Thursday Randomness

Just a few things I’ve got tumbling around in my overly large head lately:

-Black Friday is right around the corner.  We’re T-minus 7 days and change before the mayhem begins.  I plan to assemble the usual suspects and be part of the carnage for the fourth straight year, and I can only hope it will be as fun as past years have been.  With that being said, I got super pumped when a few of the major retailers’ Black Friday ad papers leaked over the past week.  Wal Mart, Target, Best Buy, Sears, and Office Max are among the handful of stores whose ads have meandered onto the interweb.  Best Buy is our first stop every year, but I was completely underwhelmed by their ad thus far.  Whether or not it remains unchanged will determine how badly I want to go there.  Most of their big ticket sales are being bettered by Target or Wal Mart in their REGULAR ad papers for next week.  Come on Best Buy, it’s a recession.  You gotta pull out all the stops and wow us.  I don’t have a wish list made up just yet, but as I’ve done in past years, I plan to get roughly 80-90% of my Christmas shopping done between the hours of 5:00 am and 10:00 am, despite any turkey hangover I may have. Speaking of which …

-I am going to be graced by not one, but two Thanksgivings this year.  (Can I get an amen?)  Both Jess and I will be having Thanksgiving dinner twice, once with my family, once with hers.   We both have extended fam coming in from out of town, and I’m never one to turn down a good meal, and so it was written.  If it works out the way I’m picturing, I will probably end up eating two enormous meals within a four or five hour span.  Queue the sweatpants, please.  I’ll be sure to have a bed on standby after the second meal so I can pass out in a food coma for a solid 13 hours. 

-Since Jess and I are hoping for a wedding in June, we have a lot to do to plan for it, and roughly six months in which to do it. Most recently, we started working on the guest list.  We sat down and brainstormed, and using only our brains, our phones, and Facebook (of course), we have a tentative list that came in at 154.  Most of those will come with guests, some with families, so I’d be willing to up the actual number to around 325.  And that’s just from a one hour brainstorm session.  I shudder to think at how big this thing is going to be when it’s all said and done. (That’s what she said).  Then again, they say only 70% of people invited actually show up.  Well, 70% of 325 is 227.5 … All I can think when I see that number is: Where the hell are we going to get half a chair for that half a person? 

-Like my interweb friend BeachBum, I too am dabbling in the thought of shopping for a new car.  Gladys and I are coming up on our ten year anniversary, and even though she’s still performing just fine, it may be time for a change.  But, there is one caveat.  Since Gladys has been fully paid off for some time now, and since it costs roughly $14 a month to insure, I’ll probably keep her around for times when I need a pickup or a spare vehicle.  So even though an informal search has begun, she needn’t feel slighted.  She’ll still be in the picture.

-Lately, there has been a big push to get all of the bars in North Dakota to be smoke-free environments.  I’m a huge supporter of this, and since Minnesota did it a couple years ago, I think it’s time its neighbor to the west followed suit.  The main focus of the ad campaigns locally state that people have a right to work in a place that doesn’t force them to be subjected to dangerous secondhand smoke.  Opponents say that if people don’t want to deal with secondhand smoke, don’t work there.  Well, it’s a fair argument, but I think now more than ever we’re realizing that people can’t always be selective and picky when it comes to employment.  Let’s face it, there are a lot of people whose only true qualifications could land them a job in a restaurant or bar.  That’s just the truth.  With that in mind, it seems unfair to narrow a person’s already slim job choices if they are someone who is not able to be around secondhand smoke.  Every once in a while comes along a story of a person who worked in a restaurant or bar for 20 years, and died of lung cancer before they turned 50, not because they were a smoker, but because of all the secondhand smoke they were around.  It’s not the 1950s anymore, we know what this stuff can do to people.  It’s time to start protecting those who have taken it upon themselves to be smoke-free.  Think of it like this: Would you work in a place where they allowed the customers to carry guns?  I wouldn’t either.  The number of accidental gun deaths per year, of people in all age groups, is 1,500.  That’s just the accidental deaths.  That doesn’t even take into account homicides.  Now compare that to 3,000 nonsmokers who die every year of lung cancer as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.  Think it’s time we made a change? I do. 

One love,


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14 Comments on “Thursday Randomness”

  1. E Baby Says:

    Did you hear that, Jess? Enjoy this guy while you got him because when you get somewhere near that ten year anniversary, even if you’re performing just find, Mike is going to think it’s just time for a change. I wish you two the best of luck, and I hope they are the best ten years of your lives.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    “even if you’re performing just find” English much?

  3. Bigsby Says:

    Come on. If you don’t like smoke go somewhere else. I don’t even smoke, but I did at one point in my life. Cigs are good, really good. Mmmmmmmm, after a couple Newcastle’s a Marlboro Light is splendid. I’m getting hard.

  4. ThePowerOf10 Says:

    Why should I have to limit where I can and can’t go just because I don’t want lung cancer? People who smoke can still go to bars if they’re smoke-free, so don’t give me that crap.

  5. Bigsby Says:

    Why should a smoker not be able to go somewhere because they prefer lung cancer? It’s a tough debate, but in this town we are lucky because smoke free bars are a block away from smoking bars.

  6. ThePowerOf10 Says:

    Why can’t a smoker still go anywhere they want? All they have to do is step outside when they want to light up. Am I wrong here?

  7. Bigsby Says:

    Why don’t non smokers step outside while the smokers are smoking? It’s a never ending battle. I like smoke free bars, but if somebody wants to light one up who am I to stop them.

  8. ThePowerOf10 Says:

    Yeah, you’re right. Everytime one person wants to smoke, everyone else should have to go outside. Makes total sense. Really reasonable. Not at all ridiculous.

  9. Bigsby Says:

    Almost as ridiculous as sending tax paying citizens outside when the temperature is below freezing for doing something completely legal. I don’t smoke and don’t like smelling like smoke when I wake up in the morning after going to the bar, but I could stay home or go drink at Buffalo Wild Wings.

  10. ThePowerOf10 Says:

    It’s also perfectly legal to hit golf balls with a 9-iron, but I can’t do it amidst 300 people in the middle of Joe Black’s on a Saturday night. Why not? I’m a tax paying citizen too. Because it’s unsafe to everyone else, Clayton. 71% of America lives under a smoking ban in restaurants and bars, and that number continues to rise. 24 states have enacted statewide bans on smoking in all enclosed public places. People shouldn’t have to limit where they can and can’t go in order to stay away from secondhand smoke.

  11. Bigsby Says:

    Okay, I want you to walk into joe blacks with a nine iron and a bucket of balls, start to hit them, and see how legal it is. What’s next? No more smoking on the streets? You shouldn’t smoke in your car because someday someone else might own it? Everyone has personal responsibility. If you don’t want to breathe second hand smoke it should be your responsibility to go somewhere else. It’s your personal health not the Marlboro Man’s responsibility.

  12. ThePowerOf10 Says:

    “Okay, I want you to walk into joe blacks with a nine iron and a bucket of balls, start to hit them, and see how legal it is.”

    That’s the whole God damn point I’m trying to make here Clayton. There’s a reason I can hit golf balls outside until the cows come home, but I can’t walk into the bar and start hitting knockdown shots with my 9-iron. There’s a reason I can drink, and I can drive, but I can’t drive drunk. There’s a reason I can shoot a gun at a gun range, but not in a Barnes and Noble. Because the latter in each of those situations endangers other people.

    With your logic, I could say, “Why can’t I shoot a gun at a target inside a grocery store? If you don’t want to get shot it should be your responsibility to go somewhere else. It’s your personal health, and not Smith and Wesson’s responsibility.”

  13. Bigsby Says:

    Smoking = legal, the things you’re talking about are illegal.

  14. ThePowerOf10 Says:

    You’re almost there. Yes, the things I am talking about are illegal. Now, walk into a bar in Minnesota, and light up a cigarette. The first thing you’re going to hear is, “Hey buddy, you can’t smoke in here, it’s against the law.” Like I mentioned yesterday, it IS illegal in public buildings in half the nation. North Dakota is just way behind, like they are on almost everything else. Are you going to be upset when you realize I’m right next year when North Dakota passes the same laws that Minnesota has?

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