Friday, January 11, 2013


Yesterday, while Joe Biden met with the NRA and other gun ownership, President Obama signed into law a bill giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents lifetime Secret Service protection. The law also covers spouses of the presidents.

Let's make sure that I have this correct. The Obama administration is deciding how can they can limit my right to protect myself while they give themselves lifetime protection for which I pay.

 This is sounding more like the Soviet Union every day. We have established a "ruling class" that gets everything while the rest of us struggle to survive. In the movie "Enemy at the Gates" there is a great scene where Kruschev explains this concept and how it works to a young commissar.

This reminds me of an incident several years ago. I was talking to the Guilford County Manager and I was voicing complaints about having to go through security checks just to get into the courthouse. I told him that all of these security measures were the result of government officials asking the wrong question. They are asking, "How can we keep people from coming down here and hurting us?" They should be asking, "What are we doing here that is pissing people off so badly that they want to come down here and hurt us?"

In recent memory there has only been one president to end his Secret Service protection. Surely, if Richard Nixon could do without it, anyone can.

I won't bother getting into the lifetime pension issue for all of those crooks at this time. I'll save that for another day. In the meantime think about why we should pay Nancy Pelosi for the rest of her life.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Do What??

I'm not sure if it's a new trend or maybe I'm just late spotting it, but when did people change the way they order food in restaurants?

In my new job, I am constantly listening to customers placing their orders for food. My first thought on the matter is that the average IQ in America is taking a dive. Every day someone comes and says something like, "I'll have the number five." You then have to explain that our meal choices are not numbered and then you must try to determine what they actually want. These folks can't read a menu, but are allowed to vote. More on that another day.

Here's what irritates me the most. It's people "doing" food. Yes, "doing" food. I have been in this business for forty five years and this is the latest trend in stupidity. For more than forty years, I have listened to people order meals. "I will order the .....", "I will take the...", "I'll have the...", "I want the..." were all common ways to order your meal. Now, they are all "doing" food. "I'll do the french fries." "I'll do the two piece chicken." "I'll do the burrito."  It even extends to condiment and drink requests. "I'll do the honey mustard." "I'll do the Diet Coke." Or the ultimate in ordering stupidity, "I'll do the number five."

Maybe I'm just old or set in my ways, or maybe I'm old and set in my ways, but "doing" has a different meaning in my world. Must be that child of the 50's and 60's thing!

So the next time that you are in a restaurant, don't "DO" your food. Please!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Web Words

A high school classmate posted this online. It was easier than writing something of my own this evening.


1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
2. Nothing is worse than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How in the world are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word, and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than with
17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile, because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble 1) locating their car keys in a pocket, 2) finding their cell phone, and 3) Pinning the Tail on the Donkey. But I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
23. In ice hockey, the “cup" was first used in 1874; the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important.