* – so I got fired from my job back on the 13th. Merry f$%king Christmas to me!
Suddenly Obama’s talk of “redistributing the wealth” sounds pretty good to me! 🙂
Did I deserve to get fired? Yes, technically speaking, I did. If you want to follow the letter of the law (or, more specifically, my former company’s policies), I did. However, I find it interesting that I had been in the jewelry sales business since September of 2001, and had never been verbally reprimanded, written up, or fired before. I come to this store, work and act no differently (as far as I could tell) than I had in the previous 6.5 years, and in the span of five months I get written up three times and then fired.
I’m just sayin’…
A baser side of my nature really wants to lash out, but I’ll do my best to take the high road and say to my former employer and coworkers, “Sorry it didn’t work out, best of luck, and Merry Christmas.”
* – despite living further north than Mrs. Chili, Auntie, and others, the Eyrie survived that ice storm from a few days ago without incident. No lost power, nothing. We heard from Bowyer‘s ex-wife last night, and she said he’s still without power! Ouch!
In other weather-related news, we had a small snowstorm yesterday that dumped a couple of inches on us. We’re expecting the northernmost fringes of another storm tomorrow afternoon. Some news sources in the area are telling us to brace for a true nor’easter on Sunday. I’ve even seen one extended forecast that says to expect more snow on Christmas Eve!
Guess I don’t have to worry about whether or not we’ll be having a white Christmas around here, huh?
* – I can’t believe, after the season they had last year, that my Atlanta Falcons are currently 9 – 5 and have a shot at the playoffs! They have to win their final two games and hope the Cowboys and Buccaneers trip up along the way, but they have a shot. Needless to say, I’ll be a big Charger, Raider, Raven, and Eagle fan the next two weeks!
* – the Red Sox have been pretty quiet so far this Hot Stove season. They signed the Japanese kid, Junichi Tazawa, back on Dec 4, but he’s likely going to start out in the minors. They traded Coco Crisp to the Royals for relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez, who’ll just be another setup option to get to Jonathan Papelbon, on November 19. That’s it. They’re rumored to be the front-runners for the big prize, Mark Teixeira, but I’ll believe that when I see it.
While we’re talking about Teixeira, I need to admit to a mistake. A while back I had commented on how I didn’t want Teixeira. Yeah, I said, he’s a big bat that will protect Big Papi, but bringing the former Angel in would mean having to move Youk to third base and trading Mike Lowell, and that would hurt the Sox team defense.
Since then, I’ve read numerous reports that state that Teixeira is an excellent defensive first baseman. My bad. I still don’t know if Youk would be as good a defensive third baseman as Lowell, but now the Sox signing Teixeira, if it happens, does make more sense to me.
I’d still be sad to see Lowell go, though. Hopefully we get a good young catcher for him.
* – so Adam Sandler has done those two Hanukkah songs, right? So here’s what I can’t figure – how can somebody be partly Jewish (“Lenny Kravitz is half Jewish/ Courtney Love’s half, too / Put them together / What a funky, badass Jew!”)? I mean, it’s a religion, not a nationality, right? If my father’s a Christian and my mother is Jewish, but I decide to practice Islam, I’m a Muslim, not half-Jewish, half-Christian, right?
And it’s not as if if you’re Israeli, you’re Jewish. I’m sure there are some Israeli citizens who aren’t Jewish. On the other side of the spectrum, there are more Jews in the U.S. then there are in Israel (6.1 million to 5.6 million, according to some numbers I heard on the radio this morning).
So exactly how is someone partially Jewish?
* – can somebody tell me what the difference is between ham, pork, and bacon? It’s all dead pig flesh, right?
* – I stumbled across an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show on the Travel Channel the other night. The chef he was interviewing?
Yes, that one.
They were out on Ted’s ranch, grilling various things Ted had shot. For some reason, it caught me off guard to see Bourdain firing M4s, MP5s, M60s, and a short-barrelled, pistol-gripped shotgun with “the Motor City Madman.” I loved Nugent’s answer, too, when Bourdain asked him what he would do if, after Obama took office, the Feds came to try to take all his guns.
“It’ll be a target-rich environment.” 🙂
* – I forgot how funny Family Guy is. Cookiemaker and I ran across a few episodes the other night. Effed-up, but funny as hell.
* – House is a pretty good show, too.
* – this is why I have a problem with the way the War on Terror is being fought. I don’t have a problem with the war itself. I think it needs to be fought. It’ll never be won, but to not fight it would mean that the terrorists would win. I just think we’re fighting it the wrong way.
The article I’ve linked to was written by Mark Bowden, the man who also wrote “Black Hawk Down” (among other titles). The story details the hunt for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an al-Qaeda leader. The hunt was successful. We found the bad guy, and we killed him. We also killed his “spiritual adviser,” along with two women and two children, both under five years old. They were killed by a pair of 500lb smart bombs dropped by an F-16 fighter jet.
As you might imagine, the problem I have is with the “collateral damage,” but that problem isn’t just based on purely humanitarian reasons. One of the biggest arguments I’ve heard against the War on Terror is that it’s creating just as many terrorists as it’s killing (if not more). This is a perfect example of how that’s happening. If a commando team had gone in with the right plan and equipment, Zarqawi – and only Zarqawi – would likely have been the only person killed in the operation. Instead, millions of dollars were spent in jet fuel and bombs, and two innocent women and children were killed.
There’s a better way to fight this war.
* – I wish I was Michael Phelps. 😉
* – here’s one for all the ladies in the house.
* – and, finally, here’s a little Christmas gift for the guys (the naughty ones, anyway 😉 ).