Tis the season, for Christmas songs to be playing on the radio, in stores, as backgrounds in tv commercials, at church and generally hummed as people go about their daily business. Yesterday I had the chance to be at a lunch meeting and one of the guys started humming fla la la la, well that song stayed in my head throughout the day and on my way into work this morning. Ever had a song or jingle roll through your head at the moment you are ready to sleep, talk to someone, close a sale or just about any other activity? These types of songs are called earworms. According to Wikipedia an earworm is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person's mind after it is no longer playing. What are some of the songs that are the earworms for you, this time of year Christmas songs are mine, what are yours?
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
A lot of us have had packages delivered to our homes either from ordering online or gifts that have been delivered. I know I have and with teenagers wanting to have the latest and greatest of things we have quite a bit delivered to our homes plus with the way the insurance companies are and the bulk medicines that are prescribed there are packages being delivered all the time. I have been hearing of some big cities having problems with porch pirates, and by porch pirates I mean the people who help themselves to the items that you have ordered. I really only thought that this type of thing only happens in big cities but no. I was talking with my neighbor and she said that it had happened to her a couple of different times but when she told me she laughed a bit saying that they only got toilet paper both times.
Monday, December 5, 2016
In my 48 years I have seen some good Santa’s and some bad Santa’s. You know the character I am talking about the jolly old elf in red with the white beard. I too have played the part. My favorite question is are you the real Santa? I have always followed it up with what do you think? If they say yes then I mention I just say yes just like you are real child and if they say no I follow up with why would you think that, and when pushed will say that there are many helpers. Playing the part of Santa is not an easy job you have to listen, laugh, engage and smile. The Mall of America is taking some heat for the hiring of their Santa. The Mall has hired their first black Santa Larry Jefferson and from what I have seen a fantastic Santa. Remember that Santa is a fictitious and legendary figure who brings gifts to the homes of well-behaved, as long as the part is played well, does it matter who plays the part? And aren’t we all a little Santa this time of the year?
Friday, December 2, 2016
Here is something weird to think about but think about your shoes for a minute. When is the last time you bought a new pair? I just picked up a new pair of shoes. I like a good pair of slip in shoes for heading into work, and for a quick shoe to throw on when around home or if I gotta run and do a few errands. I found a pair of slip ons that I found super comfortable and wore them about the past 9 months only to have them wear out. I returned to the same store where I originally bought them and they didn’t have the same color that I had but had black, I bought them, they aren’t the same, not as comfortable and don’t fit as well. Same thing has happened with tennis shoes over the years, you find a pair you really like, your feet get used to the feel and you know the quality, you wear the heck out of the shoes, and when it comes time to replace you head to your favorite shoe store, you go looking for your shoes, and either they don’t have them or they have them and the quality has changed. Why? We spend most of our days with shoes on, you would think that the shoe people would want us to keep buying their shoes. Wouldn’t you?
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Ever looked at old family photos, or some real old school pictures of people from the 1800’s? I have often wondered why aren’t the smiling? Why are most old pictures people just flat faced, no smile no cheer in the eyes and just cranky looking. I remember my wedding day 8.3 million photos with the fake smile, I could see not smiling for many of these. Nowadays people have more smiles on their faces, just look around and watch people have conversations, the smiles come more free, and why wouldn’t they, we have much better dental nowadays than they had the past and with the better dental comes better teeth, both whiter and straighter, plus we have access to cameras all the time, I challenge you to go a day outside of your home to not be caught on someone’s camera. I was downtown yesterday afternoon and I know there are a bunch of cameras placed around down there, guess what I didn’t look for them nor did I notice them, but you are damn sure I was walking around with a smile on my face. I gotta keep them wondering what I am up to.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
We just bought a new refrigerator, our old one didn’t die, my wife just wanted a new one. You see we had our old one for at least 18 years, maybe more. It still kept cold things cold and frozen things frozen and it lasted through 4 kids. My wife decided that it was time for us to up grade to a new double door with a freezer drawer on the bottom and since we are big water drinkers she wanted water and ice on the door. Well she got what she wanted, it is about 4 inches wider than the old fridge and about 4 inches taller, a cupboard had to be removed but I have to say the new fridge looks nice. Here is the thing when we did our research on the refrigerator we found out that they only last 7-10 years now a days. 7-10 years I have underwear and socks that are older than that. We now live in a throw away society and I am not a fan of that. When was the last time you used a fixit person for anything? Most of the society today is throwaway, from tv’s to beds, to washers and dryers to –the sky is the limit. That is almost everything, the remote control is the one thing when it stops working we go into a panic, we don’t know what to do, we look at it, we push all the buttons, we take off the back, we roll the batteries in the back if that works we are relieved, if not we take the batteries out, switch sides then try again if that doesn’t work we replace the batteries. Thank goodness for batteries right, cause I don’t think I could go back to changing the channel by getting up and going to the tv to do it.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Another day another headline of multi people hurt at the hands of a lunatic. When did going to somewhere public end up being a threat to your health? I for one am sick of the what seems like weekly attacks here in America and daily attacks on foreign soil. What ever happened to respect and showing signs of respect. We are all different, we all have our beliefs and our moral compass and our own drive. So explain to me why there are so many out there that want to hurt one another? I think if we think and as my Dad used to tell me use your head for something other than to hold up your glasses that the world would be a better place.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Ever been in middle of counting something and then one of your smart alex friends start throwing out other numbers trying to mess you up? I am sure it has happened to you and that you have done it to others. Sometimes it is funny, but sometimes you irritate. Right now green party candidate Jill Stein has raised about 6 million dollars to do a re-count of 3 key states that President Elect Donald Trump has won. What I don’t get is that what is she going to get out of it? Is the re-count in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin going to get Jill Stein elected? Or was this an olive branch placed out by the green party? I look the same way on any re-count or any re-call election. The cards are down, the hand has been played you have your next chance to win at the next election. Here is a novel idea lets try to get along as a country. Is that even possible anymore?
Friday, November 18, 2016
It is kind of funny that a song by Supertramp had it right. Think about it for a moment, with the song "Give a Little bit" released back in 1977 even though they were singing about love, it applies to so many other things in our lives like your resources, think about it, the lyrics continue to say “give a little bit of your time to me” and at this time of year there are lots of needs out there from the need of Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army, to non-perishable food items for the Hunger Task Force, to the La Crosse Jaycees Toys for Tots which has their toy drive going on today until 6pm at the La Crosse Center, to the needs of your neighbors and your church. Kind of weird that a song from the 70’s gives so much, back to more lyrics “now’s the time we need to share” from reaching into your pocket for change to the time shared to help a child, to holding a door for a stranger at the mall. I think we get out of life what we give, so “send a smile and show you care.”
Thursday, November 17, 2016
What kid doesn’t like candy, more specifically chocolate or mint, and if they don’t like candy maybe some fruit would hit the spot. I think it is funny that the vaping manufactures are saying that there is no way that they are marketing to kids, the flavors I mentioned at the beginning of this are the big vape flavors. The flavors that are not being marketed to kids. The positive side of the story is that Wisconsin kids are turning away from cigarettes but are looking for that nicotine from another source. The study goes on to say that while kids are turning away from smoking there are twice as many middle and high schoolers inhaling e-cigarettes these days. We just had a new company hand book that mentions e-cigarettes in it, that you can’t smoke them in the buildings, and I agree. I have been seeing the e-cigarettes more and more and in the weirdest places, like while walking through the grocery store and in the movie theater. I am now hearing that these are causing cancer similar to regular cigarettes. I wish that the kids that are picking up this habit think about what this habit could lead to.