear statistics that over 60% of American’s are overweight, I look around at my family and can actually say that none of us are overweight, although my older sister has been putting on a few extra pounds this past year. I know she is eating more fast food and junk food because her life is so stressful right now. I’m sure when things settle down that she will lose those extra pounds by getting back to a better diet.
One thing that I’ve done lately is stopped buying fast food. I used to think nothing of it, but now I argue with myself when I get the bright idea to do a drive through. I ask myself – am I really that hungry that I can’t wait until I get home and fix a good meal? Do I really crave that heart attack on a bun so badly that I will hand over the money and drive away stuffing my face with something that I know is not good for me? Most of the time I can win the argument by not turning into the parking lot and heading straight home instead.
Anyway, I’m glad my dad is basically healthy and still looking good – for an old man. Happy birthday, Dad!keep looking »