Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
My husband had retired before I did. He warned me retirement would not be easy. I disregarded that advice thinking that was easy for him to say. Wouldn’t it be great to have a stress-free life?
I discounted being bored. I retired anyway. I was bored at first. It took six months to a year to rewrite my life. One needs to fill in the time previously spent working. You need to find new friends. You need to establish routines. You need to fill the time with meaningful things.
New challenge; what to do when you have more time on your hands. It is leap year. We have an extra day in February this year. I already have that extra minute a week that Boniva saves so I don’t have to “set aside time” to take the weekly pill for osteoporosis. Now that big pizza chain is offering me “thirty minutes” to do what I want. The ads say if you order the pizza you have thirty minutes to do what you want before it arrives. On their commercials one guy spends his time getting “30 Minutes Abs”. Another couple contemplates romance. The commercials are a spin from the old days when they promised to get pizza to my house within thirty minutes or it was free. They no longer offer it free if it doesn’t arrive in thirty minutes. They offer me time. Maybe retirees aren’t their target audience. Maybe those thirty minutes are more precious to working parents and busier people. Wouldn’t it be nice if the OTD crowd could accumulate those minutes and add that on to our life expectancy?
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I enjoy getting email and staying in touch with family and friends. I don't enjoy getting "form letter" email that threaten bad luck if I don't pass it along. I am amused by the ones that promise "something good will happen to me by 11:00 am tomorrow " if I don't break the chain.
I received the following email from a friend today. I copied and pasted it to eliminate the hundreds of names and email addresses and phone numbers trailing on it. I find it amusing that so many could be so gullible, but I sent it to three other people! (I told myself they could read it for the chuckle.)
Here it is:
"Read carefully... THIS TOOK TWO PAGES OF THE TUESDAY USA TODAY - IT IS FOR REAL To all of my friends, I do not usually forward messages, But this is from my friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is an attorney. If she says that this will work - It will work. After all,What have you got to lose? SORRY EVERY BODY.. JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!! I'm an attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real. Rest assured AOL and &nbs p; Intel will follow through with their promises for fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit similar to the one filed by PepsiCo against General Electric not too long ago. Dear Friends: Please do not take this for a junk letter. Bill Gates sharing his fortune. If you ignore this, You will repent later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test. When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it (If you are a Microsoft Windows user) For a two weeks time period. For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check. Regards. Charles S Bailey General Manager Field Operations 1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-1085 or RNX 292-1085 Thought this was a scam myself, But two weeks after receiving this e-mail and forwarding it on. Microsoft contacted me for my address and within days, I received a check for $24, 800.00 . You need to respond before the beta testing is over. If anyone can afford this, Bill gates is the man. It's all marketing expense to him. Please forward this to as many people as possible. You are bound to get at least $10, 000.00 We're not going to hel p them out with their e-mail beta test without getting a little something for our time. My brother's girlfriend got in on this a few months ago. When I went to visit him for the Baylor/UT game, she showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4, 324.44 and was stamped 'Paid In Full'.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I am already tired of the hype. I am already tired of hearing them proclaim they are going to win. I am tired of snide remarks. I am tired of the disrespect. I am tired of being solicited for my vote. I am tired of watching some of these untalented people make fools of themselves. Now they are in South Carolina. They want to win there and then head to the big contest. They want to be the next American Idol. I think the show has lost its appeal.
Presidential politics can wear one down like the American Idol contest. Candidates have been engaged in campaigning for over a year. Maybe if we had a panel of three judges like Randy, Paula, and Simon we could thin out the crowd shorten the procedure. (Simon need not apply. Qualifications for the panel of judges should include being a US citizen.) Judging from the way politicians work together these days, picking the judges would have to begin long before the campaigning. Let’s not tell Florida we are voting to pick the trio of judges. That could only slow this down.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Someone sent this link today to an article by Star Parker. I read her book, "Uncle Sam's Plantation" and admire her. I guess if she was not afraid to say she appreciated "Juno" I won't be either. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=59767
Sunday, January 20, 2008
There was a local lady a few years back nicknamed Leapin' Lena. Everyone called her that. She could be seen walking around town-fast-, clutching her purse tightly against her body. She was outspoken and fiercely independent. One of my walking partners laughed when she told this story. Lena had a relative who brought her to midnight mass as St. Michael's church one year. During the service, there was a hush as the lights were dimmed and candles dimly lit the beautiful church. Lena was then heard to loudly say, "Who turned off the G___D______lights!" My bet is, she was only taken to that service once.
I am not sure if we had any ancestors or relatives this colorful, but am soliciting stories from my cousins and aunts and uncles. Maybe there is a Leapin' Lena or Buster in our family tree. I think if we shake the tree a bit we may find some interesting stories too.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
P.S. There is NO driver
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs.Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model formillions.Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes."