18 December 2015

Friday Follies...
Welcome to the end of the week at last.
Hard to believe that this time NEXT week, it will be CHRISTMAS once again.
I know time is "supposed" to be both relative and constant, but this year sure flew by.
Kinda wish some days there was a "speed-control" dial...lol.
Our Hoosierland weather seems a LOT more "wintry" with a high today barely getting above the freezing mark to only 33 degrees,  mostly cloudy skies, breezy conditions, AND a snow shower sometime in the afternoon.
THAT sounds like the Decembers we remember, doesn't it?
And it will continue being cold through most of the weekend. So what say we get a nice warm cup of Friday fortitude poured and parked close by, as we see what has been going on in some of those familiar places, hmm?
*** First out of the forests of Endor is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature.
December 18 -

(okay, now THAT sounds yummy)

(check local stores - save some money)

(you're NOT serious, right?)

(I refer my migrants to remain INTER-national and NOT national)
(Never had one...people KNOW better when it comes to me and clothes...LOL.)
---It's also UNDERDOG DAY
(one of my personal favorites, and not because I liked the old cartoon)
There's no need to fear...
*** Since it's the end of the week, let's see what is going on over the next 72 hours:
December 19 -

(feel free to suck away)

(sorry, I like my oatmeal in a bowl with milk and sugar)
December 20 -

(break out the bottle and enjoy)
---It's also MUDD DAY
(not to be confused with FUDD, as in Elmer)
(Shouldn't this be most EVERY day?)
And there you have it. Plenty of things to keep one busy and OUT of the local jails.
Moving on...
*** Next, got to watch one of a few Christmas shows that I try not to miss - Disney's Prep and Landing and the sequel - Naughty vs Nice. Best hour I spent this season.
I've watched this since it first came out in 2009 (wow, has it been THAT long already?).
It's great fun, still makes me laugh, and the animation is top-shelf.
Now, onto White Christmas and Scrooge.
*** Next, Fort Wayne's North Side Redskins have become THE LEGENDS...thanks to a "forced" change of moniker because someONE got their nose out-of-joint over this "Native-American" slight (where there was none before over the last 82 years).
Not anymore, thanks to PC-BS!
I'm sure it won't be long before another asshole takes offense at THIS name for some reason.
I've never seen so many spineless people succumb to someone who gets  "offended" at the smallest things.
Wonder what those people want to be when THEY grow up?
(hope it's NOT a politician - we're screwed enough already).
*** Next up, did any of you see WHO the most recent inductees into the ROCK AND ROLL HOF were?
The RAP group NWA was inducted (they should be arrested...along with their development).
Other inductees were Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, and The Steve Miller Band ...
THOSE groups are part of what "rock and roll" is all about, but a frigging (c)rap group?
Yeah, I know that Public Enemy was inducted back in 2013, and THAT should also have NOT been allowed.
Now, if these rappers want to start their OWN HOF (would be more a "Hall of Shame"...lol), you go right ahead, but DON'T inflict what you think is MUSIC into a venue that is filled WITH music, got it?
This kind of crap pisses me off, because we have this FORCED "integration" (sounds familiar?) of music genres that are not EVEN similar, but should some white musical artists wish to enter a BLACK music HOF...can't do that.
It's for BLACKS ONLY (apparently).
How f$cked up is THAT, people?
Never saw a pendulum ONLY swing ONE way before, but this IS Bizarro World, isn't it?
Someone needs to straighten out this musical mess, because I'm not the only one that sees how wrong this induction is.
It IS called rock and roll...no mention of rap anywhere, right?
Guess Quiet Riot will be inducted into the COUNTRY MUSIC HOF next?
*** Next up, today THE FORCE AWAKENS...well, it actually woke up last evening with showing around 7 PM (our time).
And like I said, this flick will easily make over $200 MILLION this weekend.
Merchandising will be unbelievably lucrative (and plentiful).
This WILL become the top-grossing movie in America...ever.
Not bad for a franchise that started out damn near broke, and managed to cajole the actors to take 1% of the profits as a "paycheck". And my, how much MORE that turned out to be, right?
It did manage to launch the careers of many people, both in front of and behind the cameras.
Episode 7 would seem to be much like episode 4 (A New Hope), in that we see more people starting "The Hero's Journey", while characters from episodes 4-6 help them on that journey.
Again, we see a classic battle of good vs evil, and isn't that the basis for much of what we see these days?
In essence, it's the SAME story all the time, BUT...it's told with different players, places, and ancillary situations that serve to embellish the tale.
Yeah, I can wait for the DVD to come out.
*** Next up, this is a wonderful article about how  people will come together.
Here's the story link:
A man who never married or had children dies. All that's known was that he served in the 'Nam.
So, D.O. McComb steps up and offers a full military funeral for the man.
But James Beavers got a send off  he probably never saw coming...a LONG line of strangers showing up to give their last respects for someone that never met.
Personally, I don't think anyone should die alone, but it does happen (I've had such an experience in my family).
Figure it's only fair, because we're never alone when we come into this world.
*** Last back to the Mos Eisley Cantina...while it's quite easy to get into the holiday spirit, and understand the real reason we celebrate this time of year, it's also a time for people to feel a bit melancholy.
Many of us can relate to George Bailey.
I know I fight this demon every year, and with good reason - it's not the Christmas I recall from my youth.
Aside from presents, it was more about the FAMILY.
And some of us know how Charlie Brown felt...
Being fortunate enough to have two great parents meant the world to me, and I hope I haven't managed to disappoint them as the years have rolled by.
Dad's been gone since 1978, and Mom since 1998, and yet, you never get over missing them.
As more time passes, friends you grew up with leave this world, as do many of your mentors...those who helped shape who you have become, like bosses (yes, there are GOOD ones out there), co-workers and educators.
I think the best way to deal with any of that "negative" feeling you might get this time of year, is to NOT give into it, because that is not what those who went before you would want for you.
You have to be the strong person here, carry on with who you have become, and let everyone else around you know that it is because of the ones NOT here this time of year, were the people who made the deepest impression upon your life.
Don't be sad...it's CHRISTMAS!
Their memories ensure that none of those that have passed will ever be truly gone. Their light will shine through you, and you need to let others know that, and see that.
THAT is one gift that keeps on giving, year after year.
Do have yourselves a great weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Say SAFE out there, America.


John DuMond said...

Wow, I always thought Mudd Day was in honor of Harry Mudd. ;)

I'm gonna have to see the new Star Wars flick on the big screen. But I'm not going near a theater until after Christmas.

Bob G. said...

John D.:
LOL...yeah, now THAT one I could figure out...kinda like a "Rogue's Holiday", hmm?

I'd love to see the new SW movie as well...on a BIG screen, but what they call "big" these days is a far cry from the REAL BIG screens of a few decades ago, when we still had some SINGLE screen theaters.
You remember those, right?

IMAX might be a good alternative if THOSE screen are big enough.

Thanks for stopping by today to comment.

May the FORCE be with you this weekend.
Roll safe out there.

CWMartin said...

Does "Roast Suckling Pig day" equal "Invite a Muslim Terrorist To Dinner" Day?

"When Bob G's in trouble I am not slow, it's hip-hip-hip and away I goooooo!"

"...feel free to suck anyway..." I had a good line hear, but I've a feeling it wouldn't end well for me...

Darn, I thought you meant HARRY Mudd day. HIM I know.

Redskins: Just shared a "Redskins Forever" post on FB with the comment: "Never been a north sider, but the way PC is going, they'll soon have to change "Heritage Patriots" to "Heritage Tolerants." Go Skins!"

You gotta admit, the Martin Hall Of Fame is a much better list. Not as much memorabilia to look at, but admission's free!

Heard two different stories. One was, "I heard they weren't getting the crowds everyone thought", to which some one replied, "When we went by there were four SCHOOL BUSES there."

Saw that story about the vet. IMHO, NO vet should be allowed to be buried without full military honors. Kudos to a community that cares.

"...It's not the Christmas I recall from my youth..." Amen ta THAT...

Once Mom died in '76, nothing was ever the same. Nor would it have been the same had she lived. We oldest kids were getting into Jr High and High School, and nobody wanted to spare the time from their "own lives" to get together anymore. Oh, we had our moments, but there used to be two magical get together times- Christmas and the night they did the preview shows for that season's new cartoons. Both irretrievably lost.

Underdog sure brings that to mind. He was on enough of those previews...

CWMartin said...

Shoot, I shoulda read John's comment. Everyone remembers Harry...

Bob G. said...


--ROFL...and you sound EXACTLY like WALLY COX!!

--That's why I "baited the hook". Glad you didn't bite, my friend.

--The Heritage TOLERANTS...LMAO!
That's fantastic!

--Oh, I MUCH prefer the MHOF!
(YOU get your genres straight)

--I'm sure there were some that HAD to see this as a "teachable moment" and took that as a reason for a "school trip".
"Quiz you later, we will".

--Amen on that one, Buster!

--I didn't want to get all "Bobby Downer", but I do so miss much of those lost holidays past...the family, church dinners & sermons, the caroling, stopping by to see the seniors...was a different time, and one which unless we find a TARDIS, we're not getting back soon enough.

BTW, the DOCTOR WHO TAKEOVER starts Wednesday and runs through SUNDAY!


Hey, thanks so much for taking time to drop by and comment.
May the FORCE be with you...always.

Have a great weekend & stay safe up there, brother.