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  • It’s Christmas Eve!

    Everyone is home and the Christmas music is playing. Suzi and I finished the last of our shopping this afternoon and most of the day’s purchases are already wrapped and under the tree. The rest are arrayed on our bed, surrounded by boxes and wrapping paper.

    Suzi and the girls made goodies this afternoon. Jamison makes sure the candles are always burning. We have more fudge, Russian tea cakes, and rice crispy treats than we should attempt to eat (but we will).

    Suzi’s parents are coming over for supper and a quiet evening. The food is simmering on the stove and the house smells nice. We have a 500-piece puzzle picked out.

    All of us will open one present tonight and then the kids will sleep under the tree.

    I love Christmas!

  • Has Been — NOT!

    Has Been album cover

    Earlier this week, I was at Borders buying a couple of gift certificates for people at work. Whenever I’m there, I have to check out the CDs that they have in the players to see if there’s anything I like. There in the middle of one of the groups of five CDs was William Shatner’s new album, Has Been. I’d read a favorable review of in Guitar Player magazine, so I gave it a listen. I’m not sure, but I think I was laughing out loud a couple of times listening to it on the headphones. Pity the other shoppers.

    Shatner doesn’t do much singing (at least not on the songs I previewed). Instead, Shatner talks over music, but it’s good. The lyrics are strangely relevant and shockingly blunt. Here’s a sampling from “It Hasn’t Happened Yet”:

    I dreamt of success
    I would be the best
    I would make my folks proud
    I would be happy
    It hasn’t happened yet
    It hasn’t happened yet
    It hasn’t happened

    Or how about from “You’ll Have Time”:

    Live Life
    Life life like you’re gonna die
    Because you’re going to
    Oh yes
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news
    But you’re gonna die

    Maybe not today or even next year
    But before you know it you’ll be saying
    “Is this all there was?
    What was all the fuss?
    Why did I bother?
    Why did I waste it?
    Why didn’t I taste it?”
    You’ll have time, baby
    You’ll have time
    ‘Cause you’re gonna die
    You are gonna die
    Oh yeah

    I was back at Borders last night, Christmas shopping with my middle daughter. I had her listen to “It Hasn’t Happened Yet” and “You’ll Have Time.” When we saw they were sold out, she was disappointed that I hadn’t bought one when I was there earlier.

    I don’t know whether it’s worth a purchase. It’s a lot of fun to hear the first time or two, but will it get old fast?

    Is it just me, or does William Shatner have fun with everything he does? Maybe it’s that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Priceline.com has re-hired Shatner to be its spokesman and is offering a bobble-head doll. Check it out.

  • Wars and Rumors of Wars

    Wars and Rumors of Wars

    To read the MSM, the only war worth reporting is America’s “illegal” attack on Iraq. The actual case, as documented by GlobalSecurity.org is very different.

    The United Nations defines “major wars” as military conflicts inflicting 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. In 1965, there were 10 major wars under way. The millennium ended with much of the world consumed in armed conflict or cultivating an uncertain peace. At the end of 2003, there were 15 Major Wars under way, with at least 20 “lesser” conflicts ongoing.

    The list of international disputes is much longer.

  • Red State, Blue State — Pop State, Soda State

    Red State, Blue State — Pop State, Soda State

    I don’t know about you, but I’m getting weary of the red state/blue state divide. To borrow a phrase, it’s time to move on to something more important, like The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy.1Sorry, Coca-Cola trademark attorneys.

    The preferred generic term for carbonated beverages has a geographic pattern similar to that for voting in presidential elections. The coasts prefer “soda,” with flyover country split between “pop” in the north and “Coke” in the south.

    According to my brother, Bob:2Who lives in Northern California. “For the record . . . soda is the most correct term . . . ” potentially in conflict with Controversy’s conclusion: “People who say ‘Pop’ are much, much cooler.”

    Hat tip: Instpundit.

    • 1
      Sorry, Coca-Cola trademark attorneys.
    • 2
      Who lives in Northern California.
  • You Shook Me

    Earthquakes happen. Would you like to see where? The Iris Seismic Monitor and the USGS Recent Earthquake Activity websites pinpoint the tremors around the world. Both sites let you zoom in for more information.