Presidents Day Rip-Off

Presidents Day (free clip art)

Presidents Day (free clip art)

I don’t know about you, but I think that we’ve been ripped off. When I was a kid, we had school closings twice in February. Once to observe President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, and then a short while later to observe President George Washington’s Birthday. I’m pretty sure the government and banks and the post office closed down on those days, too.

A lot of private employers also gave their employees those days off, as paid holidays. Somewhere along the line the greedy corporate giants got together and lobbied to have those two holidays merged into only one, and to call it “Presidents Day.”

I feel ripped off – we lost a paid holiday. The kids lost a day off from school! I want it back! The kids want it back! How about you?

Valentines Day Disaster

DOH (free clip art)

DOH (free clip art)


Well the Marines taught me how to deal with most everything that might come my way except for an irate girlfriend. Here I thought I was doing great by picking up some nice steaks, potatoes for baking, salad mix and even some flowers for my lady friend for Valentines Day.

It seemed like a great plan until she arrived. I told her about the steaks and potatoes and also how I didn’t forget her favorite salad dressing but when I asked her what time dinner was, well things went down hill from there. I tried to regroup by telling her she was a better cook than I am but that didn’t seem to make any difference.

Guess I should have taken her out for dinner, huh?

Groundhog or Woodchuck?

Grumpy groundhog (free clip art)

Grumpy groundhog (free clip art)

The only rodent to have a day on the American calendar designated as a holiday is the groundhog. Of course, they have certain responsibilities that go along with that, such as appearing on their designated day and forecasting the weather for the next 6 weeks. That’s a pretty big job, as the highly paid TV weathermen can’t seem to forecast the weather correctly for more than 24 hours out – and sometimes not even that good.

When I was a kid, we called these criters woodchucks and my grandfather would take his shotgun out to the fields with him while riding the tractor and if he saw a woodchuck he would shoot the pest. And he shot plenty.

Now we have all these do-gooders who don’t like to see anything killed and they’ve probably passed laws protecting the furry little critters. But when the designated spring-predicting groundhog says we will have a late spring, I’m tempted to grab a shotgun and take him out! And by out, I don’t mean out to dinner!

All Natural and Vegan too

vegan (free clip art)

vegan (free clip art)

When Sarah told me that Joshua was going “vegan” last month, I told her that I was going to need some serious shopping help in finding some gifts for him. She told me that there are several places online that sell all natural and vegan products like soaps, deodorants, and even mustache waxes! She told me to go onto Google and look for petal pushers fancies and I would probably be able to find some places that sold those types of products.

Thinking about vegans, I have to wonder what they do when it comes to buying “good” shoes. Manmade uppers don’t stretch, or breathe, and leather shoes are forbidden. Do they wear flip-flops all the time?

A rare animal

Scientists have been resorting to use cameras to capture images of rare animals. One image was recently taken in the Saharan desert in Niger Africa. The animal is a Saharan Cheetah that is nocturnal and very shy. Conservationists hope the pictures will add insight to the animal’s habits and territory.