The wind blows hard this morning, it comes roaring across the plains with a vengeance, carrying it with bitter cold. I don’t know where it is has been, but it has been blowing across snow, it tears at the corner of my eye, and it chills me to the marrow of my bone. I secretly long to be somewhere else.
This time of the year, it is hard to find that ideal spot in life, that pleasing place, where everything is right. Back east my friends are still covered in snow, locked down and the first stages of Cabin Fever seem to be rearing its ugly head. I stop to think about it all, things could be a lot worse for myself.
I count my blessings.
A bad week to be a football fan, at least in Washington state that is. A Washington state middle schooler was sent home for wearing the wrong NFL jersey. His school which has an official uniform last week, allowed students to wear Seattle Seahawks jerseys for a team-appreciation day. Grendon Bailie, who is 13 years old, wore the jersey of his beloved Pittsburg Steelers and was told to change or be suspended. His only comment was: “Not everyone is a Seahawks fan.”
It is not easy being a thirteen year old these days.
A Houston Texas couple was told to stop feeding the homeless because they do not have a permit. The couple had been feeding up to 120 people per night, using donated food prepared by volunteers. But City officials, in their infinite wisdom, decided to shut down the program because the kitchen isn’t inspected and certified. Their collective reasoning was that “poor people are the most vulnerable to food-borne illness.” Which is kind of like saying “Homeless people are lucky, they get to camp out every night.” Let’s form a committee and pool our ignorance, Houston you have a problem.
I guess it is best to just let them starve too death.
Good news! Do you desire to have healthy skin? British researchers found that eating five more portions of fruit and vegetables a day raises carotid levels and gives skin a golden tone, making people look healthier and more attractive. My skin, is not all that pretty, I don’t normally think in terms of “skin care.” Does the word “well preserved” readily come to mind here?
At my age I figure I would have to eat a dump-truck load of carrots, just to be considered “good looking.”
It also appears I may have to go back to dressing for success in order to look good. Believe it or not, it pays off. Lady Gaga and her ridiculous getups, are projected to make $100 million this year. In my minds eye, I can still remember my mother standing there and saying to me, “I am NOT going to pay $4.05 for a pair of Levi’s!”
Life moves on.
Former Kalifornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calculated that he lost roughly $200 million in box-office receipts by serving in government instead of making movies. “It was more than worth it,” Arnold said. Yeah? Try taking that to Cracker Barrel for a cup of coffee and an order of Chicken N Dumplings.
Things are warming up down under. This week it was announced that a group of Austrian undertakers said that they planned to funnel the excess heat generated by the crematorium next door into their new headquarters, so as to not waste energy.
I have saved the boring but important stuff for last.
This past week, President Obama ordered a regulatory review of all Federal departments. He issued an executive order directing federal departments “to root out those agencies that have rules that conflict, are not worth the cost, or are just plain dumb.”
The main snag or hangup here, would be where do you start?
Our president went on to say (now this one is a hoot), government rules strengthen our country without unduly interfering with the economy. And he went on further to say that although there are obvious gaps in the regulatory framework, it all seems to be working just peachy, and everything is going just swell.
Filled up lately Mr. President?
A Massachusetts cat has been summoned for jury duty, after it was listed by its owner on the census form. The cat received his summons, the cats owner said she contacted the jury commission to request disqualification on the grounds that Sal’s language skills are limited. And I suppose that he could be considered racist, as it was rumored that he definitely did not like dogs. It has to be true, I mean, I read it on the Internet.
Sit back, take a deep breath, and relax … Spring is just around the corner, it will be here before you know it.