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Jan 30th 2012 1:27PM It's hard to say what we'll do on Valentines Day, but I do have an inkling. My wife is the center of my life. She comes before our kids, and Grandkids. She's not just my wife, she's my best friend. I also have to work on Valentines Day, which eliminates many things, and late nights are something I can't do, as I have to be up at 0230 for work. But, this year, I'm going to surprise her. Since it gets dark here early, in the winter, I'm going to light a fire in the fire place, lay out a blanket on the floor, and lay out a deli supplied picnic. Candles and the fireplace will set the ambiance. The picnic supplies the substance. She supplies the best company for a picnic in the family room. She'll love it, and that's about all I care about.
Jun 15th 2011 10:07AM Brings back a lot of memories. My first car was a 57 ford. I called it Spot. Mostly because it had only one headlight. The other had rusted out and fallen off, dispite the baling wire holding it in place. My 96 Blazer I called Piglet. Not after the Winnie the Pooh charactor, but after a childs piggybank. It nickeled and dimed me to death. My old 92 Ford Aerostar van I called "the Box". A cardboard box being pulled on a child's wagon had more charm. For your Ford, I think, Heiritance, as all of your wealth will go to that vehicle for the next 200,000 miles.
Nov 23rd 2010 10:39AM My favorite memories are from the late 50's in my small hometown in Northwestern Wisconsin. Christmas Eve my mother would take my 3 older sisters to midnight Mass and leave me to watch my 2 younger sisters. They'd leave at 11:45 pm. Within 15 minutes, most of the tv stations would sign off and test patterns would appear. We had only 4 channels. Cable wasn't invented yet and tv was still mostly black and white. I'd turn the tv off, along with all the lights except the Christmas Tree, open the curtains in the front room and sit and stare at the snow in the streetlights. It was always so cold and usually so still. The Snow would sparkle like diamonds and it was easy, as a young boy, to let your imagination run wild. The only sound in that big old house was the sound of the coal furnace we had and the auger that fed the coal into it. The light coming off the 4 foot square floor grate right over the furnace cast warm shadows from the light of the fire below and left you feeling warm and cozy, snug against the cold you knew existed outside those windows. Early in the sixties, that furnace was replaced with an oil burning furnace and the romance was gone, at least to the extent of the warm cozy feeling, but those days I will always treasure. This time of year, that thought always comes to mind and stays with me through out the holiday season.. I wish there were a way I could have passed that on to my own kids, but their memories will be theirs.
Jul 2nd 2010 4:54PM I'm employed full time, but you know what? We have, " provided for the goverment, from cradle to the grave". There is no reciprocal agreement here. We owe the federal goverment nothing more than they've already taken, and they take plenty. Mostly from people that have little, but work at mundane jobs and have little to spare. The lower middle, middle and upper middle classes pay for the bulk of all that the Federal goverment does, and bases its fundibility on. Take a look at the tax payed percentage based on income between those that work for a wage, and those that don't. Income level does make a difference, and it's based on the income necessary to obtain the tax benefits and loopholes not available to those that work for wages. Even our social security doesn't really exist anymore, because of a goverment that felt they were entitled to borrow from it, without an obligation to repay those loans. Better rethink your outlook, as it's the one the wealthy want you to have.
Try and remember that those that control the wealth, or think they do, know they can control those of us that expect only to earn a living and retire in grace. They depend on that. They have no interest other other than that, other and most importantly in enriching themselves at our expense.
We, my friend, are their peasants. Get used to it, as your line of thinking only leads to that result.
Before you insult my intelligence, I will say that I do understand our system of capitalism, and existed in it very well for most of my life.
What I now believe however, comes after 60 years of life and the knowledge that I have gleaned from all that I see.
I won't degrade your line of thinking, as I once that thought that way. I won't call you names or deride you for not seeing things the way I do. As you grow older I think you will see things in a different light.
No, I don't rely on social security, and have both a company pension and railroad retirement, as well as the few dollars social security will allot me, as well as a 401 K. But that didn't make me wise, or someone capable of reading the future. It' only made me some that understood the reality of our system, and that I had to protect myself.
In essense, I guess what I'm trying to say, is that don't begrudge those that need and depend on unemployment to get by, when there is no other option available. Not everyone is talented enough nor do they have the education opportunities available, to enjoy what many other's have. Talents they do have, but only to the extent that others will take advantage of them. They, deserve better.
Aug 28th 2009 3:20PM How can you possibly applaud ABC and NBC for this action. I am also in favor of President OBama's health plan, but yet, people have the right to hear both sides of every issue, partisan or not. Since this country became so polically correct in every thought and deed, it's only politically correct to allow every voice, for, or not, to be heard.
Jul 24th 2009 2:42PM Must be why they call the Island Wahoo, or is that A Wahoo?. Seems, by the numbers shown, to be full of them. I agree with no billboards. Years ago I drove to Niagra Falls on the Canadian side and billboards were banned. It really was a terrific trip. But banning an icon, regardless of it's corporate affiliation, you'd also have to ban any advertising on any vehicle, including the state motto on liscense plates. A law has to be fair and equitable to all. You'd have to ban things like the Shriners Motor Cycles, because they do advertise the Shriners, just to name one, but alas, you'd also have to ban any float in a parade, as they are built by corporations and somewhere on them, is the corporate name or logo. I don't even want to hear about Pineapples shown on anything.