I counted myself as one of the millions of drivers traveling this year for Thanksgiving. Though I’m amazed every year that the holiday’s chaos isn’t reported in any other country in the world. The traffic was manageable, the weather wasn’t bad, so I won’t bore you with any tales of how I sat in a car voluntarily for hours on end. I won’t even bore you with what I ate.
However, I did go to the Midwest. And as an East Coast native, it always seems just a little bit weird to me. The people are friendly and generally happy for no reason at all. Their roads are straight and flat. Weird, right?
But as I followed the news across the relatively wide region, I found that things get weirder there all the time. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, we began a decade that had a lot of crazy things happen during it. It had everything, a nuclear crisis, international political tensions, assassinations, social upheaval, drugs, war and dudes walking on the moon. We look back on that decade and stare in awe of how we made it out, and it has a lasting effect on the U.S. even today.
Historians will point to it as a pivotal decade for the country, and a study in how Americans cope with drastic changes and widespread paranoia (hint: mind-altering drugs and guitars). And the people who came of age during that turbulent time, known as baby boomers, get to look back and say, “I was there.”
The problem is, we’ve been looking at the 60s for so long it just sort of seems like the thing to do now. Can we all finally agree that that decade is over now? Continue reading
With fall firmly in place in the Northern Hemisphere, it seems reasonable to think that the War on Animals is going to start winding down for the year. But that would assume that our animal foes are reasonable. Rather than slowing things down, they’re going into high gear, in one big push before they all go into hibernation for the winter.
I don’t need to remind you, dear reader, of the threat posed by every single animal that exists on this planet. The numerous species are working in concert to overthrow we humans as the rulers of Earth. One would think such a goal would be easily accomplished, since we are so outnumbered, but we are ever-vigilant, and animals are dumber than we give them credit for.
Do your part, and get caught up on the latest threats to civilization as we know it. Continue reading
Halloween is always kind of hit-or-miss for me. Either I’m into it that year, or I more or less act like it doesn’t exist. There are years when I’m thinking about my costume weeks in advanced, and then there are years where I wonder if I can just ignore the trick-or-treaters at the door and keep the candy for myself.
I have no idea what I did last year, which probably means I did nothing. So it made sense that this year would be the opposite. Fellow Guy Rick Snee and his wife, SG webmistress Julie, hosted a costume party at their place over the weekend. It got bloody, it got creepy, I drank something out of a test tube I hope was alcohol, and someone brought a bottle of absinthe. In other words, it was an all-around success.
But at what point do you reach the age where dressing up doesn’t feel right anymore? Continue reading
I know I’m not alone when I say that the government needs to leave the American people alone. I’d like to think that I share a lot of the same principles as the Tea Party. For example, I, too, enjoy wearing tricorn hats.
In fact, aside from my belief in a central government and its duty to protect its people, while caring for their welfare and coming to assist when its people are in need, plus keeping a watchful eye on the markets, etc., I’d say we’re pretty close on a lot of issues. Actually, I also like young people and minorities.
But aside from that, we need to get Big Government out of our lives so we can be free to pursue happiness, like Jesus said in the Constitution. That’s why I’ve been nothing less than shocked by the headlines I’ve been seeing lately. Continue reading
When you think about it, its pretty amazing that people formed societies and norms that we all live by. For thousands of years, we all just agreed to a set of rules, and just sort of built on it from there. I may not be an expert on the formation of ancient cultures, but I’m pretty sure that the first thing you have to do to establish a society is agree where to and where not to relieve yourself.
Historians have said that the Nile River and its fertile flood plains were a chief factor in the rise of ancient Egypt. But really, it was probably more that they established rules against pooping in the river if you were upstream of the larger cities. Before plumbing came along, it was completely normal in Western society to relieve yourself in a bucket, then dump it into the street directly outside your window (or pay someone to do that for you).
Today we’re more civilized, but it looks like that could be coming to an end. The fundamentals of our society are coming apart. Continue reading
When I was a year or so out of college, I got the news that one of my friends had gotten engaged. My world changed that minute. Suddenly, I didn’t live in a world where everyone just dated and fought and broke up. Some of these people began planning for something bigger than the coming weekend. I could never look at relationships, be they mine or someone else’s, in the same terms ever again.
An older coworker told me that it was the beginning of something more significant. She foretold that marriage would sweep through my group of college friends like a plague. She may not have used that exact simile, but her point was that it would happen in rapid succession at some point. For the most part, she was right. Before I got engaged earlier this year (stop clapping, I can’t hear it), I was one of the last single holdouts.
I’ve just completed week two or four weddings in four weeks. I’ve noticed a lot of similarities. I realize this makes me the only blogger today not talking about the finale of Breaking Bad. Continue reading
Every corner of the U.S. is feeling the effects of the weak economy, and the Happiest Place on Earth is no exception. Though Disney as a company continues to do well, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are feeling the effects. People don’t have as much money to throw around for a vacation right now.
And since theme parks are designed to separate one from one’s money, it seems to make sense that fewer people are going to these, especially when airfare and hotel expenses are factored in. But it should be obvious that it’s not just the economy, but the obvious kowtowing to special-interest groups that makes the world-famous resorts less palatable. The average family has had enough of Disney’s favoritism for a certain group.
The special-interest group I am referring to, of course, is the handicapped. Continue reading
There is something that exists in the hearts of all men that dares us to try to do something new. This feeling is why we built the pyramids, why we “discovered” new continents, why we went to the moon. Common knowledge said that it couldn’t be done, and someone finally got the courage to prove common knowledge wrong.
It may end up being the thing that saves or kills mankind, but either way, it will define us. Our thirst for knowledge and new discoveries will continue to drive us as a species. That is why it’s unfortunate that we tend to misuse that feeling. When someone tells us, “You’re a damn fool to try that,” we think we’re just smart enough to try it.
At some point, someone told Jonathan Trappe of North Carolina that he couldn’t travel by balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading
Today we’re going to talk about Facebook. Not in the “I don’t understand this technology, so I’m going to criticize it” kind of way. Not even in the “I hate it when people do this on Facebook” way. I do that enough as it is.
Nearly 10 years ago, I sat down and filled out a fairly extensive form with info about my university so that we could get Facebook at our school. This was back when they were new and for college kids only. That means it was basically just a place to stalk someone you’re interested in.
One of the popular features were groups. And for some reason, they’re still around today. Continue reading