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30 December 2006



very year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square.

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Anticipation runs high. New Year's Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration - it's a global tradition.

The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. As the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing our joy and hope for the year ahead.

And then it's onto South Philly for the annual New Year's Day parade featuring the Philadelphia Mummer's!

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Happy New Year friends!! See you in 2007!
29 December 2006



fellow blogger, gabalotgal sent this to me yesterday.

And since I have nothing to write about I thought I would steal the photos and put them on here for the day.

However the caption that came with the photos claim this is in my city of Houston. I don't think so... Take a look at the two pictures... especially the surroundings... they are in two completely different locations. Shrug

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Observations and Questions
Now you already know the question I'm gonna ask: If you had to go real bad... would you?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1936 Mary Tyler Moore Brooklyn NY, actress (Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People). And in the death notices in 1890 Big Foot Sioux Indian chief, dies at Wounded Knee.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Gabon : President's Birthday
Texas : Admission Day (1945)
World : Ante-Pen-Ultimate Day
27 December 2006



ut, does it do any good whatsoever? Of course I am speaking about Saddam Hussein who was sentenced to death by hanging within 30 days from today.

When I was younger, I was 100% pro death penalty... gas chamber, electric chair, hanging, firing squad, pulling out fingernails... whichever got the job done. Now I ask myself constantly... is it working? Is the death penalty a deterrent? I honestly don't know. The purpose is to punish the guilty and set an example of what could happen if you take the same route in life. His death will not deter future terrorist by one ounce.

Which hurts him more... being put to death and it's over? Or giving him life in prison to languish? From what I've seen Iraq's prisons aren't quite as good as they are here in the US. Maybe we'd see him piled up like the other guys from the prison that's shut down.

What to do, what to do? Is it against the law over there to be laid out naked in a field, pour honey or some kind of donkey food on your privates and then have a donkey lick your privates until the fall off? And then pour vinegar over them to help heal them?

I wonder if it will be on TV as a January Special? You know, for sweeps month. I am pretty sure the actual hanging won't be on US television... but you'll surely be able to see it on the internet somewhere.

Any thoughts on this entire situation?

Observations and Questions
So... should Saddam be hung first or last to build suspense. AND... do you think he will even live to his execution date? He might commit suicide.
26 December 2006



o, how did it go yesterday? I had a pretty quiet day, except for when my daughters came over for a few hours.

Usually the walkway in front of my living room window always has people walking back and forth... but yesterday, not one single soul walked past all day.

I get a chuckle out of people that think writing Xmas is blasphemy or something and make it a point to write out the whole word, Christmas. Little do they know that one of the original ways of spelling the word was actually Xmas.

Christmas is sometimes shortened to Xmas, an abbreviation that has a long history. In early Greek versions of the New Testament, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ (Χριστός). Since the mid-sixteenth century Χ, or the similar Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ.

Well, anyway, that's about all I can come up with this morning. I think all the over-celebrating from years long gone have drained my brain.

See y'all tomorrow with something better! (I hope).

22 December 2006


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ow, it's here already. It just seems like it was almost 360 some days ago I was wishing you the same thing. I swear the older you get it comes faster and faster, doesn't it? And when you're a kid it never comes fast enough.

I know I usually put lights up or something on my blog for Christmas, but this year I have been extremely lazy, as y'all know. No matter how had I have tried, I can't get into the full spirit and I don't know why.... but that doesn't stop me from hoping your holidays are fun-filled and you enjoy every ounce of spirit!

I've looked at a zillion holiday graphics and can't find a single one that I like. Shrug.

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But have a very Merry Christmas anyway!!
20 December 2006



r however you spell it! Early this morning I decided to take the plunge into the unknown... Yes, I made the decision to switch over to the magical and new Blogger.

In the process I wrote out a sheet telling my survivors what I was doing and whom to blame. For 6 hours I couldn't access my blog because when I tried I would get a notice telling me I was in the middle of switching over to the new, wonderful and magical Blogger. BAH HUMBUG!

Here I am, just reading an email from Blogger telling me I couldn't switch because of one reason or another.

Ugh... no make that UGH... wait... ^&&^*%^&%## UGH

18 December 2006



really have to blame it on something, so it may as well be the holidays. Normally, when I wake up the blog ideas are simply spilling out of my head. The problem is to pick one and write about it.

Lately I wake up and my head is empty. I can't even come up with a sucky post.

To wit:

Usually I decorate my front window with all the little houses and people I have bought. Stick lights inside the homes and it looks pretty neat. This year for some reason I set them all up on my dining room table with my little 3 foot tree in the middle. Then I turn on the Christmas lights and open the blinds for the whole world to look in and see my apartment. There's only one problem with this scenario...

I need to remember to wear clothes. Hey, I live alone and this helps with the washing and drying bill.

Observations and Questions
So how do you decorate your windows??
15 December 2006



es, there is a huge debate going on in my head these days. I'm not sure exactly why either. I don't know if I need a new blog design or not. I kinda like the newspaper angle... however, I think it may have become boring.

The only problem is... I don't know what to do with it.

Observations and Questions
Any helpful ideas?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 0037 Nero Claudius Augustus Germanicus 5th emperor of Rome (54-68). And in the death notices in 1890 Sitting Bull Hunkpapa-Sioux chief (Little Big Horn), killed by US Army.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Esperanto League : Zamenhof Day (1859)
Malaysia : Hol Al-Marhom Sultan Ibrahim of Johore
Netherlands Antilles : Kingdom Day/Statute Day (1954)
Pakistan : Quaid-i-Azam's Birthday
US : Bill of Rights Day (1791)
World : Underdog Day
13 December 2006



nless, of course, you're talking about TV's famous Mr. Ed... The things I learn thanks to the internet. I have a question for you TV buffs out there... Remember the old TV show Mr. Ed? Where Mr. Ed and his owner Wilbur would chat and get into ridiculous situations? Of course you do...

Well, I have a little question for you: Mr. Ed was a horse... True or False?Everyone answered True, right? Guess what? Mr. Ed wasn't a horse at all!

That's right TV buffs... Mr. Ed wasn't a talking horse... he wasn't even a horse. Mr. Ed was a... drum roll please... Mr. Ed was a zebra!! Nonsense you say... you could plainly see he was a horse. Not so Kimosabe... Because TV was in black and white back then, the zebra's colors couldn't be seen and appeared all white.

An even bigger shock... Mr. Ed, not only was not a horse, but Mr. Ed was a female!

Other problems with black and white TV's back then... The difficulty in resolving closely integrated black and white images on non-color television receivers was one of the primary reasons NFL games were not regularly televised until the mid-1960s, when sales of color TV sets started to outstrip those of black-and-white models. When black-and-white television predominated in the nation's living rooms, football games were too often disrupted when players ran into the referees, whose black-and-white striped uniform tops made them nearly invisible to onlookers.

Likewise, Johnny Cash's famous televised live concert performance at California's Folsom Prison in January 1968 proved disastrous when several inmates wearing the traditional black and white prisoner's garb slipped unnoticed past guards, who had been provided only black and white monitors with which to view the proceedings.

Observations and Questions
Amazing, huh?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1925 Dick Van Dyke West Plains MO, actor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show). And in the death notices in 1979 Jon Hall actor (Ramor of the Jungle), dies at 66.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Malta : Republic Day
Upper Volta : National Day
11 December 2006



od? You there God? It's me, little Denny Shane from Fishtown... yes, yes, the same little Denny Shane that colored in the 3 Wise Men's eyes one year because I thought it was funny to see them with black eyes. Sigh...

What is wrong with this world? I think you need to get on the ball up there and start smoting some people. Yes, I mean smote in the full Biblical sense.

Now you know me... I try to stay out of these religious battles and things. But really... did the Rabbi in Seatac, Washington really have to complain because he couldn't put a Menorah up next to the Christmas tree in the airport.

Then the airport took all the trees down.

Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, who made his request weeks ago, said he was appalled by the decision. "They've darkened the hall instead of turning the lights up," said Bogomilsky's lawyer, Harvey Grad. "There is a concern here that the Jewish community will be portrayed as the Grinch."

This is not a good situation God...

Oh, and by the way... those Wise Men DID look funny with their blackeyes.

Observations and Questions
Who will be the first smotee, step right up!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1915 Frank Sinatra Hoboken NJ, singer/actor (old blue eyes/chairman of board). And in the death notices in 1994 Stuart Allen Roosa astronaut (Apollo 14), dies of pancreatitis at 46.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
El Salvador: Day of the Indians
Kenya: Independence Day/Jamhuri Day (1963)
Pennsylvania: Ratification Day (1787)
World: National Ding-a-ling Day



ello everyone and welcome back from your weekend! I hope y'all had a great time, doing whatever y'all do on the weekends! I spent my weekend trying to decide if I wanted to decorate my windows for Christmas. Par for the course, here I am Monday morning and still deciding. Not only the windows, but the artificial Christmas tree also. I just don't have the spirit this year as I do in years past. Shrug.

I did watch The Mummy and The Mummy Returns on the SciFi channel. I keep watching these movies over and over whenever they are on TV. And I don't know why. I am also a major sucker for the originals of Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Dracula, The Thing and Creature From the Black Lagoon.

While watching The Mummy Returns, in the beginning, there was a battle between two ancient Egyptian armies... literally thousands on each side. Since both armies had on ancient Egyptian rags as clothing I wondered how they could tell each other apart when all mixed together in battle.

Egyptian clothing during battle. Oh my God... see what a really cool and totally boring life I lead?

Observations and Questions
Make me feel good and tell me what a totally boring weekend you had?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1946 Teri Garr Lakewood OH, actress (Mr Mom, Young Frankenstein). And in the death notices in 1993 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Geneva Switzerland: Scaling Day/Escalade (1602, 1816)
Indiana: Admission Day (1816)
Upper Volta: Republic Day (1958)
08 December 2006



ou know me, I like to keep my readers informed and be truthful all the time. It is my solemn duty to put the kabosh to this story:

A candymaker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols from the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd" with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as a Candy Cane -- a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who "have eyes to see and ears to hear." Every time you see a Candy Cane, remember the Wonder of Jesus and His Great Love that came down at Christmas, and that His Love remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today.

Soon after Europeans adopted the use of Christmas trees, they began making special decorations for them. Food items predominated, with cookies and candy heavily represented. That is when straight, white sticks of sugar candy came into use at Christmas, probably during the seventeenth century.

Tradition has it that some of these candies were put to use in Cologne Cathedral about 1670 while restless youngsters were attending ceremonies around the living creche. To keep them quiet, the choirmaster persuaded craftsmen to make sticks of candy bent at the end to represent shepherds' crooks, then he passed them out to boys and girls who came to the cathedral.

Observations and Questions
So what do you think? Is "The Truth", fact or fiction?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1943 Jim Morrison Melbourne FL, singer (Doors) is he really dead?. And in the death notices in 1587 Mary Queen of Scots (1560-1587), executed.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Guam : Lady of Camarin Day
Japan : Enlightenment of the Buddha
Spain, Panama, Canal Zone : Mother's Day
Spain : School Reunion Day
Uruguay : Beaches Day/Family Day
06 December 2006



his is what I love about our country and people. No matter how serious a situation we can make fun of it. No matter how you feel about the "Kramer Incident", this has got to make you chuckle... And God knows we need more chuckles in this world.

Observations and Questions
What's on yer mind today?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1942 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff] Philadelphia PA, rocker (Bristol Stomp). And in the death notices in 1988 Roy Orbison, US Rock singer, (Pretty Woman, Only the Lonely), dies of a massive heart attack at 52.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bahrain: Ruler's Ascension Day
Ecuador: Day of Quito (1534)
Finland: Independence Day (1917)
05 December 2006



ell yes, MJ made headlines again today as he drove around Dubai searching for Chicken Wings. Yes, I know... you wonder how my spies come up with these incredible stories.

Jackson appears thin, but not necessarily frail, as befitting one who has been staying at royal digs in the neighboring Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain since late June. "We went there because he [Jackson] wanted to eat Buffalo wings," Mohammed Bin Sulayem, a rally-car driver who helped act as the entertainer's tour guide, told the wire service.

The Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai serves chicken, or Buffalo, wings in three varieties: Classic Rock (with medium dipping sauce), Tangy Bar-B-Que (barbecue) and Heavy Metal (hot). It was not clear which Jackson sampled.

In comparison

Just in case you are interested... yesterday for breakfast I had one bagel with butter. For lunch I enjoyed the last of my fresh turkey. Also on my sandwich was tomato, mayo, jewish pickle and onion. For dinner I succumbed to a Superman pizza from Papa John's. I thought it pretty good actually.

Observations and Questions
What was on your menu?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1839 George Armstrong Custer Major General (Union volunteers, of Little Big Horn fame). And in the death notices in 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composer, dies in Vienna, Austria, at 35.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Beirut Lebanon : Arbor Day
Haiti : Discovery Day (1492)
Netherlands : St Nicholas Eve
Thailand : King's Birthday
USSR : Constitution Day (1936)
04 December 2006



ormerly known as Clark, Texas. Population 89. Well, we have stadiums' changing their names to corporate sponsors, etc. It was only a matter of time before a town would do it.

The little hamlet of Clark, Texas was offered free Dish Network service for 5 years, the whole taco, IF they did one thing. Change the name of their town to Dish.

So the townspeople got together and all agreed to change the town name to Dish in return for free service for 5 years. I know for sure they do lose the free dish deal at the end of the period. What I do not know is if they can go back to Clark, Texas.

Is this the wave of the future?

Observations and Questions
If you could change the name of your present town... what would it be?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1934 Wink [Winston Conrad] Martindale Jackson TN, TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This). And in the death notices in 1993 Frank V Zappa US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Mexico: Day of the Artisans
Tonga: Proclamation Day
01 December 2006



es, confused and befuddled. I am not sure which I am more, confused or befuddled. But I am.

Has anyone changed over to the new version of Blogger? I keep trying and get this message from Blogger: Thanks for your interest in the new Blogger in beta! Unfortunately, we cannot switch your Blogger account at this time, because one or more of your blogs cannot be moved. Please see our help article for more information.

I only have ONE blog and this is it! Now, what I did do was copy my present Template, open a new Blogger account and then pasted it into the new deal... no problems. Why? Why now and not before. The problem is that I had to come up with a new blog address. The only thing I lost is all of my back postings, nothing else. Shrug

Observations and Questions
Any help? answers? anything?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1945 Bette Midler Aiea HI, singer (Wind Beneath My Wings, Do You Want to Dance?)/actress (Beaches, First Wives Club). And in the death notices in 1980 Sam Levene actor (Purple Heart, Designing Women), dies at 75.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Azores, Portugal : Independence Day (1640)
Cape Verde : Restoration Day (1968)
Central African Republic : Republic Day (1958)
Iceland : Independence Day (1918)
Liberia : Matilda Newport Day (1822)
Portuguese Guiana : Mocidale Day/Youth Day
Romania : National Day