Take the time to go by the Raven's Nest and see what her stories and the other stories this week are about.
With the end of the serial about Sgt Johnson and the crew my wordzzles will take on a different tack. I will experiment with other things to write.
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: Horny as a toad, Frankenstein’s sister, Greeks bearing gifts, Holiday, Cheese grater, Gridlock, Drip dry, Coffin maker, movie mogul, Turkish coffee
Mini Challenge: prenuptial agreement, The purple cow just hated the orange cat, potato chips, sari, Hammer and nails
Random thoughts concerning current events and such. As always it's just one mega-Wordzzle.
Perhaps you've listened to the news lately, though with the Holiday confusion and shopping you might have missed the auto bailout mess. It seems that the Republican holdouts (what Pat Buchanan described as Toyota Republicans) put the kibosh on any help through Congress. Probably just as well. If I were the auto makers I'd be aware of Greeks bearing gifts this time of year anyway. The thing that got my goat was the hypocrisy involved in the Senators’ actions. They approved all that money, you remember, 700 billion and counting, for the banks and Wall Street jerks, but balked at a measly 15 billion to keep the domestic car makers going till Obama takes office.
While this might sound like putting the hammer and nails to the coffin of the Big 3, it ain’t necessarily so. The Decider (still president George Bush) can still direct the treasury department to part with a bit of the TARP fund and keep American car makers from an early (though some say inevitable) appointment with the corporate coffin maker, bankruptcy.
If you have been shopping then you know that in spite of the economic downturn that stuff still costs a pretty penny. There may be some stores giving discounts, but lets face it, their crap was way overpriced anyway. From my experience shopping this year everything from Cheese Graters to Drip Dry trousers seems too expensive.
Some of you may have to deal with Gridlock and crowds to find the items on your gift list. You have my condolences. Take some time to enjoy yourself while doing it. Say "Merry Christmas" to everyone that you come into contact with and make the best of the time out with the crowds. Maybe a stop at the local Starbucks and some great Turkish coffee could be your treat to yourself. (Does Starbucks even have Turkish coffee?) Anyway, you get the idea don't ya?
And please be careful out there driving during this crazy season. Folks tend to be more distracted than usual while behind the wheel.
If you're in need of gift suggestions; let me remind you that the movie moguls are offering a wide variety of DVDs and Blue Ray discs of some great flicks this season. How about a subscription to Bride's magazine for your friends looking to a spring wedding? My advice if you do this: steer clear of any mention of prenuptial agreements. Please remember that if you give beauty products, like makeup or a hairdryer, that you must be careful. You wouldn't want your niece, aunt or wife to look like Frankenstein's daughter after using your gift.
Think outside the box if you get stuck buying a gift for someone. Something as exotic as an Indian Sari will work for the right person. If you have very young children to buy for then think about a custom story book as a gift. Let's face it, you won't get the chance to use a line like the "Purple cow just hated the orange cat" in many of your adult conversations.
For my part, I have a slight bit of shopping left for the first of the week and then we leave town for a few days for our anniversary. I'll be sitting in a bar in Laughlin eating potato chips, drinking a beer and getting horny as a toad.
Next Saturday I'm taking off while we celebrate, gamble and remember why we got married in the first place.
If I don't talk to any of you before Christmas, then please have a very merry one.