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By: ricderr, 6:08 PM GMT on December 31, 2009
Well, we'll be heading to Orlando in just a bit to celebrate New Years at SeaWorld. We'll be back this weekend. Thank you to those that have already wished us a Happy New Year and also in advance to those that will. Hell, I might even add a bit of glitter to this entry. LOL
I decided not to post economic data from last year and this year as I really don't feel like arguing. The facts speak for themselves that we're moving economically in the right direction, for how long or if fast enough, well, there will be enough time in the future to wonder about that.
Instead I wanted to wish a Happy New Year to all here on WU.
Yep, I said all. No exceptions. I wish for everyone peace, joy and happiness. Of course for a few I wish I could add a right hook or two, but I'm trying to grow out of that stage.
I wish a Happy New Year to those that aren't with us anymore, yes even some I think are as far off the mark as they come, I enjoy reading posts from some that I will admit I don't like or think are FOS. Or who knows, maybe they aren't here with the personnas that we enjoyed in the past; 27, Saddle, Gulf, MrPerfect, MLC, Bob, Mandy, Penscola and many more that I am forgetting. Godpseed in wherever you may roam.
See, this place is where for some strange reason I decided to make my internet home. For better or worse I'm here and don't plan on leaving anytime soon and that leads to the QOD:
Will you be here to wish everyone a Happy New 2011?
By: ricderr, 1:45 PM GMT on December 30, 2009
I think one that we've missed as we reflected on the past is how the way we communicate has changed. Texting, Twitter, Facebook, Blogging, all are ways we communicate that we didn't do a decade ago. In many of these I have stayed old fashioned, I do not have text on my phone. I've never Twittered and I'm on Facebook but I rarely really communicate on there. (Oh my God, the blogs now have spellcheck. You rock Aaron.) We get information up to the minute it seems and with the time it used to take to contact and get the information to one person it is now available to all. Oh, there's plenty of negatives about it. A lot of misinformation being touted as fact, but with any change as with anything there is always good and bad.
But with two days left of 2009, I want to start looking forward. Where will I be at the end of 2010. What direction is my life taking me? Will it be better or worse than 2009? Tomorrow, I want to post a then and now blog looking at where we were this time last year compared with today as a way to gauge where we'll be next year but for today I would enjoy reading your thoughts and that leads to the QOD:
Where do you see yourself at the end of next year?
By: ricderr, 3:24 PM GMT on December 29, 2009
Well, I agree with many who felt 9/11 was one of the most significant events of the past decade. No more was terrorism something that happened to the other guy or by chance if you traveled abroad, all of a sudden it became personal.
So today, let's take a look at the past year and that leads to the QOD:
What event meant the most to you this past year?
By: ricderr, 6:01 PM GMT on December 28, 2009
Ahhhh, Christmas was nice. Hell, any day is nicer when you're home. The kids are gifted out. The living room is a wreck with piles of gifts all over. That's another Christmas tradition. You get to leave your gifts in the L/R until you assimilate them into your life.
Well it's time to focus on the New Year and the end of the first decade of the 21st century. OK, it's not really the end until next year, but since no one really wants to admit that I'll just go with the flow, but it does lead to the QOD:
What was the most significant event of the last decade?
By: ricderr, 9:14 PM GMT on December 24, 2009
Hey! What are you doing here? Go spend time with your family and loved ones. We'll ask a question tomorrow LOL
From my family to yours. Merry Christmas! May this Holiday Season be filled with peace, joy and love
By: ricderr, 3:54 PM GMT on December 21, 2009
I can't wait. Tomorrow night I fly home to be with the family during Christmas and New Years. Yeehaw.
I was thinking about Christmas traditions as ours now is to have a big honking breakfast for after we unwrap our gifts. Another is that we each take turns unwrapping gifts rather than a free for all. Growing up the tradtion was Christmas Eve at the grandparents. The whole family, aunts and uncles, great grandparents while they were alive, you name it, it was a whole family affair. It didn't matter whether you were the ex-spouse and no longer related, for that evening we were all one big happy family and my grandmother each year crocheted slippers for all the female members of the family. My grandparents died within 6 months of each other and the tradition died with them, but as my kids grow and sprout wings I hope we can rekindle that tradition and that leads to the QOD:
What is your Christmas tradition?
By: ricderr, 6:50 AM GMT on December 19, 2009
I don't know why I can't sleep tonight, but I'll use the time to write my blog.
For some reason I keep reading and hearing about those that get upset about retailers, companies and the likes wishing Happy Holidays rather than Merry Christmas. As I was thinking about using it as todays subject matter I remembered a time quite a few years back when I used to attend church regularly.
At the time I wetn to a fundemental Baptist church and the Pastor was a retired professor from a very fundamental Baptist seminary. It was Christmas Eve and we had a 6:00 candlelight service of which I was the music director. So after the Pastors final benediction, I had been at the pulpit leading the final hymn of the evening and as the Pastor went to the front to say goodnight to those that had attended, I blew out the candles, doused the lights and met the Pastor as he locked the doors. I asked him if it was early to bed and he told me no, he and his wife were attending midnight mass with some old friends. I was shocked. If you know anything about fundamental Baptists, you know that to most, they view the Catholic Church as the Great Satan himself. When he saw the look on my face, he laughed and told me their service was one of the most beautiful and truly reflected the meaning of Christmas he had ever witnessed. He went on to say that while he might not agree with their imagery or some of their doctrine, what was most important was what is in your heart.
For some reason when I thithought of the fuss made over Merry Christmas, I remembered his words. For me, I don't need a retailer or those that run a company party to remind me of what Christmas is all about and for that reason Happy Holidays does not offend me. Now I will admit, I never say Happy Holidays and I've never greeted someone with Merry Kwanza or a Joyous Hannukah but I wouldn't care if someone greeted me that way. Well, I'd wonder about the Hannukah because I don't think I look very Jewish and that leads to the QOD:
Does it bother you to not hear Merry Christmas and how do you greet people this time of year?
By: ricderr, 6:15 PM GMT on December 18, 2009
I know, I know, you're sick of hearing about Tiger Woods. It's the story that never ends and it's front page, first story of just about every news organization. It's nothing new, we read what seems almost weekly about this actor, politician and sports star wo screwed up. What has intrigued me about this story is the compassion shown for his wife. I'm not knocking it, in fact I applaud it but where was it for Mrs. Magic Johnson when her husband had to announce he contracted aids from fooling around? Where was it for Kobie's wife when he was accused of rape in Colorado?
Where was it for Hilary when then President Clinton was playing with cigars? Again, just because they didn't get the sympathy from the populace and the press doesn't mean that Mrs Woods is wrong for getting it, I just don't see the difference and that leads to the QOD:
Why is Mrs Woods getting different treatment than other wifes who's husbands cheated?
By: ricderr, 6:30 PM GMT on December 17, 2009
OK, for better or worse I've decided the QOD needs to be a daily activity for again. I'm tired of reading the sale old same old blogs where one party trounces the other or is AGW really a scientific discovery and the results seems to end up as personal fights. Hey, if you like it and/or if you think it is meaningful, Godspeed. It's just not for me, not right now. I'm sure a few questions will be down right dumb and a few will be controversial, but like always, I just want to know your point of view and hopefully have a few laughs in between.
Now today I received an e-mail and it appeared to be a sweet innocent joke and the unchline left me laughing so hard my side ached. The imagination of people to be able to come up with these ideas is to me akin to an artist. A good joke is a work of art and that leads to the QOD:
What is your favorite joke? (Please remember that Big Brother WU is watching)
It is near the Christmas break of the school year. The students have
turned in all their work and there is really nothing more to do. All the
children are restless and the teacher decides to have an early
Teacher: "Whoever answers the questions I ask, first and correctly can
leave early today."
Little Johnny says to himself "Good, I want to get outta here. I'm smart
and will answer the question.."
Teacher: "Who said 'Four Score and Seven Years Ago'?"
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Susie says, "Abraham Lincoln."
Teacher: "That's right Susie, you can go home."
Johnny is mad that Susie answered the question first.
Teacher: "Who said 'I Have a Dream'?"
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Mary says, "Martin Luther King."
Teacher: "That's right Mary, you can go."
Johnny is even madder than before.
Teacher: "Who said 'Ask not, what your country can do for you'?"
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Nancy says, "John F. Kennedy."
Teacher: "That's right Nancy, you may also leave."
Johnny is boiling mad that he has not been able to answer to any of the
When the teacher turns her back Johnny says, "I wish these "female dogs" would
keep their mouths shut!"
The teacher turns around: "NOW WHO SAID THAT?"
By: ricderr, 1:13 AM GMT on December 06, 2009
OK, tomorrow is the company Christmas Party at the Aquarium in downtown Houston and we're supposed to bring a White Elephant Gift of not more than 15 bucks. First, the whole party thing is not my style and I have no clue what to bring. I do know I am going to make a gift wrapped box from shingles and roof caulking but I don't know what to give so that leads to the QOD:
What is a good WE Gift and what is the best gag gift you have received?
Updated: 3:44 PM GMT on December 11, 2009
By: ricderr, 2:46 PM GMT on December 04, 2009
Yep. it's white, flaky and falling from the sky. Here in these parts of Tidwell and Hollister they call it snow.
Updated: 10:02 PM GMT on December 04, 2009
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