Happy Thanksgiving to the two biggest turkeys I know! I am more than a little surprised that you two are actually going to shart one out on one of the major holidays! Anyway, I hope you two were a pair of gluttonous savages as you celebrated the wholesale theft of land from and genocide of this country’s native population. The wife and I did not really do the whole big meal for several reasons, most notably that I despise the following foods: turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, cranberry sauce, any and all beans, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Basically, the entire traditional Thanksgiving meal is utterly repulsive to me. Even if I were into all of that, switching off on baby duty doesn’t leave a lot of time to cook. We did do a ham for Meredith and my son, plus rolls and apple pie. I had my traditional Thanksgiving frozen pizza. Anywho, the little lady is out like a light for one of the few times today, so I figured I’d better get an email in while I still could. My mother and her husband came up earlier in the week to meet Charlotte and see our house for the first time, so
I did get in some kinda sorta Thanksgiving related family time this week. Mother came bearing gifts for all. She gave me this shirt with my birth year and the word vintage on it. Mom is making old man jokes now? Oh well, she balanced it by gifting me a Generation 1 (G1) Transformer she picked up in a thrift shop. She had no idea what it was, but I knew very well which figure she bought. He was missing some parts, which I have since ordered from Ebay, but he was recognizable as Perceptor. Oddly enough, he was one I once begged my mom as a kid to buy me and she did not because he was stupid expensive at the time, so mom finally came through for me 30 years after the fact.
Sorry for not emailing last week, but I kind of had my hands full with Charlotte and the accompanying sleep deprivation for which she is personally responsible. Did either of you two slip out and participate in the Black Thursday Evening madness? I know it’s not up either of your respective alleys, but Rhett is a tightwad, so I figured the deals might stand a chance of luring him out of his cave. There were some deals that piqued my interest, to be sure, but I just do not do Black Friday. Period. I scarcely possess the patience necessary for the suffering of fools when they are on their best behavior, but when they’re acting like a bunch of slobbering knuckle draggers? Nope with extra nope sauce. I did buy a couple of things today, but I did so from the comfort of my sofa. I grabbed a $29 Android tablet from Best Buy for me and found a great deal on my wife’s present on Groupon of all places. The latter saved me close to $300. She and I had a pact not to spend over $50 on each other this year, but I just cannot resist spoiling my wife a little at Christmas. I won’t say what it was I bought, but it is something she mentioned a few months ago. Needless to say, I already blew that budget out of the water. :/ Right now we are keeping close tabs on Amazon for this $149 50 inch hdtv that they supposedly will be selling as an app only deal. It will be a co-present for both of us. We have turned into hermits who do nothing together but watch movies for fun, so we want something a little more…more…than the 32 inch tv I have owned for the last 8 years.
For the first time in the last couple of years I have a legit reason to fret over Black Friday. My corporate office decided to dump a ton of my area’s merchandise into clearance and then run an extra 40% off special on it. On the bright side, my commission check will be a little better, but the downside is that I have to spend the first 4 hours of the sale trying to deal with customers while monitoring my new hire. He is a nice guy, but he knows less than nothing, and he will be a liability during the first big sale we have had in a long time.
So I was really impressed with your Verminterview. I was genuinely impressed with the degree of professionalism the two of you showed. I never would have imagined y’all having interviewing chops, but you pulled it off. It was compelling even for me, and I could not give less of a steaming pile about the whole Warcraft universe if my life depended on it. Oh, and in the last podcast, y’all had me wanting to scream because I kept hearing one of your mice clicking every 5 seconds. It was driving me out of my gourd! “So yeah, Jason, this week I was…click…blah blah blah…click…blah…click…blah blah blah blah…click…” It was maddening I tell you! Maddening!! It was almost as bad as listening to the vocal mannerisms of that chick Laura Ashby on Jeopardy. If you haven’t heard about her, just Google her. She is an uptalker who draws out and upward the last syllable of every word she utters. You will want to throw a shoe at her after listening to her upward droning.
You know what else y’all did that got my dander up? Ragging on my French flag profile pic. Not to be a douche, but did it ever occur to y’all that maybe most of us who chose to memorialize the victims of the Paris terror attack did not do so with any delusions of about it? When I changed my pic, I was under no delusion that doing so had any real world effect whatsoever. I did not do it to make myself feel better about anything or because I thought it would change anyone’s situation. I simply did it as a show of respect to those who lost their lives. When my father passed away several years ago, I lost count of how many people offered their condolences. Did their well wishing better my mood any? No. Did it make my life brighter? Not in the least. Their words had less than zero effect on my world, but it was damned nice of them to at least take the time to recognize his passing. Did any French people see my pic? Probably not. But whether or not it was an empty gesture is neither here nor there. I just felt doing so was my way of showing that I felt badly for their tragedy, regardless of how feeble it may have been. Turds. 😛
My gaming this week has consisted of a few minutes of retro here and there on my handheld device. Played a little Double Dragon yesterday and was pleased to find I was still as good at it as I was when I was a kid. I used to be able to beat the game in the arcade on one quarter. All you had to do was throw elbows all game and there was no enemy you could not defeat in short order. If, by some miracle, tomorrow is slow at work, I may game a little more. Even when work is over I still have more to do, since the wife will have me going into the spider’s den to retrieve our well worn plastic Christmas tree. Hey, we have gotten our $40 out of it. We do not believe in setting the tree up on minute sooner than the day after Thanksgiving. People who do so before Turkey day ought to shampoo my crotch.
Anyway, I need to wrap this up. My little girl has been sleeping in her Rock N Play for a while and she is starting to stir. I figure I have about about 2-3 minutes before she starts wailing. So take it easy!