Monday, December 22
Friday, December 19
Mother, 2 year old, 6 year old-standing two patrons in front of me in line. 6 year old is very excited about all the neon lights, letters and fun things to see in PM. He says things like "Hey Mom! There's a "W" like in Wagon!" She proceeds to, in a very loud voice, repeat what the 6 year old just said. "Yes your right! You are a genius! You are the smartest boy in the whole wide world!! What other letters do you see?" (as she looks around the crowded room to see who else is watching her 6 year old recite the alphabet.) This continues, thanks to a SUPER-slow cashier for 20 minutes and a minimum of 30 more letters and super loud exchanges so that everyone in the place could see that her son knew his alphabet. I'm not faulting the kid bu the mother. Now I am not sure if I have ever done this with my daughter because I know all of us think that our kids are both the cutest and the smartest but it made me aware to never even come close to the public "dog and pony-show and tell" this lady subjected all of us to. I felt like telling her I had a 3 year old that can do the same thing but I figured that would burst her pizza crust bubble, so I stayed quiet.
I told Carin and my 3 year old daughter the story when I got home and my daughter said, "Daddy, were you standing in a line?" I said,"Yes sweetheart we were in a line." She asked, was the line straight like a capital "I"? I'd put my 3 year old up against that chick's first grader any day.
The pizza was magnificent though! I'm just glad I wasn't in a restaurant eating next to this lady.
Thursday, December 18
Wednesday, December 17
Tuesday, December 16
Sunday, December 14
I had just expressed my undying love for my 1991 Toyota 4x4 to my wife this weekend for it's unrefined nature, ability to climb a tree, haul a motorcycle, act as a temporary garbage can, haul a yard of topsoil, get freakishly good gas mileage and never leave me wanting for anything a big fancy truck could offer. I love my little truck! So today, after the accident, I realize that to an insurance company, my truck is worth at most about $1500. To replace and paint a door will be at least that so now I am left at the beginning again, looking for a truck that offers everything I loved about the truck that now sits in my driveway with a driver's door that won't shut. Just when I thought the car shopping had ended.....Carin and I were about due. It has been about 7 or 8 months since we bought a new automobile. (I'd have said vehicles but we bought two motorcycles this year) So we are currently looking for vehicle number 16 of our short 5 year marriage.....blast.....
Saturday, December 13
Last night, Carin and I went out to dinner and went shopping for the kids Christmas. It was very fun to have adult conversation over dinner and during he drive. It's been a while.
I have been frequenting the fine establishment of Costco and have come to a few conclusions. I have coined the phrase "Costco Mom." If someone else has coined this they have not yet trademarked it so I am claiming it as my own. Costco members are different. You never go into Costco and run into "the scary crowd" like you do at Walmart in Harrisville at midnight. Perhaps it is the lack of drug trafficking and meth labs in close proximity to Costco that tends not to draw as much riffraf.
The term Costco Mom can be used interchangeably with Escalade Mom. The nicely "done up"-I-just-dropped-by-on-my-way-home-from-the-gym (and I'm fabulous) look. Perhaps it is the yearly membership that draws a more "sophisticated" shopping crowd but there's not many other places that you could ask your wife to pick up some Brazilian mangoes, wine in a box, Tillamook cheese and while she's at it, buy a set of Michelins and a 65" plasma screen. I'm not stereotyping every mom that shops at Costco as a spoiled money-spender "Costco Mom" but I think you know what I mean-at least you should if you've ever shopped there. I personally think Costco should sponsor a Costco Mom Beauty pageant. I know I'd buy a ticket. The Costco Queen could have her picture on all the flat screens as you walk in! Oh the prestige!
I have also noticed that most everyone at Costco is quite friendly and courteous...that is until it comes to standing in line at the refreshment stand for the last churro or slice of pizza. Hunger will turn the nicest person into a ravenous wolf.
As a stark contrast to our first stop of the evening, we stopped by Shopko on 12th and Washington on our way home. Shopko is the only store that blatantly and flagrantly offends my intelligence on purpose. We were looking for a plastic storage bin. We found exactly what we needed. The only problem was the price for a small plastic container was $34.99. Lucky for us though, Shopko was having a generous 50% off sale that graciously reduced the price to $17.50 for a bin worth no more than $6.00. Thanks Shopko. I wouldn't recommend Shopko at 10 pm anyway. But, they are always having killer 50% off sales!
Please leave a comment if you are a Costco mom who has taken offense to this post.
Tuesday, December 9
I was so glad to hear that President-Elect Obama has pledged not to smoke in the White House! What a stand up guy! I sure do appreciate you not defiling a national landmark. Perhaps he'd like to explain to the school kids in DARE programs why he chooses to smoke in the first place. How about quitting Sir?
Out of work and out of gusto to go get another job, hundreds of workers at an Illinois window factory decided to sit-in until they got all their vacation time they are owed under the union contracts. Bank of America , recipient of bailout money, pulled the company's line of credit which is used for payroll. Obviously the company closed it's doors and the workers threw a tizzy. Yesterday, Illinois Governor Ron Blogovosovischischoviscijic told the union teamsters and the employees of the window company that the state of Illinois would no longer do business with the Bank of America. So now, the Bank of America gives back the line of credit to a company tha is out of business to pay the workers their vacation pay and the Bank of America will have to write off the bad debt. Hmmm. I wonder who will end up buying that bad debt from them? If you pay taxes, raise your hand.
If yesterday wasn't a big enough day for the governor, the now-shamed Illinois Governor Ron Blogovosovicishischoviscijic also gets an F for his example to little kids with his ****'n good **** language. Oh yeah and the federal corruption charges as well. Almost forgot to mention that he was selling a senate seat. Does this guy look a little like a white pastey John Travolta or what??
So in summary, Illinois leadership has taught us some important lessons this week.
1. Smoking is cool.
2. If you throw a big enough fit, opposition will cave under threats
3. If you hold public office, you can say or do any ****** thing you want
Hope you kids are listening!
Sunday, December 7
Friday, December 5
In light of what seems to be happening internationally with banks at the moment, I was wondering if you could advise me. If one of my checks is returned marked "insufficient funds," how do I know whether that refers to me or to you?
Wednesday, December 3
Senator Chris Buttars, known for his old-man racially-insensitive vocabulary is having a non-binding resolution drafted for the 2009 legislature in which he asks retailers "not to exclude Christmas from their holiday greetings." He claims that employees of a local company complained to him regarding their company's policy of not being able to say "Merry Christmas" to their patrons.
Here's my take...I'm obviously of the persuasion that we started as and are largely still a Christian Nation in which we celebrate Christmas as the birth of God's Son on earth. It is not a Winter Solstice celebration, nor is it a "Valentine's Day" holiday created by the greeting card companies. (Although retailers have certainly capitalized on America's hunger for a heaping portion of Mammon) This is a holiday that means something to the majority of Americans in which they celebrate the birth and life of their Savior. Just because I might offend someone who signs on as an atheist does not mean I don't have the right to say it. I am a proponent of freedom of speech and don't believe that a Christian's freedom of speech is less valuable than the rights of an atheist. This is however unfortunately the way our "judges" seem to interpret the law. How ironic when Atheists sue for the “separation of church and state” and then demand that the courts uphold their “belief” that there is no god. If someone wished me a happy Hanukkah, I would be honored-not offended. Nor am I offended when someone wishes me Happy Holidays.
A second almost unbelievable story here.
That being said, I have never understood the purpose of our legislatures passing a "non-binding resolution." In essence it is a suggestion to send a "message." Senator Buttars is surely well-intentioned in his bringing to light something that is already in the noon-day sun. In our current economic state and the socially progressive-programmed state of our State/Country, why do we need to spend both taxpayer money and legislature's time in "sending a message" to people who have obviously already made the conscious decision to ignore the Christian meaning of Christmas. Such political disorientation and detours from his real purpose as a senator cause me to pause and reflect why he was elected in the first place. If he is going to propose legislation, he should try doing something that will actually become a law that will solve the state's problems, not poke the already angry dog. Such legislation, however well-intentioned only widens the gap between those who identify themselves as Atheists and Christians.
Isn't the spirit of Christmas to bring people together and show Christlike love to one another for at least a few days out of the year? For someone belonging to a political party that claims that it stands for smaller government and less governmental interference in the lives of Americans, he sure has a funny way of showing it.
Merry Christmas Everyone....
Tuesday, December 2
Mothers often lose their cool with their kids right outside the door after being so nice while "in public"
People often pick their nose/butts after looking around to make sure no one is looking before getting in their cars.
Frustration abounds when they try opening the doors before the Treehouse opens at 10 am.
Mothers get defensive with each other when someone tries crowding the line.
Even more frustration when they try with all their might to pull the doors open. After trying both doors and stomping their feet that the place is locked, someone else comes and pushes them open. Eureka!
Ogden City has a police officer whose sole job is to enforce the 2 hour parking on Kiesel Ave. I don't know what he does between his rounds but he has got to use an entire piece of tire chalk a day marking people's tires. I guess it's good to know that there's a traffic cop presence in inner-city Ogden taking care of the city's real problem-2.5 hour parkers!
In case you're wondering, I do work while at work.....my windows are just so big! And people are so weird.......
I may be demented for enjoying this stuff but you have to admit that it makes you wonder what these people do in private.