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May 31, 2007

Clothes Call

No. 3 son is moving back home. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but this time it is. I don't know how it happened, but when I embarked on my fantasy year selling real estate on beautiful South Padre Island with Baby Sister, I packed nearly all of my wearable clothes and headed south. While there, I bought a few things so I'd fit in better. I'd been advised that I needed to not look like an old lady. So I bought a few things. Fast forward to my move home and the Blazer was filled to the ceiling and doors with the things I'd taken down there, plus the clothes I had taken with me and the few things I'd I wouldn't look like an old lady. Once home I found myself shoving clothes into my old closet, part of Mike's closet, and the empty closet in the spare bedroom. Then No. 3 son dropped by and proceeded to empty the spare closet and now I have a 4 foot pile of clothes across the spare bed. Where did this stuff come from? My wedding dress I remember but what about this other stuff?
The girls at the office say if I haven't worn something for a year, throw it out. One of my Legion buddy's said toss after two years. I have my pettipants from 1966! Do you really think I'll throw away that cute short set from the 80's? Or the really nice jackets that didn't fit when they were given to me but might if I stick to my diet and join a gym? And what would I do if I took up quilting like my grandmother used to do and needed clothes to make the pieces out of?
Hopefully I'll rise to the occasion, but I'm not banking on it!

May 26, 2007

Memorial Day

Once again we pause to remember those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. The headlines still greet us with casualties as our troops are fighting overseas to bring freedom to a society long dominated by heartless dictators. Like it or not, the graves are still being filled with patriots who gave all they could. The day we set aside to remember used to be known as Decoration Day. It began back in the Civil War days when families would go to place flowers on their loved ones graves. Some think the practice predates that time in history. Since it's inception, the government has changed the May 30th date to the last Monday in May so that government workers could have another long holiday weekend. While I'm not opposed to long holiday weekends, I am opposed to losing sight of the reason for remembering. I've read ads and watched commercials all touting the major retailers Memorial Day Sales and so far, all they've mentioned is that it's Memorial Day and they're having a sale. Hopefully by Monday, there will be at least a mention of the fallen men and women in an ad. Surely they won't just use this day to line their pockets. Surely not.
I will again be with the faithful few at the old Fairview cemetery in League City honoring our war dead and the vets who've passed away since their military service ended. I hope that our group will be joined by more and more people who aren't too busy to stop and think about the freedom they enjoy because someone was willing to pay the greatest price for their privilege. It's only right.

May 20, 2007

TV or Not TV

...that is the question. If I had any moral courage in this area, I'd chunk the tv out with last week's tv guide. But I don't. So, I'll just use my little forum here to grouse about the wasteland which becomes vaster everyday. Again, I'll complain about the left wing conspiracy to make Americans feel badly about gays, the war, and Christianity that is played out each week on Boston Legal. They're not even apologetic about the tripe they spew at the viewing public with such regularity that it makes it hard for me to enjoy the off the wall antics of Denny Crane. I watch it for the crazies, not because I need to be indoctrinated into the liberal agenda.

Then...there are the awful commercials I've seen lately. How in heaven's name did the stupid "SpongeBob No Pants" (showing a guy trying to convince his wife that standing naked with nothing but soap suds covering his altogethers) make it past the Burger King honchos? I believe the ad is aimed for children so it makes no sense to have a grown man standing there trying to be cute while naked. Am I missing something here?

I watched a commercial the past few days where a young boy shakes up a two liter bottle of soda and sprays his mother who in turn sprays him with the nozzle at her sink. I raised three boys and they wouldn't have to watch that commercial (for Viva paper towels) more than once to figure out that would be a fun experiment to try on each other. The commercial shows that all you need is one little sheet of Viva to wipe the smiling face of the young boy to clean up the mess. Any mother worth her salt knows better than that! And don't get me started on the Kohler commercial for a super toilet where the guy is trying to clog his toilet so a sexy female plumber can come fix it!!! He dumps tea lights, bottles of lotions and dog food into the can and flushes. I can't imagine some little kid trying to imitate that!!!

We used to just worry about responsible programming. Now, even the ads aren't safe!! Beware!

May 14, 2007

Does It Work?

I've been advised by several emails that tomorrow is the day to boycott gas stations (again!). I bought enough gas this morning to coast a little farther along for a couple of days. I was wondering if these boycotts really work. The email said it did, but I would think that if it was a significant amount of money lost, we'd see it on the news or in the papers. I haven't seen it mentioned either place...just online. Remember waiting for hours to pay $.70 per gallon? I never dreamed I'd look back on that as the good old days! With gas over $3.00 a gallon now, I'll do my part and not buy gas tomorrow and hope that someone notices. We'll see what Dave Ward says about it tonite at 10!