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Koolaid, Daydreams, and Hot Summer Days!

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but I can remember as a kid spending many hot summer days filled with liquid refreshments, daydreams and friends!

It’s called summer vacation and for good reason, we all, especially the children, need to take a little break from whatever it is we do daily and wind down somewhat, so we can come back with a new perspective on things or finally feel a little refreshed for a while.

We use-to learn about all kinds of things that weren’t taught in school when we were on summer vacation. The world around us became one huge science experiment with new things being learned daily. We also grew mentally, as we experienced all we did on our summer vacations with our friends and families. Our children and their children all need to have this time to develop and mature just as we did during those long hot summer days.

But once again our government thinks they know what would be best for the country and President Obama wants to extend the school hours per day and possibly remove some if not all of our children’s summer developmental vacation time, so we as a country will be smarter and more competitive in the future.

What he is not looking at, is a child’s mind can only be pushed so far before they mentally start to overload and start to deal badly with even the easiest of tasks. This factor alone should be of enough importance to realize that we can only push our kids just a little more and that’s it. They are at their maximum intake level already. 10 hours sleeping, 10 hours up and off to school, 1 hour for after school functions or play, 1 to 1.5 hours homework,   1 to 1.5 hours dinner and getting ready for bed. Now repeat the process 5 out of 7 days a week for 9 months out of the year! How much busier do you want them to be!

To make the school day three hours longer would make our child’s day longer than most adults spend at work every day, especially during this recession when many workers are on cutback schedules. Also to remove most of their summer vacation would be mentally detrimental to most of them.

I look at President Obama’s big grin that he gets when he knows a real answer to a personal question he may be asked, but realizes he has to give a politically correct answer instead. I have seen that grin many times and it is unmistakable.

So I ask President Obama, does he remember anything at all from any of his summer vacations as a child, that still stands out plain as day in his mind when thought about?  Do You?  I would also ask him, as a kid did he ever get into any mischief that he could get in trouble for during summer vacation and if so, did he get caught or get away with it? Also were their any special moments or fun times spent with your friends or fond adults during those lazy kid days of summer, that he will remember for the rest of his days as a person here on earth?

I can guarantee that for all of those answers, he would be wearing that warm giant grin across his face and after thinking about his answers to those items, he would then turn away and say to himself quietly, “Man what was I thinking when I thought up those new school ideas !”

I guess it would be easy as president to forget about the intellectual side of things and focus his actions strictly for the good of the country. But for this one, he has to remember what would be more for the good of the children, first!

Hey Joe, please pass the lemonade if you would be so kind, Mr. Vice President, and by the way, doesn’t that cloud up there sorta look like John McCain? Yes it does Mr. President, and that one over there looks like Sarah Palin! It sure does Joe!

Ha Ha Ha, What a great time they both had (Barrack and Joe), sitting on the East Lawn on a hot summers day, drinking Koolaid and watching the fluffy clouds drift slowly by. The rest of the day’s itinerary for the President reads as follows;  5pm Go fishing with Joe.,  7:30pm Evening swim in the reflection pool with Bill Clinton and some Aids.,  9pm A game of Flashlight Tag with the senators on the White House grounds, followed by a sing along and marshmallows by the camp fire.,

Ahhhhhhhhhh Wasn’t Summer Vacation Great!




A Designer Disease and The New Excuse.

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Why does it seem that the new disease of the X Generation is Bipolar Disorder?

I first heard of the disease in the 70’s when a friend was diagnosed as having it. To be honest, since then I have only heard it mentioned in a couple of news stories and never heard of anyone else with it until more recently.

Now it seems like there are so many younger people who have it, so many in fact that I have met dozens of people who say they have it, in only the last few years. What’s up with that?

Well I am not sure as to the reason for this disease to suddenly multiply like it has, but there are three common threads that bind all those that I have spoken with who supposedly were diagnosed with it.

The three common factors are as follows. The first factor is that the people who claim to have it are mainly, very bold and loud individuals, you know, the life of the party type of person and when they mention having it they speak as if they are extremely proud to be a member of the club.

Secondly, most of those that I have spoken with, use the fact that they have the disease to either back up, or explain episodes of bad behavior or rudeness that happened in their past or they use it as an excuse for future outbursts and confrontations that they are planning to possibly happen. Examples:  (“I’ll kick their behind if they tick me off, and they don’t want to see my other side, I’m Bipolar”). or (You are talking face to face and they just walk away without saying anything. When they return it’s “Sorry but I’m Bipolar and I just remembered I left the light on in the garage so I wanted to turn it off.”)

Lastly, They use it as an excuse for not doing things they should. Example: (“I can’t load the dishwasher because it takes a lot of thought and i”m Bipolar.”) or (“I can’t work, because I can’t multitask, because I’m Bipolar.”)

I guess that these people may be Bipolar somewhat, or at least think they are, but this new group doesn’t take prescribed medication which also leads me to think that they weren’t actually diagnosed as Bipolar by a doctor.

Plus, the people who are actually diagnosed don’t go around bragging about it and they generally don’t exhibit those factors or use the excuse of being Bipolar before doing something.

Why then would anyone walk around claiming they are Bipolar in different situations? Because it is a convenient excuse to use on someone, when your mistake or bad attitude or bad manners happen, but you still want to look good to other people.

So, Generation X has picked up on this disease and has made it their personal excuse to act however they want to act, even if their actions are incorrect or bad. Why, —- Because they say they are Bipolar! So you can’t blame them for their actions!

Yea so “Bite Me”!

OOPS,  I’m not Bipolar, So therefor, I fully Apologize.


Energy Star Appliance Discounts.

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Remember, the government is giving Rebates up to $50 when you buy a new Energy Star Rated appliance.

All the major appliances in your home qualify for this replacement rebate. So if you are shopping around for a new fridge or dishwasher, don’t forget to ask the sales staff for information on the governments Energy Star Rebate program.

You will save some money by doing so.


Unemployment expected to rise through 2010.

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Caught a story about unemployment figures and they are forecasted to rise through 2010. Even with a small drop in figures now, there will be more jobs lost this years end and next year.

The good news is that the government knows this and is getting ready for another extension of 13 weeks for the unemployment system.

Follow your local stations for more details as they happen.


Library Movies, Free at Twice the Price.

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Next time you are sitting around and the kids are either asking to go see or rent a movie. Take them to the library.

You see, the library has many good movies to rent for free. Yes for free.

Rent Good Movies from your Library, FREE. Well maybe they mostly aren’t the new releases but they have a lot of good ones and tons of titles for the kids! You can also try a book from time to time for you and the kids. They even have a bunch of computers you can use free. The soda machine will cost ya though!!


Money Scams. Got Change for a Twenty?

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment

As old as the hills but coming back with vengeance, is the old quick change routine to make a fast buck.

These guys who practice these scams are nothing more than perfectionists at a lost art of scamming people out of money.

What they do is put something up on the counter and pay for it. Then they start this long process of getting change for a bigger bill and in the process they try to screw up the cashier to the point of giving them more than they deserve to get.

Times are getting tough for this scam to come back, so look out if someone asks you if you can break a twenty.


This video sorta reminded me of the money scam, but only with math and not bills.

All the Wii games and All the Kings horses. Listen Up Sears.

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment

What is this I heard? The major retailer of all retailers as far as I am concerned, is Dying? That’s the talk on the street, anyway.

So what are they left to do? All the Wii games and All the Kings horses couldn’t put Sears back together again.  However, it’s not what you sell but how you go about doing it.

As we all know, The Sears Catalog fell off the wall a long time ago and they can’t put it back together again. Or could they. Why should they?

The thing that would once again put Sears back in the spotlight is The Sears Catalog. Catalogs have been thrown to the wayside with the invent of the internet. Now to see what anyone is selling is as easy as “search and find”.

So just why would a store produce a catalog and send it to every home in America, for its inhabitants to look at? Well I’ll tell ya why!

Sears and Roebuck used to be a CATALOG store, and quite frankly I don’t take my laptop into the bathroom, but I do take reading material. Heck, there are millions of seniors without computers who would still use them.

What about all those repair guys sitting around on break and looking through the Grainger Catalog. They still have one,  it’s in most every factory break area in America for good reason. It gets them millions of sales.

Catalogs have fallen by the wayside only to be posted electronically on the internet. We have lost that intimacy we used to have with catalogs in America, being able to thumb through one any time we found one lying around somewhere. It is still yet way too early for a catalog store to survive without the printed form.

Besides I remember it was different and fun to look for something in a catalog, compared to the computer. Most of the time you knew just by the thickness of the pages left in your hand that you were close to the page that held your cherished item.  You would thumb through hundreds of pages at the blink of an eye only to stop within a couple pages of what you wanted to show someone.

Catalogs were a different form of fun and something else to do when someone was bored and just sitting somewhere. They were all over everywhere and they were always looked at and by a ton of people. Imagine all of those potential sales that have gone by the way-side because its easier to look something up on the web.

The reason Sears needs to bring back The Catalog to the homes of America, is so we can have the opportunity to look at or shop for something without having to turn on the computer. It may seem old Fashioned but I bet if Sears put their Catalog back into every home in America, next to the phone book where it used to be, than they would be back on top in no time.


Catalogs are still used very heavily in the business world, because even with all the catalogs on the internet, smart companies know that catalogs still sell products.

You can go Go Green and remove some of the unwanted catalogs from your mail box. Watch the following video. I haven’t tried the sites that are referenced so you are on your own.