Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Boxing Day!

OK let's get right to the point. I really have no idea what this holiday is all about. I just read the required Wikipedia definition {why does anybody use that site?} and an article from today's on this topic. I knew that it was a holiday that was celebrated in countries where they consider Queen Elizabeth 2 the monarch of their nation. So that pretty much includes places like the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and even still Hong Kong. I was surprised to learn that Germany and Greenland celebrate this day too. Originally, it was a day set aside to give to those less fortunate than you. And it was even celebrated in the original American colonies before the Revolution.
So today, it can be many things. In Canada, it is big shopping day somewhat like our own Black Friday. In the UK, it is a big sports day.
I like Holidays. And I think that on this particular day, we may step out and have a warm bowel of soup and a beer.
We made it through yesterday unscathed and relatively happy. We had quite the Merry Little Christmas. Unlike previous years I am not terribly blue about passing another Christmas. I am delighted that Christmas fell on a Friday and I don't have to go to the office today!
So, whatever you are doing today, I suggest you take a moment and think of our neighbors to the north and across the pond and beyond and try to celebrate this most foreign Holiday. We are going to. Cheers!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bring us some figgy pudding......

Merry Christmas!

As this most challenging and historic year comes to a close, I want to wish you all a safe, healthy and most joyous Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Casa Monica Hotel St Augustine, Florida
Compliments to James Watkins Photostream on Flickr
I stumbled upon this photograph and it reminded me of the many beautiful places I have visited over the years in the many southern states.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brittany Murphy........ RIP

December 20, 2009 4:01 p.m. EST
(CNN) -- Actress Brittany Murphy has died, Los Angeles police and hospital officials said Sunday. She was 32.

Chicago Tribune - KTLA News
2:49 a.m. CST, December 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Brittany Murphy died after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in
Los Angeles Sunday morning, a hospital spokeswoman has confirmed.Chicago Tribune Link

Christmas Window Displays

Lord and Taylor 2007
Bloomies 2008

I already am not liking this shoveling business.....

Life is short. And I really don't feel like hastening my demise by trying to move all of this snow. I did some. The cars are clear and the walkway is clear, but the sidewalks are covered by a LOT of snow. I used to have a blower. Why did I sell that with the old house anyway?

For many of you, a collective chuckle is probably being shared as you laugh at my struggles today. For this part of the USA, this is a rare occurrence, as we usually receive no more than six inches of snow ever.
I should be happy that we don't live in New England or Upstate NY where it is not entirely uncommon to have clear one's own roof after a blizzard.

But it is Sunday, and there are so many other things that I would rather be doing right sitting in a cozy little bar meeting a new friend or two.

Or maybe just staying inside and spending the afternoon playing with my sexy wife. After all, the weather outside is frightful.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A snowy day....

I heard on one of the news or weather casts that 50 million Americans are impacted by today's storm. They added that number represents approximately one in every six of us. Well I am one of those. And while I am absolutely delighted by this meteorological event, I am bothered by the real need to go outside and shovel. That I do dread. And no longer owning a snow blower, I find myself troubled by the thought of going outside and starting this chore. After all, the weather is frightful.
Perhaps I will just settle further into my winter slumber, have a glass of some funny looking dark beverage and gaze upon the fireplace. Yes, live is good in this part of the country, if only for today.

Friday, December 4, 2009

This whole Tiger thing.....

OK, I just can't stay quiet anymore on this. So this famous, articulate and insanely wealthy child protege turned professional golfer steps out and cheats on his beautiful wife. So what.
I feel badly for both Mr. and Mrs. Tiger, but it really isn't any of our business. No real crime has occurred and the biggest thing he is guilty of is causing both he and his family incredible embarrassment.
Unlike the vast majority of the self professed holier than thou saints out there criticizing him for his dalliances, he has the means and the opportunity to meet and be with other women. Enough of that opportunity will break down even the most faithful man or woman. Please just ask any traveling guy or gal, who has a decent job, is relatively attractive and can speak somewhat intelligently and they will tell you that it is hard not to.
Tiger Woods made a mistake. Perhaps he made several of these mistakes. But he didn't break the law and it is none of our business.

There, I feel better.