Friday, February 7, 2014

Ten Things Of Thankful: Health Experts, Domestic Terrorism, & Chicken McNuggets

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What is it about cold weather that makes people experts on being healthy?

No, I've never noticed the relationship before.  Have you?

Recently, we've been in the grip of freezing temperatures, ice storms, and constant snow.  Cars are sliding around on highways, standing up while walking is difficult, and dogs are looking at their owners wondering why in the hell they can't just go to the bathroom in the bath tub instead of freezing off their paws outside.

It's Winter!  Believe it or not, it's the time of the year for the things to be like this!

However, a trait I've not noticed in years passed by is how many comments one receives about staying healthy during the Winter months.  Oh, we've always heard the standard:
  1. "Don't go outside if you're not dressed properly."  (And, "Yes", I actually have seen a couple of teenage idiots wearing shorts in subzero temperatures this year.  It's my guess they're proving their manhood by freezing off their manhood.)
  2. "It's cold and flu season so always make sure you wash your hands constantly, cover your mouth when you sneeze, and stay away from anyone with the sniffles."  (Like I regularly seek out sick individuals to spend hours of playing Russian Roulette with their germs.)
  3. "Limit your time outside as you may find the temperatures allow for frostbite to occur before you recognize it happening." (Although chopping off half an inch of ice from your windshield takes time and is a must before you can get your ass anywhere warm!
However, this year, I've been constantly verbally attacked by those that consider themselves "Health Specialists" because of something they've read on the web.  (Which never lies, as we all know.)
"I can do everything except
prescribe medicine.  For that,
you'll have to wait six months
for your Obamacare to kick in!"

There are still a few that hit me about my smoking cigarettes, but that's to be expected in today's politically correct society that proclaims one cannot do as they wish if others think it offensive to them.  I will state again, for the benefit of those that have not heard me say it before, "I won't blow my smoke in your face if you don't blow your El Toro defecation in mine."  If and when I decide to quit, I will do so on my own accord, and not because your words of wisdom suddenly provided me with a marvelous insight as to the immediate realization that smoking may not be the best thing I've ever done.  Still, when I look back at having already been dead twice in my life, and many of the dangerous activities I've participated in, smoking is probably one of the least dangerous.  Much less dangerous than hounding a smoker about quitting I might add.  (Just a word of warning ... just in case you were about to comment about it.)

No, this year is filled with people telling me:
  1.  ... I need to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, (I think after 59 years I can make a decision on when to sleep and how much sleep I need.  Just because I don't want to waste a third of what life I've got left of lying in an unconscious state wasting time doesn't mean my world will end tomorrow.  (It just means that I have more important things to do, such as write, work and smoke cigarettes!)
  2.  ... don't eat Chinese food as it's filled with MSG.  (No, I'd rather eat McDonald's hamburgers and fries like you that have enough sodium to cure a ten pound ham, and preservatives to keep my dead body in it's current state until the zombie comet passes overhead and allows me to rise from the dead to eat the flesh from your bones!)
  3.  ... wearing long underwear only reduces one's chances of being able to tolerate the cold and keep from getting sick.  (You might want to add "freezing one's ass off" to that list.)
  4.  ... drinking Diet Coke is terrible for you as they're filled with chemicals.  (When was the last time you ever looked at all the chemicals your local water company used to make water somewhat safe for drinking, especially since the water system pipes hadn't been sterilized in ... well, never!)
  5.  ... too much time at a computer will ruin your eyes.  (Tell my employer about that.  He's the one that keeps me there taking manufacturer's testing and working 9-11 hours a day.  If you've got a better job, let me know.  I might be interested!)
Let's see.  I know I can't eat anything that has white, enriched flour in it or I'll drop off to sleep within thirty minutes, fast food leaves me feeling like I'd gained fifty pounds in one sitting, I don't have to worry about getting bad sushi since I want my meat cooked before indulging, and I've researched enough to know that there are many cancer fighting natural foods (like broccoli) that I can eat sensibly.  I'm going to sleep when I need to, drink what I want to, and smoke as often as I can tolerate the cold weather at work.  My computer time is too much, but my eyes grow blurry when it's too much making it impossible to see the screen, so it limits itself.  And, as far as long underwear goes, if you want to freeze that's your prerogative.  Personally, I'm preferring staying warm!

I can't wait until the Summer months when I can preach to you about the long term aging and skin cancer effect of ultra violet rays, dehydration created by overuse of alcohol, and the dangers of barbeque cleaning brushes.  Oh, let's not forget about the dangers of bee stings, Summer diet regiments, and improper foot support of sandal wearing.  By the way, swimming in public pools in which people urinate and spit, grabbing icee's from the local convenience store machine (that's never cleaned), and inhaling too much charcoal smoke from the grill is also gambling with one's health!

Isn't life a bitch!!!

But, let us not forget why we've all gathered here today!

Yes, the Queen, Lizzi, has made proclamation that we will bring ourselves together to worship the Gods of Thankful!  Ten times we are directed to do so, unless we see it fitting to go more.  Still, ten is the number so designated by our loving Queen with the ever reaching cat 'o ten tails in her grasp.  Thus, ten times the bell shall toll and ten times the hearts will sing, "Thankful for thee, thankful we've been, thankful for we, stop here oh power of ten!"
Yes, tis time for "Ten Things Of Thankful" once again!

This week, I'm thankful for:
"What do you mean this was supposed
to be a roller coaster????"
1)  ... Olympic Games sensationalism!  If you haven't heard, Russia is hosting the Winter Olympics.  Propaganda from the Western World has made the pre-Olympic news coverage so dramatic, the games are almost secondary.  Everything from death and kidnapping threats, the smuggling of bomb materials, gay rights slandering, and the talk of inferior living conditions have filled the airwaves.  Actually, this is pretty typical for the Western World.  Their goal is to build up the sensationalism to increase curiosity which, in turn, will make people tune in to increase ratings points, which will validate the outrageous prices for advertising the networks will charge.  It's kind of like, "If we make the party seem big enough, we can charge a lot for tickets!"   It's a game that's been played for years, and will continue to be played as long as people fall for it.  (If you go, remember, these are Winter Games.  Long underwear may be necessary!)

"Ready ...  Aim ..."

2)  ... domestic terrorism.  Talk about making life exciting!  A continuing report concerning the 52 minute attack of a California power substation last year is now being discussed as a possible act of terrorism.  The attack on the power station, which took place in April of 2013, entailed over 100 rifle shots at transformers, cables being cut, and 27 days to repair the damage, is now, 10 months later, being thought of as an act of terror.  The FBI, never being an agency known for jumping to conclusions, still doesn't believe it an act of terrorism as the Federal Regulatory Commission has stated.  Instead, the FBI is currently investigating the cast of Duck Dynasty's visit to Southern California last year during duck hunting season, and the fact that all the transformers had duck targets posted on them.

3)  ... CVS Pharmacies.  It has recently been stated that CVS, the second largest pharmacy chain in the United States, will stop selling all tobacco products this year.  They feel cigarettes and tobacco products have no business being sold in a business that promotes health care.  (In a related story, CVS has announced they will be expanding the size of their beer and alcohol products departments  to aid the health industry in providing patients for liver transplants, and drunk driving emergency room auto crash victims.)

Lying naked to the world, Mr. & Mrs.
McNugget completed their plans
for world domination!
4)  ... Chicken McNuggets.  McDonald's decided it was finally time to respond to the "pink goop" photo that has been passed around the Internet supposedly showing of what the famous meal item was comprised.  A film has been made of the product being made to end all rumors.  This production even goes into the details of the four shapes (bow, ball, boot, bowtie) the McNuggets are formed into.  No response was given as to why "breast" was not a shape option.  

(Damn, it's a family dining restaurant.  You want breasts? 
Go to Hooters!)
5)  ... Denver Bronco fans.  Although winning and losing is part of sports life, Denver Bronco fans, after Sundays loss to Seattle at the Super Bowl, seem to have a little different manner in curbing their sorrows.  It seems as though there was a 11% increase in web traffic from Denver to porn sites after the Sunday debacle.  Seattle, also, noticed an increase in porn traffic, but nothing like Denver's.  (Seems, getting "blown away" has different meanings to the stoners in Washington, than it does in Denver.)

"C'mon, C'mon, I'll fight anyone!
I know I once got my ass beat
by a 17 year old, but this time
I'll be ready!"
6)  ... George Zimmerman.  Not only did this individual survive an alleged assault by Trayvon Martin, a court trial in which he had to fight not only the court system, but also the President's opinions and those of various minority mouthpieces, and contend with a mad and raging wife, but now, George Zimmerman will have to contend with a rapper.  George has decided to become a boxer.  His first opponent, chosen from the thousands that applied, will be the rapper, DMX.  That is, if the rapper will sign a contract.  Worries prevail as to if pictures will be taken of the injuries one could receive in the event, if the event will be televised or not, and if the rapper is simply all talk.  Finding an impartial panel of judges and a referee that doesn't hold grudges is also a problem that must be overcome.  (Already, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and anyone residing in Florida has been turned down.)

7)  ... Shaun White.  American Snowboarder and extreme danger seeker, Shaun White, has pulled out of the Olympic snowboarding event because the course was "too dangerous."  Others, still participating in the event, state that he pulled out because he recognized he had no chance to win.  It's reported that Mr. While later said, "I'd rather fight George Zimmerman than take a chance on that slope!"

"Me?  Attack a youngster?  Are
You Kidding?  Last time I tried to
attack anything a salad beat
my ass!"
8)  ... Woody Allen.  Did he or didn't he?  That is the question!  Woody's daughter has accused the actor/writer/director of sexually abusing her as a youngster.  Supposedly, she also brings up references to Woody's infatuation with his step daughter in the accusations.  Woody has responded to the issues in a letter to the New York Times, which may, or may not, be published by the Times in the next few days.  Woody, unavailable for comment, is currently debating on a sequel to his 70's hit movie, to be called, "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex With Your Kids ... (But Were Too Afraid To Ask For Fear Of Prosecution)."  

9)  ... John Kerry.  70 year old John Kerry has confirmed that he has no thoughts of running for president in 2016.  (It's also been reported that he knew he would have no chance running against Michelle Obama for that position, so why try?)

10)  ... Super Bowl Commercials.  Our last, but most influential topic this week, concerns Super Bowl Commercials.  In previous years, it really didn't matter how bad the game was.  Super Bowl commercials were something special and made up for the lack of substance (I say that loosely for Washington and Colorado residents) on the field.  With the exception of the Muppets and the Audi "Doberhuahua" commercials, this year's grouping of Super Bowl commercials was the worst ever viewed.  Whether it be the screening has been too stringent in trying not to offend the Politically Correct morons of the world, or that humor in the advertising world is no longer appreciated, this year's offerings were extremely lacking.  One can only envision next year's Super Bowl ratings points to be down due to this change in philosophy.  (In fact, the Indianapolis Colts are already preparing for their lack of viewers by contracting Peyton Manning to make a fantasy/ humor spot dreaming about what it would be like to win a Super Bowl somewhere other than Indianapolis.)  
And, that's that!  

Another week of thankful, thankfully thankful to be over.  My cats are demanding my attention, so it's time to put in a Woody Allen movie, split a Diet Coke with them, and fall asleep in the recliner with both keeping my lap warm.  

I wonder if McDonald's delivers McNuggets?



  1. Bwahaha. You're freaking hilarious. Sometimes I start to feel guilty because I picked up a pack of cigarettes and started smoking again but then I think, "Listen all you self-righteous, hoity-toity bastards: I smoke only a few times a year when really stressed out. Your snooty health crap isn't helping. I'm well aware what I am doing is bad but I. DON'T. CARE. Don't step on my right to do as I damn well please and I won't do the same to you." Jackasses.

    I'm all for being healthy and whatnot but hey, we get one life. Might as well enjoy it the best we can.

    1. Kim - Thanks for the compliment! I know you're just trying to get on my good side though so you don't end up one of the ten things in a future list! lol Seriously, I just say what I mean and don't hold back. I've always felt that honesty is the best policy when it comes to satisfying myself, so why lie? Between heath experts that don't agree, politicians that don't agree, mind doctors that don't agree, and PC people that can't agree on anything, it's a wonder we can even see the sun for all the piles of BS on the horizon. I'm going to live my life as I want and say the things I mean. Sooner or later, someone might open their eyes and say, "Damn, you know, I do see what he meant. That is simply BS!" Ah, we all must have a goal in life! lol Many Thanks!

  2. Take away my Diet Coke and you take away my will to live.

    I don't understand the correlation of watching the Super Bowl to visiting porn sites, unless they all ate boob-shaped Chicken McNuggets during halftime.

    1. Dyanne - I'm with you, girl!!!! I'm a Diet Coke-aholic. All I drink is either one or two cups of coffee in the morning and the rest of the day (and night) it's Diet Coke. Occasionally, you might find me with a can of Canada Dry Diet Ginger Ale, but that is a rare occasion.

      So, you liked my nugget with boobs, did you? lol I have to admit, I was busy photoshopping this week. Correlation? Why, remember when you used to inhale (oh, yeah, you never did). Anyway, reading while stoned was a bear as one would tend to lose concentration, of figure out that they'd read the same page three times. So, looking at pictures was so much easier! That's why the campus coffee shops always had a comic book rack ... hiding the Playboy and Penthouse magazines behind them! lol Besides, Denver fans needed something to help them "get up" after losing as bad as they did! Many Thanks!

    2. I graduated from high school in the 70s. Enough said?

    3. So, I guess one might say I'm speaking to a woman of experience? :) So, I guess Playgirl had its audience, too! Many Thanks!

  3. I'm with Dyanne on the Diet Coke thing. We've all got our vices.

    1. Lisa - So good to see you here! As you can see by the comment I made above, I, too, and a fan of Diet Coke! I guess we're just all terrible people, aren't we! lol Many Thanks!

  4. You know people are just trying to be self-righteous douchewaffles when they tell you long underwear is bad for your health; they want it stamped on their forehead, "SRD" so everyone will ask their opinion and they can brain-vomit on them.

    I miss smoking. Honestly. If it wasn't a huge deal for my husband, I would have probably picked it back up after each of my kids were done breastfeeding.

    1. Jessica - Really cool of you to stop in! You sound as fed up with PC's as I am. What really ticks me is when a kid, just out of college, starts talking to me in a mentoring tone about my health. Of course, after I tell them about my escapades with big cats, venomous reptiles, being shot at, and having actually been declared dead twice, they usually take a step or two back. As far as smoking is concerned, I always have one after a meal ... ooops, you meant years ago when your kids were... well, anyway .... :) Many Thanks!

  5. so many icky things here...chicken nipples, Zimmerman,... john Kerry... Actually I have a prob with Kerry whom I wrote with a problem re health insurance a few years back after Kennedy died ( he helped immensely...really) and after no replies and several letters later I got a "vote for me" letter... grrrrrrrr....Pisses me off when people try to tell me about my health when they have no idea... I have a gut issue (no colon) and this guy once yelled at me for using a handicapped br when it was the only one available...even though time was of the essence I managed to take a minute to make him regret his stance... not one of my prouder moments Im afraid.... oh well, there are so many Im not gonna start regretting them now!

    1. Zoe - This was "icky" week! lol Every once in a while, "icky" needs to be brought out. This just happened to be one of those weeks! (Actually, the chicken breasts were a lot of work to get the photoshopping perfect! lol) I've never met or heard of a politician that is sincere in helping people. There's always an alternative reason for their actions, which usually means they're getting kickbacks from someone ... somewhere. Kerry's always been the jerk, and not a very smart one at that. You and I have the same feelings for those that love to share medical advice. Makes me wonder if they tell their doctors what's wrong with them to save the doctors the task of finding out on their own! Bravo for standing up to the ass! He needed to be put in his place. Just hoping I made you smile somewhere along the way. :) Many Thanks!

    2. You always do Rich... I suppose I shouldn't think that goes without saying but it does ... or I wouldn't be back... Im bitchy like that! eek!

    3. Zoe - You're one of my favorite people! Just didn't want to let you down. I'm one of those few that really embrace my commentors and readers, and only aim to please. Glad you enjoyed! :)

  6. Rich, you have got to be one of the funniest people alive! I believe in live and let live and in my lifetime I have had my share of vices so I will never, ever tell you what you should and should not do. Aside from that, I'm not terribly hip on being told what to do either so the golden rule applies as well.
    Your list is a good one..usually is. A thought provoker. I live about five miles from where the George Zimmerman/Trayon Martin tragedy unfolded and I can tell you that he is an idiot to step in a ring with any one, any time.

    1. Sandy - You've got to be one of the best visitors alive! :) Seriously, thanks for the compliment. Of course, now you've just doubled my stress factor for next week's post to make it funnier than this one!

      I would never preach to you about your addiction to heroin. Oh, not you??? Oooops! Sorry about that! Since we were given two ears and one mouth, I've always found it best if we use them accordingly. I'll give my opinion if asked, but that doesn't happen as often as most would hope. And, you believe in the Golden Rule, too!!! Do you understand most don't even know what that means anymore?

      I try my best to make fun of the news, but also to get a person thinking about it. If we could just push the sensationalistic B.S. out of the broadcasts, I think we'd all be much better off. Really glad you enjoyed this! Many Thanks!

  7. My bro, you're just plain f#cking awesome. HA to not being able to wait until this summer when you can talk to us about the dangers of UV rays. And this sentence? I am going to use this today, somehow (what that's my goal of the day - don't judge): "'s politically correct society that proclaims one cannot do as they wish if others think it offensive to them" SPOT ON. LOVE.
    I'm a Denver fan and didn't visit any porn after experiencing their huge loss. Guess my brain wasn't working well because watching drugged-out freaks have sex would have totally made me feel better.
    Poor McDonald's.
    And is that true about CVS? Stupid. Ugh.
    xoxo thanks for the EPIC as always laugh this morning.

    1. Hey, Sis! Good to have you back! Your words are only too kind. Yes, Summertime advice is definitely worth presenting (just as the department stores are putting out Summer outfits in February is)! lol I'd be interested as to how you used that sentence today. I can think of many options, but I'm sure yours was the best of the bunch.

      I, too, am a fan of Denver. Indianapolis first, then Denver I have to say, but a fan. Porn viewing wasn't on my agenda either. Oh, I looked at my wife once or twice, but believe me, porn never entered my mind! :)

      Really good to see you again! Glad you like this piece. Many Thanks!

  8. Mmmkay so MSG is AWESOME and also I bought Knorr seasoning recently which has it as the main ingredient. All of my cooking from now on until FOREVER is going to be utterly totally FABULOUS.

    I could even make Chicken McBoobies taste good.

    That commercial was a mess, and seemed to totally rip off Milo, from The Mask (1994, if I recall) who did it better, with more panache, even though his head was green. Audi are dumb. And if that's the BEST commercial....well, thank goodness I'm foreign!

    I LOVED your TToT intro. You escape the whip this time.

    1. My Sister From Another Set Of Parents!!!! So good to see you!

      I had to investigate MSG. To me, it was an abbreviation for "message". When I found out about it, memories of it's possible reactions were recalled. Yes, there have been times when I've eaten entirely too much of it in one sitting. But, damn, the food was fantastic! (Notice I'm ignoring the Chicken McBobbies comment?) lol

      I'd forgotten about Jim Carey's "The Mask." You are so correct about ripping it off. Kind of disappointing, though. I thought I could sue them for stealing my mixing idea from the dog show piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago!

      I thought you'd like the intro. It was done with you smiling in mind. I only wish I could've written it with an English accent (but then no one in the States could've understood the damn thing! lol Many Thanks!

    2. HA! They would've - they're not THAT dumb, I mean, I know they're 'merican and all but...

      Oops! Sorry to bust your bubble there - Carrey totally got in there first with the doggy mix.

      MSG makes the world taste better (and yes I duly noted your ignoring-out-loud of that comment)

    3. Okay, what am I supposed to say? "McBoobies taste good as MSG goodies should!" lol I gotta say, I haven't had a McNugget in probably twenty years, so I honestly can't say. No, my readers aren't that dumb. Of course, most of my readers also read you, so they're used to having to struggle through strange words and accents! :) I'm gonna have to go back sometime and watch the Mask again. I remember the dog with the mask on, but I don't remember it changing into mixed breeds. Then again, I don't remember where I put my damn wallet last night, either! lol Many Thanks!

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    1. Jean - And, I, you, my dear! (How's that for my best Sean Connery accent?) lol Glad you enjoyed this one! Many Thanks!

  10. There is so much to say about everything I just took in. I love all the comments in the beginning about the assholes who feel the need to remind of us common sense in the Winter . . . I agree so hard about the Super Bowl commercials. In fact, I ONLY watch for the ads and have been upset in the last few years as they steadily went downhill. I might be done watching forever. If (that's a huge if) there's ever one that's good I can catch it on YouTube.

    I would pay money to watch DMX beat the shit out of that wife-beating asshole.

    1. Starr - Really good of you to visit again this week! I do try to put a lot on a person's plate, per say. lol I'm really not sure if these people honestly believe that they're helping, or if they're just so full of themselves they can't handle keeping quiet. Maybe a combination of both. I do still watch the game for the game, but since there's only been one good game in the last five or six, it's hardly worth viewing anymore. If the ads suck, it really takes away from the interest factor, for sure. I'd love to see the fight. I think GZ may have bitten off more than he could chew, even though DMX is now 41 years old. He's trying to extend his 15 minutes of fame and milk it for everything he can. I'm sure, in a year or two, GZ will be long forgotten. Many Thanks!

  11. We aren't supposed to wear long underwear?? That's just plain ridiculous.
    Those idiotic teens you see walking around in shorts may be my kids. It is unilaterally uncool to dress appropriately for winter. It is quite satisfying to see them shivering their butts off on those really cold -15 days.
    I hate all the crappy buildup to the Olympics, but I love the actual events.
    While I did enjoy a few of the Super Bowl commercials, there weren't many worth the whatever millions the companies had to spend to get them on during the game. Perhaps the companies are blowing all their budget on the time slot and have no money left to make a good commercial.

    1. Christine - Good to see you today! I know, the long underwear bit got me, too! It's like, "Oh, so we're supposed to freeze and leave it on the store shelves, right?" Duhhhh! I completely understand your pleasure. We were given common sense. It's a shame when we fail to use it for fear of not being "cool". I'm an avid Olympics fan, myself. I got in trouble over the ladies gymnastics team last time around, as Gabby continually refused to look at the flag during the medal ceremonies. I'm thinking, "Here's a lady whose future is now guaranteed because of the support she received from her country and she can't even give the flag proper respect! What a waste!" People didn't seem to like that much. lol The commercials really were poor this year. I was surprised how much flak the "Go Daddy" spots had received in past years for showing skin, and then there's David B. running around in his underwear. I guess it's PC for a guy but not for a girl. lol Many Thanks!

  12. I relish your cynical, grumpy-old-man view on life - a distinctive and refreshing angle on the '10 Things of Thankful' theme.

    1. Brian - Thank you for stopping by, sir! I'm glad you enjoy these pieces. I almost cringe when I hear "cynical", as I really don't try to be so. I think the world is a wonderful place. We've just got some really stupid people here that can't see what's really going on, and the governments of the world depend on that to control us. lol I try to classify myself more in the "observational/ topical" humor stylings. However, a frog is a frog is a frog, so whatever, I'm just happy to have you as a reader that appreciates the efforts here! Seriously! It means a lot to know you're really being read instead of just being scanned. Many Sincere Thanks!

    2. I rather enjoy cynical perspectives on the world, but I'll call them observational humor stylings from now on if you wish! And of course one's man's cynicism is another's realism; we all display a distorted perception of the world, biased by our existing beliefs. Just keep on producing your distinctive brand of communication - it's always a stimulating read.

    3. Bryan - Please, call it whatever you wish. As I said, I'm just happy to have you reading it! :) I just found that by making the statement to you, I projected being offended, which was the furthest thing from my mind. Lord knows that last thing I wish is to project a PC attitude when I'm so damn strong against it! I guess what I really try to do is to show the world the coconut when it's shell is first cracked, instead of the one they see on the news which has been processed and canned in the manner to attract more consumers. If I can stimulate thought by doing this, then I've achieved my purpose. Many thanks, my friend, many thanks!

  13. Two words: MSG!
    damn I haven't thought about MSG since like 1974! a girlfriend-at-the-time used to refer to it the aftereffects of excessive MSG as having lobster face… the slight but generalized numbing of body parts (fortunately, not all).

    you know, I am on the record as hating any temperature less than 70 degrees, but I remember being in 5th grade and the 'funny' thing we would do at the end of recess would be to rub snow on our faces so that we could run back into class and say, 'Sister ti's really hot outside…!'

    yeah, sophistication of the 5th grade boy…makes up for it by the simple enthusiasm …we used to do this like, I don't know 3 times a week during winter!!
    yeah, you're right! the classic never stop being great!

    1. Clark - Good to see you, my friend! MSG is resurfacing as the bored are still trying to find things to warn you about! I guess everything makes a cycle. I remember once getting extremely light headed after eating a quart and a half of fried rice, and it being referred to as "MSG overdose." I think it was just gluttony and the affects of overeating!

      Cold weather and snow was only a minor delay when I was young. I'd take the basketball, dribble it up and down on the snow to pack it down, and then take off my coat and play for hours. My mother always told me, "Don't work up a sweat!" Little did she realize that below freezing temperatures allowed that to happen only once every 6,000 years! lol I'd really rather have cold weather than hot. I hate the heat of Summer and could care less about roasting in the sun. I burn easily and quickly resemble one of the cooked lobsters your old girlfriend enjoyed! :) Many Thanks!