It’s that time of year when the Toy Hall of Fame inducts new members. There are classics up for consideration like little green army men and Operation, as well as newer toys such as Rubic’s Cube. Pots and pans, bubbles and paper airplane could also be chosen. In the past they have inducted stick and cardboard box, so why not?
I enjoyed the 10 minute segment on the Toy Hall of Fame and then I just had to smile. I was watching a very non-news story on a 24 hour news channel which means one thing – no news. When there is a major event, the kind that causes the networks to interrupt regular programming, such a story gets continuous coverage for a few days. The news networks drop just about everything and suddenly panels of “experts” on that subject appear on every channel. During such an event several years ago I quietly wondered what the news would be showing at that moment had said big story not broken. That happened a couple of times before I started paying attention. The answer of course is a 10 minute segment on the Toy Hall of Fame. Or it could be a list of best vacation getaways, what celebrities are wearing or how to choose the perfect pet. The 24 hour news cycle requires a dozen channels to have live content on the air at all times. During an event like 9/11 that’s easy to do and viewers demand it. Other stories are newsworthy but not as big. Remember the Deep Water Horizon thing a couple of years ago? After a few days of nonstop coverage we really weren’t getting any new information. After the third Bill Nye appearance it became clear the story had been manufactured into something bigger than it really was. Looking back perhaps the notion that igniting underground stores of methane gas would blow up the world and end all life on earth was a bit of a stretch.
Which brings us to this: no news is good news. I don’t blow a gasket when HLN spends 10 minutes speculating which toys will make the Hall of Fame. That means there has not been another shooting in Canada, ISIS has not executed any more hostages and no other ebola patients have died in the U.S. They will never come right out and say “Hey folks nothing happened in the world today that you should be concerned about.” But when they have a live reporter in the Halloween aisle helping you choose a costume for Fido, that means everything is okay.
Designer Shoe Warehouse: I’ve never been to one. I don’t even know where one is. But I may have to figure it out between now and Christmas. Props to DSW for leading the “no shopping on Thanksgiving” movement.
Thanksgiving Day 2013 – I spent two hours in a Walmart Supercenter buying a cheap coffee maker. We needed one and at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night they went on sale. I bought a Black & Decker 12 pot programmable coffee maker for the low low price of $9.44. And two hours of my life. It took about 15 minutes to get the product in hand and another hour and 45 minutes to check out. It was a sea of people you cannot imagine unless you have been there and done that. Two words: never again.
Macy’s has announced their stores will open at 6 p.m. this year and other big retailers will soon follow suit. The sad reality is that many of us will pat DSW and others on the back for not opening that day and then go to some other store’s big sale! The only way to successfully send a message to retailers that we as a society do not want them to open on Thanksgiving Day is for record numbers of people not to shop on that day. And it’s not going to happen. Too many people will feel they are missing out and their neighbor is out there stealing all the sweet deals. Still, props to DSW and others like them.
My family will stay in that night. The coffee maker has been great and all but I’m not willing to pay the cost, if you know what I mean. I miss the old days when we took a day to thank God for all that we had before trampling each other the next day to get more.
I’ve never had any issues working with dogs. Van Til came on as editor and has been doing a jam up job with Happy Monday. Mike Sobel, television weatherman in Edmonton, Canada, isn’t having the same luck. Ripple, a very large mastiff-shepherd mix, is not an intern but a local guest from the humane society hoping to be adopted. Sobel is great sport and we hope Ripple finds a home soon.
If you come to our house anytime between the first of October and the last of February I can promise you two things: there will be hot chocolate and hot apple cider. For Johannah’s sake I buy hot cocoa mix with little marshmallows in it. By the time I add hot water and stir the marshmallows completely dissolve but Johannah couldn’t possibly drink hers that hot anyway. She enjoys more of a very warm chocolate, and with marshmallows since they don’t melt in her cup.
I can promise one other thing. In our house we say marsh mellons. At least my half of we does ;-)
I never set out to author two blogs. It’s a long story, click here if you’ve never heard it before. At any rate, as the blogoversary of The Master’s Table drew came around in May I was watching the stats pretty closely to see if the combined total of both blogs would hit the one million mark. Technically they still don’t, but wait, it gets even more complicated.
The total page views of The Master’s Table is 560, 372. The total for My Other Blog is 434,731. Adding those number will give you a total approximately 5,000 short of the magic number we’re looking for. But… I started a project called Bible Survey a few years ago that fell by the wayside. The site is still active and gets a few hits everyday, even though the last post was made over two years ago. The current total for Bible Survey stands at 7,141 and BAM! The total number of page views/hits for all blogs I author is 1,002,244!
I’m not obsessed with numbers but it is something of a milestone. And that number must be taken with a grain of salt. Those are views and not unique visitors. So loyal fans who read every new post contribute to the view stats; WordPress now calculates visitor numbers in addition to views but they were not doing that when I started in 2008. Many views come from surfers stumbling in from search engines. Presumably some of those folks did not find what they were looking for and surfed right back out.
But of course there is always a bright side! Over the years I have made a few good blog friends that I would never have met otherwise. The Christian blogosphere is a community of like-minded and not-as-like-minded believers alike and we all benefit from the interaction. My Other Blog has followers and commenters that are not necessarily Christian bloggers but share recipes, photographs and words of inspiration. Social media tools have been incorporating into blog platforms and the world continues to become a small place. So allow me to end with the same words I did in my very first post back in March, 2008:
Long live the blog!
In a rare move of bipartisanship Congress has approved a plan to fund Syrian rebels to deal with ISIS. President Obama has vowed that American troops will not be on the ground in combat roles but that we will offer air support, tactical training, funds and whatever else is necessary to destroy ISIS. The vote in the Senate was 78-22; only 10 Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no to arming Syrian rebels. Here is whole story from Reuters.
On the one hand, it’s good to see bipartisan cooperation toward anything. It’s good to see Obama act with Congressional approval, something he does without when he feels necessary. But let’s think for a minute about what we’re doing here. For the time being the Syrian rebels are the lesser of two evils. Osama bin Laden was the lesser of two evils when his rebel government was fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. We basically created a problem there that we had to go back and deal with later. The same thing with Saddam Hussein. Remember the Bay of Pigs? That was us too. The plan to was to train, arm and deliver Cuban rebels to deal with Fidel Castro. How quickly can one nation forget?
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly, I don’t know why she swallowed the fly. I guess we’ll see in 10 or 20 years who we have arm to deal with whatever we’re about to create in Syria.