Who’s Home for Turkey Day?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I have yet to decide if I want to go home for it, or if I want to invite a few of the guys over here for dinner. On one hand, I love seeing my family, but on the other I just really don’t feel like driving anywhere. If I invite a few of the guys over for a guy’s only Thanksgiving, we can watch football and smoke a turkey in the smoker. I can have them each bring something to either cook or something already cooked. Even men have our specialties.

My buddy Dave said he wasn’t going to fly home this year, so I know that he will need somewhere to go eat turkey. I am sure he will like the idea of a gathering here at my house. I think I’ll ask around and see how many others are going to stay in the area instead of going home. If I can get at least 4 others, it will be worth it to me. And the more, the merrier!

I just have to deal with telling mom that I am not coming this year. I am sure she will be understanding, and with all the people who show up at her house, she won’t miss me that much. She is definitely going to be too busy, as she always is. I’ll miss her great cooking, but the drive is just too much for a quick trip north. I need to stay up there for at least 4-5 days to make it worth the time on the road.

So You Think You Can Dance

Without a doubt, my favorite summer reality television show is So You Think You Can Dance (SYTCYD). Aired on Fox (which is channel 29 on our Directtv), this is like American Idol for dancers. There are the open auditions at the beginning of the season, then the next round in Las Vegas that puts the dancers through a rigorous week of challenging routines, and then the choosing of the finalists. This year, SYTYCD changed things up by only picking out five gal finalists and six guys (rather than the usual ten and ten). Also new this year is the presence of some All-Stars; these are twelve dancers who were contestants in the past and were fan favorites. How awesome it is to see Twitch, Mark, Neil and Ade each week this year! This new format where the finalists from Vegas are paired with the All Stars was a little iffy at first but seems to be working; it’s certainly entertaining. There’s also a wide variety of routines the dancers are asked to do from hip-hop and crump to salsa, jazz and Bollywood. This really is a show for everyone.

Winter’s One Last Hurrah

Well apparently Mother Nature has one last hurrah left in her for winter. There is a winter weather advisory and it looks to dump snow from the Great Lakes to Tennessee. Fortunately, we shouldn’t get very much here – and even better, it will be on the weekend. That means no traffic worries on the way to work for me. I do feel for those who have to work on the weekends though.

It’s not like we will get a lot, but sometimes less can be worse, as it has a tendency to just make the roads slick. Personally, I hope we get just a bit more than is being forecasted, so I can have a little fun with it.

Everyone should build a snowman or snow family once every few years. It’s especially fun if you make them and put beach umbrellas and various beach articles around them. It makes for some hilarious looks from the neighbors and people who drive through the neighborhood. I have a few other scenarios that I like to do as well but I don’t want to give away all my secrets !

Now I just have to wait and see if we get enough snow for some fun.

Online Shopping Revolutionized

I found this post that I copied and pasted below (in quotes” that I had written back in March of 2009. I have to laugh at the way I sound being so thrilled with the benefits of online shopping. Eight years ago many of us were just beginning to learn our way around the Internet and starting to take advantage of the knowledge that is now available with just a few key strokes . Knowledge certainly is power.

So not only can we find information about the companies that are still working in the old brick and mortar stores, like finding what our local guitarcenter hours are at their various stores located all across the country, as well as being able to stay put and do that shopping without even leaving the house. Using the Internet for all that it has to offer these days.

“Online shopping is definitely going strong these days, people are doing all that they can to save their money in every way possible. The Internet makes it so you don’t have to leave the house, so there is no need to pay the high prices for gas to go running all over town with. Not having to deal with parking issues and grumpy sales associates is a major plus also.
Many of the shopping sites only list stores that have paid them to put their link on them, while ShopWiki has all of the stores listed for your use in reviewing and purchasing numerous items online.
With golf season fast approaching I have found the need for a new pair of golf shoes, so I’ve been spending some time looking around and comparing prices and styles from various merchants, wanting a good looking and good quality foot wear for the sport, but not wanting to pay the high prices that I had seen at the mall the other week when I had the misfortune of spending a few hours there with a friend. So ShopWiki has made the task so very much easier with the way that they have revolutionized online shopping.”

What's Up With KFC

The last couple of times that I have gone to KFC it has been a disappointment. I have talked with several other folks that aren’t happy with what KFC has turned into as well. Either they have closed earlier than than posted, or they have run out of chicken or don’t have any of the new grilled chicken that they are advertising so heavily.

I think the Colonel would be rolling over in his grave if he knew how things were being run these days.