Give Until It Doesn’t Hurt

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 9, 2015 by Bob

It is coming up on St. Pat’s day. Everyone knows this time of year for drinking and debauchery. It is a time for green everything. I would like to ask all of you that read this to think about something else that is green. Cash. Not for me (although …) but for a friend of ours son. He participates in St. Baldrick’s.

If you know not of this, it is to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancers. How does one raise money? By getting sponsors and then the participant shaves their head. All the hair … all gone.

Now, I am sure you all know someone who does this. I am asking the hundreds of you that read this crazy little blog to sponsor this kid. Yes, I said KID. He is 6 and he shaves his head every year for this.

His goal is to raise $350 and he is a little more than half way there. He is getting his head shaved on the 12th. THIS THURSDAY. All I ask is that everyone who reads this at least THINK about making a donation.

Not to make you feel guilty but … my 3 yr old son and 4 yr old daughter volunteered, on their own, to give $4 each out of their own piggy banks. Yeah, I went there.

I know this isn’t my best writing tonight but the point is that I am making a shameless request for you all to help out some dear friends of ours. Click the link below and you will go to his page. Please comment here if you donate, it would be so awesome if he could crush his goal. he really is a great kid!

Trevor’s St. Baldrick’s Page – Donate Here

Celebrity Deaths – They’re Still Dyin’ Even If I Forgot To Mention It

Posted in Celebrity Deaths, TV/Movies with tags , , , , on March 1, 2015 by Bob

This year is already getting away from me. I forgot to do January deaths and now I plum near forgot to get the list for Feb. So, to get back on track, I have no clever witticisms, smart alec remarks or anything else. Let’s just view the best in memoriam list this side of the Oscars with this 2 fer.

 

January

Mario Cuomo – 82 – Governor of NY – Jan. 1

Donna Douglas – 82 – Ellie Mae Clampett – Jan 1

Stuart Scott – 49 – Sports journalist – Jan 4

Rod Taylor – 84 – Actor Time Machine, Inglourious Basterds – Jan 7

Curtis Lee – 75 – Singer Pretty Little Angel Eyes – Jan 8

Taylor Negron – 57 – Actor Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Jan 10

Melvin Gordon – 95 – CEO of Tootsie Roll – Jan 20

Ernie Banks – 83 – Mr. Cub – Jan 23

Danny McCulloch – 69 – Bassist The Animals – Jan 29

 

February

Stewart Stern – 92 – Screenwriter Rebel Without a Cause, Sybil – Feb 2

Richard Bonehill – 67 – Lando’s co-pilot in Return of the Jedi – Feb 4

Dave Corriveau – 63 – Co-founder of Dave & Buster’s – Feb 7

Jerry Tarkanian – 84 – HOF Basketball coach – Feb 11

Bob Simon – 73 – Journalist 60 Minutes – Feb 11

Gary Owens – 80 – TV Announcer – Feb 12

Louis Jourdan – 93 – Actor Swamp Thing – Feb 14

Lesley Gore – 68 – Singer It’s my Party, Judy’s Turn to Cry – Feb 16

Harris Wittels – 30 – Writer Parks & Rec – Feb 19

Leonard Nimoy – 83 – Spock – Feb 27

 

And Abe Vigoda is still alive.

Valetine’s Day – Day Care Edition

Posted in Alex, Holiday, Nonsense, Tori, Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 13, 2015 by Bob

It is Valentine’s Day tomorrow. A day where men get in trouble, new relationships are solidified or ended and feelings are crushed throughout the world. For the young among us, it is a time to get bags full of candy and pencils and stickers and … wait, what?

Maybe it is just because I am too old to remember, or because I am repressing memories of rejection en masse but, the vague recollections I have of Valentine’s day as a child, were getting a few cards in a paper lunch bag taped to the front of my desk. Granted, I have NO memories of Valentine’s before grade school but I experienced that today dropping the kids off.

At first, we were just planning on giving out the little cards that come with a sticker. Thought that was going to be good enough. When I picked up Tori yesterday, a few friends already had passed out some Valentine’s. With packets of Goldfish, and a little gift bag of a few things. I called Mrs. Voices and told her to stop at the store. Glad I did. When we got to “school” this morning, little bags of goodies abounded.

A friend of mine called it the “Valentine mompetition” and I heartily agree. What I do remember is getting the cards, maybe a box of chalk hearts … not an entire swag bag worthy of the Oscars. All I know is that I told Mrs. Voices … “I don’t want to be THAT parent that totally cheaps out.”

It seems to be just the evolution of things. It also happens at birthdays. The kids have a party, give out goodie bags, but then also give out bags of treats at school as well. It must be because of the whole, “must include everyone” mentality. To make sure that no one gets left out.

While writing this, I have decided that it is because I am getting cranky as I age. Let the kids have their fun Bob. They are kid’s for cryin’ out loud. If you want to be the cheapskate so be it. At least their mommy is cool.

Best … Post … Ever …

Posted in Nonsense on January 18, 2015 by Bob

Is what was in my brain this morning as I was moving from dream to waking. Then children climbed into my bed and jumped on my mid-section. Now, this is what you get.
Thank you and good day to you.

The Birds Made Me Angry

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , on January 12, 2015 by Bob

I had a Dr. appointment today so I decided to take the day off work. Since I was home alone for the day, I decided I would open up one of the phone games I haven’t played in probably a year at least, Angry Birds. I am sorry I did that.

When it was at it’s peak of initial popularity, I put off playing Angy Birds for a long time. When I finally installed it, the appeal was the simplicity. You throw a bird at some thing. Occasionally, you hit the bird a second time and it exploded, or got bigger or had a light saber or whatever depending on what version you were playing. Since I am one that does every update whether I need it or not, Birds has been updating without me looking at the game in ages. It was not the same.

I think it was the “Space” version I opened. There were all these extra things that I had to do. I started tapping the icons at the top and had NO clue what was going on. Things vortexed (is that a word?), exploded, warped, transported … all kinds of things. I grew up in the 80s when video games were a joystick and the occasional fire button. Atari was my friend. Angry Birds has gotten too big for my britches.

Well, that’s about it Doc. Thanks for listening. Since this was short, can I credit the time for our next session?

Older … Colder

Posted in Nonsense with tags , on January 5, 2015 by Bob

Driving to work this morning, I passed a high school bus stop. There was one kid standing waiting for the bus … wearing a short sleeve shirt and jeans. I live near Chicago. It was -7 this morning.

It must be a youth thing. I remember, vaguely, when I was a kid, we could stay outside in the winter for hours. We would come home with wet gloves, hats and coats, mom would get us some hot chocolate and all was right with the world. Youngsters think nothing of walking around ill equipped for the weather. Me … ?

I warm my car up in the morning. I wear a hat, gloves and a really warm coat. I have been tempted to wear snow pants to work. I yell at the kids to not play in the snow on the way into daycare … not because I don’t want them to play, but because I want to get inside quicker.

It has to be a product of advancing age. Seniors are always colder. They move to Florida and Arizona.

Do I have a point? Not really. I just couldn’t believe that kid had NO COAT!!!

Here We Go Again

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , on January 4, 2015 by Bob

Dear everyone that lives in the northern part of Illinois: IT IS NORTHERN ILLINOIS!

It is going to snow, it is going to be cold. If you don’t like it and/or are surprised EVERY DAMN YEAR … I hear Arizona is nice this time of year.

 

Dear media outlets in the northern part of Illinois: IT IS NORTHERN ILLINOIS!

It is not ALWAYS a “Storm Of The Century” when it snows. It is not ALWAYS the top news story when it is cold out. We have deep wind chills. We always have. We always will. Don’t interview jack asses who drive 75 m.p.h. on icy roads and end up in a ditch, and try to pass them off as shocked and mistreated by the weather.

Buy a coat, buy a shovel, don’t drive like an idiot and deal with it.

Thank you and good night.

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