Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

27th December
2011
written by Sean Noble

It is an unfailing truth that kids will focus in on one toy from Christmas and that it will generally be one of the cheapest of the bunch.  It makes me wonder why I don’t just do the dollar store for everything.

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I did not tell my kids what I wanted for Christmas this year, so they were left to truly think on their own.  I got a variety of Dodger paraphernalia, four ties and two shirts.  They know me well: fun and practical.

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I understand the appeal of a white Christmas, but you just can’t beat sunny and 70 degrees.

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Speaking of sunny December weather, President Obama played his 90th round of golf as President this week.  Not only is that nearly double what Bush played in eight years, it is more rounds than I’ve played in my lifetime. (Which is more a commentary on me than Obama.)

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Apparently the NBA season is now underway.

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I always enjoy the year-end specials about the top stories of the year, the year in pictures, best sports moments of the year and the like.  There were some interesting things that happened, but I’m guessing most people will be glad to see 2011 end.

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I really feel for people who have a birthday on or near Christmas.  Speaking of which, Happy Birthday Nicole!

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What does it say about me that I think of PF Changs as comfort food?

25th December
2011
written by Sean Noble

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

19th December
2011
written by Sean Noble

I haven’t done much for Christmas.  In fact, other than a couple gifts ordered online, the only thing I’ve done so far to celebrate the Christmas season is show up more than two hours late to a couple Christmas parties.  I’m not a Scrooge or a Grinch, but I haven’t been exactly jolly.  There’s still time, right?

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Speaking of Grinch… er… Gingrich, (couldn’t resist) this has been one of the most interesting and frustrating nominating process I’ve ever witnessed.

Frustrating because I am completely unenthusiastic about any of those running, and longing for those who didn’t (Chris, Mitch, Paul, Jeb, anybody?).

Interesting because no one, and I mean NO ONE, expected Newt to come back to life after the stories about his campaign debt for private jet travel, his Tiffany’s debt and mass resignation of nearly his entire staff.

Here is what I’ll say about Gingrich’s leadership ability, as Senator Tom Coburn said: it’s lacking.

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I have a lot of respect for flight attendants.  I am blown away at how rude people can be when they travel.  And some of the worst examples of rudeness come from folks flying in First Class.

I admit that I’ve become a bit of a travel snob (I have been known to whine if I don’t get upgraded), but there is no excuse to treat flight attendants with anything other than respect.

Think about it, if you are in the service industry and there is a rude customer, there is usually an escape route – go the kitchen, the back office, the stock room – but flight attendants are stuck in a sealed metal tube hurtling 500 miles an hour 5 miles above the ground.

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Speaking of being stuck in a metal tube high up in the air is probably not something I should think about too often.  It just sounds unnatural.

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I few months ago I read the book The Help.  Powerful.  I recently saw the movie and it was equally as powerful.  If it doesn’t sweep the Oscars it will be a travesty.

22nd November
2011
written by Sean Noble

Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year.  Thanksgiving is being wiped out by “Black Friday” which is actually now starting on Thanksgiving Day.  I’m all for economic activity, but this is getting a little absurd.

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The “failure” of the super committee didn’t happen yesterday, it happened when it was created as a part of the deal to raise the debt limit back in August.  It was a terrible idea, and did exactly what Washington is best at doing: punting on the tough issues.

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Friday Night Lights is one of the best TV shows in recent memory.  Why is it that I never start a show from it’s beginning?  My favorite shows have mostly been those that I discovered long into their run (Lost) or already canceled (Arrested Development).

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The defeat of State Senator Russell Pearce in the recall, the ousting and then re-instatement of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Chairman, the future of Rep. Gabby Giffords, among other things proves that Arizona politics is not likely to get boring anytime soon.

25th December
2009
written by Sean Noble

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

27th November
2009
written by Sean Noble

Is anyone else as bothered as I am about the media labeling the kick-off of the Christmas Season as “Black Friday?”

Very disturbing.

25th December
2008
written by Sean Noble

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

24th December
2008
written by Sean Noble

The term “burying the lede” refers to news reports which put the most important news deep into a story, rather than the first paragraph.

The Obama team has essentially done the same thing, only through timing. They released the “independent” audit of the transition teams’ contact with Blagojevich related to Obama’s Senate seat yesterday, so it hit newspapers today, Christmas Eve. I would venture to guess that Christmas Eve is in the top three of days with lowest newspaper readership.

One of the better stories today, which very few people will read, is here in the WSJ.