Day After Thanksgiving Blog Post

The hardest thing about blogging is getting started. The second hardest thing is refraining from deleting the entire post and getting away from the computer to do something that’s actually useful. We’ll see how this one goes and if it makes it to my blog.

Yesterday, as we all know, was Thanksgiving. I could immediately tell that this was the day after Thanksgiving when I put my shirt on and what was a perfect fitting shirt is now tight around the stomach area. But it’s okay. The family got together and what a feast we had. My wife made a delicious turkey with all the trimmings. Her siblings brought bisque, rolls, pies, sauces, drinks, and enough food to cure hunger in Africa.

I hardly ever drink any more, but on holidays, I revert back to my younger days when my favorite hobby was imbibing the alcohol. Beer, whiskey, gin, tequila … it was delicious, and it made me feel good. I could almost always count on alcohol to make me feel good. But now that I’m old, I do things like build furniture and try to invent things that will make me a millionaire. You don’t want to get drunk when using power tools. It can make you have a horrible accident and cut off all your fingers. It’s hard to hold a drink in your hand when you have no fingers. You’d have to hold it like our dog holds her biscuits while nibbling at them. But I digress.

So on holidays, I make an exception and have a few drinks. Margaritas are my drink of choice these days. With margaritas, you can be buzzed in less than 15 minutes and after you stop drinking, you’re sober again in about an hour. It’s the perfect drink! And no hangover the next day! It also makes it easier to deal with the in-laws.

Men have it easier than women when it comes to family get-togethers. We stuff our faces and then go into the living room to watch football. When football’s not on, we play video games or with electronics. We don’t have to waste a bunch of energy talking and run the risk of someone getting their feelings hurt. We can call each other a jack-ass, a bastard, a fuck-wad, and nobody cares! It’s part of the fun.

Women, on the other hand, talk about serious stuff when they get together. My wife told me some of the stuff they talked about, but I wasn’t really paying attention so I don’t remember what they were, but I remember they were serious things, and somebody got their feelings hurt. That’s what happens when people talk. You’d think they’d have learned after all these years not to talk, but every year, it’s the same thing.

Today is black Friday — the day people get up at like 3:00 in the morning to get down to the local Walmart so they can buy some piece of crap electrical device for only a dollar. That’s about what the kid in China got paid for a full day’s work to build the piece of crap so we could buy it really cheap. And that’s what holiday’s are really all about: buying crap really cheap.

Financial manager will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because it could “jeopardize his job”

EAGLE, Colorado — A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardize his job, prosecutors said Thursday.

Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, faces two misdemeanor traffic charges stemming from a July 3 incident when he allegedly hit bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo from behind then sped away, according to court documents.

Milo and his attorney, Harold Haddon, are livid about the prosecution’s decision to drop the felony charge. They filed their objection Wednesday afternoon, the day after prosecutors notified Haddon’s office by fax of their decision.

Haddon and Milo say this is a victim’s rights case, that Erzinger’s alleged actions constituted a felony, and that one day is not enough notice.

“The proposed disposition is not appropriate given the shocking nature of of the defendant’s conduct and the debilitating injuries which Dr. Milo has suffered,” Haddon wrote.

As for the one-day notice, Haddon wrote, “One business day is not sufficient notice to allow him to meaningfully participate in this criminal action.”

Milo, 34, is a physician living in New York City with his wife and two children, where he is still recovering from his injuries, court records show.

Milo suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and damage to his knee and scapula, according to court documents. Over the past six weeks he has suffered “disabling” spinal headaches and faces multiple surgeries for a herniated disc and plastic surgery to fix the scars he suffered in the accident.

“He will have lifetime pain,” Haddon wrote. “His ability to deal with the physical challenges of his profession — liver transplant surgery — has been seriously jeopardized.”

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Free Trade — Killing The American Dream

Former Defense Secretary William Cohen reports in the 10/12/2010 Wall Street Journal “Obama and the Politics of Outsourcing” that “for every job outsourced to India and other foreign countries, nearly two new jobs were generated here in the U.S.” This greatly simplifies rebuilding our economy — outsourcing all our jobs will create more than full employment! Unfortunately however, this doesn’t agree with my observations while driving trucks in Akron, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Dallas, Gary, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Or., Seattle, etc., I never saw or heard much evidence of the dramatic benefits that Mr. Cohen, now an outsourcing/Free Trade consultant and lobbyist with offices in China, suggests we have gained. Areas known to have suffered the most from outsourcing looked more like war zones than rebuilding economies, and there residents had no stories of economic revival either.

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