Friday, December 26, 2008
So, I haven't had Christmas yet, since I've been working through the holidays. But my girlfriend gave me an early present, and it may be the coolest thing ever: An Iron Man bobble-head.
Oh, no, you read that right. An Iron Man bobble-head.
My girlfriend, she rocks.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
The Santas are proteges of Larry Stewart, who roamed the Kansas City streets each December handing out $100. Before he died of cancer two years ago, Stewart had doled out about $1.3 million in 26 years of charity.
The entire story, written skillfully by AP writer Cheryl Wittenauer, was touching. But this particular passage affected me the most:
Leotta Burbank, 50, of West Frankfurt, Ill., was at a thrift store Friday to buy decorations for her sister-in-law's room at a St. Louis hospice, where she is dying of pancreatic cancer.
When Santa gave her money, Burbank collapsed into his arms and wouldn't stop hugging him.
"God provides," she said. "This is real emotional for me."
Now, if we could only channel this sort of thing 364 more days out of the year, we'd be rolling.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I'm thankful for friends who find my company appealing, though God knows why.
I'm thankful for family, who love me because they have to. It's in the fine print, damn it.
I'm thankful that in this wretched economy, I have a job with benefits, even if sometimes it makes me want to sit down with a bottle of Jack Daniels and see how long it takes to get to the bottom.
I'm thankful that I have a roof over my head, food on the table and clothes on my back.
I'm thankful that I'm ambulatory and cognizant.
And I'm thankful the Phillies finally won the damned World Series.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Now, we find out that President-elect Barack Obama is a closely-woven unbleached or white cloth produced from corded cotton yarn. Muslin, you know, breathes well, and is a good choice of material for clothing meant for hot, dry climates. Which will be nice during the summer months.
And, you know, this completely supports that belief that he's a terrorist, 'cause they come from arid climes.
And people say the American education system's in the crapper. C'mon, nothing says educated like incorrect, libelous graffiti.
(Thanks to Wonkette for turning me on to this priceless gem of a tale.)
The album, which has been in production since 1994 (No, no; you read that right), the disc is being seen as an attack upon the Glorious People's Republic of China, where a state-owned paper published an article Monday with the headline, "American band releases album venomously attacking China." Unidentified Chinese Internet users had described the album as part of a plot by some in the West to "grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn." The album "turns its spear point on China," the article said.
In the Communist Party's defense , the record's title track does include the lyrics, and warns "if your Great Wall rocks blame yourself." And we all know that if there's a man with his finger on the global pulse, with bags and bags of relevancy, and scores of malleable youth hanging on his every word, it's W. Axl Rose.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So it looks like Malaysia's top Islamic group banned Muslims from practicing yoga.
And this is after they banned tomboys.
Apparently the National Fatwa Council's chairman, Abdul Shukor Husin, said that many Muslims don't realize that "the ancient Indian exercise could corrupt them."