No Shop On Thanksgiving Pledge

No Shop On Thanksgiving

A couple of years ago, I posted the following status to Facebook: “Anyone going “Black Friday” shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday will be judged harshly. You’re part of the problem. Your family & the family of those employees is more important than a $10 DVD player.” That status led to a slew of comments which I recapped here: Black Friday Shopping On Thanksgiving… Please Don’t. As we’re getting toward that time of year again I feel compelled … Continue reading

Black Friday Shopping On Thanksgiving… Please Don’t

Black Friday Women

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day.  It’s often thought of as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, though in reality we’ve been slammed with Christmas sales since well before Halloween.  In the last few years we’ve seen a very disturbing trend where most major retailers have opened extremely early and offered Black Friday deals to kick start the holidays.  This really pisses me off. … Continue reading

Time To Join The Fryers Club

Fried Turkey

It’s that time of year… Thanksgiving is almost here!  It’s a time to give thanks, to see family and friends and to gorge yourself on way too much turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and that dish your aunt always brings that no one likes but they take a bit just to be nice. We’re lucky enough to have both sides of our family close, and luckier still that everyone gets along 😉  Just as we did … Continue reading

A Busy 4th Of July Weekend

Watching The Fireworks

Holiday weekends are great and this past one was no exception.  We were jam packed starting on Friday night when we got together to celebrate Gramp’s birthday (pics forthcoming).  As you can tell from the photo here the kids really enjoyed their weekend and for once we were able to tire them out (3 nights in a row out WAY past their bedtime will do that I suppose). Saturday was “get away day” as we … Continue reading

And Now That The Holidays Are Over… Snow Sucks

Who's Tired Of Snow?

The first snow of the year is a magical thing isn’t it?  Winter has finally come and everyone is happy to have it.  There’s nothing better than a white Christmas to put everyone in a great mood.  However, when you live in Cleveland you need to know that December snow is just the tip of the iceberg… a HUGE iceberg. Once the holidays are over we typically have at least a good 3 months (sometimes … Continue reading

Now I Know How Griswold Feels

Christmas Tree

Growing up we always had an artificial Christmas tree (my mom hated it when I called it “fake”).  Part of the reason we had a fake tree was dad and I were both allergic to real ones.  Each year right after Thanksgiving we’d go down in the basement and pull all the decorations out of the crawl space and within a couple of hours we’d have our home decorated for the holidays. Now that I’ve … Continue reading

Random Thoughts On A Friday Night

Broken Snow Globe

When you take medicine it should make you feel better.  The fact that I had to go BACK to the doctor fucking sucks. Telling a 3 year old not to do something is essentially like saying “please do that”. A snow globe has a ton of water in it.  And breaks into a zillion pieces when dropped by said 3 year old. There’s nothing more frustrating than an Internet connection that’s down. The fact that … Continue reading

Memorial Day Weekend Musings

Memorial Day

Today is the Tuesday after the long Memorial Day weekend.  For my money there’s nothing better than a long holiday weekend when the weather is nice.  Here’s a couple of observations from ol Chewie: People don’t recognize the importance of Memorial Day nearly often enough.  One day per year is not often enough to thank the men and women who’ve died defending this country.  Each and every time I see someone in uniform I attempt … Continue reading