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Merry Christmas…just a few (23 pages) thoughts on this time of year

GREETINGS FROM  the home office…I mean, the Home Kitchen the base of Operation get ‘em fat. I think maybe I will feel like I am in better shape if I get everyone else I know fat? Mauahahahaha.

 

To those who have asked…yes I will have my “World Famous Chex Mix” available!

 

The BIG DAY must be right around the corner? Why? Well one, we had the shortest day of the year-the Winter Solstice on Wednesday; and now the days can start getting longer.

 

On the plus side the day light hours this week are filled with 60’, and Friday we celebrate a day for all religions to celebrate…”Festivus” the  “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”, those  easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”. It truly is “a Festivus for the rest of us!”

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8g4Ztf7hIM

 

This time of year we all put on a lil extra weight and for the first time in many years I too am putting on weight, red suit, and a beard…

 

While I have put on a couple pounds, and have not shaved in over a week…and yes, I am wearing a red t-shirt…that is not what I mean. This year I am TRYING to do that “Christmas thing” and have the “Spirit” (and it is OH SO easy with all this rain? We marked the rainiest year in Central Ohio History!!!). As my buddy, and Birthday boy this week, Jimmy Buffett says we are “Tryin’ to Reason with Hurricane Season,” but this season is all about others, and “The True Reason.”

 

We all have moments where we feel like the world is against us, and we can’t get ahead…but it could always be worse. I had the honor of being part of someone’s day who had it much worse (or as he thought). I am not going to go into any details but I had a buddy who I had not seen in a few years, and was really up against it show up at my door, and asked for help. Now I gotta tell you, first, I was like what the hell? Then after bringing him in, listening to his situation, feeding him half my sandwich I had for lunch (and I EAT A LOT), I realized that this dude and his bad day was a blessing to me.

 

WHY? Well first off someone trusted me enough to ask for help-that is kinda a huge complement! Second some of the help he needed is something I had gone through at one point, and what he needed I had knowledge of due to some REALLY BAD times in my life. I had also done something I never do just before he knocked…I bought a foot long sub. This may sound silly, but I never do this, I usually just get a 6inch with double meat, for some reason I got a foot long-and was able to share half with my unexpected guest. I now know why I was guided to order that sub. What I am getting at, is everything happens for a reason (even something as simple as a sub order). ALSO any of our WORST times can be beneficial if we learn from them. I was able to take some of my worst days of my life and help out an old friend on his own worst day. 8 years later I learned that I was given a gift in some bad times.

 

If anyone is reading this please stop and say a quick prayer for my buddy, and everyone who is going through some hard times right now. The Holidays while can be fun for some, can put extra pressure on some folks who are having a hard time…trust me, not only have I been there, this week, I saw it firsthand!

 

If someone is down, or not digging the season…don’t judge with “Scrooge” or “Grinch” comments, just take a moment to try and understand. MAYBE that “Scrooge” will someday be at peace and want the “biggest ham in the window” (or whatever the hell Ebenezer said), or maybe the “Grinch’s” heart will grow “10times?”

 

During this time lets all put a lil extra weight on, let our chins get a lil furry covering some “jolly” wrinkles, and don a gay ‘ole apparel with the red coats (in the 50+degree weather here in O-H-I-O!). While the physical appearance of Jolly Old Saint Nick is Morbidly Obese, we can let his big ole jolly heart live in each of us!

 

Santa Claus has always been a big part of Christmas. His image has always represented the magical part of Christmas. Eventually, children do stop believing in him usually because people they trust like parents, friends or older siblings tell them that he doesn’t exist.

The first time a child learns that Santa Claus doesn’t exist; they feel duped and sometimes feel angry or sad. So why is it important for people, not just kids, to believe in Santa? Believing in Santa represents hope and the importance of having a dream. When you believe in Santa you believe that the world is full of infinite possibilities and that anything you desire can come true. It’s just not about material objects, but the possibility of something better. Believing in Santa means that you believe in yourself and the world around you. The belief also plays a big role  in developing and having an imagination. With the internet, computer games and budget cuts in the schools that affect the arts programs developing an imagination and nurturing creativity is becoming a lost form. Developing your imagination also enables you to form images, sensations and concepts without sight or hearing. It helps people make sense of the world around them. Believing in Santa Claus also helps you think about the future and what goals or achievements you’d like to accomplish. Believing helps reduce stress. Fantasies are a healthy part of life and often a necessity especially in times of uncertainty. Believing in Santa Clause is the feel good moment of the year. It’s hard to resist watching children’s eyes light up at the sight of Santa. You can’t help but get caught up in their excitement. Even for the most cynical people, looking at the world through a child’s eyes lets you see the wonder that the world can hold even if it’s only during Christmas.

It’s important to keep the image of Santa alive even if your kids don’t believe in him anymore because he represents so much more than just presents; he represents hope and joy even if the world is a little chaotic.
This year, bring jolly old Saint Nick back. On the gift tags, write his name under the word from. Even if your children are older, they’ll get a kick out of it and you may even see a glimmer of joy in their eyes.

 

I am missing someone during this season, well make that 2 people, everyday. Each gave me some joy that I have not experienced since they excited my life. And each allowed me to enjoy this time of year.

 

The memory of each, makes this a bitter sweet time of year for me. One showed me how great this time of year (and everyday) is, and the other…made every Christmas great and really gave me anything I could want, not just because she could, but because she cared.

 

My Grandma always did for me. This time of year would start on January 1of the next, when she would start my “Christmas Club” accounts as a kid, and the highlight would be the day after Thanksgiving when after cooking all day the day prior…she and I would get up at the butt-crack of dawn to hit all the sales at 6 am. Christmas while creating many great memories of her, is also rough; not only cause she is not around, but cause I know it is hard on my Grandfather.

 

Ya see my hero, my Grandfather, married my Grandmother on Christmas. While that is the ultimate gift of Love (even better than the Jelly of The Month Club-“the gift that gives year round Clark”)…that also means the spot next to the tree where she used to sit is especially empty.

 

But her memory is unwrapped every year on their anniversary and well…everyday! Grandma used to give me whatever I wanted and;

 

Some folks have been asking me what I want for Christmas so:

1.)  Batman has one, can I?

www.topgear.com/uk/photos/ferrari-engined-m3-gearbox-quad-bike-2011-12-16 

2.)  Pair of Black Leather Gloves

3.)  Kashmir Skull Cap

4.)  Help Clean My Garage

5.)  www.howmuchyabench.net/

6.)  Bottle of Port

7.)  Dinner (Spaghetti, Chinese, Deep Fried Oreos)

8.)  This Weather to Stop and My Sinus Clear Up

9.)  Tickets to see Garth Brooks in Vega

10.)Peace on Earth…or just let me be in charge and fix it all?

 

Add On…Dyson Sweeper

 

ALSO to all my Nashville friends, who thought I paid WAY TOO much for my Margaritaville Aviator Sunglasses (that I LOVED), and to the friends who laughed when we saw them for 75% off…I have lost mine and unless I left at Florida Moms (There is a STRONG chance fell out of my bag and on other side of bed against wall window is on? If so feel free to send them up North COD?) So if not, anyone who is interested-I could use a replacement pair.

http://www.margaritavilleeyewear.com/hemisphere.html

 

Even if I don’t get what I want, at least I only have a year to pout, cause on Dec 21, 2012 the world is scheduled to end…better make this Christmas count! 😉

 

So as we move into Dec 25th…Imagine your friends throw YOU a birthday party and everyone brings presents for everyone but you. How would you feel? Remember the reason for the season (and my list)… Merry Christmas!

 

Fun Spin on “The Season” What if Joseph and Marry had facebook?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hJAsUx9H8Eo#!

 
OCCUPY:
Occupy does not “get it” but these kids REALLY don’t get it! I also hope the teacher gets fired!

Occupy the High School Senior Parking Lot: A Manifesto By: Soren Bowie December 19, 2011

 

Dear Principal Carver, Vice Principal Marshall, Faculty and Staff,
We, the class of 2012, urge you to pause for a minute from your duties of forcing the “rules” of the “American’t Dream” down the throats of today’s youth and look out your windows at the world. There you will see us, putting aside religion, gender and tons of other conflicting stuff to stand united at the edge of a really really big precipice in American history, and more specifically, the curb. We have assembled in the student parking area on the east side of the building, also known as “The Senior Lot” or “The smoker’s hangout.” We have renamed it “The Parkway of Liberty” in honor of our honorable cause. Let it be known that we unanimously agreed that “Freedom’s Freeway” was a better name but Carey Ferguson had already started painting the banner before we could change it. It was a setback, for sure, but if nothing else it should be a testament to the unstoppable power of our revolution now that the gears are in motion.

Our goal is simple: We intend to stay out here fighting the tyranny of American capitalism until future generations no longer have to suffer the disproportionate allocation of wealth in this country, and at least until finals week is over.

“We want to be heard, probably!”

Through Mr. Langen’s geopolitics class, we the seniors now understand the growing inequality in this country in ways that you couldn’t possibly know unless you stepped out of your big expensive offices for once and actually sat in on his lectures. We’ve seen the widening economic disparity between the fat cats and the rest of us. Mr. Langen said that the only way things are going to change is with a precipice of fresh new ideas of young adults of the next generation. Mr. Langen knew that grade point averages and exams were just part of the archaic system that put us in this mess in the first place. If Mr. Langen wasn’t currently dealing with Christi Lattel’s unfounded allegations, we think he would be out here, sleeping in our tents and supporting our movement.

Our demands are few: We will come back to class when Buckfield Academy does everything within its ability to halt foreclosures on the houses of the unemployed or sick. We will come back to class when Buckfield Academy does everything within its ability to break up the commercial banking system that’s making money off the poor. We will come back to class when Buckfield Academy does everything within its ability to prosecute the greedy corporations for their hand in the economic collapse, with the exception of the following companies:

Proctor and Gamble (Tina and Sheri Moeller’s father is the CFO)
Countrywide/Bank of America (Madison Carson’s uncle is a mortgage executive)
Fannie Mae (Teddy Sander’s father is the VP)
Exxon Mobile (Bronx Cutler’s dad is on the board. Chance Baker’s mother is head of strategic marketing. Pippy     

                Bernstein’s father is the top-subsidiary executive. Chet Vess’s mother is the legal executive)
(Note: More names to come as other students join our movement)

We also demand that the speed bumps be removed from Campus Road leading up to the student parking lot and that the Diet Dr. Pepper in the cafeteria vending machine be replaced with regular Dr. Pepper again. There was never a vote or anything, one day it just changed to diet even though everyone can taste the difference and nobody in the whole school likes diet soda except the teachers.

We hope the Academy acts quickly for the sake of its student body, but we understand if classes and tests must be canceled as the school works to meet these demands. We believe that given the current economic climate, it’s completely unfair of Buckfield to expect its seniors, the role models to the rest of the school, to study while they are working to fix the precipice of a broken country. Particularly when the faculty is being paid to come to school every day as pawns of the corporate machine, yet we are never paid a dime and we are here just as often. That kind of backwards thinking is exactly why the country is in this mess in the first place and no one is going to change anything just by sitting around. Metaphorically speaking. Physically, sitting around is the basis of our movement.

 

In fact, maybe “movement” was the wrong word.


This is the starting point as we reshape America. According to dictionary.com, “revolution” means a radical and pervasive change in society but it also means a single complete cycle. We are just following in the footsteps of our Forefathers who founded this nation over 50 years ago. This country was built on the idea that by distributing wealth, everyone could achieve greatness collectively. That’s what democracy is all about. We should never have forgotten that.

If you agree, regardless of whether you are a teacher or a student, please know that you are welcome to join us in the parking lot. Consi’s dad let us borrow the RV that sleeps many of us comfortably and Tamila’s family is letting us use their nanny for meals and washing up. We are prepared to accept anyone who wants to join our ranks.

As you consider the option, please also take a minute to ask yourself what great Americans through history would do in this moment. What would George Washington or Alexander Graham Bell think if they were here to see you now? Would they be proud of what our country has become? Would they be proud of you? Or would they hesitate to sign the Declaration of Independence, knowing that future Americans might lose sight of the ideals they fought so hard to protect, or worse, lack the courage to find the path again? The answer of course is no, and then no again, and then yes. We are all granted an opportunity now to be heroic, to alter the course of our country, to be the answers to questions on history exams in the distant future. The world will remember fondly how we cast aside some silly tests and in-class essays to do something that mattered. Just like we speak fondly of our great grandparents standing up against the precipice of tyranny during WWII and the Spanish American War, so too will our great grandchildren speak fondly about us, and this parking lot, and how we slept in it at least until Christmas break.

Sincerely,
The Senior Class

http://www.cracked.com/blog/occupy-high-school-senior-parking-lot-manifesto/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_campaign=new+article&wa_ibsrc=fanpage

 

 

PLEASE JOIN ME: 

FRIDAY: Join my Buddy Chris O at The Filling Station for the “All request Dance Party”

 

For me?…I AM TAKING THE WEEKEND OFF!!!


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COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:
Every Friday join my buddy DJ Chris O at The Filling Station kicking off your weekend with all your favorite hits, and some of the cheapest drinks in town

December 31st Yogi’s  NYE Party
Filling Station NYE Party
Blue Jackets NYE Game

January 1st NEW YEARS DAY for the “First in The First”http://www.m3ssports.com/events/first-on-the-first.htm
JANUARY 6th PBR 2012 Kick Off at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!!

 

 

THOUGHT(s) FOR THE WEEK:
When you pray, always give thanks. Never tell God that there is a problem. Instead, thank God that the solution is on the way. Thank God for what you have, and more will be added. Giving thanks and praise is what God likes. Don’t tell God how big your problem is, only tell your problem how big your God is! -Rex Crain

 
SONG(s) FOR THE WEEK:
YEP…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9JjUH5NofI

 

A song EVERYONE should listen to EVERY MORNING!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE0TatKLHxo

 

I LOVE this song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSJoZiB-UGY

 

This time of year…the answer for world peace? (Not edited)

http://www.tagtele.com/swf/embed5.0.11.swf?autoStart=0&video_id=11924&videoImage=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tagtele.com%2Fimg%2Fvideos%2Fthumbs320x240%2F11924_default.jpg&k=&playlist=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tagtele.com%2Fvideos%2Fplaylist%2F11924%2F1%2F

GREAT SONG! And fun “look back” gotta ask…”Are Ya Feelin’ Good?!?!?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XbQaio1aRmU#!



HOLIDAY SONGS:

FUN REMIX!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHEhSCZr_uw

 

This week was the start to Hanukkah, Happy Festival of Lights to all my Friends of The Jewish Faith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd1Pyu9_rxo

 

I get made fun of, but I love this SAPPY SONG! It what the Holidays are all about (well with the exception of the mom dying)…plus Kimberly Williams Paisley is HOT!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fKI50MhzVM

 

After years of Hating this song…kinda grew on me this year (but still despise the remake of the movie it came from-The Grinch!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmGSHZYZ74c&feature=related

 

Gotta have a lil fun before the Rock Star of the North Pole visits…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRW2poUfJ34

 

NOT a fan of the Boss, but wow this is such a good and FUN version for ‘The Night Before Christmas! Feel free to yell our BRUUUUUCE as ya listen?!?!?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cFL8unTNf4&feature=related

 

Always liked this song, did not realize why until a few years ago. No matter what “gifts” are under the tree remember it is the true gift of others that make this time of the year special. AND the real reason for this time is because of the Ultimate Gift WE were given…

 

However, Santa if you are reading this, I would really like the “one gift” back in my life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvQXwHh42VU&feature=related

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?:
“A Christmas Story” comes from short stories by Jean Shepherd originally published in Playboy.

 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Why reindeer make great pets for more than just Santa

 

Reindeer are perhaps best known as being Santa’s helpers at the North Pole, but Santa’s not the only one who keeps reindeer for pets. Reindeer are a vital commodity in many arctic and subarctic regions in Europe and Asia, providing their keepers with goods like clothing, meat, cheese, and butter. Reindeer are specifically kept just as pets in Russia, Alaska, and more recently states like Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Reindeer ranchers have also started to pop up in Utah.

So why have more and more people come to love reindeer? All reindeer owners seem to agree that reindeer are the most unique and friendly pets around. Reindeer are able adapt to humans more than any other species of deer. They come to know and recognize their family over time, similar to dogs or cats. Not only are reindeer friendly, they are easy to train to pull objects, and they can be fed using commercial feed for adults and feed formula for calves. They can live anywhere from 12-15 years, about the average lifespan of a dog or cat. The one downside to owner a reindeer is males tend to get aggressive. But by cutting of their antlers (which will eventually grow back) and administering hormone shots, this problem can be fixed.
http://www.reindeer.ws/

http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-salt-lake-city/why-reinder-make-great-pets-for-more-than-just-santa?cid=dflo-facebook-121811-Reindeer

 
FUNNY:

Flow charts to explain Christmas

http://www.happyplace.com/12960/the-most-enjoyably-bitter-christmas-charts-and-graphs

 

 

HELP:
Help my buddy Todd help others PLEASE:

http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/todd-reigle

 

Donations Pour In After Knox Co. Humane Society Burglarized
A central Ohio community jumped to help a humane society received on Friday after burglars stole thousands of dollars in items.

Thieves broke into the Knox County Humane Society and took more than $2,000 in goods, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

“Took medications, took syringes, took the cash box, took donation jars. They wiped us out,” Humane Society Director, Tina Ballantyne said.
After hearing about the burglaries, people from all over central Ohio started coming in to lend support.

“You don’t understand why anyone would want to do something like that. Especially at Christmas,” Licking County resident Marla McGraw said. “They could lose all the animals they’re trying to save.”

Representatives from the humane society said that they were thankful to see the outpour of support and even more thankful that none of the animals were hurt.

The Knox County Humane Shelter is a non-profit organization and is still welcoming donations.

Here is a list of items they said they needed:
Purina Cat Chow
Purina Kitten Chow
Pedigree Dog Food
Pedigree Puppy Food
Cat Litter
Large Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
Small Stainless Steel Cat Bowls
Large Stainless Steel Buckets
Small, Medium and Large Stainless Steel Training Collars
4 ft and 6 ft Leashes Clip on and Leads
Toys for both dogs and cats
Tennis Balls
Q-tips
Trash Bags
Scrub Brushes
Brooms/Dustpans
Mops
Lysol Liquid Detergent
Lysol Disinfectant Wipes
Laundry Soap
Plastic Spray Bottles
Hand Soap
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Toilet Cleaner
Glass Cleaner
Cleaning Gloves
Window Cleaner
Black Sharpie markers
Printer Paper
Pens
Writing paper
Plastic bags
For more, visit the humane society’s website here: http://knoxhumanesociety.org/

 

 

GREAT READ:

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.

As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you
2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.
3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.

 

4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.

 

5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.

 

6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.

 

8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.

 

9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.

10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.

11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.

 

12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.

 

13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.

 

14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.

 

15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you.

 

16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.

 

17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.

 

18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.

19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.

 

21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.

 

22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.

 

23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.

24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.

 

25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.

26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.

27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.

28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.

29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.

 

30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/

 

 

MUST WATCH:

This is funny! No matter if you “Te-Bow” or not

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ul2dhNaQgxM

HOLIDAY:

Fun for the kids (of all ages)…

NORAD Tracks Santa www.noradsanta.org

Name across the world for the Jolly Fat Man with The Beard
My Dad?

Father Christmas,
Sinterklaas,
Saint Nicholas,
Odin,
Papa Noel/Papai Noel,
Mikulas,
Shengdan Laoren,
Viejo Pascuero,
Sinter Klaas,
Joulupukki,
Chimney John (Wales),
Kanakaloka (Hawaii),
Grandfather Frost (Russia),
Christkindl (Austria),
Joulupukki
Pere Noel

This is a cute “Modern Day” adaptation of the Birth of The Big J.C.. Merry CHRISTmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZrf0PbAGSk&feature=player_embedded
5 tips for easy holiday gifting

The holiday season is upon us once again, and many of us will be buying gifts for friends, co-workers, and loved ones. If you’re going to be going on a shopping spree, I know it can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ideas to ease you through this year’s gift-giving season:

List the loved ones. Create a list of who you are planning on giving to this year, and what you would like to give each person. Make sure your intended gifts fit within the budget that you have in mind for your holiday spending. Come up with a few options for each recipient so that you have a backup plan in case you can’t find what you wanted to get them initially.

Re-gift without regret. We all have received gifts that we don’t really want or need – that garish painting from Aunt Sally, the ill-fitting sweater from Uncle Dave, and so on. As well meaning as the givers were, these items are just not right for you – but they may be perfect for someone else. Collect all your re-giftables into one area, and go down your gifting list and see if someone on there might be a good fit for one of your castoffs. When you re-gift, make sure the person who gave you the gift initially and the person to whom you are going to be re-gifting it to are not in the same social circle.

Keep your costs down by planning ahead. Make sure you get the best deal on your purchases by checking sites like blackfriday.info,fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net. These sites have forums listing the hot deals of the day and opportunities to save cash on popular products. If you’re out and about and are ready to buy, before you hit the checkout line try calling 1-888-DO-FRUCALL. This free service lets you type in the UPC product code of the item you’re thinking of buying, and checks its price against several online retailers to find you the lowest price.

Consider giving experiences instead of things. If someone loves to dine, give them a gift certificate for their favorite restaurant. Got a friend that’s into art? How about a class at a local art center? People quickly forget things that are given to them, but tend to remember experiences – as well as the giver. Another bonus – experiences don’t take up any storage space! Another great “non-thing” gift is making a donation to your recipient’s favorite charity. This is a gift that people really remember.

Plan for next year.  Once this holiday season is over, start a list of gift ideas to help you decide what to get for next year. If it’s February and you see something that would be a perfect holiday gift for your Aunt Sally, just jot it down on your list under her name. Do the same thing for everyone else you’d normally buy gifts for. When next year’s holidays come around, you won’t have to spend any time coming up with a shopping list.

Don’t let your holiday shopping become just another chore – after all, isn’t there supposed to be joy in giving?
http://www.examiner.com/organizing-in-san-francisco/5-tips-for-easy-holiday-gifting?cid=dflo-facebook-121111-GiftGiving

 

 

DA*N IT! This story brought tears

Anonymous Donors Pay Off Kmart Layaway Accounts

The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.

He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.
“She told him, ‘No, I’m paying for it,'” recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”

At Kmart stores across the country, Santa seems to be getting some help: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers’ layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn’t afford, especially toys and children’s clothes set aside by impoverished parents.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/16/anonymous-donors-pay-off-kmart-layaway-accounts/#ixzz1goXB6EA9

 
BIRTHDAY:
Jesus of Course! Ever wonder what the “H” stands for when some say Jesus H. Christ? Also Happy B-Day to one of my musical heroes, Jimmy Buffett. Fins Up “Bubba.”

 

 

PASSING:

Maybe he is “Wanted Dead or Alive” but was NOT “shot through the heart,” and did NOT take any “Bad Medicine” (should I keep going?). Contrary to Social Networks,  Jon Bon Jovi IS ALIVE!

Bon Jovi jokes about death reports during concert
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi made light of Internet reports Monday that he was dead.
At a concert Monday night in New Jersey, Bon Jovi joked about the incident. “He referred to the hoax several times, and even pantomimed taking phone calls from concerned friends checking to see if he was still alive,” the Star-Ledger reported.

 

Boni Jovi’s Twitter feed posted this message: “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey” -jbj.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/bon-jovi-jokes-about-death-reports-at-concert.html?track=icymi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p53kJX64ieQ  (start at 43 seconds in)

 

Santa has taken 3 of the worst terrorists the world has faced in 2011 in Saddam, Osama, & Gaddafi  (however still waiting on Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be “stuffed” in a stocking)

North Korea mourns dead leader, son is “Great Successor”

North Koreans poured into the streets on Monday to mourn the death of leader Kim Jong-il and state media hailed his untested son as the “Great Successor” of the reclusive state whose atomic weapons ambitions are a major threat to the region.

Earlier, a tearful North Korean television announcer, dressed in black and her voice quavering, said the 69-year old ruler died on Saturday of “physical and mental over-work” on a train on his way to give “field guidance” — advice dispensed by the “Dear Leader” on trips to factories, farms and the military.-REALLY, Seriously!?!?
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/19/us-korea-north-idUSTRE7BI05B20111219

 

Guess Il is no longer “Ronery” (NOT edited for language)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdug6yHJB40&feature=related

 

 

ANNIVERSARY:

My Grandparents would celebrate their 58th Wedding Anniversary. She is no longer here on earth but still alive and well (without the yelling) in my Grandpa’s heart.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Dog The Bounty Hunter New Season 8 Gets Moved to January

Dog The Bounty Hunter’s news season eight has been moved to January, 2012. Dog The Bounty Hunter was previously announced to news as returning to U.S. television for an eighth season this December. But yesterday, the date was confirmed changed.

http://news.lalate.com/2011/11/28/dog-the-bounty-hunter-new-season-8-gets-moved-to-january/

 
MUSIC:
Surfs Up…here’s to a long pipe run!

The Beach Boys Confirm 50-Show Reunion Tour
Kickoff will be at New Orleans Jazz Fest in April

After months of rumors, the Beach Boys have finally announced details of their 50th anniversary reunion tour. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks will all participate and 50 dates are planned, with the tour kickoff at New Orleans Jazz Fest in late April. “This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys,” Brian Wilson said in a statement. “It will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.”

According to multiple reports, the Beach Boys were going to announce this reunion at the Grammy nominations special on November 30th – but last minute problems caused them to back out of the broadcast. According to Al Jardine, the Beach Boys will appear at the Grammys on February 12th. “There will be a surprise at the Grammys,” Jardine tells Rolling Stone. “We’ll do something really exciting. There’s a lot of interest in it, which is nice. It’s going to be a very big operation.”

Jardine also says that the group will present a diverse setlist. “We haven’t played together in a long time,” he says. “The fans are going to want to hear the hits. But there should also be lesser-known ones that are so important.”
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-beach-boys-confirm-50-show-reunion-tour-20111216

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSynDh_K0EE&feature=share

BOOKS:

‘’Twas The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement Clarke Moore and Jon Goodell

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas has never before been presented inside such a lavish, gift-worthy package. The full-color AniMotion windows that appear within the festively trimmed illustrations add movement and depth to this beloved tale.

From a locomotive circling the Christmas tree to the flickering flame of a candle, this distinctive version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas will not only inspire visions of dancing sugarplums, but the heartfelt hope that St. Nicholas himself will be placing this special gift under the tree.

MILITARY:
The Wounded Warrior Project has a way for you to send a card to our wounded soldiers. Takes about 1 minute.

https://www.facebook.com/wwpinc.fans?sk=app_200103733347528

We have all seen the houses that have lights that dance to the music…this by Far the best one yet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YHwa-Iq1Bx4#!

POLITICS:
GOD HELP US ALL!!!

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http://powerof12.org/

 
BUISNESS/PRODUCT OF WEEK:
Not really a business, but the employees who have to man the return counters at the stores the day after Christmas. Those people are SAINTS and should get hazard pay!

 
YOU DA MAN:
Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, and simply “Santa”, is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric aspects who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24. The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek and Byzantine folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots (images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache). This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children’s books and films. The North American depiction of Santa Claus as it developed in the 19th and 20th century in turn influenced the modern perceptions of Father Christmas, Sinterklaas and Saint Nicholas in European culture.
According to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, with a large number of magical elves, and nine (originally eight) flying reindeer. Since the 20th century, in an idea popularized by the 1934 song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior (“naughty” or “nice”) and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the good boys and girls in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the reindeer who pull his sleigh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus

WHAT THE HE**?:
Notre Dame’s Rudy Used Scrappy, Undersized Sports Drink Company To Scam $11 Million Out Of Investors

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the former Notre Dame walk-on whose life became the basis of one of the greatest sports films of all time, has been sued by the SEC for his involvement in a “pump-and-dump” stock scheme for his sports drink company, Rudy Nutrition.

If your childhood dreams were not already lost, then this should do it: Not even Rudy is innocent.
http://deadspin.com/5868859/

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?:
Radio Host Bill Press Tells Tebow: ‘S-T-F-U!’ About Jesus…
Liberal radio pundit and former CNN host Bill Press has a message for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Liberal radio pundit and former CNN host Bill Press has a message for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow: “S-T-F-U” about Jesus.
The leftist commentator used this acronym (which stands for “shut the f**k up”) while speaking on his radio show this morning about his dislike for Tebow’s “in-your face” Christian faith.

“…And you know what I want to say, S.T.F.U. I’m tired of hearing Tim Tebow and all this Jesus Talk,” Press said. ”He better be praying hard this week, because he’s up against a real quarterback on Sunday — against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.”
http://www.610wtvn.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=104668&article=9522042&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wtvnnationalnews+%28WTVN-AM+%28National+-+National+News%29%29
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9z_YZObTX64

 

 

SPORTS:

This Reds fan may get his Christmas Gift this year?

Cincinnati Reds Acquire Mat Latos: Why the Reds Are Now NL Central Favorites

Cincinnati Reds fans have spent the past two months following exciting news reports like “Cincinnati interested in Josh Willingham,” “Reds target Gio Gonzalez” and “Reds sign Andrew Brackman.” But when the headline broke that “Reds Acquire Mat Latos,” Cincinnati fans experienced a shock to their cheese coney-filled systems.

 

In the trade, the Reds dealt first baseman Yonder Alonso, starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, catcher Yasmani Grandal and closer Brad Boxberger to the Padres in exchange for the 24-year-old ace starting pitcher.

Many Reds fans are reacting in anger and dismay at exactly how much the Reds had to give up to get Latos. It’s impossible to deny that Latos is a legitimate young star in the making, but Alonso, Grandal and Boxberger all have the potential to be future All-Stars.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/987043-mat-latos-traded-to-cincinnati-reds-why-the-reds-will-win-the-nl-central?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=br_reds

 
BUCKEYES:
I will NOT talk about the Bowl Suspension for the 2012, and how Gene Smith is a FREAKIN MORON…

 

Loyal to his roots
Bob Knight always has had a special place in his heart for his hometown of Orrville, Ohio

The ranch house on North Vine Street, its backyard bordered by railroad tracks, offers the same view today as it did a half-century ago to a crew-cut kid who left the simple home and found fame. To the south stands a white water tower beaming this humble town’s name in red letters, and a few blocks north of the two-bedroom home lurks a monstrous utility plant, still belching steam into the sky.

A few years ago, however, the owner of the house peered out his front window and saw something odd.
http://www.buckeyextra.com/content/stories/2011/12/18/loyal-to-his-roots.html

RELIGION:
The Real War On Christmas… By Fox News (guess what? I disagree with FOX News)

Each Advent in recent years, around the time when those prefab, do-it-yourself gingerbread house kits appear on supermarket shelves, Fox News launches its (allegedly) defensive campaign commonly known as the “War on Christmas.”

Fox News’ “war” is designed to criticize the “secularization” of our culture wrought by atheists, agnostics, liberals, leftists, progressives, and separation of church and state zealots — i.e. Democrats. This irreligious coalition force is allegedly waging a strategic offensive on Christmas, trying to banish the sacred symbols of the season, denying our religious heritage, and even undermining the spiritual rubrics upon which our great nation is built.

Fox News positions itself as the defender of the faith and all things sacred. And Bill O’Reilly fancies himself the “watchdog” of Christmas.

Fox News’ usual targets include shopping malls and stores that replace their “Merry Christmas” greetings with “Happy Holidays,” and state governments that no longer call their official “Christmas” trees by their rightful name, or municipalities that ban any depictions of, or references to, the Christmas season in public places. Those who are attacked defend themselves, often claim that they are really religious too, and the perennial war is on.

But what we actually have here is a theological problem, where cultural and commercial symbols are confused with truly Christian ones, and the meaning of the holy season is missed all together.

The war on Christmas is really about what brand of “civil religion” America should have. The particular (read: biblical) meaning of Christmas, for Christians, has almost nothing to do with the media war.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wallis/the-real-war-on-christmas_b_1151709.html?ref=religion&ir=Religion

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BOOKING HOLIDAY EVENTS FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2011! “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”- WARREN BUFFETT

HEALTH:
Here’s to a season full of being full of Jolly and Wellbeing!

INSPIRATION:
‎”The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird sleeps in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities…” – James Allen

 
SUCCESS:
‎”A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing
poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”
— Jim Rohn

 

 

QUOTES:
“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”—Lady Gaga

CLOSING:
“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or to the atheists ”Have fun in Hell.”

 

 

TO DO:

Here’s what’s happening in Central Ohio!

SUNDAY: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

MONDAY 12-26-11:
Jeff Dunham brings Achmed, Walter, Peanut and the rest of the crew to Nationwide Arena (makes a great Christmas present for a certain person who lets you know what’s going on every week)

MORE TO DO:
FRIDAY:

Holiday Tales for Children at The Ohio History Center/Ohio Village. Bring your preschoolers to hear classic and modern children’s stories and fables shared in imaginative ways. For more info: www.ohiohistory.org

ALL WEEKEND:
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. For more info: www.columbuszoo.org

Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park. For more info www.ohiostateparks.org

Exhibit: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 45th Anniversary Retrospective at The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. For more info www.fpconservatory.org

IN THEATERS:
OPENING ON WEDNESDAY:
 A classic comic book comes to the big screen in the computer animated,  ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ rated “PG.”

 

The Granddaughter of Steelers and Giants founders, Rooney Mara, stars in suspense thriller ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ rated “R.”
Tom Cruise is back in the action packed ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,’ rated “PG-13.”

Matt Damon, and Scarlett Johansson star in the family friendly ‘We Bought a Zoo,’ rated “PG.”
OPENING ON CHRISTMAS:
Nothing says the Christmas Season like a thriller where the earth is invaded and people are blown up! ‘The Darkest Hour,’ rated “PG-13.”
The action packed and inspirational ‘War Horse’ rated “PG-13.”

DVD:
The perfect last minute stocking stuffers for the “Gleeks,” “Glee The Concert Movie” rated “PG.”

 

Morgan Freeman stars in the true story of courage and belief ‘Dolphin Tail’ rated “PG.”

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:
Every Friday join my buddy DJ Chris O at The Filling Station kicking off your weekend with all your favorite hits, and some of the cheapest drinks in town

December 31st Yogi’s  NYE Party
Filling Station NYE Party
Blue Jackets NYE Game

January 1st NEW YEARS DAY for the “First in The First”http://www.m3ssports.com/events/first-on-the-first.htm
JANUARY 6th PBR 2012 Kick Off at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!!


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December 22, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. i think you hit on everything, nice job Matt, nice job. 🙂

    Comment by bryan gifford | December 22, 2011 | Reply


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