Bad Memory

I've been checking the holiday ads lately. Every product is clamoring for attention. Being in marketing, I can appreciate the logic but honestly, do you really need that new TV or smart pad? Determining what are Needs versus Necessities is always difficult. It's especially hard to be objective when you see your neighbor's brand new gizmo. Group Think is a marketer's best friend. You fool one influential person and you fool them all. Think about it. If you lived in a rural area--- away from the malls and people to envy, what do you really need? Not much, huh?

Years back a neighbor bought a Mercedes Benz even though he only lived in a small apartment. One day I noticed a huge unsightly dent due to an apparent accident. Months later the car still had not been repaired and I suspect the owner had already maxed out his credit card. So instead of a luxurious car to show off, he now was saying he couldn't afford to get his toy fixed. How ironic.

Is our self worth determined by the car we drive, the house we own or the dress we wear? Have you noticed that casual is the dress code for the billionaires like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg? Once you've arrived, there's nothing to prove. My question is --- why wait to be a billionaire when you can go casual now?

You've heard the Christmas story. The babe who could have had everything came to us with nothing not even a place to sleep. I don't think he needed to prove anything either.

"You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." --- Luke 2:12

Wisdon from Tom of Pasadena, CA
Words of Wisdom

My wife and I had words
... but I didn't get to use mine.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Joji of Antipolo, Mike and Charlie of New York, Tom of Pasadena, Don of Kelowna and Naomi of N Hollywood.

Forgetful Problem
Sent by Joji of Antipolo, Philippines


Car Cooking
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Car Cooking

If you want to hit two birds with one stone, meaning prepare turkey dinner and driving a long distance to your family reunion, this redneck's got a very practical solution. Well ... kinda!

Adrenalin Video
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena

Adrenalin Video

Here's a video with a mixed bag of thrill seekers. These guys sure love to court death. Skip this if you are faint of heart.

Bob Hope Christmas
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Bob Hope Christmas

Bob Hope used to be synonymous with Christmas because he would encourage the troops overseas with his stand up routine. Here's a video down memory lane.

Italian Christmas Banquets
Contributed by Mike of New York, NY

Italian Christmas Banquet

This isn't a video but a link to pictures of Italian dishes. I like this because even though I'm not Italian, I love their food. The very first photo of a Honey Ball dish reminds me of what a close family friend sends us every Christmas. It's turning out to be one of our family traditions.

How Coke Unites People
Contributed by Mike of New York, NY

Coke Joins Hands

Let's join hands ... the Coke way.

A cool way of coming together for this perfect season of caring.

Drummer Boy Acapella
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

capella Drummer Boy

Here's a nice rendition of a beloved Christmas carol atop a hill in Los Angeles. Couldn't believe my ears. Some of these boys have extremely high pitched voices.

Chess Boxing
Contributed by Charlie of New York

Chess Boxing

Have you heard of this? This Russian sport is new to me. It not only requires brains to counter move the right chess pieces but also brawn to deliver a counter punch. You win either by chess strategy or by boxing the daylights out of your opponent. Kinda long though.

Holiday Dinner Party Song
Contributed by Naomi of North Ollywood, CA

Holiday Dinner Party Song

Has it come to this? Cooking for holiday dinners in the 21st century has become more complex because of the many dietary restrictions. This woman sings her frustration.

Two more weekends before Christmas. TGIF!



That was no redneck, that's Red Green of the Red Green Show and it's from Canadian Public Broadcasting.

He's famous for his fictitious Possum Lodge where men go to hide out together.

There's his phrase "Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" (pseudo-Latin for "When all else fails, play dead")

They open the lodge meetings with the Man's Prayer - "I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess."

Which was revised in final episode as "I'm a man, but I changed, because I had to. Oh well."

He's also the official 3M company ambassador for Scotch duct tape (which he uses a lot of).

My brother over in Phoenix has been laughing at this nonsense for years as it's carried on PBS.

Alvin, Altadena CA

Another great edition ,especially your look on rampant materialism. You reminded me of a friend that all his life wanted a Mercedes at his retirement he bought one and kept it garaged for 2 years as he could not afford the insurance!
Tom of Pasadena, CA

The values you expressed are so in line with what Pope Francis has been preaching. He even calls some bishops as "airport bishops", meaning that they are so fond of luxurious living. I'm glad that Time Magazine chose him as "Person of the Year."

Dette of Mindanao, Philippines

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