Archive for December, 2008
A long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
-Counting Crows, Long December
I can’t say that I’m too upset about 2008 coming to a close. It’s been a somewhat rough year at different times for me. And after doing a lot of soul searching, I look forward to the opportunity to start 2009 with a clean slate. A fresh start is just what the doctor ordered.
So I wish everyone out there a very happy 2009! Be safe on New Year’s Eve, especially if you’re out there driving amongst all the drunkness. Until next year…
First, I just wanted to take a quick moment to tell you all Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy Kwanzaa! And Happy All Other Holidays I Missed With No Intention Of Making You Mad At Me Or Dismissing Your Holiday Cultural Celebration! (After all that, I know some group will still be offended by me. But, oh well. Nothing new there.)
Anyway, the movie The Spirit comes out today. I would really like to see it, but I’m going to have to wait a week or so. I am so intrigued by the movie trailer, that if the movie is crap, I will still watch it. I guess the movie trailer people did their job, right? Because that trailer is just so mesmerizing…
The same people who made this movie are the same ones that made Sin City and 300. I dig the cinematography. Their style is unique and so different from the usual. Just the visuals alone will draw people in. And who couldn’t be drawn in by a pole dancing Jessica Alba? Two things that are visually stimulating? This trailer and Jessica Alba.
Anyway, I hope this movie is as good as their past work. And if you see it before I do, then don’t tell me anything about it. Even if it sucks, let me find out for myself. My fear is that my roommate tells me he thinks it’s awesome. Then I will know it’s horrible. He is, after all, one of the people that highly recommended that I go see that Transformers garbage.
I try to avoid getting too personal on the blog. I don’t want to document every single little detail of my life because, quite frankly, some things just need to stay personal. But I am going to take this post to vent. I just need an outlet because I have so much on my mind. I think it may be the holidays. That and some family strife that has all kind of merged together, kind of like that movie The Perfect Storm. Too much stuff going on to really get a grasp on things. Thus, making it a very frustrating time. One that I will get through, but frustrating nonetheless.
This may sound weird to those of you that aren’t religious, but I feel that at times my actions may not bode well with The Man Upstairs, and that in turn my selfishness could be the cause of any pain my family or loved ones may endure. I don’t want to get too deep, so I will leave that one right there. It’s just the way I feel. It feels disgusting. And I need to fix it. I need to do the right thing.
Anyway, I just needed to put that out there. And I needed to read my words. And I need to focus.
Both my grandmothers reside in Costa Rica. So you can imagine when they both unexpectedly encounter health struggles how quickly my family and I want to get over there for a visit. That is the case right now. My Grandmother on my Father’s side has been getting treatment on her issue. And she is responding well. She is a fighter and I have no doubt she will come out of this with flying colors. She is extremely close with God, so I know He is on her side. That is comforting.
My Grandmother on my Mother’s side is having her own issues. That is me and her at my little sister’s wedding in the pic above. I spoke with her on Wednesday and she is in extremely good spirits. She has a contagious laugh that once I get her going, she can’t stop! And then I can’t stop! My Spanish may be horrible, but you don’t have to translate laughter. And despite the language barrier, she gets me. She knows what I’m trying to say.
Apart from my immediate family, all my relatives live in Costa Rica. I have had a different experience than most growing up in that I couldn’t just go to Grandma’s house for the weekend, or go stay the night at my cousins, etc. It was never an option. And because of the geography of it all, I am not as close with my family in Costa Rica as I would like to be. Ad that isn’t anybody’s fault. It’s just the way it is. But it doesn’t take away one bit of love I have for them all. So to know any of them are suffering is difficult to hear. But I know my Grandmothers are in good hands. And although Costa Rica is not the USA when it comes to medical care, there are far worse places to be.
I love my Grandmothers very much and I hope and pray that they get better very soon.
Good God do I hate Christmas shopping. Hate it! It ranks up with there with being stuck in a traffic jam. Or washing my dogs. I will, however, admit that this year it hasn’t been as bad. Why? Because I know what I’m looking for. That makes a tremendous difference! Most years I beg for friends and loved ones to give me a clue as to what they would like or need for Christmas. And most years they don’t tell me squat. And that leads to me going to the malls, wandering aimlessly, hunting for parking spaces, dealing with other frustrated people, etc. It just blows.
But this year I decided to take a different approach. I decided to pay attention. Who the heck knew this would be such an effective strategy?!? The results are that I have all the major gifts either already taken care of or just waiting to go get them. But knowing what you have to buy is just so stress free! Not only that, but the gifts I got are just ridiculously good. I have to brag.
Anyway, I still hate Christmas shopping. I just hate it a little less this year.
Like him or hate him, President Bush showed some reflexes here. I don’t see Hillary doing that.
Yeah, I know Obama would have gone all Matrix on the situation, dodge the shoes like Neo dodged those bullets, and then used the force to send the shoes flying back at his attacker. But, in all seriousness, we know that is unrealistic. Because nobody doesn’t like Obama enough to throw shoes at him.
I have asked this question about a million and a half times. Why on God’s green Earth would Brad Pitt pick Angelina Jolie over this?? Look at her! I mean, DAMN! Jennifer Aniston keeps getting hotter and hotter. And this has got to be hands down one of the sexiest pictures I have ever seen. Smokin’!!
I have nothing against Angelina Jolie. Obviously she is easy on the eyes. But I would take the wholesome, girl next door that is Jennifer Aniston over the mildly freaky Angelina Jolie. Plus, Angelina got with Billy Bob Thornton. So that is some serious negative points right there.
Today, the homosexual community is banding together and calling into work “gay”. They are callin it a “Day Without A Gay”. I hope they accomplish whatever it is they are trying to do. I think people already know how important it is to show up to work, whether you are gay, straight, crooked, whatever. Especially during these tough economic times. A pretty bold move to risk one’s job like that.
Anyway, the list of potential gay jokes is endless here. I won’t even bother. But today would not be a good day to be sick. Or to have an emergency. Because if you miss work today, I’m thinking people will be questioning your sexuality. “What’s that, Tom? You had to have an appendectomy?? Right…..”