Monday, December 9, 2013

Thank you Beth and everyone who stopped by.

Despite having some computer problems I had a very nice birthday and Beth surprised me with a birthday card. Sending folks from your blog over here was a very sweet thing to do Beth and I thank you. You are the person I've know the longest in the blogging world and I thank you for your visits and support. 

It's been a busy week at work. There's been some upheaval. My manager has been transferred and actually I'm very happy about it. It's not a story that I would tell here. It's not very interesting. I have no profound words of wisdom on the upcoming holidays. I am pretty tired of the Christmas songs I get to hear all day long at work. I never really realized how many versions of Jingle Bells there are. I try to not listen and turn them into white noise. I don't mind tuning into one that I like, if it catches my ear. However one struck me as bizarre and a bit creepy. Santa Claus is Coming to Town is a bit creepy. You better watch out? You better not pout? Yeah, you better not piss off Santa. He's coming to town ya know. He sounds like a mafia don with little elf loan sharks and hit men.... hit elves? 
He sees you when your sleeping. With all the kids in the world it sounds like he spends most of the year hiding in the bushes and peeking into windows.

He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake!
He knows your every move. He's coming to town and Santa has a notoriously short fuse.
He's making a list, and just to be sure, he's checking it twice. He's gonna know if you've been naughty SO YOU BETTER BE NICE! You don't want the long, black Cadillac limo pulling up to your door and have some thug elves take you for a ride.
"Da boss wants ta see ya. He hears you've been a very naughty boy." 

All in all the song is a collection of warnings over a jaunty arrangement. Fortunately the real Santa is much nicer than the one that's "coming to town".

So I'm at work and I'm putting some supplies away under a counter. I am very close to the hot food counter and hear a customer ordering some lunch. He gets a small bag of chicken wings, pauses and then he asks for some vegetable rice.
"How much would you like?" asks the counter person.
The answer, "Three" followed by  a long pause. Hello!
Three as in two grains of rice and a tiny cube of carrot? Or would you prefer to go full bore and go for three grains of rice.
Hello! Earth to customer!? I then got called away so I never found out the answer to the question. Soon to be a major motion picture!

We had a coating of snow and have another coating coming in a day or two. That doesn't stop the television stations from teasing viewers with little weather updates, "There's snow in our future. I'll let you know how much at 11."
Oh please. It's not hard to whip the public into a frenzy over a snowstorm  . If you live in an area that has snowy winters I'm sure they do the same thing as well. And why do some people act so surprised when it snows in the winter? If it snowed in August, then be surprised.  

I think it's time to draw this sorta lame attempt at a blog to a close. Beth and everybody else, I thank you once again. Beth I will be in touch. I have something for you.

Oh I have to work tomorrow! Time for bed.
I'm outta here.



  1. An upheaval at work huh? Just before Christmas? I remember working in the deli and hearing Christmas songs all day long. It does become white noise when your busy. The song you spoke of can be some what un - nerving. I's a scare tactic to get kids to behave. Like the storm scares to boost the economy. Stock up on food salt and snow shovels. How about a generator for when the power goes out for a week. A week? OMG!!! The rush is on. I am glad you had a happy birthday Paul. I do miss your visits on my blog Twiddledee. Not many followers came to my new blog. Have a great week.

  2. Well very happy you had a nice birthday. I never thought much about the workers who have to listen to those songs over and over. I guess it can get very annoying. Most times of the year there are no particular songs that are played. Some places just use that old "elevator" music. The fact that you can ignore it is to be commended. As for the Mafia Elves..LOL..ever heard of ELF ON A SHELF?? Yeah they stand guard over every kid keeping them in line. Every day they magically move around and spy on kids. It's a job and someone had to do it.Santa is too darn busy. well glad you didn't get a blizzard, the photo up above is wonderful.. Looks cold and beautiful alll at the same time. Bravo.. Have a great week!!

  3. What is vegetable rice? Dumb question by me but I never hear of it being sold, country bumpkin that I am.
    Santa says "You'll get nothing and LIKE it!"

  4. You are so very welcome Paul!
    I hope your new boss is a good one. I have never heard of vegetable rice either but if I try it could I have 4 please instead of 3??
    It is very cold here today with snow on the ground and my local TV stations do exactly the same lead in to the weather report.
    I have one favorite Christmas song and that is Neil Diamond's Hark the Herald Angels Sing. I bet that they don't play anything like that in your store. Take care!

  5. Now you know I'll never hear "Santa Claus is coming to town" the same way ever again, lol. Love you take on it. My favorite Christmas song is "Oh Holy Night".

  6. Hello, Paul.

    Remember me...a scruffy old bear who has been away from blogging for much too long?

    Margaret has kept me quite busy watching over her, so I haven't written anything at all for a long time. She suggested that I return to my blog, and I think I would like to do that. I don't know if she will ever blog again, but anything is possible, I suppose.

    Margaret has asked me to pass along her best hopes and wishes to you and the blogging family as the holiday season progresses, and I add my wishes and hopes to hers.

    I shall be around from time to time to catch up on your news and hope you are happy, warm, and not-too-busy.

    Your old friend,


  7. Well we've had a lot of rain and wind this last week.It looks to continue through to the Christmas period. Snow I would much prefer over the festive season , makes it feel much more like Christmas. But it's not going to happen apparently.
    Good post yes that does sound a bit odd when think about it! Santa coming!
    Best Wishes