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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Observations and Declarations

Here are some very important declarations and observations:

I like frozen peas (I nuke them of course) but I don’t like peas in cans which are basically mushy and tasteless. For some dumb reason, a couple of years ago I was at the store and canned peas were on sale. I think I bought six cans. When I brought them home, the Lovely Sharon treated me like I was a leper. She asked me what the heck I was thinking when I bought six cans of peas. I honestly could not give her a good answer. She did even want me to store them in the pantry. I ultimately gave them to the food bank. Now if the Lovely Sharon is giving me a bad time, I threaten to buy canned peas. That is pretty effective tool of getting her to back off. Maybe that is what we ought to do in the Mideast - threaten to air drop thousands of cans of peas on the land. I think I will email the President.

Almost every morning I buy a breakfast burrito at McDonalds in their drive through. The burrito cost $1.08 including tax and is 300 calories. Cheap price and not a bad number of calories for breakfast. They may be bad calories, but ok. When I get to the ordering speaker in the drive through, they ask me if they can help me and I always say the same thing: “I would like one breakfast burrito and some mild sauce and that’s all.” Inevitably, they ask “Is that all?” and I say yes. Then they ask me ”Anything else?" and I say no.   Every morning this irritates me. When I give my my order specifically as to what I want and follow my oral order with “that’s all” you would think that would clearly describe what I want. But no, I need to respond two more times that I don’t want anything else. If I were president I would issue an executive order preventing this from happening in the drive through at McDonalds.

The internet news has been full of stories about the Denise Richards dog dying. I am sure she loved her dog and she is probably very sad. When my dog Wilson died I was incredibly sad. But folks, this is not news worthy. If you recall, Denise Richards was married to actor Charlie Sheen. They had a volatile relationship and eventually divorced. The following was on Wikipedia about her:

On November 8, 2006, officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were called to the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C., where Richards was making a movie. After seeing two photographers taking her picture from a nearby balcony, she confronted them, and threw their two laptop computers over the balcony. One laptop struck an 80-year-old woman in a wheelchair. The other laptop grazed the arm of a 91-year-old woman. Neither woman suffered serious injury. No charges were filed against her.

It’s a warm thought for me picturing her angrily grabbing laptops and throwing them over the rail where they rained down on elderly women. Now that is news. I can see that going viral, but her dog dying? Not so much.

Ms. Richards apparently posed for Playboy in 2004 and I am sorry to say I did not see that but I think she has had enough publicity for dead dog.

I like Mrs. Obama’s new hairdo. She now has bangs. She looks nice. But again, is this so newsworthy that it has been on every news program and in every news source for 10 days? No.   I have not change my hair style since junior high school. If I were to change my hair style, now that would be news worthy.

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