Sunday Monday Tuesday Soothsayer 1/5/16

Last week’s post was a look at the year ahead. We’ll revisit that post in 52 weeks. Without further ado (not that there’s been any ado so far) here is what will happen this week.

  • Friends, family, and co-workers of a certain age will reminisce about making statements like, “I keep writing 2015 on all my checks.” Younger folks will ask, “what are checks?” and no one will remember the last time they actually wrote one.
  • After an unusually warm Christmas, the same people who sounded off about the unseasonable weather will complain about the now seasonably cold cold-spell.
  • Anyone who’s NFL team is out of the playoffs will be looking ahead to the date pitchers and catchers report to spring training. FYI – The Phillies report in 44 days.
  • 99.97% of all New Years Resolutions will have failed by the end of this week. Most will have crashed and burned spectacularly.
  • A tractor trailer from Bic will be seen pulling up to the delivery entrance to the White House. Realizing that no one is willing to do anything to stop him, Obama will spend the final year in office ignoring Congress, The Supreme Court, and the Constitution and just rule by Presidential Decree.

Well that’s your week ahead. Check back on Sunday to see how I did. Or Monday. Maybe Tuesday. We’ll see.

In With The New

new-years-eve-1004535_1280Well 2015 is now in the rear view mirror. Welcome to 2016! My hope is that you all made it safely through the craziness of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, however you chose to celebrate. Party animal that I am, I dozed off sometime before midnight watching the Mythbusters Marathon. My 11 year old woke me up at 12:01 to say he had just watched the ball drop in Time Square. Party On!

First and foremost this means that at noon today there will be 385 days until Obama is out of office. That countdown can’t progress quickly enough. Until then we have debates, caucuses (cauci?), primaries, conventions, ads, and desperate emails from desperate candidates to look forward to. In January we have two Republican debates (on the 14th and 28th) and a Democrat debate on Sunday the 17th – sure to cut in to the viewership numbers for the NFL Divisional Playoffs. Then in February things kick in to high gear, starting with the Iowa Caucuses on February 1st. That will be followed by three more Republican debates, another Democrat debate, the New Hampshire primary, Nevada Caucuses, and South Carolina primaries. By the time I get to vote in the Florida primary on March 15th the GOP field should be somewhat thinner.

But enough about politics, this is supposed to be a happy day of celebration.

I’ve never been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, and when I have my record on keeping them has been pretty dismal. Instead, I try to renew my commitment to living by a philosophy I’ve mentioned several times in the past – Always be content, never be satisfied. Too often I observe others (and myself) living the opposite. To explain, being content means that I am happy and peaceful no matter what circumstances I find myself in. Being content in those circumstances does not mean that I have to be satisfied by them. Being satisfied means (as I define it here) not striving for more, not improving, not moving forward.

The difference is subtle to be sure, and the balance is difficult to achieve, but it has been and continues to be my goal.

My hope for you is that 2016 is a great year. So, full speed ahead. Make it so.

Out With The Old

I have always been fascinated by New Year’s Eve and the beginning of a new year. A new year cynic might say that going from December 31st to January 1st is no different than going from (in this case) from any Thursday to Friday. But I’ve always thought of it as so much more.

The ending of one year is always an invitation to look back. Without a doubt there have been things happen this year that I wish had never happened. There are even more things that didn’t occur that I hoped would – for instance that life changing windfall the Nigerian prince promised me.

In the balance this has been a pretty good year. While I spent a few months this year (again) being unemployed, I am back working for a company that I really like doing a job I enjoy with more potential than I’ve known for a long time. The possibilities and promise on the job front are an exciting part of looking back at 2015.

It was also a year of getting a few old debts paid off. It’s hard not to get excited about that. My take is that paying off old obligations is like giving yourself a raise.

It’s also good to be writing again. I’m never going to be the most consistent blogger. I’m easily easily distracted and chronically lazy, not a great combination for a blogger. That’s OK. I enjoy the…what was I saying?

As I write this New Zealand has already rung in the New Year. When this posts the US east coast will have 12 more hours until 2016. I hope that as you look back on the year ending that you’ll be able to see more good than bad and more hope for a great new year. I’ll add my thoughts about looking ahead tonight.

Sunday Soothsayer 12/27/15

A look back at last week’s prognostications and your look at what’s to come. First lets see how I did last week.

blewitEagles over the Cardinals by 7. What can I say? I’m an optimist. – Yeah, I got that one wrong. And then last night Washington ended the Eagles season. So much unfulfilled promise.

Sometime this week, in the midst of the stress, last minute activities, joy of spending time with family, sadness over loved ones no longer with us, and the happiness of being with those we love, God will remind us that he gave us the best gift possible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 – I pray that you found this gift and that you will treasure it all year long.

Since this is the last Sunday of 2015, this week I am letting you know what’s in store for the year to come.

  • In sports – Chip Kelly will keep his job, mostly because Jeff Lurie didn’t realize that when he gave Kelly the power over all personnel decisions that included the head coaching position. As for the Phillies (much as I hate to say it), they will be eliminated from the post season some time in June.
  • There will be a push for the political parties to learn a lesson from the sports world – namely setting a date for trimming your roster for the presidential nomination.
  • Young democrat voters will pull the lever for Bernie Sanders saying, “The mashed potatoes and gravy are my favorite part of his meal deal.”
  • Bruce Caitlyn Jenner will once again decide that this really isn’t who he she it is. Fifi Jenner will win the Westminster Dog Show.
  • A few quick hits from the world of entertainment: Some celebrity will name their baby something stupid. Some film that no one paid to see will win an award. Nude pictures of a former Disney star will surface. Unfortunately they will be of Buddy Hackett. A celebrity, probably more than one, will use an award show to speak out against gun owners while being surrounded by armed body guards.
  • By the end of December you will be tired of hearing about El Nino. Oh wait, that should have been December 2015.
  • Several famous people will die. People will remark how spooky it is that they die in threes. I will be forced to point out that, no, they die in ones and we stupidly count to three and then start over. Also, someone famous will die and people’s first thought will be, “They were still alive?”
  • Science will point out with absolute certainty that something we once thought good for us is in fact bad for us. They will also point out that something they had previously declared bad for us is actually good for us. These are the same people that will tell us that mankind is going to destroy itself with global warming, or cooling, or climate change. They may warn us that we are in danger of global stasis – “A state of stability, in which all forces are equal and opposing, therefore they cancel out each other.” This will confuse and panic people, and really, isn’t that the goal?
  • You will be shopping in Wal-Mart and will see another patron whose appearance will make you wish for a DeLorean, a flux capacitor, and blindness.
  • Apple will introduce a product that everyone must have. No one will be able to adequately explain why.
  • Bacon will be outlawed as offensive to Muslims. This will be the straw that finally awakes a sleeping populace.
  • College students will continue to push for a free, no-stress, no requirement education. Their diplomas will be printed on Quilted Northern.
  • All new music will be free. It will be worth every penny.
  • Someone’s grandmother living in the North East will be honored for having the last phone still attached to a wall. When interviewed it will be discovered that she is also the last living person who still knows anyone’s phone number.
  • A kindergarten student will be arrested and suspended for saying that girls have cooties. He will be exonerated when it’s shown that they really do.
  • Uber will expand to movies. Actually you’ll just be going to some strangers house to watch Netflix and eat microwave popcorn.
  • The 2016 election will conversely have the fewest number of voters and the largest number of whiners about the results.
  • I will post three times a day. Hahahaha. Wow, I almost wrote that with a straight face.
  • I will reach 600 hits. It will be a glorious December.
  • My adoring readers will help me buy a new computer.
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Now you know what 2016 has in store. Add your thoughts and predictions in the comments.

Sunday Soothsayer 12/13/15

Time to bring you a look at the week ahead, but first let’s see how I did last week.

nailedit – Invest in gun makers.Or guns. You did, didn’t you?

nailedit – It’s been hotter/colder and wetter/dryer than it’s supposed to be. You know it’s true.

nailedit – “Donald Trump will say something that conventional wisdom will see as the issue that will bring about his inevitable downfall. It won’t.” He did, It didn’t.

nailedit – OK, President 0 called the actions terrorism, but went out of his was way to say Islam isn’t terroristic. Did I get this one right. Your call.

Regarding Josh Earnst’s trying to explain how an attack by Islamic terrorist is neither Islamic nor terrorism – I didn’t look to see what he said and I really don’t care.

missedit – Yes, I missed the Eagles beating the Patriots, but I don’t think Nostradamus or Jimmy the Greek could have gotten that one right.

On to this week.

  • You will be able to gauge just how geeky and awesome the people you know are by their level of excitement regarding the release of the new Star Wars movie. Those reactions will range from the something like the greeting your dog gives you when you’ve been gone for 12 hours to “Is that the one with the guy from the Priceline commercials?” – If you have friends in the later category; shoot first.
  • Divers searching the lake in San Bernardino will find 18 shopping carts, 47 Frisbees, Jeb Bush’s poll numbers, and absolutely no evidence that Islam is a religion of peace.
  • There will be as many stories discussing the moderators as there will be about the candidates following Tuesday night’s GOP debate. Bonus pick – CNN will suck.
  • You will hear “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” more often than “Joy to the World”. If you’re smart, you will question the rationale for this.
  • Someone will explain why the youngest voters are so enamored with the oldest candidate. OK, this is more a hope than a prediction. Anyone? Bueller?
  • Eagles over the Bills by 3. Once again defense and special teams will out-perform the offense. I’m OK with that as long as it goes in the W column.

Enjoy the week ahead knowing what it will bring.

Just Because

I haven’t written anything in weeks, maybe months. I don’t really have anything to say, I just felt like writing something. I don’t know why.

So, while I’ve been gone – I started back at Merlin Entertainments customer service center. I love working there, and I am very excited about our upcoming move to a new call center. I’ve seen the new space and I think we’re all going to really enjoy working there. More room, more openness, a bigger, better break room, and a shorter commute (for me at least) means there’s a lot to like. I can see plenty of new opportunities on the horizon here as well, and that really has me excited. I don’t think I could have picked a better time to return.

I was really stoked about the Philadelphia Eagles going into the season, but their 0-2 start has me a bit concerned. I think they have the potential to be a great team this season, but they sure aren’t showing any signs of greatness at this point. I like Chip Kelly and what he’s trying to do, so, uh, do it.

I want a cheese steak. Wit’.

The more I hear from Rubio, Fiorina, and Carson, the more I like them. The more I hear from Trump, well, I really don’t get a strong sense of why he really is in the race. I know it’s just a perception on my part, but I don’t get any feeling of desire to serve from him, more a desire to rule. We’ve already got that, and it’s not turning out well.

Here is my ranking, not based one who I support the most, but on my perception of their genuineness.

  • Carson
  • Rubio
  • Fiorina
  • Cruz
  • Huckabee
  • Santorum
  • Jindal
  • Bush
  • Kasich
  • Paul
  • Christie
  • Trump

Thoughts?

Well, I’ve written something.