December 2003 Archives

Christmas cheer

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When I was a kid, my mom hardly ever got presents from my Dad at Christmas. Instead she would get gifts from "Her Secret Admirer", or Tony Curtis, or Johnny Mathis.

These days we keep this tradition alive in my family - though with the addition of computers the tags are a lot neater.

Here's a sampling of the tags from this year - Page 1 | Page 2

I think my favorite is the one from Steve Buscemi to my 17 year old daughter.

X-Mas Shopping

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I have no idea what to get anyone for Christmas this year. Usually, by the week before Christmas, even though I have not actually purchased anything, I have some idea what I am going to get for people.

My daughter has a job now, and when asked what she what's just thinks for a second and says "I can't think of anything. It's weird - when you are young you want all sorts of stuff, but as you get older you just don't care".

My son is in trouble and restricted from pretty much anything fun. Probably books for him, I'm thinking.

I have no idea what to get my wife- none whatever. I haven't gotten any real good guidance from asking either - I think she is suffering from a more advanced version of the syndrome that my daughter discovered.

Then there are a whole bunch of other people - friends and family - that I have no idea what they might want.

Of course, I can't actually blame anyone for not letting me know what they want - I can't really think of anything either. More hours in a day maybe? Can they manage that?

Wesley Clark

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I saw Wesley Clark last week on the Daily Show. True, it's a fake news show, but I typicially find that Jon Stewart's interviews result in me learning a great deal about the person being interviewed.

In this particular case I learned that Wesley Clark is dull, condescending, and apparently thinks that he is running for School Board, not President. All he did was talk about children he has met, and about schools.

Now, I am very big on education - I think it's shameful the way that our schools are being underfunded while taxes are cut and we blow money on military adventures of dubious value and legitimacy.

At the same time though, I would hope that a presidential candiate on a show for 15 minutes would talk about SOMETHING substantive. Clark not only failed to do this, he came off as pretty smarmy.

On the positive side, I did not cringe whenever he smiled. But that isn't moving me over from the Dean camp.

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