On Super Monday

A new week is upon us, so how was your weekend? It’s time to tell others about it.

Ours was simple with an evening one the ballroom floor, a Saturday afternoon basketball game party with friends, rented The Heat (Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy) (… thanks Deb), and attended a Super Bowl party in the neighborhood (our last one as members of this street).

A new month has started, thus I imagine you are itching to know what month-long celebrations can you plan. February celebrates adopt rescue rabbits, baking for family fun, from Africa to Virginia, expect success, hoof care, jobs in golf (contact Bulldog), library lovers, spunky old broads, bird feeding, caring for your indoor air, responsible pet owners, Haiku writing, hot breakfasts, potato lovers, hot breakfast, avocados & bananas, beans, snack foods, cherries, exotic vegetables & star fruit, fabulous Florida strawberries, grapefruits, mend a broken heart, time management, pet dental care, laugh-friendly, women inventors, therapeutic recreation, sleep safety, embroidery, creative romance, pull your sofa off the wall,  spay/neuter awareness, relationship wellness, planting the seeds of greatness, and condoms.

Celebrations for your calendar

  • (Week) Dump Your Significant Jerk Week,  Friendship Week, Solo Diners Eat-Out Week, Just Say No to PowerPoint Week
  • (Mon) Carrot Cake Day, Elmo’s Birthday (from Sesame Street). The Day the Music Died
  • (Tues) Create a Vacuum Day, Liberace Day, USO Day, Cancer Day, Gumby’s Birthday
  • (Wed) Thank a Mail-Delivery-Person Day, Nutella Day, Weatherperson’s Day, Digital Learning Day, Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day, Peter Pan Day
  • (Thurs) Canadian Maple Syrup Day, Frozen Yogurt Day, Pay a Compliment Day, Waitangi Day in New Zealand

Given a certain Monday celebration, here are two videos to start your week. First, Don McLean’s American Pie; followed by a musical interlude that will start you week with a smile. Have a good week.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 209

On Politics
Here are my key reasons why I did not watch the State of the Union (SOTU):

  • It’s a collection of applause lines over many topics with little substance
  • Congressional behavior is predictably pathetic (Suggestion: Stand and clap at the beginning; sit, listen, and be quiet; stand and clap at the end, then leave to run to the cameras)
  • The SOTU is a Constitutional requirement, but the opposing party’s response is nothing more than political grandstanding
  • I’m unhappy with the both parties

Given the predictable responses by both sides in Congress, I ask them this question about their legislative prowess: Which is worse: Sending a bill to the other chamber knowing they won’t act or not acting on a bill that was sent?

Here are a few fact checks on the speech: Fact Check, PolitFact, Fact Checker, Politico, and ABC News.

The Onion took this great picture during the SOTU.

The past week delivered Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) declaring President Obama started the war on women, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blaming Democrats (again) on the government shutdown, Mike Huckabee (R-AK) making a ridiculous statement about libido, and the Arizona Republican Party censuring their senior senator from their own party, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

I said it before and it’s time to say it again: China carrying the bulk of US debt is a common misconception. Here’s the breakdown.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Dad Delivers State of the Union Rebuttal Directly into Television Screen
  • Increasingly Worried Man Hasn’t Yet Come Across any Guacamole in Burrito
  • Area Grandma Enjoys Flourishing Correspondence with Mailer-Daemon
  • Best, Most-Original Idea Man Ever Had Returns 14,000 Google Search Results
  • Spookiest Sound Effect Grammy Goes to Lord Chillingsworth

Interesting Reads

On Potpourri
The anticipated debate between science advocate Bill Nye and Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham is approaching, and no doubt will deliver a narrow view, thus providing a false choice. Here’s an article.

The recent Grammy Awards were big news. The show now focuses on performances and promotion over the awards. After all, there are over 80 categories, and how many did they broadcast? 10?

The AFA musical production for 2014 will be …. (click here for the drum roll) …. Life: The Musical. The production date TBA.

The Explorer of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean ship in the news with the recent norovirus, is the ship we were on this fall in Canada …. and no, the news doesn’t discourage me from cruising with Royal Caribbean in the future.

FYI for those living in/near metropolitan areas: When needing a new appliance, don’t forget the local independent dealer. We went to one and discovered the big-box stores were NOT close on price!

Here are your weekend celebrations

(Fri) Brandy Alexander Day, Fun at Work Day, Backward Day, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, Hell Freezes Over Day, Baked Alaska Day, Working Naked Day

(Sat) Serpent Day, Freedom Day, Hula in the Coola Day, Robinson Crusoe Day, Change Your Password Day, Decorating with Candy Day, GI Joe Day, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Spunky Old Broads Day, Take Your Child to the Library Day, Face and Body Day

(Sun) Crepe Day, Dump Your Significant Jerk Day, Groundhog Day, Groundhog Job Shadow Day, Hedgehog Day, Sled Dog Day, Play Your Ukulele Day, Wetlands Day

Let’s use a dose of the 80s to whip everyone into the weekend with Ohio’s own Devo. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.