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Every year around this time we hear from people on Facebook or in the local paper who are "offended" because someone says Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Now many of us see this as just plain silly. Happy Holidays is a greeting that covers all the holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year5s Day. Should not be that hard to figure this out yet some3 people act like you've killed someone if you dare say Happy Holidays. They apparently think Christmas is the only holiday we should pay attention too during this time of year. News flash to these people. Many holidays are celebrated in December besides Christmas. Christians don't own December. There were many winter celebrations this time of year long before Christianity came along and there's nothing wrong with including them. I recall Happy Holidays being said all the time when I was growing up in the 70's and 80's and no one made a big deal out of it. It has just been in the last ten years or so some folks who have a persecution complex have made it in to an issue. Some people I guess are not happy unless they feel they are being persecuted.
Also someone saying Happy Holidays does not take away from your celebrating Christmas. You can still say Marry Christmas and celebrate the holiday as you always have. It does not effect you or your celebration one bit so stop making a big deal out if it. It is a greeting plain and simple.
As far as stores like Walmart or other big box stores saying Happy Holidays, These stores serve the general public not just those of certain faiths. They can say Happy Holidays if they want and they should to be all inclusive. If you don't like it, don't shop there. I am more inclined to shop at a store that favors diversity and is inclusive. If you don't, fine shop somewhere else. Also the only reason big box stores mention a holiday is because they can make money off of it. That's it, plain and simple. Notice you never see many Thanksgiving sales at Walmat, Target, etc, because there is not much money to be made on those hoidays except for food. There is no law requiring a store to say Merry Christmas or any holiday for that matter. There is also no law saying they have to be closed Christmas. If they thought they could make money on Christmas they'd be open then too. A business has the right to say whatever they want this time of year. If you don't like it, don't shop there. The whole idea that someone could get offended by someone saying Happy Holidays just seems insane to me.
You've seen them in your inbox. Those back in my day lists that tell you how much "better" things were thirty some odd years ago. Well I thought I'd take one of these lists and pick it apart to show just how silly they really are. My responses to the list are in quotes after each item.
If you are 36, or older, you might think this is hilarious!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways...yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. They've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, They live in a virtual Utopia! And I hate to say it, but the kids today, don't know how good they 've got it!
1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!
"Someone obviously has a problem with being able to quickly look things up. Maybe the person who wrote this enjoys the old way but most of us like the fact that we can instantly look things up. Not sure why this person thinks this is a bad thing."
2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
"I guess this person did not have access to a phone. I can remember sense I was pretty little and I'm forty two that we had access to phones in our house. so no you did not need to send a letter. And if you did send a letter, it took a couple days to get there. 36 years ago we were using an inventions called trucks and air planes to get mail around much like today. We were no longer using the pony express."
3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our behinds! Nowhere was safe!
"Yes because that was so much better. I guess this person sees nothing worn with child abuse?"
4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!
"So, what's this persons point, and I tunes is not stealing. I tunes is a legal downloading site. This person really has a problem with modern technology."
5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?
"because being able to have CD's that last a long time is such a horrible advancement. Look technology advances get over it already."
6) We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!
"Because getting stuck not being able to get a hold of someone in an emergency was so much better."
7) There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please!
You kids have no idea how annoying you are.
"Maybe not but we have a pretty good idea how annoying you are. and why is being able to get in touch with someone 24/7 a bad thing. Maybe you liked the day when you could not reach someone in an emergency but I kind of like the ability to do that. So how is this a bad thing. It's also not just kids using this technology. Mostt adults use it too. Get out of the rock your under and you might realize this."
8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
"What is wrong with knowing who called?"
9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen.. Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
"Video game technology advances like everything else, Go play your Arari 2066. I'll keep the great graffics of my x box."
10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!
It's called progress, get over it." I used to read the old TV guide cover to cover but those days are over, get over it."
11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!
"Actually many TV stations ran cartoons during the week in the afternoons when you got out of school. Sounds like someone is using a little selective memory. Plus everyone nows the good cartoons are on Boomering not Cartoon Network."
12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!
"And you can still use the stove it you want. No one is stopping you."
13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!
"My parents never told us that." Maybe your parents realized how annoying you were and that's why they made you stay outside."
And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!
"Because the brain damage people received at the time was so much better. Probably explains why this person wrote this drivel. Brain damage could be the only explanation for writing this. and by the way, We did have car seats and wear our seat belts back then. I'm 42 and can always remember wearing a seat belt.
See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! the kids today have got it too easy. They're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!
Regards, The Over 40 Crowd
"I can't think of anyone I know over forty who think like this. The person tho wrote this obiously has a problem with the fact that older is not better and I'm gguessing this person is well over forty."
No doubt by now you have seen the Tourette Syndrome posts on Facebook. If you have not, I'll describe it to you. It is a picture of a green T shirt with the words, "We want a cure for Tourette Syndrome, When do we want it, C@#t" I won't type the full word but you get the idea. Basically it pokes fun at the uncontrollable swearing part of Tourette Synbdrome.
Now as someone who has Tourette Syndrome I'd like to point out that the swearing, or coprolalia is the rarest form of Tourette Syndrome but unfortunately gets the most publicity. Tourette Syndrome is a disorder effecting the nervous system that causes involuntary movements and sounds called tics. These take many forms. Now I do have involuntary vocalizations. Anyone who works with me has seen me walking around appearing to talk to myself. Now my co workers know I'm just blurting out random words and phrases. I do it at a whisper so you'd have to be standing almost next to me to hear it. I've been able to control the volume but of course can't control the vocalizations but I do not have the swearing problem. As I said, that part is very rare.
Along with the tics Tourette Syndrome can come along with other problems like OCD (obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, ADD,anxiety, depression, and other problems so it is more than just a swearing disease and should not be taken lightly. I wonder if the people posting this to Facebook would also post similar comments about other diseases and disorders like cancer or mental illness. I'm guessing probably not. They'd catch hell from most of their friends. Tourette Syndrome is no different. It should never be considered OK to poke fun at a disease or disorder It is no more appropriate to post these kinds of comments about Tourette Syndrome than it would be about any other disease or disorder. Those of us who live with Tourette Syndrome can tell you it is no picnic.
All this Facebook post shows is peoples ignorance, Instead of making fun of someones disorder or disability, why not take a few minutes and try to actually learn something about it.
Many of you might be getting ready to head off to collage this fall. Now for many this transiton will go smoothly. I’m not talking about just being on your own, I’m talking about the parents who have no trouble excepting the fact that their grwon children are moving on and will have their own lives. Many parents seem to make this transition well. However there are those that insist on holding on to the apron strings. They seem to think they can still tell their adult children how they can live while they are away at school. My parents fit in to this catagory. Now my parents are good people but they just had some issues with the apron strings when I left for collage.
A couple of the more silly examples of their attempts, First they tried to tell me what I could and could not buy with the money I made at my campus job. Really, they thought it was right to tell an adult who was twenty two a the time what he coud buy? I tried explaining to them on many occasions that is is rude to tell someone else how to spend the money they make themselves. They just never seemed to understand this fact. The real irritating part was they never tried this on my younger sisters. A point which I made to them several times. Of course never getting an answer so I found the best way to deal with this problem was just to smile and nod and do what I was going to do anyway. Telling your adult children how to spend the money they make themselves is just plain rude and bossy. You have no right as a partent to tell your adult child how to spend the money he makes. Period. Now if it is your parents money that is different but don’t let them tell you what you can and cannot buy wiht the money you make. Again, the best way to handle this is just to smile and nod. It’s your money like it or not there is nothing they can do about it as much as they might moan and complain. Another good way to handle the problem is to embarrass them. Tell all your relatives what your parents are doing. I did that too and that got them to knock it off.
Another amusing story, I paid my own phone bill on time every month. There was a family reunion that I was not able to attend back home. I aw sent a card signed by several people saying they were sorry they missed me. I called several people on the list thanking them for the card. My mom actaully called me at seven thirty in the morning telling me she did not like that I called people thankng them for the card and I’d better work more hours becaue I couldn’t afrord to make such calls and she’d make sure the phone was taken out of my dorm room if I kept doig that. I told her as long as I’m payaing my phone bill on time there realy is not a damn thing she can do about it and she has no idea what I can and cannot afford. After all I’m the one making my money, If I could not have afforded them I would not have made them. I don’t know what my mom was trying to accomplish by this but she made herself look kind of foolish and was another example to me and my friends that she was having a difficult time letting go of the apron strings. Again, the best way to handle things like this is just to smile and nod and do what you’re going to do. As long as you’re paying your bills with your money their is not anything your parents can do if they don’t like what you’re doing with the money you’re making. They may complain and while abou tit and make silly threats like mine did but they can’t do anything about it. Besides smiling and nodding another good way to handle them is to tell all your relatives about their behaviour. That tends to make them less likely to pull stuff like this if they know you’re going to tell everyone about it. Again most parents won’t have a problem with the apron strings but some will and you have to know how to deal with them.
and Parents, you have to let your adult children be adults and not meddle in their business. If they are paying their own bills and earning their own money you have to mind your own business. Otherwise your children might resent you and lose some respect. Eccept that they are going to do some things you’re not going to like but you still have no right to tell them how to spend or handle the money they make themselves. That’s just the way it is and you just have to deal with it. Tellng your child how to spend his own money will not teach him any financial responsibility and looks very stupid when you only treat one child this way and not the others. Trust me that really make you as a parent look foolish and your child will probably just ignore you anyway as they should. If they are spending your money that is different but you have no right to tell them how to spend the money they make themselves.
Now I do have other apron string stories but those two are the most blatent examples of my parents and the apron sting battles.
Talk to you later and have a good time at collage.
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Do you have a NOAA weather radio? They are just as important as smoke detectors. They save lives. I bought my Grandpa one the year of the Utica tornado. He was a WWII vet and not new technology happy. He loved knowing he could hit a button on his radio like a snooze button and hear the latest changes in weather. I showed him how to put his SAME code in so he received only watches and warnings for his town. He was hard of hearing and loved that he could hear the alarm when bad weather came to his town in Kansas. For 19.00 plus the cost of backup batteries, this can save your life or the life of those you love. I have no monetary connection to the manufacturers of the radios. First alert, Midland (my fav) and others. They can be found at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, etc.
Hello, it's Zman. It has been about a month sense our last show and we hope to get a new one recorded this weekend. Lots to talk about and I'm sure we'll have some silliness to as always. We have been doing a show about once a month and will keep to that schedule. In the meantime, For those celebrating Eater, hope you have a good Easter weekend and for those of us who do not, enjoy a nice relaxing weekend
An update to my post from yesterday where I siad that it appeared that MLB Gameday Audio was not available for PC's this year. Well I found out that indeed it is available but it is harder to find on the MLB website. Used to be on the top menu bar5 there was a section called audio and video. Well n ow that section is just called video. No listing for Gameday audio on the home page. In order to find the game say audio for pc's you have to go to the scoreboard and click the listen bar on the top of the score for each game. I was able to buy it there. Seems a little dumb to make people have to hunt for it like that. So indeed it is available for PC's and mac's you jut have to hunt for it.
With Baseball season approaching I was logging on to MLB dot com to by the MLB Game Day Audio Package for my computer. I found out that this season it is only available for mobile devices. Not sure who'd bright idea that was but it is pretty stupid. Those of us who are unable to operate a smart phone due to lack of eye sight are getting left out and that seems a little unfair. Some of us also cannot afford the video package but can easily afford the 19 dollars for the audio package.
Plus those people who listen from work on their desk tops will not be able to listen to the games now without running the battery low on their phone. I just think Major League Baseball made a big mistake by not making the MLB game day audio package available for P C users this season. Hopefully somebody with half a brain will re think that move.
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There is a bill in the Iowa House to repeal civil unions and same sex marriage. Here's one young mans response to this bill on the floor of the Iowa House.
Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa.
I'm very proud of this young man. His moms must be very proud. I just don't get why some people want to vote for discrimination. All Americans gay or straight deserve the same rights and that includes marriage. Marriage is a civil right. You can go down to the court house and get married without even involving a church. If Steve Marrying Al or Susan marrying Alice bothers you that much than YOU have the problem. Contrary to what the far right wants you to velieve same sex marriage will not in anyway effect the institution of marriage. In the countries and states that have same sex marriage and civil unions there is not proof of any negative effects on marriage. Yet the far right keeps spreading their miss information. I guess they figure if they say it enough times it will become true. Sorry, does not work that way. This is one of the many reasons church and state need to be separate. So discriminatory legislation such as this does not even come up.
Hello, it's Z-Man. Hope to do another podcast this weekend but in the meantime I thought I'd share an article I found very interesting. If you're one of the millions of people in the U S who applied for assistance through President Obama's home loan modification program and have received temporary approval you may owe back payments if you are denied permanent status. Also the credit companies count your reduces payments under the temporary status as being delinquent even though it was approved by your mortgage company so it still has a negative impact on your credit score. Also, most people who apply are not granted permanent status.
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