Ya know, every once in a while a guy's gotta get some things off his chest. Do any or you have those certain things in life that just sort of get under your skin? I sure do! So this week before the
Christmas holiday atmosphere gets in full swing, let me vent off a little steam.
Black Friday! I saw on the news today that some guy has been camping out in front of a Best Buy store for over a week in order, I guess, to get one of those fantastic Black Friday deals. Guess if you have the time to not work and sit around all day in a tent, you probably do need to be first in line for their great deals. I don't remember any Black Friday specials in Chelsea during the late fifties and sixties. I wonder if Hines Hardware Store opened at midnight to offer hard-to-beat specials. Sheda's grocery store sure didn't. I used to love going into the Ben Franklin store in Tama but sure don't remember much about Black Friday specials. And now, they have "early" Black Friday specials. We are a crazy society, aren't we?
The other night, I was watching TV with two of my daughters and my twelve year old grand-daughter. Everything was just fine and dandy and then one of those, "you never know when you might be in the mood," commercials comes on. So here we are, all staring at the television, watching either a Cialis or Viagra commercial. "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Folks, this was awkward. A dad with his two adult daughters and a "coming of age" twelve year old granddaughter. Does this ever bother anyone else? And there are worse commercials than this that air at inappropriate times. I just hate that "ear to ear" smiling guy in THAT COMMERCIAL. You know the one I'm talking about. I know we can get up and leave or turn the channel.....and we all do, but these commercials still get right in our face. Heck, even re-runs of Everyone Loves Raymond, King of Queens and Seinfeld can make one uncomfortable when watching with daughters and granddaughters.
Oh, and speaking of commercials.................what's with those Geico and State Farm commercials. Every time I sing that little tune, "like a good neighbor...." no one shows up. And what about the guy calling his agent at 3 am. I tried that and just got an answering machine. Don't even get me started on that Aflac duck!!!!!
Did you hear the big earth shattering news? Ashton and Demi are divorcing! And I thought for sure that was a marriage made in heaven. What about the girl from the Kardashians? Married just a couple of days! Aren't you really glad YOU don't have a reality show?
Did you ever notice that when pictures are being taken, there is always some guy that just has to hold up the peace sign behind someone's head......right when the picture is being taken? So everyone smiles and another one is taken. Guess what? The same guy who thought it was funny (which it wasn't) the first time, does it a second time!!! And yes, I have been that guy from time to time. But I have matured. By that, I mean that I very very seldom do it a second time. Very seldom.
Ah............anyone getting a little tired of those political phone calls and surveys? And what about all the stuff being brought up about our fine (kaff, kaff), men and women in the world of politics. Wonder what would happen if someone dug up some dirt on those news reporters? Is Al Sharpton really a minister?
I was absolutely shocked to hear about the Penn State scandal. But everyone of us, (yes that includes both you and me) have moral and ethical obligations to do the right things. Every society is judged on how it treats and protects the most vulnerable members of that society. We are always obligated to do the right thing.
Well, I do feel a little better. So,tell me, what are some things that "get under your skin?" Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 319.334.4117. Love to hear from ya.