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NFL Playoffs – or Not?

by on Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Today is the day that key football teams will find out if they are contenders in this year’s Super Bowl or not. My team folded a long time ago – they started out losing and never really caught up to get a wild card chance of playing. So most of us are watching to see if the teams we hate will lose, and which of the teams that are left on the field might be worthy of us cheering for them.

My own picks for who will play in the Super Bowl are the San Francisco 49’ers and the Baltimore Ravens. I’m not saying that I like either of those teams, I’m just picking them out of the rest of the teams still in the running as being able to pull off enough wins to make it to the Bowl. In a way, I hope my picks don’t prove true, because I don’t like either team. In fact, I despise the Ravens and think they are nothing but a bunch of overpaid thugs.

But, we’ll see by morning if my picks are still on track.

No More Paper Receipts

by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Kudos to K-Mart for stopping the waste of paper by not giving out paper receipts any more. You are supposed to sign up for their shopper card and give them an email address. Once you are signed up, your receipt is sent by email to you and they don’t waste the paper from the cash register.

I think that is a great idea. How many people just automatically throw the paper receipts into the trash as soon as they get home? I don’t know about you, but I only keep receipts if they are a tax deduction or a big ticket item that I want to have proof of purchase in case something goes wrong with the item and I need to return it or call on the warranty.

The extra benefit of paperless receipts is that every purchase gives you bonus points that accumulate over the year. The points can be redeemed for immediate cash credit against your purchase at any time. So, today I bought about $30 worth of household stuff and applied my bonus points to get a cash credit of $13. That was like getting 40% off all the stuff I bought, and I didn’t have to cut out coupons or just shop for sale items. It just went off my bill and all I had to pay was $17 at the register.

Get Out the Blankets and Jackets

by on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Holy crap this weather sure turned ugly fast. One day its 90 degrees out and the air conditioner is cranking its heart out. The next day it’s 40 degrees and I’m thinking about turning on the fucking heat.

Most days I don’t even think of a jacket as I head out the door. This morning, that was a big mistake. I thought that the little bit of time I was outside between my front door and the truck door would not be a big deal even it is was a bit nipply. But damn – the chill stayed with me the entire way to work. I am still cold.

Watch me end up getting sick from this fucking weather change. It seems to me that every time we switch from summer to fall the people around here start getting sick with the flu and strep throat. I hate being around sick people – it makes me paranoid as hell. People who are sick need to stay the fuck at home and not be spreading the germs around to the rest of us. Especially the people who work at schools and day care centers, bus drivers, and fast food workers. Keep your germs at home people – I don’t have time for getting sick like you losers.

Old Shoeboxes

by on Saturday, September 1st, 2012

This is a habit that I got from my mom. I cannot bear to throw away shoeboxes. I buy a new pair of shoes or boots and toss them in the floor of the closet. So then I have the dilemma of an empty shoebox. I should throw it out but I feel this overwhelming guilt as a little voice in my head – in my mother’s voice – says, “That’s a perfectly good box! Don’t throw that away!”

So I have a collection of empty shoeboxes on the top shelf of my closet. I have not idea what I will ever want to put in them – certainly not my old shoes. But they are perfectly good boxes.

I almost wish the store would just keep the shoeboxes at the store – like they already keep the clothes hangers when you buy new shirts or pants. If they keep the shoebox then storing it or re-using it is on them and not on me. I’d be fine with taking a new pair of shoes home in a plain plastic bag – or better yet, wearing them.

Good City Fireworks Show Last Night

by on Thursday, July 5th, 2012

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There was a pretty good fireworks show downtown last night. The Fourth of July is always a big deal around here – rednecks just love the chance to buy fireworks from the tent stands that pop up all over the state the last two weeks of June. I know guys who save up all year just waiting for the chance to buy fireworks and stock up.

The city always has a free concert on the riverbank for several hours with the Nashville Symphony and a handful of B Circuit singers to entertain the crowd that gathers for the free fireworks show at dark. It’s an expensive treat for the city to be spending money on in this bad economy, but it is a tradition and we southerners are pretty big on keeping our traditions going every year.