Being Different – aren’t we all?

I have written in several posts that I am different.  When I used this word ‘different’, in my mind I was referring to ‘unusual’, ‘odd’, ‘not normal’, ‘sick’, ‘crazy’ and any other negative word to describe me as something less than others.  But then I started thinking about the word ‘different’ and realized we are all different.  None of us are the same, we may have similarities, but we are different.  Being different is a good thing, right?

Yes, being different is a good thing!

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If we all were the same, we would be doing the same thing; think about it.  If we all were the same, we would have the same looks, the same behaviors, the same jobs, the same everything.  If we all were the same, we all would not be able to tell each other apart.  Being different is a good thing, right?

Yes, being different is a good thing!

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I want to be different, I want to be an individual, I want to be me.  Being different and having diversity brings interest to this world and our lives.  This difference brings flavor to what would be a boring vanilla world.  This world we live in is full of color, full of flavor, full of sizes and shapes, full of people with different looks, different thoughts, different believes, different opinions and different differences.  Being different is a good thing, right?

Yes, being different is a good thing!

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So let us be different and let us embrace our differences and our diversities that at times can separate us.  The looks, thoughts, believes, opinions and differences of us should not create a world of turmoil.  Instead, these differences can create a world of acceptance, understanding and love.  Being different is a good thing, right?

Yes, being different is a good thing!

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I am glad I am different – different from you; and I am glad you are different – different from me.  So in my future posts, when I use the word ‘different’ to describe myself; I will no longer be referring to ‘unusual’, ‘odd’, ‘not normal’, ‘sick’, ‘crazy’ or any other negative word to describe me as something less than others.  Instead I will just use the specific word I really want to use.  I like being me, being me is a good thing, right?

Yes, being me is a good thing!

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December 1970 – Santa Clause is Coming to Town

December 1970 – a popular holiday song this time of year – Santa Clause is Coming to Town by The Jackson 5

This was written in 1932 by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots.

Interesting facts about Santa Clause is Coming to Town –

The only US Top 40 entry for this song is the 1962 version by The Four Seasons, which hit #23 and featured Frankie Valli’s famous falsetto letting children know they better not cry-y-y-y.

One of the most successful Christmas carols of all time, this was outsold only by “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas.”

Before the rock era, the most popular recordings of this song were those by Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters and by Perry Como – both versions sold millions of copies. In addition to The Four Seasons version, other popular takes on the song were recorded by The Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, Charlie Daniels, George Strait, Alice Cooper, the Carpenters, and Justin Bieber.

The most enduring version in the modern era is Bruce Springsteen’s, which is usually the most downloaded and most played on radio stations. Bruce also does a version called “Santa Claus Is Fooling Around,” which is about how Santa will steal your lady if you’re not careful.

According to a Top 30 list released by the performance rights organization ASCAP in December 2014, this is the most-performed holiday song of all time. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” was ranked second and “White Christmas” third.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

 

Time to Travel Home – Final Thoughts

There is a 5 hour drive time on the Interstate that I have driven more times then I want to remember.  The view during the drive is not pleasing and honestly I have seen it so many times with so many trips on this same Interstate; I dread the drive.  I usually always do the driving as I easily get motion sickness as a passenger.  While I am driving, my partner usually sleeps and on this trip so is our dog.  With the radio off and just the noise of the vehicle traveling, thoughts come to my mind.

This Thanksgiving was very different, not just for me but my siblings as well.  My dad was unable to make the trip this year due to his health.  The 5 hour drive I am driving would be the same drive for him and he is weak and still having issues and the trip would be too difficult for him.

I think to myself ‘My dad is not doing well; I wonder how many more Thanksgivings will he be around to celebrate?’  ‘Did I wastefully spend these many past Thanksgivings on my Christmas decorating when I should have spent them with my family?’  ‘With moving next year, I will be further away; no longer a 5 hour drive time; instead 5 states away.  What will future Thanksgivings be like?’  ‘Will I come back each year to visit my family for Thanksgiving?’

I wrote in my post ‘This year will be different’, the following –

It will be a nice visit and everyone will have a great time.  We will eat a lot, and the guys will watch football and the girls will sit around the table and chat.  I love my family, but truthfully only like to spend a couple of days with them.  I have always felt like an outcast; the black sheep of the family, because I am different.  This difference will be revealed in an upcoming post and don’t get me wrong, my family loves me and I love them.  But this difference of me, I allowed it to distance myself from my family.

I write in my post today, the following –

Thanksgiving with my family is over and it is time to head home.  I am driving and with the radio off and just the noise of the vehicle traveling, thoughts come to my mind.  With my dad absent, my siblings and I chatted about him, his life and us his children.  A sense of closeness between us kids takes place as we know life is short and our dad’s life will be coming to an end someday.

This Thanksgiving with my family I will hold in my memory for a time.  I am thankful I took the effort this year to visit and spend time with my family.  I am unsure what the future holds, but the present and the not so distant past are good.  They are good because I spent time with my family.

Thanksgiving with my family is over and it is time to travel home.

Black Friday

I decided my post today would be about something not too important to me.  I figured yesterday being Thanksgiving and today Black Friday, there would not be much reading taking place today.

So today, my post is about Black Friday!  The name sounds scary ‘Black Friday’ and with past news reports, it can be very scary and downright life threatening.

I have never and never will participate in the ‘Black Friday’ madness that will take place today.  I understand there are deals out there for merchandise, but I personally do not have the patience it takes to find the deals and go get them.  Nope, not for me; I would rather stay home and eat left overs.

For you folks who enjoy the ‘Black Friday’ event, I have great respect for you.  Go for it!  Be Safe!  Be Careful!

And don’t end up like the poor souls in this video –

 

All Things Thanksgiving & Turkey

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The article ‘10 fun facts we bet you didn’t know about Thanksgiving’ from CNN website –

  1. A tradition is born: TV dinners have Thanksgiving to thank. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving — by 26 TONS! Some industrious soul came up with a brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus, the first TV dinner was born!
  2. Going shopping?: Not if you’re a plumber. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for them, according to Roto-Rooter, the nation’s largest plumbing service. After all, someone has to clean up after household guests who “overwhelm the system.”
  3. This land is my land: There are four places in the U.S. named Turkey. Louisiana’s Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 440 residents. There’s also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona. Oh, let’s not forget the two townships in Pennsylvania: the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot!
  4. Leaving a legacy: When Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale. Her other claim to fame? She also wrote the nursery rhyme, “Mary had a Little Lamb.”
  5. Gobble, gobble?: Not so fast. Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.
  6. Have it your way: If Ben Franklin did, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had “bad moral character.” A turkey, on the other hand, was a “much more respectable bird.”
  7. Born in the U.S.A.: Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate it too. Except they do it the second Monday in October.
  8. Break out the menurkeys: The first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving come together today for the first time since 1888. Scientists say the confluence won’t occur again for another 70,000 years, give or take a millennium.
  9. Doomed from birth: Those poor turkeys; they don’t stand a chance. Just look at the name we gave them. A turkey less than 12-weeks-old is called a fryer-roaster.
  10. Talking turkey: Why is it called a turkey? Oh boy, this will take some explainin’. Back in the day, the Europeans took a liking to the guinea fowls imported to the continent. Since the birds were imported by Turkish merchants, the English called them turkeys. Later, when the Spaniards came to America, they found a bird that tasted like those guinea fowls. When they were sent to Europe, the English called these birds “turkeys” as well.

Turkey Jokes –

Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

They use FOWL language.

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?

He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?

“If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy!”

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!

3 of 3 Day Quote Challenge – Christmas Quote

A very merry thank you to ‘A Simple Life ’ for nominating me for the 3 Day Quote Challenge.

This is my second time for this challenge and I decided to change it up a little this time by just posting Christmas quotes.  Yes I know it is not Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas is just around the corner.

Enjoy – Christmas Quote 3

‘One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.’

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Professor Dumbledore in the first Harry Potter book by J.K Rowling. Dumbledore was played by Michael Gambon in some of the films.

This being Thanksgiving week, I will be nominating 1 person a day for the 3 days – I know it will be a busy week for most, so if you are able to participate, I look forward to your quotes.

Nominee for today –

Atypical 60

Holiday – Celebrate

Ok, the holidays are approaching quickly here in the US and time for the craziness to take place.

I wrote in my post ‘The Countdown Is On‘ the following –

For past years I decorated our house with Christmas lights and it grew, then I added music, then added characters in the yard and in the windows and it grew and it was fabulous – or it was until this year.  My past Christmas displays have included up to 26,000 lights all synchronized to music; this also included Christmas trees in 3 large front facing windows.  This effort starts the first of each year and takes all year to complete; between choosing the music, creating the light sequences on my computer program for each song is a tedious process and in all I spend up to 300 hours over a year’s time for planning, building and installing my Christmas display – or it was until this year.

In my post ‘Christmas Decorating Break’, I wrote the following –

For now, the Christmas decorations will be sold – this includes indoor decorations such as animated musical dancing Christmas trees and other characters, a life size Santa Claus, 4 large Christmas trees, plush snowmen, several Santa and Angel tree toppers, lots of Christmas tree ornaments, and many other nick-knacks that would make your head spin.  The outdoor decorations include animated characters such as Big Bird, Snoopy, Candy Canes, A Santa Train, A Santa Cowboy, Reindeer, Elmo, Rudolph, way too many miniature Christmas trees to mention, and a mega amount of light strands that results in over 30,000 lights.   Oh but wait – we cannot forget about the large amount of garland, the bows, the bells, then there is the big star, oh and did I mention the hundreds of extension cords – you get the picture!

In my post today, I write the following –

So no decorating for me taking place this year, but I could not go cold turkey.  The last 2 days and today includes my ‘3 Day Quote Challenge – Christmas Quotes’ and this next Sunday’s post ‘My 70’s Music Collection’, will be a Christmas song.  I will be posting holiday related music in this series of posts until the end of the year.  I hope you don’t mind.

My holidays are different this year; I will be traveling to visit family for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  My Christmas trip will also include another tour to find the next location for the next chapter in my partner and my life.  So no decorating for me this year but I will take a holiday and take time to celebrate.

Well said or in this case sung by Madonna!

 

2 of 3 Day Quote Challenge – Christmas Quote

A very merry thank you to ‘A Simple Life’ for nominating me for the 3 Day Quote Challenge.

This is my second time for this challenge and I decided to change it up a little this time by just posting Christmas quotes.  Yes I know it is not Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas is just around the corner.

Enjoy – Christmas Quote 2

‘Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more!’

 

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From the 1957 children’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel,1904-1991). Jim Carrey starred as The Grinch in the 2000 film.

This being Thanksgiving week, I will be nominating 1 person a day for the 3 days – I know it will be a busy week for most, so if you are able to participate, I look forward to your quotes.

Nominee for today –

sportsattitudes

 

Olivia wants to get physical

Olivia wants to get physical – more on that later.

I want to get physical with my doctor, oh wait let me rephrase that; I got physical with my doctor.  Wait, I intended to write, I got a physical from my doctor.

Yes, that is what I meant!

In my post ‘A Week’s Occurrence’, I wrote the following –

A couple of months ago I had an issue.  Without going into details, something was occurring with my body that was unusual and I had some cause for concern.  This occurrence started the day my son #3 married and lasted a week.  During this week I contacted my doctor who is busy and short on staff and therefore was unable to get in to see him.  I already had plans to schedule an appointment for my physical as I usually do this every couple of years.  I never see my doctor except for physicals because I am never sick and my physicals always result in being healthy with no issues.

Today’s post I write the following –

I had my physical yesterday and the usual process takes place.  I am weighed; and taken to a room.  I am asked the usual questions about medications, allergies, and anything different than when the last time I visited?  Then the clothes are taken off and this is where the doctor gets physical.  Ok, I have no issues stripping in front of my doctor.  I will say, my preference is a male doctor; me being a guy, and I am unsure if this is a guy thing or not, I don’t want a women doctor looking around everywhere.  I figure a male doctor knows more about male parts, right?

So the doctor is getting physical with me, checking my chest: deep breath in, deep breath out – and the same with the back.  Then the hands are pressing the abdominal area; he asks “Does this hurt?”   “No”, I respond, and another part is pressed; “Does this hurt?” “No” I respond.  “Stand up.” he asks, I respond and stand – here is the good part.  Time to check out the ‘parts’, you know the male ‘parts’.  He looks and feels his way around as though he wants to find something.  “Everything good?” I ask; he responds “Have you had any issues?”  I respond “Not with the male parts.”

Okay, now the time has arrived, every man’s dream – time to check the prostate – time to get physical!  Turn around, bend over – I will let you figure out how the prostate is examined.

Let’s just say the doctor responds with “Feels normal, no unusual enlargement.”  I respond “Great!”

In Olivia Newton-John’s song ‘Physical’, some lyrics have a whole new meaning –

Let’s get physical, physical

I wanna get physical

Let’s get into physical

Let me hear your body talk, your body talk

Let me hear your body talk

1 of 3 Day Quote Challenge – Christmas Quote

A very merry thank you to ‘A Simple Life’ for nominating me for the 3 Day Quote Challenge.

This is my second time for this challenge and I decided to change it up a little this time by just posting Christmas quotes.  Yes I know it is not Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas is just around the corner.

Enjoy – Christmas Quote 1

“Bah, humbug!”

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Scrooge’s catchphrase, ‘Bah, humbug’, is often used to express disgust with Christmas charity. Alastair Sim (above) played Scrooge in the classic 1951 film adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

This being Thanksgiving week, I will be nominating 1 person a day for the 3 days – I know it will be a busy week for most, so if you are able to participate, I look forward to your quotes.

Nominee for today –

lynz real cooking