Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I love the classic Christmas music, but not so much the "remakes" that play endlessly in stores. I can do without the rap versions, too.
Right now "I Want a Hippotamus for Christmas" in on. If I never hear that again all season, I won't be too sad either.
I used to work in radio and I can remember us having to unofficially "ban" "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." There were "live" DJs back then and regular listeners would call us a million times for that song. And if you played it, then others would call and say they just missed it, and could you play it again? And if you didn't, they were smart enough to wait until the next DJ came on and talk them into playing it. Or they would just keep calling back asking when it would be on again. So for awhile we just told people we didn't have it. It was simpler that way.
I remember someone offering to buy it for us so we could play it.
Radio sure has changed since then.
Support whatever "live" local stations that are left.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Cat and I looked out the window and saw stars about twenty minutes ago....now the rim of orange is over the valley, the stars are gone and sunrise is 15 minutes away. Another day dawning. Been trying to let things just be this week. Don't push the river. Live in the present. But it's hard to do sometimes.
Like, today is a good day to put up Christmas lights. Get ahead of the game. I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but if radio stations have already gone "all Xmas all the time," it's not me who is pushing things worse. I've already heard Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer. Personally, I think all this is silly. I'd be happy to limit the holiday season to just two weeks. Quality over quantity. I wasn't happy with some major retailers telling workers they have to work Thanksgiving day to get a jump on Black Friday either.
All this is motivated by greed. Let these people celebrate THIS holiday with their families, before the whole
Christmas rush starts.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Sun is coming up over the valley and it's going to reach 70 degrees today. And it is Veteran's Day. If that's climate change, I'll take it! Wow.
I finally bought boots. Good boots for now shoveling and also a nice pair of brown low cowboy style boots for just kicking around in, and also a couple of pairs of tights. I'm ready when it does turn cold. The woolly worm has no stripe at all this year that means we will be in for a bad winter, eventually. BUT NOT TODAY!!!:)
After a very cold couple of nights this week, Coco, the cat on the porch, will be happy to find the "door into summer" today. She has her cat mat out there under a covered table and has been huddled in there trying to stay warm. There is nothing that makes me smile more than to see her run out into the sun to her favorite tree. Her whole mood changes.
Veteran's day is here. I just put the flag out. It's flying low because I lost the rod you stick in to make it longer. But it is out there. I'm proud of our country. The Mad Men versus Modern Family election is finally over. I'm done thinking about it. And I could care less who General Petraeus chooses to sleep with. I'm tired of scandal mongering. And I hate that 8 minutes of a 22 minute news cast has to focus on crap like this. Of course if you choose to live in the Fox News bubble you are already being programmed to think it is a huge
conspiracy to get rid of him because he was set to testify on Libya. The whole Libya scandal mongering done by Fox prior to the election continues. Sigh.
Monday, November 5, 2012
I saw Billy Graham's ad in an Ohio newpaper yesterday. A full page telling people to vote according to the Bible. Of course he means Anti-Gay, Anti-choice, etc. He never told people how to vote, but it is pretty clear he is not a Democrat. I get a chuckle out of people sometimes.
The first thing I thought of was a few lines from the TV Show The West Wing. President Bartlett, asking questions about some bible references:
"I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21 : 7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another?
My chief of staff, Leo McGarry, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35 : 2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or is it okay to call the police?
Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11 : 7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point?
Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side-by-side?
Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads?
Think about those questions, would you?"
Sunday, November 4, 2012
We survived Hurricane Sandy here where I live. We're far enough inland. But the sun was missing all week. Saw glimpses of it yesterday. I miss it. Halloween was rescheduled to yesterday. As usual we didn't get any Halloweeners and I am eating candy for breakfast. Hershey mini bars and bite size milky ways. The combination of chocolate and coffee is a drug itself. One year for Xmas I got Chocolate spoons. A simple concept really. Plastic spoons dipped in chocolate and hardened. Then you stir your coffee with it and it slowly melts....and you keep licking the spoon. Oh my.