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OK. Thanksgiving is done, I've turned on my Holiday display. Let the Christmas Holiday Season commence!
BTW. My Thanksgiving was very nice. How was yours? What were you thankful for this year? Me? OK.
Ten (10) things that I am thankful for this year:
My wife and kids.
The fact that I'm still alive and generally healthy.
There is no huge argument still brewing about when the new Millennium REALLY starts!
Backstreet Boys are on their way out of the limelight. We won't have
to hear about them again until the first one
enters rehab, or writes that first ultra intriguing 'tell-all' book.
That whoever we finally elect as president will most likely only serve for 4 years. Perhaps next time we can choose at least one candidate that's elect able!
That Pam and I were able to take our family to Disneyland last summer!
That M&Ms have not become a 'controlled substance.'
The new ex-terminator dude on the X-Files didn't ruin the show! He has actually helped to make it better!
A wonderful collection of neighbors that still hang out together -- even after 3 years!.
That the city of Bonney Lake has been able to almost triple the amount of office space within the last year -- even though the office space already available was only 50% occupied. (Great planning folks! Der!) All this was brought to you by the folks that allowed two AM/PM Mini-Marts less than a mile apart. I suppose the needed one for BOTH sides of the street.
On a more somber note, I would like to say that I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to know someone as giving as Mildred Porter during her time on earth. Mildred was my step grandmother and she passed away on Tuesday. Mildred was very active in her community, volunteering at her church, her community and senior center, the local hospital and the local nursing home. She was a true Christian in every sense, giving of herself at every opportunity. She will not only be missed by her family, she will be missed by an entire community.
Also, I would like to say that I am very thankful to have known my cousins from England, Grace and Eric Jones. Eric was a very spry octogenarian and took very good care of himself. Grace, his wife, was a very caring person that had entered a convalescent home about 2 years ago when the initial symptoms of Alzheimer's set in. Eric visited the states more often after that, staying as long as 3 months at a time. During his stays we would have him over for dinner. He and I would talk for hours -- discussing everything from politics to his days working for the railroad in England during WWII. I really enjoyed having him around and always looked forward to his visits. Eric was very devoted to his bride of over 60 years and when she passed away on Saturday November 4, Eric must have felt his job was done. For he too passed on Monday November 6.
I loved all three of these very special people and will miss them. But I am very thankful I had the opportunity to know them at all.
Now it's your turn...
See you in December.
All the best from jeterville to you.
Have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving Day!
Life can be a wicked bitch sometimes and even the staunchest of principles can fall in the face of massive peer pressure. What the hell am I talking about? Well, against my better judgment...
I PUT UP MY DAMNED CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON SUNDAY!!!
Do you know how hard it is to come home from your son's soccer game and see ALL your neighbors on their roofs and not feel the pressure??? Unless you've actually been there, you probably don't!
I mean, having to endure the taunts of "C'mon Jeter! Everybody's doin' it!" and "Chicken!" all afternoon. I couldn't take it any more! The sad part is that although my wife was originally part of the crowd that was coercing me when people starting put up lights last week, she bailed when I asked for her help! All she said as she walked away was "It wasn't my idea to do this..."
So that's how it is!!! They plant the seed, then run away!!! Real nice!
Yes, I do feel a bit sick inside -- like a kid taking that first puff from a forbidden cigarette. I'm sure that it will wear off after a while though -- as long as I don't continue to 'light up.' Know what I mean??? OK, I'll explain it -- jeez!! It's like Clinton said. "Sure, I tried it, but I didn't inhale." Although the lights are up and ready to go, I REFUSE to turn them on until AFTER Thanksgiving -- I promise! REALLY!!!
So, last night, we're at Fred Meyer shopping for a turkeys and what-not and we get to the check-out stand. While Pam is off looking for Breathe Right strips, the checker -- a young, woman in her mid 20s -- picks up the jar of oysters from the counter, scans it, then looks me straight in the eye and says, "So. You put oysters in your stuffing?"
"Yup!" I say.
"Really? I had this dish once that had oysters and liqueur in it and it was real good -- nice and sweet. Do the oysters make it sweet?" She asks.
"Umm -- kind of. But with the spices I add -- and the pepper -- they make it taste a bit more rich and meaty." I say, expecting the whole thing to drop.
"MMMMMMM." She moans softly, looking right through me. "I tried oysters after that one dish -- you know, plain -- and I didn't like them as much. I think it was their looks that put me off. Can you see the oysters in the dressing?" She continues, zipping our remaining items across the scanner.
"Not if you chop them up real
fine. I mean, sure you can still see them if you look, but they
mingle pretty nicely with the onions, celery and bread crumbs."
I reply -- still shivering from that look.
"Sounds yummy..." she purrs. "Is it hard to make?" She asks, leaning toward me and launching my total swiftly to the debit terminal.
"No. Would you like me to bring you the recipe sometime?" I answer sheepishly, while authoritatively selecting "Yes" on the debit terminal to rapidly approve the transaction.
"Maybe you could just save me a bite?" She whispers, staring deeply into my eyes. Then she winks, grins slyly and holds out my bags.
"Um -- OK..." I squeak, as I gently lift the fully loaded bags from her hands and walk away, "Have a nice evening..."
When Pam catches up with me on the way out to the parking lot she notices that 'deer in headlights' look on my face. "What's up?" She asks.
After relating the story to her, she starts laughing and says "I don't think she was after the oyster stuffing!"
"Are you sure?" I ask, "It's really good!"
I so love my wife!!! Even if she didn't help me with the Christmas lights...
So. There are a few people in our neighborhood that are actually putting up their Christmas lights already -- can you believe it? I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! Now I usually put our lights up Thanksgiving weekend, but only after the leftover turkey has been safely stored in Ziplocs and the fruit salad and pumpkin pie are gone.
My wife sees the logic in this, and so do I -- in a way. Sure, it's a nice day, why not put them up -- right? It doesn't mean we have to turn them on, but if we get them up while it's nice out, we won't be taking a chance on encountering rain or snow when we normally decorate. I mean sure, it makes sense, but I still can't bring myself to do it -- mainly on principle! Hell! If it rains the day after Thanksgiving, I'll just wait until it stops.
You know, I was actually thinking about setting a few Easter decorations in the yard as a kind of protest. What do you think?
So over the last few weeks the readership of this web site has picked up considerably! Sure, it's still small potatoes for the most part, but I wanted to let you know that I appreciate you visiting. I find it amazing that so many find my life and periodic rantings and ravings interesting enough to return! One thing that is missing from the whole experience for me though is feedback. Perhaps a few of you wouldn't mind dropping me a line once in a while to at least let me know who you are, and just what it is that you find so interesting about my stuff. Heck, I wouldn't even mind you telling me what you find most boring about it! So if you have the time -- great! If you don't, that's fine too. Just know that I do appreciate your visit!
Yes. Even yours Dad!
It's that time of year again where my two favorite citrus fruits hit the produce departments of our local grocery stores -- satsumas (mandarins) and tangerines! I love them both, but for different reasons.
Satsumas I love because they are sweet and very easy to peel -- but they aren't extremely juicy. Tangerines, on the other hand, are sweet and very juicy! However, the good ones have seeds and can be a bit difficult to peel sometimes. Regardless, I'm happy that it's their season and I will most likely consume many before the end of January!
The election just keeps getting uglier and uglier, and the media is doing a HORRIBLE job staying in the middle of the road! They are leaving out details in their stries that would give the COMPLETE story to try and sway public opinion one way or the other. It all kind of reminds me of that episode of the Simpsons where Homer goes into space. After viewing what appears to be a giant ant in the space shuttle camera, local news reporter Kent Brockman instantly starts praising the giant ants that are apparently taking over the earth, and volunteers to be their spokesperson as they begin their reign.
Anyway, it's all making me so sick that I can't even watch anymore. I voted, whoever wins gets the job -- whatever. Because when you really think about it, the United States under Bush or Gore won't be much different. Especially now.
Instead of worrying about any of it, I suggest you go buy some of those yummy satsumas, kick back and enjoy them because they'll only be here for a short time!!! Unlike this election, which will seemingly be in question forever.
This whole election business is getting weird. I have a feeling that it will be a very long time before anything is REALLY settled.
No matter who wins, there will be controversy about this for years that could make whoever gains the office nothing more than a lame duck for 4 years, while congressional Republicans and Democrats draw firm lines in the sand. This would suck, but given the mentality of most politicians, this is a distinct possibility. Worse case scenario this thing could actually come to physical blows between passionate protesters supporting their side of the debate. If the politicians don't handle this in a professional manner, the 2000 Presidential Election could end up dividing a nation that was finally starting to come together. It's really important that both parties act like adults during and after this mess. However, judging from the lawsuits and whining from the Democrats already, this doesn't seem likely. It's like they're already "conceding" and planning an attack to "get their way" no matter what -- pretty childish if you ask me. I wonder if they'll still sue if it turns out that Gore is the winner?
Anyway, it's going to be fun to watch -- as long as no one gets hurt.
This whole thing only serves as more proof that we need more choices than just Sleepy and Dopey.
BTW, here's a little U.S. historical factoid for you to chew on. If George W. ends up winning the Electoral vote, but doesn't win the Popular vote, this will be only the third time in U.S. history that this has happened. The other two presidents elected by the Electoral College, but not by the people were Rutherford B. Hayes (1876) and Benjamin Harrison (1888) Interesting how 'every other' time this happens, the president elect uses their middle initial as a prominent part of their name.
Coincidence or a conspiracy? You decide...
Welcome to Election Day 2K! Ask yourself this when you consider casting your vote today -- DOES MY VOTE REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Unless you're the only one voting, probably not. But don't you feel better when you've done your civic duty? At least you can say -- HEY! I TRIED TO FIX IT! I DID MY PART! And realistically, that's all that you can do at this point. So let your voice be heard -- even if you think it doesn't mean anything. At least you'll know that if it comes down to one or two votes that it wasn't your missing vote that swung the election. VOTE TODAY! And use whatever justification you need -- even if it's merely BLAME AVOIDANCE!
Now, with election season nearly over (THANK GOD!) the holiday season isn't far off -- and neither is the BUSIEST time of year here in jeterville! Hell! Judging by the decor rolled out around town, and in all the stores at the mall the week before Halloween, you'd think we were in the midst of it all right now!
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sick of the fact that we can't enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving -- my favorite Holiday! -- before we get bombarded with Christmas decorations and Holiday related advertising around every damned corner! Hey, here's an idea. Why don't we just bag the whole Halloween and Thanksgiving thing, and start celebrating Christmas right after Labor Day? Ya think!
I mean, the Holidays are becoming more commercial every year and -- personally -- the whole thing is making me want to rebel! Is it just that merchants want to grab as much cash as possible, as early as possible OR is it that Americans are just so depressed that they really WANT to celebrate Christmas as early and as long as possible???
Sure, I could rant and rave for hours about the whole thing, but it's Christmas time (according to retail America anyway) and no one wants to be the GRINCH -- RIGHT? (YARF!)